photography

Post image for Dispatches from the Gateways to Death Valley

Two rural communities have ominously declared themselves the “Gateway to Death Valley” — Baker, California and Beatty, Nevada — each isolated as the last stop before miles of harsh landscape.

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Adrain Chesser,

There is a loose tribe living at nature’s margins in the United States, slaughtering goats raised by hand at Idaho’s Lost River and picking cherries growing wild in California’s Marble Mountain Wilderness.

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Ellen Brooks, “Untitled (Lawn Couple)” at Hauser & Wirth

Photography’s initial accomplishment was to allow for the instantaneous transformation of a four-dimensional object or event into a static, two-dimensional representation. However, in the catalogue for the 1970 exhibition Photography into Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, Peter C. Burnell insisted that the medium could be pushed to even greater creative possibilities.

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Post image for Drugs, Guns, Photographs: Taking Shots with William S. Burroughs

Writer William S. Burroughs took thousands of photographs from the 1950s to 1970s, but it’s likely you’ve not seen many as even he didn’t treat them like an art, but a mode of disrupting time.

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Post image for Photographs of the Ecological Healing of WWII Bomb Scars

Almost masked in nature’s regrowth are craters from World War II in Germany, pocking the ground as reminders of violence that erupted in the landscape. Photographer Henning Rogge set out to discover as many as he could through aerial maps and the exploration of old battlegrounds.

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Post image for Photographing the Desert Where the Mountains Float

Given just the right optical conditions, a mountain can appear to hover above the Earth. Photographer Mike Osborne sought to capture that effect, and other fascinations of the landscape of the Great Basin Desert between Utah and Nevada, where the real world becomes alien.

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Post image for A Photographic Survey of America’s Public Libraries

Walking into my local branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, it looks more or less like any other: computers to the left, children’s section to the right, non-fiction dead ahead. It’s only when I go upstairs to the already small fiction section that I see something abnormal: more shelves are empty than full.

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Post image for Photographs of the Everyday in an Isolated Village

The village of Pikin Slee in the South American nation of Suriname is incredibly remote. But the details of the place caught photographer Viviane Sassen’s eye, and she decided it was worth the journey to document.

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Post image for Portraits of the Homeless World Cup

While the World Cup opens today in Brazil, another international soccer tournament is on the horizon for this fall. The Homeless World Cup, started in 2003, will stage its 12th edition this October in Santiago, Chile, engaging players across the globe who live in poverty.

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Post image for In Photographs of an Abandoned Town, a Post-Apocalyptic Puzzle

A silhouette of a ballerina is fading on an abandoned semi truck, a sign for Lover’s Lane warns of “falling rocks” and “high water.” And not a person is around. What is this strange and desolate landscape?

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