Posts tagged: documentary photography

Photos Capture the Keystone XL Pipeline Protest Movement in America’s Heartland


Framed by the door of a tipi, Leota Eastman-Iron Cloud watches her kite float in the air at the Oyate Wahancanka Woecun camp outside of Ideal, South Dakota. Translated into english, the camp’s name means “Shielding the People” in the Lakota language. The place was installed to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and for prayer. The pipeline is proposed to cross the Rosebud Reservation at this location.


A row of feed bunks leading along the driveway to Rosemary Kilmurry’s house. The pipeline is proposed to cross several sections of the Kilmurry property including this location. February 2014

Since the Canadian company TransCanada petitioned the United States government in 2005 to approve the expansion the Keystone oil pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands into the heart of Steele City, Nebraska, the potential of the Keystone XL has loomed heavily over our country. For those of us not living directly on the land through which the pipeline would run, it seems like a relatively simple debate, with the liberals opposing its construction on the basis of environmental concerns and conservatives supporting it in hopes of a bolstered economy. When Toronto-based photographer Kate Schneider set foot on Nebraskan and South Dakotan land, however, she discovered something far more complex: a community of apolitical ranchers and Native American peoples banding together in protest against the Keystone XL, commonly referred to as “black snake.”

‘Be Happy!': Raw, Intimate Photos Capture the Early Adulthood in a Small Russian Town (NSFW)




“I want them to be happy,” says Moscow-based photographer Igor Samolet of the band of teens and twenty-somethings he met three years ago while visiting the small town in which he went to school. He was drawn to them immediately, to their recklessness and resilience, their courage and their confusion. Be Happy! is his tribute to their adventures, their booze-soaked evenings spent sprawled naked on the floor, and the adolescent dreams and impulses and sensations that animate their youth.

Where Children Play: James Mollison Travels the World Photographing Playgrounds


Valley View School, Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya


Shohei Elementary School, Tokyo


Dechen Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan

For Venice-based photographer James Mollison, the playground is a place of laughter, games, and boisterous antics, but it’s also the site of schoolyard taunts, scraped knees, and first humiliations. Now a parent to a two and three-year-old, the photographer found his mind returning to his early days at a British school, where his playground became his home turf, the setting against which the profound bonds and rivalries that so often define our childhoods first clicked into place. For Playground, Mollison visited recess areas throughout the globe, from the monasteries of Bhutan to the slums of Kenya, examining and recording the ways in which children learn through play.

‘The Salt of the Earth': The New Sebastião Salgado Documentary Directed by Wim Wenders

The first photograph Paris-based photojournalist Sebastião Salgado ever took was a portrait of his wife Lélia. Since then, the pair, who together form Amazonas Images, has shared with us secrets from the most impenetrable and delicate corners of the globe. The photographer has traveled to more than one hundred separate countries, propelled forward by his empathy for humanity and love for the planet to shoot everywhere from the war-torn regions of Rwanda and Bosnia in the 1990s to the home of the majestic and hunted elephants of Zambia.

A Fascinating Glimpse at the Rituals of Strictly Orthodox Jews Living in Israel


A strictly Orthodox rabbi dances the “mitzvah tantz” at the wedding of his grand-daughter in the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak. The “mitzvah tantz” is a dance ritual in which the Rebbe and the fathers and brothers of the groom dance around a rope with the bride. Each holds one side of a rope so as not to touch the bride, because according to the Jewish holy Torah, it is prohibited to touch a woman to whom you are not married.


A Jewish woman walks a chicken before the Kaparot ritual, where the chicken will swung over one’s head. It is believed that the sins of the past year are then transferred into the chicken. In the strictly Orthodox neighborhood of Meah Shearim, the ritual is performed before the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. The chicken is later killed and given to charity.


A strictly Orthodox Jewish man lays in an open grave after a body was taken out of it. This practice is said to lengthen one’s own life expectancy.

For The Lives of Orthodox Jews in Israel, photojournalist Yaakov Naumi sheds light on the rituals of the Haredi Jewish community in cities like Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, where daily life is conducted according to strict Orthodox adherence to Jewish law.

Photos Document the Empowerment of Afghan Girls Through Skateboarding



When Australian Oliver Percovich first set his skateboard down on the streets of Kabul, he was almost instantly surrounded by a throng of curious children, all wanting to learn how how to speed, flip, and maneuver the board just as he did. Since that fateful day in 2007, Percovich has established Skateistan, a non-profit devoted to inspiring, educating, and empowering children through the sport of skateboarding. When London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson heard of the program, she set her sights on the girls who make up an estimated 45% of the Skateistan student population.

‘Killer Angels': Portraits of Death Metal Fans Taken at Over 60 Shows

Eat the Turnbuckle 3

Eat the Turnbuckle (yes, that’s his blood)


Alex Merino, a fan


Caroline, a fan, Maryland Deathfest 2013

Maybe it’s hard to believe but death metal fans are some of best people out there, or so says Baltimore photographer J.M. Giordano. He would know. For his latest project Killer Angels, the photojournalist attended over sixty death metal shows. His subjects however weren’t the bands, but the fans. “Honestly, I loved this project and the people. Metal fans are the best, most welcoming group I’ve met,” says Giordano.

Photographer Casey Kelbaugh Stumbles Upon Spring Break in Miami



When New York City-based photographer Casey Kelbaugh was a college kid, the notion of “spring break” was a remote one, influenced more by popular culture than by actual lived experience. It came as a bit of revelation, then, when the photographer accidentally found himself in the midst of a full-fledged, booze-soaked party scene unfolding on the shores of Miami Beach.

Photographer Documents the Rapid Development of Chongqing, a 21st Century Megacity




If you’re measuring by sheer space, Chongqing is the largest city in China. Over the last few decades, it has grown so large that in 1997 its status was changed from that of a city in Sichuan province to a direct-controlled municipality; it was essentially made its own mini-province. In the latest project from Tim Franco, Metamorpolis, the Shanghai-based photographer seeks to document the 21st century mega-city, in all its gritty magnitude.

Striking Infrared Landscapes Reveal What Is Invisible to Human Eyes

008_THE CITY_Studies in Pollution #7. River Thames.  2014.

Studies in Pollution #7, from the series The City

The Village. Photographs on Infrared colour film of Englands most haunted village.

Between Greystones and Rose-Court, 2012, from the series The Village

The Invisible - From the Invisible series.

Untitled, 2012, from the series The Flood

For The Unseen, British photographer Ed Thompson employs some of the very last Kodak Aerochrome III in existence, using the infrared film to reveal that which is imperceptible to human eyes.