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9 Spooky Posters Inspired by Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

Artists took their inspiration from Margaret Keane's famous paintings

Tim Burton’s new movie Big Eyes is already generating Oscar buzz for leading lady Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, an artist known for painting faces with absolutely enormous eyes, whose husband (played by Christoph Waltz) took credit for her work and sold it under his own name.

It’s fitting that this film about artistic inspiration and envy might itself inspire a few artists. So the Weinstein Company invited artists to create their own posters for the film, reflecting the eerie look of Keane’s works. The first poster, by Anne Benjamin for Mondo, goes on sale Friday at MondoTees.com. The movie debuts Dec. 25.

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Go Behind TIME’s NASA Cover with Photographer Marco Grob

NASA astronauts and twin brothers Mark and Scott Kelly are on the cover of TIME

TIME contract photographer Marco Grob’s first memory was of the Moon landing. “Anything that’s space-related is very special for me,” he says. So when TIME asked him to photograph Mark and Scott Kelly, NASA’s famous twin brothers, he jumped on the opportunity, traveling to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

“In a weird way, being at NASA and having such access felt too good to be true for a guy like me. It’s one of the most memorable shoots I’ve done,” he says. “Both of them, by all means, are very extraordinary men.”

Grob used a simple lighting setup to photograph the twin brothers. “I wanted the textures to stand out on their own, especially with the space suit. I wanted a lighting that served the purpose instead of overpowering the image.”

The photographer also wanted to highlight the extraordinary nature of his subjects. “People don’t always understand how enormously difficult it is to become an astronaut,” he says. “So to have a family where you have two twin brothers that are astronauts, it’s just tremendous. So I felt that showing them next to each other, without any distraction, would be a really big deal. I like the simplicity of that photo.”

Given Grob’s love of space, it’s no surprise that these portraits of Mark and Scott Kelly will remain among his favorites — yet the photographer was surprised by one thing: how welcoming NASA was. “For them, it was a big deal to have a TIME cover,” he says. “So it’s pretty cool when you go to NASA and they are the ones that think it’s a big deal. Normally, it’s the other way around.”

Marco Grob is a TIME contract photographer.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

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Matt Black Is TIME’s Pick for Instagram Photographer of the Year 2014

The Californian photographer has spent the last year putting poverty on the map using Instagram

For many of his Instagram followers, Matt Black is a newcomer. He joined the photo-sharing app in December of 2013 to chart, through a series of gritty and deeply personal black-and-white photographs, the physical terrain of economic inequality in his native Central Valley of California, home to three of the five poorest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

“The Central Valley is this kind of vast unknown zone,” Black says. “These towns, these communities are right in the heart of the richest state in the richest country in the world. It’s halfway between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and yet, you still have conditions like these,” where poor communities are left with bad roads, dirty water, crummy schools and polluted air.

Black’s work might be new to Instagram, but the 44-year-old photographer has spent more than 20 years exploring issues of migration, farming and the environment in the area. That was never his intention, though. “When I first started in photography, my goal was to get out of the Central Valley,” he says. “But it quickly became clear to me that if I had a significant thing to say, it would be about the place I’m from.”

Over 100 years, migration, farm labor and poverty have shaped the region, he says. “These are the places that actually produce what feeds the nation, and the irony is that we’re so dependent on these communities for food and yet rarely do people take time to actually look at them and understand what the challenges are, what these folks are facing — what their lives are like.”

Black’s Geography of Poverty project is designed to address these issues. “People should care because we’re all implicated in this system,” he says. “What we pay at the supermarket is what eventually goes to the farms and goes to the farm laborers. We’re all connected. So, [if] I can lift that veil and make that connection between what we eat, the choices we make, and how that impacts real people — communities — that’s the role I can play.”

The best way to do so, Black explains, was by using the unlikeliest of platforms for a photographer who developed his visual identity at a regional newspaper where black-and-white fiber paper prints were the norm.

