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Kevin Faingnaert

Kevin Faingnaert is a 28 year old documentary and portrait photographer who lives in Gent, Belgium. After finalizing a degree in Graphic and Digital Design, he started studying Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. Now all’s finished, he’s spending his time with walking and getting lost, going on roadtrips and working on personal projects. He thrives on shooting interesting people and places, and working on long-term documentary projects. High up in the mountainous region of El Bierzo, Spain, the tiny eco-village of Matavenero sits tucked away in seclusion. Only accessible by foot and a four-hour walk up a mountain trail, the village can be found by following rainbow painted signs through the woods. A village of only 60 inhabitants hailing from various parts of Europe, Matavenero’s mission is to function sustainably and ecologically. In 1989 the village was populated by an international mix of strong, independently-minded people who wanted to live simply in harmony with nature. They abandoned their old lifestyle to start a new life in Matavenero. They turned away from …

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Adam Pape

Adam Pape was raised in Smithfield, Virginia.  He left Smithfield for college, and in 2006 received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduating he received the Meyer Traveling Fellowship to work on a collaborative photography project in Turkey. In 2007 he moved to Chicago and began work as the photography department Studio Manager of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011 he moved to New York spending his week days working as a production manager and his nights and weekends in the wooded areas of the city making pictures. He is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at the Yale School of Art. Today we share his series, Skunks Blunts.   Skunks Blunts In the city there are ways to escape the grid and walk along lines unseen. The parks of New York City offer this escape, eliciting both alienation and intoxication, where the rules are not the same. They allow citizens and nature both a space for development, a second city unto themselves. Like a church or temple, …

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Abby Murphy

Abby Murphy was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and currently works as a freelance photographer in Charleston, South Carolina. Abby received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. She specializes in fashion and lifestyle photography and loves the creative people she meets and the beautiful places her work takes her. Abby’s commercial and fine art interests blur in her most recent series about consumerism.   Worth Motivated by my own conflicted relationship with consumerism, Worth explores the alluring, artificial, and scripted experience of shopping. Since my early teenage years, I have plastered hundreds of glossy magazine pages to my bedroom walls as a shrine to my obsession with fashion and beauty. Despite my habitual attraction to this glamorous world, the icons of power and wealth seem too perfect, fantastical, and absurd. Through photography, I consider the constructs that exist inside the sacred spaces of luxury stores. The intelligence of product display, customer relations, and advertising are all part of a seamlessly orchestrated spectacle. I see this part of our culture as both a pleasurable …

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Parker Stewart

Parker Stewart (b. 1992) is a Savannah, GA based photographer and a native of Greensboro, North Carolina.  He recently received a B.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design.  His work focuses on the place and he uses photography as a tool to observe and record these scenes which move him the most.  Typically drawn by the complexities of banal and vernacular architecture of different regions across the world, he has a special tie to the the American South and the southern scenes he sees on a daily basis.  Parker is currently a contributor for Aint-Bad Magazine and a new employee of Maine Media Workshop and College.  His work has been featured on Oxford American’s Eye’s on the South, Lenscratch, Booooooom, and been exhibited in Savannah, Atlanta, and Augusta, Georgia, Washington, DC, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Lacoste, France. AB : You recently went on a very long road trip on assignment as a field intern for the Western Environmental Law Center, and we talked pretty extensively in the past about how it changed your …

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Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson is a 24 year old documentary and portrait photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland.  He graduated with a BA from The University of the West of Scotland. His work has been shown throughout Europe and has recently been exhibited in a show titled ‘Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed’ 2015 at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. Today we take a closer look at Craig’s unique body of work titled, Boys and Their Fathers. This project compares the facial characteristics between Father and Son. These portraits were a demonstration of the physical similarities between one genetic relationship. It explores the subjects’ physical attributes, expressions, postures and moods. This project looks at a constant reminder of change, through time and in both growth and circumstance, forcing the viewer to make comparisons. To view more of Craig’s work, please visit his website. Follow him on Instagram: @gibb3rs

