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Two boys ride on horse back in Cher‡n, Michoac‡n, Mexico, October, 2012.

Brett Gundlock

From Toronto, but based in Mexico City, Brett Gundlock is a photographer and a founding member of the Boreal Collective. After three years as a staff photographer at Canada’s National Post, Gundlock struck out on his own and now divides his time between assignment work and personal photographic interests. Brett’s personal work lead him to Mexico in 2012 and he has been working there since. Future ambitions include creating his first book from his current project, Flowers for Zapata. Contrasting current social conflicts in Mexico with the history of Emiliano Zapata, Brett is exploring man’s lust for control. Today we take a more in-depth look at that project. Three years ago a small Mexican town called Cherán saw its citizens band together to directly confront organized crime. As soon as I heard about this I left Mexico City on a bus and I arrived in the middle of the annual fiesta, the first fiesta since the town revolted. I began to photograph immediately. The pride of their collective accomplishments was infectious, there was an energy in the air that …

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Pablo Lopez Luz

Pablo López Luz was born in 1979 in Mexico City.  His work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in international museums and galleries such as:  SFMOMA (San Francisco, USA), Fondation Cartier (Paris, France), International Center of Photography (New York, USA), Sommerset House (London, UK), Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City, Mexico), among others.  Some of his most notable awards include: The Syngenta Photography Award, exhibited at the Sommerset House in London, The Alt+1000 Photography Award, awarded by the Alt+1000 festival in Rossiniere, Switzerland.  In late 2014 his second monographic collection, Pyramid, was published under the editorial house RM, and designed by Editions Toluca.  Today we take a closer look at this series and have asked Pablo a few questions about the work. Pyramid Pyramid was born out of questioning two core concepts: history and the role it performs in the contemporary world, as well as the joint creation of our notion of identity. Throughout history, the Mexican population has been victimized by the superposition of different historic layers and cultural impositions, culminating in the creation of a hybrid society that persistently struggles …

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Rob Stephenson

Rob Stephenson is a New York based photographer who has made a name for himself over the past few decades as a documentary photographer. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and The Museum of the City of New York. He has been awarded the Design Trust for Public Space Photo Urbanism fellowship and a 2013 NYFA Artist Fellowship and has been a darkroom resident at the Camera Club of New York. His first book, From Roof to Table, documenting the urban agriculture movement in New York City, was published in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Today we take a closer look at Rob’s series, Myth’s of the Near Future. We were able to ask him a few questions about the passion behind this amazing work. The Space Coast of Florida is comprised of the towns surrounding Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. When the last Space Shuttle took off from the Florida coast in 2011 a population largely defined by …

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Christian Rodriguez

Christian Rodriguez was born and raised in New York City’s Lower East Side, to immigrants of the Dominican Republic. At the age of twelve his sisters and himself were sent to live on the island with his grandmother and extended family. For three formative years he lived outside of the United States. This time away from home would peak his interest in the arts. Upon his return Christian began photographing. After four years of high school in the city he was ready to leave once more. Christian attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. Majoring in photography he quickly began studying Savannah, it’s streets, and it’s lights, the people, and friends. Among many life-changing experiences was the switch to analog methods. Christian graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2015. He has returned to New York City to continue his photographic career. From Here and There. 2014-2015 This body of work deals with many intimate levels of life and family. The home life, the immigrant life, and the …

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Leigh Merrill

Leigh Merrill received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA.  Merrill’s work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the United States in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, the Tremaine Gallery, and the Museum of Texas Tech University. Merrill was a part of the 2011 Fotographia Festival Internazionale di Roma at the Galleria Gallerati in Rome, Italy. Merrill’s work has been included in online and print publications such as the Design Observer/Places Journal, Dwell.com, BLDGBLOG blog, PaperCity Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle.  Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and various private collections. Merrill currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at A&M University-Commerce. Today we share her series, Cinder Blocks and Cherry Blossoms. Cinder Blocks and Cherry Blossoms  My work examines the construction of desire, fiction …

