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For Jill Greenberg, taking photographs has been a life-long obsession. “I began as a very young child,” she’s said. “I’ve been obsessed with form, color, light composition and portraiture for as long as I can remember.” Famed for both her commercial … Continued

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Known online as “13th Witness,” photographer Timothy McGurr simply follows his instincts when it comes to choosing what to shoot. “I’m the kind of photographer who will shoot what I like,” McGurr told Business Insider. “If it catches my eye … Continued

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For her first book, Danish photographer Karen Rosetzsky decided to focus her lens on Young Love. Over the course of three years, Rosetzsky spanned the globe—from Denmark to Louisiana—capturing erotic shots of couples, often in their bedrooms.  “It was super … Continued

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“I love the flesh. I am a photographer of the skin,” said celebrated French photographer Bettina Rheims of her artistic career. Rheims is especially focused on the female body since, as she has explained, “I shoot women because I know them, … Continued

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As one of the premiere photographers of New York and LA nightlife, Patrick McMullan’s Instagram feed provides an inside peek at the best parties populated by A-list actors, artists and musicians. From charity benefits to fashion shows to art exhibits to the Academy Awards, … Continued

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If Andy Warhol had lived in the age of Instagram, he would have been the king of social media. Even back in the day, he spent most of his life documenting the events he attended and the people he hung out … Continued

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When Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio first arrived in New York City in 1976 he found a city pulsing with creative energy. “The areas around South Manhattan were becoming a massive outdoor stage, right before our eyes, with people playing music, … Continued

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When he’s on assignment trying to capture one-of-a-kind photos for magazines like Vogue, W, National Geographic, The New Yorker and New York, Landon Nordeman tries not to overthink things. “I love to work in a situation that is a controlled environment … Continued

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Giving you a feel for the life of a fashion jetsetter, German model Andre Hamann’s Instagram feed is filled with exotic travel pics (Morocco, Bali, the south of France) and the requisite shirtless selfies showing off his chiseled, tattooed body. … Continued

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One of the greatest photography institutions around — New York’s International Center of Photography — is opening in a new brand-new home and exhibition space on the Bowery. Here are some of the indelible posts from the ICP on Instagram. … Continued

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“I always felt like a voyeur doing this project,” said French photographer Sophie Ebrard of It’s Just Love, her photo series which finds beauty behind the scenes of films directed by a popular British porn director known as Gazzman. How … Continued

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Known for his ability to cajole soulful, unguarded portraits out of performers, Danny Clinch is responsible for capturing some of the most memorable photographs of musicians. He snapped a shot of Willie Nelson fixing one of his braids while riding in his tour bus, he shot Patti Smith … Continued

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The Instagram feed of the man who’s nabbed the most gold medals in Olympic history—19 and counting—offers the perfect way to get in the mood for watching the Games. It’s got team spirit: photos of Phelps and his USA swim teammates … Continued

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The High Museum of Art in Atlanta is hosting “Walker Evans: Depth of Field,” through September 11, the touring retrospective of the work of the documentary photographer best known for capturing portraits of classic Americana—from small-town barber shops to road-side … Continued

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Although German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh is often credited with creating the late 1980’s Era of the Supermodel—thanks to his exquisite shots of Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell—Lindbergh is much more humble about his accomplishment. “I was … Continued

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Take a deep dive into award-winning British fashion photographer Nick Knight’s Instagram feed and you’ll see some of the coolest shoots (both photo and video) that he’s done with Kate Moss and other models, friends and inspirations for magazines like … Continued

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4th October 1950: Showgirls in a dressing room at a New Orleans Burly-Que. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)

Although Weegee is best known for his bleak shots of New York City crime scenes in the 1930s and ‘40s, he also had an eye for the less gritty, more playful aspects of urban life. This curated collection focuses on … Continued

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Paul Marciano is not only the co-founder of Guess?, he’s the mastermind behind the company’s titillating brand identity. As the art director of the company’s advertising campaigns, Marciano created a winning formula: hire a blonde bombshell, have her shot in black and … Continued

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Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy is the New York-based tattoo artist who inked a revolver onto Rihanna’s ribcage, etched the word “forgive” onto Justin Bieber’s hip and drew a large lion head on model Cara Delevingne’s forefinger. Being the go-to tattoo … Continued

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In 2003—at the age of 25—Ryan McGinley became the youngest artist to be given a solo show at New York’s Whitney Museum. That show, titled “The Kids Are Alright,” featured photographs that documented the lives of McGinley—who cites Larry Clark … Continued

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Now that Olivia Bee has turned 22, she has officially dedicated half of her life to the art of photography. After being assigned to a school photography class in the sixth grade, the Portland, Oregon native started documenting her world—capturing herself and her … Continued

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Oliva Bee, Pre-Kiss, 2010, from Olivia Bee: Kids in Love (Aperture, 2016)
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The art of creating a provocative photograph involves taking risks, pushing boundaries and using techniques that challenge the status quo. The photographs collected here—from such greats as Helmut Newton, Nan Goldin and Larry Clark—mark pivotal moments in the art form, demonstrating … Continued

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“Real memory, which these pictures trigger, is an invocation of the color, smell, sound and physical presence, the density and flavor of life,” wrote Nan Goldin in her 1986 photobook, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Originally created as a slideshow … Continued

