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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?…

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…

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