Dragon's Blood Grove


Khamis Benisa'ad Farm Workers

Superb photographer Don Whitebread sent in a series of photographs he took in Yemen last year. When you're done here, head to his website. I am loving his Star Tracks series (one of which just won a Silver Award in the Black and White Magazine Single Image Issue.)

** Update: Exhibition opens at World Affairs Council where Don will be speaking on April 5th, 2012

Shibam Street Game


Khalilla Bokshan Palace Hotel

"In 2010, before the current protests, I was able to photograph throughout the surprisingly diverse and traditional country of Yemen with the help of a friend who lived there. Sana'a, Yemen's capital, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

Despite some serious research, Yemen was unlike anything I imagined. The landscape that I came to photograph was much more visually diverse, and historically richer than I expected. The people and culture of Yemen are firmly but comfortably locked in centuries-old traditions. I found the Yemeni people to be hospitable, confident, and apparently unenvious of the lifestyle much of the rest of the world embraces.

I have chosen to include both color and black and white photography in this series. The natural and urban landscapes of Yemen lent themselves easily to my usual style of black and white work. This was the photography I had in mind when I went to Yemen. The precarious cliff-top towns of the Yemeni highlands are surrounded by hypnotic patterns of terraced farmland. The strangely shaped Dragon's Blood Trees, and the cliffs and dunes of Socotra Island rival anything photographed in the parks of America. After a few days in the cities and villages of Yemen, it was clear to me that the images capturing the lives of the Yemeni people had to be in color. We are familiar with the vintage appearance that attempts to enhance much photography of the Middle East, but the lifestyle of Yemen needs no enhancement."

Images from the series have been exhibited and published, and two are currently nominated for an international Photography Masters Cup award. Don is now working on a book with writing by his friend who lived in Sana'a, before he was arrested and deported during the height of the protests.


Serious Dominos in Shibam


Bajil Qat Market


Boys Playing After Sunset on Ar Har Beach

All images © Don Whitebread


Police Athletic League Boxing

The fortunate folk at VandM have partnered with the Museum of the City of New York on exclusive, editioned prints selected from Stanley Kubrick's wonderful negatives archive. Shooting for Look Magazine from 1945 - 1950, when he left to pursue film-making, Kubrick produced a bunch of stellar stills.

Available to the public for the first time, at $250 for an 11x14, you might be able to treat yourself. 

The majority of the proceeds go to the Museum.

All photographs by Stanley Kubrick, courtesy of VandM, where you'll find lots more info.


© Christopher Auger-Dominguez
Styling: Amy Auslander. Jacket: Stella McCartney. Guitar: Squire Mini by Fender.

Christopher Auger-Dominguez has embarked upon this fabulous personal project, Vinyl Idols, which I of course fell in love with when we met at NYC Fotoworks.

"Each image will be a reproduction of, or inspired by, famous album covers in rock and roll. "Jimi Hendrix" was inspired by the album Radio One."


I have been talking about #Hendrix a lot lately in my work with Baron Wolman. Baron doesn't like the question of who his favourite subject was, he says it's like asking a parent which is their favourite child, but when pressed, it's Hendrix: his amazing style and presence always shone.


NYC Fotoworks vet all their potential portfolio review attendees and this does change the dynamics slightly for a reviewer. We can expect a certain level of work experience and practiced professionalism. At my first review for them recently, there were a few photographers whose work I really enjoyed and I hope I was able to impart useful knowledge to each of them.

Of all the great shots Kevin Steele showed me, Mount Rushmore made me beam. Kevin's a rock climber too, of course! and all his work has that edge of exhilaration. Hey, if you can climb rocks, why not take breathtaking rock climbing photographs.

Go and enjoy some vicarious thrills.



All images © Kevin Steele


Misty Coastline © Ian Ross

Ian Ross tipped up at my table at the ASMP portfolio review last month. I found his 'Mystical' series strangely spellbinding. See for yourself.


Museum Hanging



Execution Art

"I use my images as a vehicle to express ideas and to challenge the boundaries and preconceptions of conventional photography. I am drawn to creating sets with an unusual atmosphere and select models and elements of nature that work within that space."

All images © Ian Ross

Dolly_Faibyshev_meatpacking2.jpg One of the more joyful meetings I had at the ASMP Commercial Portfolio Review earlier this month was with Dolly Faibyshev. This impressive young woman has already published a book with Schiffer, 'Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern' and is one of a small handful represented by Finch and Ada.

I was drawn to her lurid series 'Meatpacking District' which Dolly describes as "...a series of garish interiors. The eye-straining color palette, sexualized furnishings, disco balls hovering over fountains and urinals made to feel like an exotic island sunset come together to create the ultimate disturbed fantasy. There is something unsettling in this space designed for fun."

All images © Dolly Faibyshev


After in the region of 700 arrests in New York City this weekend, most of us are now familiar with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Local photographer Adrian Kinloch was one of few recording the march who made it on to the Brooklyn Bridge and back without being detained.



All images © Adrian Kinloch

More from the demo on Janette Beckman's blog.


Here's a fascinating find I made at a discount clothing store: out of the corner of my eye I spotted a photograph that looked familiar, only to realize there's a whole dress of Peter Beard photographs. The label says 'Blue Area Cashmere' and I've found one blog that lists it for sale in the Hamptons for $350. I can not find any other info but I find it hard to imagine the whole thing is ripped off. Multiple revenue streams, people!



Anderson Smith is, according to one of his clients "one of the best in Atlanta." His fashion photography is beautiful, nicely playful, but I chose some examples from his personal work for this blog. Not just a cool photographer, Anderson is also the smooth host of a weekly radio show One Hour Photo: "Everything photography and more" on Armada FM - how clever!

Anderson interviewed me and my In The Loupe colleague Stella Kramer recently, posing some excellent questions and making the hour interesting and entertaining. We look forward to guesting again in the future.




All images © Anderson Smith

Queer Kid Jonathan, from Texas, on a billboard in Amsterdam © M. Sharkey

News from Camp Sharkey "Queer Kids goes global with features in The Guardian/Observer, La Repubblica in Milan and coming up, Paris' Têtu. Also, FIVE Queer Kids photos win a Pride Photo prize, get billboards in Amsterdam + exhibition."

Sharkey's feature ran in aCurator last year: he's done an amazing job at getting this important series published. Here's to many more!


© M. Sharkey

Plus a lovely new series on Brooklyn's mean, green hipsters.

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