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Visiting Tamara Staples' website you'll find light, bright, juicy photographs: luscious foods and candied lips and graphic stacks of jewels. These pretty chicken portraits are weighty by comparison and we find a photographer dedicated to enlightening us on the strange world of breeding fancy poultry.

"At this time in our history, the movement back to the small family farm across the US is strong. Whether this move is due to economics or a renewed understanding of our relationship to the earth, it cannot be denied. Backyard chickens coops have become so popular there are magazines and hundreds of books devoted to this very topic."

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"Meanwhile, at poultry shows all over the world, known as The Fancy, chickens of all shapes, colors and sizes await their judgment. There is an existing framework, a culture really, that aims to perfect these birds by breeding them based on a book entitled, The Standard of Perfection. These birds are something to behold, and few outside of The Fancy even know of their existence. Each breeder has spent years creating a work of art, where genetics is key. And each bird IS a work of art; from the amount of toes on each foot to the width of the wingspan, from the precise color to the exact weight. Judges carefully inspect every detail. But there is also something else: Personality. Chickens can be haughty, angry, affectionate, shy, charming, sedate, or even funny. In this project, not only do I introduce these regal birds, bred to a standard that most will never match, but I also attempting to capture the individuality of each bird. Just like people, chickens are unique. Take a look into the eyes of these birds and judge for yourselves." Tamara Staples.

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All images © Tamara Staples

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© Michael Massaia

"Borrowed Time is an exploration into the moment the point of no return has been reached and subsequent freedom that follows. Using the visual of mid-flight plane failures was my attempt to show the moment that horror, relief, freedom, and graphic beauty all meet at once."

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One of my most popular features this year is Mikkel Aaland's 'County Fair,' so fans will be pleased to see he was interviewed on Letterman back in 1982. Today, he's offering a limited edition portfolio from the series. But Mikkel is a man of many talents, including publishing multiple titles, and he has a new eBook for photographers, currently available for free.

Spiel: "Using real world examples, best-selling author and photographer Mikkel Aaland explains the entire process of making a fixed format, photo-centric ebook for the iPad®. Aaland shows you how to use Adobe® InDesign® and the Blurb plug-in to make a cover, add images, format text, and add video and sound."

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© Julie Dermansky

I've followed Julie Dermansky since I first saw her coverage of the Occupy movement. She reported recently from protests over the Keystone Pipeline.

"Back home, all is not well on the Gulf. The Coast Guard and BP acknowledged the oil above the site of the Macando well is BP oil. "Drill baby drill" still seems to be the predominate way here. Final approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, though delayed until after the election, seems like a foregone conclusion since construction of the southern portion has been fast-tracked. Too bad no one knows how to clean up a tar sands spill. So much about the Keystone XL pipeline doesn't seem right to me yet both political parties are ultimately for it."

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Ed's note: It is just after Hurricane Sandy swept through the New York area, reminding us that our political representatives mostly still have their fingers in their ears, singing la-la-la when it comes to any consideration of climate change.

Read Julie's article at On Earth

Read more on the tree-dwellers in The Atlantic



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Brownstone © Andy Rudak

Andy Rudak's clever and well-executed personal project 'Cardboard Cities' recently caught my eye, along with the eyes of a bunch of other people with excellent taste (I think I first saw it over at It's Nice That,) including the UK's Association of Photographers who gave a Best in Category to 'Tokyo' in their annual awards.

Andy's commercial work is great, and his personal work is entertaining. Enjoy!

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"Following a year's planning, design, build and shoot my Cardboard Cities project is finally completed. A personal view of London, New York, Mumbai, Paris and Tokyo bought to surreal life in the studio. A book following the process of construction from start to finish is being published with an exhibition of final images touring agencies and galleries this autumn and winter."

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Tokyo

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Mumbai

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Paris. All images © Andy Rudak

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© Neil Craver

Based in North Carolina, Neil Craver started out as an abstract painter and figurative sculptor. He is embracing photography to explore his philosophical theories.

"This project is meant to be consumed with your emotions, and not simply perceived with your sense organs. I wanted a transcendental meaning behind them, not only with the use of chromatics and aesthetics. I wanted a 'subliminal composition' to create an undertow of messages to stress the strong influences of unconscious elements affecting and driving people's lives."

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Mach Schau presents "Baron Wolman: The Groupies." An exhibition of limited edition prints, signed by Baron Wolman. In association with Rock Paper Photo and curated by archivist Dave Brolan, at 46/48 Beak Street London W1, 15th - 27th October, 2012.

Because these are my good mates, here's the blurb in its entirety:

Baron Wolman was the first chief photographer at Rolling Stone magazine. From 1967 his assignments for the just-launched magazine were as diverse as a backstage session with James Brown; dinner with Pete Townshend after a day photographing The Who recording "Tommy"; shooting Janis Joplin performing at his house to recreate a performance for a live review; flying to New York to photograph Mick and Keith as they announced the Stones' Altamont show; being on stage with Santana in front of 300,000 people at Woodstock; or being almost whacked by Jimi Hendrix as he swung his guitar in concert. Every day was different, every artist was different and the scene was constantly evolving.

The more he worked, Baron began to notice that aside from the usual hangers-on at concerts, there were women who had obviously spent an inordinate amount of time and effort putting themselves together for their backstage appearance. They were not just hanging out, they were strutting - style and fashion mattered greatly. In fact, Frank Zappa thought them important enough to form a band out of a group of them, The GTOs, led by the legendary Pamela Des Barres, and produce their album. These women were a subculture of chic that Baron and Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner thought merited a story. And so in 1968 this led to an entire "special super duper neat issue" of Rolling Stone called "The Groupies And Other Girls" featuring insightful interviews and photographs of the scene. Baron's interest in music and fashion would progress after his tenure at Rolling Stone as he went on to set up the influential magazine Rags, regarded as the Rolling Stone of fashion. Still, The Groupies special issue remains an important landmark.

All images in the exhibit can be purchased online at rockpaperphoto.com as limited-edition fine art prints hand-signed and numbered by Baron. Rock Paper Photo is the ultimate online gallery of fine art pop culture photography, where fans and collectors can discover and purchase iconic images of their favorite artists and personalities from the last half century.




Chris Anthony's sumptuous-looking wet plates are collected into "a magical, mysterious photography book of tintypes, portraits, still lifes and seascapes."

"I've tried to avoid working with a very rigid theme or set of guidelines on this series and have wanted to take pictures of things, people and characters that mean a lot to me personally through themes of solitude, hope and survival. Making the masks, and many of the props and costumes is a big part of the process and it helps me define this unique and demented little world I live and shoot in. There are many still lifes (or portraits rather) of Seahorses, which I find to be one of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures in existence. The mysteries of the sea is certainly a big part of the subject matter in these pictures and I like to think that the book ends with a sort of crescendo of color images of survivors braving waves and currents, perhaps the result of a future world where ocean tides will wash away the planet's coastlines."

Chris_Anthony_Seas.jpgThere are tons of 'rewards' on his Kickstarter if you fancy funding.


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© John Delaney

Who doesn't love a great environmental portrait, eh? John Delaney writes in about his recent SVA Masters Thesis project "Hoboken Passing." The project is currently a Critical Mass finalist, and will be exhibited as a whole in January 2013. Nice work! Read more over on John's website.

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