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People of Rajasthan | Travel photographer: Serge Bouvet

People of Rajasthan | Travel photographer: Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Wherever Serge Bouvet go, it is invariably the people who reveal most about Rajasthan. 

Rajasthan is so vast and full of variety that even the Indians don’t get to see the whole of it, let alone the tourists. You have to visit the place to know it. However, the travel photographers like Serge Bouvet give you a good idea of how the place looks and how it should feel like. It also helps you to decide what places you want to visit when you are planning a trip to India.

 

Serge Bouvet have collected a number of photographs which capture the colorful glimpses of the daily life in India. These photos give you a broader view of the people and cultural heritage of Rajasthan. 

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Shibuya | Photographer: Adam Hinton

Shibuya | Photographer: Adam Hinton | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"At the beginning of the year I visited Tokyo to work on a small project of portraits of commuters. Little did I know about the terrible events that would befall Japan two months later. The idea was to produce a series of observations of people going to work en mass but with each individual also reflecting on their own personal world, catching moments where the subject is both present and absent. It's a bit different for me in that it has no political comment but I felt the need to free myself from this for a change. I arrived on the 'Coming of Age Day' when those who have reached the age of 18 receive gifts at the local town halls. These are where the kimono portraits were taken." (Adam Hinton)

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Linda Leven | Photographer: Annie Collinge

Linda Leven | Photographer: Annie Collinge | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Annie Collinge: “I had just moved to New York and was looking for something or someone to do a project about. I was walking along 5th Avenue one afternoon with my boyfriend and we saw Linda. I followed her for a couple of blocks, trying to get the courage up to speak to her and she disappeared into Home Depot on 23rd street.

 

I happened to have my camera on me so I asked her if I could take some photos of her outside. She was up for it. So I took a couple of images in the street. She said that if I wanted to take any more photos I could, and gave me her number – that’s where it all began. 

 

Linda and her boyfriend are into photography and they do shoots on weekends. Their shoots are very  theatrical and she likes to juice them up in photoshop and make them look very dramatic. For her, I think my pictures are a bit tame, but what I like about her is she never questions why I want to photograph her a certain way, she just enjoys the process.

 

We also have a mutual love of colour, the idea of ever dressing in black is hideous to her and for me colour is one of the most important things in my work.  My work if often about human interactions with objects and adornment,  most of the time an idea comes from an object I find in a junk store or flea market and I then work out how I add in the human element."

 

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Sparrow Lane | Photographer: Holly Andres

Sparrow Lane | Photographer: Holly Andres | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

SPARROW LANE presents an elliptical narrative of young women on the verge of adulthood. Drawing on the formal and thematic conventions of Nancy Drew books, 1970s horror films and Alfred Hitchcock, the series depicts girls in search of forbidden knowledge. By employing suggestive and symbolic iconography such as chrome flashlights, skeleton keys, mirrors, birdcages and open drawers, literal narratives are suspended to suggest psycho-sexual metaphors. The Sparrow Lane protagonists are propelled by curiosity, empowered by their discoveries, and are also intimidated by a sense of impending threat. While the girls flirt with danger, however, the work is apparently innocent and devoid of explicit violence. Rather, the series represents the potential loss of innocence.

 

Holly Andres uses photography to examine the complexities of childhood, the fleeting nature of memory, and female introspection. Typically her images rely on a tension between an apparently approachable subject matter and a darker, sometimes disturbing subtext. She is based in Portland, Oregon.

