The Ukrainian feminist group Femen, known for their public topless demonstrations protesting sex tourism and lack of women’s education, are nothing if not controversial. Praised for their passion and media-savvy, they’ve helped spread awareness and activism on a global level; on the other hand, historians and strategists struggle with the group’s lack of focus. The group has been criticized by fellow feminists for using their bodies for ... Read More
British-Moroccan photographer and designer Hassan Hajjaj is uniquely presenting the street culture of his native country by paying tribute to the biker gang women of Marrakesh.
In the photo series titled, Kesh Angels, Hajjaj photographed his friends as models and styled them by combining traditional Muslim clothing with modern, upbeat poses. The juxtaposition of traditional vs. modern is beautiful and edgy.
While the series no doubt has a sense of ... Read More
After her decades' long work exploring androgyny, the photographer Bettina Rheims saw a shift in the way cultures view gender, and she was inspired by transgendered youth. As transgender issues are only recently beginning to receive the attention they deserve, her 2012 project Gender Studies aims to give voice to the most intimate thoughts on the gendered self. Using Facbook, she reached out to any and all people who “felt different” in regards to ... Read More
Since his tragic death, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s image has fluttered on and off of our computer screens more times than we can count. How might we chose a single photograph that captures the weight of artistic talent that influenced and moved our culture? A few short weeks ago, Hoffman sat for the photographer Victoria Will (a BUST Magazine contributor) at the Sundance film festival, and her photograph might just be that special-- if sorrowful-- ... Read More
The photographer Stephanie Diani, whose exquisite series on burlesque dancers captivated us last week, is also the force behind Tribe of Impossible Perfection, a body of work comprising a rich collection of photographs illustrating the personal and cultural significance of body image. For each portrait, she invited a sitter to divulge their thoughts on their own bodies, asking, “If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?” As ... Read More
The 27-year-old Fortunato Castro grow up listening to his mother recall vivid memories of her youth in El Salvador. Now a photographer, Castro returns to images of his mother at his age, animating the vintage photographs by dressing and posing as his mother.
In the poignant series, Castro doesn’t intend to impersonate his mother in a literal sense; rather, the images read as a son seeking to understand his mother and her youth by ... Read More
“I want to show that, despite stereotypes, that gay men can be masculine too.”
Throughout the last centuries, the “masculine” and “feminine” have been redefined and pasted side-by-side to form a conflicting array of possibilities. In the Victorian era, it was the male ideal to be smaller in frame and well educated; at the turn of the century, manhood became about physical strength and assertive behaviors. In the 21st ... Read More
“What is between my legs is not thoroughly who I am. If gender is black and white, I’m grey,” says Ryley Pogensky, a gender queer model participating in Barney’s New York’s new campaign. Pogensky is one of almost twenty transgender and gender queer models featured in the catalog and ad images, shot by the legendary Bruce Weber.
Each model has a story to tell, hailing from communities across the globe. Culturally, ... Read More
Like many parents, the photographer Emer Gillespie loves photographing her daughter, cataloging her family’s growth through a family photo album. Her daughter, 11-year-old Laoisha, who happens to have Downs Syndrome, took an active interest in her mother’s ritual of peering through her lens at a pair of shoes, an open field, the bedroom.
While many family photos include posed children staring at an authoritative parent behind the camera, ... Read More
The photographer Suzanne Heintz is sick and tired of being told that she needs to marry and have kids. Although she acknowledges the strides made by women in the past decades in her interview with Feature Shoot, she feels now that a new sort of feminine mystique has emerged in the past years; rather than being expected to be perfect housewives, society now demands that women have the family, the career, and the flourishing social life. Amidst pressure to ... Read More