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The world of fashion photography would be a very different place were it not for the work of Irving Penn, one of the most influential titans of his craft. Throughout his 70-year career, Penn made striking use of the artifice … Continued

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In 2003, Dublin-born Charles Moriarty got a job working as a still photographer in the London music industry. That same year, 20-year-old Amy Winehouse released her debut album, Frank, which went on to sell more than one million copies and … Continued

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At first, the tattooed “model, photographer, blogger in LA” resisted launching her Instagram feed. “A lot of my work is ‘too sexy’ and I find [Instagram] to be restricting,” said Nett. Eventually Nett gave in and after getting positive feedback … Continued

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Who is Joan Smalls? She’s the supermodel that Elle magazine described as having “the planet’s most perfect face.” She’s also a Puerto Rico native who “came to New York with a dream—I came to do what I saw girls doing … Continued

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In 1917, after studying painting at the National Academy of Design in New York City, Alfred Cheney Johnston became an in-house photographer for Florenz Ziegfeld’s infamously ribald revue—the Ziegfeld Follies. Johnston’s classical training influenced the photographs he took of the … Continued

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In addition to trying to form emotional and personal connections beyond the boundaries of social media, New York photographer Levi Jackman Foster uses his Instagram portraits (you can follow him @nanuk_jf)  to raise awareness on issues such as gay rights, … Continued

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The Instagram account of Magnum Photos—the international photo agency—is a tantalizing showcase for the work of the eclectic group of photographers it has represented since 1947. From artfully composed celebrity portraiture and lifestyle photos to photojournalistic shots from inside war-ravaged countries, Magnum’s … Continued

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For his book Snapshots of Dangerous Women, art collector Peter Cohen scoured estate sales and flea markets searching for photographs of women from the early to mid twentieth century who were gleefully flouting the social norms of their time. The … Continued

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He’s walked the runway and starred in ad campaigns for prestigious designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Hugo Boss. He’s worked with legendary photographers like Steven Meisel, Terry Richardson and Steven Klein. He’s landed the cover of Attitude and Out magazines. Thirty-year-old Chad … Continued

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British singer FKA Twigs likes to create a kind of performance art vibe on her Instagram feed. One day you’ll see an artsy shot of a woman’s cleavage (we’re assuming its hers) that still bears the marks from a recently … Continued

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Socialite, model, actress and “Warhol Superstar” Edie Sedgwick

In the mid-1960s, Andy Warhol rounded up more than 400 people—from Hollywood actors to prestigious artists to his pals from the Factory—and had them sit for three minutes in front of a motion picture camera. Warhol’s intent was to simply … Continued

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“Odd and original movement inspires me,” says photographer Nir Arieli whose passion for capturing images of professional dancers continues with his exhibit, Flocks, at the Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery in Manhattan through June 4. In his latest photographs, 30-year-old Arieli—who was born in Israel and … Continued

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Bruce Davidson is known for taking photographs of people living their lives in hostile atmospheres. He chronicled the movement of the 1960s Freedom Riders, civil rights activists who rode buses into the deep south to protest segregation. He did a series … Continued

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After seeing Kate Moss walking around in a robe with a towel wrapped around her head on the set of one his shoots, famed fashion photographer Mario Testino got inspired to create an Instagram series featuring a wide range of celebs—from … Continued

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If you’re Instagram feed could use an injection of glamorous, provocatively-clad, beautifully photographed models, @laperlalingerie is the account for you. Filled with exquisitely art-directed photoshoots of La Perla products—everything from swimwear to bustiers—the Italian lingerie brand’s Instagram fare also features some of the … Continued

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Cade Martin likes drama. The American photographer—who used to roam around movie sets capturing still photos—brings a similar sense of theatricality to his editorial, advertising and personal artwork. He creates fanciful set pieces, exotic characters and whimsical stories. Here’s a selection of his elaborate work. … Continued

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Ralph Eugene Meatyard isn’t widely known outside the photography world, but he is considered a central figure to American visionary photography. His dreamlike images and experimental abstractions have had a major impact on contemporary photographers, an influence just beginning to … Continued

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“I like to present the realest ‘me’ possible,” Bella Hadid has said of the way she approaches her social media posts. “If I’m working, I’ll post a photo of me working. But if I’m sitting home on a Saturday night … Continued

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“To me, there is nothing richer than being allowed into an ordinary person’s life story,” says British photographer Adrian Buckmaster, whose skillful portraiture has been featured in magazines, advertising campaigns and in his first monograph, 2015’s An Embarrassment of Riches, … Continued

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He spent 10 years as chief photographer for Rolling Stone and currently shoots cover stories for magazines like Vanity Fair and GQ, so it’s no surprise that Mark Seliger’s Instagram feed is filled with famous faces. PROVOKR especially loves the … Continued

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Los Angeles photographer Anthony Friedkin began working on The Gay Essay in 1969, at age nineteen, intending it to be an eighteen-month documentary project. He started his work as an intrigued outsider and ended it four years later as a intimate … Continued

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On July 12, the Met Breuer is launching Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, an exhibition that focuses on the first seven years (1956-1962) of the legendary photographer’s career. Featuring more than 100 photographs—the majority of which have never before been … Continued

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It all began with a selfie. Tate Tullier took a picture of himself bathing, posted it online with the tag “Tub Time with Tate,” and thus an art project was born. Since that first photo, “Tub Time” has grown from … Continued

