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Marvel at the Horsemen of Semonkong and the Breathtaking Backdrop of the Highlands in Lesotho

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Thabo Lekhotsa – Ha Lesala, Lesotho

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Mamasisi; Masisi Letsapo – Mohlakeng, Lesotho

While traveling through rural Lesotho on a previous project, Capetown-based photographer Thom Pierce was astonished by the country’s spectacularly beautiful landscapes, dramatic mountains and awe-inspiring views. In this mountain kingdom many people still get around on horseback, the artist observed, and the blankets they wear are adorned with distinctive colorful patterns, seemingly unique to each horseman. The Horsemen of Semonkong constitutes a series of portraits of herders, commuters and horse riders who commute between rural mountain villages and the small town of Semongkong in Lesotho.

Uncovering 60+ Years of Work by One Historic Photographer

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“One project lasted his whole lifetime,” gallerist Daniel Cooney says of Len Speier, the 88-year-old artist who has devoted decades to capturing life on the streets, in the clubs, at the parks of New York City, Europe, and Asia. His life and career was never broken into chapters or series; it’s a single long strand connecting who he was as a young man to who he his today.

Magnum Photographers Document 70 Years of Refugees in Crisis

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Refugees In the desert. The Sha-alaan One camp is the worst camp. They have orderly food lines with thousands of refugees waiting calmly for food distribution from the CHARITAS charity organization. Jordan, 1990 © Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos

ISRAEL. Haifa. 1949-50. Arriving immigrants.

Arriving immigrants. Haifa. Israel. 1949-50. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

Robert Capa, the late co-founder of Magnum Photos, has been called “the greatest war photographer in the world” and “the founder of modern photojournalism.” Before he was either of those things, he was a 17-year-old political refugee; he was forced out of his country, Hungary, during the reign of Regent Miklós Horthy, and once he had landed safely in Germany, he took a job in a darkroom and worked his way up.

Indian Photographer Captures Rituals Devoted to the Goddess Sitala

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The teachings of total dependency on Gods are incorporated from the very early stages of childhood. But they are more prone to make someone God-fearing rather than God-loving.

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In another one of those superstitious rituals, a mother is told to walk over her child lying in a pool of water on the bare road to bring well being to the child.

For centuries now, Goddess Sitala is worshipped across India and believed to cure fever and such, she is also referred to as the Smallpox Goddess. She is said to have emerged in medical texts around the sixteenth century. The Kolkata-based photographer, Arka Dutta, however, sees through this deity, her followers and their rituals.

Photographing Life Inside a Brothel in Bangladesh

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.13.23 PMKajol with a customer. She thinks she is 17 years but does not know her exact age. She was married for 9 years. Her aunt sold her to the Kandapara brothel. She has a 6-month old son, Mehedi. Two weeks after the birth, she was forced to have sex again with customers. Because of the baby, her business has not been so good.

The Longings of the Others

Papia, 18, with two customers on the bed in the Kandapara brothel. Her parents died when she was a child, and she was married young. Her husband and she used heroin, and she has been to jail because of this. She says that the jail was the best place she has ever been, because nobody beat her there. In jail, she got to know a woman who later brought her to the brothel.

For Sandra Hoyn’s work titled The Longing of Others, she travelled to Bangladesh early this year, where she spent about one month in and around the Kandapara brothels, photographing its residents. Found in the central city of Tangail on the banks of the Louhajang River, this bordello, is one of Bangladesh’s many legal houses, home to almost 900 sex-workers. When Hoyn read that Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries to legalise this profession, she was curious about the women’s lives in the brothel and outside its recently constructed walls.

Behold the Magic of the Japanese Firefly

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In Japan, the firefly season comes alive at the beginning of the rainy season. Keen to capture this enchanting night-time spectacle, Kei Nomiyama ventured out into the back-country close to where he lives on Shikoku Island in Japan, to observe and photograph it. “I’m a scientist, not a professional photographer,” says Nomiyama who is an Associate Professor at Ehime University. “However, these activities lead me in the same direction. My basic way of thinking is as one who loves nature and animals. I became a scientist to protect nature, and I had an interest in photography to record nature.” 

Unforgettable Portraits from an American Road Trip in the 1980s

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Boston, MA, 1980 © Sage Sohier

In the 1980s, Massachusetts photographer Sage Sohier hit the road. She was 20-something years old, recently graduated from Harvard University, and enamored with the street. She approached strangers, toting around a clunky medium-format camera with a flash in search of serendipity.

Meet Jamaica’s LGBTQ Individuals Forced to Hide in Storm Drains

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In 2014, Christo Geoghegan spent time in Jamaica’s storm drains – known locally as “gullies”. He was there to document the LGBTQ people who find shelter there, the gully representing the only place where they are free to express themselves away from the hatred and violence they face in Kingston. Attacks, murder and rape are common against people of marginalized identities, and attackers face little retribution from the justice system.

6 Photojournalists on Conflict, Loss, and Redemption

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22-year-old Basemae Maombi, whose eyes were cut out after she recognized one of them men raping her and called out his name in an attempt to make him stop. © 2012 Robin Hammond

“A death unrecorded is a death forgotten,” says photojournalist Joao Silva in Conflict, a redfitz miniseries about the drive, the loss, and the redemption of those who put their lives on the line to tell the stories of strangers.

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