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From Primordial Landscapes, images by Feodor Pitcairn, published by powerHouse Books

"Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed elegantly explores the diverse and raw beauty of Iceland's extraordinary landscapes through striking images by photographer and naturalist Feodor Pitcairn and the inspired words of geophysicist, author, and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson."

We don't need the official press release to help us fall in love with these spectacular images and this cracking-looking book. Otherwise, Feodor Pitcairn's production company specializes in underwater work, and indeed "Mr. Pitcairn took delivery of the first Sony hi-def handy camera delivered to the U.S. in March of 1988, and has been shooting in HD ever since." 

These were shot on a Hasselblad. Jolly fabulous they are too. The book is out July 7, 2015, from powerHouse Books.

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From Primordial Landscapes, all images by Feodor Pitcairn, published by powerHouse Books



The photography world lost a Great last month, with the departure of the lovely Harold Feinstein. Feinstein's wife, Judith Thompson, had wisely spent several years recording him speaking about his life and work - just a short clip of which is seen here. "This clip, edited from a 15 minute reverie on life and photography came from a taped conversation on June 17th, just three days before he passed. Here he speaks about the gift of life and the continuous adventure of unwrapping this gift...even after departing from the body. Harold's appreciation for life and beauty will live on through his images and teachings for generations to come."

"When your mouth drops open, click the shutter." - Harold Feinstein

Check out a previous blog post, celebrating Feinstein's retrospective book.

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© Mallory Morrison

Los Angeles-based Mallory Morrison's beautiful underwater dancers are photographed so delightfully. Mallory was a dancer herself for many years. 

She shoots fashion in this style as well as making fine art prints. Let yourself float away! 

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All images © Mallory Morrison

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A Photograph of the Milky Way Eaten by Bacteria Found in Unpasteurized Milk © Marcus DeSieno

Marcus DeSieno makes spectacular imagery that is somewhat disturbing. From his microscopic parasites that I joyously selected for exhibition offline for Center for Photography at Woodstock's annual Photography Now! exhibition, and which he printed disturbingly large, to his perverse self-portraits; and now these glorious photographs of various bacteria eating film. Be simultaneously engrossed and grossed out by marvelous young Marcus. 

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You can see images from "Parasites" on the Photoville Fence in Brooklyn, NY, this summer.

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All work and no play... © Davide LucianoStyling by Claudia Ficca

The dynamic duo of creative food styling and photography, Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca, have done it again.* 

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If these references are lost on you, decipher them here.

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All images © Davide LucianoStyling by Claudia Ficca

*They always do it. Don't take my word for it, go and enjoy yourself

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Charlton Heston, 1956, by Yousuf Karsh

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Charlton Heston's son, Fraser, played the young Moses in the Ten Commandments.

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Yousuf Karsh with Charlton Heston and Cecil B. DeMille, on set, by Malak Karsh.

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Bonus later colour photo of Mr. Heston


Lights, camels, action! 

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Mangosuthu Buthelezi, 1963 by Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh photographed on the set of the 1964-released movie "Zulu." Future political leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi played Zulu King Cetshwayo kaMpande, his great grandfather. Buthelezi is a South African politician and Zulu tribal leader who founded the Inkatha Freedom Party in 1975 and was Chief Minister of the KwaZulu bantustan until 1994.

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Mr Karsh enjoying a ceremony. 

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Members of Zulu Kingdom watching a movie for the first time.

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Michael Caine, 1963 by Yousuf Karsh.

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© Kirill Kovalenko

Kirill Kovalenko made these images on the beach in Crimea over the last year - a complicated time for the Republic. Kirill talks about how "...there is the feeling of a lack of time, as if all those people to come and do what they do solely by inertia or habit. Has already clearly left a past,  unknown future, but this all goes on, as if there were no first and second, neither before nor after. What really want these people from life? for the sake of what they live?" 

Exploring how people relax during times of such conflict, Kirill has a mischievous eye.

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All images © Kirill Kovalenko

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American caricaturist Al Hirschfeld photographed in 1990, by Yousuf Karsh

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© Yousuf Karsh

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© Joe Quint from his project "It Takes Us"

On May 23rd, 2014, news came of in a series of murders committed by a young man in Isla Vista, California, near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara. Gun violence is a daily occurrence in the United States, but something about this incident tipped Joe Quint over the edge: he launched "It Takes Us."

"I happened to glance at that week's issue of People. The cover story was about some Kardashian wedding and there was a little blurb in the upper right corner about the shooting... with a subhead saying 'How could this happen - again?' Now, setting aside the disproportionality in importance of these two stories, I was struck by both the naivety and borderline irresponsibility of that subhead. 'How could it NOT happen again?' was my immediate reaction - why should we be surprised when - despite some small gains made in recent years by the gun violence prevention movement, there had yet to be anything remotely resembling a collective shift in our consciousness on the subject? 

"I became increasingly frustrated by inaction - my own, and the inaction of my country. I could no longer simply pay lip service to the importance of reducing the over 32,000 senseless and preventable deaths that take place every year. I want to show how the crisis extends far beyond the typical media narrative of urban violence to include domestic abuse, suicide, children being injured or killed by unsecured guns in their homes, and so many more tragic cases." Joe Quint
Photographs and audio will be on exhibit June 18-20, 2015, at Howard Scott Gallery in Chelsea, NY. 

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