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Old Delhi | Photographer: Lana Slezic

Old Delhi | Photographer: Lana Slezic | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

In the memories of my youth, my park is a treasured place. The trees are old and tall, their branches blotted with bursts of electric green. The wooden benches are worn and scratched with the initials of love-struck teenagers. In autumn, the crackling, sun-burnt leaves are so plentiful that the grass disappears.

 

My park is a safe place, one where I leave my mother behind, as I dash up the dirt path in search of adventure. Confidence builds in the sandbox and laughter hides behind the trees. In my park, the swings are the center of the universe. The street kids I photographed in Old Delhi call the place where they live “the park.” Not a strand of grass has the misfortune of growing there.

 

The ground reeks of urine and burning rubbish. Sniffing glue is the center of this world. Shoeless children play happily in the scorched dirt, flicking marbles for money so they can eat, their tummies grumbling with hunger. This park bears no resemblance to that of my youth. Somewhere in the cloud of that disparity I quiver in fear—fear that change will never come to these children.

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Congoloses wrestlers | Photographer: Colin Delfosse

Congoloses wrestlers | Photographer: Colin Delfosse | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Kinshasa, 2010. Eight million inhabitants, thousands of shegués (street children), hundreds of wrestlers and their brass bands. Edingwe, Dragon, City Train, Mbokotomo : the “legends” of Congolese wrestling invent themselves on a daily basis in the outskirts of Kinshasa. Body-building, and even black magic enthusiasts fight for glory in makeshift rings. They come from the streets and their charisma commands respect and admiration. But the heros of the ring are modest in victory : « Kobeta libanga papa mundele » [we manage, white man]. In the last hours of the day, when they have hung up their everyday “occupations”, they put on masks and wrestling kit ready to fight. The motorised parade of wrestlers attracts crowds from the dusty streets of Massina, Ngili and Matete, towns round the Congolese capital. In back yards, on the tables of the street cafés, or even in the street, the spell casters warm up over primus stoves and cannabis. The ring is hastily set up, the judge climbs onto the ropes. “Let the match begin!” The fight starts and is usually more or less fixed. Rounds follow one another until the final spell is cast, until the adversary is floored, until the next fight.

 

Graduated in journalism, Colin Delfosse turned to documentary photography in 2005, and became one of the founding members of the Out of Focus collective.

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Getting Ahead in Dharavi | Photographer : Adam Ferguson for NYTimes.com

Getting Ahead in Dharavi  | Photographer : Adam Ferguson for NYTimes.com | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
As many as a million people live and work in Dharavi, a sprawling slum in Mumbai, India.

 

MUMBAI, India — At the edge of India’s greatest slum, Shaikh Mobin’s decrepit shanty is cleaved like a wedding cake, four layers high and sliced down the middle. The missing half has been demolished. What remains appears ready for demolition, too, with temporary walls and a rickety corrugated roof.

 

Based in New Delhi from 2007 to 2011,  Adam Ferguson documented social tensions within the world's largest democracy and Pakistan as it grappled with poverty and political insecurity. During his time based in South Asia he embarked on his most in-depth photographic project; an exploration into the corners of the US led military occupation of Afghanistan. 

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Kathputli is my Home | Photojpournalist: Zackary Canepari

Kathputli is my Home | Photojpournalist: Zackary Canepari | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Kathputli Colony slum in North Delhi is an illegal settlement or shantytown, which is both home and a mecca for the thousands of itinerant and non-itinerant magicians, acrobats, jugglers, musicians, dancers and puppeteers who perform in the vast Indian sub-continent. Whether performing in the marble lobbies of top hotels or in the back streets of impoverished slums and villages, the nearly all of the 1,500-3,000 families in the colony are professional performing artists, and consider Kathputli thier home. 

Zackary Canepari's talents are obvious in the feature. His super-saturated medium squarish format photographs frame his subjects perfectly, and bring out the captured moment of the expression.

