Posts tagged: documentary photography

Touching Photographs of Gay and Lesbian Couples in the 1980s

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For At Home with Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America, Massachusetts-based photographer Sage Sohier captures quiet moments in the domestic lives of homosexual families between 1986 and 1988, during the later years of the AIDS epidemic and at the beginning of a newly emerging gay rights movement.

Heroin Chic: Portraits of Russian Sex Workers in Designer Clothing (NSFW)



For Downtown Divas, artists Loral Amir and Gigi Ben Artzi constructed studio portraits of heroin-addicted prostitutes living in a confidential city in Russia. Adorning their subjects in clothing by brands like Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander Wang, Amir and Artzi remove them from the context of their daily lives, and placing them, sometimes uncomfortably, within the realm of high fashion.

Dusk in the Chilean Countryside


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Modern Day Explorer Documents the World’s ‘Micronations’


The Kingdom of Calsahara


Freetown Christiania


The Republic of Molossia

Drawn to small places with improbable histories, photographer Léo Delafontaine could be described as a modern day explorer. Upon the discovery of the Principality of Sealand, a military platform situated on international waters ruled by a constitutional monarchy, he knew this would be the start of a new documentary project. After some research he realized these independent entities, or Micronations, as the series is titled, are not an isolated phenomenon and many other similar nations exist throughout the world.

From Skinheads to Fashion: British Photographer Gavin Watson Discusses His Career


 Nev with his BMX, Micklefield, 1984. 


Dr. Martens tee shoot, 2014.

As a young teen from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, British photographer Gavin Watson captured the insular life of the skinhead scene in 1980’s England. He published two books on skinhead life, Skins and Skins and Punks. Beginning as an outlet for the shy teenager, Watson’s photography grew into something far greater after his photos began being recognized as a rare look inside this culture. In our chat, he frequently stated that skinhead life was innocent and wholly different before Neo-Nazi elements came into play later on. Leaving the scene in his early 20’s, Watson went on to have a family and expand his range of work. Most recently, his practice has ventured into the world of fashion, shooting for brands and media like Adidas, Dr. Martens, and Vice.

‘Flowers for Michael Brown’ Documents the Aftermath of the Shooting in Ferguson


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A group of children dance and play during a protest on West Florissant Avenue by a truck, blasting music, with on a sign on it which reads “No shoot, No Loot.” Moments later the police came and made them get down from the top of the truck and turn off the music.


A National Guard hummer drives past a Target in Ferguson, next to a base the guard has set up in the shopping center parking lot.

On August 9th, 2014, the community of Ferguson, Missouri was shaken and irate by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Unarmed and only 18 years old, the teenager was shot by St. Louis Police Officer Darren Wilson in broad daylight. The people of Ferguson took to the streets in protest and met with tear gas and rubber bullets from local law enforcement. Curfews, tactical military vehicles, machine guns and an overwhelming sense of unraveling authority were rampant through the suburb’s generally quiet streets. The aftermath swelled for days afterward, leaving a town and a country haunted by age-old questions of racism in America. With media and reporters flooding Ferguson’s neighborhoods, photographer Natalie Keyssar was witness to the events that took place while on assignment for The Wall Street Journal. She spoke with us about her on-the-ground experience, the people that she met and the stories that stayed with her long after she left.

Portraits of Heterosexual Cross-Dressers Having a Ball in the 1950s



When collectors Michel Hurst and Robert Swop discovered the many photo albums of Casa Susanna at a 26th Street flea market in New York City, they knew that they had unearthed a forgotten treasure. In the gender-conforming culture that defined much of mid-century American life, Casa Susanna was a refuge for the heterosexual male cross-dressers who gathered on weekends from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s as their female alter egos.

Colorful Photos of Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market by Marco Brivio


© Marco Brivio / Offset


© Marco Brivio / Offset

For Milan-based travel photographer Marco Brivio, a community’s marketplace contains hidden clues into the dynamics and essence of its culture. As part of a recent tour of a selection of Asian countries, he visited Japan, where he was immediately drawn to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market. As the largest seafood market in existence, Brivio explains, the scene positively bursts with activity as vendors unload astounding quantities of fish meat to avid buyers.

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EXHIBITION: Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2014, Small Exhibitions Gallery, Royal Observatory, Blackheath Ave, SE10 8XJ. 18 September 2014–February 2015
Bringing together photographers and astronomy enthusiasts from around the globe, this exhibition features the winning photos from this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. Whether you’re a scientist, a photographer, or a hobbyist, this show offers an astonishing variety of visions of faraway planets, stars, and nebulae.

Baby Elephant at Sunset


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