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The Aesthetic Alarm: ‘Plastic Ocean’ Series as a Catalyst for Environmental Change

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The “Plastic Ocean” series, crafted by the Austrian studio Staudinger + Franke, showcases a powerful visual narrative aimed at highlighting the urgent need to protect our oceans from plastic pollution. Continue reading »

Eyes of İstanbul: A Turkish Photographer Captures the Stunning Beauty of Children’s Gem-like Eyes

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Istanbul-based photographer Abdullah Aydemir thinks that children’s eyes have the ability to conceal the entire universe. Continue reading »

Capturing Essence and Emotion: Jinsung Lim’s Photorealistic Portraiture

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South Korean artist Jinsung Lim primarily uses Procreate to craft highly realistic and emotionally rich portraits. Continue reading »

Frank Auerbach’s Early Charcoal Portraits Look Deep Into Human Life

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German-British painter Frank Auerbach repeatedly sketched his sitters for this series of large-scale charcoal portraits created between 1956 and 1962, erasing the image after each session until only a ghostly outline remained. Continue reading »

Vintage Photos of Soviets Taking Pictures with Their First Televisions

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Artists Anna Pilipyuk and Vladimir Shipotilnikov recalled how the TV was a source of pride in the Soviet Union for their project “My First TV.” They gathered pictures of people between World War II and Perestroika taking pictures with their television sets. Continue reading »

Wonderful Colorized Images of Early 20th-Century Malagasy Ladies in Style

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Wearing a “lamba” is traditional attire in Madagascar. It is worn by women in the form of two matching pieces of cloth, one around the head or shoulders and the other around the waist or chest. Continue reading »

Photographer Misha Burlatsky Uses 1851 Technology to Capture Portraits on Glass

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Born into a family of an opera singer in Moscow in 1958, Misha Burlatsky embarked on a diverse life journey. Continue reading »

“Fast & Curious”: Adorable Images Of Four-Legged Friends Who Are The World’s Fastest Dogs

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In a captivating fusion of photography and CGI, Alexander Khokhlov, a passionate pet photographer, has embarked on a remarkable seven-year journey. His mission? To capture not just the beauty of animals but also their distinctive personalities. In collaboration with Veronica Ershova in 2021, he undertook an ambitious project that goes beyond showcasing a dog’s emotions—it invents entirely new ones. Continue reading »

Incredibly Realistic Portraits Of Celebrities By Matheus Macedo

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Meet Matheus Macedo, a Brazilian artist whose realistic drawings have won the hearts of thousands. Continue reading »

Absurd Realism in Monica Carvalho’s Exploration of AI in Photography

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Monica Carvalho is a Swiss-Portuguese photographer who resides in Berlin. From a young age, she was captivated by illusionism and magic tricks. She holds the Surrealists in high regard and is fascinated by the endless possibilities that photography provides for experimentation. Continue reading »

AI Artist Creates Eccentric Portraits in Modern Renaissance Style

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XenoCat, an AI artist creates Renaissance paintings as they would be created in modern times, with all the newfangled gimmicks and gadgets, and of course they are created with artificial intelligence. The era of generational revival has also reached freelancers. Separately, we can highlight works with various animals depicted with their owners in the most bizarre ways. Continue reading »

Embroidery Meets Hyperrealism: Artist Cayce Zavaglia Creates Stunning & Realistic Embroidered Portraits

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Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Cayce Zavaglia is an artist who has beautifully transitioned from painting to embroidery, crafting hyper-realistic textile portraits that are nothing short of exquisite. Her creations are so flawlessly executed that they could easily be mistaken for traditional ink paintings when viewed from a certain distance. Continue reading »

A Study in Melancholy: The Metaphysical Art of Eric Lacombe

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Eric Lacombe, a graphic designer, digital artist, and painter, delves into the depths of human emotion through his work. His artistry is a journey into melancholy, a sentiment often perceived as negative but is an inevitable part of the human experience. This feeling is frequently accompanied by fear, anxiety, and sadness. Continue reading »

Where Portraits Meet Cartography: The Mindblowing Art of Ed Fairburn

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Ed Fairburn (previously), an artist hailing from Cardiff, Wales, has a unique talent for intertwining the contours of human faces with the intricate details of geographical and astrological maps. Continue reading »

