The Rockaways

Photographs by Ben Pier

It’s Like We Were Almost There…

A fairly boring look at last night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show through the lens of instagram.

Ray Potes

Just a small gallery of nice images from the San Francisco-based photographer.

Check out Eyeland Editions as well!

SYRIAN KURDISH REFUGEES

By KC Ortiz

Over 8,000 Kurdish refugees have fled their native Syria to Domez Camp in the Semi Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Kurds of Syria have found themselves stuck in the middle between all sides of Syria’s deadly and complex civil war. Historically oppressed by the Syrian regime tand fearful of Islamic extremists in the ranks of the opposition gaining a strong hold in the new Syria, the Kurds feel their is no one they can trust in the conflict. After decades of systematic oppression their fight has always been for Kurdish rights and they refuse to lose sight of that goal while they attempt to remain neutral during the conflict. For how long the Kurds will be able to maintain that neutrality is yet to be seen as forces out of their control close in by the day. As the Kurdish leadership strategize the direction for their people thousands of civilians have fled in fear as the spill over from the war has reached their doors.

Kurdish refugees flee to Iraqi Kurdistan from as far as Afrin in Syria’s Northwest and Damascus rather then move to closer camps in Turkey and Jordan where they fear prejudice and discrimination for being Kurdish. The journey covers thousands of kilometers over dangerous land and territory that is in the grips of anarchy and war. Not all those who start the journey finish it.

While distraught by what is happening in their homeland the Kurds hold on to a new hope that has begun to flicker due to the conflict. When the dust settles the end result may produce a new Autonomous region for the Kurds in Syria, much like their hosts and neighbors in Iraq. It is a glimmer of light in the darkness that has otherwise surrounded the bleak landscape of Syria for the Kurdish population. In the meantime the Syrian Kurds in Domez Camp can only watch with the rest of the world as their country falls deeper in chaos and they struggle with their new lives as refugees in an ever growing camp with limited resources being stretched thinner by the day.

Openings & Parties: VVV RVRE HVLLOWEEN

This past Saturday we hosted a Halloween party with Eddie Huang at the King & Grove in Williamsburg. Here is some visual evidence of the fun that was had.

Photos by Christos Katsiaouni

#instacane

A site dedicated to telling the story of Hurricane Sandy through instagram.

25 Grams: Mikael Kennedy

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

Mikael Kennedy is a New York-based photographer.

He can be followed on instagram at @mikaelkennedy

After Midnight is Back

One of our favorite parties in New York is coming back October 30th. Hosted by Fernando Lions, Jeremiah Mandel and Maxx Starr, there’ll be music freely crossing the spectrum of synth, pop, alt, death rock, industrial, new wave, classic goth and more.

Get details after the jump

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Installation View: Greg Lamarche – Timeless

On view at Joshua Liner Gallery through this weekend (10/27).

Kate: The Kate Moss Book

This is the one that was published by Universe back in 1997.

Naked On Rollerskates & More

Some classic covers From the inventory of FULTON RYDER

Taking an Image to Make an Image

Double Play is the title of John Baldessari’s recently opened show at Marian Goodman in New York. In this body of new work, Baldessari cleverly pairs song titles with art historical motifs from the 18th to 20th centuries. For the best background on the artist himself, watch the brilliant short A Brief History of John Baldessari after the jump.

On view until November 25th

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