These Photos Tell the Truth About Refugees in America

“My wife is still back in my home country. If I can’t get her here, then I will go back to die in each other’s arms.” – Ajmal, Afghanistan

Ajmal is a 36-year-old refugee from Afghanistan. He came to the United States in hopes of realizing his American Dream, and he’s lived here for about a year and a half. Photographer Brandon Hill met Ajmal at World Relief Seattle, an organization offering classes to refugees on practical skills ranging from the nuances of the English language to US employment opportunities and US currency. In addition to his professional goals, Ajmal told Hill, “I have a dream to see a peaceful and developed world.”

Mothers Reveal The Truth About Breastfeeding, in Photos

Photographer Leah DeVun has vivid memories of childbirth. She suffered a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke, and she had to have an emergency delivery. She was unable to speak. She was later hooked up to intravenous medications and given two blood transfusions. In the end, she had a son, and both mother and child were alright.

Ren Hang’s Playful Final Commission (NSFW)

Walking down the stairs that lead from a concept store in Bastille, Paris, into Totem Collective’s showcase of Ren Hang’s last commission for them creates an unexpected impression. Little more than a week since his death, I had expected a different mood from the scene that greeted me: a well lit underground space, blasting pop music, filled with glamorous, almost exclusively young people. There is a sizeable queue for a bar making free drinks, and posters being given away. There’s a palpable buzz, an air of excitement; not the kind of memorial you might expect.

Poignant, Playful Photos of the Stray Dogs of India

A hungry dog.

A stray puppy at Varanasi Ghat.

A kid plays with a street dog.

Mumbai photographer Neenad Joseph Arul used to be shy about approaching people, so instead, he turned to the dogs in his neighborhood. Unlike people, the stray animals were never judgmental, and they didn’t mind being photographed. Over time, what started for Arul as a simple lesson in street photography evolved into a longterm relationship with the city’s canine inhabitants.

Instagram Star Tim Landis on the Secrets of His Success

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Chennai, India

Before he was a jet-setting photographer, Tim Landis was a curious medical supply delivery man with a passion for beautiful places. He hopped on Instagram about a month after it was released, and he became one of the app’s first major players. His sun-drenched scenes and tales of wanderlust and adventure went viral all over the web and all over the world. Today, he has well over 625 thousand followers on Instagram and has helped leading brands, organizations, and tourist boards connect with people by telling real stories that matter to real people.

Since then, Landis has ridden in hot air balloons over Turkey, approached herds of elk in the Ozarks of Arkansas, and seen the zebras, wildebeest, and elephants in Amboseli National Park. He’s told the manifold tales of the people of India’s cities and shared the stories of children in Kenya. He’s also signed on to become a mentor at RookieUp, a new online service where you can schedule 1-on-1 video mentor sessions with some of the industry’s most innovative minds. When he was just starting out, Landis didn’t have someone to show him the ropes. Now, he’s hoping to change that for emerging photographers around the world.

We spoke with the photographer about his pictures, his Instagram stardom, and his choice to give back to aspiring artists.

The Photographer Who Devoted 15 Years to LGBTQ Role Models

Mother Flawless Sabrina, Female Impersonator. New York, NY.

George Takei, Actor from Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Star Wars, Heroes. Los Angeles, CA.

Tom Atwood defines the heroes of Kings and Queens of Their Castles as people who “sing” to him, and he spent fifteen years tracking them across the United States. The book is the result of literally thousands upon thousands of hours of work spent researching, contacting, visiting, and photographing hundreds of LGBTQ people at home. Many of them are celebrities- performers, activists, writers, artists- and many of them are not- farmers, sheriffs, doctors, scientists, bartenders. All of them live in castles of their own making.

A Photographer Explores Love, Loss, Life and Death

akkedis, prince albert, karoo, south africa

fallen giraffe, somerset east, eastern cape, south africa – from the series ‘the fallen’

I once saw a box. Simply a Tupperware container actually, only slightly grander than that. It was indistinguishable from many other boxes of the same nature other than the fact it had a strip of white surgical tape on its lid. Written in ‘sharpie’ were the words ‘handle like eggs’. ‘What’s in there?’ I asked, ‘it’s a heart…and ice of course to keep it alive’.” – David Chancellor

Based between South Africa and the UK, David Chancellor has travelled extensively throughout his career as a documentary photographer. With a deep commitment to wildlife conservation, he has documented a wide range of pressing issues from the elephant poaching crisis in Africa to a mountain lion hunt in Utah to deer stalking in Scotland.

A Journey to the World’s Southernmost Inhabited Place

“It’s a sort of last frontier, a legend-filled land that people want to visit as a place where discoveries can be made,” says Ghent-based photographer Britt Vangenechten of the world’s southernmost inhabited place. Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago of islands located at the southern tip of South America and jointly owned by Chile and Argentina.

With only a few towns scattered across the land, most tourists flock to the major city Ushuaia, but Vangenechten wanted to strike out on a path of her own. Travelling only with a camera and a little money in her pocket, she discovered desolate roads, mysterious forests and lonely settlements, creating this beautiful and evocative photo series entitled El fin del mundo, the end of the earth.

Science Fiction and Real Life Collide in These Photos of ‘The Future’

© Ben Alper / The Archival Impulse

© Daniel Temkin

Curator Jon Feinstein put out the call for the exhibition Future Isms in the midst of the Presidential election, when our destinies weren’t fixed and two distinct futures played in our imaginations. The group show, on view at Glass Box Gallery in Seattle, presents an almost infinite number of potential futures, as seen through the eyes of 22 photographers and photo-based artists.

A Fascinating Journey Into the Strange World of Spiritualism

Table-Tipping Workshop at Rev. Jane’s House, Erie, Pennsylvania, 2014

Lily Dale Auditorium, Lily Dale, New York, 2001

Shannon Taggart’s ventures into the world of Spiritualism began as a teenager. Since then, she’s been photographing the Spiritualist community of Lily Dale, New York for sixteen years. Her new book Séance: Spiritualism Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm brings together ethnographic study, journalism and art, offering an in-depth insight into the essence of Spiritualism – showing us the uncanny encounters, sacred spots which have set the stage for Spiritualist gatherings for generations, and the elusive ectoplasm – a substance said to be both spiritual and material. The photographs put us in touch with another world, one that doesn’t seem so far off.

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