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Carlos Jaramillo

Carlos Jaramillo was born in McAllen, Texas in 1988, and currently lives in New York City, where he recently received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. Currently, his personal projects span the subjects of skateboarding, small town America, and commercialism in Latin America. America’s Backyard explores the United States’ outsized influence on everyday life in Latin America. It examines the way commercialism and branding impacts the culture, consumption, and people who inhabit the country of Nicaragua in particular. Nicaraguans have found themselves overshadowed by a culture that is littered with corporate American influences and brand obsessions, while 68% of the country lives on a dollar a day. The title is a phrase that was coined during the 1800’s when the United States’ backed the colonies independence from European countries in order to gain economic trade and power in Latin America, making it “America’s Backyard.” This photography series shows some of the harsh and nuanced impacts of living in the shadow of American materialism in Nicaragua, both in larger …

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Bela Doka

Bela Doka is a Hungarian photographer.  His work has been exhibited worldwide and has been published in Newsweek, The New York Times, Paris Match, Stern, Der Spiegel, Independent Magazine, Esquire, Telegraph, El Pais, Le Monde Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Photo Eyemazing among many others.  Today we share his brilliant series, Studio Panindigan.   Studio Panindigan In Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, panindigan means: to uphold, declare to be true. This name seems to capture the essence of the people who live in this small fishing village on the island region of Palawan in the Philippines. They live a simple life, trying to meet their basic needs, without any real material wealth – but the individuals who have agreed to be photographed in Bela’s makeshift studio all radiate a dignity and a human pride that is worthy of a king or a queen. In fact, among Bela’s subjects is Tita Pinon, daughter of the founder of this small island off the main long sliver of Palawan that is the westernmost part of the Philippines. Amelio Dagsallo …

Oglala Sioux Reservation, South Dakota

Tim Richmond

Tim Richmond studied film and photography at the London College of Printing from 1979-1982. His inspiration to photograph started in the 70’s, watching Auteur movies that asked as many questions as they answered – films such as Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick’s tribute to wide open spaces, and The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino and Vilmos Zsigmond’s vision of steel town America, are included in his cinema inspiration. Tim has long preferred the aesthetic of analogue film, and continues to shoot both his still projects and short films on film, and produces C-type prints himself. He mainly lives in Somerset, in rural England, and makes regular visits to US with his wife, the writer/artist/gardener Lee C. Wallick. They are expecting their first child in September 2015. Today we share his series, Last Best Hiding Place. For over 20 years, internationally acclaimed photographer Tim Richmond has worked for major publications. In 2008, after the death of his first wife, he increasingly turned his attention to exploring his long-term projects. The first of these completed projects is Last …


Pavlos Fysakis

Pavlos Fysakis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1969. He lives and works in Athens, photographing for the press and teaching photography at Focus School of Art and the Rehabilitation Center for Drug Addiction at the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica. He is the co-founder of the art collective “Depression Era” which, since 2011, has been documenting the social landscape of the Greek crisis through images and texts. The collective’s aim is to create a living archive and and an active artistic community through international exhibitions, open discussions, free seminars, and other actions.  Preoccupied with the idea of boundaries, Pavlos is interested in the human order of things, constantly debating the solidity, or the fluidity of those territorial, cultural, social, and personal boundaries that define and position us within a society. In that quest, he creates imaginary narratives through a geographic exploration of space, documenting culture, identity and social phenomena such as urbanization, isolation and transition.  Today we share his series, Nea Helvetia. Nea Helvetia Switzerland (“Helvetia” in Greek) is one of the richest countries in the world. New Switzerland, Nea Helvetia in Attica, Greece …


Dorrell Merritt

Dorrell Merritt (b.1991) is a London based Photographer and Writer. Since graduating from Coventry University in 2012 with a 2:1.  Inspired primarily by tableau photography and narrational construction, he has worked on a number of series’ in a bid to share orchestrated scenes of great tension, emotion and intimacy. Often using intimacy, nudity and isolation as empowering tools, his work frequently breaks down the veil of privacy that seemingly exists in the everyday world. Today we share his series Thus , They Bloom. Thus, They Bloom Thus, They Bloom is a collection of staged narratives, created with the intention of wholly exploring the ways in which sentimentality as a theme, manifests itself within the modern age. Building upon the intimacy of previous series’ such as “Studies”(2013) with the pathos and poetic elements of his graduate series “Weep Not by Day” (2012), “Thus, They Bloom” presents itself as a carefully crafted and intimate series of definitive moments within seemingly everyday lives, unbound to age, sex or race. Recurring themes such as dualistic relationships, artefacts and solitude …


