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Say Yes to the Engagement Photos: A Breakthrough, Courtesy of My Wedding Photographer

Is there any reason to want engagement photos? Of course not, say the newly engaged, and the unengaged, and me, once upon a time. What is the overall point, for starters? To show off that you and him can stand on a rock? To show off your pink polyester blouse? To show off that your ring can go onto the stem of a leaf?…

Your Pick For The Best Point-and-Shoot: Sony RX100 Series

Sony’s Rx100 series of point-and-shoot cameras made the category relevant again, and took down 56% of your votes. Relatively pocketable, and with a range of price points, the RX100 series has an offering for everyone that wants better images than a smartphone can provide, and knows they shouldn’t go down the lens…

Porn Industry Makeup Artist Skewered For 'Before' Photos of Clients

As a makeup artist in the adult film industry, Melissa Murphy’s paramount task is to transform flesh into fantasy. “Before and after” photos, often transfixing in any context, offered her a means of showcasing that metamorphosis — and, crucially, her talent in cosmetology. But when her Instagram account—replete with…

Here's What Happens When Some Yale Bro Steals Your Art

The day before my friend Tayler Smith and I found out our photo series was appropriated into the New Yorker, I woke up to a text message from another friend. We’re psychic sisters; she has a nightmare one night, I have one the morning after. Her message was a two-liner: “I see your imprint everywhere. You are owed. I…

Did a Yale MFA Jack Two Feminists' Work & End Up in The New Yorker?

Arabelle Sicardi is a visionary young queer feminist, fashion and make-up expert, and writer (and occasional Jezebel contributor). She frequently collaborates with Tayler Smith, an equally visionary young photographer. When they saw that a photo project they’d worked on featured prominently—without credit—in an issue…

How The Most Iconic Photo In Women's Soccer Was Almost Never Taken

It was arguably the biggest moment in the history of American women’s sports, and the single most memorable and reproduced image of the celebration. Brandi Chastain had just converted the penalty kick that cemented the 1999 Women’s World Cup for the United States over China. She then experienced a fit of irrational…

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Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever

Everyone knows someone who’s run the marathon. Today’s big-city races—in places like Boston, New York, Berlin, and London—draw Olympic hopefuls competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars and hordes of weekend warriors raising money for their favorite charities or just hoping to check off “complete a marathon” on…

Photographer Captures Marriage Proposal by Hiding in a Garbage Can

Because the wedding industrial complex aims to involve itself in every little detail when it comes to your special day, we've got wedding photos, engagement photos, and proposal photos (in reverse order). And in the quest for sentimental perfection, some photographers are prepared to go really far. Maybe too far.