The Photo Blog

April 29 2015 11:51 AM

For the Women of Lebanon, Camouflage Can Feel Like a Second Skin

Over the past 30 years, war and conflict in Lebanon has created a life filled with the constant threat of chaos and fear. The Syrian occupation, the country’s civil war, and the 2006 Lebanon War with Israel have shaken the country and set the tone for what Lamia Maria Abillama calls a population of people who are “traumatized victims of relentless hostilities.” Abillama’s series, “Clashing Realities,” speaks to this darkness, specifically the ways in which it affects women.

“Like gangrene, violence has invaded their most intimate spaces and haunted each and every aspect of their lives,” she wrote in an artist statement. By photographing Lebanese women in their homes while wearing camouflage attire, Abillama seeks to represent women of different classes who, despite never having actively participated in conflict, “all … carry within them the relentless echoes of gunfire.”

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April 28 2015 10:22 AM

How One Photographer Captured a Changing New York City Over 50 Years

When Jerome Liebling passed away in 2011, the prolific photographer left behind boxes of never before seen work. Some of those images are included in “Jerome Liebling: Brooklyn and Other Boroughs, 1946–1996,” on view at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City through June 6.

“He was one of the most well informed people, a real intellectual,” his daughter Rachel, who helped edit the show, said. “History really informed him, where you are in the flow of things, so the things you’re saying or photographing had something before it; it’s all coming out of a context. My whole life was like that; there was never a direct conversation. It always ended up being these deep, complicated stories and never with a yes or no answer. He was interested in how everything related to everything else and I think that’s what made him a really special teacher and photographer.”

April 27 2015 11:47 AM

Behind the Scenes of the Fast-Paced, Small-Budget Movies of Dhallywood

Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sarker Protick would look forward to Friday afternoons, when, on the national television channel, he could count on the screening of a Dhallywood film. Full of epic romances and cartoonish violence, the movies made by the country’s film industry were exercises in extremes, made quickly and with small budgets to appeal to the widest possible audience. For the young Protick, they offered a glimpse into a fantastical world.

April 26 2015 11:02 AM

What It’s Like to Be a Girl in America’s Juvenile Justice System 

Richard Ross has been photographing the juvenile justice system for nearly a decade, and has visited youth detention centers in more than 30 states. The system, Ross says, can get kids out of immediate danger, but it doesn’t do enough to help keep them out of trouble in the future or change the conditions that put them there in the first place. 

April 24 2015 10:37 AM

The Overwhelming Calm of Kyoto’s Buddhist Temples

Jacqueline Hassink’s work oftens explores public and private spaces absent of a human presence, from the boardrooms of Europe’s largest corporations to the fitting rooms of haute couture designers.

“They are meant to communicate or reveal something about the people who are in there,” she said about her work. “There is a story with them.”

Last year, Hassink completed a 10-year series with a focus on the Zen Buddhist temples and gardens found in Kyoto, Japan. “View, Kyoto” has already been seen in Europe and is currently on view atBenrubi Gallery in New York City through May 9A corresponding monograph, her ninth, was published this year by Hatje Cantz.

April 23 2015 12:42 PM

What It’s Like to Have Down Syndrome—and Care for a Sister With Disabilities

Growing up, Lani Holmberg rarely interacted with a boy in her town who had Down Syndrome, and, when she did, the uncertainty of how to communicate with him proved to be too strong of a barrier. This experience stayed with Holmberg into adulthood. She was interested in challenging her own discomfort and was reminded by her aunt that she has a distant cousin, Alyssa, who has Down Syndrome. She contacted Alyssa’s family and ended up spending six months documenting their lives for the multimedia series “And Holland Has Tulips.”

Alyssa lives with her mother, Lois, and one of her two sisteres, Carly. From the beginning of the project, Holmberg followed the rituals of the people living in the house: daily chores, Alyssa’s work at Kmart, and social events. Although Holmberg writes on her website that she isn’t a fan of routine, witnessing it helped her to better understand Alyssa.

“Photography is my way of seeking wisdom,” she said. “I meet all of these people and get insight into how to approach life and what lessons they’ve learned and I incorporate that into my own life. The camera is an excuse to open myself up and keep improving and opening up my mind.”

April 22 2015 10:30 AM

This Photographer Spent 1,021 Days Traveling the World. Here’s What He Saw. 

Uruma Takezawa was in his 10th year as a professional marine photographer when he started to yearn for a change of scenery. In 2010, he decided to come ashore for a journey.

April 21 2015 10:38 AM

Recreating the Middle Ages as They Should Have Been

Most people don’t have work colleagues who regularly come into the office with bruises and photos of their weekend clashes with armored warriors. But that was the case for Euan Forrester a few years ago, whose co-worker, he learned, was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international group of 60,000 people who share a passion for recreating medieval culture. Forrester was intrigued, and, in 2010, he started accompanying his friend to his practices at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in British Columbia, Canada.

April 20 2015 11:17 AM

You Don’t Have to Be High to Think These Photos of Marijuana Buds Are Far Out

Like any plant, cannabis comes in many varieties—and, in addition to having distinct effects on the body when smoked, different strains have different appearances. Leaves range from bright to dark green, hairs can be purple or orange or red, and the concentration of crystals covering the buds can vary. And with names like Kryptonite, Dirty Hairy, and Chocolate Thunder, strains can even seem to have individual personalities.

April 19 2015 11:12 AM

What Life Is Like on Brown University’s All-Female Rugby Team  

Brown University’s Women’s Rugby Football Club was founded in 1977, eventually becoming a varsity sport in 2013. The active roster of roughly 30 players, many of whom had never previously played rugby, are part of a tight-knit group of student athletes.

Spanish photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra discovered the Bears while looking to cover a community of women participating in a traditionally male-dominated environment. She was also interested in concentrating on the dynamic of the individual within the collective university setting. Her previous series, “Fall In,” dealt with a group of students enrolled in ROTC and how the military environment influenced their individuality.  

Once she decided to focus on the Bears, Carles-Tolra began to tag along to their practices. Among the many challenges she faced was the fact that she knew very little about rugby, the players had little time to hang out before or after practice because of academic demands, and, most importantly, how to break into the tight-knit group.