What We Love This Week, Volume LXXXII

Women Boxers Locker Room

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Argentine Photographer Re-invisions The Dynamics Of Femininity Through Female Boxers

Women Boxers Shadow

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When just about any female pop music video is released, it seems that a concerned chorus chimes in (and rightfully so) about the often one dimensional portrayal of women in media, and its pernicious effect on young women and men in the world. And while slicked down skin isn’t going to be plucked from marketing strategies any time soon, there are photographers who provide dynamic depictions of the modern woman that challenge our understandings of what we consider to be “feminine”. Such is the case with Claudia Gaudelli’s “Women Boxers”. In the series, Gaudelli highlights the lives of female Argentine boxers, which are less Nicki Minaj and more gritty, sweaty and over all real. We encourage you to check out the entire series at Lens Culture.

Women Boxers Punching

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How War Changed Abraham Lincoln

First And Last Portrait Abraham Lincoln President

Beginning his term as president three months after South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union, it is impossible to know if Abraham Lincoln could foresee the pure carnage that awaited him and the nation. Over 600,000 deaths later, the war’s effects are plainly seen on Lincoln’s face.

First There Was Banksy, Then There Was Bricksy

Bricksy Mouse Banksy

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Whimsical, captivating, hilarious—these are the words that have been used to describe Bricksy, the Banksy artwork recreations made entirely out of LEGO bricks. While small plastic toys aren’t the most obvious medium for re-creating street art, photographer Jeff Friesen uses Banksy’s urban artwork to inspire a more humorous, tongue-in-cheek project.

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Immigrants Of New York: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Brighton Beach Waiter

Waiter at Café Volna Source: Tyler Bird

A neon hammer and sickle sign flickers in angry, vindictive red as soon as I exit the Brighton Beach subway stop in Brooklyn, New York. Except it’s not there to promote communism; it’s a flashy attempt to sell mid-grade booze. At first this strikes me as a bit odd, but then what is communism if not–like capitalism–one of the most enduring, elaborate and nastiest marketing campaigns this world has ever seen? Besides, I figure, it’s probably best not to try to make too much sense of everything I see today. After all, I am in Little Russia.

Brighton Beach Women

Source: Tyler Bird

Brighton Beach is Coney Island’s eccentric, slightly bedraggled aunt who thinks it’s funny to spike your 14-year-old cousin’s drink at the dinner table but then looks at you spitefully when you ask why he’s passed out at the table. Wizened 70-somethings sport gilded “Odessa” sailors’ hats while eating smoked herring at the boardwalk bar; babushkas in floral muumuus dot the well-worn street corners with a grimace chillier than the Cold War; battered and bruised men crowd around chess boards and toss half-empty beer cans to the ground not necessarily to dispose of them but perhaps to say—and loudly—“I am here”.

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