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All images by Hiroki Fujitani. Used with permission.

“I had been painting since I was a child,” says photographer Hiroki Fujitani. In 2000, he took up photography at the birth of his child. Hiroki was the winner of this year’s EyeEm Photo Awards for the Portraitist category, but here’s the thing, he isn’t really a portrait photographer. Instead, Fujitani is a street photographer who hails from Japan who has won the Photokina World of Imaging Award in 2014 and has been featured in Vogue Italia.

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All images by Sam Dorado. Used with permission.

Ed Miranda, one of my photography friends on Insagram (who you should definitely follow – @emirandata – or check out here) tagged me in a post which asks to answer five questions related to your history as a photographer. Although I am not a professional and do not have a career based in this field, I found answering these question was a fun exercise in introspection. Every photographer should do this.

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All images by Patrick Rochon. Used with permission.

Photographer Patrick Rochon has been creating light paintings for years that have kept us amazed; he’s shot for Red Bull, shot cars, models and even came out with his own lighting tools. The tools received a bit of an update and as we’ve always said: it’s not about the tools, it’s how you use them. While that applies lots of things, Patrick’s newest Kata tool is what he uses to create his specific vision.

While the tools are highly capable, we talked to Patrick about creativity when it comes to light painting.

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All photographs are copyrighted Jake Simkin and are being used with permission.

How do you find moments of humanity in sheer chaos? What do you do when you’re confronted with a situation where it’s better to help than take the photograph? These are some of the things Jake Simkin has to consider in any given situation he finds himself. A photographer and filmmaker, Simkin has worked in some of the heaviest conflicts in recent memory, from the war in Afghanistan to the ongoing war in Syria. He’s seen more than most people can handle, and yet he goes out to tell the stories that need to be told. It was the tsunami in 2004 that pulled him to Banda Aceh away from the commercial work he’d been doing up until that point. Since then he’s sought to tell stories of survival.

A selection of his photographs and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, you can visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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In a world where so many images are uploaded each and every day, the most important thing about a photo is your ability to capture an image that incites some sort of emotion or response out of someone. Why?

To be put very bluntly, the internet and many of the images uploaded are positively awful.

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Drawing by Studio Tdes

It’s no laughing matter that the selfie has been marked as responsible for more deaths than sharks, but the phenomenon continues to get worse and worse. It’s been egged on by the selfie stick; which is mostly in use with us millennials.

As a 28 year old man, I can say with complete confidence that I really, really hate my generation.

I rarely snap selfies and many of my friends also rarely snap selfies. The ones that do? They’re models, actresses, cosplayers or are in a line of work that requires people to see them and their good looks. Again, it’s their job and they’re paid for it or the work is done for some sort of monetary return to come in. But on a daily basis, it’s very apparent just how narcissistic some folks are when a social media feed is filled with them. I also know people who regularly use a selfie stick just for the heck of it.

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This year, Managing Editor Julius Motal and I will be judges for a special contest of really amazing photography. Put on by Morpholio and Resource Magazine, The EyeTime Photo competition highlights the work of students, enthusiasts and budding professionals for a chance to add to the list of awards associated with your name. The competition is known for showcasing very prestigious work of up and coming talent. Eyetime 2014 was assembled by photographers, professors and students as a means to publically promote the research, exploration and investigation currently happening amongst today’s emerging photographers.

You have until October 19th to submit; and considering many of the emails we receive with lots of incredible photography to showcase, we suggest you head on over and check out the competition rules.

Take a look at what some of the winners delivered last year after the jump.

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All images by Luc Kordas. Used with permission.

Photographer Luc Kordas says that he doesn’t exactly classify himself as a fashion photographer despite that being the majority of his work. Luc has been shooting for around 10 years now and started out by playing with film. He shoots all digital today, but tries to emulate the look of film in his photography.

Luc contacted us after reading our interview with Andre Josselin, and after visiting Luc’s Behance profile, we were in awe at his work. Luc has the special talent of incredible balance–he makes his images look like film yet nothing in his portfolio looks or feels the same. It takes one heck of a photographer to shoot, edit and showcase this way.

We talked to Luc about the fashion photography world, his work, and how bad he is at networking.

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