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One of New York's Finest Photographers Is Moving to LA

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
Elizabeth Baudouin

There's something in the Los Angeles air right now attracting New Yorkers. All over the city you can find New York galleries, designers, fashion labels, creatives and with a little luck, one of New York's finest photographers, Jason Frank Rothenberg.

10 Portrait Photographers You Should Follow Right Now on 500px

DL Cade | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
DL Cade

It's time to discover some incredible portraiture. Whether you're going to use it to inspire other forms of art, or you just want to see 10 examples o...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Chad "Mad Chad" Taylor, Professional Juggler

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Yes, there are such things as professional jugglers -- and "Mad Chad" has long been one of them, having performed his first show as a teenager. Self...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Bobby Johnson, Former NYPD Detective Sergeant

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A 22-year veteran of the New York Police Department, Johnson was the youngest person ever to pass the city's civil-service exam when he did so at ...

Impossible Dreams: Henry James and Philip Roth

David Galenson | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts
David Galenson

It seems that the examples of James and Dencombe were not enough to sustain Roth, who found the anxiety of writing such a burden that he experienced enormous relief when he announced his decision to retire as a novelist.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Jan and Apryl Nebozenko, Houseboat Denizens

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.06.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Considering abandoning a house they were building, the Nebozenkos began to think a houseboat might be a better solution, even if only temporaril...

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

Bob Mackowski | Posted 04.06.2015 | Weddings
Bob Mackowski

We get this question before every single engagement session that we shoot: What should we wear? It's understandable. It's not like many engaged coup...

Photo Series Of People With Down Syndrome Beautifully Illustrates The Diversity of Humans

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.02.2015 | Good News

With a plain, green chair against a floral backdrop, an Iceland artist is showing the diversity and beauty of humankind. "First and Foremost I Am"...

Here's Gandhi As A Hipster, And Other World Leaders Turned Too Cool

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

Once upon a time, young designer Amit Shimoni was contemplating the state of Israeli cultural icons. He Googled a photo of Theodor Herzl, 19th century...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Irene Jewell, the World's Tallest Burlesque Dancer

Ian Spanier | Posted 03.23.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Always quite tall and skinny, Jewell grew up in Canada accustomed to being made fun of. Once, at a dance, a boy ran out on her when she stood up to...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Bev Francis, Former Bodybuilder

Ian Spanier | Posted 03.04.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Francis wanted to be a ballet dancer --her young teenage body had other plans, and no longer conformed to the physiology necessary for such a care...

The Amazing London Museum You Never Heard Of

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
Lev Raphael

Last Sunday some of the characters on Downton Abbey went to London's Wallace Collection and most viewers probably thought, "What's that?" The Walla...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Lena Marquise, "Mistress Lady Wednesday"

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Marquise is one dominatrix who isn't quite what you might expect: She's an unashamed, loud-and-proud, extraordinarily articulate advocate of perso...

Road Trip to Ohio's "The Spot"

Jill Shomer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Jill Shomer

A group of Instagrammers came together in Columbus, Ohio, on February 5th for the opening of the Mobile Photo Now exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Ar...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Andrew Berends, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Berends's work put him in great peril back in 2008, when he was detained by the Nigerian government while filming Delta Boys, a firsthand look at rebels in the river oil towns of that resource-rich yet vastly impoverished country -- Africa's most populous. Securing his freedom after 10 days of captivity required the intercession of New York Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. He was never in fear for his life, he says -- but his status as a documentarian offered him no particular protection whatsoever, he realized. Delta Boys was released in 2012 having received financing and support from the Sundance Documentary Film Fund, the Gucci/Tribeca Documentary Film Fund and Cinereach. Berends's most recent film, Madina's Dream, provides an unflinching glimpse into a forgotten war as it tells the story of rebels and refugees fighting to survive in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. The film will have its world premiere next month at South By Southwest International Film Festival.

Playfully Sensual Rococo Portraits Captured In-Studio with Thousands of Real Flowers (NSFW)

DL Cade | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
DL Cade

In a photography world increasingly prone to "fixing it in post," Alexia Sinclair stands as a beacon to the hardworking artist who accepts nothing sho...

Exclusive Interview With Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker Nora De Angelli

Anca Dumitru | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Anca Dumitru

Nora de Angelli is a London-based freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker. Until 2011, when she graduated from London College of Communication's University of Arts, with an M.A. in Documentary Film under her belt, De Angelli was an accomplished research scientist.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Rev. Ann Kansfield and Jennifer Aull

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.05.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A lesbian couple one of whose members is a reverend might not be an everyday find -- but in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Kansfield and Aull are just part ...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Gary Russo, Ironworker, the "2nd Avenue Singing Sinatra"

Ian Spanier | Posted 03.29.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Working on the construction of Manhattan's 2nd Avenue subway line in 2010, Russo -- going through a divorce and fighting depression -- decided to e...

Jon Swihart: A Portrait of Louis Zamperini (1917-2014)

John Seed | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
John Seed

In the Fall of 2013 Jon Swihart, a scrupulous and preternaturally patient artist who lives and works in Santa Monica, was commissioned to create an oil portrait of Zamperini.

Artist Brings Extinct Animals Back To Life In Mesmerizing Drawings

Giuseppe Fantasia | Posted 01.22.2015 | Arts
Giuseppe Fantasia

Arianna Papini uses whimsical drawings to tell the stories of twenty extinct animals, from their origins to their disappearances.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Jose Ferrer, Jockey

Ian Spanier | Posted 03.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Far too small at age 19 for baseball, his favorite sport, Ferrer decided to try horse racing. His long and successful career -- he's 50 now -- has ...

Honest Moments

Grryo | Posted 03.18.2015 | Arts
Grryo

Film by Caleb Stumpfl Interview by Anna Cox A word from Caleb: I'm pretty lucky to have creative friends, Nina being one of them. Last month we...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Patrick Harten, Air-Traffic Controller

Ian Spanier | Posted 03.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Patrick Harten, Air-Traffic Controller Harten might not be as famous as Chesley Sullenberger, but as the lead air-traffic controller on duty durin...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Julia Landauer, Aspiring Nascar Driver

Ian Spanier | Posted 03.14.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Little girls seldom fall in love with auto racing, but Landauer did -- and by age 10 was hooked on it. She now races in the Legends Series, a circu...