The Photo Blog

July 17 2014 11:48 AM

A New Way to Talk About Poverty in Troy, New York

Brenda Ann Kenneally takes photographs, but to call her a photographer isn’t quite accurate. She prefers the term “digital folk artist,” and when you hear how she interacts with her subjects—families living below the poverty line in Troy, New York—and tells their stories, it seems an apt description. Kenneally doesn’t simply create media, she curates it: She collects family photo albums, school and medical records, letters from prison, scrapbooks, and even screenshots from Facebook. Since she began her project, “Upstate Girls,” more than 10 years ago, she’s amassed thousands of photos, several terabytes of video, and scores of other documents. “If you're doing documentary, you need to be the foremost authority on whatever you're doing. I don't know anything about almost everything; there are so many things to know now. But I know some stuff about these couple places, and you have to want to share that,” she said. “The pictures are just a way to remind me about what I've learned. No longer do I care about having pictures in a frame on the wall.”

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July 16 2014 11:34 AM

The Fierce Competition of Senior Athletes 

While on assignment in 2007 to photograph a story about experimental anti-aging treatments, Angela Jimenez learned about the USATF Masters track and field meets, including one about to take place in Kentucky.

The meet, one of many on the USATF Masters schedule, is intended for athletes ages 35 and up, broken down into categories of five-year increments. Jimenez, a former Division 1 college track and field heptathlete at the University of Pennsylvania was intrigued and decided to head to Kentucky to photograph the meet, essentially beginning her project “Racing Age” that focuses on retirement age athletes in their 70s and up.

July 15 2014 11:00 AM

Wisconsin’s Quirky and Hardworking Family Business Owners

Carl Corey began meeting family business owners while documenting Wisconsin bars for his book, Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars. Inspired by the experience, Corey decided to seek out family businesses all over Wisconsin, from hardware stores to bakeries to organ builders. Corey’s new book, For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses, comprises portraits of single families who’ve owned their business for at least 50 years. “They're proud and they love what they do, but there’s no doubt that their lives are extremely difficult,” he said.

July 14 2014 11:53 AM

Music Fans Are Crazy

Erin Feinberg began her career photographing concerts as a way of getting to see her favorite musicians up close and for free. But as digital photography became popular, photo pits became overcrowded and restrictions for photographers at shows became overbearing. “The creative freedom I once had photographing concerts was disappearing and so to make things interesting for myself I needed to find other ways to document the live music experience,” Feinberg said via email.

July 13 2014 11:00 AM

Who Knew Laundry Could Be So Beautiful?

For most of us, washing clothes is just another tedious task, something to check off a “laundry” list of things to get done.

For photographer Yvette Meltzer, laundry is anything but tedious: It’s inspiring. Laundry hanging on the line, laundry in a washtub, and, notably, laundry in a dryer, a subject she serendipitously discovered and subsequently created a series about titled “Revolutions.”

July 11 2014 11:00 AM

How People Get Around in One Rural African Village

In 2007, an NGO called Friends of African Village Libraries asked David Pace to photograph in some remote villages in Burkina Faso. The organization had just gotten NGO status and needed some photos of the libraries they’d built. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into or what I was doing, but the founders were friends of mine and I trusted it was a good thing,” he said.

July 10 2014 11:28 AM

Email Spam Come to Life

After 12 years working as a photojournalist, Cristina de Middle, tired of inauthentic images, felt it was time to move on from her work in the mainstream media.

Too often, she felt, photographers were given little time to capture and portray events and locations around the world, delivering for the most part what editors wanted to see: cliché images that rarely told a new version of a story. Instead of adding her work to the infinite amount that had been done before her, de Middle decided to mess around with the truth and to tell her own version of a story—part fine art photography, part photojournalism drawn from both the news and her imagination.

July 9 2014 12:20 PM

Chilling Photos of Illnesses Removed From People’s Bodies 

Photographer Maija Tammi isn’t interested only in the visual interpretation of words and ideas but also the ways in which those ideas can be reinterpreted. Her series, “Removals” began as a challenge in 2011 to document a project in Finland, and ended in 2013 as an examination of the idea behind our reaction to illness.

July 8 2014 11:00 AM

Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash 

The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. That’s more than double the amount produced in 1960, and it’s 50 percent more than the amount produced by Western Europeans. In January, photographer Gregg Segal decided to put some imagery to those numbers. His ongoing series, “7 Days of Garbage,” shows Californian friends, neighbors, and relative strangers lying in the trash they created in one week.

July 7 2014 11:37 AM

What America’s Supersized Fast Food Culture Looks Like

Fast food in the United States has never looked more strange, scary, and pervasive than it does in photographer Susana Raab’s series, “Consumed.” Since 2004, the Washington, D.C.–based photographer has been traveling on and off throughout the country capturing the disturbing signs of a culture built on unhealthy habits.