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5 Photographers Cope with Anxiety Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic – Fine Art Photography Article

5 Photographers Cope with Anxiety Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic The Wellcome Photography Prize 2021 is free to enter and open for submissions. They’re looking for the human stories behind three urgent health challenges: mental health problems, infectious diseases, and global heating. Lindokuhle’s birthday cake at his girlfriend’s home in Thokoza township, Johannesburg. June 2020. Lindokuhle Sobekwa / Wellcome TrustLindokuhle visits his mother in Tsakane. They had to keep a distance apart, which they found really hard, and it emphasised the…

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A Searing Look at Zoonotic Disease Beyond Covid-19 – Fine Art Photography Article

A Searing Look at Zoonotic Disease Beyond Covid-19 The Wellcome Photography Prize 2021 is free to enter and open for submissions. They’re looking for the human stories behind three urgent health challenges: mental health problems, infectious diseases, and global heating. Feature Shoot Media has partnered with the Wellcome Photography Prize 2021 to encourage professional, amateur, and student photographers to submit and help raise awareness of the most important health challenges of our time.  This year’s awards feature a new theme:…

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These Photos Are Painful, But We All Need to See Them – Fine Art Photography Article

These Photos Are Painful, But We All Need to See Them HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene, a revelatory new book from We Animals Media Last summer, the photojournalist and animal rights activist Konrad Lozinski went undercover to document life inside an integrated pig fattening barn in Poland. “This photo was taken during the daytime, in the early morning, but only bits of light could get through the little windows of the farm’s building,” he tells me.  “I realized very quickly…

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A Photographer Finds Strength and Resilience in Transgender Youth – Fine Art Photography Article

A Photographer Finds Strength and Resilience in Transgender Youth Elio and LuciJayneNearly three years ago, the London-based photographer Reme Campos met Elio, a young man with a passion for art, poetry, and social justice. She photographed him and his partner Luci on a quiet, gray February day in Queen’s Park, and although she had initially reached out to them as part of another project, she found she didn’t want to say goodbye.  Elio was the first transgender person Campos interviewed…

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Beauty, Pain, and the Therapeutic Power of Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Beauty, Pain, and the Therapeutic Power of Photography Without thinking we find ways to distance ourselves from the discomforts and indignities of life, denying the horrors that befall strangers, downplaying those may touch our lives, for trauma is one of the most difficult tragedies to manage and heal when it befalls our lives. Though it surrounds us in countless forms, we seek ways to buffer its relentless effect, trying to mediate the toll it takes on our physical, psychological, and…

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9 Artist and Photographer website builders you should know – Fine Art Photography Article

9 Artist and Photographer website builders you should know From Cheryl Eng’s Artspan websiteThis year, the art world moved online, as everyone from The National Portrait Gallery to the Musée d’Orsay, The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Uffizi Gallery, offered virtual tours to people from around the globe. Meanwhile, individual photographers and artists of all genres took the time at home to revamp their business, open online stores, organize their archives, and re-edit their websites.  2020 reminded us of…

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A Black Father’s Homage to His Young Son – Fine Art Photography Article

A Black Father’s Homage to His Young Son LJ and his Fort, 2020Superman, 2019Rashod Taylor has photographed his son LJ since the day he was born. Over the last five years, the artist had made countless pictures of his son’s many homemade forts, backyard adventures, naps, and more, creating an ever-evolving record of one boy’s childhood, his father’s love, and his place in history. “These images tell you more than my family story,” Taylor writes. “They’re a window onto the…

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Unflinching Photojournalism from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 – Fine Art Photography Article

Unflinching Photojournalism from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 “A young pig-tailed macaque is put on show chained to a wooden cage in Bali’s bird market, Indonesia. Its mother and the mothers of the other youngsters on show, would have been killed. Pig-tailed macaques are energetic, social primates living in large troops in forests throughout Southeast Asia. As the forests are destroyed, they increasingly raid agricultural crops and are shot as pests. The babies are then sold into a life of…

