Maggie Shannon is a photographer based in New York and Martha’s Vineyard who has been featured in a number of high profile publications including The New York Times, Wired and The New Yorker, amongst many others. Here, she turns her lens toward what in some ways we might consider a ‘banal’ subject – a local swimming club for kids, but the very act of capturing these everyday moments and the struggles of these kids to compete, imbues her subjects with so much more meaning.
What a great set of images!
You can see more of Shannon’s work on her website here.
Landon Nordeman is an American photographer with an incredible resume. Working in fine art, editorial and commercial – his work is recognisable for its haunting capturing of humans in all their forms. We especially love his dramatic use of lighting to highlight his subjects.
Here he turns his lens toward prom night in Flint, Michigan. As a town that’s been somewhat of a political football in the US with drinking water problems and other issues, these photographs serve as a testament to human resilience and the ability to have fun and celebrate, to feel special and dignified despite your immediate surroundings.
We do suggest you inspire yourself with more of Nordeman’s work on his website here.
And you can follow him on Instagram here.
To round off our photography-themed week, we’re sharing an incredible project by Miami-based photographer Rose Marie Cromwell. Entitled, El Libro Supremo de la Suerte, which is translated as: The Supreme Book of Luck, this photo series aims to bring to life the feeling of Havana, rather than simply representing it in a documentary fashion or showing the tourist-style images we might expect.
Mixing street scenes and staged images, this series acts as metaphor and guide – helping us as the outsiders to feel what it is like in Havana, through highly emotive, allegorical imagery. What a brilliant set of photographs!
To see more of Cromwell’s work, we do suggest you visit her website here.
Tomer Ifrah is an Israeli photographer who for this project, Moscow Metro, is turning his lens toward commuters in Moscow’s grand underground rail system. With many stations and much of the infrastructure built as long ago as the 1930s, the Moscow Metro is itself a design marvel. The focus here though is on the people who use it (estimates reckon up to 7 million people pass through it every day) and the little moments between them.
But that’s not all. This is part of a larger project where Ifrah will be photographing other metro systems in post-Soviet states, for which a book will be released in 2018.
You can visit Ifrah’s site and see more of his work here.
This set of images by Marisa Chafetz, a young American photographer, sees her returning to her family home and capturing the people she grew up with. With a strong nostalgic feeling and so much warmth behind the images, this set, entitled: We are Ugly but We Have the Music, makes the viewer as if perhaps they are a teenager again. We love how the act of training the camera on specific moments can heighten their importance, making the mundane incredibly poignant and profound.
This is the power of photography!
You can see more of Chafetz’s work here.
Bharat Sikka is an Indian photographer who has turned his lens to the contested area of Kashmir. This series, entitled: Where The Flowers Still Grow brings to life what life is like in Kashmir. Kashmir sits on the border between India, Pakistan and China and has seen a number of armed conflicts over the years. This unease and pain that has been felt by the people is further brought to life in the eyes of Sikka’s subjects – they don’t smile or pose, they stare directly into the camera. The landscape behind them is barren and harsh, but at the same time quite beautiful.
When it comes to capturing a place, a feeling and a people – you are not going to find much photography better than this. This is truly top notch!
See more of Sikka’s work here.
Danny Lowe is a British photographer based in London who focuses on fashion and portraiture. We’re sharing a set of images he did for i-D magazine called ‘Sex, religion and BDSM in the Holy Land’ where he shot a menswear designer from Tel Aviv called Eliran Nargassi.
Check out more of the shoot below.