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Alexandra Serrano

Alexandra Serrano is a French-Mexican photographer. She holds two Master degrees, one in Photographic Studies from Westminster University and one in Art History from the university Paris 8. Her practice is mainly autobiographical and self- reflective, tackling themes such as those of family, childhood and memory. Her work features in various publications and has been exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions across Europe and North America. Today we take a look at Alexandra’s series titled Théorie de la Cachette. Théorie de la Cachette is a photographic series that depicts the forest as a boundless space whose immensity engenders admiration, contemplation and fright. Transcended by the stillness and solitude of the natural world, the visitor transforms his wander into a journey of emancipation. Carried by playing and daydreaming begins a quest for identity scattered with obstacles, singular rituals and secret hideaways. A need to tame ambiguous and suspicious places. To transform the landscape by giving it a certain theatricality in an attempt to reinvent a daily life that has been overtaken by the banal and the …

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Julien Mauve

We first fell in love with Julien Mauve’s work when we featured his series Headland of Dreams back in April of this year. So when he shared his latest project Greetings From Mars with us, we realized it was the perfect opportunity to not only share an amazing body of work, but to also get to know a little bit more about him. AB: Hey Julien! Can you start by telling us a little bit about your self & how you first got your start as a photographer? I’ve always loved printed pictures. It started with my family photo albums when I was young, I spent hours looking at them, fascinated by their power over me. My dad offered me my first analog camera at the age of 10 and my first reflex at 25. I found myself really interested in staged photography and started my first project 4 years ago. Since then, things have progressed pretty fast. I’ve been awarded several prizes, including the prestigious SFR Jeunes Talents in 2013, shortlisted for the Leica …

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We Are The Youth

In 2011, I spent the summer in New York interning for Emiliano Granado. To this day, he is one of the nicest people I have ever met. I learned a lot from him and also met some really incredible people while working in the city. One of those people was his studio manager, Laurel Golio. Laurel is also a photographer and we spent tons of time together in the studio chatting about life and dusting photos. Around the time I met Laurel she had started a project called We Are The Youth, and from day one I was interested. I’m happy to say that the project is still going strong, and I was able to ask Laurel a few questions about We Are The Youth and the future of the project. AB : Laurel! Tell us a little bit about yourself and about how this project got started. Hello! I’m a photographer/visual anthropologist based in Brooklyn, NY. My work revolves around the examination of community and its various subcultures, with a focus on using portraiture …

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Valerie Chiang

Valerie Chiang (b. 1992) is a photographer from North Carolina and currently resides in Los Angeles. She will graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Film Production at the end of this year. Today we look at her series recently shot in China titled “As The Dust Settles.” Laundry and bicycle in Beijing The photographs in this series were taken in July on a two-week family vacation to five different cities in the northeastern part of China. This nation has progressed greatly in the past couple of decades to become the global superpower it is today, but it’s also not without troubles, both political and cultural. I did not intend to create a project out of these photographs but as I was scanning and editing them, I noticed they loosely fit together into a quiet portrait of a beautiful yet still struggling country. Empty hanging clips We recently had a chance to discuss Valerie’s recent travels and her experience with her first visit to China. The following is an interview transcribed …

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WHITTEN SABBATINI

Whitten Sabbatini (b.1990) is a photographer currently living in Memphis, Tennessee. His work is included in The Do Good Fund’s collection of contemporary Southern photography. He received his BFA in photography from Mississippi State University in 2013, where he was the recipient of the College of Architecture, Art & Design Undergraduate Student Research Award for his series Of the South, as well as a National Conference Student Scholarship from the Society for Photographic Education. His ongoing project There’s Worse Things Than Being Alone was recently featured on Oxford American’s website as a part of their series Eyes On The South. We recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Whitten about how his work is affecting his post-college life and where he plans to take his photography in the near future. The following is an interview transcribed from a phone conversation. Hey Whitten, how’s it going? Ah this is so crazy; I’m doing really well thanks for doing all of this. So, where are you originally from? Well, I’m from Jackson Mississippi, about …

