black and white photography with high contrast and flash by francesco merlini

Farang A photography project by Francesco Merlini

In the time span of three years I’ve taken pictures in Italy, France, Turkey, Thailand and Kosovo. I took pictures of unfamiliar places, pictures of strangers.

The flash of the camera has consecrated my epiphanies, impressing the shroud that lies on the subjects whose truth I’ve discarded. These images are relics of the invisible.

Every picture has an undeniable subject, no space left to distraction. Every picture becomes a tarot card, a singular representation of a collective perception. – Francesco Merlini

– Francesco Merlini is an Italian photographer based in Milan. Represented by the photojournalism agency Prospekt, his photographs have been published in international magazines and websites such as The Washington Post, Time Lightbox, Financial Times and Le Monde. Discover more of his work here

Monthly Photo Contest

color photograph a man on the Yamuna river in india is rowing a boat surrounded by birds
© Saurabh Narang

2021 Street Photography AWARD Deadline: 30 September 2021

"It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important." - Bruce Davidson

Extended Deadline: One of the most exciting and influential forms of photography, in September we are on the lookout for the best images capturing the pulse of the street.

From candid and unexpected situations to meticulous geometric scenes within the urban sphere, at home or abroad: we want to discover how YOU see the streets!⁠


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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