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Hello! This is @robin_de_puy, and this week I'm sharing my project RANDY, an intimate portrait of a boy growing up in Ely, Nevada. --- Robin de Puy's 8000-mile road trip, which would form the basis of her first photobook If this is True (2016) had almost come to an end as she motorcycled through Ely, Nevada on 7 July 2015. Not ready to return home yet, she decided to stay for a few days. That night she discovered Randy. He rode past – fast – but in that split-second glimpse of him De Puy knew: she had to find out who this boy was. About that first encounter she wrote: “Randy, a fragile looking boy, striking face, big ears – a puppy, a golden retriever waiting for the ball to be thrown, (too) naive. "Can I photograph you?" I asked him. The question was met with a shrug and a look both anxious and curious, a look that seemed to say so much and so little. Then he responded with a wholehearted yes.” No sooner said than done: De Puy took his picture, left the town a few days later, and that was it – at least it seemed so at the time. But back in Amsterdam, Randy kept on popping into her head from time to time – now that she had met this boy, it was impossible to stop at that single image. On returning to visit him at the end of 2016, then again in February 2017, and once more in May 2017, she turns him inside out, looks at him, stares at him. And he lets her do this. “Never before have I met someone who gives me so much space to watch, to observe him.” --- An exhibition of this work, which includes photographs and videos, is on view at the Bonnefantenmuseum in The Netherlands from January 26-May 13; Hannibal (@hannibal_publishing) also recently published the series as a photobook.
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Naba, 20, a Palestinian-Iraqi from Baghdad, Iraq. At the time this picture was taken, she had been a refugee in Sweden for eight years and was living with her family in the town of Edsbyn. She is an active member of the community and helps many of the new refugees from Syria and elsewhere adjust to life in Sweden. ~ This picture is from my project “The End Will Be Good And Happy” (2016). It is part of a group photography project called “DISPATCHED,” where six photographers explored different issues related to those displaced by the Syrian Civil War. I chose to photograph Syrian refugee teenage girls living in both Lebanon and Sweden. Lebanon shares a border with Syria and is therefore a convenient but desperate place for refugees to relocate. The system in Lebanon is not set up to support the number of refugees who have arrived. In contrast, many Syrians risk their lives seeking permanent residence in countries like Sweden, which have historically welcomed refugees with open arms, although that is now changing. In addition to the portraits, this project also includes excerpts from interviews with the girls as well as pictures, drawings and videos from them about their experiences. Swipe left to read the interviews. … Hi everyone, this is Emily Berl (@emilyberl), I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. I’ll be signing off from LensCulture after this post. Thank you so much for following along this week as I’ve been sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits made along the way. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking!
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Zayn, 14, from Idlib, Syria. She traveled with her family to Europe from Turkey on a rubber boat in September 2015 and at the time this picture was taken was awaiting asylum status in Sweden. ~ This picture is from my project “The End Will Be Good And Happy” (2016). It is part of a group photography project called “DISPATCHED,” where six photographers explored different issues related to those displaced by the Syrian Civil War. I chose to photograph Syrian refugee teenage girls living in both Lebanon and Sweden. Lebanon shares a border with Syria and is therefore a convenient but desperate place for refugees to relocate. The system in Lebanon is not set up to support the number of refugees who have arrived. In contrast, many Syrians risk their lives seeking permanent residence in countries like Sweden, which have historically welcomed refugees with open arms, although that is now changing. In addition to the portraits, this project also includes excerpts from interviews with the girls as well as pictures, drawings and videos from them about their experiences. Swipe left to read the interviews. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits made along the way. