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Santa Cruz del Islote, one of the world’s most crowded islands – The Eye of Photography

540 people inhabit an island the size of two soccer fields. This photography series by Colombian photographer Charlie Cordero takes us to one of the most densely populated islands on the planet. There’s no water, no cops, no priests or doctors, neither armed conflict. There are 97 houses in which 18 families live. A school. A restaurant that works as a port. And a small square with a cross in the middle that give  the island name: Santa Cruz del Islote. From the life of the islanders, their interactions and problems, we discover the awakening of this community in a struggle for territory. This project reflects on the role of man as an inhabitant of a society, making this island a metaphor for our world.

Luis Fabini’s Cowboys of the Americas – The Eye of Photography

During the summer of 2003, while traveling around northern Uruguay, I stopped at the end of a long day to greet a few gauchos gathered around a fire by the side of a dirt road. As is customary, they invited me to share mate, their traditional beverage. As we stared into the fire, the gaucho in charge of the mate passed it around the men, one at a time. They were cattle drovers, herding a thousand head of cattle back to the estancia. I took a chance and asked the eldest one, “Who is the gaucho?” After a long silence he said, “The gaucho is the land he treads upon.” The authority and conviction of the old gaucho’s words had an immediate impact on me, and the phrase would become the cornerstone of my work and my guiding compass as I embarked on a journey through South and North America, photographing the different groups of cowboys.

A ‘Soulful Journey’ in a Family Photo Album – The New York Times

Ernesto Bazan was teaching a workshop in Brazil in 2013 when he received a call that his father, a surgeon and professor of medicine, had died in Sicily. He rushed home to Palermo, arriving just in time for the viewing, a powerful, if painful moment. Afterward, the body was cremated.

40 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1977 – The Atlantic

Four decades ago Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th president of the United States, the original Star Wars movie was released in theaters, the Trans-Alaska pipeline pumped its first barrels of oil, New York City suffered a massive blackout, Radio Shack introduced its new TRS-80 Micro Computer, Grace Jones was a disco queen, the Brazilian soccer star Pele played his “sayonara” game in Japan, and much more. Take a step into a visual time capsule now, for a brief look at the year 1977.

Iggy Smalls: Neverland | LENSCRATCH

Iggy Smalls‘ project Neverland investigates the ability of a photograph to present stories as truth. Through a sequence of photographs of real objects and real places, Iggy creates a fictitious place that is grounded in reality. From small, mysterious everyday moments, to larger descriptive landscapes, she encourages a direct connection with day to day experience while also leaving room for interpretation. Using colorful abstraction and straightforward observation, Iggy’s work reveals connections between things big and small, literal and curious, and allows the scenes depicted to be left to the viewer’s imagination.

See Photographer Bruce Gilden’s ‘Blunt’ State Fair Portraits

Bruce Gilden has shadowed the residents of cities around the world, capturing the dark side of urban dwellers with a flash in hand. His often-confrontational take on street photography is framed within his modern day film noir sensibility. Since the start of his career in 1968, he says, he has been compared to legendary street photographers like Weegee, William Klein and Lisette Model.” These are photographers who created a new space in a genre that has existed since photography’s inception, pioneering styles that were entirely personal and captured an attitude about their time and perception of the world. Fifty years later, Gilden has carved out a place for himself with almost twenty books in this category. Now he’s redefining himself again.

Daily life in Manenberg, South Africa – The Washington Post

A suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, Manenberg was established in the Cape Flats, a vast low-lying sand dune, during the late 1960s by the apartheid government as an area for “colored” families. Marginalized by geography, history and a dominant culture, today most of Manenberg’s estimated 35,000 to 52,000 residents live in overcrowded and problematic conditions. There are around 8,000 households in Manenberg, 52 percent of which are headed by women.

Patrick Wack, China’s Far West – The Eye of Photography

Borrowing from romanticized notions of the American frontier, synonymous with ideals of exploration and expansion, photographer Patrick Wack captures in this series entitled Out West a visual narrative of China’s westernmost region—Xinjiang. Whereas the American West conjures images of cowboys and pioneers, of manifest destiny and individualistic freedom, the Chinese West has not yet been so defined.

Prayers of the Persecuted Around the World – The New York Times

Though Monika Bulaj grew up in Communist Poland, she was nonetheless a devoutly Catholic child who studied mystics and dreamed of a life as a cloistered nun. But her teenage discovery that her grandmother’s town was once home to thousands of Jews who perished in the Holocaust set her on a different path: a 30-year journey documenting persecuted religious minorities around the world.

Interpreting tragedy: Photographing the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting – The Washington Post

According to the Gun Violence Archive, last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas was the 278th so far this year.  For Washington Post photographer Matt McClain, it was the fifth of his career.

