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Faces of Life Editors’ Pick

“The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Following Katherine Matthews’ selection of winning images for our ‘FACES OF LIFE’ theme, this compilation of 20 images, selected by the Life Framer editors represents some of the other talented photographers whose work struck us and left a mark. Some are more literal representations of the theme, and others are more abstract, but each one is a stunning image worthy of exposure and attention.

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Banner image and text courtesy of Elisa Tomaselli from her series ‘Enlighten’.

“Tiptoeing around my city, I can see a lot of people’s everyday stories, and I’m hooked on the intimate moments that they live, which might remain unperceived if they weren’t brought to light by my camera. My project interprets photography as if it was an open window through which one can give different meanings to reality to create icon image. The use of the flash light helps to enlighten the slightest nuances of others’ feelings, emphasizing the duration of time in which the emotions are lived, often resulting in both surreal frames and fossilized images of alienation.”

Instagram: @elisa__tomaselli

Image and text courtesy of Tim Franco: ‘Kim Pil-joo from his series ‘Un-Person: North Korean Defectors’.

“In George Orwell’s 1984 an ‘unperson’ is someone who has been vaporized, whose record has been erased. The people I chose to portray made the decision to disappear from their own Orwellian world – North Korea. Sometimes for ideological reasons and often by despair, they left behind a life that would disappear for ever. The road to South Korea is dangerous and can take years. Some of them won’t make it. The travels of the ones that do are filled with the fear of being arrested and sent back to labor camps. Having arrived in South Korea they often struggle to find a new identity, lost between their North Korean past and South Korean future. To reflect this incredible transition I chose to portray these defectors on an analog material that is not supposed to exist. Just like their situation, the negative of a Polaroid is not supposed be usable. It is only obtained through a series of chemical purifications of the back paper that reveal the original polaroid image. The result is often uncertain, dirty and imperfect. This series of portraits is the first chapter of a project reflecting on North Korea, in particular on the notion of borders and identity”.

www.timfranco.com and Instagram: @timfranco

Image courtesy of Willem Kuijpers from his series ‘La Processione dei Misteri – Trapani’.


Image courtesy of Darija Jelincic.

www.darijajelincic.com and Instagram: @loitering_spot

Image and text courtesy of Matthias Forster from his series ‘Mumbai Gender Role’.

“This series documents the understanding of gender roles through the poster and advertising space of the culturally most Western-influenced city of India.”

www.matthiasforster.com and Instagram: @matthias__forster

Image and text courtesy of Maxwell Harvey-Sampson.

“Over the past 6 years I have amassed a ten terabyte body of work. My obsessive documentation of the world around me acted as a salve for social awkwardness. In the recent years of my practice I have honed my vision, centering on topics of queerness, relationships, connection, personal catharsis and prevailing over mental illness. I present to you work from the recent two years two years of intense personal growth, that I owe much to my connection with the photographic medium”.

www.maxwellharveysampson.com and Instagram: @maxwellharveysampson

Image and text courtesy of Paola Serino.

“This series explores the aesthetic imagery of Cosplay pop culture.”

www.paolaserino.com and Instagram: @paola_serino

Image and text courtesy of Dan Haimovich from his series ‘The Good Souls’.

“A long-term project consisting of more than 90 portraits of volunteers in Greece, working with refugees.”

www.danpaul.co.il and Instagram: @danhaimovich

Images and text courtesy of Christopher Ong from his series ‘Project Dedication’.

“These portraits are of members of the Singapore Rowing Club immediately after a morning training session. Rowers train six days a week despite their day-jobs. Very few Singaporean athletes are professional and so training typically begins at six am”.

www.christopherong.co and Instagram: @c.o.w.h

Image courtesy of Barbara Traver.

www.barbaratraver.es and Instagram: @barbaratraver_

Image and text courtesy of Deby Sucha.

“A portrait of three Japanese women with Alopecia – an autoimmune disorder that causes the loss of hair. It started with my personal experience as a person with Trichotillomania – a hair-pulling disorder that I have since I was 12, eventually leaving a big bald patch on my head. Bald women aren’t always accepted in our society and throughout history hair has been shown to bea symbol of femininity, beauty and identity. To work against this stereotype I began taking portraits of women with Alopecia condition, as a collaboration with Alopecia Style Project (ASP) – a non-profit organization based in Japan which was formed to spread awareness about Alopecia. I’ve come to realize that hair is just a small part of our identity, and it does not define a person”.

www.suchadeby.com and Instagram: @debysucha

Image courtesy of Leon Foggitt.

www.leonfoggitt.com and Instagram: @leonfoggitt

Image and text courtesy of Jesse Navarre Vos.

“I’m working on a long-term project exploring and photographing drag queens in Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve been photographing them in their home environments and juxtaposing images of them in drag with portraits of them out of drag. I have also been shooting an accompanying film documentary that will compliment the images. I plan to continue documenting more faces and voices.”

Instagram: @jessenavarrevos

Image courtesy of Hayley Zara Doron-Weil.

Instagram: @joburgandbeyond

Image and text courtesy of Mark Elzey.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the hair and freckles of red-heads. Usually they tell me that growing up having red hair or freckles always felt like a nightmare due to the nature of their surroundings and not many others having similar traits. So I love to capture and celebrate the things that makes them unique.”

www.markelzey.com and Instagram: @markelzey

Image and text courtesy of Donnell Gumiran.

Instagram: @donnellgumiran

Image courtesy of Corwin Von Kuhwede.


Image courtesy of Yoon Jeong Vin from his series ‘New Delhi – Mumbai – Kolkata’.

www.yoonjeongvin.com and Instagram: @jeongvin_yoon

Image courtesy of Verl Adams.

www.verlanceladams.comand Instagram: @verladams

Image courtesy of Sean Andrew Jackson.

www.seanandrewjackson.com and Instagram: @sean.andrew.jackson

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