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Photographers Steven Brahms, Emiliano Granado and Stephen K. Schuster went on a search for the American institution called “Spring Break,” in which tender youths put down their books temporarily in order to wrestle in vats of Jello, put pictures of their breasts on the internet, and wake in hospital beds, half-dead with alcohol poisoning.

Really– the pictures are pretty awesome (and not just because of the scantily clad women). You can check them out here. Can we go to the beach now?

Slideluck Potshow

Creative submissions have been extended until midnight on Monday for Friday's Slideluck Potshow, a collaborative artistic slideshow presentation and chance for food, drink and conversation sharing at San Francisco's South of Market photography center LeftSpace. Area and international creators alike present thought-provoking creative work around a theme. As this month's theme is "nourishment," participants are encouraged to bring a dish to pass (suggestions include seven-layer dip, lobster ravioli, barbecue tofu, or Meyer lemon bars"”it’ss a foodie group, after all). Photographer Michael Jang will serve as the guest curator for the event, which is a collaboration with the community and food movement organization Eat-Ins.

Boogie Comes to Manhattan!

boogie.jpgProlific street photographer (with incredible access), Boogie, who we covered several years ago has a best-of show coming up in Manhattan on Greene Street at the Altamont Showroom that is sure to be amazing.

Details below:

Thursday, April 30th.
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Altamont Showroom in SoHo
29 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013
(Between Grand and Canal)

Drinks and Entertainment provided…

Full flyer after the jump.

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Geoffrey Ellis: Sadkids

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San Francisco-based photographer Geoffrey Ellis’ photo journal blog Sadkids is aptly named: its coverage can be as blue (with posts entitled “Sometimes, progress can suck it” and “Burn Santa burn”) as it can be lighthearted and youthful (“Easter valley of the sun” and “Hawaii + Halloween = Hawaiiloween” come to mind). But no matter the mood, the imagery featured has the same lovingly cluttered, colorful aesthetic as Ellis’ self-published photo zine of the same name, now in its fifth edition. The winner of the Bay Area’s Phelan Award in Photography, Ellis chose the name for his photo collections as a tribute to 1960s paintings featuring large-eyed kids, cats and dogs in the style of Walter and Margaret Keane. When asked how he chooses where to point his lens, the photographer said he likes to shoot “old signs, antique shops, junk shops, flea markets, bars and record stores (unpolished America). My wife [author Sarah Lacy] doesn’t let me bring junk home anymore, so I have to photograph it instead. It’s a good compromise. She’d much rather see a photo than a bunch of crap on the dining room floor.”  

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Sean Tubridy

It would be a sin of omission to call Sean Tubridy a photographer when he's in fact a publisher/activist/graphic designer/salesman. And by salesman, we mean the "stuff" he sells, that includes screenprinted shirts with illustrations of Leica M3s and transistor radios, not to mention the self-published book Toys on Roids featuring shots of classic and modern toys taken with a Polaroid SX-70. He was also co-founder of the Save Polaroid movement last year. But the body of work that we're most excited about is an extensive Flickr collection under the moniker Tubes. Keyboard keys, He-Man figurines, and Matchbox cars have never looked so beautiful.

Tubridy, who first got his hands on a Polaroid camera eight years ago, said he's enamored with "the immediacy, the tactile nature, the one of a kind aspect of them "¦ I like the idea of using a camera and film that was made for more casual purposes and using it for studio shots of these little toy sets I create. I could shoot with a digital camera and edit in Photoshop, but I love the challenge of getting the correct in camera and leaving the computer out of it."

Clark Little

This is going to sound like a sin, but I think Photoshop is cheating. Yes, yes, I’ve heard the business about what professional photographers used to do back in the darkroom, but I’m still not convinced. Then I stumbled onto Clark Little‘s work, and rumor has it he doesn’t use Photoshop. This surfer turned photographer captures the devestating power of the ocean through shots of waves crashing into the shore. Inspired by his wife’s request to have a photograph in their home, Little creates these portraits by sitting in the water and holding his fisheye lens until the time is right. Then, with his camera set at nine framers per second, he snaps his shot. The waves hover just before their moment of impact and what you get are remarkable images of water that resembles colored glass set against the eye-popping background of Hawaii.

Alec Soth x The Last Days of W

If you've seen images at the Whitney, SF Museum of Modern Art, or Minneapolis' Walker Art Center (or the Magnum Photos archives for that matter), the shots of photographer Alec Soth may have caught your eye. The Minnesota-based artist's photos are colorful yet haunting, and his most recent frameset, shot in the days before President Obama's inauguration are no exception. "The Last Days of W" is a visual critique of the impact that the outgoing head of state had on Americans "” from mothers of Marines to religious imagery in offices. The show opened with an exhibition in Zurich and is now being featured in a self-published softcover book that serves as a celebration/requiem for President Bush, who once uttered that "one of the great things about books is, sometimes there are some fantastic pictures."Â  What else would you expect from locations like California's Camp Purgatory and Detroit before the promise of the automaker bailout?

Novo Mundo(s)

Startling, arresting and full of emotional quality, French photographer Florent Demarchez shows reality in high contrast. His talented eye has gotten him the Jury Prize at the International Environment Picture Festival for Nights on Earth, his series that shows industrial landscapes in all their futuristic-like glowing glory. His latest work is launching this Friday at Favela Chic gallery in London. Novo Mundo(s) documents his time spent with the Veja team in the Amazon and the northern Brazilian state of Ceara. This time he tackles animated subjects: rubber trappers and the organic cotton producers that contribute to the makeup of Veja’s shoes. If the photos are anywhere near as spectacular as the one advertising the event (what you see here), expect a provocative and awe-inspiring look at these people, their lives and jobs. The show runs through March 30.

Related: Veja SPMA

Lina Scheynius x Polaroid 100 project

Lina Scheynius is one of the most emotionally intimate photographers we’ve covered, and she’s taking the pending extinction of Polaroid film hard. Her Polariod100 project is a chance to get some closure by selling her collection of 100 pictures from this past year. The price is a little steep at €100 a photo, but hey, it’s an original. Scheynius is releasing all 100 photographs in four parts. Parts one and two are viewable now, three and four are on their way. If anything, it’s a chance to take another look at even more of her work in between her flickr updates and promises of a new book (stay tuned).

Carlos de Spinola Photography

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My South African-Portuguese pal, Carlos de Spinola, is at it again with his manual focus. After a brief hiatus of website updating during an extended trip through South Africa, the London-dwelling eagle eye photographer has posted quite the update. Everything from his signature Faux Double Exposure shots to Music, Weaponology (scary, but awesome"“ he used to be in the South African special police force) and my favorite by far, Nature"“ hence the awesome zebra pictured above. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a film he’s producing about South Africa. Congrats Carlos!

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