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In the late 1980s and early ’90s, British photographer Nick Waplington was granted access to Isaac Mizrahi’s pre-runway fitting sessions with top models like Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. Waplington has compiled the images he captured into the … Continued

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Between 1977 and 1980, Swedish photographer Hasse Persson spent hundreds of nights at Studio 54, the legendary New York City discotheque that reveled in a giddy, anything-goes debauchery and attracted such regulars as Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Debbie Harry and Mick … Continued

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Heralded as one of the most innovative photographers of the 1960s, British-born Brian Duffy initially found his niche in fashion photography, shooting for British Vogue and French Elle. He took memorable photographs of the biggest models of the day—like Jean … Continued

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Every year, Amsterdam’s Foam Museum organizes Foam Talent, an exhibition of emerging talents in the international world of photography. Foam Talent reflects the diverse and often surprising developments in the medium of photography today, featuring photo-objects, installations, lightboxes and wallpapers as … Continued

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In the exhibition titled “Dream States: Contemporary Photographs and Video,” New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art showcased artists whose work evokes “the experience of a waking dream.” Some of the works that were on display focused on the otherworldly quality … Continued

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PROVOKR is a passionate supporter of the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture—a museum, a school, a forum and a catalyst for great work. It’s a place where … Continued

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“Welcome to the revolution of love. To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger but all marginalized people. Where people uniquely different might be considered a … Continued

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No one has made an artistic career out of voyeurism quite like Merry Alpern. In the early 1990s, the photographer—after discovering that a friend’s apartment offered a view into the bathroom window of a New York City sex club—took a … Continued

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From the 1991 shot of a young Mary J. Blige taking a meeting at MCA Records to a legendary portrait of the late, great Biggie Smalls to Run DMC performing at Live Aid in 1985, the Hip Hop Photo Museum Instagram feed uses the … Continued

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His work is young without being shallow; fresh without being brash; sensual without being slutty. Jesse Untracht-Oakner’s JUO Photography is based in New York, featured in fashion editorial work, art installations and the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern … Continued

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When Helmut Newton was in the midst of setting up one of his shoots, he would take a quick Polaroid to test the lighting and composition to make sure the vision he had was coming to fruition. Although many photographers use the … Continued

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Fashion photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber is such a big fan of Instagram that he’s used the social media platform to unveil new work. Last year, Weber debuted photos from his book—titled All-American Volume XV: Leap of Faith—which featured shots of a father-daughter dance … Continued

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“When I first got a camera after graduating high school, I wanted to document my friends and our adventures,” recalled LA-based Will Adler of the beginning of his artistic inspiration. “I’m a surfer myself, so when I started taking photos … Continued

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The Taschen Gallery in Los Angeles—an outpost of the famed art book publishing house—hosted a group photo exhibition last summer titled “Taschen’s Sixties.” The show featured works that elicited the disruptive spirit of the day. From Daniel Kramer’s edgy shots of Bob Dylan … Continued

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Born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1982, L.A.–based photographer and filmmaker Tyler Shields produces deliberately unsettling images that play with the viewer’s expectations and iconography, particularly when it comes to celebrity. “There are going to be people who don’t like things … Continued

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Peruvian photographer Mariano Vivanco has established himself as one of the world’s leading editorial photographers, regularly shooting for such magazines as Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and i-D. Known for his intimate portraiture—often shot in black and white—of cultural icons like … Continued

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Watching Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is, as the artist intended, an extraordinary human adventure—so touching and so real that you can smell the sweat, the aroma of downtown … Continued

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Vivian Maier did not live her life as a celebrated photographer. She spent most of her time eking out a living by being a nanny and secretly pursued her artistic inclinations in her spare time. In fact, it wasn’t until after Maier died in … Continued

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Enami Nobukuni was a prolific and popular Japanese photographer of the late 19th and early 20th century—often referred to as the Meiji period of Japanese history, which happened when the closed, feudal society opened itself up to the world and … Continued

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Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Ryan Gosling for “La La Land”. Photo by @mertalas and @macpiggott. A photo posted by Golden Globes (@goldenglobes) on Jan 8, 2017 at 9:37pm PST   Best Actress in a … Continued

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To the casual observer, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh’s erotic photographs of women might easily be taken for a man’s. The women pictured are so overtly sexual, so openly objectified. “I photograph friends, lovers, family (my sister-in-law, Eliane), models and people whose beauty … Continued

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Amsterdam’s Foam museum (aka the Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam) prides itself on showcasing a broad and provocative range of modern photography, including the work of the greats (like Helmut Newton) as well as emerging talent. Following the museum’s Instagram account is like taking … Continued

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In plays and movies, the “fourth wall” is invisible: it’s the opening through which the audience views what is going on. In Brooke Shaden’s new Room Series, the fourth wall is actually the ceiling, and the spectacle we view is … Continued

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The exhibition “Night Fever: New York Disco 1977–1979, the Bill Bernstein Photographs,” at the Museum of Sex in New York through February 17, explores the radical sexuality and multiculturalism embraced by the New York disco clubs of the late ’70s. … Continued

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In 2006, Eugena Washington finished in the top 3 on America’s Next Top Model and quickly went on to establish herself as a top-tier model—strutting down runways, shooting commercials for the likes of Cover Girl and Lexus, and appearing in music videos. Washington … Continued