Lulu Ash

Born in 1985, Lulu grew up in South Devon. She studied Fine Art Photography at University College Falmouth, graduating in 2009. Since then she has been living and working in London, producing beautiful personal projects and commissioned assignments both at home and abroad. Lulu’s photography is about people, it’s about feelings, connections and stories. She loves working with her subjects to create visual narratives that are emotive and authentic. Lulu’s work has a distinct aesthetic and a dreamlike quality, with a naturalism in her close observations of subjects and environments. Today we look at her series Ebb and Flow. Ebb and Flow The series Ebb and Flow is about a small remote community living on the coast of Sumbawa, Indonesia. They live and work in harmony with the ebb and flow of the tide. At low tide they harvest seaweed, bringing it to the shore on rafts, and fish for their food in rock pools. At high tide they dry the seaweed out in the sunshine, then bag it up to sell to the food …



Baker is a photographer born in Germany, and raised in the UK. He spent time running an independent record label and producing art shows before finding the path of photography. Today he is captivated by people, he derives great pleasure in connecting with new people and listening to their unique stories. His biggest inspiration is traveling the world and finding stories in local environments. Today we share his series, Baths of Budapest. The series ‘Baths of Budapest’ is the result of a melting pot of inspirations; the vague memory of a photograph of the Szechenyi baths seen years ago but remembered because of the amazing characters. A love of architecture and Nikolai Bakharev’s beautiful and intimate portraits of bathers on the Russian beaches/lakes from the 1980’s. Baker wanted to combine those inspirations with an intention of capturing the relaxed and self assured postures of characters who have been frequenting the baths for a lifetime. To view more of Baker’s work, please visit his website.

Nelson, 94 years old, saw eight of his nine sons leaving the village to look for better opportunities. In Trás-os-Montes the population aging rate is very high.

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The inner north of Portugal has been forgotten and neglected for a long time and is currently one of the poorest regions of the country.
Its landscape is marked by the abandonment of the lands, villages and factories, ruins which evoke memories of better times, job opportunities, more people and children.
Life here seems overshadowed by loneliness, apathy, emptiness, hopelessness and uncertainty regarding the future.
When confronted with the difficulties of the hard rural life, most young people dream about leaving the region and country. Those who stay, face the monotony and days that repeat themselves over and over again.
Portugal crosses one of the toughest moments since the end of the dictatorship in 1974. The austerity policies, adopted by the Portuguese government, drove many families into poverty, mortgaging the country's future.

Lara Jacinto

Lara Jacinto is a photographer based in Porto, Portugal. Graduated in Design, studied photography at Portuguese Institute of Photography. She works as an independent photographer, focused in documentary projects. Since 2011, Lara has developed reportages for the most important Portuguese newspapers and magazines, as Público, Expresso or Visão. She is also involved in collective documental photography projects, like the recently published ProjectoTroika, about Portuguese crisis. Lara Jacinto’s work has been subject of solo and group exhibitions in Portugal and abroad. Located in the inner north of Portugal, Trás-os-Montes region has been forgotten and neglected for a long time and is currently one of the poorest regions of the country. Its landscape is marked by the abandonment of the lands, villages and factories, ruins which evoke memories of better times, job opportunities, more people and children. The economical crisis sweeping the country aggravated long term problems subsisting in this territory, such as the destruction of railroads and insufficient access to healthcare and education, thus driving the population into increasingly fragile conditions. Life here seems overshadowed by loneliness, …


Frederico Colarejo

Frederico Colarejo (b. 1979, Lisbon, Portugal) Lives in Bristol, England. Colarejo is a photographer whose interests are mainly focused around the landscape and how human interventions affect the environment that surrounds us. His photographic approach is predominantly documentary drawing upon notions of history, society and culture. He is a recent graduate from documentary photography at university of South Wales, Newport. Today we take a look at Frederico’s series titled POSSESSIO MARIS.   POSSESSIO MARIS This photographic body of work portrays the remnants of abandoned crab and lobster tanks that can be found in several places along the coast of Portugal. Most of these structures were built during the first half of the 20th century and today, gradually falling apart, they’re at risk of disappearing forever. These tanks used to belong to restaurant owners and were created to keep crustaceans alive and fresh ready to sell to customers. They were built during a time when the population benefited from greater prosperity, however, with the country’s rising financial struggle this trade stopped being profitable, which led the majority …

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Jay Muhlin

Jay Muhlin is an artist working in photography with a focus on books. He is the 2014 Esther & Harvey Graitzer Memorial Prize winner, and attended Review Santa Fe 2012 for his book Guilty Pleasures. Residencies include Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, The Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY, and the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy, NY. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography hiswork appeared in various editorial publications worldwide. In 2008 Muhlin published his first long-term book project entitled Half Life: A Portrait of Lauren. The book documents the life and suicide of a close friend and the artist’s relationship to her. Muhlin has taught courses at Syracuse University, Salem Community College, University of Delaware, Moore College of Art and Design, The College of New Jersey, and was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College in 2011. He currently works as a photographer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, teaches at Rowan and La Salle Universities and is an Artist Member …


