Dolly, Waylon, Loretta and Willie - all behind the lens of New York based photographer Stephanie Chernikowski. Chernikowski has been on the NY photo circuit since the early 70s when she moved to the Big Apple from Texas. She’s captured numerous legends with her 35mm and her photojournalism has appeared in countless publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Journal of Country Music & The New York Daily News.
Dang, a bunch of classic photography has been bubbling up over the past few weeks.
Jamal Penjweny, an Iraqi Kurdish photographer, artist and filmmaker, creates I Wish- a simple yet poignant series of photos that feature people who have dreams of sport stardom but lack the ability and/or possibilities to make their dreams come true.
As children we all have dreams of becoming famous, we see Maradona play soccer or a Bruce Lee film and think that we will be stars like them when we grow up. But life gives us another way, we become something else, and we do not get a chance to live these dreams.
All of the above photos were taken between the years 1868 and 1880, or at the height of the Plains Indians wars (the Sioux uprising). Those pictured are all Oglala Sioux, Crazy Horse’s people. I came across these photos during my research on the Teton Lakota and these and MANY more great pictures can be found at Sioux Reseach - Dakota, Lakota, Nakota (http://oyate.proboards.com). If you don’t know these peoples’ names, I’ve provided them in a caption with each photo. And, if you don’t know their stories, I’d encourage you to read all about them. Just read pretty much anything you can get your hands on concerning the Plains Indians, particularly the Sioux and Cheyenne. They are, most probably, the greatest people who ever lived.
When most artists decide to do portraits of their family, they ask their parents or siblings to pose for them. Laurel Nakadate, however, took a DNA test and began corresponding with strangers on websites who shared her DNA.
Nakadate is of Japanese-American lineage and said looking at the DNA from her maternal side unlocked the complex backgrounds shared by most Americans.
“My mother’s DNA revealed that, as with most Americans, there is nothing simple about the history of her family in America. She descends fromMayflower passengers, African slaves, indentured servants, and prominent figures in American history such as Anne Hutchinson, the Quaker martyr, Mary Dyer, and the McCoys of the famous feud.”
Because I share DNA with each person in the “Relations” photographs, these portraits are also modern-day self-portraits. “
“I wanted to make the anti-selfie,” she wrote. “The portrait that doesn’t deflect your gaze, the portrait that actually tries to care, that holds your gaze a little too long.