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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. 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. 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-- one that affords him a sensitive dignity that resonates with fans and friends. 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 they dictated, a plastic surgeon etched pre-surgical lines on their skin in marker. Read More
  For many young feminists, the “selfie” has been claimed as a fulfilling expressive medium that lends itself to self-actualization and confidence. The artist Lindsay Bottos explains, “The act of women taking selfies is inherently feminist, especially in a society that tries so hard to tell women that our bodies are projects to be worked on […] Selfies are like a ‘fuck you’ to all of that. Read More
  Lady Pink is a no-joke graffiti artist who got her start painting in high school, had her fist solo show at 21, and has since continued to dominate in the mostly male street art in NYC with her prolific and powerful pieces. Her work has been shown in collections at the Whitney Museum, the MET, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Groningen Museum of Holland.  Stated by Rhiannon Platt on Complex: "Lady Pink is considered to be graffiti’s female leader. She climbed walls, jumped fences, and went to great physical lengths to prove her prowess in the '70s. Read More
Intersections is an impossibly ornate installation by artist Anila Quayyum Agha, that uses laser-cut wood to throw whimsical and incredibly detailed patterns onto gallery walls and floors. Agha was born in Pakistan, attended the University of North Texas in and is decorated with many accolades, including the Creative Renewal Fellowship, awarded by the Indianapolis Arts Council. Read More
Two photographers -- the fashion and fine art-minded Omar Victor Diop and the self-proclaimed cultural-critic, Antoine Tempe -- recently teamed up to create an attention-grabbing photo series. Their angle? Re-casting classic stills from old Hollywood movies with "a representative sample of the cultural scenes in Dakar and Abidjan."  The project was funded by the Onomo International hotel group, and includes images like:    "Breakfast at Onomo's" courtesy of ONOMOllywood.com  And.... "Thelma & Louise," courtesy of ONOMOllywood. 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 physically placing himself in her shoes. 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. Read More