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Street photography | Photographer: Matt Stuart

Street photography | Photographer: Matt Stuart | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
I am not sure which came first, my being nosey or an interest in 'street photography', but a fascination with people and the way they live their lives is why I enjoy the business so much.

 

Matt Stuart, 1974, UK, is a street photographer. He uses a Leica MP to shoot his images. Matt's work is humorous and spontaneous. He does not stage or manipulate any of his photographs apart from his commercial work. Roaming the streets of London, Stuart is looking for moments, happenings where all things fall into place to make his shot. He had a show beginning of this year called Happy Accidents, which might just be the best title to describe Matt's photography. The following images come from his Colour portfolio.

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American Ocean | Photographer: Aaron Huey

American Ocean | Photographer: Aaron Huey | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Aaron Huey, 1975, USA, has done a vast amount of projects. In 2002 he walked 3,349 miles across the United States. He regularly shoots for the National Geographic magazine, The New Yorker and Harper's amongst many others. He was named one of PDN's top 30 emerging photographers in 2007. In 2008 he was awarded a National Geographic Expedition Council grant to hitchhike across Siberia. Aaron has covered stories on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Georgia and the United States to name a few. He was planning on doing a story on poverty in America and ended up at the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. Pine Ridgebecame a long-term project on it's own. The following images come from the series American Ocean.

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Trash Land | Photographer: José Ferreira

Trash Land | Photographer: José Ferreira | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
Trash Land Documentary Project (Photography and Post-productions)

By: José Ferreira

Text Related By José Ferreira,

Written By: Nuno Silva

Translation By: Mariana Luz and Catarina Mendonça

 

The grotesque conscious / unconscious inertia of people as human beings takes us to nasty scenarios that characterize any underdeveloped world, from nothing less than astronomical distances. 
Such distances, makes the twenty-first century scenarios, as I testified in the Huléne dump. Animations awfully pictorial to an outdated outlook.. Scenarios where life is exiled of senses, where I question the color of my faith and alienate from the reality ... a reality as strong as this. 

 

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Radical Camp | Photographer: Tina Schula

Radical Camp | Photographer: Tina Schula | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

In Radical Camp, photographer Tina Schula reflects upon the rise of extremist groups in the U.S. and Europe. Exploring the structure and strategy of such groups, Schula creates a narrative of images focused on a small group of men and women undergoing training for a deadly mission.

 

Depicting various situations, from kidnappings to general meetings, each photograph emphasizes the vast complexity of extremist groups. Many pictures draw similarities to infamous cults and terrorist organizations of the past, such as Jim Jones and the Baader-Meinhof group, creating a feeling of familiarity and unrest.

 

“By constructing an intricate narrative, I try to convey that, as with extremist groups, the need for social acceptance often outweighs ideology. Radical Campis about the sudden radicalization of previously unpolitical, marginalized individuals. It depicts a deadly serious fictional scenario that could happen here and now,” Schula says.

 

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David Griffin on how photography connects us | Video on TED.com

TED Talks The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

 

The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

As director of photography for National Geographic, David Griffin works with some of the most powerful photographs the world has ever seen.

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Chen Man : Top Chinese Fashion Photographer

Chen Man : Top Chinese Fashion Photographer | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

“It’s Time For The New Generation To Build Its Own Aesthetic & Moral Language”

Since bursting onto the scene in 2003, Beijing native Chen Man (陈曼) has emerged as China’s leading fashion photographer. Having launched her career with Chinese Vision magazine, Central Academy of Fine Arts-trained Chen — known for her stylized, highly saturated and somewhat surreal imagery and otherworldly sense of color — has become one of her country’s most sought-after fashion photographers. In recent years, Chen has made a name for herself shooting celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Faye Wong, Fan Bingbing and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for the Chinese editions of magazines such as ELLE, Vogue and BAZAAR, as well as campaigns for brands like Shanghai Tang, Absolut, Celine, Shiseido and Coach.

