Israeli forces’ flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early July 29, 2014. (Khalil Hamra/AP)
Reblogged from fotojournalismus.
July 30, 2014, 2:29pm
Eight months after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank off the coast of Lampedusa, killing more than 360 people and spurring an international outcry, the flow of migrants risking the perilous sea journey to Europe shows no signs of letting up. Already this year, the number of migrants arriving by boat on Italy’s shores has surpassed 40,000, the total number of migrants that arrived in 2013.
On World Refugee Day, June 20, TIME is publishing a collection of images from photographer Massimo Sestini, who accompanied the Italian navy on its rescue missions earlier this month. The shots depict the treacherous conditions in which tens of thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the crossing, packed in rickety motorboats with limited supplies. But they also reveal, in a manner rarely seen, the human faces of some of the men, women and children who risk everything to make it to Europe.
June 20, 2014, 11:41am
It was meant to be world financial center and the third-tallest building in all of Venezuela, known for its sprawling cities and staggering inequality. But in 1994, construction was halted on the building after four years thanks to a banking crisis that saw 17 of the nation’s 49 commercial banks fail. Over time, the abandoned building was colonized by squatters from nearby slums. Today, the tower is the world’s largest vertical slum — dubbed “Torre David,” or “Tower of David,” by residents — the structure hosts a self-contained community of roughly 3,000 people in over 750 families spanning 45 floors, each with their own shops and services. Residents pay a $32 monthly condo fee for 24-hour armed security and run a co-operative mini-government, with non-compliance for the rules being punished with “social work” like chores and repairs around the building.
April 28, 2014, 11:04am
How do people adapt to life in one of the most polluted cities in the world, in sub-zero temperatures, during extended periods with no daylight?
Photographer Elena Chernyshova recently set out to explore those questions in Norilsk, Russia, a city of more than 170,000 people located above the polar circle.
April 22, 2014, 3:25am
In Memoriam: Anja Niedringhaus
Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on April 4, 2014.
An Afghan police officer opened fire on Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon from the Associated Press in a police headquarters in Khost province, after the women arrived with a convoy of election materials on Friday.
Niedringhaus died almost immediately from wounds to her head, a health official said, and Gannon was taken to hospital with less serious injuries after being shot twice. She later underwent surgery and was described as being in stable condition and talking to medical personnel. Both were veteran correspondents with long experience covering Afghanistan.
Afghanistan, once a relatively safe place to work, has become increasingly deadly for journalists in the run up to the elections. Just last month Swedish-British radio reporter Nils Horner was shot dead in downtown Kabul. Days later Sardar Ahmad of the Agence France Press was gunned down, along with his wife and two children, in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul. His youngest son, two-year-old Abuzar, survived several gunshot wounds.
Niedringhaus has long been recognized for her expertise in gaining a subject’s trust and photographing them with a style that is immediately recognizable. Her attention to detail, composition and light come together to not only tell insightful stories but also to create works of art.
She worked for the European Press Photo Agency before joining the AP in 2002, based in Geneva. She had published two books. She was the only woman on a team of 11 AP photographers awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.
April 04, 2014, 4:12pm
Aid is distributed at the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, where the UN says people have been reduced to eating animal feed. Since the photograph was taken, aid has ceased to be delivered because of security concerns.
March 05, 2014, 6:00pm
When France began mining uranium ore in the desert of northern Niger in the early 1970s, Arlit was a cluster of miners’ huts stranded between the sun-blasted rocks of the Air mountains and the sands of the Sahara.
The 1973 OPEC oil embargo changed that. France embraced nuclear power to free itself from reliance on foreign oil and overnight this remote corner of Africa became crucial to its national interests. Arlit has grown into a sprawling settlement of 117,000 people, while France now depends on nuclear power for three-quarters of its electricity, making it more reliant on uranium than any country on earth.
Niger has become the world’s fourth-largest producer of the ore after Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia. But uranium has not enriched Niger. The former French colony remains one of the poorest countries on earth. More than 60 percent of its 17 million people survive on less than $1 a day. — Read More
(Photographs: Joe Penney/Reuters)
February 16, 2014, 7:38pm
Carolyn Drake: Two Rivers
In this project, the Amu Darya and Syr Darya – two rivers – become guides on a journey through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan.
