Posts tagged: documentary photography

Startling Street Posters of Suicide Bombers in Palestine



Ramallah, a Palestinian city set within the Israeli-occupied territory of the West Bank, is plastered with posters picturing suicide bombers, resistance fighters, and other Palestinian militants who have died— or martyred themselves— for their cause. In 2003, while covering the violence and conflict that permeates the West Bank, Dutch photojournalist Ad van Denderen turned to these tattered posters to tell the story of the area, ultimately publishing them in a single volume for Useful Photography 4 by Kessels Kramer.

Awe-Inspiring Photos of Crashed Planes From Around the World


Western Sahara



For Happy End, German photographer Dietmar Eckell scours the earth in search of forgotten plane wrecks, capturing the majestic vessels as they lie stranded amidst the deserted global landscape. Traversing the terra incognita of everywhere from the Australia to Mexico, Papua New Guinea to the Sahara, he has whacked bushes and navigated the open seas in search of abandoned aircrafts left behind from as long ago as seventy years.

Heartbreaking Photos of Missing Pet Posters in Tokyo


Phiphi: Body is so small, it is worried about not being attacked by crows and cats


Unknown: The white hand on forehead

For Pets, Tokyo-based photographer Kuraya Takashi catalogs some of the hundreds of “missing” pet posters that line the city streets. In photographing each each weather-beaten sign up close, he asks that we recognize the acute meaning these ordinary and inexpensively-made documents, each of which holds the image of a beloved and lost friend.

Photographer Documents the Intimate Moments of a Woman She Met on Facebook (NSFW)




Early last year, Italian photographer Giulia Bersani was searching for a compelling story to tell. As an experiment, she decided to post the following message on her Facebook page: “If you think you have a pretty/strange/interesting life and you would like to trust me and work with me (wherever you live) feel free to write me.” To her surprise, a girl named Giada from Napoli replied, “my life is a story which tells about shit and love. Beautiful and damned… It’s pure poetry.” Intrigued by the interesting potential of this subject, Bersani found herself in the heart of Napoli a few weeks later, documenting Giada’s story of love, life and motherhood. The resulting series, titled Stronger, stems from the powerful city of Napoli and one women who resides there.

In Dubai, All That Glitters Is Not Gold

1The view of one of the main high roads in Dubai “sheikh zayed” road, which was built by construction workers in recent years. This highway is surrounded by beautiful buildings and skyscrapers. The luxurious architecture of Emirates towers can be seen on the right. 

4Laborers usually play cricket on Fridays. They play for more than six hours on their day off as inexpensive entertainment. 

About a few hours away from the towering glass buildings of Dubai’s city center, the dusty roads lead to the city’s most inhabited area of Muhaisnah, unofficially referred to as Sonapur (meaning Land of Gold). Farhad Berahman, an Iranian photographer was the only photographer in Sonapur seven years ago, where he found himself documenting the police as they surrounded one of the labor camps filled with a troop of workers from South Asia. This for him was the beginning of his work in Muhaisnah.

Fascinating Photos of Transnistria, a Moldovan Territory that Maintains a Pro-Russian Position




In Hristovaia village, swimming in the lake is a popular pastime for youth.

For Transnistria Conglomerate, photographer Anton Polyakov traces the newly emerging generation of Transnistria, a state which, despite its official status as a region in Moldova, maintains a staunchly pro-Russian position.

‘Silicon Forest': Photos of Russia’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub


Genetics graduate student Irina Mukhamedshina poses with her pet and thesis project Viliya, a domesticated fox who lives with her. Her research focuses on training  genetically manipulated foxes. The Institute of Cytology and Genetics one of the most prominent in Akademgorodok, known for Dmitry Belyaev’s decades-long experiment to domesticate wild foxes.


Sasha Vasiliev, 6, prepares before a violin recital in one of Akademgorodok’s oldest buildings.


An apartment block in Akademgorodok at night. The town was conjured from nothing by Soviet leaders in 1957 as a meritocratic haven for intellectuals. It featured larger apartments than most Soviet towns at the time.

Somewhere far away, 3,400 kilometers east of Moscow, there is a town called Akademgorodok. The name means ‘Academy Town,’ and it was founded in 1957 to house some of the brightest minds in the Soviet Union. After the fall of the communist regime, most people left the area for better work in the West. These days, Akademgorodok is experiencing a period of revival and it is quickly becoming a hub for 21st century Russian innovation and entrepreneurship. American photographer Grant Slater went there and documented the work, the people, and the atmosphere of the place in a photo series called Silicon Forest.

Photographer Explores the Effects of Fukushima Three Years Later


Nozaki and his family stand for a portrait in a snow covered vegetable field in the town of Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture. Nozaki and his wife are not overly concerned about radiation contaminating food and water, but how discrimination will impact the future for their 4 year-old daughter. February 2014.


Main street in the town of Odaka, Fukushima, about 6 miles from the Daichi nuclear power plant. The city remains lifeless except for the sounds of grating coos of crows in the nearby distance. Residents may return for the day to survey the damage to their homes, but are not allowed to live in the city. March 2014

Life Within 90km is photographer Brian Driscoll’s reflection on the life of residents of Fukushima, three years after the earthquake and subsequent power plant explosion that left 160,000 people displaced and still seeking answers.

The Old Believers: Photos Document Pentecost Celebrations in an Old-Rite Orthodox Community in Romania


Simion, the bell ringer of the Holy Trinity church spreads grass inside the church. This ritual symbolizes people approaching the Garden of Heaven.


Alexandra, 4, takes part in the Saturday of the Dead ceremony. According to Orthodox traditions, married women are not allowed to enter the pulpit. 


Ivan Cozma, 68, cleans the floor in the Holy Trinity, the local church built in 1833. The Pentecost celebration will be held here.

The Lipovans are an unique and small community. In the 18th century, they rejected Russian Orthodox Church reforms, a stance that made them no longer welcome in Russia, despite being native to its land. Most of them live now in Romania, but there are Lipovan communities in Ukraine, Moldavia and Bulgaria as well.  To this day, the community preserves old Orthodox rituals, upholding them in the precise way in which they were performed centuries ago. Pentecost is one of their most important celebrations, and Romanian photographer Cristian Munteanu documented the occasion in Carcaliu, a village by the Danube Delta where the population is almost entirely Lipovan.

Surreal Photographs of Life Along China’s Coastline

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Coastline No.15 copy

China has 9,010 miles of coastline. It passes through ten provinces and 25 major cities. In the latest project from Zhangxiao, the Chinese freelance photographer presents images from every province and nearly every city near the sea. “I’ve been longing for the sea since my childhood, when my family lived in a village about 40 kilometers from the nearest seaside,” Zhang remembers, “My family couldn’t afford to travel to the seaside and for a child 40 kilometers was far, far away.”