Female Shamanism by Masatoshi Naito

Photography // Thursday, April 03, 2014
Female Shamanism used to be a large phenomenon within Japan; today it is limited to the region of Tohoku. In this region there is still a great folk tradition where the more esoteric sides of Eastern religion are still practiced today. These female shamans photographed starkly by Masatoshi Naito are celebrating death. 

Capa in Color

Photography // Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Until May 4, the International Center of Photography in New York will be displaying their exhibition “Capa in Color”. The show consists of over 100 color prints taken by famed black-and-white war photographer Robert Capa from the 1940’s to 1954, the year he died. Although some of his images had been published in magazines, the bulk of the images on display have never been exhibited or seen before. 

"Cruising" by Chad States

Photography // Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Chad States has worked in a number of experimental methods within photography, using images from "selection apps" of smart phones in his project titled ‘Trade’, distrusting several images in a fake newspaper titled "‘Everybody Has a Hungry Heart," and an experimental documentary project titled "Cruising."

Dennis Stock's "California Trip"

Photography // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
In 1968, Dennis Stock traveled up and down the West Coast documenting the hippies and various countercultures prevalent at the time. His book “The California Trip” catalogues these adventures photographed in black and white, but has become difficult to come by since going out of print. Stock who passed away in 2010 spent the majority of his life working for the prestigious Magnum photo agency. 

The Fantastical Scenes of Lori Nix’s “The City”

Photography // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
At first glance, the images in photographer Lori Nix’s series “The City”look like grand productions of post-apocalyptic scenes of familiar public spaces, but the truth is that each image depicts an incredibly detailed hand built diorama built by Nix and then photographed. Her attention to scale, detail, and texture is more than impressive. 

The work of Paul Seawright

Photography // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Paul Seawright is a Northern Irish documentary photographer. The majority of his projects aim to disseminate the highly complex issues of religious turmoil between sects of Christianity within his native land. Both the Protestants and the Catholics feel a sense of belonging that ties into larger political and moral beliefs, which each group perceives to be at odds with the other, creating tension and violence.

"The Factory Photographs" by David Lynch

Photography // Monday, March 31, 2014
Oscar-winning auteur David Lynch brilliantly re-appropriates his brooding, cinematic aesthetic in his first photography book, The Factory Photographs, and his coinciding exhibition at Photographers’ Gallery, curated by Petra Giloy-Hirtz. Fascinated by windswept factories and the dark, enigmatic quality of smokestacks, detached pipes, and the textures of decay, Lynch's denuded black-and-white photographs were shot in various locations including New York, Poland, Germany and England. 

Andrew Waits’s “Boondock” Takes Us Off-The-Grid

Photography // Monday, March 31, 2014
In photographer Andrew Waits’s series “Boondock”, he photographed throughout the western United States searching for a subculture of individuals and communities that live a nomadic lifestyle whether by choice or necessity brought on by hardship. Waits explores how each subject has redefined their own definition of “home”by creating one in vehicles such as cars, vans, and RVs.

“Office” by Lars Tunbjörk

Photography // Monday, March 31, 2014
Lars Tunbjörk’s book on offices shows us the many different aspects of what it’s like to work in one of these tiny compartmentalized work areas. There are stark interiors of off-white and grey, fluorescent mazes, protruding wires, jumbles of paper work, and over worked employees. Tunbjörk uses a very direct flash to illuminate this sanitized environment.

The work of Dana Lixenberg

Photography // Sunday, March 30, 2014
Dana Lixenberg is a Dutch photographer, her book THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF is a wonderful documentation of a disappearing Alaskan town. The population is tiny and Lixenberg intimately documents many aspects of the people lives, in a sincere and anthropological study. 

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