Posts tagged: documentary photography

A Diary of Rockers, Punks and Hippies in the Soviet Union



In the six years proceeding the fall of the Soviet Union, coinciding with the Cold War, Moscow photographer Igor Mukhin shot 1392 rolls of film on his 35mm Zenit-E and Lomo Compact cameras.

What Happens When A Taxidermy Collection Moves Across Town

“My work generally tries to show a funny side to our everyday life,” says Norwegian photographer Helge Skodvin, whose latest series A Moveable Beast follows a collection of animal exhibits moving house.

The series started when Skodvin was on assignment at the Natural History Museum in Bergen, Norway. He explains how one day, the manager told him that the museum would be closing for five years to make way for essential maintenance work. The impending closure of the museum came as a shock to Skodvin, considering he lives 200 meters from the museum and hadn’t heard anything of the news. But he soon saw a perfect opportunity for a new project.

The Magic and Mythos of the Faroe Islands (Sponsored)


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Offset Artist Kevin Faingnaert will never forget the day he met Simun Hanssen, a resident of Svinoy, one of the remotest of the Faroe Islands. Hanssen, a retired sailor, lived alongside only eleven other people on this enchanted island, spending his time searching for messages in bottles, washed ashore from faraway places. He had love letters, poems, drawings sent by strangers; some he had contacted, when the glass bottles included addresses from Norway, Canada, Scotland, or Iceland.

Photographing Poverty in the United States

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Fresno, California

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Fresno, California

Danish photojournalist Joakim Eskildsen had only been to the United States once before he started documenting Americans living in poverty in 2011. Looking back on TIME Photography Director Kira Pollack’s choice to commission him for the job, he admits, “I don’t know really why.” Then he reconsiders her interest in his pictures: “I think she liked the humanity.”

Revealing the Beauty and Destruction of the Somerset Floods



For her Rising Waters series, British photographer Venetia Dearden focuses her lens on her hometown in Somerset, a county situated in the Southwest of England. During the winter of 2013–2014, heavy rainfall brought extensive floods affecting over 600 houses and 17,000 acres of agricultural land. “I was motivated to photograph the Somerset floods,” says Dearden, “as I live here and many people I knew were affected.” Though Dearden herself was not directly affected, all of these images were taken in the flood zone around thirty minutes from the photographer’s residence.

Shedding Light on the Struggles of Schools in Northern Pakistan

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Travel 650 km north of Islamabad, along one of the world’s most treacherous roads (the Karakoram Highway), and you eventually reach Northern Pakistan – the focus of Australian photographer Andrea Francolini‘s project My First School, where electricity shortages pose a daily problem.

Francolini first visited the region in 2008 to photograph the annual polo tournaments, as part of a project focusing on traditional sports. A year later, he returned to do a story on women working in Islamic society, and after interviewing a woman who had started a school over twenty years ago, he was invited to her school. On visiting, Francolini says he was both fascinated and shocked by what he saw. “The children were children: happy, joyful, shy and naughty at times. Everything appeared normal at first,” he says, “but when I entered a classroom, my heart just sank.” Among the things that stood out, he recounts what he saw in flashes: “a slab of cement, one light bulb, no seats or desks, one ancient blackboard, and the children sitting on the floor sharing second-hand books.”

Painful But Unforgettable Portraits of Life on Skid Row


Los Angeles Street near Winston St: Jerry has been on Skid Row for years. Despite his devastating facial injury, caused by a rifle shot to the face as he sat at a bus stop over a decade ago, he’s very easy to talk to and joke with and is very honest about his life. He’s routinely bullied and has his belongings stolen regularly. He’s in very poor condition physically, and I haven’t seen him in months.


Spring Street between 5th and 6th: Larry first saw Rebel being beaten brutally by his owner on Skid Row around San Pedro Street. He implored the guy to allow him to take the dog, because he knew that the dog wouldn’t survive much longer. He was given the dog, named him Rebel, and they are now inseparable life partners

“Get the fuck out of the car already, because if you don’t, you’ll never forgive yourself,” photographer Suzanne Stein told herself as she passed by Jennifer’s tent on Skid Row. She’d been photographing the faces of the area since October of the previous year, but this block could be unpredictable, and she was frightened. Still, Jennifer was worth the risk.

A Peek into the Lives of an Eccentric Couple in the Netherlands

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Egbert and his underpants

In a period of quiet following the completion of her redhead project MC1R, Netherlands-based photographer Hanne van der Woude met a man named Ben. “From the beginning on, there was a very close connection,” Van der Woude says, and when she asked Ben if she could photograph him at home, he agreed. While visiting Ben’s home for the first time, she was introduced to his wife Emmy, who was busy at the time sorting through her collections in one of their five attics. “It was an unusual introduction, but I knew immediately that Emmy was a remarkable person,” says Van der Woude.

A Complex Portrait of Fatherhood in East New York


Raheem Grant, 39, poses for a portrait with his daughter, Nature Grant. “When I was growing up I didn’ t have a father. My little one, she gets scared of the dark: ‘ You don’ t have to be scared because Daddy is here.’ Just knowing that I am there for them makes me feel like I accomplished a lot.

After spending time in a little-known Brooklyn neighbourhood, East New York, Phyllis Dooney began a project on fatherhood. The area is rife with poverty – a third of residents live below the Federal Poverty Level – and dogged by the ghosts of incarcerations and “the War on Drugs”. The family dynamic is a markedly unusual one, with children spending time variously at different family members’ houses in a “communal child-rearing effort.”

The Patchwork of Hope and Fear in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear

A mother and her two children look out from their cave dwelling. Many families fleeing the Taliban took refuge inside caves adjacent to Bamiyan’s destroyed ancient Buddha statues and now have nowhere else to live. Bamiyan, November 19, 2003. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images.)

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear

Burqa-clad women wait to vote after a polling station runs out of ballots. Kabul, April 5, 2014.

When she first arrived in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001, American photojournalist Paula Bronstein was instantly taken aback by the country, its rugged landscape and the indomitable spirit of its people. Starting out as a reporter for news wire, the stories she was following gradually became a personal pursuit, an effort to catalogue the daily lives existing beyond the frontlines of an ongoing and brutal war. Bronstein’s new book entitled Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (University of Texas Press, August 2016), compiles over a hundred colour images taken between 2001-2015, giving us a rich and multi-layered insight into a world so disparate from our own.

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