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!

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Stills and video © Laia Abril

You can follow the project over on Facebook.
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© Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens 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 2014. 

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All images © Laura Stevens
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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.

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David was recently blinded in a freak bike accident. Then his mother, on whom he relied, passed away.


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From a story on social housing

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Carl struggles daily with bullying. His mother died when he was very young and now his grandmother is sick.

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Helena tries to cope with mental, physical and sexual abuse

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The Peoples' Picnic give a sarnie to Grant.

All images © J A Mortram
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© 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.

Follow Gunar on Tumblr. Buy prints at Fiercely Curious. Enjoy!

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All images © Gunar Roze
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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."

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© Hector Rene

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.

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All images © Hector Rene
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© Laura Curran

Laura Curran 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? 

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All images © Laura Curran

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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.
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Lauren Bacall, 1957, © Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh photographed several Hollywood film stars in the 40s and 50s and in fact there will be an exhibition of them at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this fall: "Karsh Goes Hollywood" opens on September 8th, 2014. Here's Lauren Bacall, and Karsh's classic photograph of Humphrey Bogart as a bonus.

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Humphrey Bogart, 1946 © Yousuf Karsh
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© Valdir Cruz

Whilst not trying to wish away the coming few weeks of summer, this is something to look forward to in New York in September. Throckmorton Fine Art will open documentary photographer Valdir Cruz' sixth exhibition at their gallery. It is the culmination of a thirty-year-long photographic essay: 'Guarapuava,' about the photographer's hometown in Brazil. 

"I could use my photography to honor the people and the landscape of my youth. I like to think that their part in the history of Brazil is now a little more visible."

Valdir Cruz' bodies of work are so rich, you should check out more on his website.

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The blurb:
It has been said that Cruz's interest in photography began when he first viewed some of George Stone's photographs in National Geographic magazines in the 1970s. "Stone was a master teacher and it is thanks to him that I became a photographer." Cruz adds that it was George Tice who helped him become a good printer. At the Germain School he studied photography, but he gained technical skills from George Tice at the New School for Social Research, in New York. He later collaborated with Tice in the authorized production of two important Edward Steichen portfolios, Juxtapositions (1986) and Blue Skies (1987) before focusing largely on his own works. Valdir Cruz developed a deep understanding of how 20th century photographers such as Edward Steichen and Horst P. Horst expressed their creativity in photography. He says, "Mr Horst was not only a great photographer, but a gentleman. I remember the 80's with affection. Those were years of learning and growing tremendously in my vision -  and photography - and in my life!  Those were the years dedicated to New York City...and learning photography."  Valdir Cruz's work has been the subject of more than fifty solo exhibitions.

'Guarapuava' is on view at Throckmorton, 145 East 57th St, NYC, from September 18th to November 1st, 2014.

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All images © Valdir Cruz
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"How do you sleep at night?" © Vincent Lawson

News from the south: September 12th, 2014, marks the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Mobile, Alabama-based photographer Vincent Lawson, at the Mobile Arts Council. Add Vincent to the list of lovable artists I met in New Orleans last year; I wasn't able to review his portfolio but we connected regardless. Look Vincent in the eyes and you can sense he's going to be invested in producing photographs like this.

"It is my goal that this project will help those who have little or nothing, whose dreams have been shattered, who think that no one cares for them, who think that they don't matter. If this project can change one person's way of thinking it will be a success."

Sorry I can't make it - share with someone who you think can!

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"These photographs also ask a question: if you see another human being in need, will you pass them by or help them? The two choices: Empathy / Apathy." - VL.

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All images © Vincent Lawson
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