Posts tagged: documentary photography

‘Fatalistic Tendency': A Photographer Copes with Thoughts of Suicide

Fatalistic tendency

Fatalistic tendency

For Fatalistic Tendency, Dhaka, Bangladesh-based documentary photographer Tushikur Rahman visualizes his own depression through scenes of violence and confusion. In his unnerving, claustrophobic frames, he confronts the painful suicidal impulses brought on by insomnia and anxiety attacks, using his camera as a means of recording a personal diary and intimate confessional.

Compelling Photos Reveal the Legacy of America’s Most Hated Corporation


Amber Beller, resident of Poca River Basin, West Virginia 2012, holds a photograph of her mother, Shirley Beller, who died of ovarian cancer in 2006. The level of cancer has reached abnormal numbers in the communities located close the Monsanto’s dump sites in Poca River basin. Almost everybody has a family member affected by cancer.


Choccolocco Creek Anniston, AL 2012

For nearly 40 years, while producing the now-banned industrial coolants known as PCBs at a local factory, Monsanto Co. routinely discharged toxic waste into a west Anniston creek and dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into oozing open-pit landfills. Thousands of pages of Monsanto documents – many emblazoned with warnings such as “CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy” – show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew.

Over the past five years, photographer Mathieu Asselin has devoted his life to researching and documenting the controversial history of Monsanto, a leading American corporation manufacturing agricultural chemicals and genetically modified food products. For Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation, he has traveled throughout the country, from the PCB-contaminated creeks of Anniston, Alabama to the hazardous waste sites of Sauget, Illinois, photographing the landscapes and persons devastated by exposure Monsanto’s toxic products and the company’s monopoly on seeds. Included in Asselin’s dark portrait of Monsanto are objects collected by the photographer himself: vintage advertisements, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings.

Photographer Documents Her Brother, Who Abandoned Civilization for the Life of a Shepherd



For Le Grand Silence, photographer Clementine Schneidermann explores her relationship with her brother Nicolas, who at seventeen years of age dropped out of school and left behind his family in Paris for a life as a shepherd in the southeastern corner of France. For the past few years, Schneidermann has documented her brother’s transition from late adolescence into young adulthood within the context of his faraway journeys.

Tender Photos Convey the Beauty and Innocence of Childhood


© Melanie Acevedo / Offset


© Melanie Acevedo / Offset

For her ongoing project Another 52 Weeks, Sea Cliff, New York-based photographer Melanie Acevedo chronicles the daily life of her children each week, constructing an infinite and inexhaustible family photo album. The project, which she began four years ago when her daughter Violet was eight and her son Rockwell three, has traced the boy and girl through the seasons and back again, celebrating the ecstasy of summer and the silent mystery of winter months. Updated weekly on Tumblr, the series preserves moments of pain and reverie, small miracles injected within ordinary days.

Female to ‘Male': A Transgender Photographer Documents His Transition



For Female to “Male,” Toronto-based photographer Wynne Neilly closely documents his own gender transition. Each week after receiving his testosterone shot, Neilly shot himself on instant film, preserving forever the memory of a specific moment during his evolution. In these intensely personal snapshots, Neilly’s exposed body stands alone, existing within a vacuum of white space. Sequenced and neatly aligned, these aggregate dates cease to be distinct, blurring together into a single fluid narrative of self-actualization.

Quiet, Haunting Photos of Vanishing Villages in China’s Rural Countryside



In his project The Degradation of Villages, Chinese photographer Wang Yuanling gives us a glimpse into a vanishing world. China’s near miraculous economic transformation has resulted in the largest internal migration in human history. As over 160 million Chinese, many of them young people, left their rural villages for the booming urban centers and the promise of a better life, the aging and the elderly were left behind in forgotten areas. Wang’s project focuses on just one of these places, a village in the Daba Mountains of remote Sichuan province.

Dreamy Portraits Capture Hijra, Bangladesh’s ‘Third Gender’



For Call Me Heena, Bangladeshi photographer Shahria Sharmin intimately explores the country’s Hijra community, composed of people who were assigned male anatomies at birth but identify as being internally female. Sharmin explains that the Hijra identity exists outside of Western definitions like transgender and is perhaps better described as a third gender. Hijras adopt traditionally female roles, becoming mothers and wives, although their marriages are not recognized legally.

Photo du Jour: Young Love in NYC


© Balarama Heller / Offset

In the summer of 2001, photographer Balarama Heller frequently left the Magnum Photos office, where he worked as an intern, and wandered the streets of New York, capturing the spirited city and all its diversity. He was drawn to the elongated, dramatic shadows of early evening, the flurry of passing foot traffic.

Popular Locations Where People Scatter the Ashes of Their Dearly Departed

Abbey Hepner

Disneyland, California

Abbey Hepner

Yellowstone National Park

One of the greatest universal mysteries of life is, in fact, death and what, if anything, becomes of us afterward. Albuquerque-based photographer Abbey Hepner examines the legal and illegal scattering of ashes in her series Temporary Container, which also studies the rise in popularity of cremation. 

Photo du Jour: The János Tuzson Botanical Garden


For Remembrance for the Future, Admonition for the Present, Hungarian photographer Adam Urban captures dreamy, quiet moments within the palm houses of The János Tuzson Botanical Garden in Nyíregyháza, where rare exotic plants grow and flourish. In its thirty year history, the grounds have housed thousands of different types of flora, becoming a notable research center for the college as well as an educational facility for the general public. Urban was drawn not only to the main greenhouse but also to a secondary rounded structure containing plants native to the Equator that require extreme heat and humidity to survive.