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Moments from Everyday Life at a School For The Blind in Calcutta

For his on-going photo project, The Sixth Sense, Calcutta-based photographer Sutirtha Chatterjee captures moments from the everyday lives of blind children at a school.

In India, almost three million people develop cataract each year, half the cases are curable, but are often left unattended and this leads to complete or partial blindness. There is also a major shortage of donated eyes in India owing to religious prejudices. Some believe that organ donations lead to deformities in the next birth. Any efforts to encourage eye donations must combat such superstitions and practices.

Revealing the Hearts and Minds of 14-Year-Old Girls Living in Brussels, Palestine and Congo

Through her project, I AM 14, that materialised over three years and across three countries, Bénédicte Vanderreydt invites us into the lives of three 14-year-old girls. Fascinated by what transpires about adolescence through their compulsive picture-making for social media, Vanderreydt sets out to investigate what she sees as “a complex set of mirrors in which we no longer know who is looking and who is being looked at.”

‘A Thousand Polluted Gardens’ in the Heart of Bangladesh’s Capital

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In the heart of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, lies the infamous city of Hazaribagh, a densely populated and deeply polluted land. Lying on the eastern banks of the Buriganga river, Hazaribagh floods its waterways with approximately 22,000 cubic meters of hazardous waste, including the carcinogen – hexavalent chromium, every day. Spread across these 25 acres is Bangladesh’s one billion dollar leather industry, dotted with over 200 leather tanneries, each respectively contributing pollutants to its increasingly lethal layers of air, soil and water.

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.

Intimacy and Youth Captured Beautifully in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Alec Castillo began making photographs here – nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the peaks often appearing in his grainy, black and white photographs. This was a time that Castillo termed as a ‘weird transitional phase’ of making new friends and rummaging about for an identity that fit. This is when he looked through the viewfinder to reflect, and inherently construct an identity. He introduces us to individuals – new friends among old ones – in a manner that moves beyond portraiture, traversing personal identity in the larger context of social groups.

This Mother with Muscular Dystrophy Loves Her Life

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For Camilla Nielsen, the choice of motherhood was an extraordinary risk. Over thirty-three years now, Camilla has been living a doughty life with muscular dystrophy, and she loves this life. This incurable condition progressively weakens her musculoskeletal system and the pregnancy has further deteriorated her state, as well as risking the transmission of genes. But surrounded by her caring boyfriend Jesper and three young children, Camilla has a luminous spirit carrying her from one day to the next.

Making a 44-Day Journey Along the Ganges River, a Photographer Pays Tribute to a Hindu Goddess

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Stretching across about 1557 miles, from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the river Ganges is considered to carry holy waters across northern India and parts of Bangladesh. The river Ganges, personified in Hindu mythology as Goddess Ganga, originates in a small town called Gangotri in Uttrakhand, situated in northern India. As the Gangotri Glacier melts slowly, its icy waters flow through green hills, half-naked pilgrims and agricultural land, contaminating everything in its way.

Beautiful Yet Sinister Photographs Capture an Invasive Plant Species Known As ‘Kudzu’

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Known as one of the world’s most aggressive and invasive plant species, the Pueraria lobate, commonly known as Kudzu, covers about seven million hectares in southern parts of America and is spreading at a rate of thirty centimeters each day. It is climbing over other plants and completely consuming areas with its shade, killing other natural growth in the process.

Polaroids Reveal the Innermost Thoughts of Soldiers on the Frontlines in Ukraine

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Borys, 74, from Kiev. “I thought, why are they taking a picture of me and what will happen to Ukraine.”

Denis, 19, from Kiev. About mother.

Denis, 19, from Kiev. [I’m thinking] about mother.

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian revolution and the Maidan uprising in 2014, the armed conflict that followed in the Donbass region hauled the photographer-duo Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni back to document the people at the frontlines.

A Glimpse at Life Inside the Saudi Aramco Residential Camp, Where Saudi Arabian and American Culture Collide

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Pakistani American photographer Ayesha Malik was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, but not the Saudi Arabia that comes to mind at first. Malik grew up inside the guarded compounds of the Saudi Aramco Residential Camp in Dhahran, where only employees and their relations — about 4000 families spread across 22.5 square miles — are permitted to live. Aramco, officially known as the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, is the country’s national petroleum and gas company, and possibly the world’s most valuable company.

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