David LaChapelle on his best shot:

The photograph, called The Rape of Africa, is a critique of consumerism, of a global society fuelled by greed and power.

Photo: David LaChapelle

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A visitor looks at Le Violon d’Ingres by Man Ray (1924). Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/Corbis

In the bleak blocks and grim lives of St Petersburg’s suburbs, a young generation of Russian photographers has found inspiration. See more photos

Photograph: Alexey Bogolepov

“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.”

Earlier this year, artist George Butler spent several days with Syrian refugees. His portraits of the people – and the often random possessions they brought with them when they fled their homes – tell their own poignant tales. Read their stories 

Glasgow School of Art announces bursaries for students affected by fire

Up to a hundred fine art students who lost work in Friday’s blaze will receive the Phoenix bursaries, providing studio space for up to six months and a living allowance while they rebuild their portfolios.

The director of Glasgow School of Art, Prof Tom Inns, said:

The beating heart of the GSA is its students and our priority is to ensure that all those most seriously affected by the fire are given the opportunity to rebuild their practice.

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South Dakota artist John Lopez welds giant outsized beasts from scrap he salvaged from abandoned farm machinery. See more sculptures 

Glasgow School of Art’s famed library feared lost in blaze

The world famous Glasgow School of Art has suffered devasting damage after a fire ripped through the listed Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.

Firefighters are still struggling to control the blaze. Eye witnesses feared that the whole west wing of the old building has been lost, including the irreplaceable Mackintosh library and the Hen Run, a famous corridor running along the roof which linked the west and east wing.

The school was completed in 1909 and is considered by many to be Mackintosh’s masterwork. Full story

Photograph: David Barz/PA