Wonderful well-rounded project from
British photographer Tim Allen
, that not only beautifully documents true artisans in five practices, but raises money for charity. The series were all made around England's south east county of Kent. Here's Tim's story:
"In 2013 I photographed local fairgrounds and I had the idea to have a small book made of it which I then sold to raise money for charity. I chose the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society as I'm a sufferer of the condition who is lucky enough to be responding brilliantly to treatment and wanted to give something back. After raising £450 for NASS I decided to work on another book this year, but this time the subject matter would be broader. I've always appreciated good craftsmanship and after spending an afternoon doing research I found lots of interesting potential candidates for my project. 6 months later I had 5 shoots completed and produced the book, "Artisans," which is now on sale. I've also decided to continue the project and have several other shoots lined up already, hopefully for my third book next year."
Easthope Stained Glass Studio
Coming next month from Kehrer
is a cracking-looking book of photographs by Nancy Baron
made in and around Palm Springs, a desert resort city about 100 miles east of Los Angeles in California.
"For most people, Palm Springs evokes images of a resort town of exquisite homes, glittering swimming pools, lush palm trees, and stunning golf courses where the rich and famous go to relax and retire. For others, Palm Springs signifies a town that has faded with time along with the passing of a long procession of A-list celebrities that flocked there during the mid 20th century from Hollywood elite like Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball and Bob Hope, to Presidents from Eisenhower to Ford to Reagan."
According to Wikipedia, Palm Springs has one of the highest concentration of same-sex couples of any community in the United States. Aren't any of them working as interior designers?
There will be a solo show at the dnj Gallery
in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station from September 6 - November 1, 2014, with an opening reception and book signing September 6, 6-8pm.
All images © Nancy Baron
© Linda Troeller
After a few dedicated years of hard work and travel, the one and only Linda Troeller
has published "Orgasm." The book contains photos and interviews with women on sex, sexuality and orgasm. It is, naturally, coming soon.
will unveil it at Photoville
in Brooklyn Bridge Park, September 20th, 2014, and the book will be given release in early November. Hands above the table and no sharing - get your own copy here
Sometimes you just start seeing the same name in all different places, and young Laia Abril, a Spanish artist working in Barcelona and near Venice, Italy, is one for me this last couple of weeks. We emailed back in 2012 about her 'thinspiration' project and although it is a remarkable series, I couldn't bring myself to publish it. Forward to 2014 and Laia's book of that work has been published by Dewi Lewis, UK: 'The Epilogue,' is the story of the Robinson family, and the aftermath of losing their 26 year-old daughter to bulimia.
This project, The Asexuals, is an ongoing multimedia web documentary about people in the asexual community, includes stills and interviews with people who are simply disinclined towards sexual physical intimacy. You can only imagine, the "magic penis theory" some of the women have had to deal with over the years.
Sexuality is a spectrum! Learn something!
You can follow the project over on Facebook
is British-born photographer who shares her time between London and Paris. This richly wistful project addresses heartbreak - one of those pains I don't think our bodies are designed to forget.
"The series is a photographic narrative on the experience of losing love, comprised of constructed portraits of women in Paris, describing the emotional and circumstantial stages of the brokenhearted."
'Another November' was recently quite rightly awarded a special distinction by Olivier Laurent (ex-BJP, currently at Time Lightbox) in LensCulture Emerging Talents
All images © Laura Stevens
When his meds allow, Tilney1's creative outlets are poetry and drawing. They help him process the ongoing stories racing around in his head. © J A Mortram
In case you still haven't heard of J A Mortram and his series "Small Town Inertia
," (where have you been??) Jim photographs people living in and around his local community in East Anglia, UK. Or rather, Jim spends time with his fellow humans, engages with their mostly-difficult lives, helps, supports, and makes photographs with, his neighbours.
A new exhibition opens on August 29th, 2014, at Camden Image Gallery
in London, with a private view on the 28th. If you care about me at all, and you live in London, you will go see it.
Jim is also a member of Aletheia Photos
, an independent collective of documentarians.
David was recently blinded in a freak bike accident. Then his mother, on whom he relied, passed away.
From a story on social housing
Carl struggles daily with bullying. His mother died when he was very young and now his grandmother is sick. Helena tries to cope with mental, physical and sexual abuse
All images © J A Mortram
© Gunar Roze
Photographer Gunar Roze
is one of my most prolific friends online, sharing photographs he makes mostly in and around New York City and Brooklyn. Interested in natural composition and juxtaposition, Gun shoots somewhat from the hip, snatching little vignettes. In the early 80s he visited New York from his home in Toronto and shot a lot on the streets of Manhattan, neglecting this trove of photographs until recently. In the meantime he became a master photographic printer, working both here in the US and back in Canada. Gunar rediscovered these files, and serendipity led to a few of his images being included in "NYC c. 1985
" at ClampArt in New York's Chelsea in 2013. So here are a few shots from the 80s, and some from the last couple of years. I think you'll work out which is which.
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© Rob Hann
This is our fifth annual road trip to the American West with British-born photographer Rob Hann
. Rob was feeling a little melancholy this year.
"The photographs I took on my most recent road trip in the American West were the first I'd taken since the death of my father. I've come to believe that all the pictures we take are in some way a self-portrait. Despite searching for surreal beauty and humour in my two weeks on the road, I couldn't help but notice the overall sense of solitude in this set of photographs."View the full screen magazine photo feature
The amazing Hector Rene Membreno-Canales
was born in 1988 in Honduras and raised later in the USA. After serving in Iraq, he used the G.I. Bill to move to New York City and study photography at the School of Visual Arts. He is currently deployed in Warsaw, documenting NATO missions, but he is still managing to get his personal photographs out there. I was really struck by this series the first time I saw it with his extreme twist on the traditional, and I am very pleased to see it gaining exposure - the series ran, with an interview, in NY Times Lensblog
recently. There is still time to catch his work in his solo show "Horses and Bayonets," at Coohaus Art
, NYC, on now.
wrote from Belfast about her new book Lots of Cake!
This fabulous publication is dedicated to the photographer's Mum, and chock full of intimate but documentary photographs. Laura says "This project began as a chronicle of special occasions, emphasising the role that my mother plays in creating important moments, and evolved from a document into a revelation of her character and imagination."
Not only does cake and its ingredients feature in the images, Laura scanned some of her Mum's original recipes and included them on vellum-style pages. I am really impressed with this self-published little number, right down to the wallpapery cover. Great job. And it's only £15 so why not treat yourself?
I was reminded of this research
: A few years ago, Paul Rozin, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist, and Claude Fischler, a French sociologist, began collaborating on a series of cross-cultural surveys of food attitudes. They found that of the four populations surveyed (the U.S., France, Flemish Belgium and Japan), Americans associated food with health the most and pleasure the least. Asked what comes to mind upon hearing the phrase ''chocolate cake,'' Americans were more apt to say ''guilt,'' while the French said ''celebration''; ''heavy cream'' elicited ''unhealthy'' from Americans, ''whipped'' from the French. The researchers found that Americans worry more about food and derive less pleasure from eating than people in any other nation they surveyed.