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Photo du Jour: ‘Hong Kong Flora’

Michael Wolf

German photographer Michael Wolf continues his exploration of what seems to be a never-ending source of inspiration for him—the city of Hong Kong. This time he focuses on the greenery that the mega-city’s inhabitants have managed to fit into their industrial surroundings. On his quest to find flora, Wolf happens upons many a charming and improvised method of incorporating plant life—”plants tucked in between pipes or locked up behind shutters, wilting flowers held in half-cut plastic bottles; all are little treasures captured by Wolf’s lens.”

An exhibition of Hong Kong Flora opens on Friday, May 16th, followed by a book launch on Saturday, May 17th, in Hong Kong.

Photographer Diana Markosian’s Look at Chechen Women and Islam Revival

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Seda Malakhadzheva, 15, sits beside her friends as they adjust her hijab. She started wearing the headcovering a year ago.

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Gym class at School No 1 in the Chechen village of Serzhen-Yurt. The schoolgirls, all dressed in skirts with their heads wrapped in headscarves, say gym clothes violate Muslim dress code.

After decades of war and religious repression, Chechnya, a Russian republic located in North Caucasus, is going through Islamic revival. In her photo series Goodbye My Chechnya, Russian-born, Armenia-based photographer Diana Markosian shows what this revival means for Chechen women.

Heartwarming ‘Pigs and Papa’ Photos Show the Affectionate Bond Between a Farmer and His 1,200 Pigs

Toshiteru Yamaji

© Toshiteru Yamaji

Toshiteru Yamaji

© Toshiteru Yamaji

Who doesn’t love a passel of pigs? Kagawa-based photographer Toshiteru Yamaji captured the beautiful relationship between a pig farmer and his 1,200 pigs in Pigs and Papa.

Ostrich Racing, Monster Wrestling and Lingerie Basketball: Hysterical Photos of Really Weird Sporting Events

Sol Neelman

The Color Run more resembles a Hindu Holi celebration than a 5k fun run. “It’s not about the run,” said Erika Schultz. “I think it’s about being a human canvas. Your body becomes art. You become art, a big impressionistic human painting.”

Sol Neelman

Riders racing ostriches is a common sport in Africa. It’s still not exactly clear how it arrived in Virginia City, Nevada, famed home of TV western “Bonanza.”

Humans are weird indeed. There is much beautiful evidence of this in Portland-based photographer Sol Neelman’s Weird Sports 2, his hilarious second volume of pictures of oddball sports events.

Photographer Portrays his Mother and Stepfather in Series of Quirky Portraits

paul koncewicz

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Hamburg-based photographer Paul Koncewicz explores the rather problematic relationship between his mother and stepfather in My Parents Love Each Other…and their Home. Through carefully arranged and staged images, Koncewicz tells a story of dreams, desires, boundaries, power struggles, and finally, the strong bond between the two.

Elinor Carucci’s Beautiful, Unflinching Images of Motherhood

Elinor Carucci

Holding Emmanuelle, 2008. © Elinor Carucci/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Elinor Carucci

Why can’t you be nicer to your brother? 2012. © Elinor Carucci/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Israeli-born, NYC-based photographer Elinor Carucci‘s Mother is an intimate and powerful document of her transition from pregnancy to motherhood, begun almost a decade ago when she was pregnant with her now nine-year-old twins.

The Bizarre World of Modern-Day Agriculture Photographed by Henrik Spohler

Henrik Spohler

Cultivation and Measurement of Corn Plants, German Research Institute.

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Cactus Culture in Borrego Springs, California, USA.

Hamburg-based photographer Henrik Spohler’s The Third Day, published by Hatje Cantz, examines the relationship humans have with plant life. Spohler photographed worldwide sites of plant cultivation, showing fruits, vegetables, ornamental trees, seed laboratories, greenhouses, and followed the artificial irrigation systems that runs from northern California to the border of Mexico.

Photo du Jour: Mumbai Skyscrapers Amidst Slums

Alicja Dobrucka

Wake up everyday to a spectacular view of the blue sky romancing the sea. Come home to beachside joys.

Polish, London-based photographer Alicja Dobrucka documents the changing landscape in the bustling city of Mumbai, India, in her recent series Life is on a New High. Dobrucka takes a close look at the city’s construction boom and the 15 “supertalls” (buildings over 980 feet), the hundreds of skyscrapers, and thousands of high-rise buildings currently being built. Already, there are over 2,500 high-rises in the city. Dobrucka explores the contrast between these monster, luxury structures (of which most are residential) and the slums that surround them. To drive this irony further home, she cleverly pairs her photos with real ad slogans attempting to lure Mumbai’s newly rich or up-and-coming middle class to these properties.

Work from this series is included in the group exhibition Restate at London’s Art:I:Curate through April 17, 2014.

The Hard Life: Photos Offer a Glimpse Inside Sierra Leone’s Largest Slum

Kim Thue

Kim Thue

London-based photographer Kim Thue’s Dead Traffic is a beautiful yet grim series on Big Wharf, the largest slum in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Thue originally went to the politically-fraught region to document daily life at a charity hospital but found it difficult to create work that went beyond the stereotypical images of poverty. In search of broader photographic opportunities, he ventured into Freetown and ended up in Big Wharf. Many of the residents of Big Wharf had first come to the city in search of better opportunities and, not finding them, ended up in an area ravaged by poverty, crime, violence, and addiction.

Portraits of Hipsters Getting Down at the NRMAL Music Festival in Monterrey, Mexico

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Spotlighted in the darkness, Alejandro Cartagena‘s dancers look lost in their own world, the chaos and crowds of Mexico’s NRMAL music festival vanishing in a blur of pure rhapsody.