Rodeo Girls is an ongoing portrait project about young girls from Texas who compete in rodeos.
These individuals have a fundamentally different idea about their femininity and a contrasting attitude towards gender roles. They are engaged in activities that traditionally were reserved for men; they possess great physical strength and demonstrate their dominance over animals.
I am interested in the limitation these girls face in expressing their femininity and the transference of it onto animals.
— Ilona Szwarc
Animals serve a diverse set of functions for humans, ranging from providing food and clothing to working as therapists and prestige objects—these symbolic images delve deeper into this complex relationship.
Pairing photography and poetry, these pictures are filled with free association, spirited attitudes, and emblematic references—each of these theatrical, archetypal characters leaps off the frame!
befriended these two hermit-like elderly brothers, and documented their lives over many years in their small hamlet in rural Norway. Harald and Mathias Ramen lived together (seemingly all their lives), happily isolated from much of the rest of the world. The pictures speak volumes.
Small shops are shuttered and abandoned throughout many small towns in France. An award-winning series documents the storefronts before they disappear completely. The text is in French; the photos are universal.