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Photography as Self-Therapy: An Introduction for Beginners – Fine Art Photography Article

Photography as Self-Therapy: An Introduction for Beginners © and courtesy Judy WeiserIn 1977, Psychology Today published a short blurb about a growing movement: people who were using photographs to help others. During that decade, consumer cameras became widely accessible and easy to use, and at the same time, psychologists, photography enthusiasts, and more started to explore the potential of taking photographs as a therapeutic tool for helping people of all ages improve their lives.  One of them was the psychoanalyst…

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£26,000 Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 focuses on our most urgent health challenges – Fine Art Photography Article

£26,000 Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 focuses on our most urgent health challenges Hashem Shakeri / Wellcome Photography Prize 2020In 2021, Wellcome will award £26,000 to photographers telling provocative visual stories about the health challenges of our time as part of its world-renowned Wellcome Photography Prize, culminating in an annual exhibition in London, a prestigious awards ceremony, and international press coverage.  As one of the world’s leading research-based charities, Wellcome is at the forefront of improving health around the globe, and…

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One Photographer’s Quarantine Diary with His Mom and Ex-Wife – Fine Art Photography Article

One Photographer’s Quarantine Diary with His Mom and Ex-Wife April 7, Quarantine in Queens, Day 26. A Facebook friend recommended a gentle bubble bath as a great way to relieve stress during a lockdown in my one bathroom apartment in Queens. Not sure the plan worked.March 24, Quarantine in Queens, Day 12. Tensions are already rising.Earlier this year, the photographer and writer Neil Kramer’s mother, Elaine, moved in with him, returning to the Queens apartment where they lived together during…

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Need a Laugh? Check Out the Finalists of the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Awards – Fine Art Photography Article

Need a Laugh? Check Out the Finalists of the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Awards We all have that friend by Yarin Klein. Brown bears at Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Russia. Yarin Klein / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020Sun salutation class by Sue Hollis. Sea lion in the Galapagos Islands. Sue Hollis / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020Lamentation! by Jacques Poulard. Polar bear in Spitzbergen, Norway. Jacques Poulard / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020Last month, a new report from the World Wildlife Fund…

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Get Out the Vote: Creative Ideas for Photographers – Fine Art Photography Article

Get Out the Vote: Creative Ideas for Photographers “Photographers are the hidden heroes of getting out the vote,” Andy Bernstein, the Executive Director at HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to register voters and promote participation in democracy, tells us.  Over the past few months, his organization has worked with photographers to take pictures of hundreds of musicians and influencers wearing VOTE masks or holding ‘Register to Vote Now’ clipboards. The goal: combine eye-catching visuals with a powerful…

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Greg Miller Has Photographed Recent History’s Most Important Elections. Here’s How He Did It. – Fine Art Photography Article

Greg Miller Has Photographed Recent History’s Most Important Elections. Here’s How He Did It. PS 290, 66th Election District, New York, New York, 2004 Over the last few years, Greg Miller has covered more than half a dozen elections. Since 2004, he’s visited countless polling locations. He’s experienced disappointments and triumphs–as a voter, a citizen, and a witness to history in the making.  Election days are among the hardest subjects Miller could have chosen to photograph; they require permissions and…

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Celebrating Queer America in It’s Multi-Splendored Glory – Fine Art Photography Article

Celebrating Queer America in It’s Multi-Splendored Glory Jim, 50 educstor Irmaul, 23, CSR Douglas, 59, registered nurse This June the US Supreme Court ruled that federal anti-bias law covers LGBTQ workers — an historic decision protecting the right to employment for more than 7 million Americans identifying as LGBTQ. Although the nation was founded upon the belief that all people are created equal, those not born white cisheterosexual men have been fighting for their Constitutional rights over the past 250…

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A Multi-Faceted Portrait of Black American Power and Pride – Fine Art Photography Article

