Polar Night | by Mark Mahaney

Polar Night | by Mark Mahaney  71.2906° N, 156.7886° W Utqiaġvik, Alaska Top of the world they call it. Don’t feel that way. Feels like the bottom. So dark there’s no end. So cold there’s no feel. …

Mark Mahaney’s Polar Night is a passage through a rapidly changing landscape in Alaska’s northernmost town of Utqiagvik. It’s an exploration of prolonged darkness, told through the strange beauty of a snowscape cast in a two month shadow. The unnatural lights that flare in the sun’s absence and the shapes that emerge from the landscape are unexpectedly beautiful in their softness and harshness. It’s hard to see past the heavy gaze of climate change in an arctic town, though Polar Night is a visual poem about endurance, isolation and survival.

Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast | By Toby Binder

Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast | Toby Binder »If I had been born at the top of my street, behind the corrugated-iron border, I would have been British. Incredible to think. My whole idea of myself,…

»If I had been born at the top of my street, behind the corrugated-iron border, I would have been British. Incredible to think. My whole idea of myself, the attachments made to a culture, heritage, religion, nationalism and politics are all an accident of birth. I was one street away from being born my ‘enemy’« writes Paul McVeigh, Belfast born novelist and author of ‘The Good Son’.

Juxtapoz Magazine - Stacy Kranitz: As It Was Give(n) To Me

For the past twelve years, Stacy Kranitz has been making photographs in the Appalachian region of the United States in order to explore how photograph...

As the narrative of As it Was Give(n) To Me unfolds, the book provides an intimate perspective on a region forced to transition away from coal extraction as its dominant source of economic stability, an opioid epidemic that has wreaked havoc on communities, and the role of Appalachia in a politically divided nation.

Earth Day 2022: Inspiring Environmental Advocacy Through Photography - PhotoShelter Blog

For nearly two centuries, photography has played a role in educating the public about both the familiar and the unknown elements of our ever-changing environment — including the many species that live among us, the constant changes to our climate, and the

Photography can truly make an impact on conservation efforts and environmental advocacy. It’s one reason why every year for Earth Day, we ask our community of passionate PhotoShelter members to share their wildlife, nature and conservation photos. If not to inspire change, these photos can at least shine a light on the vast, breathtaking world around us.

Earth Week: Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup: 1826 - LENSCRATCH

This week we are featuring bodies of work are linked by this thematic lens:  making the often-invisible nature of the global climate and the ecological crisis more visible using conceptual, lens-based art techniques.  Each body of work speaks to a differe

Hong Kong Soup:1826’ is a series depicting waste plastic collected from over 30 different beaches in Hong Kong since 2012

Peter van Agtmael: “I Try to Criticize Myself and Criticize the Country at the Same Time” — Blind Magazine

Opening April 14 at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York, Look At The USA gathers photographs from 17 years of photographer Peter van Agtmael’s work to draw a complex picture of post 9/11 America.

Essentially, what I thought I knew about the country was soon being dismantled by what I was seeing with my own eyes. It was the feeling that something was wrong about how I perceived the United States and its place in the world, in its history and its own present. Dozens of questions turned into hundreds. They don’t necessarily get answered fully in the work, which is anyway open ended, but at least they get explored.

Young European Photographers, Episode 1: Michalina (Poland) — Blind Magazine

In this first episode of Young European Photographers, we visit Polish photographer Michalina Kuczyńska, who documents the social tensions and protests her country has experienced since the far right came to power.

Michalina Kuczyńska is the youngest member of the Archive of Public Protests (APP), a collective of eighteen photographers created in 2019 by Rafał Milach, who has collected images of Polish protests since 2015, that is, since the conservative national party Law and Justice (PiS) came to power.

A Muntagna | Emanuele Occhipinti

A Muntagna | Emanuele Occhipinti Mount Etna and the surrounding area is an island within an island. It’s the highest active volcano in Europe, a majestic presence that touches all of Sicily and all…

“‘A Muntagna” is a long journey around Mount Etna and the surrounding area, telling the deep bond that unites the volcano to the women and men who live there, and the extraordinary normality of lives lived in the presence of such a giant, which at any time can generate seismic events. An ambiguous relationship, halfway between the most total devotion and the constant fear for it. They say that when an eruption ends, Etna is already preparing the next one: it’s the eternal confrontation between the volcano and the human beings who have decided to rely on his benevolence.

