Posts tagged: documentary photography

Photographer Casey Kelbaugh Stumbles Upon Spring Break in Miami



When New York City-based photographer Casey Kelbaugh was a college kid, the notion of “spring break” was a remote one, influenced more by popular culture than by actual lived experience. It came as a bit of revelation, then, when the photographer accidentally found himself in the midst of a full-fledged, booze-soaked party scene unfolding on the shores of Miami Beach.

Photographer Documents the Rapid Development of Chongqing, a 21st Century Megacity




If you’re measuring by sheer space, Chongqing is the largest city in China. Over the last few decades, it has grown so large that in 1997 its status was changed from that of a city in Sichuan province to a direct-controlled municipality; it was essentially made its own mini-province. In the latest project from Tim Franco, Metamorpolis, the Shanghai-based photographer seeks to document the 21st century mega-city, in all its gritty magnitude.

Striking Infrared Landscapes Reveal What Is Invisible to Human Eyes

008_THE CITY_Studies in Pollution #7. River Thames.  2014.

Studies in Pollution #7, from the series The City

The Village. Photographs on Infrared colour film of Englands most haunted village.

Between Greystones and Rose-Court, 2012, from the series The Village

The Invisible - From the Invisible series.

Untitled, 2012, from the series The Flood

For The Unseen, British photographer Ed Thompson employs some of the very last Kodak Aerochrome III in existence, using the infrared film to reveal that which is imperceptible to human eyes.

‘Hip Hop Revolution': New Exhibition Revisits the Origins of DJing, Breaking, and Rapping in New York City


© Janette Beckman, Big Daddy Kane, 1988, Courtesy of the Photographer


© Martha Cooper, Little Crazy Legs strikes an impromptu pose during Wild Style shoot, Riverside Park, Manhattan, 1983, Courtesy of the Photographer

For Hip Hop Revolution, legendary photographers Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo and Martha Cooper join together for a group exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York that brings us back to the early days of hip hop. Over one hundred images, spanning the thirteen years between 1977 and 1990, capture the city at a time when hip hop culture, DJing, breaking, and rapping was first taking over the streets, when groups like Salt ’n’ Pepa became fashion icons and the likes Afrika Bambaataa first developed breakbeat mixes. As The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and Queen Latifa skyrocketed from local New York venues onto the international stage, these three photographers were there alongside them, snapping away at what they knew would be a movement remembered for generations to come.

Julian Lennon Talks Photography, Philanthropy, and Uniting the Two


Hope, 2014


Horizon, 2014

When Julian Lennon was gifted with a white feather by a member of the Indigenous Australian Mirning tribe, his mind immediately returned to his father John, who had once told to look out for white feathers as a sign of reassurance and hope after he had gone. Soon after, the younger Lennon founded The White Feather Foundation, a non-profit committed to addressing poverty, environmental crises, and preventable disease worldwide.

Wistful Photos Capture a Band of Brothers on the Verge of Adulthood


Garrison and Hank Wrestling, Westerville, OH, 2014


Pond Hockey, Westerville, OH, 2015

For Brothers, Cincinnati-based photographer Taylor Dorrell chronicles the lives of his teenage brother and his tightly-knit group of friends in the months preceding their high school graduation and looming departure from home in Columbus, Ohio. In them, he finds a band of brothers, bound not by blood but by the invisible fastenings of boyhood, tracing a steady shift from youth into adulthood, from dependency into autonomy.

Atmospheric Photos of Bhutan, ‘the Land of the Thunder Dragon’


Base camp in the mountains © David Prince / Offset


Horse wrangler packing maize kernels © David Prince / Offset


Frozen branches with catkin © David Prince / Offset

When New York City-based photographer David Prince embarked on his journey to Bhutan, he left with no fixed ideas about what he would find, preferring instead to immerse himself totally within the lifestyles of the country’s traditional yak farmers, Buddhist monasteries, and the vast Himalayan mountains that enveloped them all.

Eye-Opening Photos Shed Light On a Community Living by Railroad Tracks in Kolkata




For Life and Lines, Kolkata-based photographer Debosmita Das documents daily life in an illegal slum that runs along an active railroad track, through which trains pass a mere foot or two from makeshift shelters at intervals of ten or twenty minutes.

“One Day Young” Shows Women in the Earliest Hours of Motherhood


Hazel and Rudy


Clemmie and Imogen

After giving birth to her second child, while still reveling in the pride-laden afterglow, editorial photographer Jenny Lewis began to wonder why the only representations she had seen of this post-natal period in a woman’s life were images of corseted and flat-bellied women in magazines or heartwarming Hallmark card references, all either idealized or completely cheesy. Why was no one documenting those first transcendent moments of motherhood, when “the rug of life is just being ripped out from underneath you and suddenly you’re just like a god, a Greek god, a statue”? Childbirth wasn’t something to just get through and quickly cover up; that incomparable confrontation with one’s own creative powers, that profound redefinition of self in relation to a new other—those were things worth celebrating. And so One Day Young was born, a personal project spanning five years and over 150 subjects, capturing motherhood in its earliest hours through intimate, painterly portraits of new mothers residing in Lewis’ own London borough of Hackney.

Mysterious Photos of She Huo Performances in China’s Shaanxi Province



“With my images I want to evoke viewers’ imagination,” says Xiaoxiao Xu, a Chinese-Dutch photographer whose latest project does just that. The photos in She Huo were taken in two villages in Shaanxi, a province in northcentral China. The province is considered a cradle of Chinese civilization. It is home to several ancient capitals. The world famous Terracotta Army built by China’s first emperor was found there.