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Pain and Perseverance in the Schoolchildren of Thatta, Pakistan

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4-year-old Benazir attends class with boys and girls of different ages in Haji Saleh Jatt, Thatta region, Sindh province, Pakistan, 2016. Since gaining a water and toilet block at the school, the head teacher says, “the children are so clean and happy now. That has been a positive change because now there is a cleaner and healthier environment around the school.” © WaterAid/Malin Fezehai

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Girls await the start of lessons at the primary school in Chaudury Atta Muhammad village, Thatta region, Sindh province, Pakistan, 2016. Before the H&M Foundation-funded WASH block was built, the girls had nowhere at school to access safe water or go to the toilet. Attendance has increased since the block was built, as parents have greater confidence in the security and safety of their girls when they don’t have to leave the school compound to find a place to go to the toilet in the open. © WaterAid/Malin Fezehai

Shaneela, age eleven, lives in Muhammad Ali Bharj, a village Pakistan. She has never been officially enrolled at the local school, but she does slip into the classrooms sometimes on her own to pick up what she can. “She had hopes one day to be able to read,” Swedish-Eritrean photojournalist Malin Fezehai says, “Her strength and determination left a strong impression on me.”

Uncovering 60+ Years of Work by One Historic Photographer



“One project lasted his whole lifetime,” gallerist Daniel Cooney says of Len Speier, the 88-year-old artist who has devoted decades to capturing life on the streets, in the clubs, at the parks of New York City, Europe, and Asia. His life and career was never broken into chapters or series; it’s a single long strand connecting who he was as a young man to who he his today.

Magnum Photographers Document 70 Years of Refugees in Crisis

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Refugees In the desert. The Sha-alaan One camp is the worst camp. They have orderly food lines with thousands of refugees waiting calmly for food distribution from the CHARITAS charity organization. Jordan, 1990 © Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos

ISRAEL. Haifa. 1949-50. Arriving immigrants.

Arriving immigrants. Haifa. Israel. 1949-50. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

Robert Capa, the late co-founder of Magnum Photos, has been called “the greatest war photographer in the world” and “the founder of modern photojournalism.” Before he was either of those things, he was a 17-year-old political refugee; he was forced out of his country, Hungary, during the reign of Regent Miklós Horthy, and once he had landed safely in Germany, he took a job in a darkroom and worked his way up.

Photographing Life Inside a Brothel in Bangladesh

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.13.23 PMKajol with a customer. She thinks she is 17 years but does not know her exact age. She was married for 9 years. Her aunt sold her to the Kandapara brothel. She has a 6-month old son, Mehedi. Two weeks after the birth, she was forced to have sex again with customers. Because of the baby, her business has not been so good.

The Longings of the Others

Papia, 18, with two customers on the bed in the Kandapara brothel. Her parents died when she was a child, and she was married young. Her husband and she used heroin, and she has been to jail because of this. She says that the jail was the best place she has ever been, because nobody beat her there. In jail, she got to know a woman who later brought her to the brothel.

For Sandra Hoyn’s work titled The Longing of Others, she travelled to Bangladesh early this year, where she spent about one month in and around the Kandapara brothels, photographing its residents. Found in the central city of Tangail on the banks of the Louhajang River, this bordello, is one of Bangladesh’s many legal houses, home to almost 900 sex-workers. When Hoyn read that Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries to legalise this profession, she was curious about the women’s lives in the brothel and outside its recently constructed walls.

Unforgettable Portraits from an American Road Trip in the 1980s

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Throop, PA, 1983 © Sage Sohier

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Boston, MA, 1980 © Sage Sohier

In the 1980s, Massachusetts photographer Sage Sohier hit the road. She was 20-something years old, recently graduated from Harvard University, and enamored with the street. She approached strangers, toting around a clunky medium-format camera with a flash in search of serendipity.

Meet Jamaica’s LGBTQ Individuals Forced to Hide in Storm Drains



In 2014, Christo Geoghegan spent time in Jamaica’s storm drains – known locally as “gullies”. He was there to document the LGBTQ people who find shelter there, the gully representing the only place where they are free to express themselves away from the hatred and violence they face in Kingston. Attacks, murder and rape are common against people of marginalized identities, and attackers face little retribution from the justice system.

A Look Inside the Maria Lionza Gathering in the Venzuelan Jungle



In the jungle heart of northern Venezuela, an annual pilgrimage takes place in which gatherers converge to honour their Queen, Maria Lionza. Pilgrims come from all over to seek spiritual guidance and wisdom in the ethereal backdrop of the jungle. Drawn in by this ritual from the moment he discovered it, Oregon-based photographer Troi Anderson attended various gatherings over the years to uncover a practice that has long been regarded as a cult, but is becoming moderately more mainstream. We talk to the photographer to find out more about his series, Espiritismo: Theater and Trance.

Moving Photos of Restless Souls Who Live on the Open Road


CSX Yard, Cumberland Maryland, 2014


Near Amarillo, Texas, 2013


Quartzsite, Arizona, 2016

“I’m not homeless. I might be houseless, but these freight trains are my home,” Mark confided in photographer Nicholas Syracuse, who has for twenty years been recording the history of those who, like Mark, have behind the comforts of mainstream life for the freedom of the railway.

Photos of The Iconic Route 66 Take Us Back in Time (Sponsored)


Route 66 Diner on Central Ave, Albuquerque, New Mexico © Julien McRoberts / Offset

Route 66 stretch of highway

Route 66, California © Cavan Images / Offset

Holbrook,Arizona, United States. Route 66.

Fake dinosaurs along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona © Julien McRoberts / Offset

“I feel like much of our country has become one big strip mall,” confides American photographer Julien McRoberts, who has spent much of her life traveling the world. But there’s one place that maintains the allure of the old American West: Route 66, the 91-year-old highway running through eight states, from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California.

Route 66, the subject of the nations best rhythm and blues songs (Route 66 by Bobby Troupe) and literary classics (The Grapes of Wrath, On The Road), was decommissioned in 1985, 60 years after it opened. In the words of Smithsonian Magazine’s Megan Gambino, the American treasure “is not aging gracefully.” Though some 85% of the road remains drivable, much of the once-flourishing businesses that once lined the iconic highway have packed up and moved along. Places are abandoned; the neon signs have been turned off for the final time.

Still, sentimental souls still cherish the long-forgotten highway. Some motel owners refused to leave their beloved “Mother Road,” and some portions have survived the fall from grace. McRoberts, an Offset photographer, understands the persevering spirit of Route 66 more than most. Over the course of four years, she made the journey across the entire 2,400 miles that once supported the country’s westward migration.

The Roma of Poland and Their Daily Struggle for Survival

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Kalici’s wife Eva carries Zyna.

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Karolina escaped from her parents’ home in a different part of Poland because of love for Alex, one of the slum’s inhabitants.

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Roma child in an Ikea bag.

Stigma isn’t narrated by photojournalist Adam Lach but by its own subjects, the Roma men, women, and children who call Wroclaw home. With help from his wife, he recorded their stories in first person as they were told to him, and over course of two years, he learned how fleeting and precarious the notion of “home” can be.

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