Views From My Balcony: The Process of Turning Lockdown Into a Body of Work - PhotoShelter Blog

For many photographers, the pandemic has been a time to step back and take stock of their lives and work. It’s provided opportunities to get more organized, look for inspiration and make adjustments to their businesses.  For Gunther Deichmann, a PhotoShel

For Gunther Deichmann, a PhotoShelter member and photographer based in the Philippines, inspiration was waiting for him just outside of his apartment in Manila. Over the last two years, Gunther has compiled more than 18,000 images from a single location: his 10th floor balcony. “Views From My Balcony” is a body of work that turns seclusion from COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions into something magical. It stands as proof that art can be created anywhere, even in the face of monotony.

Juxtapoz Magazine - Ross McDonnell: The Life of a Joyrider

The photographs in Ross McDonnell’s book Joyrider are a coming-of-age story, one where everything and everyone are constantly changing in the midst of...

A cinematographer by trade, McDonnell began photographing young residents of the Ballymun housing estate in Dublin, Ireland, in 2006 after studying film at university. A failed government social experiment in the process of being torn down, Ballymun had become a symbol of Dublin’s underclass, ravaged, as the book explains, “by successive drug epidemics and inter-generational malaise.”

Exodus | By Nicolò Filippo Rosso

Exodus | By Nicolò Filippo Rosso In Latin America, lack of job opportunities, limited access to education, and political corruption have persisted for generations, fueling cycles of violence and di…

As I documented migrants’ journeys, I kept in mind the diversity of reasons that push each population to emigrate. Still, I also understood how the political persecutions, the impunity, and the problematic access to primary rights such as food and healthcare broadly affect Latin America’s societies, provoking mass migrations across the continent.  Decades of civil war, endemic poverty, or violence make it hard for migrants to find better conditions than those they are fleeing.

Juxtapoz Magazine - Mårten Lange "Ghost Witness" @ Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin

Photographing hypermodern urban landscapes through the ghostly haze of LEDs and smog, Mårten Lange’s new work from China shows a country haunted as mu...

Made in 2018 and 2019 in the six largest cities of the country, the series depicts urban places that have expanded rapidly in recent years and that appear both futuristic and suspended outside of time. Following Lange’s long-time fascination with ideas of utopia and dystopia, this is his most extensive work to date

Peru, a Toxic State | By Alessandro Cinque

Peru, a Toxic State | By Alessandro Cinque Peru is the leading producer of gold, silver, and lead in Latin America and the 2nd of copper globally. Mining is the driving force of its economy, which …

This Project is a journey of 5 years covering 20000 km and 35 mining communities, showing the impact of a government that violates the rights of indigenous people in the name of profit. Photographed along the “corredor-minero” this project shows social, health and environmental consequences of living near these mines. And, due to corruption in the local governments, the indigenous communities receive no benefits from the mining profits and continue to live in poverty. Mining also plunders water in large quantities for extraction, creating arid fields and causing the death of livestock. Agriculture and farming, which were the main sources of survival, can no longer sustain these Andean communities.

PhotoNOLA: Elise Kirk: Groundswell - LENSCRATCH

This week we are sharing some of our discoveries from the PhotoNOLA Reviews, an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans. In Elise Kirk’s series, Groundswell, we are invited to the landscape of the Midwestern United States—a location bound to the

In Elise Kirk’s series, Groundswell, we are invited to the landscape of the Midwestern United States—a location bound to the flux and flow of the Missouri River. Her photographs depict a force of nature and its changing relationship with the area’s inhabitants. Among other things, I was fascinated by this work because of its portrayal of mutual vulnerability. The river represents an ecosystem susceptible to damage. And while it acts as a provider to local communities and economies, it also threatens to destroy. Though Elise’s work is regionally specific, it speaks to broader themes relating to our connection to the environment and the importance of serving as its caretaker.