 

This year, Chen’s work has appeared on the cover of i-D magazine’s Chinese New Year issue, and Chen’s collaboration on a makeup collection with the New York-based cosmetic brand M.A.C. was released worldwide this March. Like contemporaries such as Quentin Shih (Jing Daily interview), Chen’s work fits in a unique and nebulous niche, somewhere between fine art and commercial fare, giving it a global appeal to art-lovers and brands alike and, as such, keeping her extremely busy.

Recently, Jing Daily discussed Chen’s conceptions of China’s emerging photography scene, how she sees her place in it, and what she thinks of comparisons to her work with that of Lady Gaga. Interview translated from the original Chinese.

 

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From Luvon’s series of ads on the Chinese Lolita | Photographer QUENTIN SHIH (aka SHI XIAOFAN) 时晓凡

From Luvon’s series of ads on the Chinese Lolita | Photographer QUENTIN SHIH (aka SHI XIAOFAN) 时晓凡 | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

This work, Yiwen & Graig, is from a project with fashion designer Liulu for her label Luvon.

 

Quentin Shih a.k.a Shi Xiaofan is a fine art photographer who focuses on portrait, fashion and commercial photography. Shih started out taking photographs of his musician friends and artists before gradually moving into fashion and commercial photography. He is a self-taught photographer and he currently lives and works between Beijing and New York. His visual style is often dreamy and bleak at the same time, with a focus on storytelling as he believes readers should always read beyond what is seen in a photograph.

 

 

 

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The World in Your Cup | Photographer: Steve McCurry

The World in Your Cup | Photographer: Steve McCurry | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Do you want drink a cup of tea with Steve McCurry everywhere in the world ? So, enjoyed your eyes with new photographies of the famous travel photographer.

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Rabari: India's Nomadic Shepherds | Travel photographer: Mitchell Kanashkevich

Rabari: India's Nomadic Shepherds | Travel photographer: Mitchell Kanashkevich | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

The Rabari are a nomadic tribe of cattle herders. They have roamed the area that covers present-day West India and East Pakistan for almost a thousand years. Despite the constantly changing world around them, the Rabari have managed to cling on to most elements of their unique culture and lifestyle for countless generations. However, the current onslaught of change in the form of modernization and land development presents a new and perhaps impossible challenge.

 

With less grazing lands at their disposal, continuing cultural influences of main-stream India and the 'outside' modern world, the Rabari find themselves turning to a more sedentary lifestyle and exchanging their distinct traditional costumes for which they are famous around India, for 'made-in-China' t-shirts and baseball caps. This is a look at some of the last of the traditional Rabari people, as well as a glance at what their future might look like.

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Haiti Cherie | Photographer: Alice Smeets

Haiti Cherie | Photographer: Alice Smeets | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

I am yet to meet someone who has not been moved by Haitis beautiful landscapes, colorful streets and rich culture. Nor, have I not met anyone who has not been shocked by its poverty erodes the country. Haiti is full of contrast and complexity. You can spend years in Haiti and still not understand the place. The countrys history is complex and contrasting. In 1804 Haiti attracted the worlds attention by becoming the first black republic to declare independence.

 

Today it attracts attention for being the poorest Nation in the Western Hemisphere. The population has witnessed many corrupt leaders as well as substantial exploitation at the hands of foreign governments, especially the United States and France. The country has always been considered as a place where anyone can grow rich off the backs of the poor and is the archetypal example of a system that sees the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Even though Haitians, when asked how they are, will invariably simply say: I am good, thanks. It is a nation with a strong will to survive and to go on without complaining. It is a story of a nations persistence and of the dignity and pride of these people everyday life.

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From the Island | Jiří Makovec

From the Island | Jiří Makovec | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Using a Hasselblad and lots of film, Jiri has managed to capture the city in a truly unique and surprising way.

