Prison Inmates Appeal to Their Younger Selves in Trent Bell’s Photographs

Photography // Friday, March 07, 2014
In 2013, architectural photographer Trent Bell began a series titled REFLECT Project, in response to a friend who was sentenced to thirty-six years in prison. Bell couldn’t help but feel troubled by his friend’s circumstance and realized that there were moments in his own life where it could have easily been him in the same situation. 

"Grapevine" by Susan Lipper

Photography // Friday, March 07, 2014
Susan Lipper's project “Grapevine” is a collision of the photographer's personal experience and the highly unusual town of Grapevine Hollow, West Virginia. She was travelling through on a roadtrip but was so fascinated by the town that she chose to stay for a while. Lipper’s diary is abysmal and bold; with her flash she illuminates the near anarchic town. 

Richard Renaldi’s "Touching Strangers"

Photography // Thursday, March 06, 2014
Next month marks the release of Richard Renaldi’s photo book titled Touching Strangers. The project began in 2007 when Renaldi began approaching total strangers and asked to photograph them physically interacting with each other. The result was images that display the human tendency toward tenderness and affection than can be found even between complete strangers. 

“Yangtze, The Long River” by Nadav Kander

Photography // Thursday, March 06, 2014
Nadav Kander is an Israeli photographer who is internationally renowned for his unique landscapes. In his book “Yangtze, The Long River” he spent three years winding along the banks of this enormous body of water for his project. The book starts out with a bold fact that the population living along its banks is much greater than the population of the United States at around 450 million people. 

V1 Gallery presents "American Pictures" by Jacob Holdt @ Bad News, Brooklyn

Photography // Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Jacob Holdt (b. 1947, Denmark) changed the cause of photography without being aware of it. He invented a practice situated at the intersection between documentary and artistic photography, a practice characterized by a strong sense of visuality, an awe inspiring humanity, but also a keen sense of sociopolitical awareness. 

"Drowning World" by Gideon Mendel

Photography // Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Gideon Mendel is a fascinating photographer, working uniquely with the medium. I became aware of his work during a recent triennial at the ICP. He has travelled the world to document different communities in the wake of severe flooding. The photographs are stills from his video, which are portraits of people within the community. 

Exposing Chernobyl

Photography // Wednesday, March 05, 2014
For 20 years, photographer Gerd Ludwig has been photographing the aftermath of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster of 1986 in the Ukraine. His extensive collection of images dives deep into multiple effected categories, from the abandoned structures of Chernobyl to the victims and their resulting health issues.

video: Roger Ballen's "Asylum of the Birds"

Photography // Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Last week we received an email from Roger Ballen notifying us that his new video “Asylum of Birds” was close to being released and with it the South African artist said, “The video is almost ready; you will not forget it.” And after viewing it several times we agree, it’s unforgettable.

New Orleans’s Ladies of the Night

Photography // Tuesday, March 04, 2014
One piece of New Orleans history that is often overlooked is the photographs taken by E. J. Bellocq of the “ladies of the night”in the New Orleans brothel neighborhood of Storyville at the turn of the century (approx. 1895-1910). His intimate and whimsical portraits of Storyville draw the viewer in to a way of life that has since become much more under the radar. 

"Honor The Treaties" by Aaron Huey

Photography // Tuesday, March 04, 2014
A highly overlooked part of America’s history is the Native American genocide. Repercussions are still evident through the marginalization, violence, alcoholism, and terrible living situations on many Native American reservations today. Aaron Huey (Featured in our February 2013 issue) came as a photojournalist but ended up dedicating himself to the people within the community of Pine Ridge...


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