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Since 2008, Narayan Mahon has been taking photographs in the unrecognized states of Somaliland (a region of Somalia), Nagorno-Karabakh (a region of Azerbaijan), Transnistria (a region of Moldova), Northern Cyprus (a region of Cyprus), and Abkhazia (a region of Georgia), for a series called “Lands in Limbo.” Mahon, who is based in Madison, Wisconsin, is interested in what happens to these regions after they declare independence and their citizens, who often live in poverty, must redefine their cultural identity.
When looking at NY-based photographer Dina Litovsky‘s images, you can almost hear the drunken shrieks and clicking of massively too high heels. Launching into the deep end of glittery cocktails and single dollar bills, Litovsky’s Bachelorette is a candid exploration of the American ritual of brides-to-be. Begun in 2011, the ongoing series captures over 40 different parties hosted in New York City, Atlantic City and New Jersey. Litovsky found her subjects through social networks and bachelorette party websites, offering free photo shoots to brides in exchange for a chance to be a part of the ‘night of their lives’.
Last week, we featured remarkable photographs of snails by Vyacheslav Mischenko; the Indonesian-based photographer Nordin Seruyan takes similar yet wonderfully unique shots of the astonishing insect life flourishing in Southeast Asia. The magical images feature absurd little creatures that seem to spring from a budding daydream, and amongst brilliant pinks and purples, their spidery eyes and buoyant, spindly legs take center stage.
Crimeans call it Sivash, or the “Rotten Sea,” in reference to the unpleasant smell that wafts from the network of shallow, salty lagoons. But for those willing to look past the stench, an otherworldly vista awaits.
Sergey Anashkevych, a photographer in the region, has captured jaw-dropping photos of the marshy area, which includes an abandoned Soviet-era salt mine. According to Caters News Agency, in some spots, the water takes on a deep crimson hue as a result of halobacteria, single-celled microorganisms that are purple in color and found in highly salty environments.
On the streets and byways of Iraq, if you look hard enough, you can find leftover traces of the American war. A tall, concrete blast wall stands guard in front of an office building. A group of Iraqi police officers stand behind a stack of sandbags, in place for so many years that a tree grows from the open top. Even some English words have remained, working their way into conversations heard on Baghdad’s streets: “escort,” “canine,” “badge.”
The consequences of the American war, which Iraqis are still grappling with, are even easier to see. The last American combat troops departed in December, 2011, leaving behind an array of unresolved problems that, after a period of relative calm, have begun to burgeon again. The most intractable of these is the unsettled dispute between Iraq’s two largest religious groups, Sunni and Shiite Muslims. The Shiite majority suffered grievously under the Sunni-dominated regime of Saddam Hussein. The Americans ushered in a Shiite-led government, representing the majority, and served as umpire between Iraq’s major groups. By the end of 2008, following the “surge” of American combat troops, a hard-won peace had descended over much of the country, and it stayed in place until the last soldiers departed, twenty months ago.
"Days of Night/Nights of Day" is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk. Norilsk is a mining city, with a population of more than 170,000. It is the northernmost city (100,000+ people) in the world. The average temperature is -10° C and reaches lows of -55° C in the winter. For two months of the year, the city is plunged into polar night when there are zero hours of sunlight.
The entire city, its mines and its metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the nearby gulag, Norillag, in the 1920s and 30s. 60% of the present population is involved with the city’s industrial processes: mining, smelting, metallurgy and so on. The city sits on the world’s largest deposit of nickel-copper-palladium. Nearly half of the world’s palladium is mined in Norilsk. Accordingly, Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world.
When she was 25 years old, Andrene M. Taylor was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Getting through chemotherapy treatments, radiation, and a stem-cell transplant weighed on Taylor’s body and spirit. Making matters worse, she found herself consistently disappointed by the representation of cancer patients she saw in media. “Throughout my experience, rarely did I see images of women like me saying, ‘I survived,’ ” Taylor said. “Not every woman who has cancer has breast cancer. Not every woman who has cancer is a mom. Some of us are young, and some of us have brown skin.”
The Exposures Project, a collaboration between Taylor’s nonprofit, ZuriWorks, and photographer Kea Taylor (no relation) seeks to reflect that reality by giving a face and a voice to black women living with cancer. The first phase of the project was educational: Kea spent 12 weeks teaching the women, who represent a range of ages, backgrounds, and cancer diagnoses, how to document their own experiences through photography. Later, Kea spent time with each of the women and captured their daily lives. Finally, each of the women sat for a portrait session with Kea and an interview with Andrene. “What I like about the photos is that they show the complexity of this experience from a diverse group of women,” Andrene said. “It’s important to humanize this experience in a way that captures both the ugliness of cancer and the beauty,” Andrene said.
The Amazing Story Behind TIME’s Panorama from Atop the One World Trade Center
In March of 2013, I found myself back at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I had been invited there by Illah Nourbakhsh and a couple of their Directors to assist in teaching a group of educators about our EPIC Pro, as well as the benefits of what high-res imaging offered to classrooms.
It was that day that I happened to meet Jonathan Woods, the Senior Photo Editor at TIME, who was there visiting Randy Sargent, one of Gigapan’s founders, about a separate project. Jonathan and I exchanged a quick hello while I was touring that lab with Illah, and before I knew it we were all heading to lunch. Seldom in life do you find yourself in the company of such brilliance. It was a little intimidating sitting at a table with such accomplished people, but it was during that time that I had the opportunity to sit with Jonathan and discuss the Gigapan technology in more depth.
After that, we both returned back to our homes and jobs, but not before we committed to discussing further collaboration. I took the opportunity to send him one of our devices and forward some of the gigapixel images I took while back at CMU.
I got a camera!
I can’t wait to develop it!
In case you guys missed it yesterday, Someone sent back a camera from Texas. It’s been a while since I’ve had one sent back so I’m super excited to get these developed this weekend.