The Photo Blog

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.

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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.

July 5 2014 11:30 AM

Texas’ Hidden Surf Scene

Texas isn’t generally considered a great place to surf, but there are good waves to be found if you know when and where to look. Photographer Kenny Braun is one of those people. “Surprisingly there are many people in Texas who don’t even know there are beaches in Texas, much less surfers,” he said via email. “I think most people still associate Texas with either the cowboy or Dallas although, in reality, I think that there are probably more surfers than cowboys in Texas. And a few cowboys who surf as well.”

July 3 2014 12:21 PM

Heartbreaking Photos of the Bedrooms of Fallen Soldiers

Photographer Ashley Gilbertson started working in Iraq in 2002, mostly on contract for the New York Times. But the longer he stayed there, the more he felt his work wasn’t accomplishing what he wanted it to accomplish. “I realized people in the United States weren’t really engaging with what was taking place there,” he said. “I felt that we as a nation had disengaged with the war. So I started looking for different ways to tell the same story.”

July 2 2014 11:58 AM

America’s Vanishing Historic Movie Theaters

During the golden age of Hollywood, the excitement of going to the movies wasn’t only about seeing the stars on screen. It also meant spending time at the neighborhood movie theater, an architecturally ornate center of the community’s social life.

Photographer Stefanie Klavens has long been interested in 20th-century American popular culture, specifically its aesthetic qualities, and has created a photographic series of iconic movie palaces titled “Celluloid Dreams.”


July 1 2014 11:00 AM

This Is Where Rice Comes From 

Rice is a staple food for more than one-half the world’s population, but for many of its consumers, its origin is distant and mysterious. Last year, Scott Gable, a photographer who has long been interested in the industrialization of food production, decided to satiate his own curiosity by discovering the people and places behind this ubiquitous food. “The end product is a package of rice or a rice cracker or a rice snack but at the very start of it, rice is still a real food product surrounded by real people and real culture,” he said.

June 30 2014 11:50 AM

Inside a Colorado Marijuana Dispensary

Based in Denver, Colorado, photographer Theo Stroomer has long been covering marijuana legalization. During an assignment to cover Medicine Man, one of Colorado’s largest marijuana dispensaries, Stroomer asked if he could spend some additional time photographing the establishment for a broader story.