The dark photography of Laurence Demaison

Photography // Saturday, October 03, 2015
At first glance and considering where photography’s technology is currently at, it would be fair to assume that the surreal images of photographer Laurence Demaison were digitally manipulated, however that’s just not the reality. Demaison uses long exposures, light, chemical inversion and other traditional methods to create her enthralling dark photographs. Having studied at the School of Architecture of Strasbourg, the subjects in the photographer’s photographs are more often than not herself, further expanding on and challenging the idea of the modern “selfie.”

"Richard Learoyd: Dark Mirror" @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photography // Friday, October 02, 2015
Richard Learoyd’s unique and large-scale portrait and still-life photographs captivate viewers with their quiet power and mesmerising detail, which is achieved through an innovative process. The images are made directly onto colour photographic paper in a room-sized camera obscura. The effect is almost hyper-real but is achieved entirely by non-digital and now obsolete chemical-based photography. 

Landfills in the Style of Traditional Chinese Landscapes by Yao Lu

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 02, 2015
Chinese photographer Yao Lu takes images of garbage draped in protective netting and manipulates them to resemble the beautiful misty mountainous landscapes so often depicted by tradition Chinese landscape paintings. Entitled New Landscapes, the series comments on the not so hidden environmental impacts of China's expansive urbanization.

NSFW: André Gelpke's "Sex-Theater"

Photography // Thursday, October 01, 2015
André Gelpkes' series "Sex-Theater" was created in the 1970s and shows various performers from differnet sex theaters around Hamburg St. Pauli. "What fascinates me as a photographer about these people are the personalities of the individuals, the actor who was prepared to bring to reality the secret sexual fantasies of an inhibited society in full public view and in exchange for only a fee."

Slow is Fast book

Photography // Thursday, October 01, 2015
In September 2012, professional surfer Dan Malloy and two other friends decided to explore the California Coast by bike, strapping surfboards to racks and heading south with no specific destinations in mind. Speaking to Huck Magazine Malloy said, “We were on the road for two months in total, we weren’t cycling everyday though, we were just going to places and seeing what happened. We’d stop and surf if we saw a spot that looked good, we were totally self-sufficient so there was no timetable to be places. I’d say that of the places we stayed, about half were planned and half weren’t.“ 

Picture Book: Swampy

Photography // Thursday, October 01, 2015
In 2015, anonymity has become an anomaly—unless your name is Swampy. Once an ubiquitous subject in underground scenes after a New York Times interview and highly successful sold-out solo exhibition in San Francisco, Swampy decided suddenly that it was best to retreat into obscurity and hide out indefinitely while the fame train rode out. Like his identity, why he made the choice remains a mystery...

"Assignment No. 2" published by TWB Books

Photography // Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Assignment No. 2 is a visual document inspired by the writing of Michael Nelson, an inmate serving a 25 to life sentence in San Quentin Prison. Written while in solitary confinement in 2011 in response to a request to evaluate two photographs, the essay finds voice through the images of artists Hiroshi Sugimoto and Richard Misrach to create an eloquently piercing contemplation on the experience and mindset of an American inmate.

the photography of takashi Kawashima

Photography // Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Takashi Kawashima is a Tokyo-based photographer who creates images that have ethereal, mysterious and captivating qualities drawing viewers in for further explanation. Kawashima envisions a world absent of humans, post-catastrophic, inspired and informed by numerous natural disasters that have affected Japan in recent years.

NSFW: An update with Ren Hang

Photography // Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Only a few months ago we wrote about the work of Beijing-based photographer, Ren Hang, but as we were surfing his website again we noticed a ton of new work and put simply, it’s really good! The prolific young photographer has been extra busy this year with several new books being published, new exhibitions and is continuously creating countless new stunning photographs. Take a look at some of the newer work and be sure to get lost on Hang’s site.

Noell Oszvald's Minimalist Portraits

Photography // Tuesday, September 29, 2015
We’ve posted before on the dark, minimalist portraits of Noell Oszvald. Though she produces photographs, she does not consider herself a photographer, saying that she merely uses photographs as a base for the images she creates. The portraits are aesthetically simple and in black and white, allowing the viewer to focus on Oszvald’s bold compositions. 
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