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Showing off another side to his creative genius, Karl Lagerfeld has been photographing editorial shoots for the French fashion magazine Numéro for the past 15 years. The magazine has collected Lagerfeld’s photos and showcased them in a book titled Numéro Couture. The opulent tome features a range of … Continued

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In 1999, Annie Leibovitz, the legendary celebrity photographer, together with the late Susan Sontag, Leibovitz’s partner of 15 years, published the book Women, an exhilarating collection of portraits of female leaders in various spheres—politics, sports, business and culture. Now, 17 … Continued

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Harley Weir’s lush, saturated imagery has made her a fashion world sensation. Part punk rock, part Pre-Raphaelite, her work pulls the viewer in with an immediacy that’s always sensual and sometimes even startling. “To move someone or to make them think for … Continued

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“The Shape of Things: Photographs From Robert B. Menschel,” a survey of classic and provocative photography that covers 150 years of the art form, is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York through May 7. All … Continued

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Carla Sozzani has spent her life pursuing and creating beautiful things. She brought her eye for design to the fashion world as Editor-in-Chief for all special issues of Italian Vogue, and then to the Italian edition of Elle as its founder. … Continued

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Robyn Rihanna Fenty is many things and now that includes creating the best magazine covers of any artist. The range of settings, colors, hair, makeup, lighting and attitude is stunning across the magazine covers we picked. It is never the … Continued

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Odette Sugerman’s images celebrate the kind of iconic beauty that’s more power than pinup. These ladies don’t mess around—they have it going on and they know it. Sugerman has an eye for amping up the gorgeous, and it shows all … Continued

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Richard Learoyd’s images create a fascinating balance between the minute detail of large-scale photography and the ephemeral qualities that create a mood of intimacy and introspection. Learoyd has said of his work, “The pictures are about extending the duration of … Continued

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In “The Women’s List: 50 Portraits” we meet fifty exemplary ladies—leaders, thinkers, designers, innovators, actors—all trailblazers in their respective fields. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, noted for his “List” series photo essays (“The Black List” and “The Out List” among them), has created … Continued

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This is an amazing, refreshing display of color and humanity at the Met Breuer through January 2nd. His street photography is seemingly playful but at the same time, we feel his serious dedication to bringing breathtaking images to our eyes. … Continued

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When it comes to lingerie, what’s not there is just as essential as what is. The best photographers get that and know how to explore the erotic possibilities of what’s underneath…and what happens when ladies stop being ladylike and turn … Continued

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Dominance & Submission “What I find interesting is working in a society with certain taboos and fashion photography is about that kind of society. To have taboos, then to get around them that is interesting.” – Helmut Newton       … Continued

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With Camera in Love, the Stedelijk Museum presents the largest overview of Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken’s photographs and films that has taken place in over twenty years. A unique figure, Van der Elsken was renowned as a street photographer, … Continued

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The German-born von Wangenheim, who moved to the U.S. in 1965, became a prominent fashion photographer in the ’70s for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Esquire, Playboy and Interview. His work, often shocking, epitomized the glamour and excess of the era and … Continued

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Deanna Templeton is a street photographer in Orange County, California. “This is my home,” she says. “Orange County, actually Huntington Beach, is where I was born and where my parents are laid to rest. I have many memories from here, … Continued

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“The Radical Eye” offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the world’s most important photography collections. This is a remarkable group of modernist images ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, almost 200 rare vintage prints from groundbreaking photographers … Continued

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E.J. Bellocq (1873-1949) remains an ambiguous figure in history. Following his death in 1949, eighty-nine glass plate negatives of portraits of female prostitutes from New Orleans’ Storyville district were found in his desk. All of the images were taken circa … Continued

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Arthur Elgort’s “snapshot style” of photography, with its emphasis on movement and natural light, transformed fashion photography in the 1970s. Now Steidl has put out a comprehensive book of his work, Arthur Elgort: The Big Picture, which PROVOKR is showcasing … Continued

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Fashion photographer Collier Schorr, sets her sites on model de moment, Bella Hadid. Isa”Bella” Hadid, 20, started posing when she was 16. Within a year, the exotic beauty was named Break Out Star for model.com and last year, was named … Continued

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Back in the ‘90s, Ryan McGinley captured thousands of photos of his daily (and nightly) activities, and the lives of his tightknit crew of downtown friends. He pioneered an approach to photography that’s part documentary, part hedonistic happening. This was … Continued

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Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late ’70s and gained a reputation as a master of both art and commercial photography. He produced editorial fashion and portraits for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, as well as … Continued

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Although Danny Lyon, 74,  grew up in a middle-class section of Queens, he has always focused his camera on those who live on the margins of society. In the 1960s—after graduating from the University of Chicago alongside classmate Bernie Sanders—Lyons … Continued

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“Public, Private, Secret” is the inaugural exhibition of the ICP’s new downtown Manhattan home, on view through January 8. “This new space enabled us to respond to our contemporary image environment in different ways,” says ICP’s curator-in-residence Charlotte Cotton. The … Continued

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This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love and what better way to celebrate that “tie-dye for” era than a retrospective (or two) of the work of rock ‘n’ roll and counter culture photographer, Jim Marshall? Born … Continued

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“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.”—James Dean Hollywood glitz and glamour leads to celebrities becoming larger than life, veritable titans … Continued

