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Erotica // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We know, it seems a little pretentioius to throw around Henrik Purienne's name around like a Brazilian soccer star, but the book "purienne." is just sitting on our desk so we feel comfortable throwing that around. And the South African photographer uses a nice font for his name. Anyway, Purienne also seems to have created a fantasy world for himself, where he has transformed fashion photography into a behind-the-scenes endless summer of beautiful women, fantastic composition, in naturally appealing settings. As both a filmmaker and publisher of Mirage Magazine, he has his stamp on the fashion world. 

Alexis Hunter: The Model's Revenge and More

Photography // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We lost an important conceptual artist and feminist theorist this year in New Zealand born photographer Alexis Hunter. One of the few things I bookmarked in my researched this year was a fantastic obituary published by the Guardian at the time of her death, that does the artist way more justice than anything I can writer here. 

Best of 2014: 78-87 London Youth by Derek Ridgers

Photography // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Taken in the streets, clubs, basements and bars of London between 1978 and 1987, photographer Derek Ridgers’s newest book is a stunning glimpse into the stylish British youth movements from this time. People dressing up and going out have always been central to Derek’s work from the first days of punk through to the fetish and fringe scenes of present day. 

"Caspian" by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Photography // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Caspian, a series by Chloe Dewe Mathews, sheds light on the port cities that surround the Caspian sea. These cities were made prosperous by the oil boom of the late 90's and, as a result, the distribution of wealth is skewed. In the images, we see the working-class contrasted against the oil-rich middle class, all set in landscapes transformed by drilling machinery and towers. 

Photographer Captures Daily Life As Seen by a Saudi Woman

Photography // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
For his recent series, Lone Canyon, Saudi photographer Faisal Almalki was interested in the female ritual of wearing a veil. The title of the series is a reference to the gap between a woman and the veil that completely shields her face. In Saudi Arabia, this type of dress is more of a tradition than a religious law, and Almalki sought out to investigate, using his camera to document a woman’s perspective. 

Best of 2014: The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
This unique archive documents Russian criminals' tattoos and their coded meanings. Included in the collection are more than three thousand tattoo drawings made by Danzig Baldaev during his time as a prison guard between 1948 and 1986. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society...

Nudes and Portraits by Ed Ross

Erotica // Monday, December 15, 2014
Ed Ross is brilliant portrait photographer, and we were taking a look at his nude portraits this morning and realized that we had not posted about his work in a few years. All his portraits are Tintypes, and he talks a lot about "wet plates,"  aka collodion, a photographic process dates from 1851, when talking about his work. Enjoy.

Video: William Eggleston - Imagine Documentary

Photography // Monday, December 15, 2014
For anyone interested in understanding the history and acceptance of photography as an art form, the work of William Egglestonis a pre-requisite at some point. This Imagine Series did a an insightful documentary on the photographer years ago and it’s worth some time out of your day.

video: Trent Parke

Photography // Monday, December 15, 2014
Of the many photography books that have crossed our desk this year, Minutes to Midnight by Australian photographer Trent Parke still remains as a genuine stand out. The Magnum Photos member shot the series over the course of 90,000 Km that spanned two years and the results create a remarkably unique visual story. In this new video by Derek Hanion the photographer reveals his approach and ideas behind his work.

Best of 2014: The Images of Bunnies Past

Photography // Monday, December 15, 2014
In photographer Robyn Twomey’s photo series “Playboy,” she photographed at the Former Playboy Bunny Reunion in Las Vegas creating head shots of a number of past bunnies. Each image invites the viewer to visually explore each of their faces to find the distinguishing characteristics that made each one worthy of the bunny title. “These headshots . . . are the result of my interest in the women of Playboy and where they are now...

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