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Photographs Capture the Worldwide Phenomenon Known as ‘Dark Tourism’

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The collapsed Xuankou school buildings, part of a tour of ruins from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, Sichuan, China.

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Genocide memorial site at Ntarama, Rwanda.

For I Was Here, Paris-based photographer Ambroise Tézenas delves the practice of grief tourism (or dark tourism), a global phenomenon whereby sightseers are drawn to the scenes of mass tragedies, from the sites of genocides to those of natural disasters. Shedding the privileges normally afforded to members of the press, he chose to embark on the journey just as his fellow travelers did, paying for his own guided tours and uncovering in the process a network of sinister locales, bound together by the rapt attention they inspire in day-trippers young and old.

‘Bending the Light’ Traces the Ties That Bind Photographers to Those Who Build Their Lenses

For acclaimed director Michael Apted, the eyes of photographers and filmmakers are inextricably—if invisibly—bound to hands of the craftsmen and women who design and build their lenses. For Bending the Light, the director joined forces with five of the world’s best photographers and cinematographers as well as several engineers working at the Canon Inc. factory in Utsunomiya, Japan to trace the journey of the lens from its conception, across space and time to the final images it produces.

‘Losing Childhood': A Photographer Chronicles the Lives of Dhaka Children with No Space to Play

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“Slum dogs can become millionaires only in the movies,” laments Dhaka-based photographer K.M. Asad of the current state of the city he calls home. For Losing Childhood, Asad tells the story of Dhaka’s overpopulation through the eyes of its children, whose playgrounds, gardens, and open lawns have been all but snuffed out by the astronomical influx of people into the capital.

A Rare Glimpse Into the Making of New England Maple Syrup

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A maple sugar shack, says Massachusetts-based photographer Michael Piazza, smells divine, a perfect blend of delicate syrup and burning firewood. When he first visited Ben’s Sugar Shack, a Temple, New Hampshire business run by passionate twenty-something Ben Fisk, on assignment from Yankee Magazine, he toured the farm for the entire day, learning the ins and outs of New England maple syrup production.

Photographers Revisit the Site of the Vietnam War, 40 Years Later

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Le Hoai Thuong with a metal detector to search for unexploded ordnance in Central Vietnam.

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A woman with a Star wars Mask in the Streets of Ho-Chi-Minh-City. Star wars is considered to be a metaphor of the Vietnam war.

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Over Hanoi, the North Vietnamese Artillery shot down a B52 during the Vietnam war. The remains can still be seen in the lake

Berlin-based photographers Miguel Hahn and Jan- Christoph Hartung, who together form Hahn+Hartung, go against the grain of tradition war photography in that they are drawn not to modern-day battlefields but rather those that have been forgotten and buried by decades of history. For Texas Saigon, the duo returned to the scene of the Vietnam War, piecing together a story told by wounds that remain unhealed—if bandaged—forty years after the Fall of Saigon on April 30th, 1975.

‘War Machine’ Captures a Photographer’s Pride in the Independence of Georgia

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When the Soviet forces invaded Georgia, Tbilisi-based photographer Giorgi Shengelia’s great-grandfather gave his life protecting his country. The date was February 1921, and Georgia had been independent for only three years following the 1918 Russian Civil War and the dissolution of the Russian Empire, and it would be another seventy before it regained its independence with the fall of the Soviet Union.

Baltimore-Based Photojournalist J.M. Giordano on What It’s Like to Cover the Riots (and Get Beaten by the Cops)

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Me being beat on by several @baltimorepolice. Video by Baynard woods. #freddieGray #baltimore

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Baltimore-based photojournalist J.M. Giordano loves his city, and when the recent protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray escalated into full-blown riots, he rushed straight into the front lines. As peaceful protestors stood alongside those throwing bricks and bottles and police pummeled through, Giordano and his colleague, writer Baynard Woods, were caught in the middle, where the photographer was beaten to the ground and hit by officers. He held his camera the whole way through, snapping even as he was wrenched from the street and back onto his feet.

Portraits From the Strip Club Capital of the World

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When Stefanie Moshammer visited Las Vegas for two months, her days weren’t spent sunbathing by the pool at Caesars Palace or hitting the Bellagio casino at night. The Austrian photographer had a different motive in mind. Fascinated by the lifestyle of those who exist behind the shiny façade of sin city, she set out to document Las Vegas strippers and the seedy hotel rooms, pink cadillac’s and nightclubs that act as their stage. The resulting series, Vegas and She, depicts the Las Vegas we don’t see, the one we shield our eyes from, the city that exists behind closed doors.

Fascinating Portraits Give us a Window into Native American Life on a Reservation in Montana

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Richard, a Tattoo Artist, with his son in front of the only Gas Station in Hays. Hays is a small community with around 800 people near Fort Belknap’s southern end. People come here often as it is the only place to get a little snack or soda without driving a lot further off the Reservation to the next grocery store. Richard is also a very successful bow-hunter.

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Seth and his brothers playing in front of their parents’ house at the Fort Belknap Agency. Because of the bleak situation young people are facing, they are less likely to take the traditional way of thinking, practicing, and simply living. This is a huge problem for any tribe; therefore, their language is traditionally passed down through the generations.

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A horse behind the Rodeo Drive in New Town. Horses are very important in the native culture.

For The Buffalo that could not dream, German photographer Felix von der Osten chronicles life on Montana’s the Fort Belknap Reservation, where since 1888, the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Native American tribes have raised their families and continued to foster a deeply-felt respect for the land.

Photographer Documents Life Inside One of Africa’s Largest Slums

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A young boy does an acrobatic jump over garbage in the dumpsite of north Mathare.

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A typical housing complex in the Huruma area of Mathare.

Mathare is a slum of 600,000 people living within three square miles on the east end of Nairobi. Photographer Filippo Romano has travelled there six times over the course of two years to document the social complexities of slum life. We speak with him about what he’s learned and his experiences visiting one of Africa’s largest slum.