Christopher Jobson captions:
When scouring through the minute details of artist Cayce Zavaglia’s embroidered portraits (previously), it’s difficult imagine each work is scarecely larger than 8″ x 10″. Her process, which she refers to as both “thread painting” and “renegade embroidery,” begins with a photoshoot of each subject, namely friends, family, and fellow artists. Roughly 100-150 photos are winnowed down to a single selection which she then begins to embroider with one-ply embroidery thread on Belgian linen.
(Image: Cayce Zavaglia’s “Florence,” 2014, courtesy of Lyons Wier Gallery, New York)
A 3D-printed 1:1 scale mask of President Barack Obama is on display at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, DC on December 5, 2014. By Alex Wong/Getty Images.
Large inflatable rabbit sculptures go on display at the Southbank Centre in London, England on December 4, 2014. The seven-metre-high inflatable sculptures by Australian artist Amanda Parer entitled “Intrude” form part of the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival that opened in November and runs until January 11, 2015. By Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.
Demonstrators lie down during a protest in Grand Central Terminal in New York City on December 3, 2014. Protests began after a Grand Jury decided to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo. Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by Pantaleo on July 17, 2014. Pantaleo had suspected Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes. By Yana Paskova/Getty Images.
From left to right, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and US Secretary of State John Kerry as they pose for a group photograph at the Foreign Affairs ministers’ meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, on December 2, 2014. By John Thys/AFP/Getty Images.
A dangerously ill HIV patient waits to be taken to the hospital for treatment on November 29, 2014 in Yangon, Burma. The center, which has be been in operation since 2002, is owned and has been operated by the opposition party, the National League for Democracy, after the failure of the Myanmar government to take action and NGO’s being prevented from intervening. By Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images.
For his series “Chattel”, photographer Kevin Horan took studio-style portraits portraits of farm animals such as Sydney, above. David Rosenberg explains:
Because of obvious logistics involving livestock and studio photography, Horan brings his equipment to the animals. Not only because it’s easier to transport equipment than goats and sheep, but also because he relies on the animals’ owners to help with the handling of them. “It takes more time than they ever dreamed of,” Horan said about the process.
The aesthetic of “Chattel” is a nod to studio portraiture from back in the day, so Horan shoots them in black and white and gives them a tone reminiscent of an earlier time period.
Horan once drove two hours to take some shots of Sydney – “He’s a star,” Horan laughed – but most of the roughly 32 goats and sheep that have made the final cut have been photographed around Whidbey Island, [Wash.,] although he is starting to get requests from much more distant locations.
See more of Horan’s work here.
In 1988, photographer Peter Byrne spent three months documenting pro wrestling events in the north of England. Jordan G. Teicher elaborates:
While Byrne’s black-and-white photos focus on a sport that was choreographed, they show a simpler time in professional wrestling, one without any of the “razzmatazz and money of WWE,” but with plenty of drama, usually focused around a “good guy” and a “bad guy.” Back then, Byrne said, some wrestlers – like Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, and Kendo Nagasaki – were household names. Many of the spectators at the matches were “hard-core fans,” he said, while others were just working-class people looking for “a cheap night out.” “Watching these guys slug it out was thoroughly entertaining fun. On the flip side, there were some extremely fit and agile wrestlers who could perform some amazing moves whilst appearing to glide around the canvas like ballet dancers,” he said.
See more of Byrne’s work here.
From photographer Brittany M. Powell’s ongoing series The Debt Project:
Debt Portrait #7, Oakland, CA 2013
James Riggs Davidson III (J.R.), Electrical contractor, $52,335.63 in debt. I bought a truck and moved to California where work was scarce. Then decided to go back to school to finish a degree. After graduation, I decided to start my own business and take on more loans needed for equipment and slow times. Within the second year of business, I had to buy new truck due to an accident. By the third year of business, I was making triple payments on most loans so as to pay off quickly… then the economy tanked and my triple payments were barely a single payment due to most lenders ramping their interest rates to cover “losses.”
Powell says of her experience shooting the subjects:
A lot has surprised me, but most of all I think it was how many people really do blame themselves before blaming the system. I was also surprised by how many people are attached to the idea of owning a house. When I interviewed a financial services rep, he told me he saw mortgages as liabilities, and that home ownership in our country is a scam, because banks are the ones who really own the property when a mortgage is involved. I interviewed an anarchist who told me the reason he didn’t want to file bankruptcy was because he feared it affecting his ability to buy a house one day. This added a new layer of curiosity and perspective for me when considering what the modern day American dream is and how we are expected to achieve it in today’s financial system.
See more of Powell’s work here.
A turkey sits in a barn at the Willie Bird Turkey Farm in Sonoma, California. An estimated forty six million turkeys are cooked and eaten during Thanksgiving meals in the United States. By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.