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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

Cuba! Love Story

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Kobi Israel - "Cuba! Love Story" is a personal travelogue which was created over the course of twelve years exploring notions of the macho and the masculine/militant versus the homoerotic in revolutionary Cuba. These notions were very familiar to the photographer from his youth and adolescence in Israel, a time during which his confusion and bewilderment about masculinity were left unresolved.

A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow

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"A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow" (Marcin Ryzcek) - The photograph was taken in Cracow, from the Grunwald Bridge. The nature-created contrast of white snow and dark water, the two separated by a straight line of the waterfront, serves as a reflection of the Yin Yang symbol of opposing, yet complementary forces.

The dark silhouette of a man against the light background and the white swans on dark water which are surrounded by a ring of black ducks complement the photograph, enabling numerous interpretations of it.

Cinematic City

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Thomas Béhuret, b. 1976, is a French photographer who lives and works in Paris.

After various odd jobs and a career in the restaurant industry in his youth, Thomas decided to follow his creative instinct and focus on photography as a full-time career. 

In his photography, Thomas captures cinematic city scenes, manages to find loopholes and draw clever portraits from urban culture and its daily surroundings.

One part of Thomas inspirational sources is drawn from his work documenting industrial complexes and factory buildings throughout France, which was done on commission by various companies and agencies.

For several years his work has appeared in a number of cultural magazines in both Paris and Montreal, Canada where he lived for some years. Thomas work has been exposed in several galleries and festivals and some of his work can be seen on permanent display at the L'Oeil Ouvert photographic gallery in Paris and on the Tryffelgrisen Gallery website. 

Dustwound

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Dustwound by Pouria Khojastehpay are mysterious images described by the artist as “Futures of the recent past. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone”. Dystopian ruins of Brutalist structures scattered on desolate landscapes seem to be all that is left of our time in Earth. Khojastehpay is a Dutch/Iranian artist and photographer, currently living in The Netherlands. He was born in 1993 in Shiraz, Iran before spending a large part of his childhood in a Dutch refugee camp.

Dominika Gesicka

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There is a place where no one is born and no one dies. Of course, you can die anywhere but you cannot be buried here, as it has been discovered that bodies fail to decompose. And you definitely cannot be born here because pregnant women are made to return to the mainland to give birth.

There are also no cats, no trees, no traffic lights. There is no amusement park—but there is a circus troupe. In the winter time it is completely dark, but in the summer, the sun never sets.

The place is called Longyearbyen and it is the largest settlement and an administrative center of Svalbard. It is also the world’s northernmost city. Although it is difficult to regard it as the best place to live, many people fall in love with it at first sight. Some people came here just for two weeks and have stayed for five years or more.

But not many decide to settle down here permanently. Sometimes you get the impression that people here are trying to escape from something; that this is just a retreat. This is not a real life.

—Dominika Gesicka

CJ Clarke - Magic Party Place

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“... it is middle England territory, a town dominated by skilled manual workers ... whose values, habits and preferences are believed by both left and right to hold the key of electoral success.”

Magic Party Place takes you to the heart of BREXIT England. It is a series of intimate encounters documenting contemporary England through the paradigm of the new-town of Basildon, in Essex. Located 25 miles outside London, it was built as part of a massive urban renewal program following the devastation of London in the Second World War. As a constructed community, the town is statistically close to the national average, which makes it the perfect paradigm through which to explore the state of the nation. 

Published by Kehrer Verlag, the book will be released in July 2016. To purchase a copy, visit the shop

California

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In a new travel book series, luxury lifestyle brand Louis Vuitton whisk readers to five luxurious locations around the globe—California, India, Miami, Paris and Shanghai—through the work of five seminal fashion photographers.

 

In the second release from the series, Paris-based Canadian photographer Kourtney Roy transports us to the sun-drenched vistas of California. The latest in a long liner of female photographers, Roy was born with image making in her blood. Her highly stylized approach to the medium has landed her in the fashion industry working for brands like Dior and publications including Wallpaper*.

 

Here, the burgeoning artist lends her unique style to a pop-hued take on the Golden State—from the baking desert sun to the poolside shade.

The Cinematography of Moonlight

James Laxton reveals the secrets to his cinematography in this behind the scenes look at Moonlight.

The second feature from writer-director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) follows its young protagonist from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of drugs and violence in his depressed Florida neighbourhood, in addition to his complex love for his best friend.