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Caroline Brasch Nielsen & Madison Headrick | Fashion photographer: Greg Kadel For Numéro #134

Caroline Brasch Nielsen & Madison Headrick | Fashion photographer: Greg Kadel For Numéro #134 | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Greg Kadel is an American fashion photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. Greg Kadel’s images have appeared in publications including American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, Vogue UK, L'Uomo Vogue, French Vogue, Vogue Germany, Vogue China, Numéro, Numéro Homme, Visionaire, i-D, The Face, Another Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, W Jewelry, British GQ, 10 Magazine, Allure, Inside View, V, Melody. His advertising clients include Aveda, Express, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, H&M, Max Mara, Loewe, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Biotherm, Diane von Fürstenberg, Elie Tahari, Hermès, Lancôme, L'Oréal, Max Mara, Shiseido, Victoria's Secret, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

 

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Ludruk | Photographer: Diego Verges

Ludruk | Photographer: Diego Verges | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Ludruk is a theatrical genres of East Java in Indonesia. It's a form of traditional performance presented by a troupe of actors on a stage, re-telling the life stories of everyday people and their struggles.

 

Most of the characters were performed by male actors who take the roles of women, but more recently, the sketches and farces feature mostly contemporary domestic stories, and have become commercial entertainment popular with urban and rural working-class audiences. 

 

Diego Verges has produced a comprehensive photo essay on the Ludruk and as well as environmental portraits and scenes of these performers. Ludruk is a must-see for my readers as it merges portraiture, documentary and travel-ethnography photography, and also visually documents an art for that could well vanish in the years to come.  udiences

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Running | Photographer: Tabitha Soren

Running | Photographer: Tabitha Soren | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Tabitha Soren began her series called Running with a chance discovery after photographing her daughter by the headlights of a car, in the act of running. Upon seeing the images, Soren had the sense she was trapping her daughter inside the frame. “I started thinking about panic, resilience, and the role of accident in life,” she says. “Also, when people are running their bodies contort and we get to glimpse emotions that are normally kept hidden.”

 

Soren’s Running series, along with the work by five other photographers (Martin Bogren, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Monika Merva, and Shawn Rocco) is included in Fresh, the annual summer exhibition at Klompching Gallery. The artists were selected by Darren Ching (owner of the Klompching Gallery) and distinguished collector, Fred Bidwell (Bidwell Projects), for their consistency of vision, originality, craftsmanship and strong viewpoint. In addition to the gallery show, which opens tomorrow night, the artists’ works will be published in Blink magazine, and showcased online by Flak Photo.

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Portraits | Photographer: Andrew Rowat

Portraits | Photographer: Andrew Rowat | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
Award-winning photographer Andrew Rowat splits his time between New York and Shanghai, China. He is available for editorial, corporate, advertising, and portraiture work.

 

His portraits have appeared in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, his travel work regularly appears in Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, and his architecture and lifestyle work finds its way into the pages of Wallpaper, Monocle, and Dwell. His profile features have appeared in Esquire, and GQ

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Theyyam performers | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

Theyyam performers  | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"I've added a couple of galleries to my recently published website:www.telsawy.com. One of the galleries groups photographs of The Sufis, while the other has a grouping of Theyyam performers.

Red is the color of fire and blood, and associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, courage, desire, and love. And it's used in many religious rituals and festivals in India, and worn by religious practitioners such as the Theyyam of Northern Malabar and theVellichapads (or Oracles) of Kodunggallur.

Theyyam is a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs, it includes many of the castes and classes of the Hindu religion in the Malabar region. The word Theyyam is a corrupt form of Devam or God. People of the region consider Theyyam itself as a god and seek blessings from them. 


As for the Oracles of Kodungallur, they celebrate both Kali and Shiva at an intense festival that lasts about a week.In their thousands, these red-clad devotees perform self mortification acts by banging on their heads with ceremonial swords repeatedly until blood trickle down their foreheads, and daub the wounds with turmeric. A photo essay titled Agony & Ecstasydocuments the Oracles religious event. 

And yes, I do like the color red." (Tewfic El-Sawy)

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MI-ZO | Fashion Photographer : Zoren Gold & Minori

MI-ZO | Fashion Photographer : Zoren Gold & Minori | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Photographer duo, Zoren Gold and Minori started their collaboration in 2000. Their approach to photography is not only about capturing the moment of physical reality, but to unveil the freedom of individual/alternative reality. The fascination of what is possible in image making has led them to experiment with improvising different mediums while keeping the spontaneity. Their clients include Vogue Nippon, Le Monde2, Bon Magazine, Tokion, Dazed & Confused Japan among others.

