Posts tagged: documentary photography

The Vanishing of the United States Postal Service in the South

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In “Post Script,” photographer Rachel Boillot‘s work about the gradual disappearance of the United States Postal Service as seen in parts of the South, she is speaking about two fading systems: that of the decline of the American postal service and that of the analog film process.

A Look Inside the Illegal Mining Industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo


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War for Minerals is photographer Erberto Zani‘s visual investigation of the men who mine for coltan, manganese, and other rare metals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, often under unclear, dangerous, and complicated political conditions.

Offbeat Portraits of Reenactors Taken Throughout the U.S. and the European Union


Bernese Mountain Dogs, Maifest, Leavenworth, Washington, 2014


Fur Trappers, High Chaparral, Hillerstorp, Sweden, 2008

Globalization and development, suggests Los Angeles-based photographer Naomi Harris, has brought with it a crop of unexpected novelty communities, amusement parks, and events throughout the United States and Europe in which each of two continents delight in customs and traditions of the other. For EUSA, she spent years traveling throughout the states and the European Union in search of places and gatherings where this cultural inversions can be found—from the Oktoberfests and Maifests of Leavenworth, Washington to Germany’s Western-themed Pullman City.

Call for Submissions: Photos Depicting Life ‘Off the Grid’


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More than a buzzword or flash-in-the-pan cultural phenomenon, “off the grid” has become a way of life. We want to see photos that encompass what it means to you. It could be farm-to-table lifestyle—the families that churn their own butter and harvest wild honey. It could be more literal—solar panels in action or geometric grid patterns. Have ariel shots of cabins on far-off locals or landscapes that scream ”no one has ever stepped foot here before”? We’d love to see them.

The collection will be curated by Chris Buda, Manager of Art Buying, BBDO and Isabelle Raphael, Head of Visual Content, ImageBrief.

Our sponsor ImageBrief will be giving away ten yearly Explorer Plus accounts to the top ten images/photographers and ten three-month Explorer Plus accounts for an additional ten photographers selected. All winning photographers will run on Feature Shoot.

ImageBrief is a platform that directly connects photographers to clients by allowing advertising agencies, photo editors, and leading publications to post briefs that describe the kind of imagery they’re seeking at any given moment. Photographers can then upload their pre-existing work to apply for the brief, and the selected photographer will earn the job. ImageBrief also allows top image buyers to commission work on site based on photographers’ profiles. By putting your work directly in front of those who are looking to buy, ImageBrief makes it easier than ever to monetize your photography. Read more about ImageBrief here and here.

Submissions will be accepted through ImageBrief. A free account is required to submit and it takes just a minute to sign up. Copyright remains with the photographer.

Deadline for submissions is September 28, 2015.

This group show is sponsored by ImageBrief.

‘Where Love Is Illegal’ Gives Voice to LGBTQI Individuals Whose Human Rights Have Been Violated


A posed portrait of Sally. Sally has been in Lebanon for 7 months. “I ran away from Syria because I was running away from ISIS. One of my family members is now with ISIS. Because of him, I ran away here. He was in charge of investigations in ISIS. They want to catch and kill the gays. My last partner was kidnapped and interrogated by ISIS. I’m 90% sure they killed him. To kill someone they will choose the highest building and push him from it. They are worse than the Syrian investigation services. The gay people are treated as if they have a contagious disease. In Islam you are given the chance to ask for mercy and to re-enter Islam and follow the Islamic law. But ISIS considers gays as a contagious disease, so that’s why they kill them.” Sally says her friend will be forced to name all the LGBT people he knows, including Sally. Then they will be hunted. “Some of my other gay friends were captured and stoned to death, one pushed from the roof of a building, one was shot in the head – because of their sexuality. They had no proof – in Islam they say you have to have three witnesses, and caught in action, but they didn’t have any, they just killed them because they knew they were gay. I can never go back to Syria, the door of my parents and my country has been shut in my face. If I went back, they would kill me. The regime will take me directly to military service where I will die. ISIS will execute me – they will throw me from a building. Before they would shoot them. Now they push everyone from the buildings.” Discussing his identity Sally says, “On the inside I’m a woman, from the outside – I don’t know maybe half/half. I’m a woman and not a man, I don’t even consider myself a gay person, what can I do. I’m planning to do my sex transition.” Sally has a short-term job teaching literacy to refugees to survive as well as receiving some support from NGOs. She is waiting for resettlement. Beirut, Lebanon. February 2015.

