Posts tagged: documentary photography

Photo du Jour: Kosovo


For his 2013 book Kosovo, Swiss photographer Bertrand Cottet explores the emerging country of Kosovo, beginning with its independence in 2008. He was drawn to the area after befriending some of the many Albanian refugees forced out of their homes during the Kosovo War and through the course of Serbian President Slobodan Miloševic’s time in office. Cottet explains that for this project, he slowed down from his usual fast-paced process, concentrating on creating iconic imagery that spoke to the history and uncertain future of the country.

Miki Hasegawa Captures the World From Her Three-Year-Old Daughter’s Point of View



Over the duration of her high-risk pregnancy, photographer Miki Hasegawa suffered bleeding, multiple hospitalizations, and months of bed-rest until the baby entered the world via Caesarean section. Since then, she has been plagued by lingering anxiety over the safety of the child, checking her in the night and watching her as she took her first steps unaided. For Jewels, she captures the world from her now three-year-old daughter’s point of view, crouching down to the child’s height of less than three feet and allowing her own fear to give way to newfound wonderment.

Ecstasy, Passion and Pain: A Photographer Works Through a Rough Patch in Her Relationship



For Heartcore, photographer Nadja Wohlleben works through painful moments in her relationship by capturing herself and her lover during moments of acute passion and anguish. For the artist, this visual diary served as an outlet during a particularly fraught time in her partnership, a manic period punctuated by episodes of loneliness, fear, and yearning.

Young Photojournalist Amanda Mustard On Life in Cairo



Each image in Amanda Mustard‘s collection of photographs in Egypt is a vibrant journey into a single moment. At 21, Mustard packed up her life and moved to Cairo, a far cry from the Christmas tree farm in rural Pennsylvania where she was raised. Mustard has lived in Cairo for 3 years, facing possible danger and harassment daily, not only as a photojournalist but as a female. Drawn to Cairo by the inexpensive living (her rent was just $70 per month), she ended up staying because of the unending subject matter that existed alongside the time she needed to develop her skills as a photojournalist.

Though she is now relocating to Bangkok, Mustard has much to show for the last 3 years: she is one of PhotoBoite’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers for 2014, she won PDN’s The Shot competition in 2011, and her work has appeared in the likes of The Wall Street Journal, TIME, VICE, Newsweek, Monocle, Mother Jones and many others. She wrote to us about life as an American female photojournalist in Egypt and the stories she seeks to tell.

Photographer Delves into the Fascinating World of NYC’s Bail Bondsman and Bounty Hunters

Clara Vannucci

Clara Vannucci

Navigate around any major city in the United States, and you’ll likely see signs for Bail Bonds. In New York, it feels like they’re everywhere. For Italy-based photographer Clara Vannucci, these same signs captured her attention while she was spending time in New York, not least because there is no equivalent for this practice in Europe. Bail Bond, published by Fabrica, “weaves together stories of defendants, bondsmen and bounty hunters in today’s New York, and offers a visual narrative of an unexplored zone in the United States legal system, where crime and security clash and merge.”

Striking Portraits Capture Africa’s Final Generation of Scarification


Mrs. Sinou: “I refuse to do it to my children. This will stay on my face only.”


Mr. Guemi: “I already wear my identity card on my face. This is the reason why people did it : to recognize one another. But now, this is over. We can no more be recognized.”

For Hââbré, The Last Generation, Ivory Coast, Abidjan-based photographer Joana Choumali captures some of the final faces marked by scarification, the ancient custom of superficially cutting the flesh to form permanent signatures along body. With the urbanization and westernization of cities like Abidjan, Hââbré has gone out of fashion and has even been prohibited in certain areas. Here, Choumali traces the legacy of the tradition as it exists within a modernized society, framing her subjects with an objective and compassionate eye that neither condemns nor affirms their personal histories.

Photo du Jour: The Great Wildebeest Migration


© Mark Bridger / Offset

In Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kent-based photographer Mark Bridger captures a throng of wildebeest as they plummet into the Mara River from the elevated land. This is the Great Wildebeest Migration, a perilous journey undertaken by approximately one and a half million wildebeests and several hundred thousand gazelles and zebras annually.

Wistful Photos Capture Nomadic Life in the Bucolic Iberian Peninsula



For Country Fictions, Madrid-based photographer Juan Aballe chronicles life in the rural corners of the Iberian Peninsula, capturing the quiet, bucolic lifestyle of its villages through a rose-colored lens. Inspired by a group of his friends, who had abandoned metropolitan areas for a life nearer to the natural landscape of places like La Mancha, Andalusia, and the Pyrenees, Aballe himself thought of relocating to the country; Country Fictions is the manifestation of his fantasy, a vision of a life that never came to be.

Captivating Photos Reveal the Pain and Beauty of Misspent Youth in Florida (NSFW)



Paul Kwiatkowski’s illustrated coming-of-age novel And Every Day Was Overcast is a raw and frenzied stream-of-consciousness exploration of boyhood sexual awakenings as told through a haze of drug use, teenage anxiety, and Floridian humidity. The first-person narrative is both intimate and anonymous, autobiographical and fictional. Snapshots from the artist’s own adolescence in the 1990s, taken with disposable cameras, cut through passages of text like intrusive memories of a long-forgotten Florida youth culture. Also included in the iPad edition of the novel are audio recordings of field interviews, electronic melodies, and animal noises.

Photo du Jour: Hong Kong, 1949


As a young man of eighteen, photographer Ho Fan had just moved with his family from Shanghai to Hong Kong in order to escape the pressures of Communism. Still mending from the wounds of World War II, the people of Hong Kong enchanted the artist, drawing him from the routine studio setting and into the streets, which were at that time populated mainly by venders and construction workers. He shot this particular image in 1949.