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Geometric Portraits by Allison Kunath
by Chérmelle D. Edwards Allison Kunath, a Los Angeles-based visual artist and fashion designer, has developed a distinct style over the past few years, creating geometric portraits of people—such as famed figures like Maya Angelou and Frida Kahlo...
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Unseen Photo Fair 2014: Obscuring The Human Form
Now in its third year, Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair is a veritable artistic force. Housed in a former gasworks, the impressive selection shows that while the world may be drowning in images, when expertly curated, it's still an enlightening medium...
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Kehinde Wiley Paints "The World Stage: Haiti"
Kehinde Wiley searches the world to find models to paint. His travels have taken him to Israel, Lagos and Dakar, China, and Jamaica. More recently, he's traveled to six countries in Africa, where, in each destination, he stopped people on the streets...
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François Meyer's Portraits D'Artistes
When admiring art, many of us dream of the lives behind the pieces: glamorous, tortured, a life of creation. Even before this current age of voyeurism, not only did artists' work draw the public eye, so did their lives. At the crossroads of this...
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Real Fake Nudes: Custom Illustrations by Ben Hammond
Berlin-based British portraitist Ben Hammond is a freelance illustrator whose portfolio includes expert works for various clients, but we have totally fallen for his Real Fake Nudes. Essentially creating pseudo-portraits, Hammond can be commissioned...
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Jodi Bieber: Quiet
Despite South Africa's growing reputation as a hub for arts, culture and design (with events like Design Indaba showcasing local talent), a dark cloud of violence looms over the country, which many argue is intensified by shifting gender norms. Acclaimed...
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Becoming Hemingway by Henry Hargreaves
Back in 1957, photographer Yousef Karsh asked an aging Earnest Hemingway to sit for a portrait. In what would become an iconic image, the author stares to the right of the camera, white-bearded and gruff. More than any other image, the portrait...
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Semblance 16 Print by Von
London-based illustrator Von is no stranger to Cool Hunting, we've featured his distinctive monochromatic artwork several times in recent years, because it never ceases to impress us. His latest work, a limited edition Intaglio Gravure print, is...
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"Market Hotel" by Adam Krause
Photographer Adam Krause has lived in Brooklyn since 2007 and is well-versed in the young artist lifestyle that the borough so often invites. Growing up in the punk rock scene himself, his new series on Bushwick's Market Hotel is the perfect addition...
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Touching Strangers: Photographs by Richard Renaldi
Photographer Richard Renaldi has been working on his latest project since 2007. In creating the "Touching Strangers" series, Renaldi invites total strangers on the street to pose together—touching—and captures a fleeting moment of intimacy, turning...
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Alex Trochut's Binary Prints
Illustrator, designer and typographer Alex Trochut creates art for some of the world's best-known brands including Coca-Cola, Nike and the New York Times. Working between Barcelona and Brooklyn, Trochut is admired for his ability to take simple...
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Shot by Kern
The thin line between fine art and explicit material has been tiptoed by adventurous artists for generations, but few contemporary photographers expose the alluring and complex nature of the naked female form quite as well as NYC-based Richard Kern...
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Impossible Project 8x10 Portrait
In a spirit similar to San Francisco's masterful tintype photographer Michael Shindler and his wonderful Photobooth, the Impossible Project is giving analog portraiture new zeal through an old-school format. After realizing that not many people...
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2Fik Museum at The Invisible Dog
Currently on view at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, artist 2Fik presents "2Fik Museum," a collection of photographic works that take inspiration from classical paintings. At first glance the works might seem derivative or even downright gimmicky...
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IRENE #4
by Andrea Dicenzo There's arguably no better place to speak candidly about an erotica magazine than a Parisian cafe. The whispered French and eruptions of laughter, the shuffling of waiters and the clanging of cutlery indicative of the romance...
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Scooter LaForge and Johnny Rozsa
Finding refuge in the charm and quiet of Cafe Mogador in NYC's East Village, artists and friends Scooter LaForge and Johnny Rozsa meet almost every morning for a cup of Moroccan mint tea and a portrait. It is a routine that has become almost ritualistic...
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Zwelethu Mthethwa: New Works
For his sixth solo show at NYC's Jack Shainman Gallery, photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa presents three new series of works that continue to establish his role as one of South Africa's most perceptive portraitists. Born in Durban, the Cape Town-based...
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INSIGHTS III
After another year of intense traveling for their respective crafts, artists and longtime friends Sandro Kopp, Stefan Strumbel, SMASH137, Andreas von Chrzanowki and Ruediger Glatz are meeting up in Heidelberg for their third annual group show, INSIGHTS...
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Charlotte Cory
When the Queen of England is among your collectors, you know you're doing something right. But British writer and artist Charlotte Cory doesn't let this distinction go to her head—that much is clear from the casual way in which she delivered...
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Presence: The Invisible Portrait
Over the past two decades, Canadian photographer Chris Buck has made his mark by putting famous people in vaguely incongruous situations and snapping at just the right moment. His creative take on portraiture not only exposes an alternative side...
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Bicycle Portraits
While commuting by bike has long been a natural choice in countries like the Netherlands and China, other nations around the world are only just starting to consider it a serious mode of transportation. In South Africa bike culture is lacking—...
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Ian Sklarsky
When Brooklyn-based artist Ian Sklarsky isn't directing music videos like Luciana's Betty White-inspired dance track "I'm Still Hot", he can be found staring peacefully at the subjects of his abstract blind contour drawings. Originally from Chicago...
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Miguel Ángel Sánchez
Spanish photographer Miguel Ángel Sánchez moved from Madrid to Cairo in 2009, a year before the Arab Spring thrust the country into the world's spotlight. Despite being in the eye of one of the greatest political and social storms of a...
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Photobooth
From his airy studio in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district, photographer Michael Shindler is quietly putting a little "soul-stealing" back into the act of picture taking. Asking his subjects to sit still for a one-off tintype portrait...
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