Brad Elterman's "Dog Dance" @ Milk Gallery

Photography // Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Opening tonight at Milk Gallery in New York, "Dog Dance" will feature the iconic photography of Brad Elterman. Elterman was at the center of Los Angeles' late 1970s and early 80s punk scene. He was backstage at the most legendary of concerts and present at the craziest parties. Among the stars Brad circulated with were Joan Jett, Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, The Dead Boys, Blondie and the Ramones; other celebrities from that era who crossed his lens include Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and John Travolta. 

Life as a Stormtrooper

Photography // Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Malaysian photographer Zahir Batin has created a photo series that gives us a glimpse of what the life of a “Star Wars”stormtrooper would be like. Using a combination of actual figurines and handmade props, Batin depicts scenes ranging from dramatic moments, to mid-action depictions, to just plain hilarious happenings. By toying with the viewers’sense of scale, Batin constructs spaces that are truly visually convincing. 

The work of Ben Sandler

Photography // Monday, April 21, 2014
Ben Sandler's oeuvre--a confluence of art, design, technology, photography and film--operates like an excerpt from a much larger, cosmic narrative. A self-proclaimed "image-maker", Sandler's source of creativity stems from 'philosophical dialogues' that range in topic from the metaphysics behind human movement to the process of identity construction in a modern age. 

Jim Goldberg's "Rich and Poor"

Photography // Monday, April 21, 2014
Jim Goldberg is an American documentary photographer working in a unique style. He records conversations with his subjects, and then brings his photographic prints back and asks them write an edited portion of that conversation. Goldberg has applied this technique to several books, the two most prominent being ‘Rich and Poor’ which juxtaposes an affluent reality with those in poverty, as well as ‘Raised by Wolves’ which documents a group of young runaway drug addicts.

“Black Friday” by Seph Lawless

Photography // Monday, April 21, 2014
Self-described American-based artist and political activist/artivist, Seph Lawless set out to photograph two shopping malls in Ohio that are now abandoned as a result of the economic recession. Once centers of activity for their communities, they are now overgrown with vegetation, floodwaters, and decay; an unfortunate trend that is sweeping through shopping centers across the nation. "It's a powerful symbol of America's economic decline,” explains Lawless. 

Janette Beckman "Rebel Cultures: Punks, Rap and Gangs" @ HVW8 Gallery, LA

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 21, 2014
In the summer of 1982, Janette Beckman was introduced to members of the East LA gang El Hoyo Maravilla. She proceeded to document this culture much as she had with British punks and the emerging New York hip-hop scene. HVW8 presents her photographs of these seemingly disparate tribes bound by a common rebel spirit.

Thomas Prior documents Willets Point, Queens

Photography // Sunday, April 20, 2014
The 62 acres of auto repair shops and salvage yards that make up Willets Point, Queens has changed very little over the past few decades unlike much of everything else in New York. Many people would like to see Willets Point stay that way but a 3 billion-renovation effort geared towards the area says otherwise. PhotographerThomas Prior (featured in our current issue) has been visiting Willets Point since going to Mets games as a kid and began documenting it’s grimy conditions and community starting in 2012. 

The Master of Camera Obscura

Photography // Saturday, April 19, 2014
Originally born in Havana, Cuba, photographer Abelardo Morell has embraced the classic technique of camera obscura, a method used photographically through the use of pinhole cameras. Morell finds rooms with windows that offer unique and spectacular views from the Eiffel Tower to the Italian countryside and then blocks out all the light from the windows with the exception of a pinhole which causes the narrow channel of light to project an exact upside down image of the scene outside on the opposite wall. 

The black and white portraiture of Gerard Wessel

Photography // Friday, April 18, 2014
Gerard Wessel is a Dutch photographer primarily known for his book of tattoo portraits. He has explored several cultures including youth and tattoos. His stark black and white images are moving and beautiful. 

America’s First Crime Scene Photographer

Photography // Friday, April 18, 2014
In the 1930’s and 40’s, a Ukrainian photographer by the name of Arthur Fellig made a living photographing crime scenes for New York City area newspapers. He gained his nickname “Weegee”from the phonetic version of the ouija board because of his seemingly clairvoyant ability to arrive at a crime scene just minutes after it occurred. 

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