The intimate and personal shots by Nika De Carlo

The intimate and personal shots by Nika De Carlo

Giulia Guido · 3 years ago · Photography

Looking at Nika De Carlo‘s shots is almost like scrolling through frames of a movie. The cinematic style, the strong colours and the texture of the film are perfectly suited to her subjects and to what she wants to tell them.

Born in 1993, Nika De Carlo is an American photographer from Los Angeles who now lives and works in New York. The story between her and photography has been a turbulent one, a story of loss and salvation.

Nika De Carlo

Nika took up photography when her father discovered he was seriously ill: shooting others and herself had become a refuge from reality. It was after this experience that she decided to continue her studies, enrolling at the Pratt Institute in New York.

During her training she developed a well-defined style, adopting the analogue medium format and putting her life, relationships and friendships at the centre of her artistic research, turning her shots into a sort of diary.

Nika De Carlo

So we keep Nika De Carlo company during her travels, during moments shared with friends, but also during the most difficult times. Her latest ongoing series ‘See You In Heaven’ documents her and her partner’s battle with heroin addiction.

I chose to photograph ourselves together as an attempt to cope, to better understand the heart of the disease, and most importantly, to realize the power it had on us. Through photographing myself and my partner repetitively, I created a visual diary that traced the shifts of our intimacy and distance, which seemingly paralleled with our relapses and attempts at recovery.

Nika De Carlo

Check out all of Nika De Carlo’s work on Instagram and on her website.

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Tintilia by Lello Muzio Talks Tradition and Molise

Tintilia by Lello Muzio Talks Tradition and Molise

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Photography

We’ve been observing Lello Muzio‘s projects for a while now. First, during last year’s Liquida Photo Fest edition, but also through S O S P E S A, a journey composed of eight conceptual photography images. This time, we’re talking about him in relation to ‘Tintilia,’ another photographic project inspired by the prayer to wine, «with which to eliminate worries and sing in a language that goes beyond the human.» The protagonist is dancer Francesca Sara Spallone, and this series of images is a true homage to his homeland, Molise, and «its submissive and tribal wisdom,» as Lello Muzio tells us through the words of Antonio Mastrogiorgio.

Lello Muzio’s Tintilia will also be showcased in this year’s edition of Liquida Photo Fest, from May 3rd to 5th in Turin.

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Kira Gyngazova photographs loneliness

Kira Gyngazova photographs loneliness

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

Born in St. Petersburg, Kira Gyngazova has been spending her time between Asia and Europe, from Bangkok to Paris, for about ten years. These constant transfers have affected not only her life but also her photography. In fact, it was when she first moved that Kira Gyngazova felt the need to buy a camera and start capturing her surroundings, new faces, new roads, new places. 

Over time, Kira shifted her focus to people living in cities, trying to show how sometimes life in large hyper-populated metropolises can be lonely. Kira Gyngazova herself, with each new move, noticed how easy it was to live among millions of people and still feel lonely and how cities turned into deserts. 

Precisely for this reason, her shots tell of half-empty places where everyone lives their lives alone, of people sitting on a bus or a ferry with their eyes lost in the void, surrounded by as many empty and indifferent glances. 

Moreover, the loneliness of people seems to surround the places, the bare, monochrome rooms, the deserted metro stops.

Below you can find some shots of Kira Gyngazova, but to find out more visit her website and her Instagram profile

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The introspective self-portraits of Handra Rocha

The introspective self-portraits of Handra Rocha

Federica Cimorelli · 1 day ago · Photography

Handra Rocha, aka fotolucida, is a self-taught Mexican photographer from Tampico in Tamaulipas. Her art focuses on the self-portrait as a means of analysis, catharsis and inner exploration.

Disconnect to create from source.

Her photographs, in colour or black and white, see her immersed in desolate natural landscapes where it is possible to connect deeply with her surroundings. Handra Rocha mixes photography, make-up, styling and set design to create creative, balanced images suspended in time.

– Read also: The artistic nude photo projects of Dawid Imach

See a selection of her work here, follow her on Instagram and visit her personal website.

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The Historical Surrealism of Phillip Toledano

The Historical Surrealism of Phillip Toledano

Anna Frattini · 23 hours ago · Photography

We’ve talked a lot about intersections between the world of Artificial Intelligence and that of photography in recent months, especially during Photo Vogue and with Andrea Baioni‘s contribution to the visuals in Laura Tota‘s article. Let’s revisit this topic today with the release of Phillip Toledano‘s book, Another America, published by L’Artiere. The artist discusses historical surrealism in commenting on the release of this project, all to be discovered in this work, available from April 25.

Another America by Phillip Toledano is a fictional story set in New York. It’s a journey into the 1940s reimagined through AI and the short stories of John Kenney – a writer whose work you may have encountered in The New Yorker. This book stems from reflection on truth and the American political situation, all in a country consumed by conspiracy theories. Following closely is the arrival of AI, which reinforces this sentiment, and here’s Toledano, ready to question photography itself with the help of the first major means to make everything true and untrue.

«For me, the fascinating thing about AI is the possibility of what I call historical surrealism. The advent of artificial intelligence means that every lie can now have compelling visual evidence. We can recreate the world as it has never been. For every conspiracy theory, there can be visual evidence,» says Phillip Toledano.

Credit Phillip Toledano – Another America courtesy of L’Artiere

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