The Photographer Who Saw America’s Monuments Hiding in Plain Sight – The New York Times

Lee Friedlander’s “The American Monument” was first published in 1976. That’s “monument” singular, though one of the many singular things about Friedlander is that he’s nothing if not a pluralist. Whitman-like, he is great, contains multitudes. In an essay appended to the sumptuous new edition of this landmark work, Peter Galassi (who curated the 2005 Friedlander retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art) deems it “pointless” to try to count precisely how many books the photographer has published since 1976 before settling on roughly one a year. The retrospective was huge, and, inevitably, the accompanying catalog was almost too hefty to lug home comfortably. It was sort of monumental, though monuments tend to be erected to the dead.

Fotoistanbul 2017 – Meeri Koutaniemi – The Eye of Photography

Finnish journalist and photographer Meeri Koutaniemi’s subject is female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision, a ritual practice observed in various parts of the world for non-medical purposes. It involves the removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. An estimated 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone the procedure.

Empowering Girls Rescued From Child Marriage – The New York Times

Having spent 15 years photographing child marriages around the world, Stephanie Sinclair is uniquely positioned to understand its lasting impact on communities and, especially, on the girls who were forced to wed against their will. “You can’t expect individuals who have been through significant abuse to just act normal as soon as they get out of that situation,” she said. “They need to be nurtured, to be given the time and the tools to heal.”

In Search of the Balkan Soul – The New York Times

Thodoris Nikolaou has spent the last three years — and counting — crisscrossing the Balkan Peninsula to create a visual mosaic of the region’s people and their stories. But for Mr. Nikolaou, the project, called “…Balkaniotheque” and sponsored by the Onassis Foundation, became more than a multifaceted look at the region. It has been a search for his very identity.

Graciousness and tenacity in pictures from storm-wrecked Puerto Rico – The Washington Post

For three decades, I’ve been traveling throughout Latin America, though I had never made it to Puerto Rico. I finally made it there last week, and my first visit was not under the best of circumstances. Hurricane Maria had taken a terrible trajectory, right over this emerald gem. It turned forests into lifeless patches of bare trunks and plunged the island back into the preindustrial era. There is no electricity in most of the territory, and running water is scarce.

Álvaro Aponte-Centeno – Loíza « burn magazine

This essay is part of a multimedia work from Loíza, a coastal town in Puerto Rico, where 298 houses were totally destroyed, and it is estimated that Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane in the last 100 years to hit Puerto Rico, affected an estimated one thousand homes.

How France Shaped Walker Evans’s American Vision – The New York Times

A turning point for Evans was his decision — like many young men of means — to go to Paris in 1926 to study for a year at the Sorbonne. His stay filled his head with ideas gleaned from Flaubert and Baudelaire, but it was another Frenchman — Eugène Atget — whose work affected him the most, leading to the dry, observational style that became his visual signature.

Meg Elizabeth Ward: The States Project: West Virginia | LENSCRATCH

Meg Ward and I are on the phone. It’s early morning for me, but Meg has been up for hours already. Her children are napping. Light is streaming through the window where I sit in Hampshire County, West Virginia, and I picture her, a similarly tall woman, sitting in similar window light in Pocahontas County. She says something to me, humbly, that I can relate to: “I’m not a big talker. Photography is a lot like speaking, for me. If I haven’t made a photograph, then I haven’t said anything that day.”

Nic Persinger: The States Project: West Virginia | LENSCRATCH

It’s around 11:30pm, and I am sitting on my porch, smoking, assembling the image files for the States Project. Nic Persinger calls me on the land line. We share some key common ground: humor tinged with sarcasm, a love of dogs, motorcycles, and ornery old men, and a reverence for West Virginia.   Although Nic lives in Baltimore now, and I moved here later in life, the both of us recognize West Virginia as home.

A Young Japanese Photographer’s View of Harlem in the Nineties | The New Yorker

In 1983, at the age of eighteen, Katsu Naito left his small Japanese city of Maebashi, in the Gunma Prefecture, and headed to the United States. “New York City is a place for kids like you to go and get disciplined,” his mother had told him as she scanned ads for overseas job offers. He didn’t argue. At the time, Naito’s greatest love was disco, and his mother, unwittingly, was ushering him straight to its center. For his first three years in the U.S., Naito was contracted to work as an assistant chef at a Japanese restaurant on Columbus Avenue, a job that helped him get a green card. He spoke little English, but he’d go dancing at the Paradise Garage night club, and at the end of each day he found “a kind of calm,” he said, in looking at books by Diane Arbus, which he browsed on the shelves of A Photographer’s Place, on Mercer Street. Her photographs reflected something of his own wanderings along the city streets that he had not yet found a way to express. “They just stole my heart,” Naito told me. A sushi chef at the restaurant showed him how to work a Leica, and how to develop film.

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