"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. 

Seduced by the Lens: Bryan Adams

Once the music for a CD is near completion, the search for the right image to accompany the music starts. I started working on my own photos for my CDs and videos for fun, just to see what would happen. It used to be crushing spending a year working on a record and then having them visually misinterpreted by a poorly executed pop video.

Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog

The Asian zodiac is characterized with hard-work and sensibility. Astrologers have projected progress for 2018 with people partaking in social and political activism on both a global and community level, which reflects the Dog’s virtue of being swift with due diligence for right and wrong. 

Haven't the Heart to Destroy This One

What form then can love take? We’re creatures hungry to qualify, to say we know, and mean it. To love someone all day-night long, to undress yourself slowly, so slowly it takes the rest of your life to lose and then to find each other, reassuring by touch and silence what no one else has ever known to exist except the two of you in that moment. Something so elusive can’t be bound by rules or form. 

Capturing the Cool Black Aesthetic in Photography

Maintaining cool in the midst of blatant racism was imperative for survival. The response to incessant vitriol, degradation, brutality, and imprisonment was to maintain a level of “unbotheredness”, a detachment from any sort of care about being on the margins of society. Hence, the origins of the Black aesthetic of cool is intrinsically linked to African-Americans difficulty, and sometimes inability, to navigate freely in American society. 

Fashion Photographer Erik Madigan Heck

Known for his ability to paint with a camera, his work has been said to be at once timeless yet also futuristic. He has helped to broaden the scope of avant-garde art by interweaving modes of painting, with classical portraiture, Pop Art, and Impressionism, while intercutting with modern photo layering and manipulation techniques.