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Jeden Monat ein anderer Experte. Wir laden bekannte Blogger und Spezialisten aus der internationalen Fotoszene ... Read more »

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Another expert every month: We invite well-known bloggers and specialists from the international photography scene... Read more »

Zanele Muholi’s Visual Activism

"Ntozakhe II, Parktown, Johannesburg," 2016 © Zanele Muholi

“Ntozakhe II, Parktown, Johannesburg,” 2016 © Zanele Muholi

Photographer Zanele Muholi is responsible for crafting some of the most electric self-portraiture, not just in recent memory, but in the entirety of the history of image making. A self-described visual or cultural activist, Muholi has done a great deal to make strides forward for the LGBTQIA+ community in both the art world and the world at large. With seemingly endless layers of meaning to their work, they have managed to both connect threads of history and culture that aren’t always communicated together so effectively, while also boldly confronting those elements.  

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Bettina von Zwehl’s Haunting Tribute to the Parkland School Shooting Victims

Meditations in an Emergency #5 (2018) © Bettina von Zwehl

Meditations in an Emergency #5 (2018) © Bettina von Zwehl

When London-based photographer Bettina von Zwehl began her artist’s residency at the New-York Historical Society last year, it had already been part of her practice to photograph people in profile for 18 years. Coming across profile drawings by Benjamin Tappan in the museum’s collection sparked this beautiful yet eerie new series of 17 portraits called “Meditations in an Emergency,” which recall the 17 students and staff members who were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, last Valentine’s Day. Today marks one year since this horrific event.

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Searing, Hilarious Cultural Commentary of Paul Reas

From ‘The Valleys Project’, 1984 © Paul Reas

From ‘The Valleys Project,’ 1984 © Paul Reas

Paul Reas, I am ashamed to admit, is a photographer I was unfamiliar with until his new book Fables of Faubus showed up at my doorstep. Reas’s work is right up my alley: awkward and funny; full of characters simultaneously stylish and unstylish; and interwoven with biting social commentary on class and cultural stratification in Northern England in the 1980s and 1990s.

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