Posts tagged: portrait photography

‘An Eye for an Eye': Powerful Portraits of Albanians Confined to Their Homes Due to Vendettas


Kalmet, Albania: Rosa, 40, and her son Edi, 16. Edi is stuck in his house because of vendetta lasting 4 years. His father killed two neighbors in a dispute over severed power line, and despite the fact that his father has been killed by the family of his enemies, Edi is still at risk because his father killed two people.


Blinisht is a small village in northern Albania where several families live stuck in their home because of fear of revenge. In the streets, there are always very few people.


Shkoder, Albania: Dede Zef PjetergJoka, 45, lost his brother in a bank robbery. Dede is waiting for a good moment to avenge him.

According to the traditions of the Kanun, an Albanian code of law dating back six centuries, arguments between opposing families are to be settled with the blood of the enemy. When the honor of one clad is besmirched, its members are expected to retaliate with violence; when one person is killed, it is the responsibility of his kin to avenge his death by executing a relative of the murderer. For An Eye for an Eye, Italy-based photojournalist Stefano Schirato documents the harrowing reemergence of blood vengeance in northern villages of Albania, where the ancient law has returned in the wake of the fall of Communism.

Arresting Photos From the Coldest Village on Earth (-58 °F!)


A local woman enters Preobrazhensky cathedral in a swirl of freezing mist.


“Road of Bones”

The Russian village of Oymyakon is widely recognized as the coldest in the world, with average winter temperatures reaching below -58 degrees fahrenheit. Making the treacherous trip from the frigid city of Yakutsk, to the village, New Zealand-based travel photographer Amos Chapple documents daily life in the remote region, where the entirety of civilization is subject to the whims of the snowy Siberian landscape.

A Look at Life Inside the Legal Brothels of Nevada (NSFW)


The line up. Madam Kitty’s Cathouse. Nevada.


‘Time Out’. Madam Kitty’s Cathouse. Nevada.

When London-based photographer Jane Hilton first walked into Madam Kitty’s Cathouse in 1998, she left all preconceived notions about sex work at the door. She gained access to the popular Nevada brothel through its madam, a fellow Englishwoman who took an immediate liking to the photographer. On the condition that she not interfere with workflow or with the house’s clientele, Hilton was permitted to chronicle the daily goings on in the lives of its sex workers.

Random Passerby in London Dressed In High Fashion Prove Much More Interesting To Look At Than Models


Eddjei, Ridley Road Market, wears coat from Beyond Retro


Joyce, Muswell Hill, wears Issey Miyake


Jim, Hoxton, wears JW Anderson

For The Thirty Three, London-based photographer Tom Johnson constructed makeshift studios throughout the city, inviting thirty-three complete strangers to take part in an offbeat fashion shoot, for which they were styled according to their own distinct personalities.

Incredibly Awkward (and Hilarious) Photos of People Who’ve Fallen



For In Extremis (bodies with no regret), Italian photographer Sandro Giordano dreams up elaborate scenes of falling, reveling in the instant of embarrassment that so often follows a public tumble. In these calamitous moments, the photographer interrupts the routines of recognizable characters—the surgeon, the churchgoer, the birthday girl—to reveal both the absurdity and pathos that bubbles beneath the surface of daily life.

New Book of Vintage Photos Reveal the Magic of Woodstock

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“I had put the Woodstock files away, locked deep in the closet of my memories,” says the wistful Santa Fe-based photographer Baron Wolman of his time at Woodstock. For a new book on the historic music festival, he has brought those recollections out of the dark, sharing with the world the magic of that bygone era. Marking the 45-year anniversary of those fateful three days in August, 1969, Woodstock comprises more than seventy-five black and white prints from the original Rolling Stone photographer’s archive.

Photography Website Makeover: Joan Lobis Brown


Joan Lobis Brown’s Squarespace site

New York City-based portrait and landscape photographer Joan Lobis Brown has spent nearly a decade giving voice those who are too often marginalized, neglected, and stigmatized. Setting her gaze on the theme of isolation, she has traveled around the globe to uncover the worldwide consequences of ignorance and discrimination. From emotionally-charged portraits of international HIV/AIDS activists and those living day-to-day with a positive diagnosis to empowering shots of at-risk LGBT youth who have been rejected by their families of origin, her work ultimately illuminates not what separates us but that which ties us together.

Moving Photos of Christians Living in the Middle East During an Era of Extreme Violence


Egypt, near Mallawi, July 2012. The monks of the monastery of Saint Veni have been repeatedly attacked by gangs of Muslim fundamentalists from nearby villages.


Jerusalem, December 2012. In the Ethiopian Church near Damascus Gate. The guardian shows an ancient version of the Bible.

For Rifugio, Italian photojournalist Linda Dorigo spent nearly three years traveling with journalist Andrea Milluzzi across the Middle East, gathering the stories of Christians living in Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Jordan, Israel, and Turkey during a period of mass exodus from the region.

Photographer Documents Mississippi’s Old School Blues Musicians


Leo Bud Welch, near Sabougla, MS


The hands of Pat Thomas, bluesman and son of bluesman James Son Thomas. Leland, MS

For his series Portraits of the Blues, photographer Lou Bopp captures the last remaining Mississippi delta Blues musicians of the previous era. Since 2008, he has made portraits of over 70 now elderly men who have made important contributions to this classic American genre of music.

Hilarious Portraits of ‘Old Babies’




For a series of portraits he now affectionally refers to as the “old babies,” California-based photographer Zachary Scott transforms a set of six children into elderly characters, with each youngster flawlessly inhabiting the role of the businessman, the grandma, the churchgoer, and even the old farmer.