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Boys of Hong Kong – Alexandra Leese
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The only photos you need to see from last month

Andy Warhol’s archive dick pics, David Bowie’s childhood friend shares stories behind his intimate images of the star, sensual shots of young Asian men, photos of a pre-fame Madonna, and young lovers in the 90s

DAVID BOWIE’S FRIEND TELLS THE STORIES BEHIND THESE INTIMATE PHOTOS

In 1973, David Bowie asked his old school friend, the photographer Geoff MacCormack, to join him on tour. The only thing, Bowie was afraid of flying, so the pair would be crisscrossing the globe via train. What was perhaps a little time consuming then, has since turned into a collection of timeless and unguarded images of the late icon. Alongside a series of the photos, MacCormack shared insights into the moments that made them.

THE DICK PICS THAT INSPIRED ANDY WARHOL’S MOST EXPLICIT WORK

When a man began boasting about the size of his cock to Andy Warhol in the 1970s, the artist did what felt most natural to him – pulled out his camera and took some photos. Tossed into a storage box and titled “Sex Parts”, the images would later go on to inform some of the artist’s most explicit works, now on show in LA in a show, aptly titled Torsos and Sex Parts.

BEAUTIFUL, SENSUAL PHOTOS OF HONG KONG’S YOUNG MEN

Despite leaving Hong Kong for London when she was just 11-years-old, Alexandra Leese has always held a spot in her heart for her hometown. When looking to recently re-engage with the city, it was a generation of young men who caught her attention. Shedding toxic tropes of masculinity, the boys formed the backbone of her new book and its accompanying film, titled Boys of Hong Kong – both of which she spoke about to Dazed Digital earlier this month.

CANDID PHOTOS OF PRE-FAME MADONNA IN 80S NEW YORK

Just one month before releasing her eponymous album in 1983, photographer Richard Corman visited a little-known Madonna at her Lower East Side apartment to shoot a series of candid images of the soon-to-be star. In an interview with Dazed Digital, he filled us in on the details of the day.

THESE PHOTOS SHOW THE DEVASTATING HUMAN IMPACT OF ONE EVIL CONGLOMERATE

For more than 110 years, the chemical and agricultural products – and the subsequent behaviours – of conglomerate Monsanto® have had devastating impacts on the world. And yet, it continues to operate. Photographer Mathieu Asselin is just one person aware of the dangers of the company and is using his lens to protest its existence. With the images on show at London’s The Photographer’s Gallery, Asselin spoke to us about the tragic story behind them.

WILD PHOTOS OF YOUNG LOVERS GETTING OFF IN THE 90S

We’ve all been there – sweaty and loved up in the club; fleeting moments of passion to be forgotten about once the lights come on. However, during the 90s, Bob Carlos Clarke ensured these memories were immortalised, by shooting public school balls and the hyper-hormonal teens who attended them. On show at London’s The Little Black Gallery come May, with a book to follow, we give you a preview.

THESE PHOTOGRAPHS DEPICT THE INTOXICATING SENSUALITY OF THE GARDEN

The wild nature of the garden takes centre stage in this book by Aperture, featuring photographers who found beauty in their backyards, including Nobuyoshi Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, Collier Schorr, and many more.

THEO WHITE’S NEW SHOW RECLAIMS RACIST STEREOTYPES BY TURNING THEM INTO ART

Theo White’s show Oh! Freedom is on show at Antonia Marsh’s gallery, Soft Opening, for the next few weeks in an attempt to catch the unassuming passersby in Piccadilly Circus tube station’s foot-fall. The show, in collaboration with photographer Giovanni Corabi, and artists Alfie KunguOloapitreps, and Nathan Jones, takes racist stereotypes found in early cartoons and flips them on their heads, by reclaiming them and turning them into artwork. In an interview on Dazed Digital, White told us more about the reasons for doing so, and why he’s showing them in the tourist centrepoint of the city.

HOW PHOTOGRAPHY SHINES A LIGHT ON AMERICA’S DARK PRISON SYSTEM

“Slavery in the United States was never abolished – it simply changed shape,” wrote Miss Rosen for Dazed Digital’s feature on Prison NationAperture magazine’s latest edition, which looks at the state of the US’s flawed prison system. A series of eye-opening images are shared alongside a complex interview with scholar Nicole R. Fleetwood, who, with Aperture Magazine’s editor, Michael Famighetti, edited the issue.

PHOTOGRAPHING THE WOMEN FIGHTING ISIS IN KURDISTAN

Photographer Sonja Hamad shared the stories behind a series of portraits that she’s took of the fearless women fighting for freedom against ISIS. For two years, Hamad documented the efforts of Kurdistan's YPJ – an all-female political party made up of over 10,000 members, aged 15-45, putting their lives on the line to reclaim their rightful land from the militants.

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