Topic: documentary photography

Whoosh Shazam Chicapah!
Photo Essay

Living in a Real Life Faerieland

LightBox presents photographs documenting the rural gay experience at Faerieland, a colorful, communal sanctuary from a hostile world and a safe space to explore the complex relationships between spirituality, identity and sexuality.

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Koto Bolofo
Photo Essay

Robben Island: Nelson Mandela’s Prison Home

Koto Bolofo’s photographic study of the Robben Island prison that once held Nelson Mandela.

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Lewis Wickes Hine via Library of Congress
Profile

Tracking Down Lewis Hine’s Forgotten Child Laborers

In the last ten years, Joe Manning has tracked down the life stories of more than 350 child laborers in Lewis Hine’s documentary photography for the National Child Labor Committee.

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In the days following the attack, Maggie had time to reflect on what had occurred and decided to make an official statement to the police. She said she had resumed communications with her estranged husband and the father of her children, and was considering moving herself and her children to Alaska, where he is stationed with the Army.
Photo Essay

Video: A Portrait of Domestic Violence

Violence against women is almost always a private matter. In this multimedia video for TIME, photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz continues telling the story of one such incident of domestic violence — providing a look at the victim’s life as she slowly begins to move on.

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Peter van Agtmael—Magnum
Out There

Peter van Agtmael Receives the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael has received the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. The annual grant aims to recognize a photographer who has “demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.”

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image: A gang member poses with a gun in Caracas. Some 50 homicides occur in the city each week.
Photo Essay

The Street Gangs of Caracas

Venezuelan photographer Oscar Castillo has risked his life photographing the street gangs of Caracas for the past three years.

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© Estate of Ed van der Elsken—Nederlands Fotomuseum
Out There

The Sweet Life: Revisited

In photography, “the road trip,” especially by car around the United States, has been a right of passage for many photographers. Embarking on a fourteen-month world tour however is a bit less common, but that ambitious challenge was taken on in 1959 by the Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken and his wife Gerda. The resulting photographs would turned into one of the most epic Dutch photobooks ever produced, The Sweet Life.

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MAJA DANIELS
Out There

Into Oblivion: Documenting the Memory Loss from Alzheimer’s

Photographer Maja Daniels spent three years documenting the residents of an Alzheimer’s ward in France, creating portraits that convey the frustrations and challenges of living with dementia.

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Adam Golfer
In Progress

Vignettes from a Contested Land: An American Photographer in the West Bank

American photographer Adam Golfer’s images of the West Bank look beyond the hurly burly of one of the world’s intractable conflicts.

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Pari Dukovic
Photo Essay

Inside the World of Turkish Oil Wrestling

Turkish photographer Pari Dukovic photographed the sport of yağlı güreş, or oil wrestling. The sport is at the heart of Kırkpınar, a festival in the Turkish city of Edirne which is soon celebrating its 651st anniversary.

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