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Charles Moriarty took these amazing photos in several shoots with his friend Amy Winehouse. One of the images became the cover for her album Frank. The book, Before Frank, was printed through a kickstarter dream in a limited release of … Continued

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Lady Gaga’s love affair with V Magazine has a long history, dating all the way back to the start of her career in 2009, when Gaga and Editor Stephen Gan first met. Since then, Gaga has graced twenty-three V Magazine covers … Continued

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Helen Sloan has been the official photographer for Game of Thrones since the beginning. She says there’s no such thing as a normal day on the set. “One day we are shooting an exploding ice wall, the next the interior … Continued

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This past February 24th, photography lost a unique and provocative voice, Chinese artist Ren Hang. His creative output was prolific, in spite of near-constant clinical depression. In the past six years alone, there have been 24 solo exhibitions and 76 … Continued

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In 1947, four photographers, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour formed The Magnum Manifesto, a collective of the most influential artists of the time. In honor of its 70th anniversary, The International Center of Photography presents … Continued

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There is no question about where to be if you want to be surrounded by the most incredible images of the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll. If you can’t travel to one of their locations then visit Morrison Hotel‘s instagram, it’s … Continued

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I first met Dennis Hopper to interview him for a film he had directed, Out of the Blue. He lived up to his bad boy reputation. His hotel suite had somehow been transformed into a dark denizen of excess. The … Continued

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See the myriad ways women have used the camera to capture lived experience. In our current season of civil protest in which women are at the forefront, asserting their voices, it seems appropriate and timely to explore work by several … Continued

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Women Seeing Women is quite possibly the most interesting and enlightening show of the summer. The collection is presented by Staley-Wise and Magnum Photos. The curation showcases the work of twelve legendary female Magnum photographers and twelve women who are … Continued

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Ellen von Unwerth is a girl’s—and a boy’s—best friend. No one shoots women like she does. Her Instagram is unbelievably varied and wonderfully curated. What a great adventure it is to travel through her images from Kate Moss to this week’s hot … Continued

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This great exhibition is focused on the work of Walker Evans and curated from a French perspective. The show is magnificent in its presentation and provoking thought about the artist’s work. Walker Evans started taking photographs when he was 27 … Continued

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Fred Cray’s new series of unique Dissolve prints are incredibly sensuous. He is transforming photographic imagery through manipulation leaving the viewer with a sense of suspended time and place as a soft dream like world emerges from each piece. Cray’s … Continued

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The Westport Arts Center in Westport, Connecticut presents an amazing collection of Vivian Maier photographs. The exhibition features over seventy color and black & white stunning photos taken by the very secretive photographer during her lifetime. “Well, I suppose nothing … Continued

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Welcome to the carnival lit world of Parker Day. Parker is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores identity and the masks we wear. Her fictionalized portraits are shocking, entertaining and soul-shifting. She presents her images without any photoshopping and … Continued

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Leland Bobbé, a native New Yorker, has been a professional photographer for over thirty years. After being hooked on the HBO series The Deuce, our photo editor did a search for the real Times Square from the 70’s. We kept … Continued

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The accessibility of Instagram and its onslaught of filters have a way of making photography an integral part of everyday life. It has never been easier to slip halfway out of your shirt, snap a scandalous selfie, and tell yourself … Continued

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The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents the first exhibition on the life and career of German-born actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, titled Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image. Recognized for her ability to challenge feminist standards in her roles and her style … Continued

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There’s something beautifully diffused about the way you remember a wild night. Following the sharp details of the evening’s debut, those blurry edges are the stuff of modern day magic. The tradeoff is that most of the time, you’ll only … Continued

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The show “Imitation of Life” brings together over 100 works by Cindy Sherman to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibit emphasizes Cindy Sherman’s electrical connection to the movies. “Her work has been deconstructing stereotypes established … Continued

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  “I seek the nerves under your skin…..” Patti Smith These women photographers seek to provoke our minds and bodies. Like Patti Smith they are here to create art and in the end of their individual creative process they have … Continued

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Joel Meyerowitz Grey Corner 2014

Joel Meyerowitz is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 galleries and museums around the world. After a chance meeting with the icon Robert Frank, the New York native began photographing street scenes in 1962. He has … Continued

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RAGHUBIR SINGH’S AT THE MET was an education in light, portraiture, street photography, and color from a master. The images of India will stay with you a lifetime.

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André Kertész - Mondrian’s studio, Paris, 1926 LANDING

André Kertész (1894-1985) is the renowned photographer who is recognized for his considerable contribution to the visual language of the 20th-century photography with his poetic work. At an early age, he was drawn to photography from images in magazines and … Continued

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When we started this story we thought we were going to be tremendously turned on and left breathless. That happened, of course, but in the process we were stunned by the artistry and execution of these amazing images. The imagination … Continued

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Christy Turlingon by Richard Avedon
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When you think of Louisiana, chances are your mind jumps to Mardi Gras, New Orleans, comfort food and bayou voodoo. It’s a place laced with tradition and folklore dating back a few hundred years. Enter Ransom Ashley: powerhouse photographer, actor, … Continued

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Some of the strongest metaphors for describing something sexy stem from music: Something “strikes a chord” or resonates. When you climax (thanks to the rhythm of the night) you could say you hit the high note. A harmonized palette in … Continued

