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Benja-highres-
Sydney
By katherinegriffiths
21 Sep 2016

Pyrmont Sydney - 21st September 2016. The City of Sydney has commissioned Sydney paper artist Benja Harney to create a paper city for the Sydney NYE celebrations 2016. (Model release: ER20160921-Benja Harney-00412.jpg)

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Uriah Heep
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
10 Dec 2015

Lead singer of Uriah Heep band, Bernie Shaw, performs at the club Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany.

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Chris Norman
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
15 Nov 2015

Chris Norman, former lead singer of the band 'Smokie', performs with the Chris Norman Band at the club Grosse Freiheit 36 in Hamburg, Germany on November 15, 2015.

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Firedance
Boracay
By Ralf Falbe
23 Jan 2015

Firedancers on White Beach, Boracay, Philippines.

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Bangkok Street Performer
Bangkok
By Ralf Falbe
03 Jan 2015

Street performer, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Batloun
By Walid
19 Mar 2014

Sheikh Karam KAMAL-EL-DINE: (Batloun): Painter for 22 years. He is holding a degree in psychology and a Masters in Fine Arts from the Lebanese University. He teaches in public schools and manages a private studio called "Art House". He is the designer of some of the biggest mosaic canvas of the world and his work is visible today in the courtyard of Cultural and Sporting Club of Batloun.

Cheikh Karam KAMAL-EL-DINE: (Batloun) Peintre depuis 22 ans. Titulaire d'une licence en psychologie et d'une maîtrise en arts plastiques à l'Université Libanaise. Il enseigne dans quelques écoles publiques et gère un atelier privé appelé « Maison d'art ». Concepteur du plus grand tableau en mosaïque du monde, il est passe de l'idée à l’action, son œuvre étant aujourd’hui visible dans la cour du Club Culturel et Sportif de Batloun.

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Turkey, Istanbul
By Claudia Wiens
12 Sep 2013

Istanbul, Turkey . 12th Sep, 2013. The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme work collaboratively from their base in Ramallah, Palestine across a range of sound, image, installation, and performance. © Claudia Wiens/

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Claudia Wiens
12 Sep 2013

Istanbul, Turkey . 12th Sep, 2013. The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme work collaboratively from their base in Ramallah, Palestine across a range of sound, image, installation, and performance. © Claudia Wiens

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Her and Me: Drag Queen Transformation
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
10 Sep 2013

Drag Queen Transformation is both an art and a form of self-expression that is little appreciated and understood by outsiders. Beginning in July 2013, French photographer Simon Letellier began travelling around France and documenting the “transformation” process of men who dress up as women. The result is this collection of “before and after” photos illustrating the stunning physical transformation these men achieve, be it for an evening, a drag show, or a simple photo.

For each of these men, transforming into a female character is about more than just changing physical appearance, it is a form of self-expression. It is also a positive outlet for men whose personal stories are often laced with painful memories of social repression and a longing to simply be one’s self.

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Damien & Khalys
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
21 Jul 2013

Damien is 31 years old and lives in Lille, France. "The first time I dressed like a woman and i did a show was just amazing! It was like having a way-out from worries and horrible things I saw at this time."

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Sébastien & Nicky La Bonbonnière
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
15 Jul 2013

Sebastien is 27 years old and lives in Lille, France. "At the beginning I was afraid about being trapped by my character and not being to escape from her. Hopefully it didn't happen."

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Nicolas & Lady Emeraude
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
15 Jul 2013

Nicolas is 29 years old and lives in Lille, France. "Like any artist I look for the people's look when I'm on stage. I want them to feel surprised how beautiful is the woman they look at."

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Thomas & Stef Bischeri
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
13 Jul 2013

Thomas is 22 years old and lives in Hornu, Belgium. "I'm born as a man but I feel like a woman. I'm a woman with a penis. I wear everyday woman clothes and I never feel better than when I'm performing."

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Mathieu & Ladynette
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
13 Jul 2013

Mathieu is 23 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "Sometimes I need to wear woman clothes and to transform myself. I do it sometimes at night, even when i'm alone at home. It's a part of me."

