Posts tagged: documentary photography

From Veteran Marines to Male Models, Photographer Captures Illegal Fight Nights in NYC




The Old One Two is a series by photographer Devin Yalkin that began formulating the first time he heard about Friday Night Throwdown. Taking place in random and unpredictable venues scattered across New York City, the event is totally illegal and unsanctioned and attracts fighters as vast as veteran marines to male models.

Photographer Gains Once-in-a-Lifetime Access to the Festival of Niger’s Nomadic Tribes




When rainfall quenches the bone-dry terrain of Southern Niger, says New York-based travel photographer Terri Gold, a thousand Wodaabe nomads, along with thousands of their treasured animals, converge across the desert in celebration of the The Guérewol Festival. As part of the weeklong event, the men dress in traditional finery, adorn their faces in paint, and perform for hours in hopes of winning the admiration of a set of young women judges. After braving the 110 degree heat in search of the merrymaking, Gold at last happened upon Guérewol after weeks of anticipation and captured the scene using infrared film.

‘The Unknown Soldier’ Sheds Light on Severely Injured American Troops


Army Staff Sgt. Robert Henline. Bobby’s transport was incinerated by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was the lone survivor.


Army SPC Jerral Hancock. Jerral was driving a tank in Iraq. A roadside bomb pierced the armor, breaching the interior. It is believed that Jerral was trapped under the wreckage for half an hour.


1LT Nicholas John Vogt, US Army. On November 12, 2011, he was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan.

The Unknown Soldier, suggests New York-based photographer David Jay, is not about war; instead, it’s a confrontation of the invisible consequences left behind in its wake, a validation of realities that are at once unthinkable and irrefutable. Over the course of three years, the photographer bore witness to those soldiers who had been severely wounded on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, visiting them at military hospitals as well as in their own homes and amongst their loved ones.

Intimate Portraits of Britain’s Aging Rebels and Mavericks


Mick and Peggy Warner, Mick: “We was all in the Isle of Wight when we saw a Ted with two girls in a cafe. I pointed him out to my son and said, ‘that’s what you want to be my boy’. So he did didn’t he. We didn’t force him like. He liked it and started bopping. But he don’t no more though. Even though we always got our hair in and wear all the gear we’re too old to bop now. I used to do the smooch with Peg but I can’t even do that anymore now. It makes my blooming back ache. So that put the Kibosh on that.”


John G. Byrne: “I’m an original skinhead from 1969, however like most gay skins I still see myself as being young. I like to knock around with younger people and get used to the new things. All the young guys I know now are always talking about ‘poonani’. It makes me feel up to date and younger to keep up with new slang. I suppose in 10 or 20 years people will stop saying ‘poonani’.”

British photographer Muir Vidler’s series Rebels Without A Pause was born out of a chance encounter. While working as a staff photographer for a gay scene magazine, he met Adrian Delgoffe, a man in his early 60’s, wearing leather pants and harness, dancing alone at a club. Instead of sitting at home, falling asleep in front of the TV, like most men that age were likely doing at that precise moment, Delgoffe was out, enjoying life, on his own terms. The scene sparked an idea. There are people out there, if you look hard enough, who defy stereotypes. Those who don’t let their age define who they are, what they wear or how they act. Vidler began actively seeking out these aging rebels and mavericks for a portrait series that celebrates their life and vitality.

Photos Examine the Impact of Rapid Development on Nomadic Life in Mongolia



Mongolia is a country divided by two kinds of people. There are those who retain a traditional nomadic lifestyle and those who strive for a more modern life. Photographer Michele Palazzi’s Black Gold Hotel is a long term project about the impact of modernization in Mongolia.

Photographer Infiltrates ‘Camera Clubs,’ Where Men Lure Women Into Posing Nude with Promises of Fame (NSFW)



“I had been an activist and a feminist since my teens,” remembers Brooklyn-based photographer Chris Verene of his 1990s monograph Camera Club, for which he entered and documented gatherings of men who entice women to pose nude. Under the guise of being well-connected photographers within the fashion and modeling industries, these men are often amateur artists who will use the images to their own ends, offering nothing in the way of payment or professional exposure to the women they deceive.

A Story of Hope and Beauty on the Mississippi Delta




For New York City-based photographer Magdalena Sole, visiting the Mississippi Delta for the first time was like returning to a home she never knew she missed. Since then, she has spent eighty four days and traversed over 10,000 miles of land between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers, discovering happiness and heartache as they erupt in tandem across the Southern plains.

Welcome to Miss Muslimah, a Beauty Pageant for Muslim Women


Finalists have a last meal during preparations for the Grand Finale on November 21st, 2014


Fatma Ben Guefrache of Tunisia is crowned Muss Muslimah 2014 at The Grand Finale of the Miss Muslimah World Competition on November 21st, 2014.


The World Muslimah Award is unlike any other beauty pageant in the world, substituting headscarfs for bathing suits, spiritual piety for baton twirling, and a jury of orphaned children for a set of celebrity panelists. In 2014, Istanbul-based photojournalist Monique Jaques ventured to Yogakarta, Indonesia, where the competition of eighteen young hopefuls unfolded against a backdrop in which Islamic mosques stood alongside Buddhist and Hindu temples.

Offbeat Portraits of German LARP (Live Action Role-Play) Enthusiasts




Live Action Role-Play, suggests German photographer Felix von der Osten, is a kind of theater wherein there are no distinctions between actors and audience members. For Alter Ego, he tells the story of this unusual game that allows players to travel backwards and forwards in time, transforming into gallant Medieval knights, unyielding monarchs, and survivors of a faraway apocalypse.

Fascinating Portraits Document the Devotees of Father Divine, an African American Spiritual Leader


15 Minutes Until the Banquet Is Rung

Love Child with Father and Mother Divine.Kristin Bedford

Love Child with Father and Mother Divine


Father’s Estate, “The Mountain of the House of the Lord”

Meet the devotees of the “The International Peace Mission Movement,” a group of followers to Father Divine, a figure they believe to be God. The movement began in Harlem during the 1930s and attracted thousands of followers, states Kristin Bedford, who spent five weeks living with and photographing the community of Father Divine in an estate outside of Philadelphia. The movement’s abiding faith and dedication despite their dwindling numbers and aging followers captivated her attention to document their traditions. Bedford describes, “My visit felt like a special intersection of time, history, and devotion. I had the chance to experience their traditions before they fade away. With these photographs I hope to offer glimpses of a mysterious and enduring faith.”