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Lucas Foglia’s Sweeping Photos of the American West in the Midst of a Mining Boom

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Moving Cattle to Spring Pasture, Boulder, Wyoming 2011

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Tommy Trying to Shoot Coyotes, Big Springs Ranch, Oasis, Nevada 2012

Frontcountry is Lucas Foglia‘s exploration of the American West, where human figures are swallowed up by an endless horizon and everyday life swells with raw wildness. Foglia spent 7 years traveling through the expanse that is rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming. Initially intrigued by the idea of tight-knit communities living on the edge of a final American frontier, the photographer instead found himself the middle of the mining boom. The series reads like a parable of heritage, preservation and greed swimming hazily in the monstrous landscape of a disappearing culture. As ranching and mining attempt to coexist, Frontcountry captures the individuals who call the region their home.

‘Across the River’ Examines One Town Split in Two by Political and Ethnic Upheaval in Kosovo

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Jahovic Family, South Mitrovica

Savete Jahovic, her husband Hajrulla, and their 10 children share a small flat in the Roma neighborhood, which is located south of the river Ibar. To feed their family, they receive 100€ welfare a month from the Serbian municipality in the north. “As a Roma in Kosovo, it is impossible to find a job,” claims Hajrulla. Even though they receive more support from the Serbian community than from the Albanians, they do not feel accepted by either side.

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Ibar River

Across the River is Jasper Bastian‘s long-term project examining the tense and divided city of Mitrovica located in the northwest portion of Kosovo. Once one of the richest cities in the former country of Yugoslavia, the struggling town is now split in two from ethnic tensions, political upheaval and painful memories. While South Mitrovica claims to belong to the independent state of Kosovo, North Mitrovica still vows allegiance with Serbia. The River Ibar runs through the center as both a physical and idealogical barrier, the people there separated and suspended in a constant state of uncertainty and distrust from both sides. Bastian examines this splintered city as a microcosm of the complicated history of the region as a whole, telling stories of the everyday citizens who suffer in the wake of war and political corruption.

Photo du Jour: The Passion of Christ

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Amongst the procession of hundreds of young men, photographer Juan Carlos Lelo De Larrea captures the spellbound face of a single Nazarene participating in the Passion of Christ performance in Iztapalapa, Mexico City. As part of a nearly two centuries’ old tradition, the event takes place on Good Friday, drawing millions of visitors each year.

‘I Am Sophie Green': Photographer Explores Identity with Portraits of Women Who Share Her Name

01_ Sophie Green, 20, Fareham, Student Teacher

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Sophie Green, 20, Norfolk, Student

For her ongoing project, I Am Sophie Green, London-based photographer Sophie Green creates an archive of individuals who go by the same name. Beginning in late 2011, the project has lead her to various areas in England in search of a broader understanding of the self as reflected in this arbitrary network of people born with her first and last name.

Peace Amidst Turmoil: A Region in Afghanistan Untouched by the Taliban

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Wakhi shepherds © Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset

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June 21,2010: Wakhi man with a buffalo © Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset

For Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, Denver-based photographer Benjamin Rasmussen documents daily life in a northeastern region of the country, an expanse of land that remains largely untouched by war and by the Taliban. Compelled to create images with the potential to enrich and challenge a limited Western picture of Afghanistan, Rasmussen visited the Wakhan Corridor after learning of the area from his sister-in-law, who was working overseas, he explains in conversation with Daylight Books.

Photo du Jour: Bless Your Heart

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For Bless Your Heart, New York City-based photographer Grant Ellis returns to his hometown of Cleveland, Mississippi, capturing the small, magical moments he remembers from childhood. The project began unofficially when Ellis turned 16, got his driver’s license, and took to the open road with his camera. Through Ellis’s wistful lens, the Mississipi Delta emerges as a misty landscape aglow with youthful energy and a rich cultural heritage.

Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Blondie, the Ramones: Legendary Photos from CBGB in the 70s

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Patti Smith, Bowery 1976

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Dictators, Bowery 1976

Forty years ago, the coffee shop on Bleecker and Bowery where David Godlis and I are sitting was a vacant lot. Across the street from the vacant lot was the legendary rock club CBGB-OMFUG. Opened by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it brought to life not only the now iconic punk sound exemplified by artists like Television, the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Blondie, but the street photography of David Godlis. After going to school in Boston, the born-and-bred New Yorker returned to the city to land a job as a photography assistant. In his off-hours, he found himself looking for a place to hang out. That place ended up being CBGB.

The ‘Penguinscapes’ of Antarctica

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© Gaston Lacombe / Offset

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For his breathtaking series Penguinscapes, photographer Gaston Lacombe traces a colony of 250,000 penguins along the Esperanza research base in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Hope Bay. In summer, the penguins come ashore to hatch and care for their nestlings, often venturing onto the base itself. In his arresting aerial landscapes, Lacombe offers us a glimpse into the shockingly verdant terrain of Antarctica, an extraterrestrial wilderness whose appearance metamorphoses daily depending upon the activities of its native penguins. As this ethereal watercolor expanse becomes saturated with soft pinks and greens, we are reminded of the profound delicacy of these creatures who depend upon the landscape for generations to come. We spoke to Lacombe about his visit to the Esperanza base, his passion for wildlife, and the future of the penguins.

Photo du Jour: The Fallen Mare

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Horses competing in El Raid race in Jose Pedro Varela, Uruguay face 60 miles of paved road, a perilous journey for even the most resilient of animals. Running at an average speed on twenty miles per hour, the horses are followed by a rush of trucks, from which their handlers, known collectively as a “stud,” douse their steaming bodies with hose water. Dehydration, exhaustion, and overheating are very real dangers, and the animals are checked by veterinarians during a single hour’s rest period. Despite these precautions, horses are lost to the race; in the 2012 season, five Raid horses died.

‘Iranian Fathers & Daughters': A Photo Series Defies Stereotypes

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Zahra’s father is jobless. “I don’t know what to say about him. I really don’t.”

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Shima & Lina’s father is a civil project manager. “Our father has studied in Europe. That’s why he gave us all the freedom the Western youths have in personal life.”

For Iranian Fathers & Daughters, photographer Nafise Motlaq enters the homes of families in Iran, capturing the diverse bonds that tie young women and their dads. Her own relationship with her father changed when he fell into a coma while she was living in Malaysia. After he recovered from a life-threatening illness, Motlaq explains that the two of them became closer, and on her first trip back to Iran in over seven years, she was inspired to seek out other father-daughter pairings that defied the stereotypes she encountered abroad.