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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Otherworldly Photos of Mysterious Megalithic Stones
Stonehenge may be the most famous prehistoric monument, but it’s by no means the only one. In 2003, photographer Barbara Yoshida was on a trip to Scotland when she photographed the Ring of Brodgar, a circle of standing stones in the Orkney Islands. She spent the next 10 years photographing lesser-known and rarely photographed megalithic stones in more than 15 countries and on three continents. Her photographs will soon be published in the book, Moon Viewing: Megaliths by Moonlight. “I’m drawn to places that are spiritual and have a depth of mystery, that have a sense of timelessness and history. These stones were obviously set up for ritualistic purposes, and people have continued to interact with them over thousands of years and invested them with meaning and resonance,” Yoshida said. “They have enormous power and a presence that you can feel when you're among them. We may not know much about the cultures that erected them, but this mystery is what draws me to them. I wanted to record my subjective perceptions and capture some of that mystery.”
Natural Landscapes Turned Surreal by Artificial Light
Barry Underwood’s work draws inspiration from his background in theater, his interests in art history, and the ecological and social history of specific environments. He has also been fortunate to spend a significant amount of time at artist residencies where he has created photographs of landscapes lit by both natural and artificial light, some of which are part of his series “Scenes,” currently on view at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in New York.
A Look Back at Iconic World Cup Moments
Soccer and photography have changed a lot since the first World Cup in 1930, and Getty Images has the proof. Its Hulton Archive has millions of images dating all the way back to that first showdown between nations in Uruguay that, together, tell a story about the development of the game and the means we have of capturing it. “From glass plates to film to color to digital technology, it's all about ultimately getting the moment,” said Matthew Butson, vice president of Getty Images’ Archive. “Whether it’s 1930 or 2014, you've still got to get your finger on the shutter button. That's why I like these images—a split second earlier or later and you wouldn't have gotten the shot.”
The World Needs More Redheads
In 2011, the world’s largest sperm bank, Cyros International, briefly stopped accepting donations from men with common Scandinavian features, including red hair and light eyes, citing a lack of demand from customers. “We are very happy with redheads and what hair color people have, but our job is to supply all races, all hair colors and all eye colors and our problem is that we are located in this part of Northern Europe,” Cyros’ director, Ole Schou, told BBC News at the time. “We supply worldwide so we need more of non-typical Danish characteristics in our crops.”
Stunning Portraits of Mixed-Race Families
Fascinated by the evolution of identity, the photographer Cyjo, who styles her name CYJO, has created a series of portraits that examine how race, ethnicity, and heritage contextualize a person as an individual, and how they coexist within the framework of a family.
Cyjo identifies herself as a Westerner of Korean ethnicity (she was born in South Korea and raised in the United States) and photographed the series “Mixed Blood” from 2010–13 in both New York and Beijing. She has explored the dynamic between individual and collective identities in her previous work via a more abstract approach, but, with “Mixed Blood,” she uses the more literal approach of portraiture.
One Photographer’s Searing Images of India and Pakistan
In his career as a photojournalist, Daniel Berehulak has visited more than 40 countries and witnessed world-changing events including elections, wars, and disasters. The exhibition, “Daniel Berehulak: Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan,” focuses on the last five years of Berehulak’s work, and captures a wide range of the human experience, from joy to misery to hope.