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City Space | Photographer: Clarissa Bonet

City Space | Photographer: Clarissa Bonet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, an endless sea of concrete constantly intrigue me.  City Space is a ongoing photographic exploration of the urban environment and my perception of it.  I am interested in the physical space of the city and its emotional and psychological impact on the body.  These photographs reconstruct mundane events in the city that I have personally experienced or witnessed in public. Stark light, deep shadow and muted color are visual strategies I explore to describe the city.  I use the city as a stage and transform the physical space into a psychological one.   The images I create do not represent a commonality of experience but instead provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape."

–Clarissa Bonet

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Staged reality : Photographer: Sebastian Keitel

Staged reality : Photographer: Sebastian Keitel | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

For this series, Staged Reality, Keitel staged and photographed interiors of slum huts in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, where about 4 million people live in 5,000 informal settlements. The growing number of slums in developing countries is a global problem, the precise location therefore not so important. This work is rather an example for the living conditions of over one billion people worldwide. In addition, the photographs tell of man’s striving to create his home as comfortable as possible, even under such extreme conditions.

 

Sebastian Keitel is a recent graduate of University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Art and Design Bielefeld, Germany. He lives in Cologne, Germany and works everywhere.

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Portrait | Photographer: Devansh Jhaveri

Portrait | Photographer: Devansh Jhaveri | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Devansh Jhaveri is a travel photographer, and describes himself -quite rightly- as being passionate in capturing ancient cultures and the human condition in unique, challenging situations. I wager you will agree with me that he is extremely talented He reminded me that he had a portfolio review with me the Delhi Photo Festival last November, and I recall telling him that he was gifted, and his photographs were amongst the best I've seen in this genre.

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The Canaries | Photographer: Thilde Jensen

The Canaries | Photographer: Thilde Jensen | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"The Canaries series is a personal account of life on the edge of modern civilization – as one of the human canaries, the first casualties of a ubiquitous synthetic chemical culture. Since World War II the production and use of synthetic petroleum derived chemicals has exploded. We live in a world today where man-made chemicals are part of every breath we take and where electro magnetic emissions are beaming at us from every corner.

 

As a result it is believed that more than ten million Americans have developed a disabling condition referred to as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) or Environmental Illness (EI). MCS is a condition in which the immune and central nervous systems go into extreme reactions when exposed to small amounts of daily chemicals like perfume, cleaning products, car exhaust, printed matter, construction materials and pesticides.

 

When the delicate balance of life first has been broken there seems no end to how sensitive we can become or to which element one might sensitize. In addition to chemicals some react to food, electromagnetic fields, textiles and even light – making life a near impossibility.

 

Many people with MCS/EI end up living as refugees in remote areas out of tents, cars, or retro-fitted trailers, away from dangers of neighbors’ chemical use. Others are prisoners of their homes, with advanced air filter systems to keep outside air from contaminating their breathing space.

 

At the core of the bizarre, and sometimes freakish, appearance of Environmental Illness is a questioning of the sanity of a human world continuing to develop in a manner that is toxic to life itself." (Thilde Jensen )

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Desert | Photographer :Lucy Levene

Desert | Photographer :Lucy Levene | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Lucy Levene's is a London based artist & Photographer. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, with shows in London, New York and Europe.

 

Coming from an ongoing interest in Realism, this work explores construction; both as in constructed photography and within constructed or ‘fake’ spaces. The images are taken in and around Los Angeles, an area/landscape continually re-fictionalised through film.

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Brides of Xtabay | Fashion photographer: Holly Andres

Brides of Xtabay | Fashion photographer: Holly Andres | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

MAYPOLE BRIDES, commissioned by Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique as a conceptual fashion shoot depicting young brides preparing for the Maypole ceremony. The Maypole Dance originated as an ancient pagan fertility ceremony associated with the end of winter and the rebirth of the land. The pole itself is suggestive of the phallus.

