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March 12, 2018

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Edwin Gonzalez

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Photography Student Photographs Amazonian Culture

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In the 1970s, the Matis people in Amazonian Brazil were first contacted by the modern world. Although their contact with the outside world was limited, the Matis’ way of life is threatened because of the introduction of Western diseases that was spread by travelers. Only two villages remain – both …

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In the 1970s, the Matis people in Amazonian Brazil were first contacted by the modern world. Although their contact with the outside world was limited, the Matis’ way of life is threatened because of the introduction of Western diseases that was spread by travelers. Only two villages remain – both along the Ituri River.

Michael Herring, an Expeditionary Studies student at SUNY Plattsburgh and travel photographer, traveled to Colombia for a rock climbing trip as part of the school’s program. Herring, along with members of the Explorers Club and Feral Human Expeditions, paddled up the Amazon into Brazil to meet the Matis. The biggest challenge Herring faced when photographing was not the difficult low-light or humid conditions, but the fact that the Matis and the explorers were so different from each other. Herring made sure that the Matis were comfortable with him by just simply talking and laughing with them. Then he started to capture photographs.

After this experience, Herring seems to understand what it means to be a travel photographer. In his own words, “I wanted to make sure I was observing the experience. I wasn’t there simply to collect data, get a story, and move on,” said Herring. “I wanted to make sure I wasn’t losing the human element.” For him, the people were more than just a subject to photograph, and he wanted to make sure they felt that way.

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The rest of the photos from this trip can be viewed here.

February 17, 2018

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Edwin Gonzalez

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Japanese Photographer Yuichi Yokota Captures Tokyo Covered in Snow

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Yuichi Yokota is a traveling professional photographer from Tokyo, Japan, known for capturing Beautiful Lapland’s Northern Lights. He also has an impressive collection of landscapes, cityscapes, and various portraits. But on January 22nd, 2018, Yokota captured some of the most beautiful shots of Tokyo covered in snow. The photos are …

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Yuichi Yokota is a traveling professional photographer from Tokyo, Japan, known for capturing Beautiful Lapland’s Northern Lights. He also has an impressive collection of landscapes, cityscapes, and various portraits. But on January 22nd, 2018, Yokota captured some of the most beautiful shots of Tokyo covered in snow. The photos are a rather big deal as this is the most significant snowfall Tokyo has received since February of 2014. As Yokota puts it:

“Tokyo saw its heaviest snow in 4 years on Jan 22, 2018, with authorities urging evening commuters to hurry home and prompting those behind the wheel to brace for traffic disruptions. I captured the sceneries of that snowy day. I visited some famous spots in Tokyo: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa (Senso-Ji Temple) and Tokyo Station.”

It was reported that, as a result of the snowfall (which saw a range of 20-50 cm), there were various car accidents, causing over 300 cars to be stuck in gridlock. But despite the chaos the weather caused, Yokota was still able to capture the beauty of it all. Here are a couple of photos to show that:   

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All Images © 2018 Yuichi Yokota

Be sure to check out Yokota’s site to view all of his work.

January 9, 2018

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Jesus Ortega

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Top 10 Photos of 2017 by Time Magazine

A boy cries as he climbs on a truck distributing aid near the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Sept. 20. This year has been filled with emotions. Some of us have lived through different events that have shaped our lives forever. For many people, 2017 has been …

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A boy cries as he climbs on a truck distributing aid near the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Sept. 20.

This year has been filled with emotions. Some of us have lived through different events that have shaped our lives forever. For many people, 2017 has been a year we want to forget. I don’t recall any other year filled with as many natural disasters as this past one. From the recent wildfire in California to the hurricane in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico, we have seen pain and grieve of our people.

As a tradition, every year Time Magazine releases the top 10 images of the year. Being that the events mentioned and much more defined 2017, the images you’ll about to see are a reflection of it. The top 10 photos of 2017 focus more on the humanitarian side from events that not only deal with natural disasters but also global warming, war, and mass shootings.

For some Americans, 2017 started with high tensions after Donald Trump took office and those feelings endured throughout the year. Political issues have caused disturbance all over the country. There has also been high war tensions between our country and North Korea. Puerto Rico was struck with a category 1 hurricane that till this day some parts of the island don’t have electricity. The photos Time Magazine selected were carefully curated to evoke a deep feeling of compassion and awareness, in retrospect of 2017.

