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 film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


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

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