From Carnival in Haiti to West African Masquerade, Phyllis Galembo has seen it all. Humanity has always had such a fascination with dressing up–with becoming someone else for even a short period of time–that these costumes and the rituals associated with them play an important role in these societies’ cultural textures. Galembo photographs these moments in which people become magical, steeped in the symbolism of their dress. So, what does it say about us if our definition of costume is a sexed up, polyester sailer/nurse/bunny?
I don’t know much about photographer Germinal Roaux because his Wikipedia page is in French, but just the fact that he has a Wikipedia page is good enough for me. Not to mention his lovingly rich black and white photos. They look like I could scoop them up with a butter knife and smooth them over my morning scone. From ballerinas to rock stars, Roaux wraps each of his images in his own special blend of spellbound.
This guy’s sweatshirt says it all. The dark, capacious surroundings try to steal the show but his face has such a “just you try” intensity that, despite his size, you know he could for sure kill you with his bare hands. See, Moscow based artist, Olya Ivanova, knows that good portraiture should give the viewer an understanding of what it feels like to be the subject of the image. And it feels pretty serious.
I know what you’re thinking….but, no. This is not Guerrilla Girls making a comeback. This is Leah Beach‘s most recent collection of work. Beach series is about stereotypes and rituals from American society; she used gorilla masks to stand for what we, humans, evolved from. Beach is mainly a film photographer and processes everything herself. Leach Beach is currently a student at the Delaware College of Art and Design.
In all honesty, I’m usually very dismissive of photography. Alas! Young Chicagoan Jessica Labatte comes correct with some seriously amazing still life photographs! Lots and lots of images after the break, enjoy.
Emily Malan‘s intimate style of photography gives her shots the illusion of being candid. You get the sense that you’ve come to know her subjects without ever meeting them. Her focus is on portraits, but she has her eye on the fashion industry; perhaps one day we’ll see her effortless photographs in fashion spreads in Vogue.
The first descriptors that come to mind when viewing the photography of Andrew Newson are: still, quiet, repose. This UK based photographer holds still moments of peace to take in his rich and varied imagery; whether it be the hidden treasures of Sussex or the splashes of red from seaside to city.
Michael Bussell, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is already creating some beautiful photography. His most recent series “Shrines” is a study of habitual human practices and how they relate to religious iconography. Maybe cleanliness really is next to Godliness.