Wake up and smell the vagina, University of Cincinnatti. On Thursday, two student groups displayed “Re-envisioning The Female Body,” a temporary art show of 12 billboard-sized photographs of vulvas, on the campus commons. A student photographer photographed the images [NSFW], which are displayed on campus alongside quotes about sexuality, health, and reproductive choice. The show followed a panel discussion on campus from a local Planned Parenthood.
Not surprisingly, the campus Students For Life group — known for posting explicit, bloody photographs on campus which purport to be of aborted fetuses — are steamed. Keep reading »
This sent shivers down my spine. A moving photo essay by the photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz on TIME magazine’s website follows a young couple’s relationship, culminating in the man beating his girlfriend. As she explains in a piece accompanying the piece, Lewkowicz originally meant to document Shane’s life as an ex-con. But it turned into something entirely different when Shane, 31, began physically abusing Maggie, 19, the mother of two young children, with the photographer and kids present. Keep reading »
Brandon Stanton is the photographer behind “Humans of New York,” a collection of street style photos from around the city. His website, also called Humans of New York, aims to be a “photographic census” of the city’s inhabitants.
A few months ago, Stanton was approached by the clothing company DKNY, who wanted to use his photos as part of a store display. They were willing to pay $15,000 for 300 of Stanton’s photos — a rate of $50 a photo. Stanton wanted more money, but DKNY balked, and the deal never went through.
Cut to this Monday, when a fan of Stanton’s site sent him a photo of a DKNY display window in Bangkok, covered in “Humans of New York” photos. Keep reading »
Long before Lindsay took up unauthorized residence, the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard played host and home to a multitude of eminent eccentrics and bold-faced names (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe, Dennis Hopper, Jim Morrison, Hunter S. Thompson, Heath Ledger, Led Zeppelin, Britney Spears, Howard Hughes, and beyond) who all had one thing in common: they loved to party, and hard. In fact, the founder of Columbia Pictures once said, “If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.” It’s no wonder, then, that when we think of the infamous hotel, the last thing that comes to mind is sleep. (Well, unless it’s forever sleep, as in the tragic case of John Belushi, who met his untimely end in the Chateau’s Bungalow #3.) Fashion photographer Jork Weismann’s new portrait book, aptly titled “Asleep at the Chateau,” pays quiet homage to that legendary place of celebrity refuge and relapse by showing a number of familiar faces in repose within its walls. Among them are Bret Easton Ellis, Orlando Bloom, Juergen Teller, Usher, Eva Longoria, and Patti Smith (shown). Check out a couple more after the jump, and pick up Asleep at the Chateau via Artbook. [T Magazine] Keep reading »
From what I can glean with my limited grasp of the Spanish language, this story on Anatomika says photographer Armin Morbach works with the penis as his subject. I think it says he gives personality to penises, but I’m really not sure. I think that Edvard Munch would be proud of this adaptation of “The Scream” featuring a dickhead. (The uncensored version is after the jump.) But really, this is nothing compared to the penis puppets. Spoiler: one of them is smoking a cigarette. What a rebel! Morbach’s extremely NSFW, but MIND-BLOWING penis art after the jump. [Anatomika]
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Photographer Marc McAndrews spent five years photographing 33 of Nevada’s brothels, which are featured in the book Nevada Rose: Inside the American Brothel. McAndrews says the project started with curiosity and evolved into an impressive body of work:
“I had all these preconceived ideas running around my head about what they were like and what went on inside a desert brothel … The women had final say if they wanted to sit for a portrait, and if they said ‘no’ that was that: no asking twice, no cajoling, no pressuring … I approached the brothels the same way I would any other project or assignment, and when I photographed the women (or owners or customers, for that matter), I didn’t want to demonize them for what they did, but I was also careful not to glorify them. I think the fact that I became and remain friends with many of the women that work or have worked in the houses speaks to the honesty of the project.”
Click through to see a few of McAndrew’s images from the inner sanctums of American brothels. [Slate]