This photography and documentary project by Carlotta Cardana and Danielle SeeWalker documents Native Americans living in America. With a mixture of landscapes, portraits and documentary photography, this series aims to highlight inspiring stories and images of Native American people through a mixture of photography and writing.
Not only are these images really beautiful, they serve a second function too – highlighting an often marginalised part of American society.
To learn more about the Red Road Project, take a look at their website here.
Hailun Ma is a Chinese photographer from Xinjiang, who now divides her time between New York and Shanghai. After studying fashion photography in New York, she was inspired to return to the place where she grew up to document the fashion and style of the local people – Uyghurs. The Uyghur are a mostly Muslim Turkic ethnic group who live in East and Central Asia.
When you see their incredible use of colour and flamboyant dress sense, you’ll see exactly why taking photographs of them is something Hailun Ma just couldn’t turn down.
Take a look at more of Hailun Ma’s photography on her website here.
Elena Heatherwick is a British photographer who works out of London. Today, we’re sharing her work where she photographs and documents midwives in Liberia – capturing the hope, excitement, happiness and stress of their jobs.
As a window into a world, you’ll be hard pressed to find a selection of photographs that do a better job of putting you entirely into something you might never have seen.
Fatemeh Behboudi is a documentary photographer in Iran who is aiming to capture the culture and feel of a country where the discipline of documentary photography itself is still quite new.
This series of images is from her ongoing project, Mourning for Hussain, where she documents how Shiite muslims across Iran celebrate Ashoura. Ashoura is a celebration of the life and martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad. As a window into a world we might never see otherwise, you can’t get anything much more interesting or thought provoking than this.
You can visit her site here to see more of her incredible work.
Gregory Michenaud is a freelance photographer based in Krakow, Poland. Here, we’re sharing some of his work from Yibbum, a project where he spent time with Hasidic Jews in Poland, capturing their daily lives and rituals.
The documentary feel of these images really brings to life a kind of visual anthropology – the viewer really feels that they gain access to a culture perhaps they could never have seen before. It’s so compelling!
To see more of Michenaud’s work, do visit his website here.
Jono Wood is a South African freelance photographer based in Johannesburg. The project of his that we’re sharing with you today, New Year’s Day Durban Beach, is of particular importance in the current South African context. Spurred to action by bigoted and racist Facebook posts from white South Africans about Durban beach front on New Year’s Day – he set out to photograph the throngs of people and the spectacle that is Durban beach front, in order to remind us all that we’re all humans.
These undeniable images that capture so much of the human experience serve as a sharp rebuke to people who would seek to dehumanise fellow South Africans. Really, they show how photography can be vitally important to our society.
You can visit Wood’s website here.
And you can follow him on Instagram here.
Ash Thayer is a photographer and mixed media artist who currently resides in LA. We’ve shared some images here from her project, Kill City, which chronicles her time spent with punks and squatters in New York in the 1990s.
These images are not about perfect composition or the best possible lighting design, rather they are poignant pieces of documentary. We are given a window into a time and a lifestyle that no longer exists (at least in much of New York). Squatting and this kind of punk lifestyle is now much harder to find in 2016.
This is the power of photography – capturing moments and creating cultural time capsules that we can look back on, offering us insight into a way of life or a way of thinking that can be incredibly hard to find.