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Candace Karch

Candace Karch, born and raised in Philadelphia, has been taking photographs for over thirty years. Her love of photography began when she discovered a Kodak brownie camera as a child. After graduating from The University of The Arts, she packed her bags, hitchhiked, hopped trains, rode planes and documented her travels. She settled down in California for a few years, but the East Coast was yelling her name into a bullhorn. She headed back to her hometown, opened Bambi Gallery and pioneered the art scene in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. The Gallery’s presence was key in establishing The Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor. After a successful run Ms. Karch closed the doors in 2011, but continued to independently curate until her light bulb moment: Time to root for herself. Currently she is working on “The Ms. Ulmer Series” as a book while pursuing and promoting her other works. Marie Ulmer is a 97 year old artist who I began to represent at Bambi Gallery in 2007. We became fast friends and we are still friends. …

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Tyler Coray

Tyler Coray is a Seattle based photographer and filmmaker, born 1989 in Valencia, California. He received his BFA in Photography and Video from Cornish College of the Arts in 2013. He is currently a Video Editor and Producer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since completing studies at Cornish, Tyler has spent most of his time focusing on interdisciplinary work: working with dancers, composers, and multimedia artists. In 2013 he worked with choreographers on an original short film that was selected for Seattle’s NEXT Dance Cinema, part of NEXT Fest NW. Tyler is also a member of Seattle group Newaxeyes, who have been praised for their inability to be pinpointed and willingness to take risks. Together they’ve created original scores for dance, film, and live performance art; and in 2015 were asked to create their own live score for Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic ‘Alien’, at Northwest Film Forum (part of Northwest Film Forum’s ongoing series Puget Soundtrack). Today we share with you his Iceland series. Iceland These photographs were taken in July of 2015 as a group of friends and myself …

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Mareli Esterhuizen

Mareli Esterhuizen is pursuing a career in photography after completing her studies with a degree in Photography at the NMMU in Port Elizabeth. She is currently still living and working in Cape Town, running a small photographic school called School of Light, while working on various photographic projects, collaborations and exhibitions. Marelie has been part of numerous group-exhibitions in South Africa and abroad; her debut show was held at Dirt Contemporary, CT as part of a residency program, and most recently her work has been featured in a digital display at the Louvre in Paris. I work quite intuitively, always trying to be truthful and sensitive to the subject matter. I enjoy juxtaposing elements which are out of their context together, and the tension that this creates. I also love the awkwardness that springs out of imposed relationship between different objects. My style changes often and am a firm believer of spontaneity and following your intuition. In the words of Li Hui: ‘Always experiment’. I like to give context to arbitrary objects and see how …

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William Douglas

William Wesley Douglas III is an internationally exhibited artist who was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He lived in Puerto Rico as a child, was raised in Virginia and currently lives in Florida. Douglas studied at Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a BFA in Photography and Filmmaking. In 2011 he was a recipient of a VMFA fellowship. Since then, Douglas has participated in various important exhibitions including Snapshot Aesthetic at Black Box Gallery in Portland and NOW at The Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh. In 2014 he was included in numerous publications including “Petty Thieves Five” published by Empty Stretch and “BASTARDS” published by Oranbeg Press. In 2015 he was in Peripheral Vision at Candela in Richmond, was included in the Review Santa Fe 100, Lens Culture Emerging Talents 2015, The 6th Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and many more exhibitions. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Studio Arts at the University of South Florida where he is a graduate fellow. The Same Difference Between Us and Them …

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Pipatra Banpabutr

Pipatra Banpabutr (b. 1990) is a Thailand based photographer who is inspired by the sights sounds and smells that surround his on a daily basis. He graduated with a BA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is currently living and working in Bangkok as a graphic designer specializing in print and book design. He is an aspiring filmmaker and hopes that photography will allow his to make a transition into film in the near future. Today we share his ongoing series, Siam So Chic. Siam So Chic is an on-going exploration into the lives of Thai people, questioning the human condition in an age of never-ending desires and increasing social disparity. Selected from a larger body of work taken in the course of 6 years, this project explores my personal fascination into modern culture, aesthetics, emotions and the day-to-day psychology of Thai people against a backdrop of rife westernisation, political unrest and marketing propagandas. Photography is an extension of my daily life, a method of keeping track of what I see and …