Shot on location at Sauvie Island, near Portland Oregon.
Photography and concept by Holly Andres
Wardrobe and styling by Liz Gross/Xtabay
Hair and Makeup by Terri Lodge
Flowers provided by Fieldwork
Models: Krystal South, Jennafer Furniss, Kate Rocker, Nicole Marie Milchak, Lisa DeClercque, Pearl Essence, Kara Jean Caldwell, Rachel and Doni the goat.

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Photographing a dignitary | Photographer: Serge Bouvet

Photographing a dignitary | Photographer: Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"The news related to the official portrait of President of the Republic, François Hollande, directed by Raymond Depardon, makes me want to write about. I happened to photograph a few dignitaries. Some want a sober picture , modest picture, while others prefer a portrait in phase with the prestige of their status..."

 

Serge Bouvet is a french professional photographer based in Paris. Providing event photography, press portraits, photojournalism. 

 

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Cuba | Photographer: Eric Kruszewski

Cuba | Photographer: Eric Kruszewski | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
Eric Kruszewski, award-winning photojournalist, shares captured stories from around the world.

 

Eric Kruszewski's Cuba gallery made me yearn to revisit Cuba having been there on a week's photo workshop over 10 years ago.  It's heaven for street photographers...Just look at the photograph above, and see how he compartmentalized the scene using the columns and the scaffoldings.

 

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Myanmar, Inle Lake | Photographer: Ruben Vicente

Myanmar, Inle Lake  | Photographer: Ruben Vicente | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Ruben Vicente has just published an excellent ebook titled Myanmar: A Journey Through Time of his photographs, along with cogent and well written travel photography advice for this wonderful country, just emerging from a state of military dictatorship. I know there's a rush of travelers and photographers to Myanamr (Burma)...so do yourself a real favor, buy Ruben's ebook and drop Lonely Planet and the like.

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Ruben Vicente's comment, August 8, 2012 3:40 AM
Thank you for the shout-out =)
Photo report's comment, August 8, 2012 7:43 AM
@Ruben Vicente : you are welcome Rubens, your work is really amazing. The people have to see your travel photographs. :)
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NYPD: Operation Impact | Photographer: Antonio Bolfo

NYPD: Operation Impact | Photographer: Antonio Bolfo | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Antonio Bolfo worked as a police officer in the NYPD from 2006 to 2008 where he patrolled some of the most dangerous housing projects in the Bronx. Bolfo says, “There was a substantial amount of depression in the unit and at the precinct in general, but no one would ever admit it out of fear it would be taken as a sign of weakness. People deal with depression in a number of ways, some take to alcohol, others to infidelity. For me it was photography that helped ease the burden.” Bolfo’s series, IMPACT: Life On The Housing Beat opens tomorrow, July 24, at the Half King gallery in NY. The photographer Antonio Bolfo will participate in an opening night discussion with Ed Conlon, former NYPD detective and author of Blue Blood.

 

Operation IMPACT is an NYPD program that assigns young, untested officers to the most violent and dangerous neighborhoods of New York City for a full-scale plunge into “The Job.” Part field training, part trial by fire, IMPACT pits these officers against some of the most vicious criminals in the country on a daily basis. This photography project follows one IMPACT unit consisting of thirty rookies assigned to housing projects in the South Bronx, one of the poorest and toughest neighborhoods in America.

 

Many criminologists directly attribute Operation IMPACT to New York City’s 21st century revival. But the focus on arrests comes at a price: sacrificing community policing, which leads to a tense relationship between the neighborhood’s beleaguered residents and the overstrained cops.

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Old regular mountain | Photographer: Stacy Kranitz

Old regular mountain | Photographer: Stacy Kranitz | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"Representing place is a complicated series of negotiations.  How can the photographer demystify stereotypes, sum up experience, interpret memory and history."

"Regression to the mean is a term used to define a phenomenon in statistical analysis. If a variable is extreme on its first measurement, it will tend to be closer to the average on its second measurement."
 
