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Surprises come in all sizes—some as small as a box full of archived negatives, recounting a female sub-culture in London that was almost forgotten. Meet Ken Russell, who originally wanted to be a ballerina but turned to another kind of art when his father squashed his dream—photography. The freelance photographer-turned-film director soon became known for breaking the rules in his craft, producing some of post-war London's most expressive work. Read More
You may know Ramona Rosales by the playful celebrity portraits she takes, including her iconic cover shoot with Tina Fey for BUST back in 2004. But this summer, Rosales’s work takes a new, but no less vibrant, direction.  Head on down to the De Soto Gallery in Los Angeles, where you can view her new photo series Outside the Lines, on display now through August 24th. This dreamy series may create the illusion of two dimensions, but it also illustrates a narrative that is meaningful on countless levels. Read More
At the time of her death in 2009, Vivian Maier was known only as a lifelong nanny and secretive loner. Today, she is hailed as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. It's a miracle that street photographer Vivian Maier’s remarkable work ever saw the light of day. A career nanny who worked primarily in the affluent suburbs of Chicago for 40 years, starting in the 1950s, Maier took hundreds of thousands of pictures with her Rolleiflex camera. Read More
  Skin: we're all wrapped up in it. But some of us have to consider it more often, and more seriously, than others. How would you feel if your skin bubbled and swelled wherever it was touched? Photographer Ariana Page Russell decided to make art out of it. She has dermatographia, a condition which makes her skin hypersensitive. She's used this interesting feature of her body like a canvas, drawing on her skin and then photographing the designs the raised tissue creates. Read More
Laurence Philomene describes her photos as a “pre-teen sleepover gone wrong,” but I still kind of wish I went to this party. The 20-year-old freelance photographer from Montreal explores gender and femininity in many of her groups of photographs, but “Sugar High” takes the cake! The photographer was also inspired by fine artist Wolfgang Tillmans, particularly this quote: "As soon as you represent something, it’s always a mediated, invented situation. What is genuine, though, is the desire for authenticity. Read More