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Moving Photos of Restless Souls Who Live on the Open Road

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CSX Yard, Cumberland Maryland, 2014

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Near Amarillo, Texas, 2013

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Quartzsite, Arizona, 2016

“I’m not homeless. I might be houseless, but these freight trains are my home,” Mark confided in photographer Nicholas Syracuse, who has for twenty years been recording the history of those who, like Mark, have behind the comforts of mainstream life for the freedom of the railway.

Photos of The Iconic Route 66 Take Us Back in Time (Sponsored)

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Route 66 Diner on Central Ave, Albuquerque, New Mexico © Julien McRoberts / Offset

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Route 66, California © Cavan Images / Offset

Holbrook,Arizona, United States. Route 66.

Fake dinosaurs along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona © Julien McRoberts / Offset

“I feel like much of our country has become one big strip mall,” confides American photographer Julien McRoberts, who has spent much of her life traveling the world. But there’s one place that maintains the allure of the old American West: Route 66, the 91-year-old highway running through eight states, from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California.

Route 66, the subject of the nations best rhythm and blues songs (Route 66 by Bobby Troupe) and literary classics (The Grapes of Wrath, On The Road), was decommissioned in 1985, 60 years after it opened. In the words of Smithsonian Magazine’s Megan Gambino, the American treasure “is not aging gracefully.” Though some 85% of the road remains drivable, much of the once-flourishing businesses that once lined the iconic highway have packed up and moved along. Places are abandoned; the neon signs have been turned off for the final time.

Still, sentimental souls still cherish the long-forgotten highway. Some motel owners refused to leave their beloved “Mother Road,” and some portions have survived the fall from grace. McRoberts, an Offset photographer, understands the persevering spirit of Route 66 more than most. Over the course of four years, she made the journey across the entire 2,400 miles that once supported the country’s westward migration.

The Roma of Poland and Their Daily Struggle for Survival

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Kalici’s wife Eva carries Zyna.

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Karolina escaped from her parents’ home in a different part of Poland because of love for Alex, one of the slum’s inhabitants.

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Roma child in an Ikea bag.

Stigma isn’t narrated by photojournalist Adam Lach but by its own subjects, the Roma men, women, and children who call Wroclaw home. With help from his wife, he recorded their stories in first person as they were told to him, and over course of two years, he learned how fleeting and precarious the notion of “home” can be.

The Modern-Day Cinderellas of Colombia

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Karen lives with her mother, who is a secretary and saved money for more than a year and took out a loan to organize the party. It cost 4 millions pesos (1800 USD) and 85 people were invited. Karen wants to become a doctor.

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Laura’s father is a fruit seller, and her mother is unemployed. Laura loves playing football and will join the female youth Colombian football team in 2015. Her parents saved money for six months to organize her quinceañera. 200 people were invited. Laura wants to become a criminologist.

In many parts of South America, a girl’s fifteenth birthday is a moment of great importance. Quinceañera marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood, and its tradition goes beyond social class and background. French photographer Delphine Blast got interested in this celebration and in the way it combines local culture and Western influences. For her photo series Quinceañeras, Blast spent two months in the suburbs of south Bogota, in Colombia, and the result is series of eye-catching portraits of girls dressed in their party dresses, photographed in their usual environments.

Photos Examine the Obsession for White Skin in Vietnam

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At the red lights of Ho Chi Minh City’s intersections, Italian photographer Monia Lippi leaps ahead of the storm of sweating motorcyclists and scooter drivers who come to a momentary stop before the lights switch. She has 120 seconds to capture as many portraits as she can. Then she makes a dash for the sidewalk to avoid being crushed by the traffic as it surges forward.

Photojournalist Takes on Popular Video Game Mafia II

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How can a photojournalist consolidate a thirst for exploration with the need for home comforts? Paris-based photographer Sylvain Entressangle has found the perfect solution to this all-too-common dichotomy; his seemingly classical black and white photographs of a quintessentially American city in the 1940s-50s era are in reality street captures from the popular video game Mafia II. The Video Game Landscape series adheres to the traditional rules of street photography, giving us a window onto what the lives of the inhabitants of this virtual city might be like.

Meet Suzanne Gloria Lyall, A Girl that Disappeared 18 Years Ago

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Suzanne Gloria Lyall has been missing since March 2 1998. Then nineteen years old, she was employed on a part-time basis at “Babbages Software” in the Crossgate Malle in Guilderland, New York state. She left work at approximately 9.20pm that day and boarded a bus near the mall. She exited the bus at the Collins Circle stop on the State University of New York (SUNY) campus at approximately 9.45pm, and that was the last time Suzanne was ever seen. When Lausanne-based photographer Virginie Rebetez first met the missing girl’s parents in 2014, something clicked into place emotionally; she knew that she had to create a portrait of Suzanne, bringing together whatever lasting traces she could find. In creating the photo book Out of the Blue, the photographer hopes both to circulate Suzanne’s story in the art world, and gain a better understanding of our intrinsically human need for materiality or physicality in order to gain closure.

The Pixar-Like Insects Living in Your Backyard

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When he is not busy with his long-term documentary projects, Romanian photographer Remus Tiplea turns his camera towards a subject close by. These damselflies – real-life versions of Pixar insect cartoons – have been photographed in his backyard in Negresti-Oas, Romania.

Confessions of a Girl from Small-Town Ireland

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“Days in Derry are long. “There’s not a whole lot to do except hang out, wasting time,” says photographer Megan Doherty of the Irish town where she spent almost her entire life. Stoned in Melanchol is her ode to the place where she grew up, a neon fairytale starring her friends as heroines. Making pictures was, as she puts it, her “form of escape.”

Horrific Satellite Images of Texas Feedlots

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When Manchester-based photographer Mishka Henner first stumbled upon these seemingly abstract images on Google Earth, he had no idea what he was seeing; with research, the artist realized that these tentacle-like scars on the earth were created by the meat industry. The harrowing satellite-sourced images that constitute The Feedlots convey the sheer scale of intensive farming in America, where the need to maximize profit all too often takes precedence over concerns for sustainability and animal welfare.

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