2. Ryan M. Kelly—The Daily Progress/AP

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People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12.

3. Meridith Kohut—The New York Times/Redux

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Children view the body of their 17-month old cousin, Kenyerber Aquino Merchán, who died of heart failure caused by severe malnutrition, in San Casimiro, Venezuela, on Aug. 21.

4. Marcus Yam—Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

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A family prepares to evacuate as the Thomas Fire gets closer to their home in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5.

5. Felipe Dana—AP/Shutterstock

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A boy rides his bike past destroyed cars and houses in a neighborhood recently liberated by Iraqi security forces on the western side of Mosul on March 19.

6. David Becker—Getty Images

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People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire in Las Vegas on Oct. 1.

7. Dar Yasin—AP/Shutterstock

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Relatives comfort the wailing sister of a Kashmiri civilian who was killed during a protest, near the site of a gun battle, south of Srinagar on Aug. 1.

8. Cristina Mittermeier—SeaLegacy

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An emaciated polar bear struggles to move across the tundra on Somerset Island, in the Canadian Arctic, in July.

9. Carolyn Cole—Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

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Two people sit in an apartment with a wall missing along the waterfront in San Juan, nearly one week after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, on Sept. 25.

10. Andrew Mills—NJ Advance Media/AP

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie uses the beach with his family and friends at the governor’s summer house at Island Beach State Park on July 2.

All images via ©Time Magazine

January 5, 2018

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Julia Fish

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The Beautiful Photography of Tugo Cheng

Tugo Cheng is a fine art photographer with an architectural background. His works highlight patterns, order, and rhythm. I love the mesmerizing patterns in his work. His photographs transform ordinary views into surreal ones with compositions that make his photography seem intentional despite being of subjects with the spontaneity of …

Tugo Cheng is a fine art photographer with an architectural background. His works highlight patterns, order, and rhythm. I love the mesmerizing patterns in his work. His photographs transform ordinary views into surreal ones with compositions that make his photography seem intentional despite being of subjects with the spontaneity of the real world.

He earned the title of International Discovery of the Year Award in 2016 for his series “Coastal Geometries.” They depict “aquaculture activities of Fujian province in the southeast coast of China,” and the bamboo rods erected to hang fishing nets and dry seaweed take on a new role as the units in the beautiful patterns of his photography.

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© 2016 Tugo Cheng

City Patterns explores Cheng’s hometown, Hong Kong, from an aerial perspective. He started experimenting in 2014 with aerial photography using a GoPro and a drone. Originally he programmed it to take photographs in five-second intervals, but newer technology now allows him to choose what to shoot in real time. This gives him much greater flexibility.

“People from overseas think Hong Kong is about high density and high-rise buildings,” Cheng said. “But I wanted to reveal the hidden geometries in the city.”

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City Patterns #7: Green roof (sewage treatment center)
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City Patterns #3: Six Feet Above ©Tugo Cheng
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City Patterns #13 Poolside
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City Patterns #8: Intersection © Tugo Cheng

Cheng has shot similar series in other places, including Ethiopia, China, and the United States.

“You have to give up your preconceptions. From above, a beautiful place can be boring and a boring place can be very interesting.”

December 13, 2017

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Nao Suzuki

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PARCO’s Christmas Campaign

Parco, a chain of Japanese department stores, is one of the leaders in advertising during Christmas time. In the past, they have employed top-notch creators such as Viviane Sassen and German artist Juergen Teller to create engaging advertisements for Christmas shoppers in Japan. This winter, Japanese Fashion Designer Yoshikazu Yamagata and Photographer …

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Parco, a chain of Japanese department stores, is one of the leaders in advertising during Christmas time. In the past, they have employed top-notch creators such as Viviane Sassen and German artist Juergen Teller to create engaging advertisements for Christmas shoppers in Japan. This winter, Japanese Fashion Designer Yoshikazu Yamagata and Photographer Yuji Hamada collaborated on this year’s advertising campaign, which included posters and a film.

The concept is “the red is waiting for the white Christmas,” which pays homage to “the black is waiting for the white” by Mario Giacomelli. They applied several experimental approaches in terms of film and photography, which makes this campaign different from any other advertisement right now.

