Mesmerizingly Quiet Photos of Synchronized Swimming
Paul Schlemmer had never photographed underwater before. But when a friend asked if he would like to photograph the youth synchronized swimming club Synchro Olomouc’s Christmas showcase in the eastern Czech city of Olomouc, he jumped at the opportunity. “I was interested because I love being in water and I love shooting and I’m always trying to be as curious about the world around me as possible,” Schlemmer said via email.
Looking Into the Gazes of the Blind
While the power of the gaze is often admired in portraiture, there is still a mystery, or perhaps a fear, of trying to capture the gaze of the blind. In January 2013, photographer Rubén Plasencia Canino had an idea of photographing blind people, focusing specifically on their gaze, for a project he titled “Obscure.”
40 Years of Photography Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy
The stories that continue to surface about the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy include photographer Randy Taylor, who lost almost the entire archive of his work that spanned nearly 40 years as a result of the deadly storm.
Beautiful Images of the Brutal World of Cockfighting
Growing up, photographer Tony Chirinos often heard stories from his father about his childhood in Cuba, including tales of the cockfighting culture there. As Chirinos got older, he thought back to those stories, and his interest in cockfighting increased further when he read Gabriel García Márquez’s novella, No One Writes to the Colonel. When Chirinos had the opportunity to visit St. Andres, Colombia, he was eager to see a fight for himself.
The Customers of One of Atlanta’s Last Honky Tonks
When photographer Kaylinn Gilstrap walked into the Southern Comfort honky-tonk bar in Atlanta for the first time, she knew she had stumbled upon a photography project. The only catch was how to photograph it.
The Legacy of Albania’s 700,000 Bunkers
In Albania today, one bunker stands for every four people who live there. Built during Stalinist Enver Hoxha’s 40-year rule, the more than 700,000 above-ground bunkers dotting the landscape were never used to defend against attack, as intended. Now, they serve as a stark reminder of the Hoxha’s dictatorial reign.
Incredible Photographs From the Surface of Mars
It’s been 10 years since the twin exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity touched down on the surface of Mars. Since then, the rovers have traveled more than 4.8 miles and 23.6 miles, respectively, and have taken hundreds of thousands of images of the red planet. John Grant, supervisory geologist in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies and chair of the Science Operations Working Group on the mission, selected 50 images based on his colleagues’ suggestions for the exhibition “Spirit & Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars.”
Making Eerie, Beautiful Portraits With Taxidermy and Grandmothers
When you’re growing up and your surroundings include both taxidermy and a grandmother as a willing participant in your portrait photography, as Atlanta-based photographer Jody Fausett did, you have a recipe for some fascinating images.
This Is Where Executions Used to Take Place
Eighteen states have outlawed the death penalty. Photographer Emily Kinni’s ongoing series, “Where Death Dies,” brings us to 14 of those states and shows us what has become of the sites where the final executions took place.
Capturing Truth and Stereotypes in Southern Europe's Financial Crisis
The more Spanish photographer Carlos Spottorno read in the business media about the plight of Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain, known as “the PIGS,” the more frustrated he became. Facing financial crisis, those countries, he felt, were being treated as second-class citizens within the European Union. Spottorno decided to begin a photography project that had a documentary style but was really more interpretive, a way of illustrating the stereotypes—laziness, corruption, the inability to keep up with their more sophisticated northern neighbors, among others—he read in the press, translated through his images.