Photographer Captures The Individuality Of Human Beings By Photographing People’s Faces And Their Irises

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Alexandru Radu Popescu is a photographer who explores the theme of national identity and individuality through his project UNIC. He was inspired by four photographers who captured iconic figures and state leaders, and he wanted to show the personalities and lifestyles of his subjects. Continue reading »

Meet Vedran Stimac, The Artist Who Opens Portals on Faces

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Vedran Stimac is not your ordinary portrait artist. He is a Croatian illustrator and street artist who has a unique and captivating style of creating surreal portraits. His artworks are more than just realistic depictions of famous faces; they are also windows into their souls and works. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Images of The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2023

Photographers of all skill levels have taken part in the competition, with Forough Yavari taking out the overall winning spot with her work Salvation.

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Salvation by overall winner Forough Yavari of Australia. Born in Iran during the Iranian revolution, her work focuses on the narrative behind the lives of women. Photograph: Forough Yavaori Continue reading »

Meet Sofia Bonati, The Argentinean Artist Captivating the World with Her Dreamlike Women

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Bonati’s women are depicted in a variety of settings, often with flora and fauna interweaving with their features, creating a sense of harmony and connection between the subject and their surroundings. Continue reading »

Artist Amy Corson Transforms Old Cassette Tapes into Fabulous Musicians’ Portraits

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I’m thrilled to spotlight photographer Amy Corson, who creatively repurposes old cassette tapes into stunning musician portraits. Continue reading »

Unveiling the Artistry and Passion Behind Barista Brian’s Mesmerizing Celebrity Portraits

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Brian Leonard, affectionately known as “Barista Brian,” originally hails from the charming town of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Continue reading »

Beyond the Canvas: Lukasz Biel’s Journey into the Depths of Human Experience through Sensual Portraits

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Step into the world of Polish artist Lukasz Biel, where color and graphite pencils become masterful tools for creating breathtaking drawings. With each stroke, he brings to life everyday moments that resonate with all of us. Continue reading »

Beautiful Bizarre: The Superb Fantasy and Horror Portraits by Ed Binkley

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For more than thirty years, Ed Binkley has been producing stunning fantasy artwork. His exceptional creations have been showcased in a multitude of publications and he has partnered with esteemed entities such as Lucasfilm, ImagineFX, Wizards of the Coast, and Artifacts Puzzles, among others. Continue reading »

‘Strand Man’: A Revolutionary Leap in 3D Artistry Portraits by Lee Griggs

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In the realm of 3D artistry, there are creators who defy the conventional, transporting us into realms of outstanding visual storytelling. Lee Griggs, a 3D artist based in Madrid, stands as a beacon of such imaginative prowess. His most recent series, dubbed “Strand Man,” has captured attention with its abstract and somewhat unnerving monochrome portraits. Continue reading »

Capturing the Human Essence: Celebrating Exceptional Portrait Photographers in AAP Magazine

Presenting the extraordinary photographers crowned as victors of ‘AAP Magazine #31: Portrait.’

Echoing the words of Henry Cartier-Bresson, the act of capturing a portrait is a formidable task. It demands the photographer to bridge the void between the subject’s outer facade and their inner essence. The realm of portrait photography spans a broad spectrum of styles and methods, from simple subject identification to intricate emotional exploration. It surpasses the boundaries of typical studio portraits and casual family photographs, maturing into a separate genre that lets photographers exercise their unlimited creative prowess.

A portrait holds the capability to provoke diverse reactions, ranging from illustrative and revealing to enhancing, questioning, or even disturbing. Despite the world teeming with countless faces, we are able to feature only a limited few in this fresh edition of AAP Magazine. In this issue, we take pride in presenting the viewpoints of 25 photographers originating from 11 distinct countries spread over four continents. Each of these gifted individuals communicates their unique personal stories and singular approaches to the craft of Portrait Photography.

The Winner: The Series “Perspective” By Nanda Hagenaars (Netherlands)
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“Portrait where I shift my perspective and try new ways of looking and photographing. Squeezing one eye, finding composition and contrast.” Continue reading »

Exploring the Soulful Portraits of Alexandra Dillon’s Imagined Characters

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Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Dillon has taken the art of portraiture to new heights by painting imagined people on found objects. From rusty axes to vintage padlocks, Dillon lets the object itself inspire the personality of the character she creates. Continue reading »