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Juno Calypso, 2015-2016
"Sensory Deprivation", 2016Photography Juno Calypso

The only photographs you need to see this month

Exploring the male body as a sex object, what it’s like to live in Berlin for a year, and Juno Calypso returns from a one-woman honeymoon to showcase new work

PHOTOS THAT EXPLORE THE MALE BODY AS A SEX OBJECT

It’s not often that you see a body being actively celebrated as a sex object. However, photographer Florian Hetz has no issue being so upfront about his intentions. Talking frankly with photographer and filmmaker Matt Lambert earlier this month ahead of the release of his debut photo book, The Matter of Absence, he said, “I do think that I reduce people to their body parts in that moment because I don’t give them space enough presented as a person. I’m not interested in them as a portrait.” The resulting images are an honest take on the male body and its sexual function. Read the full conversation here.

PHOTOS EXPLORING THE ISOLATION OF A ONE-WOMAN HONEYMOON

Juno Calypso and her character Joyce, with their penchant for one-woman honeymoons, returned with a new series that sees Joyce return to America and the couples retreats that made her a worldwide sensation. Exploring isolation as a key theme – which bird’s eye view/long shots certainly help cement – Calypso spoke to us about feminism and how Joyce has evolved, as well as her love-hate relationship with the character. Read our full interview here.

CAPTURING THE DAWNING OF A NEW FREEDOM IN WEST AFRICA

Malick Sidibé is potentially the most influential photographer to have ever come out of West Africa. With his black and white photography – whether studio based or at the most buzzing party – his images not only captured a moment but movement. I dare you to stare into his prints, with a bit of Malian roots music on in the background and not feel transported to a unique time in the country’s history and freedom.

WHAT DOES A YEAR LIVING IN BERLIN LOOK LIKE?

For some reason, everyone likes reading/seeing/hearing about Berlin. Perhaps it’s the sense of freedom it fills us with, knowing that it’s a party mecca with the liberating attitude that (mostly) anything goes. But what’s it like to spend a year there? Photographer George Nebieridze captured his on camera... and shared them with us.

TEN YEARS OF CAPTURING GIRLHOOD WITH VALERIE PHILLIPS

Valerie Phillips’ work lives and breathes girlhood. From capturing models/personalities such as Arvida Byström and Sara Cummings as well as Sienna Miller, Florence Welch and PJ Harvey, for 15 years, the photographer has been on the search to capture the varying things of what it means to be female – and how that is constantly redefined. “Personal essence inspires me, it's innate”, she told us when we caught up with her ahead of her release Another Girl Another Planet, last week. She added, “I love real life. Not many people in this industry, actually – not many people in this world, allow themselves or others to just be – and it breaks my heart.” Read our full interview here.

PHOTOS THAT LIFT THE LID ON BANGLADESH’S THIRD SEX COMMUNITY

Although we have seen huge steps forward in terms of the LGBTQ+ community in countries like the UK and the US, others are still painfully slow on the catch-up. The Hijras (trans people) community of Bangladesh face a life of extremes; forced to live in segregation but also viewed as semi-blessed, and often called on to kiss the heads of babies. Photographer Raffaele Petralla spent almost a month living with a section of the community, photographing it all in the hopes of raising awareness of the lack of safety and rights they still face daily.