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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 …

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PHILIPP EBELING

Interview by Aint-Bad Magazine Can you start off telling us a little bit about yourself? I was born and raised in Germany, when I was 19 I moved to London and studied Photography. I started out doing music photography and soon after moved to shooting documentaries and personal projects in Russia, China, India and Germany. 2 years ago I started Fishbar, a space for photography in East London, that I run together with my wife Olivia Arthur. I am currently working on my first book, Land without Past about Germany and the village I grew up in, and simultaneously on Fishbar’s next exhibition and publication Dalston Anatomy by Lorenzo Vitturi. Your series “Land Without Past” highlights a disconnect between the Germany of yesterday and the Germany of today, what do you see as being the biggest difference? Yes, there is a strong sense of disconnection from the past in Germany. The country has spent the past 40 years at least pouring over the Nazi past, examining it, remembering it and apologizing for it. While I …

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I-HSUEN CHEN

Interview by Jey Dong I-Hsuen Chen is a New York-based artist, born and raised in Taiwan. He received an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2012. His work has been selected for the New York Photo Festival’s 2012 Invitational, his series Nowhere in Taiwan is in the Permanent Collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and he was chosen as one of Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2012. In 2011 he won Jen Bekman Gallery’s Blurb book prize and a Hey Hot Shot! Honorable Mention, and was awarded the New Artist Feature by the site Culturehall, chosen by curator Tema Stauffer. Chen’s work has been published in magazines and online, including Photograph Magazine, Conveyor Magazine, PHOTONEWS(Germany), THE NEW YORKER PHOTO BOOTH, American Photo, and CCNY blog. His work has also been shown at 25CPW Gallery, hpgrp Gallery, ISE Foundation and Ed. Varie Gallery in New York. Before coming to the U.S., he was a professional opera and choir singer in Taiwan. Nowhere in Taiwan is a selection of photographs made while traveling through …

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David Favrod

David «Takashi» Favrod is a Swiss-Japanese photographer, living and working in Switzerland. He graduated from École cantonale d’art de Lausanne with a master’s degree in art direction and a bachelor’s degree in photography. He has won the Aperture Portfolio Prize and has been included in reGeneration 2, a book and touring exhibition showcasing emerging photographers. Recently he is selected as the Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots! Raised up in a bi-cultural family with a Japanese mother and Swiss father, Favrod constantly searches for his identity in his works. His project Caijin – meaning “the foreigner” in Japanese – is intrigued by his experience of being rejected to obtain double nationality by the Japanese Embassy when he was 18. Caijin is a fictional narrative, a tool for his quest for identity, where self-portraits imply an intimate and solitary relationship that he has with himself. The mirror image is frozen in a figurative alter ego that serves as an anchor point. The aim of this project is to create “his own Japan” in Switzerland, from memories of …

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Will Sanders

Interview with Zhenjie Dong Photographer Will Sanders lives in North London with his wife, cat Monty and a dog called Odin. He has recently become obsessed with looking at cars on Ebay but keeps being out bid. He captures the strange and wonderful and is particularly interested in the interaction between the “built,” and natural environments. His work has been published in W Magazine, Nylon, Exit, Intersection, Oyster, Esquire, the Guardian Weekend, the CR annual and the British Journal of Photography. Zhenjie Dong: Tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and how you developed your interest in photography. Will: I got into photography quite late-at 26. I’d always loved taking photos but I just used a point and shoot as I thought “proper” cameras would be far to technical and complicated. When I first met my wife I showed her some photos from a U.S. road trip, she talked me into going to the local college to do an evening course. At the course taught by an excellent teacher, I soon discovered that …

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Muge

Interview by Zhenjie (Jey) Dong Muge was born and raised in Chongqing, China. He graduated from Sichuan Normal University with a degree in Broadcasting and Television Directing. Since graduating he has worked as a photographer, photo editor and lecturer; he has held solo exhibitions at Zen Photo Gallery in Tokyo, the Anastasia Photo Gallery in New York, and has participated in Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York. He was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award in 2011, selected as a Juror’s Pick for the 2012 Daylight Photo Awards, awarded the Dali International Photography Festival Photography Award, and selected as First Edition 2012 Hey Hot Shot. His photographs have been featured in publications such as the New York Times, EYEMAZING, Le Monde, FOTO8 and Chinese Photography. Muge’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ontario Toronto Canada. In 2005, Muge started his project Going Home, documenting the displacement and upheaval caused by the Three Gorges Dam project along the Yangtze River—on his way …

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Anthony Gerace

Anthony Gerace lives and works in London. Collage, photographs, and typography are the three main elements in his work. He recently completed his thesis in graphic design, with a focus in studio and outdoor portraiture at OCADU in Toronto, Canada. I have had the privilege of interviewing Anthony. Below are a few questions images from two of his series; “There Must Be More to Life Than This” and “Fig. 1-99″. Each chromatic collages are pieced together from a one page of a vintage magazine from a time in his life. “There Must Be More to Life Than This” There Must Be More to Life Than This was begun in the summer of 2011, though it’s origins can be traced back to 2009 and a series of posters and album packages that were done during that time. What started as a sidestep from what was then an entirely figurative practice has become central to the abstraction which has governed my work during the last two years, and is an attempt to marry that abstraction with objective …