America’s New Generation of Farmers
All across the country, young people who were not raised in agricultural environments are getting involved in sustainable food production. Aliza Eliazarov, a photographer who has long had an interest in environmental issues, decided to document the various manifestations of this movement in her series, “Sustain.” “I was curious to see what it looked like, to see what was happening with young college graduates starting CSAs and leasing plots of land or starting urban farms and rooftop farms,” she said.
This Port-a-Potty Is the First Sign Things Are Going to Change
For many people who need to “go,” the very last resort is often a port-a-potty. It’s a claustrophobic’s nightmare, but nonetheless they can be a desperate person’s saving grace.
Photographer Travis Rix sees them not only as a last resort, but also as a “First Sign.”
The Wild and Colorful World of Ballroom Dancers
Although photographer Deanna Dikeman always enjoyed photography, it took some time before she was able to call herself a professional. She studied biology in college, went to medical school, quit, got master’s degree in business, and took a corporate job. She then bought a camera. Five years into her job, she took a leave of absence, signed up for a photography class, and decided to stick with it. “It was the first thing I found where I didn’t care what time of day it was,” Dikeman said. “I didn’t care if I missed lunch. It was so fascinating to me, so I thought ‘I have to pay attention to this.’ ”
The Secret Lives of Afghanistan’s Female Poets
A few years ago, award-winning journalist and poet Eliza Griswold learned the story of Zarmina, a young girl in Afghanistan who had regularly phoned a radio hotline for women who wanted to share poems called “landays.” Landays are couplets expressing laments, jokes, and frustrations; they are forbidden to many Afghan women because they imply dishonor and free will. When Zarmina was discovered writing them, her brothers beat her badly, and she protested by setting herself on fire. She later died in a Kandahar hospital.
Capturing the Quiet Beauty of Baseball
Baseball is unique in the sports world. Unlike other team sports, which often constitute a battle over territory relying on brute force, baseball is typically quiet and understated. It can even be lonely. The project “Bull City Summer,” which documents the 2013 season of the North Carolina–based triple-A minor league team the Durham Bulls,, explores these qualities of the game with contributions from 10 international photographers. “I think there's more poetry in baseball than any other sport,” said Sam Stephenson, the project’s director.. “Baseball is more subtle,” he said.
Transgender in Mongolia
In Mongolia, transgender people face extreme violence and discrimination, much of which goes unreported because the law does not protect them. Out of fear, many stay in the closet. Photographer Álvaro Laiz spent three and a half months in 2011 photographing male-to-female transgender people in Mongolia to explore notions of identity in a place where they are forced to hide who they are. “They cannot express themselves normally except in certain places. Your life becomes a scenario in which you are pretending to be someone else. Your job, your relatives become part of this performance, and little space is left to act as you would really want to be. It is insane,” he said via email.
The Eccentric Overlap Between Bond Girls and Bird-Watching
How One Father Moved From Reluctance to Love
The Glories of 19th-Century Paris
Beginning in the mid-1850s, Paris experienced a grand transformation. At the orders of Napoleon III, old, narrow streets made way for wide boulevards, thousands of gas lamps lit the streets at night, and a host of other public projects thoroughly modernized the city. Charles Marville, a photographer employed by the city, was charged with documenting those changes. “The random, organic city, the city built by successive generations on top of itself, was pushed back and de-emphasized. The standardized city we see today was replaced,” said Jeff Rosenheim, curator of “Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris,” now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Coming Out as Gay Via Long-Exposure Photography
In 2004, Matthew Pillsbury met Nathan Noland, fell in love, came out as a gay man, and subsequently left his wife. It was a profound time for the then-30-year-old photographer, who said the coming-out process was filled with anguish when dealing with his ex-wife and their friends and family but also liberating, a time “of finally being able to live my life openly.”