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Sheila Metzner. Fashion. 1988
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The easy conversation is the one about an artist’s influences. It’s the one where writers and critics behave as though artists are collages of recycled sensory detail, or a cocktail of, say, David Lynch-meets-Baroque-pageboy. The longer an artist is active, … Continued

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The beauty – and danger – of photography is that it renders complex subjects into the simple, contained space of a screen or print. The more we make a habit of scrolling through Instagram, the easier it is to forget … Continued

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Patrick Demarchelier Gisele Bündchen, 2002

If you’ve ever cracked a couture magazine, you’re familiar with Patrick Demarchelier. His sensual yet kinetic point of view graces the pages of Vogue, French Vogue, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair beginning in 1974, securing his status as … Continued

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A glorious retrospective of the works of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) is currently showing at The Kunsthal Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Over 200 objects are on display, focusing on what the artist called “perfection in form.” The exhibition follows Mapplethorpe’s development … Continued

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David Lachapelle Good News II

Traditional photography has limits; it relies on the physical world to fill the frame. There are two kinds of shutter bugs in the field: those who do as tradition suggests, and those who get suggestive. David LaChapelle is the latter. … Continued

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It’s 1972 and the New England summer sits thick on everyone’s skin. The Munich Olympics terrorist attack and the Watergate scandal are right around the corner, the Women’s Movement is taking shape, and the last of the American troops are … Continued

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The things that rock our world inevitably become mainstream with time – the cute new boy toy, the new song, the new favorite drink. It all unfolds until the shimmery secrecy that made it special falls matte. There are some … Continued

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The highly-acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky makes his UK debut at the reopening of the Hayward Gallery with his current exhibit now on view until April 22. The exhibition features 60 of the artist’s dynamic photographs. The collection includes some … Continued

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“What I want. What I am. What you force me to be is what you are. For I am you staring back from a mirror of poverty and despair, of revolt and freedom. Look at me and know that to … Continued

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Spanning five decades of the artist’s work, Judy Dater: Only Human is the first exhibition in over twenty years to explore the career of Bay Area photographer Judy Dater. This exhibition surveys Dater’s work, and celebrates her achievement as a … Continued

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Andrzej Steinbach.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all,” wrote Oscar Wilde. We inhabit a time when human atrocity finds us before we’re ready to be found, a time when all the sex in … Continued

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Fashion in the 1970s balanced the natural with the unnatural: wild hair and barely-there makeup went with exaggerated silhouettes, or an over-emphasized visage went with a nude figure. The rule was that everything was cool (as long your parents didn’t … Continued

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There was a time when flirting, as a woman, consisted of smiling demurely over a gloved hand when a pomade-haired fella uttered the words, “You’re a mighty fine dame.” All the kisses in movies were taut, motionless except for a … Continued

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Once upon a time, there was a little more stardust; there was a little more magic in music than there has been since the passing of David Bowie. His genius influenced fashion, art, pop culture and performance concepts, and reached … Continued

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It’s easy to tell ourselves that no time was ever so seedy as the present, just as it’s difficult to imagine members of the silent generation at their prime. How scandalous or sexual could one really be in an era … Continued

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Photography is its own animal, ready to move when one of its limbs falls asleep. The art form has moved from plates to black-and-white prints, from digital to the pervasive art of the selfie, but it’s difficult to encapsulate the … Continued

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We admit it – there are days when we think we’ve seen everything, when we assume nothing can shock us, and everything sexy Instagram account has either been done before or could be done better. Then there are days when … Continued

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The place to which naughty children are banished becomes a cavern of safety, the place where we first explore ourselves is the place that reveals the most. It’s where you come first and where you first came. It’s the bedroom, … Continued

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The most addictive turn-ons aren’t always the most obvious. Black lace lingerie may do it for some people, but for other people, a white button-down shirt is more likely to get their pulse racing. With photography, as with any fine … Continued

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There have been heated debates over the truth behind aphrodisiacs, reflexology and tantric sex, but tonight, we’re #shipping erogenous zones. Some may do it for you more than others, but regardless of whether you have a foot fetish or go … Continued

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What name do you give to the place where your most secret thoughts sleep? You know the place – it’s the gritty underbelly of your brain that comes out best after one too many glasses of wine. It’s the place … Continued

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Everyone has a story, but not all stories hold our attention, even in the case of artists and photographers. Many follow predictable paths toward addiction and untimely death, or toward off-the-chain success. However, Henri Cartier-Bresson, the foundational French sugar daddy … Continued

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Colin Jackson II by Herb Ritts

Even when the #metoo movement is at its strongest, there are always going to be people who get you hot and bothered just by looking at them. Attraction is involuntary, and today, we embrace it – for the sake of … Continued

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“Everything is about sex, except sex – sex is about power.” – Oscar Wilde Photography and voyeurism work together like two hands belonging to the same being, aroused by what he or she sees. Even the most mundane subject matter … Continued

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Now and Zen 1 by Herb Ritts

If a man could be a pair of jeans, Herb Ritts would be the Levi’s 501 – impossibly timeless, never outdone by imitators, deceptively simple, and able to ‘ship the sexy bits of every last pelvis in Hollywood.’ His photography … Continued

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Icons: They epitomize what it means to be alive. They’re the people who live the largest, the people who managed to strike the genetic jackpot, not to mention having the privilege of seducing whomever they damn well please. They’re young, they’re … Continued

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Have you ever looked at a portrait and wondered what happened before the shutter released? What was said immediately after? What secrets were held by the room where the shot took place? Every once in a while as we scroll … Continued

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The familiar tango of artist and model plays overhead at any figurative photography show, especially when the two are of opposite sexes, or attracted to the sex of the other. The one behind the camera aches to be seen as … Continued

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Senta Simond. From "Rayon Vert" 2017.

