When photographer Petra Collins’ Instagram account was suspended in 2017, it was for a fairly conventional image—a bikini line. In fact, as Collins stated in Huffington Post, over 5,000,000 images on instagram were tagged with the #bikini at the time of her suspension. What makes her photographs controversial  is the way that Collins photographed her bikini line.

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For many of us, music offers an escape that makes hard times more bearable. But with artists like Matt Maeson, music is all about confrontation. Creating work that explores his darkest moments, the Virginia singer-songwriter works through his love-hate relationship with familiar themes: drug abuse, violence, and religion, and the ways each of these things connect.

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One of the most striking photos on photographer Shayan Asgharnia’s website is of a prisoner with his back turned to the camera. One of his hands is laced around his wrist as if it were a handcuff and the other holds a dog’s leash. Recently, Asgharnia’s series Rescued featured the participants of Marley’s Mutt Pawsitive Change, a program that asks select prisoners to take care of rescued dogs.

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As a fashion-obsessed preteen, I always begged my mom to take me to the mall. There, I could see my favorite runway looks in person–an experience I often compared to meeting a celebrity. But, the experience was two-sided, I loved seeing the work made by the artists I considered my kin.

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