→ 06 May 13 at 4 pm
Japanese-American Internment (the result of Executive Order 9066.)
Japanese-American Internment (the result of Executive Order 9066.)
On his first visit to the Gaza Strip, Daniel Day-Lewis meets the Palestinian families living in the heart of the danger zone – and the psychologists who are counselling them.
(Read: Inside Scarred Minds by Daniel Day-Lewis, 2005)
Erna and Hrefna are eleven years old Icelandic identical twins. I started to photograph them when they were nine years old in 2009, and this will be an ongoing project until they are sixteen years old. I will visit them every year.
My intention for this project is to capture the very precious period of their growth from child to teenager, physically as well psychologically. The relationship between identical twins is interesting subject matter.
I often hear that identical twins have telepathic connections between them. This is true with Erna and Hrefna. They are always together. They almost never fight each other. Spending time with them I feel such comfort in their companionship but at the same time I feel strange because I have never seen such a powerful connection between any two human beings. They say to me, “We dream same dreams sometimes.”
— Ariko Inaoka (Erna and Hrefna Project ‘09-‘10)
Photographer: Marc Garanger “Algerian traditional outfit and ornament”
“Sworn virgins” (burrneshas in Albanian) are Albanian women who decide to ignore their female identity and live as men in the Balkans. Photographer Jill Peters traveled to Northern Albania to meet and photograph these women. The decision to live as men is more related to gender roles in the Albanian culture rather than a statement of sexuality; these women live their lives appearing as men.
Sworn virgins have existed for centuries. According to tradition dating back to the 15th century developed out of the Kanun, a tribal code of law, tribal clans from the Balkans considered families without a male presence as pariahs. When blood feuds decimated all the men in a family, the only way to salvage their honor was for a woman to become the patriarch of the clan and start acting like a man.
“Becoming a sworn virgin or burrnesha elevated a woman to the status of a man and granted her all the rights and privileges of the male population,” Peters writes on her website. “In order to manifest the transition, such a woman cut her hair, donned male clothing and sometimes even changed her name. … Most importantly of all, she took a celibacy vow to remain chaste for life.”
Despite the fact that the sworn virgins never marry or have children, “None of them had regrets,” Peters said of the women she spoke to. “They’re very proud of their families, of their nephews and nieces.” And as long as they live an honorable life, they’re respected and treated as important members of society.
Read more at The Slate.
Kiana Hayeri grew up in Tehran, where the country’s morality police restricted her public behavior. She left in 2005 when she was 17 and moved to Toronto, where she studied photography at Ryerson University.
Her project’s title, “Your Veil Is A Battleground,” refers not just to the hijab covering — or not covering — their heads in public, which is law under the islamic republic, but also to the hidden nature of their private lives. It goes beyond the restrictions placed on women in public or their private rebellion. Ms. Hayeri also explores how the women choose to present themselves in public.
“It’s a whole world that many Americans are unaware of,” she said. “Nowadays, with all this talk about war, sanctions and nuclear weapons, people tend to forget about ordinary people, the actual people who live in Iran, and they only look at the government.”
“This is the generation that is trying to push the boundaries in every sense.”
THE FORGOTTEN - Example Of An African Middle-Class
Images from Africa in the Western media show mostly terrible misery, war, hunger and poverty. According to UN figures more than ninety percent of all Africans live neither in war nor crisis-areas and the economic growth of some African countries is among the largest in the world.
Kenya‘s economic growth is annually between five and six percent which is three times higher than the growth in Germany. This is above all to the credit of the middle class, which is probably the most crucial potential for the development of the country. Nevertheless you hardly notice anything about the lives of African middle class people. Hahn + Hartung traveled to the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi to meet and create a portray of people belonging to the middle class.
Women are tattooing themselves in diverse, powerful and creative ways. Women with Tattoos is an ongoing project celebrating this creativity, while subtly raising questions about gender and identity.
Women with Tattoos is a collaboration between Christina Theisen and Eleni Stefanou. They both live and work in London.
They’d love to hear from you, whether it’s a simple ‘hello’ or a tale about your tattoo you’d like to share:
+44 (0) 7877826983
+44 (0) 79 1046 7183
Retro Arcade Photographs
Photos taken by Ira Nowinksi documenting various arcades in the Bay Area from 1981 to 1982, which are now available for your viewing pleasure (around 700 photos in total) at Stanford University Libraries.
For a country constantly patting itself on the back and touting its unique status as a “nation of immigrants,” the United States has an awfully hard time maintaining a consistent policy — and attitude — toward the millions of people who desperately want to come to the U.S. and join the great, chaotic American experiment.
Misao and Fukumaru. “We will never be apart.”
12 years ago, Japanese photographer, Miyoko Ihara (伊原 美代子) started to take photographs of her grandmother, Misao. Born in 1981 in Chiba (Japan), Miyoko Ihara has studied under Kenji Higuchi (樋口健二), after graduating from the Press Photography Course at the Nippon Photography Institute in 2002. Miyoko is also a member of The Photographic Society of Japan.”
“Under the sun, everyday is a good day. Another good day, Fukumaru”, Misao. Eight years ago, Misao found a odd-eyed kitten in the shed. She named the cat “Fukumaru” in hope that “God of fuku” (good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed like a “maru” (circle)”.
“We’ll never be apart!”, says Misao to Fukumaru. Both of them live in a tiny world, with dignity, with mutual love. Still today, under the blue sky, Misao and Fukumaro work in the fields and in these natural surroundings, where they shine like the stars.”
A woman, who declined to give her name, is hugged by her husband as they chat between the border fence separating Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
Una mujer, que se negó a dar su nombre, es abrazada por su esposo mientras conversan entre la valla fronteriza que separa Nogales, Arizona y Nogales, Sonora, México, Miércoles, 28 de julio 2010.
Romanian Revolution. Bucharest, 1989.
[Credit : Peter Turnley]
“If you thought that the backs of trucks were solely reserved for carting around those awkwardly-sized bits and pieces (ladders, rubble, the odd sofa) then you obviously have never seen Alejandro Cartagena’s stunning photographs.
In his photo series aptly named Carpoolers, the photographer (born in the Dominican Republic but living and working now in Mexico) captures construction workers doing just that. Crammed in the back of trucks as they travel to and from work amid all sorts of building-site chaos, Alejandro not only captures the essence of daily working life but his photographs are also stunning.“