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Kim Thue

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September 19, 2014

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Kim Thue is originally from Grindsted, a tiny Danish town that sits upon the moors of Jutland. Eventually leaving the wind swept moors, he move to the UK where he graduated from Brighton University studying Editorial photography.
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Sven Creutzmann

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September 17, 2014

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Sven Creutzmann is a German photographer who has been living and working in Cuba since the late eighties. He works primarily in reportage but his photographs span across the decade to illustrate a poignant, honest view of life on the island.
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Mike Brodie

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August 6, 2014

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Mike Brodie, otherwise known as the Polaroid Kidd, left home at 18 to drift across the US, crisscrossing the continent by freight train. Brodie spent three years travelling, camera in hand, photographing the people he encountered along the way. His resultant photobook, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, is at once intimate and dirty, defiant and seductive.
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Uchujin- Adrian Storey

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August 4, 2014

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Uchujin translates to "alien", and is the moniker for photographer Adrian Storey. A British photographer and filmmaker living in Tokyo states that he "would rather be an alien than an outsider". This statement speaks to his work, as each of his series explores those that live outside the confines of social expectations and norms. He travels widely and has worked as the director of photography for a 2011 documentary titled Twende Berlin, that is about activism in public spaces. His photography is honest, compelling, at times, dark and very much rooted in documentary. Check out his website for more film and photography!
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Cia de Foto

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July 25, 2014

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Cia De Foto is a photo collective based in Sao Paulo, Brazil that was founded in 2003. What I admire the most about these photos is the simple, real, and raw nature of them all.
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Sung-Seok Ahn

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July 7, 2014

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South Korean artist Sungseok Ahn’s series entitled "Historic Present" questions the memory of past from the fast changing scenery of today. By overlapping a historical location with an old image of that exact place, he questions the way we treat our history and explores the dynamics between space and time at the same time.
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Sunghee Lee

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May 13, 2014

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Sunghee Lee is a South Korean photographer based out of France who captures the beauty of abandoned places.
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Titus Simoes

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April 23, 2014

Titus Simoes is a Belgian photographer who creates raw, resplendent impressions of gritty slices of life across the american west and central europe, slices that slick and stick to the back of your teeth, a taste that cannot be forgotten.
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Richard Ross

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April 7, 2014

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Richard Ross is a photographer based out of California; he focuses on a certain topic, often forgotten or overlooked, at any time, from museums to apocalyptic shelters. He travels the world to photograph places unseen or hidden, pronouncing the power that government institutions have over individuals. His most recent series,  Juvenile in Justice, is a raw, candid look into "young American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them". The series has been published into a book of the same name, and has been featured on NPR, CNN, PBS, Wired.com and Harper's Magazine. I highly encourage you all to explore his visually stunning, haunting, and socially pertinent work. ENJOY!
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FUKE

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March 26, 2014

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FUKE is a Japanese fine art photographer based out of Kagawa Shikoku Japan.
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William Hundley

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February 22, 2014

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William Hundley is a photography based out of Austin, Texas who shoots with an experimental approach by blending surreal and unusual oddities.
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Issui Enomoto’s Multiple Exposure Photography

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February 6, 2014

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"I work as a taxi driver in Yokohama. I always put cameras by my side and shoot various scenes of the town one after another, while looking for a passenger. The people who coming and going in a town and various components forming the town, these become the subject for photography." -Issui Enomoto, Taxi Driver/Photographer
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

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[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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Tian Taiquan

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January 22, 2014

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Chongqing based artist Tian Taiquan portrays his childhood memories during China’s cultural revolution with photography and photo-manipulation. The immediate pain he recollects motivates him to raise awareness by reconstructing his own personal memorial of social reality and cultural history.
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China Undercurrents: Ian Teh

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January 6, 2014

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Ian Teh's photo-journalistic series entitled 'China Undercurrents' is an accumulation of Chinese social, environmental and political images within small cities, major industrial sites, and neighboring corners of North Korea and Russia.
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Before They Pass

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December 25, 2013

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Photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled to 44 countries and lived with 29 "secluded and visually unique" tribes in vastly remote areas to document their existence before it was too late. I highly encourage everyone to check out Nelson's website to view more of his images because his work is truly amazing. Enjoy your holidays with your loved ones! Be safe, be merry, and let's spread more love and positivity into this world.
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Kathleen Mercado

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December 18, 2013

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Kathleen Mercado is a photographer who shoots candid black and white urban portraits. We love you! Stay warm, stay safe, and let's fuckin' watch out for one another.
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Momomi

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December 10, 2013

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Momomi is a photographer based out of Seoul, South Korea who has an organic sense of capturing ethereal tones with natural ambient lighting. She’s an artistic wanderer that explores within intimate settings, meanwhile allowing viewers a breath of fresh air by possessing beautiful greenery.
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Zhang Kechun

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December 9, 2013

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Zhang Kechun is a fine art photographer based out of Chengdu, China who is currently showcasing his latest photo-journalistic series entitled "The Yellow Sea".
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“Korea” by Julia Fullerton-Batten

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November 25, 2013

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Julia Fullerton-Batten is a German photographer who has always been pushing out truly one of a kind concepts and this time she travels to South Korea for her latest series. She casts a group of young Korean women dressed in their native traditional Hanbok and blends modern and traditional culture against the backdrop of Seoul City. We love Julia so much that we've featured her twice on Empty Kingdom’s Top 100 list in 2011 and 2012.
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