Posts tagged: documentary photography

Female Beauty Photographed All Around the World




Havana, Cuba



Almost three years ago the Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc quit her office job and set out on a journey to photograph the diversity of female beauty around the world. Equipped with just a camera and a backpack and the few savings she had, Mihaela never imagined that her project would go viral. Given the success and visibility of the project, Mihaela felt a personal responsibility to make her personal message heard: “More than ever in today’s worn-torn society, I think our world needs an atlas of beauty to show us that diversity is something beautiful, not a reason for conflict”.

Close Encounters With People Who Believe in UFOs


Sirianna Kailani and Grace Rumpf live in Sedona, Arizona. The city has one of the highest numbers of reported UFO sightings in the United States. Some say that the aliens are attracted to the magnetism in the red soil and that the beautiful landscape in Sedona holds an interdimensional portal that is used by alien spacecrafts to locate earth.


Alien truck stop. “Look up, as the truth lies there. Always keep your eyes to the skies whenever you can. You just never know when that special event will happen. At those times, there may be no answers, leaving you only to wonder what just happened or what you saw. Life is a mystery; enjoy the ride.”

Throughout our history, mankind has always sought answers regarding our existence in this dizzyingly incomprehensible world. Phenomena is a collaborative attempt to explore this human need for faith through a modern manifestation which is often subject to ridicule: the belief in extra-terrestrial life. Are we alone in the universe? The three Copenhagen-based photographers Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles and Tobias Markussen tackled this subject with an anthropological approach and a non-judgemental attitude.

Six-Year-Old Hawkeye Huey Publishes His First Photo Book

First shot with camera

Portrait of the artist


Tigerface © Hawkeye Huey

Seattle-based photographer Hawkeye Huey, age six, has camped in the desert, climbed mountains, encountered the free spirits of Slab City, and conferred with the citizens of Navajo Nation. His father Aaron, who happens to be a National Geographic photographer with a “very long and fancy” resume of his own, gifted Hawkeye with his first Fuji Instax two years ago before taking him on special father-son photo adventures throughout the Western United States.

Astonishing Photos of Car Wrecks in the 1930s


Truck crashes through garage several stories up, East Cambridge


Hauling auto out of water

Throughout the 1930s, the United States contended not only with the Great Depression but also with a nationwide panic surrounding traffic safety. In 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt penned a letter to state governors, imploring them to curtail “the increasing number of deaths and injuries” related to car crashes.

Powerful Moments from a Mental Hospital in Pakistan



At the Punjab Institute of Mental Health in Lahore, Pakistan, reports Venice-based photographer Marylise Vigneau, Bollywood songs and melodies of devotion and religious lamentation ring out through the facility’s 1400 beds. Here, she encountered agony and heartache, but she also uncovered moments of gentleness and delight. During her visits over three years, the residents blew soap bubbles, traded smokes, and listened as one older man recited John Keats in English.

A Fantastical Sense of Childhood Captured over 6 Years

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“Most of the images I have from my own childhood are in my memories; I remember my childhood as being magical and intense. Maybe this influenced my approach to photographing her—a desire to evoke a fantastical sense of childhood.”

For the past six years, California-based photographer Gwen Coyne has been using an iPhone to capture moments of her daughter’s childhood in an aptly named personal project, The Early Years. As a working mother, Gwen explains, she and her daughter have limited time together, yet her existence now forms the basis for her own: “My daughter was hard to come by, she also has asthma and I never know when a mild cold will turn into an emergency.”

Saying Farewell to the Last Great Underground Music Venue in NYC

R.I.P. D.I.Y. - Last Days of Death By Audio

Ty Segall

R.I.P. D.I.Y. - Last Days of Death By Audio

Anuj Panchal in his room

Brooklyn-based photographer Ebru Yildiz emerged from Death by Audio and into the crisp night of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was the fall of 2014, and the waterfront DIY venue would shutter it’s doors come November 23, 2014, but until then, its most loyal bands would play each night to a room for 100 people filled past capacity.

Anarchy in the UK Makes Its Way to Sydney, Australia

Siouxsie Sioux of The Creatures, photo session for the EP 'Wild Things', 1981Siouxsie Sioux of The Creatures, photo session for the EP ‘Wild Things’, 1981

“Unlike the rest of the music scene with its highly styled, contrived imagery, punk was from the street… Punks developed an anti-fashion; the objective was to look as scruffy as possible. They were reacting against the glossy mainstream pop-rock music industry. It was visually interesting because it was real”.

Nearly forty years fast-forward and the anarchic punk ethos of the 1970s still strikes a chord with today’s youth, emphasizes renowned UK-based music photographer Adrian Boot, whose work shooting the creative revolution of the era has culminated in the exhibition Punkulture in Sydney, Australia: “Not much has changed for young people living in depressing urban housing estates. They are still unemployed with few prospects. Today as then, young people will make it happen for themselves on their own terms”.

A Surprising New Photo Book About Toilets


Thiksey Monastry, Ladakh, India © Bernhard S. / 500px

Portable Toilet in Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley, Utah, USA © Jure Kravanja / 500px

When it comes to restrooms, it’s often assumed that form follows function, but Lonely Planet’s decadent new book, Toilets: a Spotter’s Guide, elevates the latrine, so often scorned by modern society, to the realm of the objet d’art. Spanning the globe, the book features hundreds of facilities, giving each lavatory the attention it deserves.

Intimate Family Moments Captured in a Tiny Chinatown Apartment


Bath time, 2004


Spring Break, 2010

Born and raised in New York, photographer Thomas Holton had always been exposed to other cultures yet felt little connection to his Chinese roots from his mother’s side. The Lams of Ludlow Street was in part his attempt to remedy this, a project which brought him into the home and lives of the Lam family, who emigrated from China thirty years ago and now occupy a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

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