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‘Marlboro Boys': Startling Portraits of Young Children Addicted to Cigarettes

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Dihan Muhamad, who used to smoke up to two packs of cigarettes a day before cutting down, smokes while his mother breast feeds his younger brother on February 10, 2014.

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Dihan Muhamad, who has smoked up to two packs of cigarettes a day before cutting down, poses for a photo as he has his first cigarette at 7AM at his home before he attends his first grade class on February 10, 2014.

As smoking regulations in North America get stricter, the number of smokers, especially among younger generations, are in decline. If Mad Men taught us anything, it’s that smoking is not nearly as common as it used to be. In some circles, it can even be seen as taboo. Considering these changing habits of North Americans, it’s incredibly startling to see the recent series by Toronto based photographer Michelle Siu. For Marlboro Boys, she travelled to Indonesia to document the shocking reality of young smokers.

Father-to-Be Photographs the Intimate Realities of Pregnancy and Home Birth

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Brasília-based photographer Gustavo Gomes’s girlfriend Priscila went into labor late on a Sunday night, and about twenty hours later, he became a father. He documented the entire process of their home birth, the messy and unedited grace of it all, until he set his camera down to catch his daughter, whom he named Violeta, as she exited the womb.

Exploring the Modern South with a Soundtrack: Road Trippin’ with Photographer Sam Jones

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Who among us has not had the pleasure and privilege of driving along some great expanse of the wide open road, windows down and wind in our face, music blasting? What is the soundtrack of your life, and could these mental pictures we come to time and again endure without the music? After some time spent at the North-South access of Highway 55, situated along the Mississippi River, Los Angeles based photographer, Sam Jones, has found his soundtrack. In Somewhere Else, a photographic and musical collaboration with musician Blake Mills, Jones seeks a new way of imparting visual work by including a vinyl record of original music to accompany the reading of his images. The book, 152 pages of images from the modern South, offers readers something Jones long wished for: a “cinematic dialogue” of images and music that complement and encourage deeper readings of the another.

Portraits of a Community Living Off the Grid in a Remote Spanish Ecovillage

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Photographer Kevin Faingnaert first heard about Matavenero, a remote ecovillage high up in the isolated mountainous region of Northwest Spain, from a friend who had cycled across Europe. Intrigued by the idea of abandoned villages that were quickly becoming populated again by groups of eco-friendly, independently-minded people living off the grid, he knew it was worth exploring. Without asking permission, he simply arrived at the village, set up a tent and tried to become part of the community. The resulting series, Matavenero, was taken over the course of his one month stay there.

Inside the Homes and Lives of Papua’s Indigenous Kombai Peoples

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Woman against a giant sago palm. The feathers Kombai women wear as a sign of beauty include those of chickens and cockatoos.

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Hunter at rest in a tree house. Only men sleep in tree houses. Women sleep in small houses on the ground.

The stories and histories of the indigenous Kombai people of Papua New Guinea is distorted to a degree by legend, hearsay, and assumptions. The Kombai has survived by a hunter-gatherer lifestyle passed down over the generations and many millennia, abiding by their own codes of law, ritual, and ethics. Brooklyn-based photographer Frédéric Lagrange made the journey to the swampy foothills of the island forests to document the realities of daily life for the elusive tribe.

Hospitalized for Depression, Laura Hospes Documents Her Experience in a Series of Unflinching Self-Portraits

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When Netherlands-based photographer Laura Hospes was hospitalized following a suicide attempt, she took her camera with her into unit UCP-UMCG, where she is still undergoing treatment. Instead of relinquishing her passion and aspirations, she continues to make self-portraits within the confines of her temporary residence.

A Mother Captures Timeless Images of Her Children Playing in the Ocean

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After the birth of her first daughter in 2010, photographer Natalie Grono reentered the world of playgrounds and familiar landscapes from her own childhood. Growing up on the coast of New South Wales, the ocean setting seemed like a natural place to photograph her children for her series, Sea Dreaming.

Portraits of ‘Vision Questers’ in a Small Eco Village in Colombia

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In February of 2015, London based photographer Baker traveled to a small eco-village in southern Colombia to take part in a Vision Quest. In this ancient ceremony, ‘questers’ spend several days in the wilderness without food or water praying to the great spirit for a vision to guide them on their path in life. We speak to him about his experience here and the photographs he captured on this spiritual journey.

While Living with an Elderly Community in Miami, a Young Photographer Becomes Their Surrogate Granddaughter

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Marie and Sonja by the pool, 2000

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Dick and his dirty photo, 2000

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Los Angeles-based photographer Naomi Harris describes herself as an “old soul,” noting that even in her twenties, when she went to live with the senior residents of Miami’s Haddon Hall hotel, she coveted the company of those who had lived long, fruitful lives. From December 1999 until April 2002, she became, as she puts it, the “surrogate granddaughter” of the eighty and ninety-something retirees who made the hotel their home.

Touching Portraits of Dogs Taken Years Apart, from Puppyhood to Old Age

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Although Massachusetts-based portrait photographer Amanda Jones has been working with dogs for two decades, the first canine she could call her own was a longhaired Dachshund named Lily. As Jones’s first-born, Lily was there for it all— various relocations, the arrival of the photographer’s human baby— until she passed away after sixteen years of friendship. Lily, says the photographer, was the companion who ultimately led her to create Dog Years, a book for which she captured dogs in mirrored photographs of their youth and old age, taken years apart.