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Rawa, 18, from Zabadani, Syria. She traveled from Syria alone and at the time this picture was taken had been living in Sweden for 1.5 years. ~ This picture is from my project “The End Will Be Good And Happy” (2016). It is part of a group photography project called “DISPATCHED,” where six photographers explored different issues related to those displaced by the Syrian Civil War. I chose to photograph Syrian refugee teenage girls living in both Lebanon and Sweden. Lebanon shares a border with Syria and is therefore a convenient but desperate place for refugees to relocate. The system in Lebanon is not set up to support the number of refugees who have arrived. In contrast, many Syrians risk their lives seeking permanent residence in countries like Sweden, which have historically welcomed refugees with open arms, although that is now changing. In addition to the portraits, this project also includes excerpts from interviews with the girls as well as pictures, drawings and videos from them about their experiences. Swipe left to read the interviews. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits made along the way. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Fadia, 17, from the province of Homs, Syria. At the time this picture was taken, she had been in Lebanon for three years and was living in the Bekaa Valley. ~ This picture is from my project “The End Will Be Good And Happy” (2016). It is part of a group photography project called “DISPATCHED,” where six photographers explored different issues related to those displaced by the Syrian Civil War. I chose to photograph Syrian refugee teenage girls living in both Lebanon and Sweden. Lebanon shares a border with Syria and is therefore a convenient but desperate place for refugees to relocate. The system in Lebanon is not set up to support the number of refugees who have arrived. In contrast, many Syrians risk their lives seeking permanent residence in countries like Sweden, which have historically welcomed refugees with open arms, although that is now changing. In addition to the portraits, this project also includes excerpts from interviews with the girls as well as pictures, drawings and videos from them about their experiences. Swipe left to read the interviews. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits made along the way. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Inane, 14, from Al-Hasakah, Syria. At the time this picture was taken, she had been in Lebanon for three years and was living in Hadath, a suburb of Beirut. ~ This picture is from my project “The End Will Be Good And Happy” (2016). It is part of a group photography project called “DISPATCHED,” where six photographers explored different issues related to those displaced by the Syrian Civil War. I chose to photograph Syrian refugee teenage girls living in both Lebanon and Sweden. Lebanon shares a border with Syria and is therefore a convenient but desperate place for refugees to relocate. The system in Lebanon is not set up to support the number of refugees who have arrived. In contrast, many Syrians risk their lives seeking permanent residence in countries like Sweden, which have historically welcomed refugees with open arms, although that is now changing. In addition to the portraits, this project also includes excerpts from interviews with the girls as well as pictures, drawings and videos from them about their experiences. Swipe left to read the interviews. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits made along the way. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Yasmine, 16, from Aleppo, Syria. At the time this picture was taken, she had been in Lebanon four years ago and was living in the city of Tyre. ~ This picture is from my project “The End Will Be Good And Happy” (2016). It is part of a group photography project called “DISPATCHED,” where six photographers explored different issues related to those displaced by the Syrian Civil War. I chose to photograph Syrian refugee teenage girls living in both Lebanon and Sweden. Lebanon shares a border with Syria and is therefore a convenient but desperate place for refugees to relocate. The system in Lebanon is not set up to support the number of refugees who have arrived. In contrast, many Syrians risk their lives seeking permanent residence in countries like Sweden, which have historically welcomed refugees with open arms, although that is now changing. In addition to the portraits, this project also includes excerpts from interviews with the girls as well as pictures, drawings and videos from them about their experiences. Swipe left to read the interviews. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits made along the way. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Natalia, at the annual Selena Fan Gathering, Los Angeles, CA, 2017 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks for looking.
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Barbra Streisand, 2016 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Performance artist Dynasty Handbag, 2016 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks for looking.
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Pamela Anderson, 2016 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Camila Cabello, 2017 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks for looking.
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Viggo Mortensen, Los Angeles, CA ~ Hi Everyone, this is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks for looking.
