≡ This Sunday, while cleaning up my bookmarks ≡

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Vasantha_Yogananthan_01PiŽmansonVasantha_Yogananthan_16all images © Vasantha Yogananthan, from the series Piémanson.

For Piémanson, photographer Vasantha Yogananthan documents the last free beach in France, capturing the vibrant community that emerges on its shores each summer. Every May, the idyllic beach, located the Camargue Regional Nature Reserve, opens its ten kilometer expanse to campers, who build temporary lodgings out of tents, recreational vehicles, wood, and plastic sheeting.
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From 2009-2013, Yogananthan became a regular at the Piémanson, living, eating, and sleeping with its diverse group of residents for two weeks at a time. Inspired by the uncertain future of the beach, which will likely be shut down by the French government in the coming years, Piémanson preserves the memories of the three generations of Europeans who have traveled to its shores since the start of the camping tradition in the 1970s.”excerpt from FEATURESHOOT article Magical Photos of Families Camping on Piémanson Beach in the South of France by Ellyn Kail.

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Santiago Sierra, 133 Persons Paid to Have their Hair Dyed Blond, 2001.

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New-York-Times-Moment-in-TimeA Moment in Time: Earth covered by stacks of virtual photographs corresponding in location to where they were taken by Lens readers [New York Times] at one “Moment in Time”, 2010.

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Jean-François-Lecourt-Shot-into-the-camera-1987-©-Jean-François-Lecourt-Image-courtesy-of-The-Photographers-GalleryLecourt-Image2all images © Jean François Lecourt, from Le tir dans l’appareil photographique, 1980-2010.

The artist wields his camera as a gun and a gun as a camera, all targeted at his own nude body in an act of simultaneous destruction and creation.

Lecourt was inspired by old fairground games that still occasionally pop up around mainland Europe. In the game the participant is given a rifle and must shoot at a target mounted in the fairground stand, if they hit the bullseye, a camera automatically shoots a picture of them shooting the target.

Lecourt created a large, lightproof box to house a sheet of photosensitive paper, a kind of pinhole camera without the pinhole. He then stripped naked and fired a shot at his home made camera, simultaneously piercing the camera and the paper behind.” excerpt from the article I Quite Like Art Photography by Thomas O’Shea.

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self-taught-perfectly-timed-street-photography-china-tao-liu-3self-taught-perfectly-timed-street-photography-china-tao-liu-32self-taught-perfectly-timed-street-photography-china-tao-liu-33all images by Tao Liu.

Just a few months ago, Tao Liu was another face in the crowd, a man reading water meters for a living with his camera usually somewhere nearby. Today, Liu is known for so much more after some of his pictures went viral and caused quite a surprise in China.

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a selection of work from the Finalists of Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2015.

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all images by Ksenia Yurkova, from the series Love Demands Reality.

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all images by Delphine Schacher, from the series La mécanique céleste.

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all images by Cyril Costilhes, from the series Grand Circle Diego. Complete series HERE.

“Buried beneath its wild undergrowth and savage natural beauty, the Madagascan town of Diego Suarez hides many secrets. In 2003, whilst riding his motorbike home from Le Grand Circle Diego casino one evening, Cyril Costilhes’ father was involved in an accident that left him crippled with front lobe dementia. As a result, just over 10 years later, Costilhes has returned to shoot the mysteries of the land that snared his father’s sanity. The French photographer recorded his findings in his new book the Grand Circle Diego – and the results are dark, twisted and startling. Opening with an ominous quote from Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness, it reveals a nightmarish new side to an otherwise idyllic town. Obscured and captionless images of discarded bones and facial deformities flicker to torn flesh and blood pools as Costilhes battles with his demons and revisits his father’s old home. We spoke to him about his inspirations, his discoveries and the difficulties he faced in the process.”excerpt from DAZED article Shooting a cursed town, by Dominique Sisley.

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