A Multi-Faceted Portrait of Black American Power and Pride Avery Jackson, from “Evidence” A man protests outside the Wendy’s restaurant where police confronted Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. Hailing from Rochester, a city rooted in photographic history, artist Joshua Rashaad McFadden was introduced to the medium by his mother when he was given a camera at the age of seven. While pursing his BFA from Elizabeth City State University, an HBCU in North Carolina, McFadden began to recognize the power of…

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A Glimpse into the Life of a Black Trans Advocate – Fine Art Photography Article

A Glimpse into the Life of a Black Trans Advocate Naechané Valentino Romeo is pensive at home while waiting for information from the National Health Service about moving ahead with his top surgery. For female-to-male transgender people, top surgery is the stage in the gender reassignment process when breasts are surgically removed. Naechané examines his hands which have shown indications of appearing more masculine as a result of testosterone hormone treatments. Hormone injections are part of the gender reassignment process.…

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A Lyrical Photographic Road Trip Across America – Fine Art Photography Article

A Lyrical Photographic Road Trip Across America “The Road Not Taken,” a 1916 poem by Robert Frost is not merely a call for following one’s own destiny as many would like to believe, but the knowledge that for every gain, there is an equal and opposite loss — though these truths may not be readily visible to us. When faced with a fork in the road we have three options, including retreat; no matter which we choose can never know…

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Poignant Photographs Reveal the Suffering of Dementia Patients – Fine Art Photography Article

Poignant Photographs Reveal the Suffering of Dementia Patients In the 1980s when Virgil DiBiase was in medical school studying neurology, there were 500,000 people with dementia in this country. In just four decades, that number has skyrocketed to nearly 6 million people, with projections of 300% growth by mid-century. If we make it to old age, an estimated one in three people will fall victim to the disease. Defined as, “A chronic or persistent disorder of the mental process caused…

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Inspiring Incarcerated Individuals to Visualize Their Dreams in Photos – Fine Art Photography Article

Inspiring Incarcerated Individuals to Visualize Their Dreams in Photos Hailing from small towns in the woods of northern California, photographer Justin Maxon grew up part-time on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. A visual storyteller, arts educator, and journalist, Maxon employs an interdisciplinary approach that acknowledges the socio-historical context to his work in order to create a space for multiple voices to address the issues at stake. Maxon recently won the 2020 Center Choice Award for Project Development Grant for Livin’…

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Inside the Homes of Hermits – Fine Art Photography Article

Inside the Homes of Hermits Viktor, 30 years old. Hermit for ten years. “To live against all odds.” Mikhail, 28 years old. Hermit for ten years. “Because I don’t particularly like bunches of strangers, and I work nights and from home.” Olga, 27 years old. Hermit for three years. “I like to work as a freelancer: to [do] cosplays of my favorite characters, as well as reviews of video games.” When the Russian photographer Natalia Ershova was in school, working…

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80+ Black Photographers Come Together for a Historic Print Sale – Fine Art Photography Article

80+ Black Photographers Come Together for a Historic Print Sale © Braylen Dion (@braylendion) © Micaiah Carter (@micaiahcarter) The See in Black collective, a coalition of 80 Black photographers dedicated to uplifting and advocating for Black visibility, is hosting a limited, two-week print sale, with support from Artifact Uprising. Launched on Friday, Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, it will remain open until July 3rd, the day before Independence Day. This project marks the birth of See in Black, a…

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Rescued Chickens at Home with Their People – Fine Art Photography Article

Rescued Chickens at Home with Their People Valencia Jayne Alexa and Maddie The animal caregiver and activist Maddie Cartwright smelled the barn before she entered it. She’d been urgently called to a bankrupt factory farm, where tens of thousands of chicks waited to be saved or killed. Inside, she found wounded, weak, and freezing chickens, huddled together for warmth beside the bodies of their already-dead companions. Some were blind; many were dying.  Cartwright, working alongside sanctuary workers and local volunteers,…

