One does not often associate violent protests and the threat of sniper fire with portrait studios. However, photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s recent portraits of protestors and fighters in Kiev, Ukraine make us question this apparent disconnect. Taylor-Lind's stunning and revealing portraits were taken with a medium-format film camera between outbursts of violence, documenting the men and women fighting for their freedom in Kiev.
Articles written by Ruby Love
“My works aren’t pictures of something, but objects about something.” Philipp Bolthausen is an art director and designer who currently splits his time between New York and Paris. Self-taught in photography, Bolthausen rejects modern processes in favor of hands-on darkroom work. Making the purposeful choice to “use the 20th century medium of film,” Bolthausen says that by doing this he is able to “see, and therefore place the present into perspective.”
Thomy Keat is a photographer based in Paris. Although corporate photography makes up much of his job, Keat says street photography is “the thing that makes me want to keep doing what I do as a professional photographer.” Pulling strong stylistic influence from his commercial work, Keat’s street photography is full of contrast, bold lines and repeated colors.
Lilli Waters is a freelance photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her series “ANJA” features young women, often partially nude, in a mix of natural and domestic settings. Her subjects appear vulnerable, with faces often obscured or turned from the camera. Waters says the series is a “celebration and journey of femininity. ANJA means graceful, compassionate and kind, the way I see these women, my female peers.”
Publications allowing individual photographers access to their Instagram accounts is an increasingly common practice, and helps to foster a more intimate look at a photographer’s process. For example, Time Magazine allowed several photographers access to its Instagram account after Hurricane Sandy, enabling the magazine to update its almost 600k followers in real time.
Katerina Bodrunova is a self-educated Russian photographer who began photographing in 2009. Her work is striking and magical, often featuring subjects who defy gravity or seem effortlessly unaffected by their surroundings. The Underwater Tango series, featured in this post, is a brilliant example of her unique style. The fantastic series features a young man and woman in classic tango stances, seemingly unfazed by the water around them.
This is just the perfect series of photographs to share on Valentine's day. Suzanne Heintz’s series, "Life Once Removed," was born of frustration; a frustration with the perception that as a single adult woman her time was continually running out and that she was somehow abnormal or missing out by not having a ring on her finger.
Jeffrey Mckee is a Lawrence, KS-based photographer and a graphic designer for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. His colorful portraits, created with Polaroid instant film, evoke a sense of dreamy playfulness.
Like so many 20th century processes, Polaroid photography is a format far less common than its digital counterparts. However, equipment and film for instant photography have been made more accessible in recent years.
Photographer Cara Phillips, based in Brooklyn, shot her series Ultraviolet Beauties by offering free portraits to strangers on the street. The only requirement was that they were willing to sit for a photograph under an ultraviolet light. The harsh UV lighting is intended to bring out every minuscule incongruity of the subject’s face.