Flickr *Cabaret Monday No. 1

In the first week, we already had over 100 images added the *Cabaret Submissions pool on Flickr. Featured today are images from garmonique, Minkel, tinytinybirds, sarahpalmer and Ibai Acevedo.We only chose our top five favorite photos, but there were tons of great images posted. Check out the Flickr page to see all of the entries, and submit your own images if you want to be featured next week.

Richard Renaldi – Touching Strangers

New Yorker Richard Renaldi has a long-term relationship with strangers. His work consists mostly of the documentary portrait, and this has always required at least a minimal amount of interaction with non-acquaintances. But that’s not to say he’s always been comfortable with embracing the unfamiliar. The concepts of happenstance meetings, brief intimate interactions with strangers and the limits of our boundaries are what led Renaldi to his latest series, Touching Strangers. The concept seems pretty simple. Get a couple of people—complete strangers—to touch and pose. Then snap away. The process is more complicated. What exactly does it mean to ‘touch’? A pat on the back or a warm embrace? And Renaldi himself had to confront his own discomfort with approaching and directing complete strangers. It’s these complications that render the result so powerful.

Richard Renaldi’s past work is available in print from his very own Charles Lane Press. Touching Strangers is on view at the Gallery at Hermes in New York City from April 9th to May 28th.

Legends of Jazz & Trust @ Fahey/Klein Gallery

Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman & Richard Rodgers; Downbeat, New York, 1949

From April 1 to May 15, Fahey/Klein gallery in Los Angeles presents iconic pictures of Legends of Jazz artists and musicians, taken by legendary photographers.

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, Nashville, TN, 1969

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, Nashville, TN, 1969

US photographer Jim Marshall died on March 24, 2010 in New York City. He leaves behind him an amazing collection of images featuring rock legends: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash and others. He was chief photographer during the Woodstock festival, he was shooting Jimi Hendrix when he set his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival, and he was the only photographer allowed backstage at The Beatles last concert. From April 1 to May 15, Fahey/Klein gallery presents a selection of his most beautiful photos in color during the exhibition Trust.

JeongMee Yoon

The photos of JeongMee Yoon, in pink and blue, are witness to the cross-culture phenomenon of mass-marketing, consumerism and their effects on gender identity.

Joe Baran

Technically, the images of photographer Joe Baran are perfectly tuned. The sky is just the right color of dusk, the corners of the room are filled softly with light, and the composition maintains a perfect blend of positive and negative space. This technical skill creates a cinematic scene of unease, as though we’re catching each shot as a frame from a longer movement. And it’s that potential, the next scene, that captures us. Showcasing a fascination of contrasting the mundane with the surreal—and perhaps even the invasion of planet Earth!—there’s always something that makes us want to find out what happens next.

Obama Goes Dancing With the Heads of State

In a time-lapse of 1,338 images, the photographer Luke Sharrett of The New York Times captured President Obama’s many greetings before a dinner at the 47-nation nuclear security conference in Washington on April 12, 2010. This video was produced by Patrick Witty.