Couple Uses Raging Wildfire as Backdrop for Wedding Photos

Having everything ruined by a wildfire is probably at the top of the list of things that can go wrong on your wedding day — right above some guy screaming "Cassandra!!!" at you as you're exchanging vows or Julia Roberts just taking the fuck off before you say "I do" — but one Oregon couple made the best of it by… » 6/09/14 5:30pm 6/09/14 5:30pm

Creepy Yet Gorgeous Portraits of Purity-Pledging Daughters and Dads

Photographer David Magnusson is not American, nor is he Christian, nor does he have a daughter who has pledged her virginity to him in one fringe tradition that nearly unanimously squicks mainstream America out. But that didn't stop him from traveling cross country to assemble images of fathers and daughters who have… » 6/06/14 7:00pm 6/06/14 7:00pm

This Is the Best Body-Positivity Image You'll See Today

Denise Jolly is an artist and an activist. She's also a woman who wants to empower others to embrace themselves and their own beauty at any size. And to further her message, she stepped out onto the streets of Brooklyn and recreated Madonna's iconic hitchhiking photo, the one from the singer's 1992 Sex book to show… » 6/01/14 5:43pm 6/01/14 5:43pm

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… » 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