Terri Loewenthal explores "the intersection of landscape and psyche" in Psychscapes: "Who would I be in that place?"

In a way, our impression of ourselves is the most unmediated experience we have. And yet, it is wholly ephemeral. Our connection to physical places gives us a starting point for the exploration of our psyches. Because we define ourselves based on the experiences we’ve already had, we gravitate towards the familiar. Psychscapes utilize elements of actual landscapes, so they offer a comfortable first step into the unknown. 

Feature: Deborah Roberts

Well, you know I have this idea that when people see people of color, especially black people, they don’t see them as a whole person. Sometimes they see them as a partial person or one person. I wanted to express that we are different in skin tone and facial features, things like that. So that’s what’s important about the collage work. I used to paint faces and images, which I felt portrayed black people, but those weren’t the images I was seeing portrayed in the news, magazines, and on TV. There was a big discrepancy and I thought, how can I best speak to that in my work? So collage has been a perfect vehicle.

VIDEO: CAMERALESS/LENSLESS: Vanessa Albury's Cyanotypes

In a world oversaturated by digital imagery, Albury returns to one of the medium's earliest practices; she inverts traditional methods of photographic image making to instead show the viewer the deconstructed process of photography itself. Photography is light, and Albury's images in the Cameraless, Lensless series find themselves at the very heart of this remarkable medium.

Emilee McGovern on Photographing Stoneman Douglas Rallies: "I wanted something even more raw"

You can watch the video of their speeches 100 times, but there is something about those portraits that brings it home for a lot of people. This is why i’m obsessed with the still image. It has such lasting effects. It’s important to also know that neither of them were prompted by me on how to pose, or not to smile. I told them I simply wanted to capture them genuinely, in this moment, and that is what they shared with me.

Feature: Andreas Gursky

The power of his photograph’s scale is in the beating values of color and the tactile quality of voluminous details. There is an undeniable implication of the Earth in nearly every frame of Gursky’s. Fields of solar panels surf across the hills in the image Les Mées, 2016, an impeccable pattern of repetition that absorbs light as it skirts the green hills even on a cloudy day. Our closest star, the sun, stares into the eyes of all these rows of machines, reflecting back into Gursky’s camera, and then sinking into the pupils of viewers.

Co-curator Maggie Mustard Discusses: The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death in the Works of Nobuyoshi Araki

We didn’t just want visitors to feel like they understood the reception of Araki’s work (i.e., is this pornography or not? Is this work sexist or not?), we also wanted to make available to them conversations about its creation (what are the conditions of these photographs coming into being?) and its contextualization (what can we learn about putting these photographs in dialogue with our current moment?). 

"They have mastered the space and their emotion": Maika Elan on Photographing Reclusive Japanese "Hikikomori"

Some call them lazy, but in reality they are paralyzed because of too much social fear, and become stuck there and cannot escape. They know that it is a negative behavior, but locking themselves in their rooms makes them feel "safe,” and they do not want to change. Parents also know that their status in society will be affected if they disclose their children’s lifestyle, so they often expect them to return to normal for months or years before seeking help. 

VIDEO: If It Rained an Ocean: Danna Singer's Vision of the American Landscape

For Philadelphia-based photographer Danna Singer, the themes of family and class struggles dominate her powerful photographs of the contemporary American landscape. Singer initially turned her lens on her own family, consisting of her sons and herself. Over the course of ten years and two photo series, Singer was documenting the space her small family carved for itself as the single mother was putting herself through undergraduate education. 

International Woman's Day: Steel Magnolia's

Women are taught to hide themselves, to shrink so that the large, strong male can be accommodated. They are told not to mention their menstrual in public, not to talk too much or too loud, and certainly not to contradict the male. For a religious woman to demand equality at home is to reject religion itself and ultimately her God given role. Woman are to be pious, submissive, and primarily concerned with matters of the home and child-baring.

"It was very risky": Seph Lawless on His Viral Photos of Abandonment

We are a great country—I love my country to death, I really do. But hiding in the shadows is crumbling areas of my country that I want people to not forget about, too. I want people to talk about these areas as well, not just focus on the good ... I thought it was my responsibility to show a more accurate depiction of America, and show the other side, too. Just like the other side of Disney World, the Happiest Place on Earth? I want to show you the place that almost looks like the Unhappiest Place on Earth.

As Portrayed by Kehinde Wiley

The first Latina to be nominated to Supreme Court Justice, Sonya Sotomayor, was spearheaded by President Obama and the first African-American Attorney General, Eric Holder, was also appointed by him. For many Americans, the Obama era represents an eradication, or an evolution of the reimagining of who and what is part of America’s public imagination. American homogeneity ruptured in 2008 when Obama was first elected.

The SHOT Project: A Conversation with Kathy Shorr

In order to show our support for the Parkland, Florida survivors and to respond to their call to action, Musée Magazine sat down with photographer Kathy Shorr to discuss her work on the “SHOT Project”, a visual narrative that pays tribute to gun violence survivors, bringing their strength and their spirit into a conversation largely dominated by silence and statistics.

Seduced by the Lens: Tabitha Soren

I thought it was going to be more portrait-driven than it ended up, but that’s what made me think, Oh, I have this group of guys, I have access to this group of guys who all started out doing the exact same thing at the exact same time in their lives. And professional sports is so—the lifespan, the career span is so short—that I could, without commiting for my entire life, maybe do the beginning, middle and end of something. So in my mind, Rineke Dijkstra was as important as Billy Beane. 

VIDEO: Jamie Diamond - "Life In Fiction"

Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Jamie Diamond explores familial structures through the prism of memory. Her work lies at the intersection between fiction and representation, as she breaks all boundaries in what composes the family photograph. She collaborates with strangers, mimes, professional and untrained actors to replicate recognizable photographic genres through role play and staged events.

Keeping the Dream Alive: Visual Artists Working to Change the Immigration Conversation

Immigration reform has been a hot-button issue for the last five years, and since the start of the Trump administration the conversation has only become more polarizing. Trump has made clear his opinions on immigration on numerous occasions, and has expressed his disapproval of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, long before he was ever elected into office.