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TikTok Holocaust Trend is ‘Hurtful and Offensive’, Says Auschwitz Memorial

A new "Victims" or "Holocaust" or "Trauma Porn" trend has popped up on video sharing app TikTok that has prompted reactions ranging from outrage to disbelief. While the point of the trend seems to be educational, many people have called it out as offensive and tone-deaf at best, or disturbing and inhumane at worse.

Michaels: Yes, You Can Do That Portrait Challenge In Our Stores

Photographer Jenna Martin helped spark a movement back in November 2017 when she did her "Ugly Places, Pretty Portraits" challenge in a Lowe's home improvement store. Since then it has spread to other popular retail chains, include arts and crafts stores. But while the #hobbylobbychallenge is officially against store policy, Michaels is embracing and encouraging the #michaelschallenge.

The Eerie Victorian Era Trend of Family Death Portraits

In the 1850s, photography became much more affordable and accessible for consumers. This sparked a trend in the Victorian era of postmortem photography, where dead loves ones featured among the pages of family albums. Here's a 2-minute video by the HISTORY channel about this creepy fad.

Parody: A Fast-Posing Tutorial with the Model Who Pioneered It

Fast-posing for rapid-fire portrait shoots has been getting quite a bit of attention in recent times -- last week we showed how Chinese models pull of two poses per second for retail fashion photos. Photographer Slater King has a humorous take on the trend: he made the 2-minute parody tutorial above with one of the models who helped pioneer fast posing.

The ‘Self-Five Selfie’ is the Web’s Latest Photo Craze

The latest photo trend taking over your Twitter feed this week is also quickly rising to the top of the Internet's "Reasons I Shattered My Smartphone Screen" list. It's been dubbed the "hands-free..." or "self-five selfie," and it's exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.

A Predictable Trend in Photography Criticism

There’s an article, published here on PetaPixel, that’s currently making the rounds on social media. It's called “A Disturbing Trend in Photography.” In it, long-time photographer and photo educator Neal Rantoul makes the argument that the art photography of today is heavy on words and light on quality.

Opinion: A Disturbing Trend in Photography

I'm old. Believe me, I know it. I'll be 70 in a few months. That fact may make it hard for you to take me seriously, but bear with me for just this post. With age comes wisdom, right? What I want to write here is that I think the field of photography by those making art is changing in a disturbing way. Read on.

When Photography Becomes a Weapon

Photography has been used in many ways throughout its history: as documentation, propaganda, keepsake, etc. But never has it been so frequently used as a weapon as in the Information Age. As visual communication becomes the de facto language of social media, we can only surmise that we will see more and more examples of using photography for nefarious purposes.

Viral: Zookeepers Are Recreating Chris Pratt’s Pose in Jurassic World

There's a new viral photo fad that's sweeping the world in the wake of Jurassic World's blockbuster opening. One of the heavily publicized scenes from the film shows actor Chris Pratt with a few dinosaurs inside an enclosure. Now real-life zookeepers (and ordinary folk) at major zoos around the world are doing their best to recreate that shot in humorous parody photos.

‘Dudeoir’ Photography Trend Puts Men In the Frame for Seductive Shots

Boudoir photography, derived from the French word for "sulky," traditionally involves a woman posing for a suggestive series of tasteful photos in various states of undress. Over the past few years, however, a new trend has emerged. Called "dudeoir" photography, these shots involve men jumping into the frame to pose for sexy shots.

It’s Not Just Phones: Tablets Are Trying to Replace Compact Cameras As Well

Guess what camera was used to shoot the photograph above? A tablet computer. It was shot using the new ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, which features a camera with a 8-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, an f/2.4 autofocus lens, an LED flash, and 1080p HD video recording. Looks like we'll soon be seeing a lot more people whip out tablets for everyday snapshots.

“Horsemaning” is the Latest Photo Fad

Another week, another strange photo fad. The latest one is "horsemaning", and involves photographing two people to look like one decapitated person (like the headless horseman). Apparently it started in the early 1920s with the photo seen above, and is making a comeback as of late.