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The possessed of Hazrat Ali Mira Datar | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

The possessed of Hazrat Ali Mira Datar | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | photography | Scoop.it

"The Possessed of Mira Datar is about the shrine of a Sufi saint in Gujarat (India) where hundreds of Muslim and Hindu pilgrims come every day. The belief that this saint can rid people of evil spirits, and other assorted maladies, has continued undiminished for over 600 years. Stories of possessed pilgrims being cured by vomiting snakes, scorpions and nails are circulated by the religious keepers of the shrine, to maintain their status and financial gains."

-Tewfic El-Sawy


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Jaisalmer, the art of editing | Photographer: Steve McCurry

Jaisalmer, the art of editing | Photographer: Steve McCurry | photography | Scoop.it

"Whether you have hundreds of thousands of pictures in your archive or a few hundred, the process of editing your pictures down to the ones with the best aesthetic, the best composition, and the ones that illustrate your story or experiences best, is a process that takes time, patience, and experience. I was in a beat-up taxi travelling through the desert to a town called Jaisalmer. As we drove down the road, we saw a dust storm grow … Where we stopped, women and children worked on the road … In the strange dark orange light and the howling wind, battered by sand and dust, they sang and prayed."

 

"Before the Afghan Girl was published on the cover of the National Geographic magazine, there was discussion about whether or not the image was too strong for the cover.  The person who advocated for putting it on the cover saw something others didn’t, and time and perspective proved that it was the picture that best illustrated the article, and also the picture that has stood the test of time."-Steve McCurry

 


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Sunrise Sunset | Photographer: Steve McCurry

Sunrise Sunset | Photographer: Steve McCurry | photography | Scoop.it
There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them. -  Jo Walton India Yemen Sunrise and Sunset I’ll tell you how the sun ros...

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Photo report's curator insight, January 14, 2013 6:21 AM

Steve McCurry (born February 24, 1950) is an American photojournalist best known for his photograph, "Afghan Girl" that originally appeared in National Geographic magazine.

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Distant and Close | Photographer: Alla Mirovskaya

Distant and Close | Photographer: Alla Mirovskaya | photography | Scoop.it

“I am Alla Mirovskaya, independent photographer from Moscow (Russia). I am looking for own place in contemporary photography now. My great interest – is the Documentary photography. I would like to research such themes as personality, human relationships, family, identity, time, and memory.

Now I am studying on the course “Photography as a research”, The Foundation of Cultural and Informational Projects FotoDepartament, Saint-Petersburg (www.fotodepartament.ru). My photostory “Distant and Close” – is my course work. It is the personal story, the starting point for it was the search for understanding between me and my family, the need to under standand review my own impression of my family members and our relationships.”


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Goodbye My Chechnya | Photographer: Diana Markosian

Goodbye My Chechnya | Photographer: Diana Markosian | photography | Scoop.it

For young girls in Chechnya the most innocent acts could mean breaking the rules.A Chechen girl caught smoking is cause for arrest; while rumors of a couple having sex before marriage can result in an honor killing.

The few girls who dare to rebel become targets in the eyes of Chechen authorities.After nearly two decades of vicious war and 70 years of Soviet rule, during which religious participation was banned, modern-day Chechnya is going through Islamic revival. The Chechen government is building mosques in every village, prayer rooms in public schools, and enforcing a stricter Islamic dress code for both men and women. This photo essay chronicles the lives of young Muslim girls who witnessed the horrors of two wars and are now coming of age in a republic that is rapidly redefining itself as a Muslim state. - Diana Markosian


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Photo report's curator insight, April 28, 2013 7:49 AM

The Russian republic of Chechnya has been undergoing an Islamic revival. Having existed under Soviet rule for 70 years before getting caught up in a war with the Russian Federation that lasted almost two decades, the tiny state has turned to Islam in what looks to be an attempt to maintain some semblance of identity and drive a wedge between itself and the land of Putin. The Chechen government is building mosques in every village, prayer rooms in public schools, and enforcing a stricter Islamic dress code for both men and women. It might be miles away from Islamabad, but Chechnya's gone Islamamad.

For young women in particular, this has led to a change in what they can expect to do with their lives. Smoking, for instance, is definitely a good reason to spend a night in jail, while premarital sex must seem less attractive when the president of your country has given his public approval to any family who feels like carrying out an honor killing.

Photographer Diana Markosian spent some time in the area getting to know a group of Muslim girls who grew up during the wars, chronicling their coming of age in a region that is rapidly redefining itself as an Islamic state.

Khanh Fleshman's curator insight, December 6, 2013 8:54 AM

This appears on my page because it shows the troubles of women in countries like Chechnya and how hard every day life is for them. People that could benefit from reading this are women in countries that may take their rights and freedoms for granted, because it provides the perspective of women who are forced to live in these restricting conditions. This relates to Half the Sky because the book also illustrates how easy it is for women in these societies to make perceived transgressions in the eyes of the men.

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Portraits | Photojournalist: Amy Helene Johansson

Portraits | Photojournalist: Amy Helene Johansson | photography | Scoop.it

"Unsafe Journey. A woman is riding between the railway carriages of a local train heading north from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Her luggage is tucked under the carriage in front of her. It is the month of Ramadan, a fast which culminates in Eid-ul-Fitr, a three-day celebration. Tens of thousands of people leave the city to go to their home village and celebrate with their families. Trains are packed and many who fail to get tickets before they sell out or can't afford buying them at the black market ride on the roof of the train or, like this woman, finds a quiet spot between the carriages." 


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Diwali 2012: Festival of Lights | Photographer: Lloyd Young

Diwali 2012: Festival of Lights | Photographer: Lloyd Young | photography | Scoop.it

Hindus worldwide recently celebrated Diwali, a five-day “festival of lights” that marks the new year and honors the principle of good over evil. One Diwali ritual is honoring Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.


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Le danseur de Kacchi ghodi | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter

Le danseur de Kacchi ghodi | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter | photography | Scoop.it

The travel photographer, Serge Bouvet, met this danser of Kachhi Ghodi in Kathputli Colony Slum (new Delhi). Bandit areas of Shekhawati have been behind the origin of this dance varieties. It is carried out to entertain the bridegroom and his escorts in a marriage party. Elaborate costumes are worn by the performers, which helps make them appear as if they are riding on horseback. Brandishing of swords, lively sidestepping and pirouetting to the songs and drums are made use of in the Kachhi Ghodi dance of Rajasthan.

 

Kachi Godi derives its name from the work Ghoodi meaning ‘mare’.


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Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

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Maha Kumbh Mela | From Boston newspaper

Maha Kumbh Mela | From Boston newspaper | photography | Scoop.it
Held only once every twelve years, the cleansing ritual of the Maha Kumbh Mela sees up to a hundred million Hindu devotees symbolically bathe away their sins in the holy Ganges River. It is thought to be the largest gathering of humanity on earth.

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