Kisses



For his delightful series Snog, famed fashion and portrait photographer Rankin captures couples of all genders, races, and ages engaged in passionate kisses.

Hoping to challenge cultural taboos surrounding public displays of affection, he finds moments of sexual abandon normally reserved for secret, hidden spaces.





All images by Rankin



From the shadows

Born in Castellamare di Stabia (province of Naples) in 1961 and living in Treviso since 2004, Umberto Verdoliva has been photographing since 2006. Today, he holds workshops and in-depth studies on street photography. Member since 2010 of the international collective “Street Photographers”, in 2013 he founded “Spontanea”, an Italian collective dedicated to street photography. He has approached photography after having seen FAN HO’s Hong Kong works. While in love with Cartier Bresson, André Kertész and Elliot Erwitt, his greatest passion is the humanity surrounding him, of which he is a careful observer. Capable of transforming simple moments of ordinary life into moments with significant meaning, filled with poetry and sometimes with a subtle irony, his shots almost always possess a careful research in his vision, as his body of work shows. For Umberto, photography is a personal way to understand humanity, its implications and contradictions. He also does it to bear witness to the times and especially to have a tool with which to become a better man. He wouldn’t expect anything less from photography.



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Black to Earth (NSFW)

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On the last day of Black History Month, The Human Gallery presents images from the collection of Gregory Prescott.  Here Prescott brings stunning artistic nude images of African American men and women connecting with the earth.  Not often do we see people of color in this light and this series is a great way to close out, artistically, Black History Month; showcasing diversity in the world of art photography.  Continue reading

Cockaignesque



Helen Sobiralski is a German photographer based in Berlin.  After receiving her design diploma from the university of applied sciences and arts in dortmund, Helen now lives in berlin and works as a freelance photographer.  






Honey

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Full buckets of honey are dumped on the bodies of Blake Little’s human subjects, from young babies, to athletes, to 85-year-old women, drenching them in the gooey, golden syrup. For photo series, Preservation, the photographer uses the sticky stuff to capture varying body types, ages, races, and sizes like flies trapped in amber. “The honey has a way of democratizing people, to transform them in kind of a universal way,” Little explains in the behind-the-scenes video below. Continue reading

Matadors and Flamenco Dancers

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Fashion photographer, Ruven Afanador gives us the drama and beauty of bullfighters and flamenco dancers through his coffee table books, Sombra and Ruven Afanador: Angel Gitano. The following images are from both Spanish flavored books. Continue reading

Dominance, Codependence, and Submission

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Pieter Hugo is a man’s man type of photographer. He’s from South Africa, currently living in Cape Town and his images are unapologetic. And incredible. He specializes in portraiture and my favorite exhibition of his to date is “The Hyena and Other Men”. These images document men from Nigeria who perform with wild animals such as hyenas, baboons, snakes, etc. I believe Pieter Hugo best describers what it is that is so inciting about the relationships he has photographed: “I look back at the notebooks I had kept while with them. The words ‘dominance’, ‘codependence’ and ‘submission’ kept appearing. These pictures depict much more than an exotic group of travelling performers in West Africa. The motifs that linger are the fraught relationships we have with ourselves, with animals and with nature.” Continue reading

Alone for Valentines (NSFW)

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Valentine’s Day comes around each year to remind single people that they are single. Gregory Prescott captures erotic moments of his subject during alone time. We don’t all need a Valentine’s. These images are from his self published book, Erotic Interludes. Continue reading