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An update from dedicated photographer Ronny Sen, raising funds over at emphas.is to complete this project. Give a little bit...


Stifling, claustrophobic, oppressive, sweltering. I'm not talking about the tube's airless Circle Line or the subway's over-conditioned L train in rush hour but the unreserved general compartments of Indian Railways.

Kolkata-based Ronny Sen has worked for publications in both India and abroad. His works have been published and exhibited in many countries. Since 2006 he has been awarded by the Sony World Photography Awards, National Geographic Magazine, Shoot nations by the UN, Powerhouse, The Forward Thinking Museum, and The Lonely Planet Magazine. Presently, he is working on his long term project 'Documenting Death' which revolves around people who are dying.

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All images © Ronny Sen

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© Bar Am-David

Based in the UK and Tel Aviv, Bar Am-David submitted this straight-up portrayal of the people of Jaffa.

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"Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts that grew up during the city's short history. The most notable of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. This area is traditionally made up of a greater percentage of Arabs but recent gentrification is attracting a young, professional population and Israelis.

"Jaffa is the most celebrated place in Israel, where Israelis and Arabs live in peace together despite the conflict. My purpose was to examine the lifestyle of this particular place and to look at how ordinary people survive in their extraordinary circumstances. These photographs do not pose solutions but serve as a reminder of enduring spirit through the most challenging adversity." - Bar Am-David.

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Bar is well-published and exhibited, and his work was included in the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessig Portrait Prize in 2010.

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All images © Bar Am-David

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Siouxsie and the Banshees © Paul Spencer

Two things: Paul Spencer's classic photographs that show the "darker side of British sub-culture", plus another smart way to fund a book.

Unbound is a self-publishing, crowd-funding model out of the UK, specifically for book publishing. 

If Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Clash, The Smiths, Radiohead, or Blur mean anything to you, you might know Pauls' work. If Vivienne Westwood's muse Sara Stockbridge means anything to you, you definitely know Paul's work. My agency represented his archive in the 90's and 00's - it really was the hey-day of music, and music photography that benefitted from so many great outlets.

Help fund Pauls' book 'Kingdom Come' - you can get a copy for only £40 - it's 325 pages! Talk about a trip down memory lane...

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Morrissey


Shane MacGowan

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Blur 

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Sara Stockbridge
All images © Paul Spencer

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The photographer on the top of Matanga Hill (India)

I do like geeky photographers, and a nice algorithm, and I'm fascinated by Fran Simó's project. "How would a robot imagine a human face? 'I dreamed about a human being' is like spying into a robot's brain."

"I dreamed about a human being" is part of a project exploring the use of artificial intelligence as applied to photography by using online open source code and data. The project already has a database of 56 million images. We have freely accessible amazing tools and databases of gigantic images, but have not yet fully understood what we can do with them or what it means that they are there.

"This series of images is the result of statistical calculations on 257 faces detected by an algorithm that has been taught to recognize portraits of a specific aesthetic quality. The search was conducted over 5 million images with Creative Commons licenses posted on Flickr. 'Mean' (image below) is the average of these 257 photographs, comprising 17 babies, 106 men, 79 women, 18 girls, 23 boys and 14 errors." Read the rest of Fran's piece about photography and artificial intelligence over on his blog.

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"Another way of viewing these accumulated images is by seeing them pass by at full speed and blurring your vision a little. You can see the same 'average effect' by watching the following video, which has 2,582 images moving at a rate of 25 images per second." Thanks Fran!


I dreamed about a human being (sample video) from Fran Simó on Vimeo.


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© Tamara Staples

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



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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All images © Julie Dermansky

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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Tower Block

"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




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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All images © John Delaney

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