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Ruby James

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August 14, 2014

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Ruby James is a Seattle based portrait and fashion photographer who controls the sun in majestic ways.
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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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Nina Ahn: Artist Update

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August 1, 2014

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Nina Ahn is a South Korean film photographer with no dominant style preference, but she enjoys taking candid street photos. She prefers to capture spontaneous and strange situations which appeal to her. She lived in Istanbul, Turkey, Kyoto, Japan and Yorkshire, England where she produced she first solo photography book with Labas before returning back to Korea to continue her photography. Nina has been featured on Empty Kingdom back in May 2010 and an interview in May 2012.
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Dirk Braeckman

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July 26, 2014

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When we see photographs by the Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman installed in museums, we seem to be looking at photographs that aspire to the condition of painting. They are large — he likes them to be life-size. They are unglazed— he wants no interruption to the eye. They demand as slow an act of looking as any painting. They have the same richness and variety of tones of grey as works by Richter or Celmins.
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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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Yovcho Gorchev

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July 20, 2014

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Yovcho Gorchev aka Yø Vø is a photographer based out of London, UK and a graduate of Royal College of Art.
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“The Ghillies” by Polixeni Papapetrou

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July 18, 2014

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Polixeni Papapetrou is an Australian photographer who was featured back in May 2012. The artist's past and current project entitled "The Ghillies" has a recurring theme of subjects presented in concealed identities within various natural environments.
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Elizabeth Weinberg

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July 16, 2014

Elizabeth Weinberg is an American photographer based out of Los Angeles. Her stunning series, Of Recklessness and Water, is smooth and viscous, a shimmering film that manages to capture that our endless fascination with the sea in all it's stages - from uncanny stillness to raucous, tumbling waves. "The cure for anything is salt water," said Isak Dinesen, "tears, sweat or the sea." Weinberg's collection captures this exactly.
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Carlos Villalon

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July 11, 2014

Carlos Villalon is a Chilean photojournalist who has dedicated his work to tracing the lives of communities who depend, build, and are torn apart by the resources in their surroundings. From the social, cultural and political impact of drug trafficking in Colombia to the international exploitation of minerals in the Congo, Villalon manages to extract a kernel of truth that hits a strong, harsh note at the back of our throats and refuses to go away. This particular series is composed of striking images of the villages that depend on the cultivation of the coca plant, and the communities that are devastated by its product, in the form of cocaine.
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Boris Draschoff

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June 27, 2014

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"These are the central concepts of my artistic essence. The transformation of motives therefore is a clearing of reality through optical reduction and refraction of contents. In this way it allows each observer an exempt view on the essential marrow. In this connection my process follows strictly the etymological translation of the word kaleidoscope, which has its roots in the greek language and means 'to see beautiful forms'." -Boris Draschoff, Berlin, Germany
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Katerina Belkina Part III

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June 24, 2014

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We bring you the latest work by Russian artist Katerina Belkina. She was first featured on July 2011 and again on July 2013. Her digitally manipulated photography creates a minimalist atmosphere of clean surfaces and unblemished spaces; Reflecting the materialistic, almost artificial and isolated experience of living in today's modernized society.
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Brianna Capozzi

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June 18, 2014

Brianna Capozzi is a photographer based out of New York whose images are full of a gelatinous, almost pulsating beauty. Capozzi veers away from the conventional glossiness of fashion photography, employing the female body to create startling, unusual scenes - odd glimpses of a story that linger provocatively on the tongue. A teenage dream.
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Shae DeTar Part II

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June 13, 2014

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Fashion photographer Shae DeTar is an EK-favorite of ours. Her photos are original, hand colored, and beautifully composed scenes out of a daydream. Using an age old practice of hand painting negatives that dates back to the early 1900, she resurrects this traditional technique in her photography.
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Silence Effects

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June 9, 2014

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Yuliana Mendoza aka Silence Effects is an abstract/ambient photographer based out of La Spezia, Italia.
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Nastya Kaletkina Part II

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June 1, 2014

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Nastya Kaletkina is a Russian photographer who shoots the classic way, the analog way. You can see more of her astonishing work from our previous feature that was published back in May 2013.
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Katarzyna Konieczka Part II

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May 21, 2014

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Katarzyna Konieczka is a fashion/costume/designer based out of London, UK who aims to create an impact on the viewer in amazingly bizarre and radical ways. Each costume has been created as a one off, the techniques used to create them have been developed by herself by experimenting with textiles, fabric, and paint. Be sure to check out her previous feature from September 2013.
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Leslie Ann O’Dell is back

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May 15, 2014

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Leslie Ann O'Dell is a visual artist based out of Denver, Colorado who is most known for photo-illustration. O’Dell’s work is comprised of haunting and mystifying portraitures that also gazes upon the refinement of beauty. She was also part of Empty Kingdom's Top 100 Artists of 2012 and featured back in May 2012.
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Melanie Bonajo “Furniture Bondage”

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May 9, 2014

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“When I was a child, I was very restless and never wanted to sleep. To have a little rest my parents would tie me to the bed, but I was able to escape running around with a mattress and half the bed tied to me…As an adult my life goal is all about preserving my stuff, bringing it from A to B and back again and dropping some of the things in C in between. If I look at the objects maintaining my life as a condensation of material energy, I often wonder how long I could live free and happy from the gain I get out of that pure energy…I don’t actually own so much stuff, but often I dream of burning everything I have.” -Melanie Bonajo, Amsterdam
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Vivian Maier

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May 5, 2014

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The story of Vivian Maier is one the more fascinating and magical ones in photography. In 2007 a man named John Maloof bought, at auction, an old storage locker for $400. What lay in that trunk were thousands of photographs and undeveloped rolls of film, within a matter of months Maloof's discovery was nationwide news.
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