Photography is a hard-sold arena right now. There are several different teams playing, the fans are all screaming at the tops of their lungs, and more than a few people have lost their shirts in the name of expression:   … Continued

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The photographer, 23 year old Tyler Mitchell, made history by shooting Beyonce for Vogue’s September cover. It is a groundbreaking achievement for an incredibly talented, young artist. Beyonce’s magical and powerful hand made it happen. She had negotiated creative control … Continued

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You can have a lot of talents, but it’s normal to specialize in one thing, and that one thing is usually the facet of yourself you’ve polished to a gleam with many years of doing the thing by hand. Bettina … Continued

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Privacy is a provocative topic right now; there are countless conversations to be had. There are opinions on private parts and how to handle them (#freethenipple, please. Also, consent is everything). There are arguments around privacy policies and opting in, … Continued

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Lady Gaga by Nobuyoshi Araki.

We prioritize sexy, sensual stories above all others – if a show isn’t provocative, we give it a Parisian yawn and send it on its way. Here, it is better to cross lines into the disturbed and the offensive than to … Continued

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There are days when we think we’ve seen everything, when we assume nothing can shock us, and everything sexy Instagram account has either been done before or could be done better. Then there are days when a nude selfie on … Continued

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Sexiest IG Page By An Amateur
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Marilyn Minter’s imagery is shamelessly wet and juicy. After spending time with her work, everything else you lay eyes on will just leave you parched.

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Esteban Biba’s photograph of the migrant caravan captured the last, most beautiful shred of humanity driving thousands of men, women, and children onward. They captured hope.

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Most Provocative Image: Migrant Caravan by Esteban Biba
Best Photographer-Samuel-Gratacap

The dusted faces and silently screaming eyes of Gratacap’s subjects aren’t your typical Sarah McLaughlin-soundtracked charity commercial. Hell, most of the refugees in these images have to keep their faces covered to protect themselves from the harsh elements of Libya. … Continued

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One minute, a shot by Herb Ritts has you wanting to get between a cluster of supermodels; the next, you want to reach out and tug the strings of a stranger’s corset and see how she’d repay you for setting … Continued

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Best Exhibit at a Museum-Icons of Style at the Getty LA
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Diane Arbus was a quiet force of nature which flourished around those the world belligerently labeled “freaks.” Her work, much like her death, hit the photography world of her time with the kind of shock value even Kim Kardashian couldn’t … Continued

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This show honored Eugene Richards’s five-decade career by curating his work thematically rather than chronologically. We struggled to breathe under the gravity of it all when we noticed how the truth in his photographs – much like history, itself – … Continued

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Photograph of an African boy holding a dolls head shot by Eugene Richards
Nick. Courtesy of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

In 1989, the director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. cancelled a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition weeks before it opened, sparking an inferno of protests; the show later moved to the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, where … Continued

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Think about the kind of guy who’d call you a doll and compliment your figure, your stems, your racy midi-skirt. A fella. This fella plays grab-ass with you in seedy bars and worships at the Church of Two-Martini Lunches. He’s … Continued

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Tyler Shields photograph of a women with one side of her face with smeared make up and a cigarette dangling from her right side of her lip and the left side of her face all clean

Tyler Shields is a photographer and filmmaker from Los Angeles. His work seems to lean toward controversy and be ruled by provocative impulses. He has somehow neatly digested influences from Weegee, Larry Clark, and Alfred Hitchcock and he has become … Continued

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Ed van der Elsken photographed with a conviction that exposed the vulnerabilities of his subjects like cracks on the painted eyes of dolls. During the ‘50s and ‘60s, he indulged in the cultures of Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo and Osaka and … Continued

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The truth is ugly and battered. The truth has pores, bruises and a past. Under the sticky-thick, semi-wet shellac of ad campaigns and pop culture, the truth is a raw nail bed.   The truth has seen a hell of … Continued

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Relationships are just an extended game of strip poker in which you can spend years, even decades trying to fully undress a person – and there’s no guarantee you’ll win. The game is more about what’s unseen than what’s readily … Continued

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No one makes it to adulthood without having been forced to start over. A gruesome breakup, the death of a loved one, the relinquishment of a vice – there are thousands of ways you could be brought to your knees … Continued

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The powerless, the hungry, the displaced. You may feel like there’s a cat in your stomach when you’re an hour late for lunch, but the eyes of refugees are those of lions who have survived more turmoil than you and … Continued

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At the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, located in lower Manhattan, New York, Donna Gottschalk’s oeuvre of courageous, captivating women line the walls. Brave, Beautiful Outlaws peels the curtains away from a view of life that society struggled … Continued

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Few cities in the world receive as many artistic tributes as New York, New York. Roughly 3,800 songs hit the charts, marking time to the city that doesn’t sleep. Countless painters, sculptors, and performers. Infinite strokes of genius. But we’re … Continued

