Posts tagged: documentary photography

Photo du Jour: The Passion of Christ


Amongst the procession of hundreds of young men, photographer Juan Carlos Lelo De Larrea captures the spellbound face of a single Nazarene participating in the Passion of Christ performance in Iztapalapa, Mexico City. As part of a nearly two centuries’ old tradition, the event takes place on Good Friday, drawing millions of visitors each year.

‘I Am Sophie Green': Photographer Explores Identity with Portraits of Women Who Share Her Name

01_ Sophie Green, 20, Fareham, Student Teacher

Sophie Green, 20, Fareham, Student Teacher

11_Sophie Green, 20, Norfolk, Student

Sophie Green, 20, Norfolk, Student

For her ongoing project, I Am Sophie Green, London-based photographer Sophie Green creates an archive of individuals who go by the same name. Beginning in late 2011, the project has lead her to various areas in England in search of a broader understanding of the self as reflected in this arbitrary network of people born with her first and last name.

Peace Amidst Turmoil: A Region in Afghanistan Untouched by the Taliban


Wakhi shepherds © Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset


June 21,2010: Wakhi man with a buffalo © Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset

For Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, Denver-based photographer Benjamin Rasmussen documents daily life in a northeastern region of the country, an expanse of land that remains largely untouched by war and by the Taliban. Compelled to create images with the potential to enrich and challenge a limited Western picture of Afghanistan, Rasmussen visited the Wakhan Corridor after learning of the area from his sister-in-law, who was working overseas, he explains in conversation with Daylight Books.

Photo du Jour: Bless Your Heart


For Bless Your Heart, New York City-based photographer Grant Ellis returns to his hometown of Cleveland, Mississippi, capturing the small, magical moments he remembers from childhood. The project began unofficially when Ellis turned 16, got his driver’s license, and took to the open road with his camera. Through Ellis’s wistful lens, the Mississipi Delta emerges as a misty landscape aglow with youthful energy and a rich cultural heritage.

Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Blondie, the Ramones: Legendary Photos from CBGB in the 70s


Patti Smith, Bowery 1976


Dictators, Bowery 1976

Forty years ago, the coffee shop on Bleecker and Bowery where David Godlis and I are sitting was a vacant lot. Across the street from the vacant lot was the legendary rock club CBGB-OMFUG. Opened by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it brought to life not only the now iconic punk sound exemplified by artists like Television, the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Blondie, but the street photography of David Godlis. After going to school in Boston, the born-and-bred New Yorker returned to the city to land a job as a photography assistant. In his off-hours, he found himself looking for a place to hang out. That place ended up being CBGB.

The ‘Penguinscapes’ of Antarctica


© Gaston Lacombe / Offset


© Gaston Lacombe / Offset

For his breathtaking series Penguinscapes, photographer Gaston Lacombe traces a colony of 250,000 penguins along the Esperanza research base in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Hope Bay. In summer, the penguins come ashore to hatch and care for their nestlings, often venturing onto the base itself. In his arresting aerial landscapes, Lacombe offers us a glimpse into the shockingly verdant terrain of Antarctica, an extraterrestrial wilderness whose appearance metamorphoses daily depending upon the activities of its native penguins. As this ethereal watercolor expanse becomes saturated with soft pinks and greens, we are reminded of the profound delicacy of these creatures who depend upon the landscape for generations to come. We spoke to Lacombe about his visit to the Esperanza base, his passion for wildlife, and the future of the penguins.

Photo du Jour: The Fallen Mare


Horses competing in El Raid race in Jose Pedro Varela, Uruguay face 60 miles of paved road, a perilous journey for even the most resilient of animals. Running at an average speed on twenty miles per hour, the horses are followed by a rush of trucks, from which their handlers, known collectively as a “stud,” douse their steaming bodies with hose water. Dehydration, exhaustion, and overheating are very real dangers, and the animals are checked by veterinarians during a single hour’s rest period. Despite these precautions, horses are lost to the race; in the 2012 season, five Raid horses died.

‘Iranian Fathers & Daughters': A Photo Series Defies Stereotypes


Zahra’s father is jobless. “I don’t know what to say about him. I really don’t.”


Shima & Lina’s father is a civil project manager. “Our father has studied in Europe. That’s why he gave us all the freedom the Western youths have in personal life.”

For Iranian Fathers & Daughters, photographer Nafise Motlaq enters the homes of families in Iran, capturing the diverse bonds that tie young women and their dads. Her own relationship with her father changed when he fell into a coma while she was living in Malaysia. After he recovered from a life-threatening illness, Motlaq explains that the two of them became closer, and on her first trip back to Iran in over seven years, she was inspired to seek out other father-daughter pairings that defied the stereotypes she encountered abroad.

Photo du Jour: The Sperm Whale


For Animal Cabinet, Ghent, Belgium-based photographer Maroesjka Lavigne explores her enthrallment with creatures great and small by capturing everything from cases filled with taxidermic birds to tanks inhabited by jellyfish. She encountered this humongous beached sperm whale by happenstance, soon realizing that the behemoth was not a real animal but a replica. Mouth agape, the fallen beast lays before a row of buildings, a bleak set of manmade structures encroaching on the invisible water below. Lavigne explains that the tones of the beach and the rain tinged the scene with an ineffable sadness that ultimately compelled her to capture it.

Image © Maroesjka Lavigne

Out and About at Photoville 2014

James Marshall's Mural

Mural by James Marshall

Head On Portrait Prize

Head On Portrait Prize 2014

Photoville, New York City’s largest annual photo festival, is back this year with more exhibitions than ever. Composed of over 50 repurposed shipping containers transformed into small gallery spaces, Photoville emerges like a metropolis pieced together from all corners of the globe. From photojournalism to fine art, each installation testifies to the power of contemporary photography to inspire, educate, and transform.