Category: Documentary Photography

The Raw Gold of Sri Lanka: Cinnamon by Giacomo Bruno

Sri Lanka produces 80–90% of the world’s supply of Cinnamon, and there are several uses of this spice. The soft outer bark of cinnamon wood is stripped off using a fine rounded rasp knife in a process known as peeling. Workers sit on the ground with their legs covered with the yellow bark dust. Leaves are also used to produce Cinnamon Bark essential Oil, used in food recipes to flavor but mainly in the perfumes industry. “The Raw Gold of Sri Lanka” is a gorgeous documentary series of environmental portraits by Giacomo Bruno, documentarist, storyteller and portrait photographer. Giacomo is ... Read more

Colours of the Women at Magh Mela, The Mini Kumbh of India

Every year during the Magh month of the Hindu calendar (around January-February of the Gregorian calendar), a 45-day spiritual gathering takes place at Allahabad, “The Magh Mela”. It is the mini version of the grand Kumbh, which comes once every 12 years, and the Maha Kumbh, which takes place once every 144 years. The Kumbh Mela is held at four places, namely, Ujjain, Nasik, Allahabad, and Haridwar. It is believed that Brahma, the creator of this universe, dropped the drops of an elixir he was carrying to heaven, at these four places. And this is what makes these four points ... Read more

The Stunning Winners of The 2018 Birth Becomes Her Photography Contest

The winners of the 2018 Birth Becomes Her photography contest were recently announced and this year, the photos are more stunning than ever. They received around 1,000 submissions this year with more than 20,000 people voting for their People’s Choice winners. Photographers from around the world have been invited to submit their strongest images in the categories, Maternity, Labor, Birth, Fresh, and Breastfeeding photography, to be shared with the world, and reviewed by an amazing panel of judges. The overall winner of the competition was a photograph taken by Marijke Thoen in black and white. The images captured labor and ... Read more

Symbiosis of Working and Living: Claustrophobic Homes of Beijing by Alina Fedorenko

Alina Fedorenko is an professional photographer and traveler who was born in 1985 in Lviv, Ukraine and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Alina studied Fashion Design in London. “After a few years in London I returned to Germany and changed focus. I reinvented myself and ultimately re-started from scratch my Studies, and quickly found a way to Photography”, she says. On her first trip to India Fedorenko discovered her love and passion for photography. India inspired her work from the first moment and still shapes her work supplementary. “What makes my work special and distinguish me from other ... Read more

The Horsemen Of Semonkong: Portrait Photography by Thom Pierce

Thom Pierce is a British documentary photographer and filmmaker who currently lives and works Cape Town, South Africa. Thom spent eight days in the mountain villages of Semonkong, Lesotho, photographing local horsemen and herders. Situated at 2, 275 metres above sea level, many of the areas in Lesotho are inaccessible by car. With vast distances between towns and homesteads, people often use horses and donkeys to commute and move their livestock between pastures. The country is beautiful and I was taken aback by how majestic the men looked on their horses, like knights going in to battle. Over two separate ... Read more

The Sense of War: Anastasia Vlasova Documents The Horrors of War in Eastern Ukraine

Anastasia Vlasova is a talented 23-year-old photographer and journalist currently based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Anastasia received her master degree in Journalism from Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv and also studied Human Rights & Photography at New York University. The Sense of War is an ongoing documentary project about war without an official status or recognition which gains momentum right in the middle of Europe, in Ukraine. You can see it and feel, but it’s still easier to pretend blindfolded to numerous deaths, grieves and lives damaged. In early April 2014, the crisis in eastern Ukraine turned violent between Russian-backed separatists ... Read more

White Bear: Sheng Wen Lo Documents Polar Bears in 26 Sites Across Europe and China

Sheng-Wen Lo is a 30-year-old photographer and filmmaker who was born in Taipei City, Taiwan and currently lives and works in Breda, Netherlands. Sheng received his MA in Photography from Kunstakademie St.Joost in the Netherlands, before which he received an MSc from Computer Music Lab at National Taiwan University. Lo is interested in contemporary human-animal relationships. For his latest project “White Bear”, Sheng Wen Lo travelled arond Europe and China to capture the mimic arctic environment of zoos. “White Bear” is not about polar bears — it studies the visible symptoms amid animals on display and their artificial habitats by ... Read more

Tribe: Ben Moore Documents Namibia and Ethiopian Tribes

Ben Moore is an professional photographer, art director and retoucher currently based in London, UK. Ben focuses on headshots, he shoots amazing fashion, nude, portrait and wedding photography. Moore recently visited southern Africa and captured stunning photos of Ethiopian and Namibia’s tribes. More info: instagram / facebook / website

The Child of Marble: Anze Osterman Documented Life on The Remote Alaskan Island

Anze Osterman is a talented 27-year-old freelance photographer, photojournalist and nature enthusiast from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Anze spent a month documenting life of Zach, a young man who lives on the remote island in Southeast Alaska. Deep in Southeast Alaska, surrounded by whales and bears, lies a remote island known as the Marble island. Island is rich with metamorphic rock called marble, which is how the island got it’s name. More than one hundred years ago, The Vermont Marble company, the company that dug marble, was located on the island. When you walk through the forests you can still find abandoned ... Read more

Powerful Documentary and Conflict Photography by Michael Christopher Brown

Michael Christopher Brown is a talented 38-year-old photographer, filmmaker and photojournalist who was born and raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. Michael produces very powerful images, covering news on assignment in places like China, Libya, the Congo for National Geographic. His portraits are especially impressive. His photographs were exhibited at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Instituto Cervantes (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Brooklyn Museum. What interests me about the photographic process is the relationship between distance and honesty. As one moves closer to their ... Read more

Insert Coins: Melancholy and Sad Reality of Las Vegas by Christian Lutz

Christian Lutz in an professional Swiss photographer, who born in Switzerland in 1973 and currenlty lives and works in Geneva. Christian graduated from The Ecole Supérieur des Arts et de l’Image “Le75” in Brussels. For his book “Insert Coins”, Lutz spent three years documenting the sad reality of Las Vegas. His photos reveal the post-apocalyptic-like scenes, unveiling the mirage of the American Dream in Las Vegas. This promise that you can find an alternative route to wealth is very powerful, but it’s an illusion. “Sometimes I was among them, asking questions,” he says. “Other times, I stepped back and simply ... Read more