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Trending: What Is Hipster Photography?

What are the visual signifiers of hipsterism? At his Visual Culture Blog, Marco Bohr explores what he calls “a new genre of photography which is apparently produced, promoted and disseminated by trend-conscious people”—aka hipsters. “Hipster photography depicts a curiously carefree world where people generally look happy joined by other people who look happy,” notes Bohr, adding that this happy, carefree world is usually accentuated by an element of nudity. “The more nude the subject the more carefree the world that they live in,” Bohr writes, and who can argue with that kind of logic? Where did hipster photography come from? Instagram, of course, because hipsters like to share.

Halloween Edition, 1: Why Do We Love Horror Films? This Video Explains

When Halloween falls on a Friday, it’s time to celebrate with a special edition of MAP, and we start with a video from CineFix exploring why people love watching horror movies. Is it pleasant to be scared to the point of gasping, hair pulling, shuddering and sweating? Not really. But when you consider the real-life fears that haunt us, watching make-believe horror seems to make sense: As the video notes, the mask of cinematic flesh and meat hooks reflects our prevailing angst in a world of global terrorism, disease, and death. Horror films push the buttons that unlock and expose these fears. And then the movie ends, and we reemerge into our truly scary world, less frightened.  

Considering the Dead

The pre-Columbian Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrated the lives of the departed with food- and flower-based celebrations that were so popular that the observance spread beyond Mexico to South America, then to Europe and beyond.  The holiday also promotes artistic expression in a nice D.I.Y. mould, with elaborate preparations including the building of alters, the sculpting of goddess-like avatars, and even the shaping loaves of bread into special forms d...

Latin American Ilustracion: Carla Torres

We've spotlighted Carla Torres before in DFLA--last year she successfully Kickstarted a book called "Larry and Friends," an illustrated tale about diversity in New York City. Born in Ecuador and now based in New York City, Torres is also a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 2 competition for a personal piece she created for an exhibition in the Ecuadorian city of Cuenca. The artwork is an expression, she says, of her understanding of Buddhist concepts and "the sinuous path to enlightenment."