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Ellen Jacob's photographs of her friend Kay in the final stretch are currently showing at Soho Photo, here in New York City. In a personal yet completely relatable journey for the photographer, and following Kay's journey to the end which reflects so many inevitable others, she produced a quiet series, showing how her friend held herself dealing with terminal cancer. 

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"Life and death, the fragility of human connections, the certainty of the end; all are joined to what our spirits manifest as we confront our greatest losses, whether in our past, future or the elusive boundary between them - this precise moment.

"Waiting Room is a foray into this territory we all share. We know death is waiting; yet we persist. This work explores the waiting, the persistence and the places we live while dying. Places largely separated from life.

"Waiting Room project is about Kay. She was 54. She was dying of cancer. She soon found herself partly paralyzed. I visited her often. Everyone approaches death differently. Kay had an amazing dignity that grew from her acceptance of her situation. She knew she was dying; she could barely move. She knew her life was circumscribed by a bed on the 12th floor of a Manhattan nursing home.

"Sometimes Kay was happy, sometimes sad, sometimes angry. Dying, she remained very much alive. Waiting Room is the story of Kay's time at the boundary between life and death and the place where she spent that time. Through Kay's story, I tell the story of all of us." Ellen Jacob.

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All images © Ellen Jacob
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© Cameron R. Neilson

Cameron R. Neilson is a superb architectural photographer who I met through my gig with Photography&Architecture and at a local portfolio review. This project is just so cool. Don't you remember lying on the grass as a kid, full of wonder, making your own shapes out of the world? Here, come to Berlin, and LA, and Paris with Cameron. Let go, and look straight up.

"Kids do it all the time - lying on the grass, looking to the sky and visualizing shapes in the clouds. As adults, we don't often have this luxury of time, and if we do, it's rarely spent on our backs in grassy fields. Our time is in urban environments with a type of tunnel vision traveling from point A to point B, driving, taking a metro, walking quickly, staring straight ahead avoiding others, or looking down at our smartphones, papers or pavement. This collection, titled Straight Up plays homage to the kid lying in the grass except in this case looking straight up in city environments."

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For new photos, follow Straight Up on Twitter @straightupphoto

Check out Cameron's commercial portfolio, too.
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Easthope Stained Glass Studio, Folkestone, Kent © Tim Allen

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."

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Easthope Stained Glass Studio

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Cleverley & Spencer Stonemasons, Dover

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Alan Staley Boat Restorers, Faversham

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Michael Hart, Blacksmith, Horsmonden

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Malcolm Tysoe Violin Specialists, Farnborough. All images © Tim Allen

Tim has a few other great projects online - check them out. He talks about the project with Tom McLaughlan over at Ministract. And if you love these photos, make a donation and get a copy of the book

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© Nancy Baron

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?

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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. 

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All images © Nancy Baron
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© 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. 

Daylight Books 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.

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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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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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©  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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