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Emmanuel Monzon is a french photographer and visual artist based in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Paris, France with honors. His work has been featured throughout the US, Europe and Asia (through exhibitions, selections and various awards). Through his work, he explores and questions the signs of urban sprawl in our visual field. His photographic process is being influenced with his plastic art artist background.

Urban Sprawl II: This series focuses primarily on the idea of urban sprawling and the urban expansion of its periphery. Monzon photographs urban banality as though it were a romantic painting, trying only to be “stronger than this big nothing” in controlling the space by framing the subject. Monzon’s aesthetic of the banal obeys its own rules: a ban on living objects, a precise geometrical organization, and the revelation of a specific physical and mental landscape blurring the lines between city and suburb, between suburb and countryside, a process that results in an independent identity. This aesthetic of the emptiness in my photographic work attempts to understand our current environment.

View the entire series on our website.

A pedestrian pushes a bicycle across the 11th Street bridge over the Big Sioux River Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D.

These photos and more like them can be seen in the Argus Leader ‘A Slice of Life - Summer’ photo gallery here.

©Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader

Life Beyond the Headlines with Photographer Tamara Abdul Hadi

Tamara’s work was highlighted in Vice’s 2016 Photo Issue, which exclusively features female artists and photographers this year. To see more about her photography, follow @tamarabdul on Instagram.

Photographer Tamara Abdul Hadi (@tamarabdul) documents what life is like in the Middle East, beyond the headlines. “Being Iraqi, growing up in the United Arab Emirates and raised in Canada, I always felt like the ‘other,’” the documentarian, now based in Beirut, says. “I tend to relate to other underrepresented communities and minority groups.” Her desire to tell these stories pushed Tamara to create the Rawiya Collective (@rawiyacollective), a place to share work from the Middle East while empowering local photographers. “Our region is filled with complexities, and our culture multilayered,” she says. “I want to show that there is life and love in our region, regardless, or even along with, the struggles.”

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Photographers’ Warehouse | Sadie Snelson

Sadie Snelson Architects has transformed an east London warehouse into a live-work space for a photographer, featuring a folded steel staircase, a mezzanine and wall-mounted storage for bicycles. Prior to the renovation, the Clapton Warehouse was divided into small separate rooms that were subject to little natural daylight. The team removed all dividing walls to create an open-plan living room, and parts of the floor were taken away to create double-height areas that maximise light.