Being on the receiving end of all sorts of submissions each day is a privilege I do not take for granted. Blaise Djilo is a photographer in the Cameroon who sent over an email upon discovering aCurator. Here is a small sample of his photographs of the everyday. You should also check out his photographs of Japanese dance Butoh performed in Africa.





This series and story from Martin Adolfsson had me sitting up straight! I know Martin through having worked on the "Photography and Architecture" blog a couple of years ago, and he keeps in touch with fab new work. 
Here he talks about this project. "In the middle of the Utah desert, lays America's largest nation for American natives (Navajo Nation). During the last decade in this otherwise windblown and red-stoned area there has been a total change. Out of the sand, silhouettes of beautiful architect-designed houses will undoubtedly catch your eye in the wild sunsets."


"Every year a team of architectural students from the University of Utah take their pencils and move down to the nearby village Bluff, where they choose a family of four, or maybe a married couple or a single poet, native Americans who will receive an environmentally friendly house of their dreams."


"The architects become the builders in this unique experience of architectural innovation. At the same time, Utah is a state that wants to eliminate homelsessness, and Design Build Bluff intends to make one house for every family on the reservation."

See more of these fabulous homes at Design Build Bluff.

All photos © Martin Adolfsson

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 Give it up for Aunt Doll! Sharing her Aunt's realness with the rest of us in a rather fabulous fashion, Michelle Maguire, a photographer and prop stylist based in Columbus, Ohio, has published a "small-edition artist's book featuring eye-popping, hand-printed images of my blunt, funny, completely unimpressed Italian-American great-aunt, Doll, with colorful Aunt Doll anecdotes by my husband Aaron Beck."

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"Aunt Doll, age 84, has lived in Canton, Ohio, her entire life. She cusses, loves cured meats, knows more about the NFL than you do, plays strip mall slot machines with her vegetarian hairdresser of 42 years, isn't trying to be funny but is, worships the sun from her concrete-slab patio, and frets about nothing except her beloved Italian bread causing her to pack on the pounds."

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"Aunt Doll makes the most if it. The gist of her story: enjoy every chicken wing while you holler at the Browns on your gigantic analog TV, because we aren't here forever. She'll cuss you out in one breath and in the very next, offer you a salami sandwich."

Definitely good value and Michelle is also making the most of it over on her website in the Salami Dreamin' pages.

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"Stories of survival, joy and despair from a 141-year-old institution."

Tom Price is a British photographer who is currently living and working in India. His work " people-centred, with a focus on inequality and empowerment, especially in women and children." And he's jolly busy at it, too. 

'Pass between the front of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the huge bowler hat that perches on top of the gate to Charlie Chaplin Park, take a right onto Hogg Street and curve round until you get to the narrow entrance of what appears to be a darkened alley. Step inside, you've just entered the 141-year-old Sir Stuart Hogg Market, known locally as New Market.'

According to Wikipedia "By the 1850s, British colonists held sway in Calcutta and displayed increasing contempt for the "natives" and an aversion to brushing shoulders with them at the bazaars. In 1871, moved by a well orchestrated outcry from English residents, a committee of the Calcutta Corporation began to contemplate a market which would be the preserve of Calcutta's British residents." 

Despite two fires and regular flooding the market continues today, with 2,000 stall holders selling everything from furniture to flowers.
Tom is also a pretty great writer - check him out on Medium.

Also don't miss his weekly "postcard

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All images © Tom Price

Paulo and Andrew © Kris Graves

Kris Graves portrays color; color of light and color of flesh. The boundaries of his contemporaries expand a conversation of self, race and culture. Graves' men are of their parts; their eyes, their noses, their mouths. They are the hair on their heads, their clothes and jewelry, and the glasses resting on their ears. They are not idealized. They are documented. It is this blatant presentation that allows them to be human. It's not a photographic truth as much as it is honesty. Down to the the bone beyond the flesh Graves' photographs are deeper than stigmas or preconceived ideas. They tell a story that regardless of where you come from, each individual's part is universal. As is light. There is an interconnectivity that creates a sense of equality in the work and in its realization.

You can catch a solo exhibition of Graves' work in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, opening on June 4th, 2016 at NorteMaar.

Find out more about the Testament Project here.


The Artist 



The Producer  

All images © Kris Graves

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Documentary photographer Adam Reynolds has focused his attention on the Middle East and here brings us a glimpse at the ubiquitous Israeli safety shelter.
"Since its creation in 1948, the State of Israel has felt itself isolated and beset by enemies seeking its destruction. This collective siege mentality is best expressed in the ubiquity of the thousands of bomb shelters found throughout the country. By law all Israelis are required to have access to a bomb shelter and rooms that can be sealed off in case of an unconventional weapons attack. There are over 10,000 public and private bomb shelters found throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories."

