Posts tagged: documentary photography

Unseen Photos of the Vietnam War, Taken By Veterans

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Dennis Thornton served in the First Air Cavalry division of the United States Army. He served a few miles north of Saigon between 1969-70. He spent most of his 14 month tour in country working on the division newspaper and magazine. In addition he spent a few months on temporary duty with U.S. Stars and Stripes based in Saigon, getting around the country on assignments.

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© Dennis Thornton

“These images usually sit in a box untouched or viewed,” says photo editor Kendra Rennick, who has spent hours poring over and dusting off the slides that lie tucked away, hidden somewhere in the houses of Vietnam War Veterans. These images are the ones the photojournalists missed, the ones that never made it to the Associated Press; they’re the pictures soldiers took while overseas, palling around with one another and venturing into the neighborhoods that surrounded them.

Retracing a 1,300 Mile Escape from a Prisoner-Of-War Camp in Russia

Michal Iwanowski © from 'Clear of People' #47

Michal Iwanowski © from 'Clear of People' #29

In 1945, Cardiff-based photographer Michal Iwanowski’s grandfather and his brother escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Kaluga, Russia. Their 2,200km journey was laden with risk, passing through unknown territories and enduring adverse weather conditions along the way. The pair survived on berries, mushrooms or the occasional stolen cabbage, moving silently through the hours of darkness and avoiding all contact with other people.

Capturing the Dignity of the Accused Gambaga Witches from Ghana


“Hearing the story over again growing up probably pushed me to find something else other than condemned women,” says Ghana-born photographer Eric Gyamfi of the Gambaga witches’ camp, where more than one hundred women, aged late teens to ninety-something, live sequestered from the rest of the population of the country’s East Mamprusi district.

Capturing the Private World of Two Deaf-Blind Twins


Jorg pushes Rolf through the water during the weekly swim therapy.

“I instantaneously knew that I wanted them to be my protagonists,” says Berlin-based photographer Marlena Waldthausen of Jorg and Rolf, twin brothers living at the Deutsches Taubblindenwerk Fischbeck, a village of about 120 people living with deaf-blindness. Without the use of sight and sound, they communicate with each other through touch. On that first day, they were making each other laugh by playing, pantomiming nibbling on one another’s fingers.

Photographs of the Isolated Mundari Tribe and Their Precious Cattle

10A Mundari woman with the ritual facial scarring, typical of their tribe, and covered in ash, a natural antiseptic which also protects the skin from insects and the sun.

7A Mundari man takes advantage of the antibacterial properties of the cow’s urine. An extra benefit is that ammonia in the urine will dye his hair orange.

Two years ago Tariq Zaidi quit his senior corporate position in order to pursue his life long dream of photographing tribes in some of the most isolated parts of the world. The London-based photographer was fascinated by the Mundari, a tribe in South Sudan who have been documented very little to date.

Nightlife in Uganda Chronicled in Photo Book ‘Fuck It’



Kampala has been described as “the city that (really) never sleeps” by Condé Nast Traveler, and it’s easy to see why. The capital city of Uganda is becoming something of a legend for its eternal buzz and crazy nightlife; the party continues as long as people are still drinking. And the Ugandans drink a lot. According to the Global Status on Alcohol and Health, Ugandans consume more alcohol than any other country in East Africa. As the photographer Michele Sibeloni observed: “During the day Kampala appears to be a very religious and conservative society; at night everything changes. There are no limits and nothing is taboo, the way the people dance is very physical and sexual”.

Originally from a small town in the province of Parma in Italy, Michele Sibeloni has been living in Uganda for the past six years. Arriving in the country for the first time, the nightlife immediately caught his attention. The night became a refuge, a manner of escaping his everyday obligations and being able to think freely. He started to shoot his nighttime adventures in 2012, and wanted his photographs to reflect on his feelings towards the night, telling a story using personal elements of his life.

Sweat, Mud, and Confederate Flags at ‘The Redneck Yacht Club’




As the sun bore down hot and heavy over the Redneck Mud Park in Southwest Florida, ATVs hissed past, their engines screeching as confederate flags flapped in the wind. For Brooklyn-based photographer Wesley Mann, it was total culture shock.

A Painful, Tender Look at the Life of Stray Dogs in Puerto Rico and Mexico



Wolly and Onyx the dogs lived together on the streets of San Felipe, Mexico. When they were rescued and by necessity kept caged inside kennels, they somehow escaped every day to play with one another. “One would break out and then go break the other one out, and then they would go run and frolic around the dusty neighborhood. At night, they would return,” explains Rhode Island-based photographer Traer Scott, who is still visited in dreams by the impish, devoted pair.

Scott created Street Dogs nearly a decade ago, but the dogs pictured in its pages “have never left her for even a day.” She documented the lives of strays in Puerto Rico and in Mexico, and she spent many mornings waking up before the sun to assist in rescue efforts. In the areas she visited, including the devastating site known as Dead Dog Beach— where hundreds of thousands of dogs are left abandoned without access to food, water, and vet care— neglect and abuse ran rampant.

Intimate Portraits Unfold Inside One Small Room in Belarus (NSFW)



“It is not easy to take a picture of a person. For me it is an exciting and unpredictable undertaking for which I am rarely 100% prepared. The process of photographing another person is a constant struggle against our own complexes, fears, doubts and uncertainties.”

Masha Svyatogor is a Belarusian photographer living in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus. The photographer borrowed the title for her ongoing project from a Polish theatre director and artist, Tadeusz Kantor. He calls his workshop “Mój biedny pokoik wyobra?ni”, which inspired his most recent theatrical production, and roughly translates as My Poor Little Room of Imagination. “I fell in love with the name immediately” says Masha, “This project is about a very personal territory, an intimate place where a story about life is unfolding. A small room, as opposed to the ‘big story’ and other ‘big’ endeavors, becomes the place where a small defenseless man can find sanctuary”.

Meet the Fabulous Drag Clowns of London


“It’s not just an act,” says photographer Poem Baker of Tuttii Fruittii and Toni Tits, a pair of drag clown performance artists living in Southeast London.

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