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Photos of the Darkness Inside a Child’s Imagination

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When you’re little, most everything is frightening, especially the darkness and whatever might lurk therein. As an adult, photographer Stavros Stamatiou stepped back into the abyss of his childhood memories, wandering alone in the night throughout the ancient Grecian land beside his home.

A Beautifully Honest Portrayal of Post Natal Depression

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In Sour Milk, Farah Hughes explores the subject of Post Natal Depression (PND). Such emotionally isolating illnesses are often hard to put into words, and Hughes renders the condition visually through sensitive portraits of women who have experienced it, at times photographed with their children, and at others alone. Describing her own experience with PND as “one of the hardest battles [she has] had to fight”, Hughes is intimately acquainted with the subject of her project.

These ‘Shop Cats’ In Hong Kong Will Make You Smile

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© Marcel Heijnen, ‘Hong Kong Shop Cats’ #5, Hong Kong 2016, Courtesy Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong

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© Marcel Heijnen, ‘Hong Kong Shop Cats’ #18, Hong Kong 2016, Courtesy Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong

After decades of living with cats, Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen found himself in Hong Kong without one to call his own. Then he met Dau Ding. And Ah Dai, and Siu Faa, and Fei Zai, the shop cats of the Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan neighborhoods.

The Story of One Dying Man and the Photographer He Trusted

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To Be Dressed

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Degrees of Deterioration

When photographer Justine Bursoni gave birth to her son, midwife Ray Spooner stood by her, and when Ray Spooner died, Justine Bursoni stood by him.

The Legacy of the Indian Residential Schools as Seen in Photos

MIKE PINAY
Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School
1953-1963
“It was the worst ten years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of 6 to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.”
“Do you remember your number?”
“73.”

Daniella Zalcman’s project, Signs of Your Identity, focusses on the legacy of the Indian Residential schools implemented by the Canadian government in the 1840s. The schools were intended to assimilate young indigenous students into western Canadian culture, but used brutalising tactics to achieve this end. Zalcman creates multiple-exposure portraits of former residents of the schools and conducts interviews with them about their stories, exploring the repercussions of their treatment. The effect is an overlaying of the past with the present, of memory with identity; the ways that our histories, both personal and societal, shape us.

Tragedy and Hope on the Front Lines of the Fight Against ISIS

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Jalal Jabat Uddin, 23, sits with his unit comrades an hour after his best friend and fellow Peshmerga solider, Bemal, 22, was killed by sniper fire during a six hour operation to retake a village from ISIS, north of Mosul. Peshmerga forces have hugely outnumbered ISIS in recent offensives, but fatalities have remained high and struck at the heart of the force. From suicide bombings to booby traps, snipers to posing as refugees, IS has employed tactics for the sole purpose of maximising the body count.

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Anah, 8, is the last surviving sibling of five. Her three brothers and younger sister were killed in fighting earlier this year as ISIS tightened its grip on their village near Qayarra during Peshmerga and Iraqi offensives. She now lives with her mother and aunts in Debaga camp.

“I’ve always been more interested in the effects of war than the spectacle of it,” photojournalist Souvid Datta explains.

Rescue Kittens Take Flight in New Photo Book

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The life of a homeless kitten can be tough, but thanks to California photographer Seth Casteel, some special rescue cats were given a chance to have some fun and play.

One Photographer’s Love Letter to Her Elderly Dog

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Benny was Catherine Panebianco’s first dog. Well, she’d had dogs as a child, but Benny was the first who was just for her and her husband. Every morning, he drank the milk at the bottom of her cereal bowl. She took him for two walks each day, and when she stopped petting him, he’d put his paw over her hand to ask for more.

Beautiful Meditations on Long Haul Bus Travel

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Long distance bus journeys can be dull. Full of people waiting to get to their destination, with rest stops at small, depressing service stations and food courts, buses move slowly across the landscape, night and day. The buses themselves are conspicuously absent from Dan Gemkow’s project In Transit, however. The series focusses on the various characters that find themselves on these buses, standing or sitting at stops in contemplative stances. The photographer waited for a moment in which all means of distraction had been exhausted, the boredom necessitating an instance of reflection, and asked to photograph his subjects where they were, undistracted and pensive.

The Weird and Wonderful World of Online Meet-Up Groups

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Staten Island Pug Meetup, Staten Island, NY, 2013

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New York City Dads Group, New York, NY, 2014

Photographer Amy Lombard has the best stories. They’re by turns hilarious, heartbreaking, and shocking almost to the point of obscenity. Always, they’re told with humbleness and affection.

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