Posts tagged: documentary photography

Meet the Fabulous Drag Clowns of London


“It’s not just an act,” says photographer Poem Baker of Tuttii Fruittii and Toni Tits, a pair of drag clown performance artists living in Southeast London.

One Woman’s Intensely Intimate Photos of Motherhood

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Nursing and peeing, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2014 © Anna Ogier-Bloomer

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Scratches from breastfeeding at nine months, 2014 © Anna Ogier-Bloome

“She’s the flesh of my flesh,” says New York City-based photographer Anna Ogier-Bloomer of her daughter Violet, whose first two and a half years she’s feverishly chronicled between breast-feedings, catnaps, and sleepy revelations.

Humor, Lightness, and Bright Beach Parasols on the Coast of Italy

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“Italian summer is the season when Italians can express their lightness of being and their love for life.”

Lorenzo Grifantini has lived in London for 10 years. It is this distance from his native Italian culture which has afforded him the means to view it objectively, tracing its patterns with the lens of his camera. “I can finally see my cultural traits spread on the beaches of Italy and that evokes strong childhood memories of the long summers I spent there.”

Ethiopia’s Emerging Skate Scene Shot from the Hip

Ethiopia Skate a grassroots skateboarding community on the stree

Henok the most talented skater in Ethiopia, doing what he always does – crazy stuff – kickflipping down a Container.

The Berlin-based photographer Daniel Reiter headed to Ethiopia in January 2015 to work on a documentary assignment, though knew he also wanted to dedicate some of his time in the country to a second, more personal project. Ahead of the trip Daniel discovered Ethiopia’s emerging skate scene via, exchanged some emails with skaters, and immediately saw the potential of this story, he explains: “One of the best things about skating is how it illustrates, perhaps more so than with other sports, just how strong and tough these kids are. They move with unstoppable courage, and if they fall they just get back up again”.

The Man Who Photographed Wall Street and the Sexual Underground (NSFW)


Gay cruise party in NY harbor, 1973. © Charles Gatewood, courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and Robert Tat Gallery


Wall Street © Charles Gatewood, courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and Robert Tat Gallery

“He was very anxious that his work be seen and preserved,” says San Francisco gallerist Robert Tat of the late photojournalist Charles Gatewood (1942-2016).

Platon’s Unflinching Photos of War and Its Cost


Saying goodbye before deployment on the USS San Antonio


Elsheba Khan at the grave of her son, Specialist Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan

Platon is an internationally-esteemed photographer. Widely known – especially for his intensely intimate portraits of world leaders – his work blends the political with the personal, resulting in striking images with tangible sociopolitical consequences beyond the merely illustrative.

Prison Inmates Care for Homeless Dogs With Help from ‘Canine Cellmates’

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“Many of the inmates have had very few emotional connections in their lives,” says Atlanta-based photographer Kelly Kline of the rare and precious bond that forms between the residents of the Fulton County Jail and the homeless dogs in their care.

Decades of Extraordinary Photos Taken on the Streets of NYC


A couple on the subway, 1980.


Wig stand, Orchard Street, 1975.

For photographer and photo editor Carrie Boretz, New York City has always been brimming with the “kissing, sleeping, daydreaming” of strangers. Her upcoming book STREET chronicles her adventures in the metropolis from 1975 to 1998, when she was driven to explore breathlessly the contours and crevices of a city rife with conflict, anxiety, and gentleness.

A Tale of Abuse and Fear Inside the Stash Houses of Texas


Forty-two migrants are discovered in a two room stash house in San Juan, Texas. Temperatures were nearly 100° and there was no running water.

Land of Limbo: Migrant Stash Houses in South Texas

Bottles of urine left behind in a house used to stash migrants in San Juan, Texas.

In 2014, two Central American migrants fled a stash house in Alton, Texas, where they had been kept, abused, and beaten by human smugglers. Thirsty and overheated, they walked all the way to the local police station, imploring the authorities to help the individuals who were still trapped inside the home.

The Sacred Spirit of Cattle Captured in Beguiling Photos

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Ankole 3. Outside Mbarara, Kiruhura district, Western Region, Uganda, 2012

Mattu Pongal 06. Kannakurkkai district, Tamil Nadu, India, 2014.

Mattu Pongal 6. Kannakurkkai district, Tamil Nadu, India, 2014

According to Hindu mythology, words whispered into the ear of a bull might be passed on to the gods. Guarding the temples of Lord Shiva are statues of Nandi the Bull, the dear companion and mount of the god himself. Reaching down to graze the foot of Nandi brings the promise of fertility, and here on Earth, cattle are the rare and precious emissaries of the divine realm.

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