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Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932)

Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932)

Freaks is a rarity, a horror film that horrifies rather than frightens. It was slated on its release in 1932, has been blamed for the downhill career trajectories thereafter of the key players, and was banned in many countries for more than thirty years. Yet in 1994 it was selected for the National Film Registry’s archives, and now enjoys both…
Biography: City Life/Street photographer Louis Faurer

Biography: City Life/Street photographer Louis Faurer

Born in 1916 to immigrant parents from the Russian/Polish border, Louis Faurer’s childhood, in a South Philadelphia neighborhood of mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants, was not easy. “There were problems of survival,” he once said. After graduating from the South Philadelphia High School for Boys in 1934, he spent a few summers as caricature artist in Atlantic City, New Jersey.…
Tomasz Gudzowaty captures Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines

Tomasz Gudzowaty captures Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines

Despite the preparations taken shortly before Typhoon Haiyan entered the Philippines, the scale of destruction and the death toll were enormous. On November 8, 2013 the city of Tacloban in the Region of Eastern Visayas, 580 km southeast of Manila. was hit by the typhoon with full force. A US Marine air survey made on the next day revealed dead…
Best Fashion & Beauty Black and White Photos from Monochrome Awards 2014

Best Fashion & Beauty Black and White Photos from Monochrome Awards 2014

Monochrome Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for Professional and Amateur photographers. Their mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover most amazing photographers from around the world. The 2014 Monochrome Awards received nearly 7000 submissions from 86 countries around the world. Check our selection of black and white images awarded in Fashion & Beauty category in 2014 edition of Mono Awards.…
Interview with Nude photographer Stefano Brunesci

Interview with Nude photographer Stefano Brunesci

First inspired by the timeless portraits of Hollywood greats such as Rita Hayworth, Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, Stefano first began photographing women at the age of 13. After a short diversion into travel and landscape photography in his late teens Stefano returned to his first passion, editorial fashion, in 2007. Although a convert to digital and a strong supporter…
Scared Scientists portraits

Scared Scientists portraits

In his black-and-white photography series “Scared Scientists,” Nick Bowers captures a raw element not often associated with scientific knowledge. For the series, Bowers interviewed a selection of scientists in varying fields, capturing the frightened looks on their faces while they contemplated their findings. The photos are minimalist but intense, each wrinkle and crease pointing to a human unease we can…
Herb Ritts: WORK

Herb Ritts: WORK

Herb Ritts (1952–2002) was a leading American fashion photographer of the 1980s and 1990s, known for his beautifully printed, formally bold, and sensual black-and-white images of supermodels such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. This new exhibition of the photographer’s work revisits the artist, whose groundbreaking 1996 retrospective, “Herb Ritts: WORK,” remains one of the most popular exhibitions in MFA…
Ervin Marton: Paris, the Post-War years

Ervin Marton: Paris, the Post-War years

Born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary in 1912, Marton was self-taught in photography but was trained in drawing and sculpture. By the mid-1930s, Paris had become a haven for artists, as well as, a refuge for Jews and other people escaping the violent oppression of Hitler’s Third Reich. Marton immigrated to Paris in 1937 and joined the artistic community, quickly befriending artists…
Biography: People/Portrait photographer Pedro Luis Raota

Biography: People/Portrait photographer Pedro Luis Raota

Pedro Luis Raota (1934-1986) was an Argentinian photographer. At a young age he sold his bicycle to buy a camera, determined to learn the art of photography. He quickly took up portrait photography in Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz and later moved to Villaguary where he enthusiastically set up his own studio. Since his first recognition in 1958, he…
The Way We Were: The Photography of Julian Wasser

The Way We Were: The Photography of Julian Wasser

This long-overdue monograph presents an astonishing panorama of a bygone Los Angeles from photographer Julian Wasser. Some of the images are very well known–Joan Didion leaning against a Corvette Stingray in Hollywood, 1968; Marcel Duchamp playing chess at his seminal 1963 Pasadena exhibition–while many others, such as Barbara Hershey and David Carradine in bed in their Laurel Canyon house, Jack…
Interview with Alternative Process photographer Miho Kajioka

Interview with Alternative Process photographer Miho Kajioka

I was born in 1973 in Okayama, Japan, and at 18 moved to California, where I studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. I began there as a painting major, but little by little turned to photography. I finished by fine arts degree at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Upon graduation, I returned to Japan and became a journalist, producing TV…
Bangladesh’s Third Gender

Bangladesh’s Third Gender

Bangladeshi photographer Shahria Sharmin grew up believing that Hijras — individuals who were designated male at birth but adopted feminine gender roles later in life — were “less than human.” Their physical appearance, their behavior and their general way of life, she explains, set them apart in her country’s conservative society. The Hijras constitute a community referred to as the…
Interview with Wet-Plate Collodion / Landscape photographer Ben Nixon

Interview with Wet-Plate Collodion / Landscape photographer Ben Nixon

Ben Nixon creates landscapes of extraordinary beauty through the unwieldy nineteenth-century wet-plate collodion process, a hands-on photographic technique that offers the artist tight control of materials and yet invites serendipitous visual irregularities influenced by conditions in the field. Nixon avoids photographing recognizable landscapes, transforming non-iconic terrain into mysterious, intriguing worlds. Nixon prefers older technologies so that he can slow down…
Biography: Paul Strand

Biography: Paul Strand

Paul Strand (1890 – 1976). When he was 17 years old, he began taking photography courses, studying under famed photographer Lewis Hine. During his training, Strand also became acquainted with Alfred Stieglitz, whose 291 Gallery in New York provided inspiration for Strand and other aspiring modernist photographers and artists. A turning point in his career came in 1915 when he…
Shanghai postcards from 1930s

Shanghai postcards from 1930s

For centuries a major administrative, shipping, and trading town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to European recognition of its favorable port location and economic potential. The city was one of five opened to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War while the subsequent 1842 Treaty of Nanking and 1844 Treaty…
Elliott Erwitt: Double Platinum

Elliott Erwitt: Double Platinum

Beetles and Huxley are delighted to present Elliott Erwitt: Double Platinum, an exhibition of work by the celebrated photographer, timed to coincide with his receipt of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award by the World Photography Organisation, as well as the reopening of the newly expanded Beetles and Huxley gallery space on Swallow Street, W1. Indulging the photographer’s notorious partiality…
Swedish life in the 1930s

Swedish life in the 1930s

Einar Erici was a skilful amateur photographer. His main motifs were churches and church organs, according to his field of science. The photos were taken during the first half of the 20th century on his travels across Sweden. Most of them are from the provinces of Gotland and Uppland. However, main focus of the set will be on another and…
Biography: Landscape photographer David Fokos

Biography: Landscape photographer David Fokos

David Fokos was born in 1960 in Baltimore, MD and currently lives in San Diego, CA. Using an 85-year old 8×10 view camera, world-renowned artist David Fokos has been photographing the landscape for over 30 years. Often working 100 hours or more to craft a single image, his elegant black and white images have been lauded as masterpieces of minimalism.…