Where Love Is Illegal, says Paris-based photographer and human rights advocate Robin Hammond, began with five gay men fighting for survival in Nigeria after having been arrested and tortured. They were living in hiding from the public, afraid and without homes; their story continues to haunt Hammond, to anger him, and to spur him forward in his journey towards giving voice and a platform to LGBTQI individuals suffering abuses that remain untold and invisible to the world at large.

London Photojournalist Peter Dench on the Most Important Photo He’s Ever Taken


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Peter Dench: The most important photograph I’ve taken is always the next one. However in retrospect, it’s probably a photograph of a drink-driving accident captured on a night patrol with the Bristol medical rapid response team as part of a wider reportage looking at England’s relationship with alcohol. I’m known for my more humorous photographs and believe humor can be an important tool in delivering a serious message. However, sometimes photography shouldn’t be funny, clever or humorous. At times, it just has to document what is. It was a photograph of mixed feelings: I didn’t want to have wasted my time and I didn’t want anyone to get hurt but I did want to produce a photograph that highlighted the perils of drunk-driving. It was an uncomfortable and necessary experience in my photographic development.

Edo Bertoglio’s Polaroids Capture the Glamour and Grit of NYC Punk in the 1970s-80s (NSFW)


Blouson De Cuir, New York, 1979


Andy’s Big Shot, New York, 1978

In the fall of 1976, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio and his then-wife and collaborator Maripol ascended to the chilly 86th floor open-air observatory of the Empire State Building and looked out over Manhattan, where they would spend the next years of their lives immersed in the burgeoning art and music scene. In polaroids, Bertoglio chronicled his daily life in a city that never slept, where he visited CBGBs , Studio 54, and Club 57 with the likes of Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones, and many, many more.

Snaps from the Weird and Wonderful Adult-Only Weekend Parties at Butlin’s Resort, a Hotspot for British Tourists



For years, photographer Anna Fox has been documenting Butlin’s resort, a tourist hotspot in Bognor Regis, a seaside town of West Sussex. Since it’s opening in the 1930‘s, it’s been considered an institution in British tourism. The resort is famed for it’s family friendly attractions and activities, but recently, in an attempt to attract a different kind of tourist, once every six weeks, Butlin’s began hosting adult only themed weekends, including “Back to the 60’s” and “Hot Summer Party.” The resulting series, Resort 2, the second part of her series created at Butlin’s, looks into the weird and wonderful culture of these adult getaways.

Hard-Hitting Images Examine the Complex Relationship Between Asians and Elephants

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A tear rolls the cheek of a distressed elephant as his spirit is broken after three days of imprisonment in a wooded crush on the Thai- Burma border

Hand of a Mahout as he leeds this your elephant in Western Thailand

Hand of a Mahout as he leeds an elephant in Western Thailand

“In Asia, we haven’t quite figured out whether we love these animals or hate them,” says Madras-born, Hong Kong-based photographer Palani Mohan of the elephants he spent over five years documenting. Vanishing Giants is his testimony of the ways in which mankind both cherishes and does violence to the Asian elephants that live amongst humans in villages and cities alike.

Meet the ‘Watchmen’ of the Arizona Border

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October 5, 2014: “Nailer” eyes the hills with binoculars in the early morning

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October 6, 2014: The border fence follows the geography of the land in Nogales. To the left is the United States, with Mexico to the right

The ‘watchmen’ of The Arizona Border Recon don real tactical gear, use real experience learned in the military, employ real surveillance equipment, and if called upon, real weapons to patrol the border town of Nogales in an effort to “stop illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and human smuggling.” Their actions, their intent, their day-to-day efforts, as documented in lush, dusky blues and camouflage greens by photographer Johnny Milano in his project The Hills of Pima, are indeed indicative of men with purpose. The images of these men killing time in a field, assessing military surveillance videos, or heading off into the night to patrol coordinates deemed suspect, leads us to believe – if we had no captions – that we are seeing a group of military men on tour, presumably with a mission, fighting a real cause, with real directives. The work these men carry out, however, involves the murky territory of border politics and societies-in-flux. It is not Milano’s photographs that are called into question here – his work continues to feel very dedicated about informing us of the who, what, and how while continuously seeking for the visual nuance of the why. As the demographics of our country change right before our eyes so too does the line in the sand that we share with Mexico. Is it ‘illegal’ to flee a nation in crisis?