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If you discover century-old photographs of brothels and decide to publish them in a book, as Robert Flynn Johnson did, you’d do well to get Dita Von Teese to write the introduction. Leave it to the ladies to contextualize scenes … Continued

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Brenda Ann Kenneally’s photography book, Upstate Girls, throws two middle fingers in the faces of Instagram’s airbrushed babydolls. While social media binges on mink eyelashes, Botoxed brows and luxury collections of every persuasion, Kenneally’s photography records the grating realities of … Continued

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Post-war pin-up girls cement their place in your heart in one fell smooch; their creamy curves and sweet faces embody classic feminine charm in a way that contemporary models and photographers can’t replicate without several layers of filters and makeup. … Continued

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In November 2017, La Hune burned to the ground. French society cherished the store for the personalities and artists it attracted–Jean-Paul Sartre, Coco Chanel, Albert Camus, and Pablo Picasso, among others. The store was one of the remaining fragments of … Continued

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Esteban Biba Mexican Honduran caravan of immigrants

It started with an ending–a bus terminal in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. A group of 160 civilians planned to flee the graveyard of their homes on October 12. Their lives in Honduras proved brittle structures under the weight of violence … Continued

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Take a break from perusing the digital aisles of the internet for sexy Halloween costumes and feast your eyes on these tricky treats taken by Todd Hido, the photographer behind House Hunting. His collection of photos rakes chills along your … Continued

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You wouldn’t look at Nicolas Guerin’s photography and think to yourself, “I’ve never seen anything like this.” At least we didn’t. Then again, we look at thousands of images every day in our hunt for the world’s most provocative content, … Continued

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If you love Marilyn Minter’s over-the-top paintings of glitter-caked women, sink your teeth into the decadence of Tyler Shields’s Instagram. His work cuts through a saturated photography field with all the brightness and freshness of a summer dessert. Screw chicken … Continued

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Being able to make people see through a woman’s eyes has never been easy, but Ruth Orkin found a way to make a living at it only a handful of years after women were allowed to vote in the United States. … Continued

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“The City (And a Few Lonely People)” opens at ClampArt on January 24, and lays bare one of the most provocative ironies of societal structure: Loneliness. A book by Olivia Laing, entitled The Lonely City (Picador: New York City, 2016), … Continued

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Li Hui’s photography teases the viewer with her feathery touch. Her work is erotica for introverts, the kind of touch that raises goosebumps on your skin. Delicate, tender, heartfelt and hungry, her point of view as an artist aligns with … Continued

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Diane Arbus loved misfits. In Untitled, the current exhibition of her work at David Zwirner which includes sixty-six images of New York’s finest oddballs, the last years of Arbus’s life lay bare her perspective. Following her suicide, the Museum of … Continued

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Cade Martin tattoo man

You’ve never really seen the heavily-tattooed members of society until you’ve seen them through Cade Martin’s camera lens. On the other hand, you definitely have seen Cade Martin’s recent commercial work for National Geographic and Star Wars for Target. Even … Continued

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Don Herron was a gift the world at large had yet to unwrap when he died on Christmas Day, 2012. He was a multifaceted man whose many talents made him equally at home in rural historical societies or in the … Continued

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Jean Curran witnessed firsthand the dark facets of humanity as an Irish photojournalist in Kenya. The tempered patience and endurance she developed during her years working for Agence France Presse groomed her for her next great conquest: creating dye transfer … Continued

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Then we stumbled upon Haris Nukem’s Instagram profile, and let’s just say we needed some alone time the likes of which have rendered our left hands useless for the next hour or so. Pardon us while we pop a few … Continued

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Sexiest Image of the Year-Haris Nukem
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Peter Hujar at Morgan Library The beauty – and danger – of photography is that it renders complex subjects into the simple, contained space of a screen or print. The more we make a habit of scrolling through Instagram, the … Continued

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Everyone knows what a runway photo looks like. They’re centered, the model has one coltish leg stitching in front of the other, and an audience full of fashion’s judges and slaves line the left- and right-hand edges of the shot. … Continued

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Brooklyn-based artist Martine Gutierrez’s eclectic work mounts the world through performance, photography, and role-play. Her body of photographic work entitled “Indigenous Woman” took New York by storm this past fall, and she’s at the top of our list of up-and-coming … Continued

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Roberta Bayley is one of the principal visual chroniclers of the punk rock movement, which lasted from the mid-’70s up until the early ’80s. She was born in Pasadena, California; grew up in the Bay Area; attended San Francisco State … Continued

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No one makes it through life without looking back and wondering what it all means, how it all aligns, or why the pieces juxtapose against each other with such erratic strategy. Annie Leibovitz is no exception, and in her new … Continued

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Fuzzy guitars stringing you along through the process of accepting that there is no happy ending. Gritty locks, fragrant with sex and salt from the night before. Ashy air curling from the cherries of a thousand chain-smoked cigarettes. Spellbinding yet … Continued

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When photographer Erwin Olaf looks back at his past works, he sees a diary. His “Skin Deep” series, which he considers an “unsuccessful chapter,” documents a specific time in his life that he reflects on with a tinge of sorrow … Continued

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The beautiful part about making work that’s rooted in your soul is that you don’t have to do a damn thing. The magic just happens. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Houston, Texas, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings … Continued

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