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Photographer Gets Investigated for Terrorism, Responds in Best Possible Way

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“Once you’re wrapped up in a terrorism investigation, you never really escape from it,” says artist and University of Maryland professor Hasan Elahi of his experience as an innocent man under the scrutiny of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Richard Gilligan’s Photos of DIY (and Often Illegal) Skateparks

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Burnside, Portland, Oregon

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Flora Bowl, Hamburg, Germany

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To hear Brooklyn-based photographer Richard Gilligan tell it, the global network of DIY skateparks is one that runs parallel to but separate from the topography of mainstream society, hidden from prying eyes and yet accessible to those who bother to take a look. Those initiated into the subculture abide by their own codes of law, unbridled from the restrictions that govern officially-sanctioned, legal parks. Gilligan has been consumed and captivated by skating and independent venues since he can remember, and he devoted four years of his life to documenting and preserving their legacy across two continents, in the states and in Europe.

Photographer Seeks Out Havana’s Cool Kids in ‘Cuban Millennials’

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Cristobal (22) has graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and is now working as a tattoo artist in Pinar del Río. Young Cubans are embracing foreign cultural trends more than at any other time. The fondness for tattoos is big and growing, despite the difficulty of tattoo artists to import the necessary equipment (needles, sterilizers, and ink). Recent reforms have not formally legalized the activity, although the first official tattoo studio has opened, attached to an urban art gallery in Havana .

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22-year-old Shellys Mayara is a second-year student of the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte), but she also works as an actress and model. “I am doing very well and I am very happy because I am lucky to be very busy working as an actress, makeup artist and model.” She will participate in a US/Mexican horror film soon.

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Night party at King Bar, Vedado. In recent years, many private restaurants, bars and new clubs opened, often at prices beyond the reach of ordinary Cubans.

Barcelona-born, New York City-based photographer Edu Bayer has always valued and felt close to Cuban culture and history, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that he finally made the trip to see for himself the metamorphosis of the nation. Cuban Millennials is his ongoing investigation into the lives, heritage, and futures of a the country’s rising generation of creatives and intellectuals, who in the wake of reparations in US-Cuba relations, are forging a new and unchartered path.

Inside the Austere Lifestyle of Religious Community in Siberia who Follow a ‘Messiah’ as their Spiritual Leader

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Julia Sellmann’s documentary photo project, Ecopolis Tiberkul explores a religion born after the dissolvent of the Soviet Union called The Church of the Last Testament (CLT). Sellmann captures a community of followers living in Siberia who sold their belongings, adapted a lifestyle in wooden houses, and live without modern technology to be close to their Messiah, Sergej Torop. Sellmann states, “Their austere lifestyle is an expression of their faith, so I tried to capture it in my images.” Her title, Ecopolis Tiberkul, alludes to this lifestyle: Eco (ecological/habitat), polis (city) and Tiberkul is a lake located near their Messiah’s abode. Torop, who calls himself Vissarion, founded the Church. According to Sellmann, Vissarion was a former policeman, who concluded that he was the latest reincarnation of Jesus Christ. “He wrote the so-called “Last Testament” to follow the biblical Old Testament and New Testament, joining the fundamental beliefs of various religions.” Today, approximately 4,000 members are willing to build a new utopia.

Gripping Photos Document the Uncertainty of Families Living Out of a Florida Motel

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Tyrone Washington holds his 3-month-old daughter Ritcheousness in the motel room that he shared with his family in Orlando.

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John Cruz takes a swim in the pool at the Remington motel where his family is temporarily staying. They were evicted from their apartment when their car broke down and they were unable to get to work.

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Preziyana Presy, 8, who cannot afford dance lessons, dances ballet in the motel room she shares with her four brothers and sisters, mother and father in Northern Orlando.

Last year, Rome-based photographers Nadia Shira Cohen and Paulo Siqueira, along with their young child Rafa, moved for a period of two weeks into a room at the Remington Inn near Orlando to tell the stories of some of the five hundred families living out of Florida motels, sometimes moving between rentals and the adjacent woods or homeless shelters.

Meet the Kids of LGBTQ Parents

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Hope, raised in New York City by her two dads:
“I knew that there was other structures of families because I would see my friends’ families and my aunts and uncles and I knew that people had something called a mother that I didn’t necessarily have, but I didn’t really think that I was so much in the minority. I wondered about my birth family and my birth mother in particular, but in terms of my own development, I don’t feel like I suffered because of it. I think that my parents did a fantastic job of helping to raise me to be a strong woman, but in terms of that question piece about where did I come from– sometimes I still wonder that, and then other times it just kinda disappears in terms of its importance.”

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Mark, raised in Pennsylvania by his mom and his dad, who came out when he was in college:
“My dad is gay. He’s still really in the coming-out process right now. I had an inclination that my dad was gay from the very beginning of time. I always knew I was queer, which helps. I would see early on in my childhood, my father using the same behaviors to conceal his own femininity that I did, like he would uncross his legs or he would stop talking with his hands.”

Thirteen days before the Supreme Court issued its historic ruling on same-sex marriage, New York City-based photographer Gabriela Herman shared her story, and those of other children of LGBTQ parents, with The New York Times and ultimately, with the world. The Kids, now in its fifth year, is the photographer’s ongoing investigation into the realities that linger, previously under-explored and under-researched, beneath the once-abstract debate around how nationwide legalization, and how being raised by LGBTQ parents, truly affects children.

Photographer Travels Throughout the EU Documenting Picturesque Borderlines between Countries

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Nationality can play a large role in personal identity and sense of belonging, but what happens when the bounds of nationality become ambiguous? Valerio Vincenzo’s Borderline – Les frontiers de la paix visibly captures this practically borderless lifestyle.

Humorous Photos Reveal the Way a Veterinarian Sees the Animal World

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Afish a Fish (the title is a word play between English and Romanian, ‘afish’ means poster in Romanian and the man in the photo is the ex-president of the country, Traian Basescu).

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Hajdu Tamas is a Romanian photographer whose love and insight into the animal world transpires through his photos. But there is a secret to that, and that is that Tamas is half photographer and half veterinary doctor.

The Story of Former Mexican Gang Members Who Now Pursue Their Passion for Art and Tattooing

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In the desert landscape of Indio, California, eight young men cast off their involvements within the Mexican gang system in hopes of forging non-violent lives as a brotherhood of tattoo artists. For Desert Ink, Australian photographer Jonathan May tells the story of the men of Art and Ink tattoo shop, weaving together a murky and enigmatical tale of loss and redemption.

The Story of One Photographer Who Tracked Down Her Birth Mom After 22 Years Apart

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“My whole life, I have been curious,” says Massachusetts-based photographer Ashley Comer of her birth mother Sheila, to whom she reached out this winter after twenty-two years apart. Meeting Sheila documents the friendship they forged over a series of four weekends.