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Like any talented photographer, the late Mary Ellen Mark’s photos leave us wanting to know more about her unexpected subjects. Luckily, NPR’s Chris Benderev tracked down the child who was featured in one of Mark’s most memorable shots entitled, “Amanda and her Cousin Amy,” and here’s what we learned: The nine-year-old girl seen smoking a cigarette in the photo (shown above) is now known as Amanda Marie Ellison. She is 34 years old, lives in Lenoir, NC, and she says of the photo shoot, “Never forgotten it. Never in my life have I forgotten it. Read More
Roughly 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia, and one artist uses hers to fuel her creativity. Photographer Jenna Martin’s work is dramatic and dreamy: “Reality and the dream world become switched in a way,” Martin tells The Huffington Post. “Reality is very hazy and hard to remember, and any sleep I do get has dreams that are incredibly vivid.” In her photo series “To Dream a Dream,” these vivid images come to life. Though insomnia energizes Martin’s photography, it is a constant challenge in her life. Read More
We know Monday mornings can be rough, so here’s a way to ease into the week. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sheep view.    Photographers Ding Ren and Mike Karabinos started this project because 2015 is the year of the sheep and just because they “enjoy the ‘sheep view’ when riding trains in the Netherlands. Read More
Our society's one-dimensional idea of what it means to be a feminist can be so aggravating. It can be so unbelievably frustrating when such a crucial part of your identity is constantly misunderstood. Photographer Erin Lefevre wanted to change the conversation with her new series: This is what feminism looks like. Lefevre's series is inspired by her own feelings on feminism and her desire for greater representation of diverse feminists. Read More
Photographer Jo Farrell spent nine years working on her latest project: Documenting the last Chinese women with bound feet. The results are remarkable. Farrell says she wants the message of her project to be one of survival: “In Chinese society, it was the only way forward for women. They did it because they thought it would give them a better future, a better life.” (Often, working class girls would have their feet bound in the hopes of marrying into wealthier families.) If nothing else, these images are testaments to the strength and tenacity of these women. Read More
When celebrated artist Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera locked her clothing in a room that he ordered not be opened until 15 years after his death. True to Rivera's wishes, photographer Isiuchi Miyako only gained access to Kahlo's belongings in 2004, and took these amazing pictures.  There's something especially powerful about this look at Kahlo's most intimate possessions: It could be the fact that it reminds us the artist was a human, not just a legend. Read More
When someone says, "I have a special gift for making people feel comfortable in front of my camera," you're inclined to disbelieve them. We've all taken awkward school photos and family portraits. But when Sarah Deragon says it, it's 100% true.  Deragon is the mastermind behind The Identity Project, a black-and-white photo series that documents individuals within the LGBTQ community. "Since we are constantly bombarded with online images these days, I'm so happy that the project has continued to stand out and build momentum vs. Read More
Vintage filters have long been trending (thanks, Instagram!). Slap a little sepia on most photos and you can transform a passing moment into an instantly nostalgic and unforgettable pic. We all do it — because brunch look so much better when it’s all gold and hazy and looks like a perfect cut-out from a 1967 Home & Garden shoot, obviously — and filters are getting so good that frankly it's sometimes tough to tell anymore whether or not a photograph is a throwback or something you shot on a phone. Read More
Photographer Toby Burrows has captured a series of stunning photographs featuring plus size dancers. The dancers are part of Nothing to Lose, a dance piece from Australian dance company Force Majeure. The piece explores the discrimination and censorship that is applied to bodies deemed “fat,” "big," or “plus-sized” by societal standards. Choreographer Kate Champion’s intention is to portray bigger body types from the perspective of those who have them and not as an outsider looking in and judging. Read More
Ballerinas embody grace, strength, and dedication—all characteristics photographer Lucy Gray saw in her working mother of five. But before Gray met prima ballerina Katita Waldo, she had yet to find the perfect representation of a woman striving to “have it all."  Her new book Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers is the documentation of 15 years spent with three mothers at the height of their mentally and physically demanding careers. Read More
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