Shawn Bush

Shawn Bush, born 1987, is a photographer living and working in San Francisco.  In his work Shawn tends to blend a certain amount of fiction with reality to create a one off world that mimics aspects of pop culture and Americana.  His work tends to focus on the obscurities of everyday life with subtle humor and lends itself to his inquisitive nature.  Bush has been shown in galleries in Chicago, Oakland, Grand Rapids and San Francisco.  His debut artist book The Process of Meaning and Worth is the recipient of the Manifest Gold Book award and is a part of the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s permanent collection. The Process of Meaning and Worth The essence of human nature instills us with different variations of what makes a person, place or thing meaningful to us at an individual level and to us as a society. Everyone finds and places significance according to many different variables.  Some place meaning by the age of what is in question, the history and possibly by the sheer amount of it. The one …


Elise Kirk

Elise Kirk studied documentary film at Columbia College Chicago (BA ’00), investigated representations of the family in Spanish cinema on a Fulbright grant in Madrid (’01), and completed her MFA in photography at Rhode Island School of Design (’15).  She is from the Midwest, though she can’t quite tell you what qualities make her a Midwesterner, or even where the borders of the Midwest lie.  Elise is fascinated with familial relationships (both inherited and constructed), mythologies of place, and the impermanence of all of the above. Mid- I come from the middle of the country, down my own inner road between two households, where I grew up surrounded by a groundedness I couldn’t quite touch. Now I lap the nation in pursuit of an unreachable landing pad, and the middle stays with me like an anchor — a secure attachment to a Midwest myth of agrarian rootedness. Yet in my travels I encounter a different view of the region. For many, the middle states are no potential rooting ground but a place to be passed …


Maia Akiva

Maia Akiva is a photographer currently living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She just graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in photography and will be moving to France in the fall to teach and take more photographs. Today we share her series Metanoia. Metanoia “Metanoia: A transformative and spiritual change of heart; to turn to the light.” This series focuses on the underlying spirituality in everyday life and aims to bring these moments together to create a paracosm, or a detailed, imaginary world created inside one’s mind, that encompasses the nostalgia of childhood and the magical tendency of light. A particular kind of light has a certain power to transform reality and create a moment that is otherworldly. With these photographs I want to cultivate a sense of a different or strange reality that is grounded in the real world, specifically a world seen through the eyes of a young girl. To view more of Maia’s work, please visit her website.

Intrepid Potash Mine, near Moab, Utah

Alexander Heilner

Alexander Heilner is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video, digital imaging, installation, lighting design, and sculpture. His work has been exhibited, screened, and performed nationally and internationally, from MoMA to Burning Man. In 2012, he won the prestigious Baker Artist Prize and his work was featured at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The same year, Alex’ commissioned digital collages were featured in the new Johns Hopkins Hospital complex, and Baltimore magazine named him the city’s best photographer. Alex earned his B.A. at Princeton University and his M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has been teaching photography at MICA / The Maryland Institute College of Art since 2003, and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Design and Media at MICA. Previously, Alex taught photography and digital imaging at NYU, as well as film and video production at SVA. He has also served as the director of the photography program at the JCC in Manhattan. For the past twenty years, most of Alexander Heilner’s artwork has been the result …

a man and a woman inside a cold chamber at a rehab clinic. inside is very dry air cooled down to about minus 110 degrees celsius. People stay inside for about 3 minutes, their mouth covered with a mask , wearing a bathing suit, gloves, a bonnet and shoes to protect sensitive areas. This treatment is used for example to ease chronic arthritis or pain after a spinal operation

Alexander Krack

Alexander Krack (b. 1981) is a German photographer based in Berlin. Before graduating from the Ostkreuz School for Photography, he studied film theory at the Free University Berlin. In his photography he explores the boundaries of what is generally thought to be comprehensible. He believes in the encounter of the surreal as an inner emancipatory process while following a humanistic compass. His work has been exhibited in Germany and France and is coming up on numerous international festivals such as Malmö Fotobiennale, Voies Off Arles and Photo Festival Leiden. He has also been featured in The Huffington Post, and Vice. Today we take a look at his series titled, The Treatment. The Treatment (2014) (orig. title «morgens nüchtern, am Brunnen, zu Bett») Even though modern spa towns first surfaced in 18th century Britain and spread throughout most of Europe and far Russia shortly after, the idea must have resonated deeply within Germany. There are over 300 spa towns in Germany alone. In his series The Treatment, photographer Alexander Krack explores whether these places have …