Pigeon racing is a typically British sport (the same people who also invented cheese rolling where a large lump of cheese is rolled from the top of a hill and the competitors chase it down with some pretty spectacular sights, falls and broken limbs. Honestly, watch a video and thank
Brian O’Neill is an Illinois-based sociologist and photographer whose work looks at the human condition and society’s relationship to nature. He investigates the various meanings of “industry” and how it affects local communities and environments. Beach Boulevard, his first photographic publication, is a small spiral-bound book in a
The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU was one of the most divisive moments in modern history — back in 2016 and ever since then, the country felt more polarised than ever before with a clearly growing sense of “us” and “them”. People were either unable to or
The European Union, or the Council of Europe as it was known when it was founded in 1949, brought in tremendous change to society permeating its very core. The benefits were of economic, cultural and security nature but some also argued that it erased their national identity. One of the
Tommy Lee Grimmer is a young photographer based in Great Yarmouth, East England, which is, in fact, the part of the country which is the furthest East. His project Southtown explores his hometown, the area where he grew up, its physical environment and community as well as the change of
Sushavan Nandy, based in Kolkata, focuses on the climate catastrophe, society, culture and the crises experienced by humankind collectively. He enjoys working on long-term photographic projects as it allows him to delve deep and explore issues in depth rather than simply scratch the surface; he has been published by the
Conrado Velasco is a photographer and art director born and educated in the Philippines. He currently divides his time between Ireland and Germany and here we present you his body of work Interior Design in the Age of Extinction. By Velasco’s own admission, he tends to look at the
Hasankeyf is an ancient town in Southeastern Turkey, located along the Tigris river in the Batman province. It was established in the 18th century BC and in 1981, almost 3600 years later, it was declared a natural conservation area by Turkey. In spite of this, it’s been regularly flooded
Joanne Coates is a photographic storyteller from a working-class background. Based between Yorkshire and Scotland, she depicts everyday stories with a documentary approach. Apart from this, Coates has also done work in the commercial sector with clients including the BBC, Vice, Financial Times, The Guardian, and more. Coronavirus: A Rural
Three winters ago Anne Erhard’s father unexpectedly passed away on a journey far away from home. A journey which, like all journeys, he was meant to return from. His untimely death was distressing to his young daughter but at the same time it reminded her how fragile human life
The body of work takes a closely intimate look at the contemporary drag scene in the United States. It’s a photographic examination that looks at the notions of identity and how we construct the self in a space different from society’s pre-established gender-specific roles and expectations.
The story covers the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela network of pilgrims’ ways that lead to the shrine of St. James the Great in Northern Spain. It’s a personal account of the photographer’s journey which lasted over 1000km throughout the spiritual passage.
Edwin Ndeke’s body of work focuses on Kibera — one of the largest urban settlements in the world which is situated on the periphery of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital with a population of approximately 2.5 million. Poverty, disease and crime are not uncommon when discussing Kenya and Africa in
The 2011 tsunami caused an unprecedented amount of damage, chaos and grief. Everyone in Japan was affected in one way or another. The Japanese government soon began to erect a gigantic wall at the cost of billions in the northeast region of the country after the earthquake that caused the tsunami.
Appalachia, Virginia is mainly known for two reasons. The first is that it’s an incredibly resource-rich territory; it supplies two-thirds of the nation’s coal reserves. Coal is an outdated energy source, which is damaging to the environment as it’s slowly being phased throughout the whole world in
Nieves Mingueza is a Spanish documentary photographer whose work bridges the gap between the conceptual, personal and political. She often works as a multimedia artist using images as well as text, collage, video and installation. In her own words, Mingueza “explores and activates the archives to address social and gender
Roxana Allison is a Mexican-British photographer whose work has a predominantly socially-driven focus and explores the themes of belonging, identity and place. She has extensive experience working with young people and underrepresented communities spanning over 15 years and strives to achieve social justice through her photography. Longsight is an inner-city
Sunil Gupta enrolled at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London in the early 1980s. Having access to colour negative printing at the college, the young photographer began to roam the streets of the Big Smoke searching for the epicentres of queer life — Earl’s Court, King’s Road,
Architecture with religious purposes has quite different functions from residential or commercial. While the latter is mainly functional and economic, the former intends to be grandiose. It’s very much part of its design to make humans feel small, minute and God, or whoever the deity is, appear grand, larger
In Azerbaijani Stories the photographer Onur Tatar had created what he calls composite portraits. These are the stories of ten people from Azerbaijan combined with their portraits and images of places of significance. As Tatar says, topography, or the arrangement of both natural and artificial physical features of an area,
