Lavigne loves photographing places “where you can imagine how the world must have been before there were people.” Last winter she spent three weeks in Namibia looking for scenes where plants and animals blend into their natural environs. Her series, “Land of Nothingness,” recently exhibited at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York.
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Maroesjka Lavigne | Ghent, Belgium
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A Canary Islands native, Acevedo has specialized in underwater photography since 1998. He dives the world’s oceans from Africa to Malaysia, camera in hand.
Juzak has contributed to medicalpicture, a database of medical images and illustrations. He experiments with photographing crystals of everyday chemical ingredients—in food, medicines, cosmetics—through a microscope lens.
Negroni is a freelance photojournalist who works for international media agencies including Reuters and The Associated Press. He has an affinity for shooting volcanic landscapes in southern Chile.
The Courageous Crossing
Born and raised in Kenya, Shah spent many hours of his childhood observing and photographing wild animals in Nairobi National Park. His images have appeared in exhibitions in Europe and the U.S.
Birds in Line
For award-winning wildlife and travel photographer Urso, watching nature gives him “time to think, to reconsider things,” and find some internal peace. His pictures have been exhibited in London, Moscow, Singapore, and Washington, DC.
The Cat in My Backyard
Naturalist and photographer Khanolkar studies the interactions and conflicts between leopards and people around Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai. His images offer insights into the wild cats’ behavior and the conservation threats they face.
The Two Faces of Coral Reefs
Photographer and diver Madeja has lived in Southeast Asia more than 20 years. He documents society’s impacts on marine ecosystems and ventures out to remote spots in search of still-pristine coral reefs.