Topic: Poverty

Khashayar Sharifae
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#LightBoxFF: Everyday Iran With Khashayar Sharifaee

Iranian photographer and industrial design student Khashayar Sharifaee uses Instagram to document the often unseen daily lives of ordinary Iranians through surreal, documentary snapshots and dreamlike, blended images

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Matt Black, Geography of Poverty
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#LightBoxFF: Matt Black Charts the Geography of Poverty

Photographer Matt Black uses Instagram to visually chart the physical terrain of economic inequality in his Geography of Poverty project.

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Jeff Riedel for TIME
Photo Essay

The Faces of Food Stamps

These poignant, touching photos show us the lives of food stamp recipients in the wake of program cuts

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Enrico Natali
Out There

Defying Expectations: An Alternative (and Peaceful) Look at 1968 Detroit

Today, Detroit is an exotic and extreme place whose grassy fields and acres upon acres of concrete ruins evoke horror and shame even from those who live there, writes Laura Berman of the Detroit News. But what Enrico Natali’s photographs from the late 60s capture is normality: a Detroit that’s neither urban outlier nor crucible of failure.

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Camilo José Vergara
Out There

From the Inner Cities to the White House: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara

This week, Camilo José Vergara will become the first photographer ever to receive the National Humanities Medal. He writes for LightBox about his dedicated, meticulous approach in documenting some of the poorest and most segregated communities in urban America.

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Chris Dean narrates the short film, As I Am, which was co-produced by Alan Spearman, Mark Adams and The Commercial Appeal.
The Backstory

‘As I Am': From the Streets of South Memphis to the White House and Back Again

Christopher Dean, a twenty-year old who grew up in the projects of South Memphis and whose thoughtful speech introducing President Barack Obama at his high school graduation gained him an internship at the White House, returns to his hometown to collaborate with Alan Spearman, a talented filmmaker, to produce a short, powerful film on a wounded city.

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Brenda Ann Kenneally
In Progress

The Boy from Troy

Brenda Ann Kenneally has spent more than eight years documenting the life of Donny, a young boy from Troy, N.Y. who has been plagued by emotional and behavioral disabilities. Kenneally investigates the complicated social systems that contributed to Donny’s problems and the solutions that have started to help him get better.

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Larry Towell—Magnum
In Progress

Another Side of Afghanistan by Larry Towell

From 2008 to 2011, Towell traveled to Afghanistan five times, documenting in both photographs and videos the various social issues that plague its citizens, from drug addiction and poverty to the prevalence of landmines. The work is part of a new show and slated to be an upcoming book.

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Lee Jeffries
Out There

Exclusive: Photos of Miami’s Homeless by Lee Jeffries

Last month we featured the work of Lee Jeffries, a self-taught photographer who is crusading to bring attention to the plight of the homeless. Here, he shares his latest work from Miami exclusively with LightBox.

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Rebecca Blackwell—AP Photo
Closeup

Pictures of the Week, January 20 – January 27

From the State of the Union and the Year of the Dragon to ballot boxes and backstage fashion, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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