"Please Don’t Smile" is a series of full-body portraits taken by Malte Wandel over the nine months that he spent living in Ghana in 2011.
Please Don't Smile features an array of characters — some who Wandel knew personally, and some he spontaneously photographed on the street — providing an inside look on the lives of those living in West Africa.
“Discreetly, he approaches passers-by, places eccentric individuals and representatives of unknown subcultures centre-frame and allows us an unusual view into life and personalities in today’s West Africa. Directly and unmodified, Wandel’s work deals with a wide variety of characters and the circumstances of their lives – during their hard daily work but also in their leisure time. – About, Please Don’t Smile
Fascinating, isn’t it? You can check out more of Wandel’s work here.
A series of self-portraits taken using a Polaroid camera by acclaimed musician Stevie Nicks is the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Galleries in New York and Los Angeles, USA. Details after the jump!
Matthieu Soudet is a child of photography. He started shooting in his native Normandy when he was only nine years old. Since then, he has dedicated his life to capturing magical moments and puts his boundless creativity to good use through beautiful pictures and portraits. He tested the New Petzval Art Lens tells us about his experience in this exclusive interview.
Jodo and his friend used to make fun of the Holga 120N's plastic body and doubted its capability to take even simple photographs. After shooting a roll with it, he instantly got impressed by the artistic portraits it produced. Have a glimpse of these photographs that led him to have a change of heart!
My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.
Many photographers have taken numerous portraits of Marilyn Monroe throughout the blonde bombshell's career, and perhaps among the best known of these are the portraits taken by the equally renowned Alfred Eisenstaedt. This installment of Influential Photographs looks back at the portrait series by the legendary German photographer and offers a glimpse at some of his contact prints!
We memorialize our dearly departed with photographs taken when they were still living. But artist Ludmila Steckelberg does the exact opposite by cutting the dead out of old photographs. See how she skims over the concept of death, permanence and absence in her series after the cut.
I don't know many bands from Russia but one that I've been admiring for years is Motorama from Rostov-on-Don. With catchy tunes and adorable videos, they took my heart by storm and that of fans from all over the world. Because of their Russian origin, Motorama is of course familiar with Lomo products. Reason enough to let them become our latest LomoAmigos! Enjoy the interview with singer Vlad and check out their B&W photos, taken with a La Sardina Splendour.
South African photographer David Goldblatt is famous for his reportage during the apartheid. In 1975 he started an original series depicting detailed photographs of body parts which were published in the book, "Particulars." As a tribute to this great artist, I'll show you a series of close-up photographs of hands. Stay tuned!
Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of Life Magazine's greatest photographers, known for his ability to immortalize the storytelling moment of many public events in history. To write this tribute to him, I chose a subject that he photographed in different places and times: card players in public places. The photos in this article were taken at the Patronal Feast of my city Como, during a series of buraco's lessons held by a local card players club.
Some weeks ago, I made a tribute to the great photographer Robert Frank and his 1958 black and white series taken in New York from a bus window. He is the master of the ordinary moments, capturing the essence of daily life in a series of free and random sequence of photos where nothing important happens! And as I've written there I wanted to take a similar experiment with color film, which would change the perception of the environment where people live. Read more after the jump!