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John Oliver Hodges

Bliss

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The story behind the default wallpaper of Microsoft Windows. It’s an actual photo!

Pictures of Palm Trees

Palmes pour memoire is a 1991 book compiled by Pierre Marc Richard featuring photographs that include palm trees—from the mid-1800s until the time of publish.

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Lina Scheynius

Not For Claustrophobic Commuters

Tokyo Compression by Michael Wolf

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Last Week…

We dreamt of racing BMW 635 CSi Touring Cars

We interviewed Ukranian photographer Sasha Kurmaz

We turned back the clock and peeped the queen of ’90s skinemax, Joan Severence

Oderus Urungus, Rest in Peace

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Daniela Braga was our Muse

Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

Dude makes killer work

25 Grams: Chris Heads

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Chris Heads is a photographer splitting his time between Milan, Paris, and NYC.

He can be followed on instagram at @chrisheads

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Martine Franck

It’s Time to Say Goodnight

For his series Pastel Deaths, photographer Emir Özşahin humanizes dead animals by showing them as if they were sleeping.

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Issei Suda

Creativity in Revolutionary Times: An Interview with Sasha Kurmaz

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When I first met Sasha Kurmaz, I had never thought of his home base of Kiev, Ukraine, as a hotbed for civil unrest and upheaval. His photographs certainly didn’t change my mind. Sure, there was a certain air of Eastern European military industrial sadness, but the colors were too bright and the kids were too naked and drunk to be in any real danger. Sasha’s work is simultaneously funny and confusing, sexy and weird. He works with ideas of youth, sexuality, and how those things exist outside of our western world. When I heard about the turmoil in Kiev, I immediately thought of Sasha, my friend who signs every email with “Hugs!” and who is always eager to share his specific brand of oddness with the world. I emailed him to find out how he was coping and what it’s like to be an artist in the midst of a revolution.
 
Christian: First off, how are you? Are you safe?

Sasha: The situation in Ukraine is really tense. Kiev is calm right now, no shots fired or people dying, but the situation in Crimea and eastern Ukraine is very complicated. I find it difficult to talk about the “regime change,” mostly because the regime has not really changed. One gangster regime is gone, but this new one we have has gotten their hands dirty too.
 
Do you see yourself as more of a European or a Russian, or are those divides not as important as the news media makes them seem?

In my ideal view, I see a world without borders and states, where there is no distinction of race and nation.
 
What’s it like to be an artist in Kiev right now?

Being an artist is very difficult in Ukraine. No artist, myself included, can think about art when people are dying. But you have no choice; you either stand by and watch, or act in the protest. I’ve shifted my focus. I’ve painted political graffiti on the walls of the city and glued posters. At the same time, I’m trying to create a photo archive of the conflict. The situation here has a direct impact on everything. I think art acts as a mirror for what is happening in society. In Ukraine, after what’s happening in the Maidan, art will be more political and radical.
 
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Diane Arbus

Over, under, around & through

Photographs by Tim Barber in this 2013 book made from a project commissioned by WACKO MARIA

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Asger Carlsen

We’ll be back on Tuesday

Last Week…

There was the Best DEEZ NUTS Ever

We went to Jesse Edwards and Erik Brunetti’s show

We saw sadness in circus elephants

We previewed Waves For Water

and

Nicole Harrison was our Muse

25 Grams: Grant Hatfield

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Grant Hatfield is a photographer living and working in Southern California.

He can be followed on instagram at @insta_grant

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Helmut Newton

Found Photos (pt. 12): Glacier Priest Edition

These were found by Dave Schubert at the bottom of a 25 cent box at the flea market. They feature Father Bernard Hubbard, the “glacier priest,” and are from 1937.

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Jaimie Warren

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