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December 12, 2017

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Jesus Ortega

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The Sarah Charlesworth Photo Exhibition at LACMA

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It’s easy to make a click on your camera, but sometimes it takes more than that to generate a great sense of emotion through your photos. While visiting one of my favorites museums in LA, which is LACMA, I discovered a photographer that left me astonished after seeing her work. …

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It’s easy to make a click on your camera, but sometimes it takes more than that to generate a great sense of emotion through your photos. While visiting one of my favorites museums in LA, which is LACMA, I discovered a photographer that left me astonished after seeing her work. While many of you might know her, I’m talking about NYC based Sarah Charlesworth. This photographer and conceptual artist highly influenced contemporary culture by going out of their way to explore various methods of creating great images.

While viewing her work, I noticed the process behind each image and how many were different. Charlesworth mainly photographed objects, but she had a great sense of scale, color, and composition. Her work varied from regular still images, collages, and color contrast. If that’s not enough, she took on newspapers, magazines, television, and film as inspiration for her work. This exhibition at LACMA contains photographs produced between 1977 and 2012 arranged to highlight her continued interest in color, form, and light.

Her photography ranges from something beautiful like her project “Objects of Desire” to something scary like her project “Stillis.” The last mentioned is a series of six and a half feet tall photographs of bodies falling from buildings after committing suicide. “Objects of Desire” is totally different, where the photos were made in Cibachrome prints and have one object against bright colors.

There’s more to tell, but I rather you go see her exhibition if you happen to be in Los Angeles.

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Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Art of the Americas, Level 2
August 20, 2017–February 4, 2018

All images ©Sarah Charlesworth/LACMA

November 24, 2017

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Nao Suzuki

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Stephen Shore: The Original Instagram Star and in the MoMA

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Stephen Shore, an American photographer known for his images of banal scenes and objects, recently held his retrospective exhibition in the MoMA. Shore has worked with many forms of photography, from cheap automatic cameras to large-format cameras, pioneering a unique use of color. He later worked with digital photography, digital …

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Stephen Shore, an American photographer known for his images of banal scenes and objects, recently held his retrospective exhibition in the MoMA. Shore has worked with many forms of photography, from cheap automatic cameras to large-format cameras, pioneering a unique use of color. He later worked with digital photography, digital printing, and sometimes posts them on his Instagram account. 

I remember when I roamed around Manhattan one day, I saw him taking a picture. After that, I found the same scenery in Shore’s Instagram account.

In a way, Shore is sort of a pioneer of Instagram stars before there was Insta­gram. His approach is to make the aesthetic of everyday life more meaningful and profound. 

Through this exhibition, you can see Stephen Shore’s retrospective posts on Instagram. His exhibition runs until May 28, 2018. 

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Images © Stephen Shore

November 8, 2017

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Nao Suzuki

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Photographer Mihaela Noroc Presents a New Perspective of Beauty in Her New Book

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Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc traveled throughout the world for nearly four years and shot various portraits of women. She traveled to more than 50 countries, which includes Ethiopia, United States, Guatemala, and France. She photographed portraits of 500 women, accompanied by revelatory captions that captured their personal stories. Finally, she …

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Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc traveled throughout the world for nearly four years and shot various portraits of women. She traveled to more than 50 countries, which includes Ethiopia, United States, Guatemala, and France. She photographed portraits of 500 women, accompanied by revelatory captions that captured their personal stories. Finally, she collected them in her book called The Atlas of Beauty.

In her book, she introduces some of the inspiring women she met on her journey and evokes a question, “what is beautiful?” Noroc’s book collects the portraits of different women from various cultures around the world. The Atlas of Beauty reveals the diversity of women, showing their different ages, skin colors, and body shapes. 

The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today. You can buy her book here and follow her on IG

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September 28, 2017

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Julia Fish

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Double Exposure: Art and The Rohingya

Photographs by Mike Tan After reading about the atrocities happening to the Rohingya in Myanmar, I wondered if any artists had created works in response to the crisis. Most of the sources I found were articles, and aside from photojournalism, I didn’t see a lot of art. Then I stumbled upon the …

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After reading about the atrocities happening to the Rohingya in Myanmar, I wondered if any artists had created works in response to the crisis. Most of the sources I found were articles, and aside from photojournalism, I didn’t see a lot of art. Then I stumbled upon the works of Mike Tan.

