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Photos Document a Dying Cheese-Making Tradition in the French Alps

First snow at Plan du Lac (2,385 m) and on the Grande Casse (3,855 m), September 2016

House and cheese-making workshop of the Bantin family, Chavière, September 2016

An appreciation of cheese might sound like a strange point of departure for a photo project, but sometimes it’s the ‘little’ things that really define our lived experiences. Annecy, France based photographer Nicolas Blandin was eating in a fancy restaurant in Annecy-le-Vieux in 2010 when he first tasted the Termignon blue cheese, a rare variety that is largely unknown in France.

Edward Burtynsky’s Striking Images of India’s Salt Pans

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky describes the terrain of the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India, as “scorched,” “cracked,” and “parched.” The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright compares it to cat litter. Between October and June of every year, the Agariya people live along the salt pans, harvesting salt in temperatures so extreme they must work barefoot.

After Years of Neglect, One Dog Becomes a Photographer’s Muse

Photographer Troy Moth has the life he always dreamt of as a teenager, and he shares it with his rescue dog. Together, he and Nikita the dog have traveled throughout the wilderness of the United States and Canada. They’ve run across the surface of frozen lakes in winter, ridden together in canoes, and trekked through mountains.

Photographers Turn Their Lens to the Refugee Crisis in Belgrade

Close to 75,000 refugees are still living in a state of limbo between the Balkans and Greece, unable to enter the EU due to reinforced border control. Their living conditions are often deplorable, their prospects bleak. “Around 1000 on these refugees are sleeping rough in abandoned warehouses, train wagons and shacks in the central station of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia” reveal Danish photographers Ulrik Hasemann and Mathias Svold, discussing the focus of their project The Lost Boys of Belgrade.

A Fascinating Portrait of the Working-Class in Northern England in the 1970s and 1980s


Father and Son Watching a Parade, West End, Newcastle; Chris Killip (British, born 1946); Newcastle, England; negative 1980; print 1986; Gelatin silver print

Helen and Her Hula-hoop, Seacoal Camp, Lynemouth, Northumberland; Chris Killip (British, born 1946); Lynemouth, Northumberland, United Kingdom; negative 1984; print 1985; Gelatin silver print

North England as presented by Manx photographer and Harvard professor Chris Killip is bleak not only for the lack of colour, but for the immediacy at which it hits the viewer that the subjects reside in a world where there are no prospects. Work, for those who work hard, is often intrinsically entangled with one’s identity. When an industry ceases to exist, for its former workers it’s literally like being lost in the fog that so often hangs like a weight behind the protagonists of Chris’ photographs.

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.

What Survival in an Apocalyptic Landscape Looks Like

A contractual labour inside one of the coal mines in Jharia. He will make two dollars after loading almost five trucks with coal in Jharia.

The symbol of Indian bureaucracy, the iconic white ambassador car waits inside one of the coal mines in Jharia. Whenever the coal thieves see this car coming, they run away from the mines.

“Jharia was once a green forest,” says Kolkata-based photographer Ronny Sen of the subject of his latest project, What Does the End of Time Look Like? But since the discovery of coal in the late 18th century, Jharia is no longer the green forest it once was.

By the turn of the century, the majority of India’s coal was mined in Jharia, which is located in the eastern state of Jharkand. “An underground fire has been burning ever since,’ says Sen, ‘but its presence is now overground – inside homes, temples and schools, in churches and mosques – places that were once thriving with life are now consumed by flames.”

Prison Inmates and the Dogs They Love, in Photos

In 2014, Travielle, an inmate at California State Prison Los Angeles County, sat down and wrote an application essay to Paws for Life, a program that would allow a small group of incarcerated men to work with homeless dogs inside the prison. “I understand what it’s like to be caged up,” Travielle wrote, “Paws for Life gives me the chance to give back, to do something for someone else, to give back to a society that I cheated.”

At the time Travielle was writing his essay, photographer John DuBois was on the other side of the Paws for Life initiative, volunteering at Karma Rescue, an organization that pulls dogs from crowded high-kill shelters and saves them from euthanasia.

When the Paws for Life program was introduced, the prison and the rescue invited DuBois and his partner Shaughn Crawford to document the first group of five dogs who were set to enter the prison. They spent six days with the men and their dogs, inside the Maximum Security facility.

The Eerie World of Forgotten Nuclear Missile Bases, in Photos

“I grew up during the Cold War, when the pieces in a political game of chess were nuclear missiles,” Santa Barbara photographer Brett Leigh Dicks writes, “Kids at school were being taught to ‘duck and cover,’ telemovies depicted nuclear holocausts, and people were digging bomb shelters in their backyards.”

Haunting Photos from the World’s Northernmost Town

“This place is so detached from the rest of the world,” Polish photographer Dominika Gesicka says of the town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, “You can leave your problems behind.”

Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost town, with just over 2,000 residents. Gesicka’s first journey to the Norwegian archipelago in 2015 was the first trip she ever took on her own. “Without thinking too much, I bought a ticket and just went there,” the artist tells us.

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