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By Jessie Tucker in Cool Websites on Wednesday 2 May 2012

If you need some inspiration to take control of your life and do something with those dreams of yours, check out this website. Using photo essays from behind the scenes and occasional short interviews, Cool Entrepreneurs profiles creative folk from all over the world who have made a meaningful and fulfilling career for themselves.

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James Rajotte’s East High School photo series

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Saturday 6 December 2008

James Rajotte’s photo series on Rochester’s East High School is a revealing insight into the parameters of ‘spatial relationships and the connotations of objects’. Of the work, he says: ‘My interest in photographing East came about as I was volunteering in a mentoring program in which students made short video productions with an anti-violent message. […]

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Claire Beckett’s In Training: Soldiers before War

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Thursday 30 October 2008

Boston-based photographer Claire Beckett earned a BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College and an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art. Her photo series — In Training: Soldiers Before War — was inspired by the two years she spent as a part of the Peace Corps Volunteers in the Republic of Benin, West Africa. We interviewed her about it: How did this project begin? ‘I was drawn to this subject initially in late 2004, around the time that there was a lot in the news about the lack of up-armored humvees (the armor necessary to protect soldiers). At that time, we weren’t allowed to see photographs of the coffins of deceased soldiers. I felt a strong compulsion to make work on the subject because I thought it deserved more attention than it was getting. I have stayed with the work because I still find the subject moving, and because it really interests me’.

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