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Gripping Photos Capture a Young Family of Mine Workers in Bolivia

Kindheit auf dem "Cerro Rico" in Potosi Bolivia

Maxima Limachi holds her youngest son Israel in her arms. On the window ledge stands a photo of her deceased husband. He died at the age of 35 in a mining accident in one of the tunnels of “Cerro Rico”. Since then, Maxima has raised her children alone.

Kindheit auf dem "Cerro Rico" in Potosi Bolivia

For guarding the mines seven days a week all day long the cooperative pays around 40€ to Maxima and her family. To earn a little more they have to work in the mines themselves from time to time. The seven years old Israel helps to free the cart‘s railway from debris.

Towering over the city of Potosi, Bolivia, the Cerro Rico mountain houses approximately 500 silver mines, 15,000 workers, and 200 families. Having catapulted Spain and the surrounding European territories into an era of prosperity from the mid-1500s onwards, the promise of the mountain began to fade by the 19th century with the vastly decreasing quantities of silver. Today, miners and guards brave the depths of the mines for meager wages, among them women and children.

‘Woven Portraits’ by Photographer David Samuel Stern

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Kosuke Kawahara, Artist (I)

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Emma Bailey, Poet

There is something allusive about the artist, their creative process and inspirational muses always a bit of a mystery. Photographer David Samuel Stern plays upon this idea by transforming the faces of composers, designers and other creatives into abstract objects for his series Woven Portraits.

Photo du Jour: A Sex Worker in Athens

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For The Attendants, photographer Myrto Papadopoulos captures moments in the lives of sex workers living in Greece, bringing to light the painful nuances of the sex industry. After meeting with charitable organizations, government officials, and medical professionals, Papadopoulos discovered that the distinctions between prostitution and sex trafficking were sometimes blurred, making it almost impossible to judge whether a woman was working voluntarily or by force.

Photos Reveal the Bathtub of a 72-Year-Old Hoarder

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For George’s Bath, photographer Corinna Kern focuses her lens on the unassuming bathtub of George Fowler, a 72-year-old man struggling with compulsive hoarding. After befriending him at an eviction resistance event and discovering that he had lived as a squatter in the 1970s, Kern stayed with Fowler for two months, and each day she witnessed the shocking versatility of his bathtub. Sequestered from the chaos that permeates the rest of the large home, the small tub had been transformed into an unlikely site of household order, where everything from dishes to clothes are carefully cleansed and tidied.

Creatures of the Night: Photos Capture the Wonder of Nocturnal Animals

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For Nocturne: Creatures of the Night, Rhode Island-based animal photographer Traer Scott intimately connects with world’s most mysterious and evasive nocturnal creatures, photographing animals and diverse as the vampire bat, the Indian flying fox, the African serval, and the Capybara. Ranging from adorable to fearsome, Scott’s magnificent creatures give shape to all that goes bump in the night.

Female Photographer Imagines Her Life with Dozens of Different Partners in ‘Self Portraits with Men’

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Who do you want to be? Or, more accurately, who could you have been? Czech photographer Dita Pepe takes these musings quite literally, re-imaging her life in a hundred different scenarios in her series Self Portraits with Men. Pepe’s photographs are disarming in their nonchalant subtly, the artist possessing an uncanny ability to become a seamless member of each family.

Photos of the Elusive, Vagabond Circuses of El Salvador

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For Circo El Salvador, New York-based Photographer Steven Laxton captures the magical moments behind the scenes of El Salvador’s traveling circuses. Living out of their vans, these performers, young and old, devote themselves to their craft and to a nomadic existence free from conventional definitions of home.

Photos of a Florida Trailer Park Home to Retired Couples From Quebec

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Benoit et Suzanne, from the series Snowbirds, 2012

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For Snowbirds, Montreal-based photographer Mika Goodfriend documents the abundant world contained within Pompano Beach’s Breezy Hill, a small trailer and RV park on the Florida seaside. Home to a thriving community of retired couples from Quebec, the intimate setting fosters a close bond between the families and their shared place of origin.

Arresting Photos Capture Childhood Fear and Wonder

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In his highly contrasted black and white images, Helsinki, Finland-based photographer Johan Entchev dreams up a world a childhood anxiety and wonderment. In photographing his sons, whom he has documented since they were born, he abandons objective realities for subjective desire, always viewing the children partly obscured as if through a veil of adult nostalgia.

Photos of the Anachronistic British Island Territories in the South Atlantic Seas

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Stanley Infant & Junior School Pupils, the Falkland Islands. 

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Calshot Harbor is the only way on or off Tristan da Cunha (2012 pop. 259). The harbor is too small for ships to dock, and the weather in the South Atlantic often prevents disembarkation onto smaller boats. In such cases, ships are forced to drop anchor offshore and wait for the weather to improve. This image shows a pontoon heading out to offload essential supplies from the MV Baltic Trader.

Relics of the British colonial empire, four smallish islands sprinkled around the South Atlantic, gave Bath-based photographer Jon Tonks plenty of subject matter for Empire, his project on the post-colonial territories. Empire, published by Dewi Lewis, is a present-day portrait of the lives and people of Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, and the slightly more famous Falkland Islands, yet much of what Tonks portrays seems like it could have been photographed decades past, which is part of what is so appealing about this project.