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In the early 20th century, ethnologist Edward S. Curtis made 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Native American language and music and took 40,000 photographs of people from more than 80 tribes, such as these.
At the turn of the 20th Century, life was incredibly difficult for the African-American community in the southern states of the US. But one self-taught photographer used his camera to challenge racial barriers and capture the diversity of the American South.
Since 1913, Sydney, Australia’s Doll Hospital has been repairing dolls and teddy bears of all kinds. From plastic to porcelain, they have been fixing these treasures that have been handed down through generations in some cases, ensuring an elongated life for the toys that have become irreplaceable. Photographer Jason Reed captured the day to day workings of the Doll Hospital and it’s gifted employees. What is incredible is the transformation from hopeless looking junk to brand new shiny toys that Reed captures and the care that is put into each individual repair.
Parisian-born Martine Fougeron is a fine art photographer based in the Bronx borough of New York City, and much of the work she has made since her arrival in 1996 centers around its life and culture. “Bronx Trades” is a long-term project composed of four parts: portrait, landscape, environment & abstract. In a statement about “Bronx Trades,” Fougeron says the project highlights “the historic and economic importance of the workers and their craft in the industries of Hunts Point and Port Morris to the wider New York community, bringing closer together the area’s residential and industrial communities, and encouraging youths to pursue their own trade in the Bronx and beyond.” The series includes steel, metal recycling, baking, hand-made bedding, wooden-boat making and more. The work has helped teach Bronx youth about their local trade industry—it may also evolve into outdoor murals in the community.
Until the Kingdom Comes | Simen Johan
"Estate" is a series of photographs of negatives.
These negatives were purchased in Denmark, and are almost certainly the negatives of a Danish family sometime around the Second World war. The images seem to mostly be vacation photos with the occasional family photo in a city setting. This is the information we have about them.
These negatives are taped up on a sheet of glass and photographed in northern Italy, at and around the now famous vacation destination, Lake Garda. Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists descend on the largest lake in Italy for their own vacation, hoping for relaxation and a simple realization of their desires. The tourist infrastructure of the lake is highly developed, yet it can barely hold the amount of people vacationing every year.
For Hââbré, The Last Generation, Ivory Coast, Abidjan-based photographer Joana Choumali captures some of the final faces marked by scarification, the ancient custom of superficially cutting the flesh to form permanent signatures along body. With the urbanization and westernization of cities like Abidjan, Hââbré has gone out of fashion and has even been prohibited in certain areas. Here, Choumali traces the legacy of the tradition as it exists within a modernized society, framing her subjects with an objective and compassionate eye that neither condemns nor affirms their personal histories.
Between 1978-1984, photographer Edward Colver documented the Los Angeles underground scenes and subcultures that included the adolescent beginnings of punk, hardcore, New Wave, Industrial, thrash, ETC. Photographing relentlessly, Colver shot thousands of bands that would later become the most iconic musicians of their generation and genres. On September 20th in Los Angeles, Lethal Amounts will be presenting Colver’s work in an exhibition entitled Idle Worship.
Letha Amounts will showing never before seen images from Edward Colver’s archives that include bands like: The Germs, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Christian Death, The Cramps, Circle Jerks, Youth Brigade, The Mentors, Lydia Lunch, Fear, Nick Cave, Siousxie and the Banshees, PIL, Motorhead, The Brat, Devo, 45 grave, Minor Threat, Diamanda Galas, Bad Religion, Stiv Bators, TSOL, Adolescents, Suicidal Tendencies, Boyd Rice, SPK, Aggression, DOA, Wasted Youth, MDC, The Damned, Tony Alva, Bones Brigade Skate Team and and more.
In his series “Meadowlark”, Seattle based photographer Ian C. Bates photographs the serene landscape, the multitude of wildlife, and the rural way of life in North Dakota. With the oil industry slowly encroaching on it’s scenery, Bates works to document life in the state before the imminent invasion of oil pumpjacks, trucks, and trains. Bates’s images seem to portray an era that has since passed which foreshadows the fact that the lives he’s documenting will change in the near future.
Legendary social documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado has traveled to over 100 countries, published multiple books, exhibited internationally, won many awards and he’s also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. His work, which examines communities and environments all around the world, is self-assigned. Following his previous long-term series on global issues, “Workers” (1993) and “Migrations” (2000), “Genesis,” debuts in the United States tomorrow, September 19, at International Center of Photography (ICP). “The result of an eight-year worldwide survey, the exhibition draws together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change,” ICP said in a statement about the exhibition.
Each image in Amanda Mustard‘s collection of photographs in Egypt is a vibrant journey into a single moment. At 21, Mustard packed up her life and moved to Cairo, a far cry from the Christmas tree farm in rural Pennsylvania where she was raised. Mustard has lived in Cairo for 3 years, facing possible danger and harassment daily, not only as a photojournalist but as a female. Drawn to Cairo by the inexpensive living (her rent was just $70 per month), she ended up staying because of the unending subject matter that existed alongside the time she needed to develop her skills as a photojournalist.
Photo from Last Weeks Taste Talks Brooklyn