Jimmy Nelson Photographs Vanishing Tribes Before They Pass Away Photographer Jimmy Nelson in Papua New Guinea I’ve been fascinated by tribal cultures for over 20 years, ever since I interviewed my grandfather about our family history and learned we had American Indian blood on both sides. In the years since, I’ve traveled to indigenous communities in Dominica, South Africa, Tahiti, the Peruvian Amazon and numerous other destinations in an effort to learn from the tribal cultures there. So you can imagine how much photographer Jimmy Nelson‘s new book, Before They Pass Away, resonated with me on a personal level.
Portraits of Reconciliation Last month, the photographer Pieter Hugo went to southern Rwanda, two decades after nearly a million people were killed during the country’s genocide, and captured a series of unlikely, almost unthinkable tableaus. In one, a woman rests her hand on the shoulder of the man who killed her father and brothers. In another, a woman poses with a casually reclining man who looted her property and whose father helped murder her husband and children. "Technically Intimate" Series by Evan Baden In Evan Baden's portrait series, "Technically Intimate," he explores sexting and online intimacy, focusing on a generation of youth who are becoming adults in the context of online media immersion. Taken from the perspective of an onlooker, the portraits create the unsettling sense that an ostensibly private moment is unsecured and uncontrolled. Each portrait in the series emerged from something real: an image or video posted online, quite likely without the subject's consent.
Nepal's 8 Key Historic Sites: What's Rubble, What's Still Standing The collapse of Kathmandu's 183-year-old Dharahara Tower, which once loomed nine stories over the ancient city and modern capital of Nepal, has become a symbol of nation’s cultural loss in the wake of last weekend's earthquake. (See how the earthquake has devastated Nepal.) While the 19th-century watchtower was a civic icon, sites of critical importance to the more ancient cultural and religious legacy of Nepal have also been damaged and destroyed by the quake. A country that occupies a mountainous land 1/20 the size of India (approximately the size of the U.S. state of Arkansas), Nepal is nonetheless home to eight UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites.
"Mixed Blood" portraits by Cyjo Photographer Cyjo's "Mixed Blood" portraits make a frank, sweeping statement about the evolution of ethnic identity—and in particular, the melting-pot that is our families. Taken from 2010 to 2013 in New York and Beijing, these photographs reveal how the average person is likely to look in the future. What are we, then, if we don't hew to the traditional cultural and visual cues we've longed allowed to define us? Perhaps Cyjo is saying that by marrying outside our race, we defy antiquated racial categories and in fact undermine them altogether. We'll no longer be literally black, white, or yellow, and our sensibilities won't be figuratively compartmentalized, either. There's no doubt this is our future.
Put the Fun Back into Your Photography with a Cow Safari Whether you are a pro photographer or a dedicated amateur, sometimes when you are photographing a lot you can get so caught up in achieving the perfect image, that you lose the sense of fun that got you interested in the first place. Actively putting the fun back in can not only help you to enjoy your regular photography work more, and assist in getting your photo mojo back, but can inspire new ideas you otherwise might not have come up with. My favourite way to do this is a Cow Safari. It’s kind of like an African safari, but with cows.
"10/1" series by Bogdan Gîrbovan Romanian photographer Bogdan Gîrbovan selected one typical ten-storey apartment block in Bucharest at random for a photography project. It’s inhabitants live in identical apartments one on top of the other. But that’s not to say they lived in the same home as all their neighbours — each one was absolutely unique. Through Bogdan’s photos, we catch a glimpse of the vastly different ways in which people live in modern society, even when they’re right next to each other.
Literacy Through Photography Blog For decades Wendy Ewald has collaborated in art projects with children, families, women, and teachers in Labrador, Colombia, India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Mexico, and the United States. Starting as documentary investigations of places and communities, Ewald’s projects probe questions of identity and cultural differences. In her work with children she encourages them to use cameras to record themselves, their families, and their communities, and to articulate their fantasies and dreams. Ewald herself often makes photographs within the communities she works with and has the children mark or write on her negatives, thereby challenging the concept of who actually makes an image, who is the photographer, who the subject, who is the observer and who the observed. Wendy Ewald has received many honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. Citations about Wendy Ewald