 

Jiri Makovec lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, Phillips de Pury & Company Auctions’ Change of Art and All Grown Up, the ChobiMela International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh, and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan. Of this work, Tales From The island, he writes, ‘Within the city’s rigid grid, moments of mystery and terror unveil, and are captured as a series of encounters and events. Whether the viewer is facing truth or fiction, this body of work shows the photographers’ relationship to the city, that is also known as “the arena for the terminal stage of Western civilization”‘ (R. Koolhaas).

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The Raikas | Travel photographer: Zackary Canepari.

The Raikas | Travel photographer: Zackary Canepari. | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Zackary Canepari is an freelance editorial photographer based in New Delhi, India.

His photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, IHT, The San Francisco Chronicle and others.

He recently was awarded first place in the Travel Portraits of PDN's World In Focus (The Ultimate Travel Photography Contest); results which were published in PDN's February 2009 issue.

His winning image was the one above of Raika camel breeders Madharam Raika and Bawerlal Raika in the Kumbhhalgarh sanctuary in Rajasthan waiting for their herd to finish grazing. This image is part of a larger photo essay by this talented (but publicity-shy) photographer, and can be found on his website.

The Raikas are also known as Rabaris and Dewasi, and are migratory herders who keep camels, sheep, and goats. They are the largest pastoral group of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

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CHOLITA | Photographer: Susana Raab

CHOLITA | Photographer: Susana Raab | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
Cholita, photographs of Peru, a portfolio of images by documentary photographer Susana Raab.

 

Susana Raab, 1968, Peru/USA, is a Washington, DC based editorial and documentary photographer. Her series Cholita examines modern coastal Peruvian culture with an emphasis on the Peruvian social constructs, which are a legacy of colonial times. The word Cholo derives its origin from colonial times and signifies a dog of disreputable origin, and was used by the colonial Spaniards as an insult. Today the word is commonly used with both positive and negative connotations depending upon the context and reflects a central paradox of Latin American culture. The following images come from her seriesCholita.

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Like a dream | Photographer: Ellen Kooi

Like a dream | Photographer: Ellen Kooi | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi, 1962, works and lives in The Netherlands. She makes large-scale photographs. They are stories created on camera that seek the border between reality and fantasy. The landscapes and the subjects, often young girls or boys, fit together perfectly and create a dramatic and poetic scene. Ellen has been in numerous exhibitions worldwide and her work can be found in various private and public collections. The following images come from her portfolio.

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Thoughts like five fingers spread | Photographer: Cig Harvey

Thoughts like five fingers spread | Photographer: Cig Harvey | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Cig Harvey is an editorial and fine art photographer whose works invokes a series of sensory experiences. One glance at her images often inspires a sense of magic and optimism. Through the use of vibrant colors and deliberate yet simple settings, a sense of wonder, delight and beauty is conveyed that allows readers to connect with the natural world.

Harvey recently moved to Maine where she lives with husband and baby. Her work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of many major museums.  She was a recent finalist for the prestigious BMW Prize at Paris Photo and had her first solo museum show at The Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway.

Harvey will be signing her new monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency, at Sylvester & Co. in Sag Harbor, NY this Saturday, June 30. You can read more about this series on Lenscratch.

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Mimicry | Photographer: Maurits Giesen & Ilse Leenders

Mimicry | Photographer: Maurits Giesen & Ilse Leenders | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Another great post for color junkies! Dutch photographer duo Maurits Giesen &Ilse Leenders worked together on this Mimicry series. The concept; the uniformity of human beings, people with inconspicuous identities. Just likeanimals they adapt to their environment. Visually in this series it is shown by the use of similar costumes, position and gender.

 

Dutch artists Maurits Giesen and Ilse Leenders first published this series in 2004. Each frame shows the two photographers side by side in highly stylized sets, predominantly colored in primary and secondary shades, depicting an “identity crisis” in the imagery.

