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Tehran, City of Hope and Despair

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”<p>—Robert Frank<p>Following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the United States imposed sanctions against Iran. In 2006, following discussions around the Iranian …

Hints of Skull Cult Found at World's Oldest Temple

Carved human skull fragments from a Stone Age archaeological site hint at a surprisingly complex culture.<p>Around 10,000 years ago, the already striking presence of Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey could have been even more impressive—as human skulls might have dangled in what is considered the …

Archaeology

The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

From classic jumps to psychological horror, these films might just keep you awake at night.<p>What makes a scary movie scary?<p>If you glanced at what's come out in the past 20 years, you might think it's the amount of diced body tissue flying around the screen. Horror has always depended on shock value …

Horror

The Occult Roots of Modernism

Joséphin Péladan’s mystical art exhibitions, in Paris, set the stage for everything from Kandinsky’s abstractions to Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”<p>In the Paris of the early eighteen-nineties, at the height of the Decadence, the man of the moment was the novelist, art critic, and would-be guru Joséphin …

I'm Probably Going to Get Cancer, but My Life Will Be Beautiful

I have a 97 percent chance of developing cancer and zero fear.<p>Johnny Cash was blaring from the outdoor speakers. My brother and I thought it would be funny to play "Ring of Fire" as people left the church, but we got our timing wrong and it played at the cemetery. Right as we watched Dad get …

Cancer

Highly Fuckable People Have Issues Too

Porn star Tayte Hanson might be a glistening big-dicked hardbody, but he's got problems just like the rest of us.<p>In my last column, In Search of the Eternal Porn, I explored my relationship with the Cockyboys films as an attempt at freezing time, escaping the self and an addiction to fantasy. My …

Vintage Camera Review: Fujifilm GW690 III (6x9 Medium Format)

When Fujifilm announced their medium format digital camera, a whole lot of people really wanted it to be something along the lines of the Fujifilm …

Cameras

Jack Whitten on His Otherworldly Paintings (And Octopuses)

By Yevgeniya Traps March 1, 2017<p>Jack Whitten. Photo: John Berens.<p><i>Jack Whitten’s art—canvasses built up with what he calls “tesserae” of acrylic paint, at once minimalist and ornate—is an excellent analog for his manner. He speaks in units: measured, often deliberately repeated phrases that build to</i> …

Art

Here's What the Future of City Planning Looks Like

We chat with Ford's John Kwant about the changing landscape of urban design and what’s next for America’s “smart cities.”<p>Sixty years ago, the American middle class began fleeing inner cities and pushing to their boundaries, creating a suburban sprawl that made large swathes of the country …

Bergger Pancro 400: The Newest Addition to Black and White Film

Good news: we’ve got a brand new film emulsion in the form of Bergger Pancro 400. This black and white film is a brand new emulsion–and Bergger is …

Photography

Why 2016 Seemed Like the Worst Year Ever

Let this past year be a kick in your ass, not a boot on your throat.<p>"Man has become a kind of prosthetic God," Sigmund Freud tells us in <i>Civilization and Its Discontents. "</i>When he puts on all his auxiliary organs he is truly magnificent; but… We must not forget that present-day man is not happy in …

Allan Sekula, Against the Grain: An Interview with David Campany

"The idea of art and politics co-existing is no more or less deeply problematic than the idea of them being separate. But nobody said it was going to …

Interview with Kazuyoshi Usui: Projecting Showa

"These poor cities are nevertheless radiating vivid colours, as if bolstering up daily lives with significant visual appeal. I see their desperation …

Martin Bollati: The Brutal Form of Obsolete Icons

“The stone, which once was hit to produce an image was now being hit again to produce another one. History cannot be destroyed, but it can be …

Where You Weren’t When We Were: SMILER

Thatcher was out, the false promises of Blair’s lying and callous maw was in. The 80's and 90’s were different. The post Where You Weren’t When We …

Brad Feuerhelm: Photography Class of 2016?

“you think..."Well Sweetheart if you don't want to hear this ...Why the fuck are you here in the first place? Go forth and make your way towards the …

Photography Class of 2017 – Kittens, Rainbows and Unicorn Supplement

“Finally, a "Eureka Moment"- the image I "took" belongs to Martin Parr, the Godfather of Gaudy. I know this not because I have any of his books or …

Science Says This Type of Exercise Will Keep Your Brain in Shape

Do this type of exercise twice a week and your brain will thank you.<p>Exercise doesn't just make you fitter. It also makes you smarter. Don't believe me? A whole host of studies prove that moving more leads to thinking better. Which is a phenomenal thing to know if you're looking for a little …

Topophilia

<i>This thought-provoking urban architecture project was selected as a finalist in the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2016</i>. <i>Discover more inspiring work from all the winners, jurors' picks and finalists.</i><p>This project is about the poetry of space found in rural regions. For this series, I worked …

Street Photography

How to make the perfect cacio e pepe

If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry – until about two months ago, neither had I. Then, suddenly, cacio e pepe was everywhere, virtually speaking at least, a million slick strands of cheesy spaghetti clogging up social media like a vast hipster hairball.<p>Those who claim a longer familiarity with …

Italy

An Open Blowjob (Cock, Cock, Cock) to Bruno Ceschel and the Self Publish, Be Happy Crew

"His platform, his incessant toil and his ability to know every single photographer/artist or organization in the world has garnered much for the …

‘Daido Tokyo’ at Fondation Cartier (2016)

Moriyama admits that repetition is his way of working, and that his impulse to reproduce his surroundings today is much the same as it was when he …

A Raven's Dream

<i>Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,<br>Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,—<br>While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,<br>As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.<br>"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber</i> …

How Donnie Darko’s Frank became the ultimate outsider symbol

You all know the face – this demonic, imaginary bunny is now a regular fixture in Halloween celebrations. The costume is based on Frank, the anti-hero from 2001 teen sci-fi drama <i>Donnie Darko</i>. Typically, the skull-faced mask shields the wearer’s face with Frank’s deranged smile and hollow white …

Movies

Father Creates Custom Tauntaun for His Son's Star Wars Inspired Costume

While many kids will spend October 31st this year trick-or-treating as Rey or Kylo Ren from <i>The Force Awakens</i>, one young boy will be celebrating a very classic Star Wars <i>Hoth</i>oween. Clint Case, a leather artist and loving father, designed a one-of-a-kind Tauntaun for his son.<p>The mythical …

'Headmaster' Is a Magazine for Men Who Love Men and Art

We spoke to the editors about the most recent issue, which involved sending artists on field trips.<p>For men who love men, <i>Headmaster</i> may be the most interesting publication devoted to art, culture, and what it's like to take a bottle of vodka on a day trip to Brighton Beach. If you think dick pics …

Selling

Stockholm Blues

<i>Born in Singapore and raised between Stockholm and the smaller Swedish town of Sundsvall, Peter Mickhael ("Micke") Berg has been a working photographer since 1971.</i><p><i>Best known for his work on Sweden, Berg has participated in nearly a hundred exhibitions in his career. His photography has been</i> …

The Provocative in Japanese Photography

September 23, 2016<p>A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.<p>With one of the most exciting and varied …

Art

Takashi Homma: Polis and the God EYE Goodbye

“Takashi Homma is indebted to Robert Frank. This much is clear. He is as sick of goodbyes as are the best of the Swiss and as are the best of …

2224 Kolkata: Plums Deep In Corpse Fat

“I mean corpse fat and soap, I remember the nazis doing something like that...is that why the women wash their clothes in it while the naked …