Du Yang

Interview by Zhenjie Dong Du Yang is a female photographer based in Beijing. Graduated from Beijing Film Academy, her work is filled with dreamy, poetic narrative that is greatly influenced by film. Her work is closely related with the unexpected nature of life “You can sense the reality of life in these photos.” Du Yang wrote in her statement, “They record encounter and departure, leaving and returning, love and fight, the smell of rain and dust. No matter the pictures are crappy or beautiful, those experiences are all real.” Her works and her self-published books have been shown in many exhibitions and book fairs in China, Europe and Japan. It is interesting that you start literature as your major and end up becoming a photographer. How do you start photography and how does literature influence your photography? I started taking photos since I was in high school. It lasts as a hobby ever since and becomes my profession now. I study Literature of Theatre Film and Television in Beijing Film Academy. I took a lot …

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Katie Shapiro

Katie Shapiro was born in Los Angeles in 1983 where she currently lives and works. She received her BFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and is currently working towards her MFA at UC Irvine. Here and There Here and There is an ongoing series of images that I take while traveling. They are mostly made on the West coast and Southwestern parts of the US. They are fluid landscapes that are made to capture the beauty of the land and moments I find solace in. To view more of Kate’s work please visit her website. timberland uomo scarpe hogan air jordan pas cher occhiali da vista ray ban toms online prada wallet mulberry uk prada sunglasses cheap jordans timberland scarpe uomo

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Caitlin Peterson

Caitlin Peterson was born in Milwaukee, WI, but spent the majority of her formative years in Birmingham, AL. She now lives in Savannah, GA where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Caitlin primarily uses a large-format view camera to explore the relationship between man and the land. She has exhibited work in various group exhibitions in Birmingham, AL, Chicago, IL, & Savannah, GA. She hopes to relocate to Chicago after she graduates in the fall of 2013. The Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia were originally compiled by the state librarian, Ella May Thornton, in 1926. Although the list has changed slightly over the years, today the Wonders are generally acknowledged to be: Amicalola Falls, Okefenokee Swamp, Providence Canyon, Radium Springs, Stone Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, and Warm Springs. My work often deals with man’s relationship with the land: how we use, preserve, and classify it. In particular, I’m fascinated by the places that we have specifically set aside to preserve nature and the fact …

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Yonder Journal

One of our favorite photographers and good friend, Emiliano Granado, recently launched his newest endeavor, Yonder Journal, with Daniel Pasley. This unique project combines several forms of visual imagery and narrative cataloguing into one impressive website. “Yonder Journal is the exploration of American Frontiers and Western Principles. We are Cultural Anthropologists and Sportsmen compelled into the Wilderness to explore, document and publish a lasting and meaningful record of our experiences there.” Yonder is producing a series of “guides cataloguing swimming holes, hot springs, primitive campsites, fire towers, wilderness areas and brovets; a collection of studies on adventure cycling, wildlife biology, pack-rafting, mountain hunting campaigns, rendezvous, randonnuering and ranching as well as various other pursuits, sportsmen and environments” additionally, Yonder will chronicle their experiences in the field through a series of briefs. It has been a year since I last worked with Emiliano, I took a few minutes out of his busy day to ask him a few questions about this new project and about how he manages to accomplish so much while at the same …

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Pixy

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yijun Liao (Pixy) is an artist currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is a recipient of the En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship and was a winner of the Flash Forward Award (Canada) in 2011, CPW Photography Now in 2009, and Hey, Hot Shot in 2008. She was also a Honorable Mentionee of the New York Photo Awards in 2009 at the New York Photo Festival and was a finalist of the ITS Photo Award (Italy). Liao’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including NordArt (Germany), Kunst Licht Gallery (China), Arario Gallery (NY), VT Artsalon (Taiwan), The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space (Lebanon), Pingyao International Photography Fest (China), Lianzhou International Photography Fest (China), etc,. Liao was the artist in residence at Woodstock AIR program in 2010. She is currently in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and will do a darkroom residency at the Camera Club of New York in the end of 2013. Liao’s main body of work is called “Experimental Relationship”, which is an ongoing series of self-portraits …