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Olivia Munn, Los Angeles, CA ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Monica, Los Angeles, CA ~ All over the world, there are women who dress as Marilyn Monroe, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives, in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. This series explores these people who channel Marilyn Monroe’s classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood dream that still thrives today. This series was a finalist in last year’s LensCulture Portrait Awards and will be published as a monograph through Sturm & Drang (@sturmanddrangbooks) in April 2018. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Memory, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ All over the world, there are women who dress as Marilyn Monroe, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives, in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. This series explores these people who channel Marilyn Monroe’s classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood dream that still thrives today. This series was a finalist in last year’s LensCulture Portrait Awards and will be published as a monograph through Sturm & Drang (@sturmanddrangbooks) in April 2018. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Jami, Las Vegas, NV ~ All over the world, there are women who dress as Marilyn Monroe, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives, in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. This series explores these people who channel Marilyn Monroe’s classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood dream that still thrives today. This series was a finalist in last year’s LensCulture Portrait Awards and will be published as a monograph through Sturm & Drang (@sturmanddrangbooks) in April 2018. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks for looking.
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Ashley, Los Angeles, CA ~ All over the world, there are women who dress as Marilyn Monroe, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives, in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. This series explores these people who channel Marilyn Monroe’s classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood dream that still thrives today. This series was a finalist in last year’s LensCulture Portrait Awards and will be published as a monograph through Sturm & Drang (@sturmanddrangbooks) in April 2018. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Holly, Los Angeles, CA ~ All over the world, there are women who dress as Marilyn Monroe, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives, in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. This series explores these people who channel Marilyn Monroe’s classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood dream that still thrives today. This series was a finalist in last year’s LensCulture Portrait Awards and will be published as a monograph through Sturm & Drang (@sturmanddrangbooks) in April 2018. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Debra, Zaandam, the Netherlands ~ All over the world, there are women who dress as Marilyn Monroe, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives, in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. This series explores these people who channel Marilyn Monroe’s classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood dream that still thrives today. This series was a finalist in last year’s LensCulture Portrait Awards and will be published as a monograph through Sturm & Drang (@sturmanddrangbooks) in April 2018. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Nadine, Quebec, Canada ~ All over the world, there are women who dress as Marilyn Monroe, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives, in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. This series explores these people who channel Marilyn Monroe’s classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood dream that still thrives today. This series was a finalist in last year’s LensCulture Portrait Awards and will be published as a monograph through Sturm & Drang (@sturmanddrangbooks) in April 2018. … Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Gailyn, Las Vegas, NV ~ All over the world, there are women who dress as Marilyn Monroe, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives, in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. This series explores these people who channel Marilyn Monroe’s classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood dream that still thrives today. This series was a finalist in last year’s LensCulture Portrait Awards and will be published as a monograph through Sturm & Drang (@sturmanddrangbooks) in April 2018. ... Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring groups of people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.
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Leuteria “Nena” has been displaced multiple times from her home and now lives in the town of Riosucio where she opened up a restaurant that employs other displaced women. “I’ve been displaced twice from my farm. Of course I don’t want to go back.” “What I went through is too much. When they killed my sons, they killed everything. My hope. My happiness.” “I’m still scared, even here.” “It’s painful to tell my story, but talking about this is like cleaning my mind. Talking takes the pain away.” “I have been a very strong woman. I was really brave. I confronted them. I don’t know why I wasn’t killed. If I had been there I would have stopped them from killing my children.” . 50+ years of armed conflict has forced over seven million people in Colombia from their homes, making this South American nation the largest internal displacement situation in the world. @luisadorr for @refugees
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“I’m not confident with the peace process. There’s still crossfire. So I think ‘how will we make peace happen? For me, the armed conflict is bitter. It’s sour. It’s the killing of innocent people who have nothing to do with war.” . Seventeen-year-old Yorleidis Cordoba Mena has thought long and hard, but she doesn’t know - yet - how to create lasting peace in her country. One thing she knows for sure is that her region of Colombia is rich in terms of resources and land and because of that, “everyone wants a piece of it.” . 50+ years of armed conflict has forced over seven million people in Colombia from their homes, making this South American nation the largest internal displacement situation in the world. @luisadorr for @refugees
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