The inspiration of the series “Mimicry” came from the uniformity of persons. People from whom the identity is missing and those who are inconspicuous in our society. Just like animals they adapt to their environment. Visually in this series it is shown by the use of similar costumes, position and gender.

On their website, the artists add, “The authority of our work lies in the meticulous care with which we construct and ‘direct’ each shot. We acknowledge the subliminal impact of different genres, from film noir to pulp fiction and graphic novels, but create convincing scenes that invite suspension of disbelief.”


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Tiled Gods Appear on Mumbai Streets | Photographer Amit Madheshiya

Tiled Gods Appear on Mumbai Streets | Photographer Amit Madheshiya | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
It's religion at its most practical. Ceramic tiles painted with images of Krishna, Jesus and Buddha have over the years been employed to dissuade people from urinating in public places.
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Invincible Journeys | Fashion photographer : Kurt Stallaert

Invincible Journeys | Fashion photographer : Kurt Stallaert | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Kurt Stallaert recently shot six print ads and six short films for Sisley's 2012 Spring/Summer campaign. After thirteen seasons of working with photographer Terry Richardson, the creatives at Bennetton decided to change it up and flew out to Stallaert's native home of Belgium to work with him for the latest campaign.

 

The campaign is all about DIY in style with the tagline "Don't Depend on Anyone." Stallaert's expert lighting and execution promote both the concept and upcoming collection flawlessly. To watch the films, click here. For more of Stallaert's work, visit his Web site.

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Jing Daily Interview: Fashion Photographer :Quentin Shih

Jing Daily Interview: Fashion Photographer :Quentin Shih | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"Perhaps best known for his controversial 2010 Dior “Shanghai Dreamers” campaign, Tianjin-born, New York and Beijing-based artist Quentin Shih (时 晓凡) is one of the most highly regarded and sought-after Chinese fashion photographers. The self-taught artist, who cut his teeth shooting his hometown’s underground music and art scenes, started his career off in Beijing, then New York, as a fine art photographer, turning increasingly to commercial and fashion work since 2007. Since then, Shih has shot campaigns for brands such as Adidas, Microsoft, Sony and Siemens, as well as spreads for major publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire. Most recently, Shih shot the “Lolita”-inspired lookbook for designer Liu Lu’s brand, Luvon, referenced in February by Hong Huang in her column for WWD, ChinaFile."

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Last Days of the Rickshaw | Photographer :Ami Vitale

Last Days of the Rickshaw  | Photographer :Ami Vitale | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

The strategy of drivers in Kolkata—drivers of private cars and taxis and buses and the enclosed three-wheel scooters used as jitneys and even pedicabs—is simple: Forge ahead while honking. There are no stop signs to speak of. To a visitor, the signs that say, in large block letters, OBEY TRAFFIC RULES come across as a bit of black humor. During a recent stay in Kolkata, the method I devised for crossing major thoroughfares was to wait until I could attach myself to more pedestrians than I figured a taxi was willing to knock down. (Feature article on : http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/04/kolkata-rickshaws/calvin-trillin-text)


ABOUT AMI VITALE

Ami Vitale’s journey as a photojournalist has taken her to more than 80 countries. She has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life, and unspeakable violence. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Geo,  Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian. 

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Kawah Ijen - Sulfur miners of Ijen crater | Photojournalist: Mitchell Kanashkevich

Kawah Ijen - Sulfur miners of Ijen crater | Photojournalist: Mitchell Kanashkevich | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Kawah Ijen is Java's famous sulfur-belching volcanic crater. It is also the regular workplace for almost three hundred men, who make the grueling journey up the mountain and down the crater rim to mine sulfur.

The men depend on nothing more than a metal rod and sheer muscle power. They have no special equipment to assist them with the mining and little to no protection from the poisonous fumes that the volcano constantly expels. The job of the men at Kawah Ijen might be one of the most difficult and dangerous in the world.

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