When we think of homosexuality, the world had made huge leaps in recent years. Gay marriage is now legal in the US and the UK, protections from discrimination exist in law, gay people are allowed to adopt children — events that we have come to accept as normal, as they should
After the Fall is a body of work by Stewart Weir documenting the fall of the Taliban when the city of Herat was taken over by the Northern Alliance. The images were taken almost 20 years ago, in 2002, shortly after the Twin Towers in the US fell on September
Plastic pollution may seem to be something that doesn’t have a monumental impact on our daily lives right now, but issues like climate change and pollution do not take a gradual curve. They do not have to slowly deteriorate, kindly giving us enough time to notice that something is
The concept (and practice) of voluntary work brings out the best of people. Volunteers not only don’t get paid, they also give their time, passion and effort to a cause that they believe is worth fighting for. Johan Brooks presents us with the story of the Fire Corps — groups
Pippa Healy is a photographer, artist and printmaker based in London. Her raw, diaristic practice responds to events that have occurred in her life, therefore it has a unique sense of authenticity. Healy’s work references loss, grief, longing and violence and it’s rather difficult to pigeonhole as every
Great Britain, being an island, is surrounded by water. The outlier of Europe, the Brits have always had a thing for their coastal towns. Bournemouth, Brighton, the Kent coastline, are the ones that come to mind first. The sea is hugely important for many industries — tourism, fishing, transport. Often mocked
The book ‘English Journey’ by the Bradford author J. B. Priestley was published in 1934 it was an account of his travels across England. It’s a study of contemporary England at the time and its influence had reached far beyond the literary world. It’s claimed that it has
Jan Enkelmann lives and works in London where he spends his time observing people. Many would think that photographers, especially street photographers, go to the street, take countless images and that’s it, job done. I would argue that it takes much more than that — many image-makers would spend more
We as citizens often walk so hurriedly from A to B that we don’t look at the people and buildings around us, let alone at what’s under our feet — many of us function on autopilot the majority of the time. It’s exactly there though, on the pavements
Dafna Talmor’s Constructed Landscapes are the end result of many years of frustration caused by her own photographs. The images are taken in different countries, among which are Israel, Venezuela, the UK and the United States, but their initial purpose was nothing more than personal keepsakes. As Talmor accumulated
For years Tony Fouhse (whose surname rhymes with goose) was, broadly speaking, a documentary photographer: his projects were about specific locations and demographics. Around 8 years ago, however, he began to lose interest in the photograph as a document. He explains, “I still wanted to photograph ‘real’ stuff, but didn’
What’s in a name? It’s one of the most personal attributes that we have, yet it’s highly improbable that it belongs only to us — most names are not unique and it’s likely there are many, many others bearing the same name. They could be men or
This week's projects are broadly about identity. Do the people we once were infatuated with define us? How much does a name mean? What happens to the world outside when we are asleep? Zak Dimitrov, Vera Hadzhiyska and Tony Fouhse invite us to look into their miniature world and we
There is no other city like London, anywhere in the world. It’s multicultural and vibrant, gigantic and opulent, exuberant, and full of adventure. You can live in London your whole life and never visit the same restaurant twice, you can see some of the best art exhibitions, theatre plays,
Nicola Lewis-Dixon is a multidisciplinary artist and photographer whose primary focus is the taboo subjects facing women in their everyday lives. She used the sofa in her family home as an anchor for what would eventually become her hugely prolific project The Corona Couch. When Dixon and her family found
It’s like something straight out of Agatha Christie’s books, a typical whodunnit mystery. Zygmunt Adamski’s body was found resting on a ten feet high pile of coal, miles away from his home. He was a local miner and there were no signs of foul play — the only
A fee for this story is donated to Maitri [https://maitri.org/] Ashima suggested donating her fee to Maitri — the organization helping survivors of domestic violence. Their mission states: "Empower South Asian survivors of domestic violence to lead lives of dignity and self-sufficiency through holistic programs, and enable healthy relationships
A fee for this story is donated to Bikes for refugees, Scotland David suggested donating his fee to Bikes for refugees, Scotland. Here's what they say about the role and goals of their activity "Bikes support the social inclusion and integration of New Scots into Scottish life and sends out
Memory is a fascinating field to study and a largely elusive one — it’s hard, verging on impossible to find two scientists or even everyday people who agree on their concepts, terminology and general understanding of memory, what it is, how it’s formed and what it influences. There is
As of late humanity has become more and more aware of the fact that there really is no planet or even plan B — the Earth is our only habitat, at least for the time being, and the way we treat it as a whole is at times appalling and, sadly,
