Interview: Photographer Pieter Hugo
When Nelson Mandela formally stepped into office as South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994, it marked a new era of hope and reconciliation for the vibrant if not fractured nation. While the transition of power from apartheid...
Photographer Jessica Yatrofsky's "I Heart Girl"
For a portrait photographer, mastering the finer points of three-point lighting is as important as bringing out the best in your subjects. Brooklyn-based multimedia artist and photographer Jessica Yatrofsky has clearly excelled in both; constructing...
Custom Geometric Portrait
Commission a custom geometric portrait from Los Angeles-based designer and illustrator Allison Kunath, who started making freehand geometric portraits of famous icons a few years ago, abstracting the faces of Maya Angelou and Frida Kahlo among others...
Tintype Photo Session
Artist Michael Shindler revived the 19th century tintype photography process in his San Francisco studio, creating beautiful portraits with an old-fashioned and almost haunting feel. The handcrafted method is a painstaking process Shindler recreates...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Michael Jang's Vintage Family Photos
While SF-based photographer Michael Jang has taken famous black-and-white shots of Jimi Hendrix, Ronald Reagan and David Bowie, he's become well-known for doing what people do everyday all over the world: taking photos of their family. Jang began...
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...
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...
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...
This hardcover book of work by renowned photographer Bill Brandt explores the high contrast and distorted nude form in conjunction with built and natural landscapes.
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...
"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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The latest in her series of animal portraits, photographer Jill Greenberg presents a mystifying new collection in "Horses," a photo book that showcases equine majesty.