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I was reminded of stories about London in the Blitz - the London Underground was my parents' bomb shelter. No beauty treatments or couches down there. 

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Besides his photojournalist qualifications, Adam holds a Masters degree in Islamic and Middle East Studies. Smart!

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All images © Adam Reynolds

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"I'm a SAD GURL because I am a mermaid that has been stranded on land, and on top of that I'm being forced to "grow up" when that's clearly a terrible idea." - Annie © Sam Lichtenstein and Jess Williams // SAD GURLZ 

 On a cool Friday night in April, in Brooklyn, myself and a bunch of my photo cohorts gave up another evening for the greater photo cause - this time for ASMP's student reviews. There was a variety of photography to look at, and only 10 minutes to talk about it with each person so I was concerned when two youngsters sat down to be reviewed together. But Jess and Sam, aka the founders of the SAD GURLZ project, lit me up with their refreshing attitude, their confidence, their looks, and their collection of SAD GURLZ who have been invited to submit a statement about a particular reason they haz sad, and have some of their bits and pieces photographed. 
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"I'm a SAD GURL because my cognitive psych professor said that if aliens do come to visit, they'll kill us." - Haley

It can be tough reviewing students, especially when they are from all different schools and at different levels, with some not seeming to have been given any guidance. I was convinced during my first review that Taylor Swift must have been standing behind me as the young man's eyes wandered incessantly.
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"I'm a SAD GURL because I'm such a fangirl at heart but The Beatles and the Beach Boys broke up so I have nothing to take my top off for." - Paulina
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"I'm a SAD GURL because I want to go to Med School but I spend all of my time drinking Budweiser and sleeping with NYU frat boys." - Carlie

Jess and Sam seemed far from sad as they showed their book and beamed about their project. They are infectious and besides which, the series is an insight into the minds of today's young women. I have spent much time thinking what I would have said to them.
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"I'm a SAD GURL because love doesn't exist. It's not just sunshines and rainbows. It's all fucking heartbreak." Original SAD GURL Jess
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"I'm a SAD GURL because at this point, it's easier to be single than deal with fuckboys." Original SAD GURL Sam.

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Not so SAD! Jess and Sam © aCurator

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 After making two trips to the West Bank twenty years apart, Belgian photographer Frédéric Moreau de Bellaing has collected his photographs into a book, titled "Lueurs d'espoirs / Glimmers of Hope." The book shows de Bellaing's travels through everyday life in both 1995 and 2015.

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The book includes an essay by Leila Shahid, Palestine ambassador in France and then Belgium for the last 20 years. 
Here is Frédéric's own statement:
"When I present this project, the same question comes back again and again: "Why Palestine?" Of course there is my indignation against oppression but, rightly, some respond to me that the Palestinians are not the only ones suffering. As often in this case, it is the personal journey that makes the difference.

The first intifada broke out in 1987. I was 16 years old. TV screens fed me up me with pictures of teenagers fighting with stones against heavily armed soldiers. I was shocked but the media release their floods of dramatic images all day long drowning indignations in an ocean of bad news.

Two years later when I began high school, I met Mina Shamieh. He was Palestinian and student like me. He was a warm person and his smile was disarming. We quickly became good friends. Until then, the Palestinian issue was but a media abstraction. Through my friendship with Mina, it took human shape.

The media feed us with pictures which are sometimes sensational but generally disconnected from human touch and identification to the Palestinian people has, for too long, take shape through empathy for their suffering.

To overcome this cathodic anesthesia, we must awaken the sympathy and empathy, in other words, we must become human.

With "Glimmers of Hope", I hope to convey the warmth and the desire to live which inhabit the Palestinian people.

To you, Mina, my old friend, with whom I have enjoyed sharing the small pleasures of everyday life."

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Above: images from 1995. All © Frédéric Moreau de Bellaing

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Images from 2015. All © Frédéric Moreau de Bellaing


Slick Rick grabbing his crotch © Janette Beckman

This original photograph is by Janette Beckman. Beckman photographed Slick Rick in her studio in 1989. When your photographs become iconic, other, less talented artists attempt to hitch their wagon on to your artistry. Let it stand for the record: this is © Janette Beckman. Accept no substitutes.

Here is the only remix of her original Slick Rick photograph that Beckman has endorsed:


Slick Rick © Janette Beckman was remixed by Morning Breath and is available as a limited edition print.

Now you can own a limited edition shiny version! Selling like the proverbial hotcakes over at 1xRUN are "10 x 20 Inches Archival Pigment Print on Satin Silver Aluminum Sheet." Go!! 

Here is the original contact sheet from the photo shoot:



Erika Huffman makes quietly beautiful, unfussy portraits. Sometimes with adults, sometimes with kids, always with peace. Until now, as she shatters the serenity with this portent of violence. 

aCurator fans know that it's unlikely for me to say this: Erika makes gorgeous photographs of her son. Check them. Also: Henriette.

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