Zinester, a not-for-profit, is on a mission to give marginalized people a voice by teaching them how to make DIY magazines, and using what they create for social change. The group’s 6-week workshop in Nairobi, Kenya effectively taught the kids involved in the program how to express themselves visually, through writing and photography.
It’s been way too long since I did one of these! Here’s this week’s Best of Instagram post. As always, I am trying to feature photographers with smaller followings and making a conscious effort to feature photography that isn’t the heavily filtered style that has become synonymous with Instagram.
If you’d like to be considered for a future “Best of” post, hashtag your photos #onbooooooom. You can also leave a comment below with a link to your Instagram along with an image from your feed!
The Bill Picket Rodeo is an African American rodeo that takes place all over the country. The founder of the rodeo, Lu Vason (who passed away earlier this year), played a key part in helping African Americans become part of the professional rodeo circuit.
Here’s a beautiful selection of images from the most recent rodeo in Los Angeles, by photographers Shaughn Crawford and John Dubois. Have a look at the images below.
At the end of every year I try to collect all my favourite photos in one giant post (you can see previous roundups here: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009). I want to clarify that this doesn’t mean all of these images were shot this year (many of them were), this is merely a collection of images I personally discovered in the past 12 months.
As part of the yearly tradition I wanna take this moment to say thank-you to all of you, everyone who continue to hang around on this website. Thank you for sharing your work, and encouraging the people whose work is featured here.
This is Booooooom’s sixth year! It’s kinda unbelievable to type that. Before this, the only job I ever had for more than a year was flipping burgers at McDonalds. I still love working on Booooooom every day because of you guys.
This past year Booooooom grew tremendously. Just over a year ago we launched @Booooooom on Instagram (would have done it sooner but some kid squatted on the name for three years) and already there are over 70,000 followers on there. Our Twitter and Facebook now have a combined following of nearly 250,000 and somehow our Google+ has amassed 3.5 million followers?! It’s surreal.
I can’t talk about this past year without talking about this email from a photographer named Eylül Aslan. Her email made my day (and week, and month, and year), which is why I called it “The Best Email in the Entire History of Booooooom”. Of all the things I accomplished this year, I am most proud of what’s in this email. The idea that Booooooom could affect someone’s life like that. I guess that’s really why I’m sitting here, at 6 AM (yet to sleep) writing this paragraph. I love that connecting with people, and connecting people to other people is somehow my job. It doesn’t feel like work.
I hope you enjoy this collection of images below as much as me. Thanks!
I meant to post about Aint-Bad Magazine’s eighth issue, “The American South”, awhile ago. Their website is one of my favourite resources for contemporary photography, and their printed issues are beautifully curated. The magazine is based in Savannah, Georgia, and this issue focuses on photos and photo-essays related to re-defining The American South.
There are still copies of this issue left, if you’re interested head over here. Have a look several of the spreads from inside this issue below.
“Sometimes it’s good to revisit old contact sheets. You may discover overlooked snaps. It seems that some pictures get better when they age while others turn out to have a short shelf life. This is one of many photographs I’ve taken of Muhammad Ali, some of which are well-known, some unknown. This particular image is from 1966, while Ali was training for a fight in London. Honestly, I can’t recall much more than that, except that when Ali worked the speedball, he punished it.” — Photographer Thomas Hoepker
If you’re looking for a little something for your apartment, the world’s most famous photo agency, Magnum, is having a print sale right now until November 14th. Magnum photographers have dug deep into their personal archives to find previously unpublished images, and for $100 you can snag a signed museum quality print of any of them.
Take a look here: Magnum Photographers Print Sale.
We’ve been getting so many great submissions to our Instagram project this month. In case you missed it, it’s called “Portraits and Songs” and the instructions are simple: Share a portrait you took of someone, pair it with a song title/artist, and tag it #portraitsandsongs. I will be re-gramming submissions to @booooooom all month long!
The images above (clockwise from the top left):
“Here Comes The Sun” – The Beatles, Portrait by @saraheiseman
“Black Water” – Timber Timbre, Portrait by @brittanycalla
“October” – Broken Bells, Portrait by @cleogoossens
“Temporary View” – SBTRKT, Portrait by @thistimemachine