Posts tagged: documentary photography

Photo du Jour: Stargazing in Hawaii


© Jonathan Kingston / National Geographic / Offset

On a quiet evening in April, 2013, Bend, Oregon-based photographer Jonathan Kingston stands at the summit of the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station in Big Island, Hawaii. As one of the highest mountain peaks in the world, the dormant Mauna Kea, also known as the White Mountain, provides an arresting view of the starry sky, unobscured by the cloud cover that shrouds observatories at lower altitudes.

Unflinching Photos Capture One Photographer’s Struggle with Self-Harm



For The Bearable, photographer Zhe Chen documents her own struggle with self-harm, constructing an indexical account of her years’ long experience with the addiction. After countless months of psychological alienation and a self-inflicted quarantine, the artist was compelled to share her private lamentations publicly, with the visceral confession of her secrets becoming a means of release from isolation.

Magical Photos Capture the Wonders and Sorrows of Childhood in Rural France



For Close to Home/Autumn, photographer Andie Wilkinson captures the changing of the seasons in and around her house and its neighboring farm areas in the idyllic Tarn-et-Garonne, France. Over the course of her thirteen years in the rustic landscape, she has documented many harvest months, and yet they are compressed here into a single and abiding instant of fall.

Hard-hitting, Graphic Images Record the TB Epidemic in Ukraine



Ukrainian photographer Maxim Dondyuk spent two years in Ukraine documenting the lives and stories of the people who were affected by Tuberculosis, and the people around them. Along with his camera, Dondyuk wove in and out of hospitals, homes, prisons and cemeteries where familiar faces grew thinner and nearly unrecognizable. Dondyuk’s extensive work entitled TB Epidemic in Ukraine (2010-2012), tells the story of a nation facing a serious health crisis, making it one of the most TB-affected countries in Europe and one of the 27 high burden MDR-TB countries in the world according to the World Health Organization.

Photo du Jour: Irish Dancers


In its 30th year, the annual ‘All Scotland Irish Dance Championship’ draws around 2,000 competitors to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for a four day contest. Dancers between the age of 8 – 25 represent some 300 schools from across the globe including Ireland, France, Russia, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States. The event boasts an additional 2,500 spectators as well, comprising of various coaches, family and supporters of the competitors.

For this image, photographer Robert Ormerod captured young Shannon Bill, age 14, and Lucy Mckelvey, age 13, from London. He caught many participants while waiting to go on stage to compete, taking them aside for portraits showcasing the dancer’s lavish clothing and colorful details. The ‘All Scotland Irish Dance Championship’ is the last major event on the competitive Irish dancing schedule before the World Championships. Scotland has a great reputation for emerging world-class dancing talent that attracts people from all over to witness the skill and poise of this celebrated Irish tradition.

Images © Robert Ormerod

Fascinating Photos Explore the Untouched Life of a 200-Year-Old Fishing Village in Nigeria


The morning traffic on one of Makoko’s main canals. In addition to providing a means of transportation, the canals also serve as marketplace. In the early morning the women start bartering different kinds of goods.


A beauty salon.

Makoko is a 200-year-old fishing village built on the bank of the Lagos Lagoon in Nigeria. Lagos has recently become one of Nigeria’s economic centers and Africa’s largest city, housing more than 20 million inhabitants. Romanian photographer Petrut Calinescu documented life in this community of fishermen, which has remained untouched by the economic boom around it.

A Glimpse Beyond the Doors of German Slaughterhouses



Julia Unkel invites us beyond the psychological and physical barrier of food production, confronting the hard facts of slaughterhouses in Im Angesicht (translated “In the face”). The photographer spent over six months inquiring at various locations across Germany, frequently turned away even after repeated requests. Her series catalogs five different slaughterhouses, ranging in size from small family-run butcheries to factory-style warehouses with multiple “lines” that go through around 20,000 pigs a day.

Photos Give Voice to the Child Laborers Working in the Limestone Quarries of Menya, Egypt



For Menya’s Kids, French photographer Myriam Abdelaziz bears witness to the child labor that persists in the limestone quarries of the city. Situated along the Nile River’s western bank, Menya is host to over 300 quarries employing an estimated 15,000 individuals, many of whom are children who have left school in hopes of pulling their families out of poverty.

Belly on Cartagena Beach


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Photo du Jour: Landlocked


For Landlocked, Baltimore-based photographer Ben Marcin uncovers some of the many abandoned boats that lie dormant and isolated in the middle of the woods that line the Eastern United States. Removed significant distances from shore, the boats have come to represent mankind’s increasing divorcement from the natural landscape, a theme explored in much of Marcin’s previous work.