Yasser Alaa Mobarak: Not Your Typical Street Photographer

All images by Yasser Alaa Mobarak. Used with permission.

Photographer Yasser Alaa Mobarak is a 24-year-old, award-winning Egyptian photographer based in Delhi, India–and he’s not your typical street photographer. He’s the one of the winners of the highly coveted Sony World Photography Awards. But he’s also won prized from The International Federation of Photographic Art, National Geographic Egypt, Photographic Society of America and Prix De La Photographie Paris. Of course, for such a young age, he’s quite decorated.

In fact, he’s achieved a whole lot in under 10 years. He started shooting when he was 18 and the Egyptian Revolution took place. “I saw strange events happening in my country for the first time so I decided to buy camera and start documenting this events.” he tells us. “This was the starting point of my photographic journey.” Along this journey, he drew influences from photographers Ashraf Talaat and Steve McCurry. For Yasser, photography became his creative tool for documentation, art, self-expression, and sharing his vision.

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Gene Altman’s Vintage Street Photography Showcases Candid NYC in the 1960s

All images by Gene Altman. Used with permission. 

“What drew me to street photography was the thrill of candid photography,” explains photographer Gene Altman about his candid street photography from the 1960s in NYC. “I was drawn to it because I soon found that giving people time to pose usually masked their truth.” Gene’s images are part of his book called Cityscapes: Intimate Strangers which brings many of these beautiful candid moments to the fore. Gene moved to NYC a long time ago in pursuit of becoming a full time photographer. There were bouts in between where he went without work and sometimes got depressed. So in order to cope, he went out and photographed the people in the streets.

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Silent Killers Puts Pollution of the Ocean Front and Center in these Photos

All images for Silent Killers by Jose G Cano and Christine Ren. Used with permission.

“To stop derelict gear being left in the first place, requires international policy change and regulations & monitoring of the fishing industry – which I tentatively have a media colleague on board to create a tangential coverage piece on that side of the ghost fishing solutions.” stated Christine Ren about her project Silent Killers. The photo series has been making the rounds on the web and is designed to bring attention to a big problem: pollution of the water.

So naturally, we wanted to get to know a bit more about the creative message behind the project.

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Forbidden City: Jonathan Higbee’s Exploration of the World He’s Banned From

All images by Jonathan Higbee. Used with permission.

At a certain point earlier on in his Forbidden City project, Jonathan Higbee started to wonder where the project should go. You see, it’s much different from a lot of the work he typically does. Jonathan is a street photographer and surrealist photographer who does some commissions on the side. His work has always been expressive in some way or another, but nothing quite as deep as what’s being portrayed in Forbidden City. Forbidden City is a project that uses Google Street View to showcase places that he and his husband aren’t allowed to travel.

There are lots of questions involved with the curation of a project like this. And indeed, this is a very curatorial project.

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Felix Hernandez’s Ode to Back to the Future Will Give You Serious Nostalgia

All images by Felix Hernandez. Used with Creative Commons Permission

We’ve featured Felix Hernandez here a number of times for his awesome photo projects, and this time around he’s giving us an ode to Back to the Future. Felix has been creating small scale model photography for a while now as his own personal tribute to a lot of different movies and cool parts of popular geek culture. A lot of it has to do with cars while other parts have more to do with Star Wars or other movies. But for Back to the Future, he needed to capture all the neons, fire and the overall spirit of the incredibly popular 80s movie.

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Christian Stoll’s A New York Split Second Perfectly Exhibits the Chaos of the City

All images by Christian Stoll. Used with a Creative Commons License

There have been lots of attempts to try to capture the chaos that is always happening in NYC; and Christian Stoll’s latest attempt puts it all into details that we can look at and observe with great detail. While many photographers try to do things like long exposures to show the trail of people and vehicles, Christian resorted to multiple exposure photography instead. There are a number of photographers who have done this, but none that have combined aspects of contemporary street photography and fine art in just the right way.

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Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Talks About His Portrait Process

All images in this post are screenshots from the video by Epson.

Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has created photo series’ that have been exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival amongst other places. He’s a celebrity portrait photographer who started out, admittedly, not know what he was doing. But later on he learned and eventually networked with a number of celebrities–which translates into him eventually photographing them. Since he’s been doing this for a while and on large format, he’s still very tied to the print. Until a few years ago, there weren’t any fine art matte papers that got the image perfect. But Epson’s new(ish) Legacy Fibre paper is exactly what he wants.

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Pierre Melion’s Documentary Photography of a Vanishing Japanese Fish Market

All images by Pierre Melion. Used with permission.

Photographer Pierre Melion is on a mission to relate the tale of a piece of Japanese culture that’s going to disappear in one way or another. The project is called the The Tsukiji Compromise and focuses on a Japanese fish market that’s being levelled to make room for an Olympic Town. Pierre’s cinematic images do a wonderful job of telling the story.

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