Posts tagged: documentary photography

Photos Capture Street Life in Havana



As a child coming of age in Guatemala, New York-based photographer Jaime Permuth‘s perception of Cuba was shrouded in mystery and clouded by inescapable biases. When he visited the country in November of 2014 to speak at Havana’s Month of Photography, organized by La Fototeca de Cuba, he left all his assumptions at home, choosing to immerse himself within the realities of Centro Habana.

Raw Photographs Capture the East Village During the Heroin Epidemic of the 1980s

Boy On East 5th Street (4th of July), 1984.

Boy On East 5th Street (4th of July), 1984


Embrace, 1984

When New York City-based photographer Ken Schles lived in the East Village in the 1980s, the neighborhood was, in his words, “like a war zone.” He moved to the area in 1978 at the age of seventeen, and on the other side of the 1980s, he would emerge from the wreckage of the heroin epidemic, the AIDS crisis, and abandoned apartment buildings with his book Invisible City, a time capsule of sorts excavated from a city that no longer exists.

Breathtaking Photos Capture the Relationship Between Indigenous People and Marine Life in the Philippines


Spear fisherman in Olango Island, Philippines © Jacob Maentz / Offset


Octopus drying in the sun © Jacob Maentz / Offset

For Cebu-based photographer Jacob Maentz, the Philippines is ripe with both environmental and cultural diversity. Although much of the country has surrendered to the pressures of modernity, sequestered coastal regions are home to indigenous communities that continue to live according to centuries-old practices and traditions.

‘Left Behind': Photos Document Life for the Elderly and Very Young in China’s Rural Communities


Zhu Huaxiang sits in the family’s front yard while her young grandson, Huang Chaoshuai, squirms in her lap.


The Huang children stand in the light of the doorway. Their home is not typically lit by electric light, so much of it remains dark when the doors are closed, even in the middle of the day.

What does it mean to be left behind? This is the question that American photographer Clary Estes began with in her latest project out of China. The largest internal migration in human history has seen nearly 160 million able-bodied Chinese move from the countryside to the booming economies of the east coast since 1978. Estes’ Left Behind project documents this historical event from the other side of the coin, from the perspective of the elderly and very young in China’s rural communities who remained behind.

‘Transgender World': Photographer Alessandro Vincenczi’s Document of a Marginalized Community in Mumbai



On a hot afternoon in June 2008, Italian photographer Alessandro Vincenzi jumped in to a black and yellow taxi, headed to a deserted parking lot meant for trucks. It was his last day in Mumbai. Normally accompanied by his local fixer, Anil, who was unavailable on this particular day, Vincenzi decided to spend the rest of his day wandering with his camera. After about 40 minutes in the taxi, Vincenzi reached the park and saw an old and abandoned warehouse; he asked the driver to wait outside while he went into the building.

Poignant Portraits and Stories of Farm Animals Who Have Been Rescued from Abusive Situations


Norman, resident of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
“Norman was a veal calf, originally rescued as a baby from an auction by another sanctuary. He came to us as an adult with his girlfriend, a large black Angus cow named Ellie May. Norman and Ellie May were inseparable, always grazing together and sleeping side-by-side in the barn at night. When Ellie May passed away, Norman grieved for weeks, wandering the fields looking for her, and refusing to eat. He even slept on top of her grave. Eventually, he regained his sweet exuberant personality, but he has been a loner amongst the other cows ever since. He is a gentle giant who loves people and enjoys getting treats. His favorites are apples and cinnamon buns.”
- Terry Cummings, co-founder, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary


Mata Hari, resident of SASHA Farm
“By the time my Mata Hari came to live at SASHA Farm, she was already a local celebrity. She’d made the news twice, bloggers were following her travels, and she even had her own Facebook fan page. She was ‘The Ann Arbor Sheep,’ an elusive ewe who had managed to evade capture for months as she grazed Ann Arbor parks and cemeteries, stopped traffic at busy intersections, interrupted business meetings and tennis matches and became to some an urban legend.

“She began frequenting a secluded area behind an Art Van Furniture store, and after she seemed ready to stay a while, they began feeding her. When she showed up one day with a badly wounded neck from a dog attack during the night, they feared she might die of infection. After the police and local animal control were unsuccessful in their attempts to catch her, employees called SASHA Farm. A pen was erected behind the building in the spot where they fed her, and the next day, the door was closed and she was on her way to her new home at SASHA Farm.”
- Amanda, SASHA Farm

For Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals, Florida-based photographer Sharon Lee Hart creates gentle portraits of creatures great and small, all of whom have been delivered from harrowing and abusive situations in live meat markets, cockfighting rings, or slaughterhouses.

‘In This Beautiful Bubble’ Photo Series Captures the Everyday Lives of Kids in An Upscale San Diego Neighborhood


Rory and Her Pony, 2013


Amber in Closet, 2010


Monarch Butterflies and Watermelon, 2013

For In This Beautiful Bubble, San Diego-based photographer Eri Morita captures childhood in her small, quiet neighborhood, where her daughter and her peers come of age within the protective confines of large houses, safe streets, and an idyllic landscape.

A Look Into the Daily Lives of Little People in the Philippines


Perry at the supermarket. He finds physical difficulties everywhere – during shopping, it is the height of the shelves that places goods out of his reach, and the weight of bulky items, which requires him to take several trips.


Josephine during her graduation day at high school. “Is quite difficult for little people to finish high school in the public system because the population is so big,” she says.

When Perry Berry was a child growing up in the Philippine island of Panay, he was bullied for being a little person; when he got older and moved to the capital Manila, he found that the jobs available to little people were mostly in the entertainment field, where they were asked to perform degrading and often humiliating acts. Now the President of the national Little People Association, Berry dreams of a city built entirely for and governed by little people, a community wherein individuals can live without fear of discrimination.

Photos Take Us Behind the Scenes at ‘Fetish Con’ (NSFW)



With thousands of annual attendees, Fetish Con covers everything S&M, from flogging to tickling to verbal humiliation. Now in its fifteenth year, the St. Petersburg, Florida convention brings together the most popular fetish models for a weekend of fearless exploration, a safe space wherein amateur and advanced kink enthusiasts can discuss—and act upon— their desires.

Portraits Capture the Pride and Grace of Samburu Warriors of Kenya



Photographer Dirk Rees feels extremely fortunate in his ability to pursue his passion for capturing Africa’s most iconic tribes. Having travelled extensively and lived all over Southern Africa, he has developed an unconditional love for the vast and diverse continent. For this particular project, he found himself in Kenya documenting the distinct tribe members who are known as Samburu Warriors.