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Male Centerfold, 2012 by Pacifico Silano

Through his photo and video work, Pacifico Silano explores LGBTQ history and how it has shaped contemporary gay identity. By creating imagery with Al Parker, one of the most famous gay porn stars of the 1970s, Silano has created an unconventional series of portraits that memorialize and draw attention to a lost generation of gay men. “The process of making these new pictures and reworking images from the past has allowed me to catalogue and emphasize a neglected history, one that is imbued with my own fantasies of a place and time that I never lived through,” he says.

Silano is one of five exceptionally talented photographers included among our Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots. Learn more about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition. 

Scholar’s Rock, 2012 by Erin O’Keefe

Erin O’Keefe’s has explored architecture, sculpture and photography during her artistic career. Here, she examines the relationship between object and image.  “I photograph two-dimensional constructions, which are themselves made from pieces of other photographic images, and rely on the three-dimensionality depicted in these fragments to create the illusion of a sculptural object,” says O’Keefe.

O’Keefe is one of five exceptionally talented photographers included among our Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots. Learn more about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition. 

Lariat, TX, 2012 by Ilona Szwarc

Ilona Szwarc’s Rodeo Girls is a portrait project about young girls who compete in rodeos on a professional level.  Theirs “is a unique lifestyle, where kids are brought up in a very strict and disciplined manner, with emphasis on hard work, respect and cultivation of friendships and family relationships,” says Szwarc.

Szwarc is one of five exceptionally talented photographers selected to be a Second Edition 2012 Hot Shot. Learn more about Szwarc and about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition

Madalyn, TX, 2012 by Hey, Hot Shot! Contender Ilona Szwarc

Warsaw, Poland-born photographer Ilona Szwarc has resided in New York City since 2008. Szwarc’s background in the film industry—she has worked for Andrzej Wajda, Jonathan Glazer and Roman Polanski, notably—reveals itself in the beautifully cinematic quality of her work. Her latest project, Rodeo Girls, explores the world of young Texan rodeo competitors. Through her portraits, Szwarc reveals the complexities of an unusual people. The images celebrate the beauty of the terrain and the unique traditions these girls uphold, their faces laden with emotions from the demanding lifestyle. Keep reading.

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Hakuna and Inkungu, from the series Afronauts by Cristina De Middel20x200 artist and Hot Shot Cristina De Middel has been shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Börse photography prize for her extraordinary Afronauts series, to which these two images belong. A part story-telling, part photojournalism approach to the failed Zambian space program of 1964, Afronauts bridges fact with aesthetic fiction. De Middel discusses her motivation in an interview with Hey, Hot Shot! “The series Afronauts works for me as a solution given to an ethic or moral problem raised during my days as a photojournalist,” she explains. “I could never really feel comfortable telling stories (made in a couple of days in a foreign country most of the time) that the audience would consume as real just because they would appear in the media,” De Middel adds. Find prints of these works, and learn more about Afronauts.
Hakuna and Inkungu, from the series Afronauts by Cristina De Middel20x200 artist and Hot Shot Cristina De Middel has been shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Börse photography prize for her extraordinary Afronauts series, to which these two images belong. A part story-telling, part photojournalism approach to the failed Zambian space program of 1964, Afronauts bridges fact with aesthetic fiction. De Middel discusses her motivation in an interview with Hey, Hot Shot! “The series Afronauts works for me as a solution given to an ethic or moral problem raised during my days as a photojournalist,” she explains. “I could never really feel comfortable telling stories (made in a couple of days in a foreign country most of the time) that the audience would consume as real just because they would appear in the media,” De Middel adds. Find prints of these works, and learn more about Afronauts.

Hakuna and Inkungu, from the series Afronauts by Cristina De Middel

20x200 artist and Hot Shot Cristina De Middel has been shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Börse photography prize for her extraordinary Afronauts series, to which these two images belong. A part story-telling, part photojournalism approach to the failed Zambian space program of 1964, Afronauts bridges fact with aesthetic fiction.

De Middel discusses her motivation in an interview with Hey, Hot Shot! “The series Afronauts works for me as a solution given to an ethic or moral problem raised during my days as a photojournalist,” she explains. “I could never really feel comfortable telling stories (made in a couple of days in a foreign country most of the time) that the audience would consume as real just because they would appear in the media,” De Middel adds.

Find prints of these works, and learn more about Afronauts.

Today is the final day of the HHS! competition (all entries due by 11:59 p.m. EST, photographers, so enter now!), and we couldn’t be more excited about the newest addition to our panel of judges, TIME magazine deputy photo editor Paul Moakley. Before entry into the competition closes, we wanted to introduce another Contender. Dalibor Talajic captures the city of Rasa, an Istrian town along the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Read more.