When creating art that reflects the times we’re living in, the spaces we inhabit and the people we’re aligned with, collaboration is vital. After all, to distil the essence of one’s community, an artist must connect with their subjects meaningfully. It’s a mantra that Puma believe in and, with the launch of their new Suede Mayu, one they’re looking to tell through the stories of four rising photographers. 

Here, Puma has enlisted these artists — in London, Milan, Berlin and Copenhagen — to collaborate with their friends on a shoot that reflects the presence and energy of this new sneaker. Inspired by the irreverence of the Puma Mayu, and its playful take on a classic style, the following images speak to the individuality of the wearer and artist, their unapologetic spirit, and a commitment to their craft, not to mention the importance of creative partnership.

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Photography Chris Calmer. Models Chili

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Los Angeles Times photography department would like to highlight our award-winning female staff photographers.

Francine Orr joined the Times photography staff in 2000. Previously she had been a photographer for the Kansas City Star. Raised in Colorado, she earned a bachelor’s degree in both history and art from the University of Saint Mary. Orr also joined the Peace Corps and was a volunteer in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. While there, she learned how to be a quiet observer and gained a love for stories.

Orr’s photographic focus has been on public health and poverty issues in Africa, India, and the United States. In Los Angeles, she has concentrated on the growing homelessness crisis as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

A few of Orr’s honors include the 2020 Meyer “Mike” Berger Award for outstanding in-depth, human interest reporting from Columbia Journalism School, a

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Unknown Tsuneko Sasamoto, Tokyo, 1940. Inkjet print, 2020, 18.2 cm x 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in. x 7 3/16 in.). Tsuneko Sasamoto / Japan Professional Photographers Society / The Met

Welcome to Women’s History Month, it’s that time of year where we look back on all the courageous women who have sacrificed and stood up for their rights and for the progress of women’s rights as a whole. Today March 8th, marks International Women’s Day as recognition of the global fight for gender equality, pay equity, and the liberation of women. 

Besides indulging in women’s history documentaries, watching Zoom panels and donating to Planned Parenthood, this is the time to dig in and find your next favorite women artists. What better way to celebrate feminism than with the female gaze in photography? There are two whopper retrospectives to look forward to, one at the High Museum in

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Dogwood blossoms and Half Dome.
Photo by Kirk Keeler

 

Nevada City resident Kirk Keeler has been selected for a solo exhibit of his Yosemite photography by Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, located in the heart of midtown Sacramento.

Because Viewpoint is the only dedicated photographic center in the region offering a large gallery space, competition for a solo exhibit is incredibly challenging. Executive Director Roberta McClellan explains, “Keeler’s work was selected by the curatorial committee for its outstanding compositions, offering a unique ’insider’s view’ of the famed national park where he lived for a decade.”

In Yosemite, Keeler worked at the historic Ansel Adams Gallery as the photography workshop coordinator, which afforded him four-season, full-time access to the stunning national park. An uncanny sense of composition and light helped create an amazing body of work.



“I feel the exhibit is very timely,” said Keeler. “The photos represent beauty and hope in

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