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Cinematic Photographs Capture Modern Day Camping in Italy

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For Postcards from Camping Italia, Florence-based photographer Federica Di Giovanni captures a community of summer vacationers living in mobile houses, bungalows, and tents along the beaches of Versilia, Tuscany.

Swan Hunting in Utah Photographed by Cayce Clifford

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In Aesop’s fable The Swan and the Goose, a swan, mistaken for a goose by the cook, distinguishes itself by singing a sweet song that enraptures the cook, saving itself from slaughter. If it weren’t for the sweet song, this swan would have been surely killed, which was ultimately the fate of its unfortunate neighbour, the goose.

For her documentary photo series Utah Swan Hunt, photographer Cayce Clifford followed hunters over multiple expeditions during the controversial swan hunting season. Somewhat typical of the usual hunting photo essay — the early morning sunrise shot, the token huntsman holding up his prized kill, it’s the swans that catch our attention. It seems wrong to kill these beautiful creatures, with their pristine white plumage and graceful long necks that stretch out vulnerably into lake mist.

Intimate Portraits Capture the Bond Between Teen Moms in the UK and Their Children

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Beth (16) and Amy-Lee (6 months), Cardiff, UK, 2014

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Chelsie (19) and Tyler (1), Cwmbran, UK, 2014

For Be Still, My Heart, Italian photographer Marta Giaccone traces the lives of young mothers living in South Wales, cutting through the prejudgement that often surrounds teenage pregnancy to reveal the threads of courage and love that bind each girl to her infant child.

Moving Portraits of Young Girls in Bangladesh Learning How to Surf

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Along the sandy shores of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, a group of eight young women aged ten to thirteen work from from early morning until late night selling jewelry, water, and snacks to beach-goers. Having left school to support their families, Johanara, Aisha, Shumi, Suma, Rifa, Mayasha, Nargis, and Shobe Majaraz have been plunged into a treacherous adult world, wherein food is never certain and the threat of child marriage or unsafe domestic employment looms close at hand.

A Look Inside Sleek, Ultra Modern Catholic Churches in Italy

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Chiesa Di San Giovanni, Milano. Domenica, ore 10:30

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Chiesa Del Santo Volto Di Gesù, Roma. Domenica, ore 9:49

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Chiesa Del Santissimo Redentore, Seriate. Domenica, ore 11:03

Italian photographers Giorgio Barrera and Niccolò Rastrelli set set out to create their series Andate in Pace as a way to give something back to Catholic Milanese churches in visual way. Inspired by the new, modern churches built after the Second Vatican Council, the photographs offer a reflection on the complex relationship between modern architecture, the church and its community of worshippers.

Delightful Photos of 1940s Celebrities Walking Their Dogs in NYC

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Actress Joan Roberts at Intermission from “Oklahoma” with Her English Bulldog “Goggles”, NYC, 1944

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Metropolitan Opera’s Heldentenor Lauritz Melchoir and Wife with His Great Dane, NYC, 1944

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Actress Joan Caulfield lifting West Highland terrier Witty, out from behind a hedge, while trying to take him for a walk on the street, NYC, 1944 New Yorkers have always loved their dogs, and the 1940s was no exception. No matter how heavily scheduled a day might be, the city’s Broadway and film starlets, opera singers, and novelists paused to take time for their four-legged friends. For City Dogs, LIFE magazine contract photographer Nina Leen created a series of portraits of illustrious Manhattanite artists gallivanting throughout their city with their canine companions, capturing the ineffable ways in which dogs both large and small brighten even the most vital of neighborhoods. City Dogs will be on view at Daniel Cooney Fine Art beginning March 26, 2015.

Astonishing Photos of Millions Flocking to Bishwa Ijtema, a Muslim Congregation in Bangladesh

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Amidst the crowds of millions of devotees, Dhaka-based photographer Mahmudul Ahsan captures fleeting moments within the whirling rush of Bishwa Ijtema, a yearly Muslim congregation that unfolds along the The Turag River in Tongi, Bangladesh.

Sobering Portraits Look at the Residents of São Paulo’s ‘Crackland’

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Crack addition has reached epidemic levels in Brazil. It’s a topic that’s not getting addressed but instead getting swept under the rug — or rather, into a small infected enclave of São Paulo, appropriately named Cracolândia, or Crackland. It’s a place where crack addicts don’t go to die or rehabilitate, instead they go to live in a state of drug-fuelled chaos intertwined with inertia – a kind of frenetic energy trapped inside a cage. As you can imagine, Cracolândia is rife with drugs, poverty, disease, and mental illness.

‘Sex and Takeout’ Photos Bring Together Greasy Food with Scantily Clad Models (NSFW)

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Greasy food and scantily clad women – together at last. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Australian photographer Sarah Bahbah emerges on Tumblr and Instagram with her provocative series, aptly titled, Sex and Takeout.

Powerful Portraits Confront the Trauma of Australia’s Stolen Generations

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Jasmine Haby-Atkinson, Nowra, NSW, Australia.
“Because of what happened I am afraid that the same things could happen to my own child… history has a way of repeating itself.”

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Susan Moylan-Coombs, Northern Beaches, New South Wales. Susan was born in Darwin and taken from her mother at birth. She was removed from the Northern Territory and later adopted out to a family in Sydney. Susan didn’t see her mother again until 21 years later.
“Every day I walk a path of recovery from the policy that removed children from their parents. I was stolen… I still feel the silent pain that is mine and my mothers. We need to move forward together with joint aspirations and a truly national story that acknowledges our shared past and embraces a shared future.”

Under parliamentary policies that persisted throughout much of the 20th century, numerous Australian aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly taken from their family homes and placed in institutions and foster families by church missionaries and government agencies. In many cases, these very young children were denied any contact with their mothers, fathers, and siblings and were effectively cut off from their roots, their language and their heritage. From the age of around fourteen, many would go to work in white households, the goal being to create a racially assimilated “White Australia.” Only in recent years have the immeasurable scars of these crimes begun to be addressed by the Australian public and its government, both of whom are now working towards a point of healing.