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My main criteria for photographing these people is that Marilyn has to be a large part of their lives, either as a profession or something they personally draw inspiration from. I’m less concerned about how much they look like Marilyn and more concerned about their motivations for becoming her. The women I have met through this project want to portray the real Marilyn, not the overly sexualized, overly simplified version of her.—Emily Berl

Marilyn is a series that began as a way for photographer Emily Berl to explore her new home of Los Angeles after living on the east coast for her entire life. After she moved, she started thinking about what LA represents to people and why they are drawn there, coming to the conclusion that it all leads back to the idea of the “Hollywood Dream” and how people have been chasing it for generations. Berl turned to celebrity icon Marilyn Monroe as the ultimate symbol of that dream and began photographing people who dress as Marilyn. Some are actors who consider playing Marilyn as a role. Others are life-long fans that impersonate her as a way of paying tribute to and protecting the legacy of the icon they love. Some even find such strong personal connections to Marilyn’s story that they feel impersonating her is inevitable. Taken from Feature Shoot

All images © Emily Berl

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Emily_Berl_Photography

Emily_Berl_Photography

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The images in LA-based photographer Malerie Marder’s intimate book Carnal Knowledge are a combination of color and black and white photographs of family members, friends and herself, all in the nude. Sometimes shot in sparse motel rooms, the images feel both intimate and distant at the same time: some of the subjects are couples, captured in private moments, with bodies intertwined; other times the subjects stand removed and separate from each other. Asked during various interviews to discuss her thoughts behind the book, Marder says, “What was I thinking when I made the pictures? This is in no particular order: fate, kink, performance, a secret, nostalgia, sensual memory, voyeurism, nighttime settings, barren rooms, stark lighting, romantic trysts, foreign environments, intimacy, and lack of intimacy, connection, lack of connection, self-reflection, and lack of self-reflection…My work has a lot to do with privacy and secrecy. I’m innately drawn to this, someone disarming themselves for the camera, in a moment that would normally remain private. That’s my drive, or, in a way my addiction.” Taken from Feature Shoot

All images © Malerie Marder

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Malerie-Marder

Malerie-Marder

Malerie-Marder

Malerie-Marder

Malerie-Marder

Malerie-Marder

Malerie-Marder

Matthew Rainwaters was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, which is the part of Los Angeles nobody likes to talk about. He did a lot of skateboarding when he was younger, broke a lot of bones, and spent hours filming his friends; making skate videos eventually brought him to still photography. Once a veggie patty broke his nose in an epic food fight: in total he has broken 23 bones, spent more than a year on crutches, and has a metal plate holding the left side of his face together. He lived abroad for a very brief time and returned to California to work in a special effects studio that made monster movies. He graduated photo school at 23 and started teaching high school in Los Angeles a year later. He now lives in Austin and takes pictures for a living. This work is from his series, Beardfolio, which has just been published by Chronicle Books. Taken from Feature Shoot.

All images © Matthew Rainwaters

world beard championships matthew rainwaters

world beard championships matthew rainwaters

How did this project, Beardfolio, come about?
‘The beard project started a little over four years ago when I first moved to Austin. I met an art director at the studio one day with a burly beard and he was talking about shaving it off after winning a local contest. I knew the next World beard and Mustache championships was about two years away so I convinced him into growing it out and competing while I would photograph the whole thing’.

world beard championships matthew rainwaters

world beard championships matthew rainwaters

Where were these portraits taken and over what time period?
‘We traveled to Anchorage in May of ’09 and I photographed everyone as they were done competing. Everything was shot in one day but took months to edit through. I probably have about 85 portraits that I really think are great and maybe an additional 200 that are still sitting unretouched on my hard drive’.

world beard championships matthew rainwaters

world beard championships matthew rainwaters

Many of your subjects are members of the Austin Facial Hair Club. Does Austin have more facial hair aficionados than other cities or is this simply a growing trend?
‘There are seven guys from Austin published in the book but the Austin Facial Hair Club has definitely grown since I shot this. It’s definitely a growing trend especially with the help of shows like Whisker Wars documenting the competitive aspects of facial hair growth. As far as Austin being a hub for facial hair aficionados it’s hard to say… there are a lot of great beards here but there were a lot of serious competitors from all over Alaska, the Germans have some of the more elaborate beards I’ve seen, and the mustaches coming out of LA are pretty award winning’.

world beard championships matthew rainwaters

world beard championships matthew rainwaters

The book signing and release party for ‘Beard’ is this week in Austin. How did Chronicle Books come to publish this work?
‘I was introduced to Chronicle through a few friends that were designing a book for them. I was given an email address of one of the editors so I sent a few samples and introduced myself. That got the ball rolling and a few years later I feel like the project is officially complete with the publishing of BEARD’.

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John Kilar is a Los Angeles-based photographer. This is his statement: These images represent the juxtaposition of the timeless and majestic elegance of nature’s sensory-surpassing miracles with the entangled and growing tensions of our time in culturally reconnecting with the shift away from the human condition of love. In developing my visual perspective, I’ve discerned the fleeting significance from the invariable through emphasizing the growing collective disdain for the socially underdeveloped that has come to define our generation and crystallized over the last decade. Through highlighting this generational discontent in honing its cultural responsibility of deconstructing traditional understanding of social roles against the unrefined purity of the emotionally captivating cycles of nature, my work serves as a middle ground to visually level and gauge the social progress of man by means of extremities occurring in class stratification. In giving careful attention to the mediating filters that propagates socially-constructed irreverence, I aim to address the necessity of breaking down the symbolic paradigms of understanding to revisit the overlooked empathy for humanity and its greater accountability to each other. Taken from Feature Shoot.

All images © John Kilar

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John Kilar photography

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John Kilar photography

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John Kilar photography

John Kilar photography