Portrait Photography

August 5, 2022

Powerful Portraits Visualize the Fear and Pain Black Mothers Face in the U.S.

In 2014, spurred into action by the senseless murders of Black men at the hands of police, photographer Jon Henry started Stranger Fruit. Through haunting portraits, Henry asks mothers to act out what it must feel like to lose their sons. Cradled in their arms like the Pietà, these boys and men lay lifeless as their mothers are left to pick up the pieces.

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June 20, 2022

Ukrainian Students Are Taking Haunting Grad Photos in Rubble Created by the War

Graduation is a special time of year for any student. It's filled with what are supposed to be joyous memories and excitement for the future. But this year, in Ukraine, graduation for students has taken on a new meaning. Since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, life has changed. And one photographer wanted to immortalize this moment in history for students with a haunting set of graduation photos.

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May 17, 2022

Bold Portraits Celebrate the Rich Cultural History of Kenya Through Hypnotic Patterns

Photographer Thandiwe Muriu highlights the rich cultural history of her Kenyan heritage through stylish, maximalist portraits. The images feature models wearing garments resembling the traditional textiles of various African countries and cultures, and they stand in front of backdrops to match. Together, it has a camouflage-like effect; but the brilliant beauty of the patterns and colors is nothing to try and hide.

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May 1, 2022

Striking Photos Look Like Curious Snapshots of Surreal Dreamscapes

Suspended somewhere between reality and a dream, Oleg Oprisco‘s photographs are instantly mesmerizing. The Ukrainian artist uses enigmatic figures, scenic destinations, and a variety of eye-catching props to curate surreal settings that envelop viewers with a sense of wonder. His goal is to create images that capture the ambiguous, mutable visuals often evoked while reading a book. “Endless inspiration surrounds us everywhere,” Oprisco tells My Modern Met.

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