Luo Yang is a Chinese photographer living and working between Beijing and Shanghai. Today, we’re sharing some of her work from her project Girls, which aims to document the multiplicity of young womanhood in China right now.
We absolutely love these meaningful, interesting portraits. The way they shine a light on a culture we can’t easily access in South Africa and show us both the differences and the similarities between SA and China is just mesmerising.
To seem ore of Luo Yang’s work, visit her website here.
Eddie Wrey is a commercial photographer who shot this series while on assignment in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He noticed all the women at the Adjame Market with their wares piled high on their heads and asked to shoot them. Because some were a bit shy, he shot them from behind – removing this worry.
We love the result – a look at modern African life with the classic ‘on-the-ground’ workaround you often have to do on a shoot resulting in a happy accident that makes this series even more arresting.
Check out more of Wrey’s work on his instagram account here.
Maisie Marshall is a British photographer who has found the most incredible community to capture with her lens: British cowboys. Believe it or not, in Devon, a rural part of England, there is a community of people who hold rodeos and live the cowboy lifestyle. These thoughtful images capture people doing what they love best – such a perfect use of photography to capture what it means to be human.
You can visit her site here.
Maxwell Granger is a young photographer in London who created the following set of images by arriving pretty much unannounced at his friends’ houses and telling them he was going to take photos. This allows for some interesting insights into just how young people are living in London right now. Cramped spaces, typified by small rooms and possessions all over the place (most people in these images are probably living in house shares) show how people are getting by in London, before they’re really making it.
We love the honesty and realness in these photos. And if you love being a little bit nosey like we do, pictures like these are just perfect!
Check out more of Granger’s work on his website here.
Hailun Ma is a Chinese photographer from Xinjiang, who now divides her time between New York and Shanghai. After studying fashion photography in New York, she was inspired to return to the place where she grew up to document the fashion and style of the local people – Uyghurs. The Uyghur are a mostly Muslim Turkic ethnic group who live in East and Central Asia.
When you see their incredible use of colour and flamboyant dress sense, you’ll see exactly why taking photographs of them is something Hailun Ma just couldn’t turn down.
Take a look at more of Hailun Ma’s photography on her website here.
We love this! Emily Stein, a British photographer, has spent time photographing a Japanese woman named Akemi who moved to England but still maintains a connection to her life in Japan. She shows this through her incredible collection of kimonos.
Fittingly, this project is called Akemi’s 100 Kimonos. These meaningful portraits are such a celebration of culture, life and fashion – showing the power of photography! We had to share them.
You can see more of Stein’s work here.
This set of photographs by Snezhana von Büdingen is called Meeting Sofie. In it, she chronicles the life and family of a young woman with down syndrome, the aforementioned Sofie. She lives on a farm in a deeply rural part of Germany where her father, an antiques dealer, stores a lot of his antiques. This makes for some incredible scenes as von Büdingen is able to find incredible props and objects to put into her photographs, which are all already there – not added to try and find a narrative which doesn’t really exist. And while there is no grand narrative in these images, the connections between family members and the space in which they live provide meaning of their own.
Such beautiful work!
Check out more of von Büdingen’s photography on her website here.