Posts tagged: documentary photography

‘Sex and Takeout’ Photos Bring Together Greasy Food with Scantily Clad Models (NSFW)



Greasy food and scantily clad women – together at last. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Australian photographer Sarah Bahbah emerges on Tumblr and Instagram with her provocative series, aptly titled, Sex and Takeout.

Powerful Portraits Confront the Trauma of Australia’s Stolen Generations

After the Apology

Jasmine Haby-Atkinson, Nowra, NSW, Australia.
“Because of what happened I am afraid that the same things could happen to my own child… history has a way of repeating itself.”

After the Apology

Susan Moylan-Coombs, Northern Beaches, New South Wales. Susan was born in Darwin and taken from her mother at birth. She was removed from the Northern Territory and later adopted out to a family in Sydney. Susan didn’t see her mother again until 21 years later.
“Every day I walk a path of recovery from the policy that removed children from their parents. I was stolen… I still feel the silent pain that is mine and my mothers. We need to move forward together with joint aspirations and a truly national story that acknowledges our shared past and embraces a shared future.”

Under parliamentary policies that persisted throughout much of the 20th century, numerous Australian aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly taken from their family homes and placed in institutions and foster families by church missionaries and government agencies. In many cases, these very young children were denied any contact with their mothers, fathers, and siblings and were effectively cut off from their roots, their language and their heritage. From the age of around fourteen, many would go to work in white households, the goal being to create a racially assimilated “White Australia.” Only in recent years have the immeasurable scars of these crimes begun to be addressed by the Australian public and its government, both of whom are now working towards a point of healing.

’30 Churches in 30 Days': Photographer Captures Humble Places of Worship in Los Angeles



Many think of Los Angeles as a place of glamour, materialism and excess. While the national image of the City of Angels may be one of bright colors and shininess, such a reputation propagates a sort of homogeneousness; a place occupied by the rich and famous but not much else. 30 Churches in 30 Days, a project from Kevin McCollister, puts forth a different picture, one of little sheen but great diversity. “The Los Angeles I see is full of devout, hard-working people who are just getting by,” says the poet-photographer, who walked all over his adopted city, fascinated by the sort of gritty beauty not found in tourist brochures.

Mysterious Photographs of a Small Town in Florida Composed Entirely of Psychics, Mediums, and Healers




For All Roads Lead to Cassadaga, Miami-based photographer Christiaan López-Miró documents daily life within a small Floridian town devoted entirely to spiritual pursuits, where psychics make up a majority of the population and seances are commonplace.

Revealing Photos Look at Bolivia’s Coca Leaf, Used to Produce Everything From Cosmetics to Cocaine


Coca plantation in Coroico, Bolivia Ronald Patrick / Offset


Woman dries coca leaves Ronald Patrick / Offset


A man divides cocaine Ronald Patrick / Offset

For his series Coca in Bolivia, Chilean photographer Ronald Patrick follows the coca leaf from its origins in the plantations of Coroico to its arrival in La Paz, where it is used to make everything from cosmetics to cocaine.

Powerful Portraits of Female Rugby Players Defy Gender Stereotypes



Nearly 40 years ago this month, athletes on the Yale University Women’s Crew team staged a now-historic protest in support of Title IX, an amendment that outlawed sex-based discrimination in education, including collegiate sports. Although we have come a long way since then, varsity sports— especially contact sports— are normally associated with maleness, despite the talented women playing on fields across the world. For The Bears, Providence-based photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra chronicles the rise of a new group female athletes who are making waves in the Ivy League sports world: Brown University’s Women’s Rugby team.

Striking Portraits of the Nomads of the Portuguese Alentejo Shot in the Style of Old Master Paintings


Elena y Aquiles I, 2013


Ortigao, 2014


Anibal I, 2014

For The Dream Goes Over Time, Madrid-based photographer Pierre Gonnord honors the lives of the last remaining gypsy people in the Portuguese Alentejo through a collection of intimate portraits shot in the style of Old Master paintings.

Photographer Chronicles the Lives of Punks Squatting in Leeds



C & R drinking in the street on a misty winter night in November.


C laughing in the street around the corner from where he’s squatting.

For Edge of Living, United Kingdom-based photographer Ricky Adam chronicles the ins and outs of daily life for a tight-knit group of young punks squatting in abandoned buildings in Leeds and the surrounding areas.

A Fascinating Glimpse at the Lives of Nomads in the Gobi Desert


© Marianna Jamadi / Offset


© Marianna Jamadi / Offset


© Marianna Jamadi / Offset

In the years leading up to her first visit to Mongolia, Los Angeles-based Marianna Jamadi itched to experience the vast terrain and to trace the lives of the traditional nomads that move across it. She finally stepped foot on the Gobi Desert as part of a tour; over the course of eight days, she stayed with eight families, living in the wood and felt gers they had erected across the sprawling, empty land.

Vintage Photos Remember the Dogs of the First World War


A British messenger dog in France during the First World War, 19 May 1918


Corporal of the Worcestershire Regiment and canine companion, circa 1917. (Note two wound stripes on left cuff – these weren’t introduced until August 1916)

Although most of the heroes of the First World War are remembered as human, tens of thousands of dogs, from Jack Russell Terriers to Dobermans, were shipped from their homes to the trenches, where they put their lives on the line to protect and aid their troops. Dogs of the First World War, opening at Bishopsgate Institute on March 10, pays tribute to these unsung canine guardians through a selection of vintage photographs salvaged over a span of forty years by collector Libby Hall.