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Make a Rain Machine to Spice Up Your Portraits for $20 and Some Elbow Grease

When Benjamin Von Wong was commissioned to do a series of black and white portraits of SmugMug employees for the company’s gym, he knew he wasn’t going to be taking the easy route. But just because he was going to try to do something really cool, didn’t mean things needed to get expensive.

To spice up the sporty portraits, Von Wong decided to add water into the equation, and thanks to some help from the folks at SmugMug, they were able to make it rain for only $20.

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Old Faithful: Studio Portraits of Really Old Dogs

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Toronto-based photographer Pete Thorne has been shooting a series of studio portraits of dogs. Not just any dogs, though: Thorne is only accepting subjects that are “really, really old.” The project is titled “Old Faithful,” and now includes over 50 dogs.
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Portraits of American Same-Sex Couples from the 1980s at Home with Themselves

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Bill and Ric, with Ric’s daughter Kate, San Francisco, 1987.

At the height of AIDS hysteria in the 1980s, when some people still wondered if the disease could be passed to others through day-to-day contact, photographer Sage Sohier was going into same-sex couples’ homes and photographing them for a series and photo book that came to be known as At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America.

The project captured an intimate portrait of the gay community that was at odds with the headlines of the day, and made all the more poignant by the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic against which it was created. Read more…

The Singh Project: Portraits that Show the Diversity of Sikh Men

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Traditional Sikh men are immediately identifiable by their characteristic beards and turbans, but that doesn’t mean that each Sikh man is the same. With over 30 million Sikhs in the world, there is an incredible amount of diversity within the community, and the Singh portrait project by London-based photographers Amit and Naroop is all about highlighting the diversity of these men who all share a common faith. Read more…

Iconic Magnum Photographer René Burri Passed Away Today at Age 81

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The world of photography has lost an icon. Press agency Phaidon is reporting that, after a long battle with cancer, Magnum photographer René Burri passed away earlier today at the age of 81. Read more…

Couple Imagines Everything that Could Go Wrong while Babysitting in Fun Photoshop Series

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When Swiss designer couple Erica and Hannes were asked by their friends to babysit 6-month-old Alex for a full day and night, they were given an ‘extensive briefing’ about how they should handle things should anything go wrong.

Little did Alex’s parents know just how dangerous this 24 hours would turn out to be! Fortunately, Erica and Hannes sent them hourly updates to show them. Read more…

Photographer Turns Dancers Into Living Sculptures in Urban Landscapes

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UK-based photographer Bertil Nilsson‘s project “Intersections” is a blend of two photographic subjects: urban landscapes and dance.
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Photographer Alex Teuscher’s Moody Photos of New York City ‘Above as Below’

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When Geneva-based photographer Alex Teuscher found himself in New York City for 10 days this last April, he tried to capture some of the most iconic, tourist-packed locations on the globe from a new angle. It’s a testament to his skill as a photographer that he succeeded to such a great extent.

The resulting shots have been compiled into a series he’s calling “New York City: Above as Below,” and consist of a mix of street (below) and architectural (above) photography that’s best described as ‘moody.’ Read more…

Beautiful Black and White Isle of Skye Time-Lapse Breaks with the Genre’s Saturated Status Quo

We’ve seen and shared some pretty great time-lapses. From last week’s unique ‘layer lapse,’ to the ‘flow-motion’ hyperlapse of Pyongyang in August, standing out in the genre has become a matter of doing something new and unique… something that will earn you headline words like ‘breathtaking’ and ‘jaw-dropping.’

But the team at Fourth Dimension Video took a very different approach with their latest landscape time-lapse. Shot this last June at Scotland’s Isle of Skye, it’s done entirely in black and white. Read more…

Photographer Takes on Stereotypes by Capturing the Diversity of Iranian Father-Daughter Relationships

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During her time in Malaysia, roughly 3,500 miles away from her home in Iran, photographer Nafise Motlaq was troubled by the way people would talk about her country’s culture. Partially perpetuated by the media, she saw people making judgements without any first-hand knowledge of the country’s actual culture.

It was this frustration with misrepresentation that, once she was home, inspired Motlaq to pick up her camera and begin an intimate series of photographs exploring the father-daughter relationship in Iran. Read more…