Posts tagged: documentary photography

Photographer Captures a Dying Long Island River and the People Who Live Alongside It


Osprey Park dock.


Liza. Forge River Marina dock.

In his project, Along The Forge, Johnny Panessa connects the dying Long Island river he grew up on with the people who live beside it. A small-scale example of the effects of the human footprint on the environment, the 3.2 mile stretch of the Forge River is highly polluted. We recently spoke to Panessa about the work, which is currently on view through April 25th at Picture Farm in Brooklyn.

‘Bachelorette’ Portraits Show Women On the Wildest Night of Their Lives



When looking at NY-based photographer Dina Litovsky‘s images, you can almost hear the drunken shrieks and clicking of massively too high heels. Launching into the deep end of glittery cocktails and single dollar bills, Litovsky’s Bachelorette is a candid exploration of the American ritual of brides-to-be. Begun in 2011, the ongoing series captures over 40 different parties hosted in New York City, Atlantic City and New Jersey.

Manhattan’s Godzilla-Sized Billboard Models Dwarf Passersby in this Amusing Photo Series

Natan Dvir

Juicy Couture 01 © Natan Dvir

Natan Dvir

Zara 01 © Natan Dvir

NYC-based photographer Natan Dvir, with his series Coming Soon, has captured a bizarre interplay between Godzilla-sized models and regular-sized people, going about their normal daily routines.

Nomadslife: Portraits of Nomads Around the World Reveal A Way of Life Soon To Be Forgotten

Jeroen Toirkens

Sami girl in front of Lavoo, in Murmansk Oblast. Sami of Russia, 2006. Photo © Jeroen Toirkens

Jeroen Toirkens

Tool holding two reindeer in Baruun Taiga. Dukha of Mongolia, June 2007Photo © Jeroen Toirkens

Rotterdam-based photographer Jeroen Toirkens has been photographing nomads of Russia, Central Asia, Mongolia, and the Arctic region since 1999. This traditional way of life, which in some cases is thousands of years old and therefore one of the oldest forms of civilization, is increasingly threatened by the encroachment of modern industrialized civilization and globalization.

A Short History of the Highrise: 2500 Years in One Fascinating Interactive Documentary

A Short History of the Highrise is a series of four short films covering our 2500-year global history of vertical living. Toronto-based documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek in collaboration with The New York Times and the National Film Board of Canada made this interactive documentary that explores living high above the ground, as well as issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world.

Portraits of Indonesia’s Last Sea Nomads

James Morgan

Ibu Ani looks on as her son, Ramdan, forages the reef for clams. Since Ani’s husband died of the bends while compressor diving, she has relied on her son to support her during the months they spend at sea together. © James Morgan

James Morgan

Jatmin surfacing with an octopus. The spearguns the Bajau often carry are handy for rooting the creatures from the holes in which they hide. Sulawesi, Indonesia. © James Morgan

These beautiful photographs of the fishing practices of the Bajau Laut, who live in the Coral Triangle in Indonesia, belie a harsher reality. For over half a year in 2011, London-based photographer James Morgan photographed the Bajau Laut, a traditionally nomadic people who used to live almost their entire lives at sea. The Bajau fish for both income and food, with traditional practices involving the use of nets, lines, and handmade spear guns to catch fish. Unfortunately, the live fish trade, a global industry worth an estimated US $1 billion, has driven them to employ homemade fertilizer bombs and potassium cyanide to increase their catch.

Photographer Unearths a Wealth of True Crime Photos from the LAPD Archives

LAPD Archives

Morgue, man with floral tattoo, 1945 © LAPD. Courtesy of Fototeka.

LAPD Archives

Detail of two bullet holes in car window, 1942 © LAPD. Courtesy of Fototeka.

From Weegee to L.A. Confidential, both real and fiction crime stories have been well established as an object of intrigue. From April 25-27, Fototeka will be exhibiting images from a massive archive of Los Angeles Police Department crime scene and evidence photos, some dating back to 1925, on view for the first time ever as part of Paris Photo Los Angeles

‘People of the Pit’: Photographer Captures a Dwindling Community in Romania


Aise with her two daughters. December 2013.


During warm days, life unfolds mainly outside. Most of the kids are born in the pit and none of them attend any form of education. May 2013.

The Last People of the Pit is photographer Sorin Vidis‘ document of the communal remnant of an abandoned landscape, dug by man and transformed by the earth in a culmination of political and social upheaval.

Photo du Jour: Sculpture for a Photographer

Charles Traub

Rimini, 1989. Image courtesy of Charles Traub/Damiani.

It was the 1980s and American photographer Charles H. Traub was amidst Italy’s colorful and cultural backdrop on many a frequent visit, snapping everyday moments in the charming cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples. Candid, lighthearted, and spontaneous, Traub’s images show us an outsider’s view in admiration. Here he happened upon quite a relevant sculpture of the Italian-made Officine Galileo camera in the city of Rimini. The sculpture has since been cleaned of graffiti.

Damiani just released Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s this month, bringing Traub’s photos from Italy together for the first time since the mid-80s. Traub will be doing a book signing at ICP in New York on April 18th and at Paris Photo LA on April 25th, 2014.

A Raw, Heartbreaking Look into the Life of a 2-Year-Old and her Drug-Addicted Parents

Irina Popova

Lilya with Anfisa on her second birthday.

Irina Popova

Pasha and his friend aggressively partying.

Another Family is Russian photographer Irina Popova‘s deeply intimate and equally intense document of the life of 2-year-old Anfisa and her drug-addicted parents, Lilya and Pasha. The project began in 2008 when Popova happened upon an intoxicated Lilya outside a club in St. Petersburg, pushing Anfisa in a stroller.