Our school days are such a formative and paramount period of a person’s life that it’s hard to imagine someone not having any vivid memories. It is so much more than an institution that teaches us knowledge, or “the best that has been thought and said”. School forms
A fee for this story is donated to Fondazione Progetto Arca Onlus Floriana donated her fee to Fondazione Progetto Arca Onlus — the Italian organization providing help to the most fragile and lonely people: homeless people, families in housing emergency, people with addiction problems, refugees and asylum seekers. Learn more → Holidays
Bulgaria is a former communist country with a painfully complex history. It was under Ottoman oppression for approximately 5 centuries, which the Russians helped to put an end to in the late 1800s only to exert their own influence in Bulgaria for over 50 years, parts of which are continuing
The relationship between a child and their grandparents is a multifaceted mix that’s very different from that between a child and their parents. It is often the case that a grandma would love her granddaughter even more than her own child, without admitting it in words of course, and
When it was first introduced to the public, cinema must have been a fantastically outlandish experience. The Lumière brothers were the first to project moving pictures to a paying audience in Paris in December 1895. Just imagine going there, before TV or computers were ever a thing, and witnessing a
Migration is one of the hottest topics in society and it has been like this for many decades. Demagogues would pander to a nation’s insecurities and exploit fears that migrants would come to “steal” their jobs and “rinse” the benefits system; nevermind that it’s been proven time and
A fee for this story is donated to the Trussell Trust James suggested donating his fee to the Trussell Trust and their campaign supporting food banks. Learn more here → For the benefit of those lucky enough not to be familiar with it, “austerity” is a flawed economic concept which was
We all come from somewhere and with a history attached to us even before we were born. This could be either our individual family history — what parents we were born to, who our grandparents are, etc. — or on a more macro level, our land and country. We don’t get
Recently more and more people have begun discussing openly the so-called “hidden pandemic”. Not Covid-19, of course, as this is very much obvious, but in fact, something that’s been hiding in plain sight for a long time and it was exacerbated by coronavirus — mental health and stability. It has
According to the Climate Central app, Thanet, the UK is likely to become an island again within the next decade. In this ongoing project, King documented the affected areas before they are submerged, using the materiality of the sea within the production of the work.
The body of work investigates the relationship between collectors and their possessions; exploring how ordinary, commonplace objects become extraordinary through the often-obsessive act of collecting.
Six years of traveling over 130 locations across 20 different countries to immortalize the stories of the Holocaust survivors and their ancestors.
The North of England has a not-so-glamorous reputation at home. It is often derided by metropolitan Londoners and people down South as a less cultured, slightly forgotten part of the country. Recently there was an interesting argument about the BBC Olympics presenter Alex Scott having a Northern accent and “dropping
A fee for this story is donated to Legacy of War Foundation Cheryl suggested donating het fee to the Legacy of War Foundation and we are excited to support this intention. Learn more here → A mother is like no other. We all spend our formative pre-birth nine months, give or
Tea is one of the major discoveries from the East which completely transformed Western economies a few centuries ago. Unfortunately, as with many industries producing goods, we enjoy and can barely live without, exploitation is rife.
The story takes desolated buildings and structures as its starting point. Devoid of human presence, albeit designed and constructed by humans, these are places that were once the product of a utopian vision.
A person’s own life ultimately comes to a screeching halt when their child is born. They are no longer fully free or the center of their own universe as there is that tiny human whose creation they were responsible for and who cannot take care of their own basic needs.
Paco Poyato brings us back a few decades to the times when the Berlin Wall divided Berlin and, subsequently, Germany into two parts — East and West.
National oddities and peculiarities were the starting point for Edward Thompson’s project In-A-Gadda-Da-England. Born and bred in the U.K., he offers his viewers the perspective of an insider who had spend his whole life surrounded by British culture
Tradition and family-run work of charcoal miners in Cyprus. We are very likely looking at the craft that is to become a thing of the past very soon.
Where the food we buy in the supermarket comes from, how it is produced and how it can be?
Young Cypriots at months before unavoidable military service. Do they come to celebrate the upcoming life milestone or to protest against forced consription?
A spotlight on the drag queens in the only gay bar in Lithuania. Forcedly hidden from the public eye in the post-Soviet country, these performances seem too deliberately shocking for the part of the society.
Wilfully ignoring the pleas of the local and national population, the Ilva plant, Europe’s largest steel plant, is portrayed as prioritising profit over people's lives.
Combining written language with imagery can create an extremely powerful and useful artefact which, in some cases as exemplified here, can help us combat loss.
Subculture and illusions: losing yourself in pursuit of authenticity
The biggest sports event on the planet turns into a mixture of political and public health disputes, yet not covered enough by the established media