Berlin-based photographer Sandra Ratkovic used to photograph abandoned military facilities such as airports, barracks and other remnants of the Soviet regime in Berlin and across Europe.
Now she focuses her camera lens on Russia today. Moscow, its capital, has seemingly embraced modernity and might as well be taken off as any modern society of the 21st century. She finds the tragi-comical state Russia is in: a very omnipresent military of Putin's regime, signs of globalization, modern buildings meets the traditions, kitsch and folklore, along with Orthodox churches. Through Ratkovic's colorful, disturbing yet touching images in her series Moscow, Russia in the post-Soviet era is a potluck of pop-patriotism, tradition and modernism.
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Inspired by champions of humanist photography, photographer Graciela Iturbide became one of the most important contemporary photographers in Mexico through her captured images of the unseen and unexplored areas of indigenous cultures and peoples.
This collaborative series by photographer Michel Delsol and journalist Haruku Shinozaki explores the complicated history and relationship of diverse sexuality in the renowned Japanese conformist society.
Even today, the country Russia continues to be a mystery to many, despite open borders and its progressive society. The shroud may have remained due to its Soviet past, but esteemed Moscow-based photographer Frank Herfort tries to unveil the country as a portrait for the 21st century.
After the Second World War, society learned that there are many things needed to be changed by the way authorities run their businesses -- from employers, high society, and politicians. This the incomplete history of protest, from the 1940's to now in art and photographs.
Inspired by hand-painted color photographs from the 19th century, photographer Kate Ballis paints her own contemporary version with a converted infrared camera on the dunes and flatlands of California.
Chinese photographer, sculptor, and performer Liu Bolin is nicknamed as "the invisible man" through his stunning reaches of contemporary Chinese photography by making a chameleon out of himself. Digital falsification, unallowed.
Pedro Meyer, one of the most significant icons in contemporary photography, takes a seat as he talks about hiss own musings and inklings on art and photography and how the Mexican culture consumes the medium.
While overshadowed by the successes of her adventurer-husband, Yvette Borup Andrews has a legacy of her own, one eclipsed by society's preference for masculine glory — her contribution to early visual anthropology, in photographs.
A picture can tell innumerable stories and messages, and such is the photography of Igor Posner, whose oeuvre of St. Petersburg's streets and everyday culture can transcend larger-than-life, a feat that the wordsmiths of timeless Russian literature have mastered.