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Gökhan & Talya LaPerl
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
12 Jul 2013

Gökhan is 27 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "I'm not a professional transformist. I only does few shows, only when I want and when i feel ready."

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ME&ME
Europe
By Simon Letellier
12 Jul 2013

ME & ME is a series of portraits of drag shows. Started in July 2013, this project still in progress, has led me to Mons, Liège, Lille and Paris. The goal was to meet transformists to understand their process of "transformation." They are amateurs, professionals, young or old, whether for work or just a passion, these men helped me understand photographically and in interviews the pleasure they have becoming a woman for an evening, a show or a simple shot. The interviews helped to expose the often painful stories with happy issues, but also sarcasm, ridicule, insults and disturbed others look. They also highlighted the insurance, assumption and the desire to be what they are. This temporary transformation goes beyond simple disguise. This goes much further. They do not take on a role, they just become another person they want to live for a while.

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Christophe & Missfein
Paris, France
By Simon Letellier
08 Jul 2013

Christophe lives in Paris. "At the beginning, transforming myself in woman, was like wearing a mask. I felt more confortable with people, more confident. Which was a game became a passion and then a job."

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Christophe & Gia
Paris, France
By Simon Letellier
08 Jul 2013

Christophe is 41 years old and lives in Paris, France. "I'm a man, I'm gay, I'm not a woman. There is Christophe and there is Gia. They are two different persons. I got two different lives, two different worlds."

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (10 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil making a tattoo in arabic calligraphy "Freedom, justice, rights"

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (1 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

An artist draws a design at the 3rd International Nepal Tattoo Convention held in April 2013 in Kathmandu.

The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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A Swiss Tattoo Artist in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

A Swiss tattoo artist explains why tattoo is important for him in the 3rd International Tattoo Convention held in Kathmandu.

The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (42 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

Backstage models are prepped for the Selma State show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (42 of 53)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
13 Mar 2013

Models are made up by makeup teams before the Tuvanam show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (51 of 53)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
12 Mar 2013

Outside Istanbul Fashion Week, attendees mingle after a show.

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (12 of 21)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

Puppet maker Im Muchemi poses with a clay mould of a puppet.

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (11 of 21)
nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

Sculptor Eric Mokua poses with a clay model of US First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Laolu Sebanjo Afromysterics Art
Abuja, Nigeria
By Taiwo Adeleke
01 Dec 2012

Name: Afromystrerics Art.

Journalist: Taiwo Adeleke

CUE:
A Nigerian born Artist and musician use his works of art to interpret the mystery of the African thought pattern and the weak economics situation in Nigeria from the fuel scarcity, crisis and killings , political power tussle and the challenges of Africa Artist at large. Images and soundbite of people at the art exhibition.

Headline:
Artist use his work of art to interpret the Economic situation in Nigeria and Africa at Large.

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RAW-NIGERIA-ART

SYNTHE:
Timi Inekoba (Woman) Participant at the Exhibition
Stanley Ibansu (man) Business man Participant at the Art Exhibition
Laolu Senbanjo (man) Artist / Musician

SHOTLIST:

ABUJA, NIGERIA, NOVEMBER 30, 2012, AT THE ART EXHIBITION
ABUJA NIGERIA, DECEMBER 02, 2012 AT THE MUSIC CONCERT

VAR of a Artist drawing
VAR of Artist art exhibition in Abuja
VAR of people registering at the Art exhibition
VAR of Artist show casing his Art work to Audience
VAR of Artist playing is Guitar and singing to the audience
VAR of Artist Playing his music alone in the garden.
VAR of Artist at his music Concert in Abuja at the city park Abuja Nigeria

SOUNBITE:1 Timi Inekoba (Woman). Participant at the Art Exhibition ( English, 00:00:07:24 ). "My second favorite pieces is about the visual cycle, all the random things that as been going on in Nigeria, the subsidy things, the oil thing, the corruption thing is like he just recycle everything. Am pretty sure you know its art and music it comes together, so he translate everything from art to music , music to art. I think this will stand any were and its good. i like his art because its abstract, its beautiful, its something else,but i think it we go very far".

