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Six photographers who shaped how we see skateboarding

In 1965, <i>Life</i> magazine published a cover of San Diego’s national girls skateboarding champion, Pat McGee doing a handstand on wheels. It was a moment that bought skate photography into public consciousness. Despite it being largely ignored as an art form since then, half a century on, the medium is …

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These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos from 280 Miles Up

Satellite photos are generally shot straight down at the Earth and make the world look like flat, detailed maps. But shoot satellite photos at an …

Portraits Recall Harlem in the 1980’s

In 2018, you might find your mind casting back, reminiscing on the way things were when Harlem was black – long before the cultural imperialists …

Lost Vancouver – in pictures

From squats to shops selling logger boots, from clapped-out wooden houses to neon hotspots, photographer Fred Herzog blazed a trail for colour as he captured half a century of change in the Canadian metropolis

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Lonely Photos of Daily Life in the Rust Belt

Photographer Niko J. Kallianiotis captures the anxiety and joy of living in small-town Pennsylvania.<p>Greek photographer Niko J. Kallianiotis's earliest memory of America is from Astoria, Queens, where he witnessed the shocking dichotomy between big-city affluence and homelessness. When his father …

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Stunning vintage photos show how Americans in every state spend their downtime

In the book "National Geographic: The United States of America," 700 captivating images from the magazine's archives have been pulled together in one place, highlighting each state in a range of dynamic images.<p>This collection gives us an insight into how Americans have lived their lives — and how …

A Fascinating Portrait of the Working-Class in Northern England in the 1970s and 1980s

North England as presented by Manx photographer and Harvard professor Chris Killip is bleak not only for the lack of colour, but for the immediacy at …

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Rockers: Tokyo Roller-zoku Gangs

Among Japan’s many fashion tribes, one of the less explored is the Roller-zoku. For over 30 years, the Roller-zoku have been borrowing vintage styles, gathering together to listen to loud rock n’ roll music, and sporting leather, denim and big, greased-up pompadours called “regents.”<p>Foreigners …

Skins and Suedes

Skinhead subculture has a long and complex history. The subculture drew influence from the earlier Mod style and originally used music by Jamaican musicians in the 1960s as its soundtrack. Those involved in the subculture had a sense of working class pride, and these attributes were often …

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Rare Photos of the 70s British Punk Scene

The new photo book 'Spirit of 76: London Punk Eyewitness' is a striking view from the front lines of when punk became punk.<p>Throughout the 1970s, John Ingham was heralded as one of the most important music journalists in England. The first person to ever interview the Sex Pistols in 1976, Ingham …

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1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love

PEACE<p>Acclaimed journalist Harvey Kubernik explores the summer that defined an era through the lens of rock 'n' roll.<p>04.23.17 12:15 AM ET

Introducing America as You’ve Never Seen it Before

As a continuation of his initial <i>Flatland</i> project, Istanbul-based photographer Aydin Büyüktas travelled to the USA at the end of 2016 to expand his …

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These amazing photos document the iconic Summer of Love in San Francisco

100,000 hippies descended on San Francisco in 1967. Jim Marshall captured it all.<p>The summer of 1967 in San Francisco was a magical time and …

These Folding Landscape Photos Will Mess With Your Brain

Photographer Aydın Büyüktaş has published a new series of photos as part of his delightful <i>Flatland</i> series, which shows landscapes folding upon …

Nostalgic Photos from the Forgotten Corners of America

Bob Greenspan has been a wanderer as far back as he can remember. As a boy living in Upstate New York, he and his family embarked on what his father …

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The Man Who Photographed a Forgotten America by Moonlight

Noel Kerns is an American time traveler. His camera has taken him on road trips across Texas, down Route 66, and through the ghost towns of the …

One photographer’s amazing firsthand look at the 1980s Jamaican dancehall scene

Riddim on the rise<p>If your only frame of reference for reggae and Jamaican culture is Bob Marley or Snoop Lion rolling papers, prepare to learn …

Photographer explores the public and private personas of your favorite actors

Bored by the set-up of traditional film festival photo booths, Andrew H. Walker, a staff photographer at Shutterstock, took an unusual approach to …

Authentic Street Photography of 1980s New York Reveals the Rise of Hip-Hop Culture

Breakdancing, rapping, street style—1980s New York was fertile ground for a developing hip-hop culture, and Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz was there to capture it all. Thanks to this legendary street photographer, we're able to take a trip to the past and see the style, camaraderie, and …

Forgotten Places in the California Desert

For photographer Ed Freeman, finding the places others have forgotten is simple: he looks at a map of the California desert, finds a tiny spot …

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Kensington Blues

<i>This project was singled out for distinction among the submissions to the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2016 by juror Jean-Jacques Viau. Each juror selected one photographer to be awarded a special $1,000 grant—discover why this one stood out.</i><p><i><br>Below, we’ve included a short Q&A interview,</i> …

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Meet the Unsung Street Photographer of 1980s New York

CC train, NYC, 1985<br>Richard Sandler<p>1 of 17<p>To view Richard Sandler’s photographs is to look into the soul of a broken New York. From the pages of his …

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Straight edge: How one 46-second song started a 35-year movement

No drugs, no booze…just “positive mental attitude” and lots of testosterone<p><i>This is the third article in our series on youth subcultures. The first</i> …

Spellbinding Photos of California’s Central Valley Reveal the Dark Side of America’s Agricultural Industry

For <i>Kingdom of Dust</i>, photographer Matt Black documents life California’s Central Valley, where he has lived most of his life. Stretching for an …

Remember Me: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

The Downtown Eastside (DTES) in Vancouver is well known for its crime, addiction, poverty, prostitution and homeless people. Most Vancouverites prefer to stay well away from it. Having lived near this part of Vancouver, I wanted to get to know some of the residents individually. I saw an …

Peep Through These Stunningly Bittersweet Photos of Staten Island In the Early 80s

Photographer Christine Osinski's new book <i>Summer Days Staten Island</i>, features a visual tale of the summer she spent documenting young people in early 1980s Staten Island.<p>In an interview with <i>Vogue</i>, Osinski--who grew up in a working class neighborhood of Chicago--explained her initial pull towards …

Diamond Days

Project info<p>The quintessential trait of the mundane is, of course, its lack of spectacle. It is recognizable to us, familiar, in its plainness and with its non-event-character. Due to those alleged properties it is a world that gets all too willingly labeled boring and banal. At times we might even …

Forget That Flat-Earth Nonsense and Look at This Artist’s Curved-Drone Photos

Aydin Büyüktas, an Istanbul-based photographer and VFX artist, used a drone to capture aerial images of the city, then digitally manipulated them so …

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Insightful Photos of 1960s Afghanistan Reveal What Life Was Like Before the Taliban

When asked to visualize modern-day Afghanistan, images of a war-torn nation under the control of the Taliban often comes to mind. However, there was once a time when this country exuded peace and good fortune. University professor Dr. Bill Podlich captured this phase in history when he travelled to …

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