Girl Crushes and Fashion's Discomfort With Authentic Lesbian Sexuality

Fashion magazines are filled with pictures of extremely hot women. That is literally their business model. And yet — even though they're ostensibly marketed to women, by women — the idea that those pictures might be sexually appealing to women is something our culture is surprisingly resistant to. » 3/11/14 4:30pm 3/11/14 4:30pm

Combating the Misrepresentation of Native Americans, Through Photos

Last December, Native American photographer Matika Wilbur embarked upon a journey with a staggeringly ambitious goal — over the next few years, she hopes to photograph members of every single Native American tribe. There were 562 recognized by the federal government when she started (and 566 now), hence the project's… » 3/02/14 3:00pm 3/02/14 3:00pm

The Evolution of the Selfie: It's Not About Being Pretty Anymore

The selfie has gone through many incarnations, from standing in front of an olde-tymey box camera to snapping a mirror reflection to MySpaceFace to Sparrowface to The Squinch. And now, according to Pamela Grossman, the director of visual trends at Getty Images, a new generation of girls into "ugly selfies" are staging "a… » 2/24/14 1:10pm 2/24/14 1:10pm

The Art and Science of Retouching: What Really Happens to Those Photos

It's not just Lena Dunham — every photo you see in every magazine and on every billboard has likely had some sort of retouching done. That's common knowledge. But what's actually involved in the process? We talked to a photographer and a couple of retouchers to learn what actually happens behind the scenes. » 1/18/14 1:00pm 1/18/14 1:00pm

If You Want To Forget Something, Instagram The Hell Out Of It

Thanks to the ubiquity of digital photo capturing devices, nothing need go undocumented. Food? Instagram that shit. Baby? Vines or it didn't happen. Engagements? #NoFilter #OMG And tag your new fiancee or otherwise no one will know. But although the intention of photographing everything from the banal to the momentous… » 12/10/13 1:20pm 12/10/13 1:20pm

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

We've shown you some strange photos of intelligent animals before, but now it's time to share more vintage oddness. These images — some over a hundred years old — are evidence that humans never tire of dressing their pets up in cute and/or weird ways. » 11/21/13 9:10pm 11/21/13 9:10pm

Martha Stewart Can't Stop Tweeting Really Gross Pictures of Food

For a woman who has built an empire marketing her own smugly tied gingham ribbon of perfection and self-satisfied domesticity, Martha Stewart is remarkably terrible at one thing that, in the digital age, is almost unavoidable: sharing pictures of food on social media. In fact, Martha Stewart's Twitter feed is… » 11/18/13 1:13pm 11/18/13 1:13pm

Accused Creep Terry Richardson Shot the Kardashian/Sears Clothing Ads

Sears seems like a family-friendly, clean cut kind of brand, so it's interesting that Terry Richardson, "The World's Most Fucked-Up Fashion Photographer," was hired to photograph the ad campaign for the Kardashian Kollection, sold exclusively at Sears. » 10/17/13 5:16pm 10/17/13 5:16pm