Photos from Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, where you spend the day hacking away inside a pitch-black, kilometer-deep tar hole, breathing in exposed coal and methane.
Taking Photos of Jihadis in Battle Isn’t As Easy As It Used to Be
When Robert Nickelsberg began his career as a photojournalist, all it took to embed with the mujahideen was a phone call to their PR representative. We talked to him about what’s changed.
'B-stylers' Are Japanese Teens Who Want to Be Black
Dutch photographer Desiré van den Berg has spent the past seven months traveling around Asia. She lives in Hong Kong at the moment but when she was in Tokyo, back in December 2013, she met Hina, a 23-year-old who works at a trendy Tokyo boutique called Baby Shoop. Hina’s shop has the tagline “Black for life.” She describes its products as “a tribute to Black culture; the music, the fashion, and style of dance.”
Hina’s appearance is also loyal to what the Japanese call “B-style”—a contraction of the words “Black” and “Lifestyle” that refers to a subculture of young Japanese people who love American hip-hop culture so much that they do everything in their power to look as African American as possible.
I called up Desiré to find out more about her time photographing Hina and her gang.
VICE: How did you meet Hina?
Desiré van den Berg: She appeared in a documentary about B-style a couple of years back, which I happened to watch. This is what got me interested in the culture. It took a lot of effort, but I eventually got in touch with her on Facebook, through other B-stylers. I said I wanted to take photos of her, and she actually thought that was pretty cool. It was all a bit of a hassle though, because Hina and the other B-stylers didn’t speak a single word of English. We needed a translator both to make an appointment and at the actual first meeting, too.
How does that work in terms of translating rap lyrics?
Hina speaks some English but not fluently. She does like to use some English slang when she speaks Japanese with her B-style friends, like finishing a sentence with “man” or using bad words like “motherfucker” jokingly.
Malerie Marder’s Gorgeous (and NSFW) Photos of Dutch Prostitutes Look Like Classical Paintings
When American photographer Malerie Marder was a student at Yale, Phillip Lorca diCorcia—who was one of her professors—worked with her on her first monograph,Carnal Knowledge. Her projects have dealt with the relationship between voyeurism and intimacy ever since.
For her new series, Anatomy, Marder spent six years working with prostitutes in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, coming up with compositions that bring to mind the works of painters like Magritte, Toulouse-Lautrec, or Courbet. I called her up for a chat.
VICE: Is it true you had to pay the women for their time?
Malerie Marder: Yes, I paid each woman 350 euros [$480]. A friend of mine, who is a collector, helped me financially but also worked as my assistant. He was my angel, my patron saint; without him none of this would have been possible.
Did you face any problems with convincing people to pose for you?
The real problem was not being able to photograph everyone who wanted me to. I’m a small presence in the studio—I shoot with a view camera that is slow and use an HMI light, which is like a warm sun. It’s a very small set up. I incorporated flash at the end but even that was just an additional light. I didn’t overtake the space so I think the women often forgot about me.
Four Years of Greek Austerity in Forty Pictures
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Photos from SVA’s Mentors show, which opens tonight in NYC. Check it out!