"This concept outlines my process, which requires many visits in order to gain a photographic series of images that averages these extremes. I am initially drawn to stereotypes. Then I look to demystify these stereotypes only to find that they are rooted in some sort of reality. I do not exclude the stereotypical image from my representations, nor do I only seek it out. The resulting images are a regression to the mean and the mean is interwoven with both typical and atypical lives captured through controlled and chance operations."
 
"Nothing is all one thing or its opposite. There are moments in time that you see a degree of continuity between these opposing forces.  Ultimately the term Regression to the Mean articulates the flaws of representation. Flaws which I openly embrace." (Stacy Kranitz: http://stacykranitzprojects.com/old-regular-mountain)

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Yakuza | Photographer: Anton Kusters

Yakuza | Photographer: Anton Kusters | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"YAKUZA is a personal visual account of the life inside an inaccessible subculture: a traditional Japanese crime family that controls the streets of Kabukicho, in the heart of Tokyo, Japan.

Through 10 months of negotiations with the Shinseikai, my brother Malik and I became one of the only westerners ever to be granted this kind of access to the closed world of Japanese organized crime."

"With a mix of photography, film, writing and graphic design, I try to share not only their complex relationship to Japanese society, but also to show the personal struggle of being forced to live in two different worlds at the same time; worlds that often have conflicting morals and values. It turns out not to be a simple ‘black’ versus ‘white’ relationship, but most definitely one with many, many, many shades of grey." (Anton Kusters)

 

Anton Kusters is a Belgium-based photographer specializing in long-term projects. In 2011, he published his first photobook on the Yakuza, the Japanese organized crime families, that he photographed for two years.

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LU | Photographer: Arianna Sanesi

LU | Photographer: Arianna Sanesi | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

LU, the Ukrainian nickname for Ludmila, is a work in progress about one of those women that come to Italy from Eastern Europe to grant their family a better life. They usually work as caretakers for old people but Ludmila got ill and was hospitalised for a long period. We met in Italy but I followed her back in Ukraine for Christmas: it was three years she didn’t go home. Her world is firm and warm. Full of signs from the past but also of the welfare she’s working to afford.

 

She managed to have a beautiful marriage for her daughter and she’s very proud of it. She’s still the head of the family, loved and well respected for what she’s doing for them. But you can feel in the air the fear for her leaving again.
Her dream is completing a building they started by their house to open a florist shop. The pictures I’m sending try to depict the world she left behind.

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Uganda Color | Photographer: Gloria Feinstein

Uganda Color | Photographer: Gloria Feinstein | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

“For the past six years I’ve been making photographs of the children living at St. Mary Kevin Orphanage in Uganda. These kids have lost one or both parents to disease or civil war. I founded a not-for-profit organization called Change the Truth shortly after my first visit in 2006. Since then, these children have become part of my extended family. I spend most of the year raising funds to help provide food, medical care and school fees for them. Without assistance, their futures would be dim. Once a year I return to the orphanage to spend time with them and make pictures. This past December I ventured outside the walls of the orphanage to meet and photograph some of the people living in the surrounding village."

 

"The warm, generous Ugandans I have met along the way love having their picture taken; in some cases my pictures have been the first they have ever seen of themselves. The children at the orphanage and in the village feel that because I share my photographs with so many once I return to America, they are surely quite famous! They also know that the photographs I make give them a voice they might not otherwise have; this voice leads to a raising of awareness about their plight and a positive change in their lives.”

- Gloria Baker Feinstein

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Fashion | Fashion photographer: Devansh Jhaveri

Fashion | Fashion photographer: Devansh Jhaveri | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Devansh Jhaveri is a talented fashion photographer. You will see that his imagery is varied, ranging from travel photography, classical Indian dance, portraiture, fashion (exceptional!), fine arts, interiors and also videography. Before I share with you my preferred gallery out of Devansh's travel work, I want to highlight his fashion work because it's well worth your time to have a look at them.

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