is a photo project created by photographer Mark Laita
in which he focuses on the contrasts between people, the lives and cultures through black and white portraits of different people. Some images possibly NSFW.
"I’m off. It’s been a while since I haven’t travelled alone. Last time was in 2008, I’ve been travelling in Sweden for a week after I put an end to my trip throught Europe. I had understood then that travelling by one’s own is something unlike anything, that this is a true and healthy experience, exiting, insperating. I’m on this train leading me to the unknown, and this feeling of being off on a adventure again is already exciting me. I’m off to spend ten days in Minsk
, capital of Belarus."
"Ms. Ruth" is a seamstress who makes robes and garments for members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Photojournalist Anthony Karen documents her work in this photo essay with audio of interviews.
World War II in Photos
"A retrospective of World War II in large-size photo stories. 900 photos in all, over 20 chapters, telling many of the countless millions of stories from the biggest conflict and biggest story of the 20th century."
[via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the world's largest active volcanoes. The Boston Globe presents photographer Oliver Grunewald's amazing photo essay
of a June 2010 expedition to the lava lake sheltered inside the crater. [more inside]
A Squirrel's Guide to Fashion
: from Life Magazine, circa 1940.
A photographic essay, a glimpse inside
the Real Doll
factory. Video interview with Matt McMullen
(6m) , Real Doll creator. Guys And Dolls
(46m), a BBC documentary about Real Dolls and their owners. (All links pretty much NSFW) [more inside]
How much life could you find in one cubic foot?
With a 12-inch green metal-framed cube, photographer David Liittschwager (of the Endangered Species Project)
surveyed biodiversity in land, water, tropical and temperate environments around the globe for National Geographic. At each locale he set down the cube and started watching, counting, and photographing with the help of his assistant and many biologists. The goal: to represent the creatures that lived in or moved through that space. The team then sorted through their habitat cubes and tallied every inhabitant, down to a size of about a millimeter
. [more inside]
In 1948, W. Eugene Smith
, best known for his brutally honest
war photography, traveled to Kremmling, Colorado to document the life of a small town country doctor. The result, a splendid piece
for Life magazine, has been hailed as one of the first photo essays of the modern photojournalism age. [more inside]
- a photo and audio essay from Mother Jones magazine about a day in the life of a 58-year old seamstress who caters to the Ku Klux Klan.
Busted in Jena.
My path crossed the Jena Six by chance. The BBC broadcast a documentary called “Race Hate in Louisiana” in May 2007. When I watched a copy of it in June, I was dumbfounded. I quit my job a week early, packed the car with my cameras, and drove to Jena.
Meet the bureaucrats.
The unnerving similarity of bureaucrats' offices.
The best political photo essay i've ever seen.
A cheeky look at Bush's flip flops in the form of a shoe catalogue.
Still romanticizin' the beat generation?
Lovely shots from the Venice West Picture Essay - a photo chronicle of the beat generation in venice west, california circa 1958….from the out-of-print "the holy barbarians" by lawrence lipton
One year later
"It's easy to send soldiers off to war. It's a lot harder to face them when they come home"
Images of London life over the years.
The Decline of Fashion Photography; An argument in pictures.
Inspired by Karen Lehrman's photo-essay about the poor state of contemporary fashion photography, I went looking for vintage goodness. Louise Dahl-Wolfe
and Irving Penn
are two of the photographers she mentions, but it would be a shame to miss (to name a few) Frances Pellegrini's
, Erwin Blumenfeld's
, and Herman Landshoff's
contributions to the genre.
'West Africa's markets are legendary and none more so than the famous Makola market in Ghana's capital, Accra. Run by powerful women traders who sell in the market, Makola is a place where you can buy anything you need - manufactured and imported foods, fresh produce, tools, medicines, shoes, pots and pans etc etc. It's also a place that's good for the soul; its humour and energy will recharge your batteries. If you aren't lucky enough to be in a West African city, you can still imagine you're there. Whether you are in New York, Paris or Sao Paolo, Johannesburg, Nairobi or Cairo, click on the link and join Ofeibea Quist Arcton on a stroll through Makola Market. It will do you good. '
Via allafrica.com's photo pages.
Manhattan and Brooklyn photos.
Ultradio photos of the scene. Too much mental fantasy today. I can't cover up my fear and terror with anger anymore. Back to reality. I'm going to try to not follow any more political topics and threads for a while.
extremely good photographs
non graphic, but so excellant in showing many facets of this disaster.