Early Islamic writings call the Amu and Syr Darya two of the four rivers of Paradise. Their water has sustained human life for forty thousand years, providing pastures for nomadic herders and irrigation for farmers, enabling the development of culture, trade, language, literature—and, in parallel, motivating a centuries-long succession of wars and imperial conquests. Turkic, Mongol, Hun, and Wu Hu nomadic warriors from the mountains fought settled farmers in the valleys and desert oases until the sixteenth century, before the conquests of the Qing dynasty and the British and Russian empires.
When the Soviet government officially incorporated Central Asia in 1917, it carved the land up into independent republics and transformed its rivers into a web of irrigation canals, turning the region into a gigantic cotton farm. Such large quantities of water were diverted that the Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth largest lake, began to disappear, replaced by salt and dust storms. When Moscow’s rule ended in 1991, five new Central Asian nations were left behind, burdened with struggling economies, artificial borders, and a growing environmental crisis.
Despite the divisions that have emerged since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the two rivers still run through these countries, binding them inextricably. This project follows the rivers from beginning to end, crossing into the lives of people and the layers of history that they intersect along the way.
February 08, 2014, 7:38pm
A new set for an apocalypse movie?
The riots in Kiev. This is happening right now.
Those breathtaking pictures were taken by the young and usually happy tumblarian girl RedMisa during her volunteer work at Kiev.
"I never thought that I would cry for my native country. I’m not particularly patriotic, I do not like politics, large gatherings of people, meetings and inspirational slogans. but I still go to the central street of Kyiv almost every day, doing volunteer work, doing all I can to help. two months of no change for the better, things were getting worse and worse. but when the killings began, catching the protesters in the streets and beating them up…that was the last straw for me. I do not know what to expect next."
January 26, 2014, 4:18pm
Benjamin Rasmussen: The Wakhan Corridor
The Wakhan Corridor, located in the northeastern corner of Afghanistan, is unlike anyplace else in the country. The two people groups who reside in the region live in isolation from the outside world; with the Kyrgyz living on the high peaks of the Pamir Mountains, and the Wakhi in the valleys bellow. With little interaction with foreign forces or the Taliban, it is an area that exists outside of the turmoil of the rest of the Afghanistan.
December 30, 2013, 3:25am
Kuba Rubaj. Rainbow/ The Road
Rainbow Gathering is like alternative to modern world. Each year Rainbow Family attracts hundreds of thousands of people to spend time in wilderness.
Gatherings each year take place at over 100 locations all over the world, away from civilization, shops, sanitation, electricity, telephones, Internet, alcohol, drugs, money.
Participants feel connection with nature. They wish to live in peace and harmony. Some of them consider Rainbow as a new form of society. Spiritually, there is a very strong influence from native North American Shamanism. There is no membership, leaders, official spokespersons or any formal structure, everyone is equal. They live like a tribe.
All decisions are made by mutual consent achieved by discussion in the circle. Meals are common, and all duties voluntary. Each gathering lasts for a month or longer. There are also rainbow villages - small societies which try to be self-sufficient, usually hidden in mountains. I visited one, called Beneficio in Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain.
Everything may sounds a bit utopian but it actually works. Each year rainbow gatherings is visited by more and more people.
During four years I visited eight countries in four continents: Brazil, Turkey, Sahara desert in Morocco, Finland, Spain - twice, Poland, Ukraine. I travelled by many ways, a lot by hitch-hiking. With time photographs of the road I took began writing story in itself. I wish to visit all continents, and make two books about Raibow and the Road. Work is still in progress.
December 27, 2013, 3:25am
Arnau Bach is a self-taught photojournalist currently based out of Barcelona, Spain. In Bach’s series, entitled “Suburbia”, he ventures into Clichy Sous Bois, a suburb north of Paris, France where in November 2005 Zyed Benna (15 years old) and Bouna Traore (17 years old) died after being electrocuted by an electric generator while hiding from police in their neighborhood. In a matter of days, suburbs surrounding Paris would erupt in flames from violent protests from the disenfranchised communities of color outraged from the death of the two teens. | Via Empty Kingdom
December 05, 2013, 9:20pm
Bruce Davidson - East 100th Street
"For two years in the 1960s, Bruce Davidson photographed one block in East Harlem. He went back day after day, standing on sidewalks, knocking on doors, asking permission to photograph a face, a child, a room, a family. Through his skill, his extraordinary vision, and his deep respect for his subjects, Davidson’s portrait of the people of East 100th Street is a powerful statement of the dignity and humanity that is in all people."
December 05, 2013, 1:20pm