Posts tagged: documentary photography

Family Snapshots of America’s Greatest Artists Featured in New Photo Book


Pablo Picasso and his daughter Maya, ca. 1944. William and Ethel Baziotes papers.


Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Coyoacán, Mexico. Photograph by Chester Dale (1883–1962), Chester Dale papers.


Jackson Pollock on the beach with a dog, ca. 1945. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers.

“I have always loved snapshots,” says curator Merry Foresta, who over the last few years, has poured over thousands of private family photographs belonging to the greatest artists of the last century, beginning with the introduction of the Kodak Brownie in the early 1900s. For Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Archives of American Art, Foresta has pulled together more than one hundred of these behind-the-scenes moments of artistic giants and their families, revealing the spontaneous and everyday occasions that underpinned the intimate lives of everyone from Jackson Pollack and Andy Warhol to Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Astonishing Time-Lapse Captures the Development of Baby Honeybees

For Berkeley-based photographer Anand Varma, saving the planet’s bees means learning their stories from birth. He keeps a community of bees in the backyard of his own home, where he meticulously records them at astonishingly close range from their infancy as eggs through their development into larvae, pupils, and at last, adult insects. For this one-minute film, he encapsulates the initial three weeks of a bee’s lifetime to capture not only beauty but also the vulnerability of these creatures whose numbers are shrinking at an alarming rate.

Surprising Portraits of Russian Teens Who Love and Idolize Vladimir Putin


Tanya Arkhipova: “I like how Putin treats his children and wife, I think he’s a great husband. He made people respect Russia.”


Fan Club Putin

In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. As then Managing Editor Richard Stengel sat down to pen the now-famous article and photographer Platon shot the austere, unsmiling cover portrait, another photographer, Hungarian-born Bela Doka, was documenting the Russian youngsters who were most touched by the quickly spreading global phenomenon surrounding their president. That same year, Doka unearthed a community of adolescents and young adults known as the Putin Fan Club, a group of more than a thousand individuals who venerated the Russian president to the point where he beat out pop stars and even religious figures for a place in their innermost hearts.

Portraits Capture the Unlikely Charm of an Eccentric, Aging Woman


Lee on a rare hot summer evening.


Lee is reflected in the front window of her house. Shortly after this picture was taken her son emptied the house, filling six dumpsters in the process.

At first, Jessica Eve Rattner knew Lee as a shopping-cart pushing raider of recycling bins, a dishevelled old woman with foot-tall dreadlocked hair. But a quick exchange in the driveway, while Lee scoured for recycled cans, changed everything. Instead of dismissing her outright, Rattner became smitten by her intelligence and quirky charm. She asked Lee if it was okay to photograph her, and to her surprise, she agreed.

Ecstatic Youth Photographed at a Rolling Stones Concert in 1978




On June 17th of 1978, two seniors students at Malverne High School in Long Island approached their teacher, New York-based photographer Joseph Szabo, and offered him a deal: in exchange for driving them to Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, he was invited to attend his first ever rock concert, a Rolling Stones performance with an estimated audience of 90,000 euphoric youngsters. Rolling Stones Fans, released this month, is his album of the event. 

Gripping Portraits Give Voice to Afghanistan’s Imprisoned Women, Jailed for ‘Moral Crimes’




In Afghanistan, countless women are imprisoned for what are referred to as “moral crimes,” a vague term used to apply to cases in which they have fled from abusive and forced marriages or domestic slavery, and to accusations of premarital sex, very often applied to survivors of forced prostitution and rape. While those who do violence to these women usually walk free, their victims are deposited in one of the country’s prisons, sometimes pregnant with little hope of a future for themselves and their children. Polish-Canadian photographer Gabriela Maj spent four years visiting women in their cells, where they live alongside five to ten fellow prisoners. Here, she sat with them, listened to their stories, and when she was permitted, took their portraits, collected in her new book Almond Garden, titled after the infamous women’s prison Badam Bagh.

Enigmatic Photos Explore Glastonbury’s Mystical Community

Glastonbury Experience

Glastonbury Experience

French-born photographer Grégoire Bernardi came upon the town of Glastonbury by chance, on a weekend trip with friends who had heard that Somerset was the perfect urban antidote. Like most people, he knew Glastonbury only as the namesake of the renowned outdoor music festival, which actually takes place in a neighboring village, but when he arrived in the picturesque town, he found it rife with centuries-old legends of its own, kept alive by a diverse community of New Age and pagan worshippers attracted by the indiscriminate mysticism of the surrounding landscape.

Joyous Photos Capture Friday Nights in a Tiny Village in Burkina Faso




In the small community of Bereba, Burkina Faso, the heat lingers consistently at an oppressive 100 degrees Fahrenheit, its resident farmers working the day away tending to their animals, harvesting vegetables, and carrying out the household duties, all completed with access to neither running water nor electricity. When the hot sun descends and darkness falls on a Friday evening, the village comes to life with a weekly dance party. Children join their parents; young adults move to rhythms of popular music. Amongst the hundreds of revelers, a few carry flashlights, but most plays out in darkness, save for the continuous flash that emanates from the camera of Californian photographer David Pace.

Captivating Images Capture the Friendship Between a Photographer and Her 97-Year-Old Muse


Fake tattoo. Real fruit.


97-year-old Marie Ulmer still owns a self-portrait she made nine decades ago, when she was a quiet, reserved child who used her own face in teaching herself how to draw. Over the years, the artist has not wed or had children; instead, she has pledged a lifetime to her artwork, amassing a collection of hundreds of self-portraits. Philadelphia-based photographer Candace Karch was drawn to Ms. Ulmer for the woman’s exceptional lack of vanity or self-consciousness, and over the their eight year friendship, the younger artist has spent five photographing private, wordless moments in the life of the elder.

Photographs Capture the Worldwide Phenomenon Known as ‘Dark Tourism’


The collapsed Xuankou school buildings, part of a tour of ruins from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, Sichuan, China.


Genocide memorial site at Ntarama, Rwanda.

For I Was Here, Paris-based photographer Ambroise Tézenas delves the practice of grief tourism (or dark tourism), a global phenomenon whereby sightseers are drawn to the scenes of mass tragedies, from the sites of genocides to those of natural disasters. Shedding the privileges normally afforded to members of the press, he chose to embark on the journey just as his fellow travelers did, paying for his own guided tours and uncovering in the process a network of sinister locales, bound together by the rapt attention they inspire in day-trippers young and old.