Posts tagged: documentary photography

Photo du Jour: Mumbai Skyscrapers Amidst Slums

Alicja Dobrucka

Wake up everyday to a spectacular view of the blue sky romancing the sea. Come home to beachside joys.

Polish, London-based photographer Alicja Dobrucka documents the changing landscape in the bustling city of Mumbai, India, in her recent series Life is on a New High. Dobrucka takes a close look at the city’s construction boom and the 15 “supertalls” (buildings over 980 feet), the hundreds of skyscrapers, and thousands of high-rise buildings currently being built. Already, there are over 2,500 high-rises in the city. Dobrucka explores the contrast between these monster, luxury structures (of which most are residential) and the slums that surround them. To drive this irony further home, she cleverly pairs her photos with real ad slogans attempting to lure Mumbai’s newly rich or up-and-coming middle class to these properties.

Work from this series is included in the group exhibition Restate at London’s Art:I:Curate through April 17, 2014.

The Hard Life: Photos Offer a Glimpse Inside Sierra Leone’s Largest Slum

Kim Thue

Kim Thue

London-based photographer Kim Thue’s Dead Traffic is a beautiful yet grim series on Big Wharf, the largest slum in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Thue originally went to the politically-fraught region to document daily life at a charity hospital but found it difficult to create work that went beyond the stereotypical images of poverty. In search of broader photographic opportunities, he ventured into Freetown and ended up in Big Wharf. Many of the residents of Big Wharf had first come to the city in search of better opportunities and, not finding them, ended up in an area ravaged by poverty, crime, violence, and addiction.

Portraits of Hipsters Getting Down at the NRMAL Music Festival in Monterrey, Mexico



Spotlighted in the darkness, Alejandro Cartagena‘s dancers look lost in their own world, the chaos and crowds of Mexico’s NRMAL music festival vanishing in a blur of pure rhapsody.

Nan Goldin’s New Book Documents 30 Years of a Softer Subject: Childhood

Nan Goldin

The Cow Girl, Providence, RI, 1991. Images are taken from Eden and After by Nan Goldin. Images courtesy Nan Goldin/Phaidon Press Inc.

Nan Goldin

Mel lying on top of Deborah, Mayreau Island, 2002. Images are taken from Eden and After by Nan Goldin. Images courtesy Nan Goldin/Phaidon Press Inc.

When we think of Nan Goldin, we think of her raw and deeply personal work that continues to have an effect on contemporary photography; we think of her provocative and gritty snapshots from The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, an intimate chronicle of her relationships with friends and lovers on the fringe of society in the 1980s. Now, at 60, Goldin is releasing a new collection of images in her book, Eden and After, with a surprisingly softer subject matter at its core—childhood.

‘Where Death Dies’: Photos of Repurposed Execution Sites Across the United States


Old Sparky, West Virginia Penitentiary. 2011.


Original site of Execution. Hanging. Lobby of the State office Department. Alaska. 2011.

The most recent execution in the U.S. took place on a few days ago on March 27th, 2014 in Texas. Though capital punishment is still considered constitutional in 33 states, to date 18 have abolished the death penalty altogether. Photographer Emily Kinni explores the remains of these sites, the investigation transporting her on a journey through forgotten history and local memories. Her series Where Death Dies serves as an intriguing glimpse into the evolution of the executional landscape.

‘With Or Without You’: Poignant Photos of a Family Coping In a Time of Crisis


Danny with His Christmas Present


Second Floor

With or Without You is Long Island-based photographer Christian Wilbur‘s chronicle of his handicapped brother’s transition from their family home to a care facility. An older sibling born several weeks premature and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a very young age, Daniel grew up an ever-crucial and joyful part of the Wilbur family, never allowing his condition to discourage him.

Melbourne Photographer Captures City Cleaners Quietly At Work


Melbourne Museum, Melbourne


Greater Union Cinemas, Russell Street, Melbourne

Australian photographer Greg Briggs scours every crack and cranny to find the city’s least acknowledged laborers in Melbourne Cleaners. Shot over a period of 6 months, each image captures the unseen workforce of local museums, theaters and historic hotels.

Photos from Skatopia: ’88 Acres of Anarchy’ in the Woods of Ohio

Travis Dove

Travis Dove

In 2007, Durham, NC-based photographer Travis Dove was studying photography at Ohio University when he heard of Skatopia. The DIY skate park’s “88 acres of anarchy” is located on farmland in Rutland, Ohio, a town of fewer than 500 people, and draws hundreds of visitors per year. Some stay a day, others camp out for months at a time. Either way, much partying ensues.

Malika Gaudin-Delrieu’s Portrait of a Happy Hermaphrodite Prostitute

Malika Gaudin-Delrieu

Malika Gaudin-Delrieu

“I’d rather sell my ass than my soul, it’s harder but much cleaner,” says Claudette, the “happy hermaphrodite prostitute” who is the compelling subject of photographer Malika Gaudin-Delrieu’s La vie en rose.

Agent Orange 40 Years Later: Heartbreaking Photos Inside Orphanages in Vietnam

Francis Wade

Francis Wade

The negative effects of war are seemingly never-ending. Dioxin, or Agent Orange, as we know it more commonly from its use during the Vietnam War, continues to wreak havoc on people born today, 40 years after the fact. Print journalist and photographer Francis Wade documented youth in two orphanages in Saigon to call attention to this insistent and heartbreaking catastrophe. We asked him to elaborate.