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group located in Burma facing a situation what many consider to be an ethnic cleansing. Over half a million Rohingya have fled horrific treatment in Myanmar, sixty percent of whom are children and the majority of them stateless.  Mike Tan is an artist and the founder of Floating Children, a refugee school that provides support and education for some of these children. His recent series “Double Exposure” is meant to create a personal narrative of Rohingya refugee children. When the series is finished he will create a photo book to fundraise for his school, Floating Children.

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© Floating Children 2017

Tan started by asking the children to draw whatever they wanted so that they could craft a part in their own narrative. Tan described the drawings as:

“More truthful and more revealing than any text I could have written up.”

Some of them are violent and show what these refugees have been through. One drawing features a gun, another a knife. One shows a body lying in a pool of blood. One of them even has an inverted flag, a symbol of the confusion of nationality and statelessness that many Rohingya children face.

Photograph by Mike Tan
Photograph by Mike Tan

Tan then combined these drawings with photographs of the children. Artistically, the combination is intriguing, but what really drew me to Tan’s series was how personal they felt. To see the juxtaposition of pictures of the children against the drawings that created is, to me, incredibly powerful. While I cannot begin to comprehend what these children have gone through, Tan’s works provide a powerfully personal link to the stories of the Rohingya refugee children.

September 27, 2017

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Diversify Photo Created by Brent Lewis and Andrea Wise

While diversity is starting to be more common in the creative industry, there is still a lot of work to do. Just do a quick Google search of the top creative agencies, studios, and firms and look at the photos of the teams. Even easier, go look at the institutions …

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While diversity is starting to be more common in the creative industry, there is still a lot of work to do. Just do a quick Google search of the top creative agencies, studios, and firms and look at the photos of the teams. Even easier, go look at the institutions that hand out prestigious awards and count how many of the recipients are a woman or non-caucasian OR better yet, a non-caucasian woman. I’ll never forget that one semester in college where I was the only non-caucasian face in a room of 19 students. I’ll also never forget my disbelief at the contrast between going to school and entering the creative work field. While there was barely one or two guys in my classes, when I started applying for my first job, I noticed most teams were 80% men (not surprisingly, mostly white too). I want to see more women and diverse faces in leadership roles.

When I came across Diversify Photo, I was like “yass!” Basically, photographers Brent Lewis and Andrea Wise recognized a longstanding problem in the photo industry: a lack of diverse voices.

Diversify is a verb. It is an action – an intentional movement to break with the narrow lens through which history and the mass media has seen and recorded the images of our time. Diversify was born out of a recognition that calling for more diversity in the photo industry is not enough. To diversify photo, we need to equip Art Buyers, Creative Directors, and Photo Directors with resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments and commissions.

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Why is diversity so vital? Because the creative industry takes a large part in creating the culture the rest of the world lives and breathes in. When the creative industry is an overwhelmingly homogenous voice, what does that mean for the culture we consume on a daily basis? Besides being BORING, it is a misrepresentation of America. America thrives because of the diversity. Despite the recent political drama and insanity, I strongly believe America is better and stronger because we are a melting pot of people from every kind of background imaginable.

Broadening perspectives on race, class and gender is a much-needed challenge to traditional approaches that reinforce “a monolithic point of view,” said Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“When you have a very one-note perspective, then you’re pretty much determining what you think is beautiful, what you think is valuable and what you think is significant enough to record in history,” she said. “I think it’s really short-sighted and it limits our understanding of life and the world.”

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I’m sick of seeing those cheesy educational and professional stock images of what diversity means. In 1991, AIGA wrote an article titled “Why is graphic design 93% white?” In 2017, FastCoDesign wrote an article titled, “Survey: Design Is 73% White” Yes, we are progressing in the right direction, but it also took 26 years for the homogenous voice to go down by 20%. Can we all just get real for a moment, acknowledge the problem, and start moving forward towards a better solution?

Here is a list of organizations focused on promoting diversity in the creative industry. If you have more to add to this list, please comment below! The more the better. I hope this list continues to grow until diversity is no longer a topic we need to talk about.

Diversify Photo
Organization of Black Designers
Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
Women Photograph
SheSays
Women Who Draw
Color Stock
The 3% Movement
AdColor
CAPE
Women Lead Initiative
People of Craft
Good for People of Color