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Sarah Elizabeth Borst

Sarah Elizabeth Borst is a documentary and portrait photographer from the humble town of Davidson, North Carolina.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the  Savannah College of Art and Design.  Finding brilliance in seemingly banal, everyday occurrences, she is intimately and obsessively drawn to situations that stimulate the narrative documentary portrait.  Sarah’s mother will tell you that she does not know a stranger.  With adoration for humankind, people become characters and characters become her subjects.  She thirsts to understand and relate to their condition through making their picture.  For Sarah, photographing is an approach to process, understand and explore questions about America and the social gallery we have oh, so carefully and comfortably constructed for ourselves.  In addition to being a finalist in the Lucie Awards in New York City this past Fall, Sarah has most recently been working in Hong Kong on Scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design, and will be exhibiting five of her series in Sham Shui Po in January of 2016.  In May, Sarah was named …

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Fred Guillaud

Fred Guillaud (France, 1973) is photographer, architect and teacher. He has lived in Barcelona since the year 2000. Exclusively analog, his work is shaped as a diary and mainly deals with the use and the evolution of urban spaces and landscapes through the observation of the daily life. Archived by year, Fred’s work is more of an ongoing series than different bodies of work. Today we are sharing a selection of images that Fred has taken through out 2014. “The architect Fred Guillaud contributes to the transformation of urban landscapes. In each project situation he tackles, he conceives based on data and constraints, carefully controlling the spaces being constructed. The photographer Fred Guillaud shifts this know-how and puts back in play his way of laying out spatial realities around him. Composing with colors, perspectives and the urban flows running alongside him, the photographer rewinds the architect’s know-how and invites him to view the city as it is, leaving momentarily aside the desire to modify it. The various urbanization successes and mishaps are not, in this …

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Josh Cunliffe

Born in Birmingham, 1991, Josh Cunliffe’s interests as an editorial, documentary and lifestyle photographer are rooted in people and place. Putting people at the centre of his work, exploring and building relationships between his subjects and their surroundings is key to his interests. He studied at Falmouth University, graduating in 2013 with a degree in Editorial Photography and is currently based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, where he is living the dream and available for commission. These images are excerpted from on-going collaborative project between myself and Benjamin Rutherford. We set out to explore the life of Australian men and women working on cattle stations in the country’s vast and notorious outback. Our heart for the project, one that is still taking shape, is that we might reflect the culture, work, and people of the bush with authenticity, giving a glimpse into an industry that has helped shape the world’s romantic perception of the outback. The images seen here are all my own, taken solely in the North West regions of Queensland. To view more of Josh …

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Guillaume Jolly

Born and raised in a small village of France, Guillaume Jolly studied at the Fine Arts of Nantes. Once he earned his Post Graduate Degree of Communication and Design, he moved to Barcelona to work as Creative Director for Catalan television. After one year in Spain, he worked as freelance Art Director in Paris for many years, and moved to work in Amsterdam for a while. In 2011, in the process of getting back in his village, he started being very involved as a self-taught photographer.  Trying to escape from the craziness of the city, worked a lot as a freelancer for a decade in a world of communication as Art Director, spending night and days in front of a screen, traveling and being free has always been very important for him. When everything moves at lightening speed, he focuses on simple details, he takes time to contemplate, shooting film only, mostly nature and loneliness. Each picture is a silent day, a unique moment of calm.  The most simple things can bring the most happiness! To view more of Guillaume Jolly’s …

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Bastiaan van Aarle

Bastiaan van Aarle is a 26-year old Belgian photographer, who is inspired by both nature and our society. Starting from strolling through the woods with his camera when he was a kid, his interest slowly shifted more towards how our society has an influence on these landscapes. What do we do to it and how do we want to control it. Do we have total control or does nature fight back? The photographs resulting out of this, show the struggle between the two: the fight to survive or the power to submit. Today we take a look at Bastiaan series titled Interactions. Interactions A new place, a new adventure and a new map. Most of Bastiaan van Aarle’s works start like this. He get’s to a new place, most of the time where he knows little or nothing of and goes to buy a map. This piece of paper helps him to form a certain idea of the place and what spots might be interesting to photograph. Is it hilly, are there a lot of …