There’s no doubt that Black is an unconventional choice for Instagram Photographer of the Year. For one thing, he doesn’t always uses an iPhone to shoot the images he posts on his feed – “It’s a mixture of iPhone and a Sony RX 100 camera,” he says, “but it seems like the convention is: if you’re upfront about it, then you’re not cheating, so I’ve been upfront about it.” Second, he’s not a prolific user. In the year since he joined the photo-sharing network, he’s posted 73 images – an average of one photograph every five days. That’s because he doesn’t look at Instagram as a daily journal. “I want each image to contribute and advance this portrait that I’m building, and if I feel like the images that I shot don’t meet that standard, then I don’t publish that day. I’ll wait until the next time.”

For him, Instagram’s appeal resides in its mapping feature – which allows photographers to add geographic coordinates to their images. “Maps are fantastic,” says Black. “They [offer] a complementary augmentation of reality. Photography and maps are similar: they’re born out of the same idea of describing a place for another person to engage with. And, they are right there, together, on that same platform. Without this map, I would not be on Instagram.”

The mapping feature might have attracted Black to Instagram, but the newfound freedom and sense of community is what kept him on the photo-sharing app. “I started Geography of Poverty with 20 followers. I had no clue if people would even understand what this was, and [I didn’t know] whether or not people would want to engage with me over these issues.”

To his surprise, Black found that Instagram users valued substance, engaging with the photographer and his work. “That’s reflected in the comments,” he says. “It’s interesting because in my other work, which are long-term photo essays, I’d spend one or two years trying to tell a story, and people wouldn’t have an opportunity to respond. It was top-down. On Instagram, it’s an unfolding, ongoing narrative, and people engage with that in a new way. It’s something they choose to receive. People take it in. People receive the work in a more intimate way. It’s right there, close to them. You don’t get that same reaction from a gallery show or from a book.”

This, he adds, offers “a fantastic opportunity for photographers to have an independent voice. There are hundreds of millions of people on Instagram wanting to engage with photography. If you’re a photographer working on these issues for so long, how can you not want to reach those people?”

Matt Black is a freelance photographer based in California. Follow him on Instagram @mattblack_blackmatt. In 2013, David Guttenfelder was TIME’s Instagram Photographer of the Year.

Phil Bicker, who edited this photo essay, is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

TIME Photojournalism Links

Photojournalism Daily: Dec. 18, 2014

A compilation of the most interesting photojournalism found on the web, curated by Mikko Takkunen

Today’s daily Photojournalism Links collection highlights Melissa Lyttle‘s work from the tiny southern Caribbean island of Curaçao, which has become an unlikely breeding ground of major league baseball players. The autonomous territory, which is linked to the Netherlands, is twice the size of Brooklyn, and has a population of 150,000. But in baseball, it’s a giant: in 2014 alone, it had seven players in the MLB, making Curaçao the land with the most major leaguers per capita in the world this last season. One of them, Didi Grigious, is likely to succeed Yankees legend Derek Jeter as the team’s new shortstop. Lyttle’s photographs capture a fascinating glimpse of the island; its notoriously rocky fields and future talent.

Melissa Lyttle: An Unlikely Source of Big Talent (The New York Times)

Lynn Johnson: The First Year (National Geographic) These compelling photographs document children’s early development.

Julian Röder: Mission and Task (Wired Rawfile) These pictures capture the officers and equipment that European Union uses to guard its borders.

Top 100 Photos of 2014 (TIME LightBox)

2014 Photos of the Year (Mashable)

TIME diplomacy

15 Famous Cuban-Americans

Just 90 miles away from the United States, there are plenty of cross-cultural influences between the US and Cuba - despite political differences. Take a look at 15 famous Cuban-Americans whose heritage might surprise you

TIME Gadgets

Top 10 Tech Product Designs of 2014

2014 brought in a slew of sleek tech products, these were the ones that stood out

TIME movies

See 11 of the Worst Dictators Portrayed in Movies

From Kim Jong-un to Sauron, see some of the worst dictators to appear on the big screen

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