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Photography Job You’ve Never Heard Of: Forensic Photographer – Fine Art Photography Article

Photography Job You’ve Never Heard Of: Forensic Photographer This article is part of our series on unusual photography jobs. Today, we’re highlighting the retired forensic photographer and investigator Sanford Weiss.  “When inserting writing or data of any kind into a photograph on its way to court, it is critical to use a copy of the original image and to NEVER alter the original image.” “In my career as a forensic photographer, my work day hardly ever played out as planned,”…

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Madame d’Ora, One of the 20th Century’s Leading Woman Photographers – Fine Art Photography Article

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Madame d’Ora, One of the 20th Century’s Leading Woman Photographers Madame D’Ora, Self-portrait of the photographer d’Ora, 1929 © ullstein bild collection, Photography Madame d’Ora, ullstein bild collection Madame d’Ora, Actress Grete Jacobson in a house dress from the Wiener Werksta?tte, 1917. © ullstein bild collection, Photography Madame d’Ora, ullstein bild collection. Following her death in 1963, Dora Kallmus, the photographer who went by the name Madame d’Ora fell into obscurity for decades. It…

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Tender Portraits of People Living with HIV Today – Fine Art Photography Article

Tender Portraits of People Living with HIV Today Raju, Mumbai, December 2012 Maureen, London Cazu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Although HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was, the stigma of the disease still impacts some 38 million people around the world living with it today. The specter of fear informed ignorance casts a long shadow that is hard to shake, its ruthless brutality wreaking havoc on vulnerable populations in its wake. “My father called me on the…

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Complex Portraits of Afrikaners During Apartheid – Fine Art Photography Article

Complex Portraits of Afrikaners During Apartheid Some Afrikaners – The Farmers Wife Some Afrikaners: A farmer’s son with his nursemaid, Heimweeberg, Nietverdiend, Western Transvaal Born in Randfontein, a gold-mining town 70 kilometers west of Johannesburg, David Goldblatt (1930-2018) was raised in a middle class, liberal white Jewish family who had come to South Africa in the 1890s to escape persecution in Lithuania. Though not politically active, his family practiced basic tenets of morality, treating all whom they encountered — Afrikaners,…

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Dawoud Bey’s Powerful Portrait of Black America Over Half a Century – Fine Art Photography Article

Dawoud Bey’s Powerful Portrait of Black America Over Half a Century Three Women at a Parade, Harlem NY (1978) A Woman at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, Harlem NY (1977) A Man in a Bowler Hat, Harlem NY (1976) On January 18, 1969, during the height of the Black Arts Movement in America, Thomas P.F. Hoving, then Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and curator Allon Schoener mounted Harlem on My Mind: Cultural Capital of Black America, 1900-1968, a three…

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Illustrating African Folktales of the Congo Basin in Photographs – Fine Art Photography Article

Illustrating African Folktales of the Congo Basin in Photographs “The Rainbow Python“ The Story Tree from “Stories of Tees and Tree of Stories“ “The Mole and The Sun“ The Odzala-Kokoua National Park is the crown jewel of the Congo Basin— one of the largest, oldest, most intact preserves that has never been logged, or overexploited by poachers and hunters. In an age where the natural landscape is disappearing at a tragic rate, this corner of the world is one of…

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The Destruction of the Amazon in Photos – Fine Art Photography Article

The Destruction of the Amazon in Photos Jenipapo dos Vieiras, Maranhão – 2019. Paulo Paulino (25), a.k.a Lobo Mau (“bad wolf”), was killed on November 1st 2019 in an ambush by illegal loggers inside the Arariboia Indigenous Land. He was a member of the Guajajara forest guard in Maranhão state. For several towns in the surrounding region, the local economy is based largely on illegal timber and irregular sawmills provide jobs for poor, unskilled workers. Indigenous activists who confront logging…

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