SOUNDBITE 2 : Stanley Ibansu (man) Business man Participant at the Art Exhibition. (00:00:51:17) "A picture speaks volume. i mean in thousand words , now pictures is in millions of words his art speaks millions of words , its mind blowing , i love what he does, most of what he as done envoy round the women fold , and all this while, why the event was going on i was thinking about why the women but you know discover that its actually the women its a woman world,everything involve around the woman , he has been able to, i had something very peculiar today somebody said that if you are able to change the woman, 80% of the challenges we have in the society is handle and that is the truth. What he is doing is affecting the women fold and i must tell you this is cutting across the change we expect and to tell you the truth he is making the impact that is needed with that ".

SOUNDBITE 3: Laolu Senbanjo (man) Artist / Musician. ( 00:00:47:08)
"My name is Laolu Senbanjo and am an artist and also a musician, my style of art is called Afromysterics art which simply means the mystery of Africa thought pattern, and what i do is hat i like to use my art to interpret different scenario and situations. I draw inspiration from methodology, symbols, Africa life, the Africa third pattern, everyday life and you know what we do is a narrative of a busy mind. An African mind is very busy is thinking of many things at the same time, so with this i try to tell you a lot of stories with just one picture, i take you through a story in a particular painting.

After having exhibitions outside the shore of Nigeria, i have been to few exhibitions am in a position to compare and contrast what the acceptance is like, you know you cant compare the monetary value in terms of appreciation in terms of the value of the artist itself. We in Africa, we need to do more , we need to value our artist and treat therm better because its sad to know that a lot of artist don't even have art galleries.

the major challenges is that of perceptive and understanding of what art is and a lot of people, like i tell people you don't pay an artist for his labour, he is not a laborer, you pay an artist for his site and ability to see what you cant see and put it in imagination on canvas ability to connect what is in your mind to your art. That is what people should value and that is priceless in the sense that when you see a work of art you see people price it like its a commodity like tomatoes and its very heart breaking sometimes the way we treat our own artist and this is something that is absence somewhere like i had exhibition in Germany , the artist are treated with respect and dignity and you know what ever costs a work is the value behind the work , basically you cant price art.

Afromysterics is going on loud , we are launching out and what we want is to take the message of our people , we want to take it to the world in charcoal something that the world have not seen, we want to take it out in a very unique manner, there is notting fetish or demonic about africa art, we should stop demonizing our history , our root because that is what saddens me the most , because most people see carving, mask , they start saying its as this and that , many people have been brain watched, and its painful , very very painful, i menthes are beautiful things that is been appreciated globally , this is what makes us unique, i mean while should be more European than an European, i mean he doesn't want to see the like of Michelangelo , Da vinci, of this world, i mean while not do what is natural to you , we have our styles of art , we have what cones to us naturally and the reasons while am doing this is that , this is what comes to me , this is what i feel, this is what i imagine and this is what am dreaming , i mean my art , i that is what am actually doing here i just sit down and let it flow that as been my life i let it flow."

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Burlesque
London, England
By Carsten Snejbjerg
08 May 2012

World of burlesque
Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which itself derives from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.
Burlesque overlaps in meaning with caricature, parody and travesty, and, in its theatrical sense, with extravaganza, as presented during the Victorian era. "Burlesque" has been used in English in this literary and theatrical sense since the late 17th century.

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Egypt's Revolutionary Artist's Union
Cairo, Egypt
By Kevin McAfee
01 Jul 2011

A short produced video about a group of artists who occupy Tahrir Square to promote peaceful artwork about the Egyptian revolution.

Matching article with photo illustration can be found at: www.kevin-mcafee.com

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Mac Ten II
Jinja, Uganda
By Amy Hume
12 Jan 2011

End of the Weak Eastern region representative for MC Challenge competition, Mac Ten.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.