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April 24 2014 12:04 PM

San Francisco’s Forgotten Neighborhood of Bayview-Hunters Point

As tech companies continue to help drive up the cost of rent in San Francisco and gentrification reshapes the face of its neighborhoods, photographer Alex Welsh decided to focus on those areas that have remained stagnant. His concentration is on forgotten, marginalized neighborhoods and the complicated geopolitics surrounding them, including Bayview-Hunters Point, located in southern San Francisco.

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April 23 2014 11:06 AM

Powerful, Moving Portraits of Black Women With Cancer

When she was 25 years old, Andrene M. Taylor was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Getting through chemotherapy treatments, radiation, and a stem-cell transplant weighed on Taylor’s body and spirit. Making matters worse, she found herself consistently disappointed by the representation of cancer patients she saw in media. “Throughout my experience, rarely did I see images of women like me saying, ‘I survived,’ ” Taylor said. “Not every woman who has cancer has breast cancer. Not every woman who has cancer is a mom. Some of us are young, and some of us have brown skin.”

April 22 2014 11:22 AM

A Jewish Photographer’s Portrait of Arab Israeli Teenagers

Turning 18 is the start of an important year for young Israelis. They typically finish high school, become legal adults, and get the right to vote. It’s also the year when the differences between two strata of Israeli society crystallize: While virtually all Jewish men and women join the military, most Arabs, who make up around 20 percent of the population of Israel, don’t.

April 21 2014 11:12 AM

A Gorgeous Look at Car Culture in California

Photographer Ryan Schude’s series “Them and Theirs” is a vibrant, sometimes whimsical take on car culture mostly in and around Los Angeles. The project, which began in San Francisco in 2001 while Schude was studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, initially focused on people with vanity license plates. He put the project on hold and didn’t begin shooting it again regularly for nearly a decade.

April 20 2014 11:05 AM

Ethereal, Minimalist Photos of an Australian Salt Mine

Emma Phillips’ photographs of a salt mine in the Nullarbor Plain of Western Australia make the familiar look otherworldly. The landscapes, featuring towering pyramids of white in muted tones, are studies in simplicity and abstraction. “I like pictures with not much in them, not too many distractions,” the Melbourne-based photographer said via email.

April 18 2014 11:02 AM

A Stunning Testament to the Life and Work of Chris Hondros

A collection of photographs and writing by the late photojournalist Chris Hondros titled Testament, published by PowerHouse Books, has been released nearly three years after Hondros was killed while on assignment in Libya. Testament includes a significant amount of Hondros’ work covering conflicts around the world beginning in the late 1990s, including those in Africa and the Middle East.

April 17 2014 11:04 AM

America’s Black Basketball Pioneers

Long before the National Basketball Association became racially integrated in 1950, black players had been charting their own course in basketball. The New-York Historical Society’s exhibition “The Black Fives” tells that nearly 50-year history in photographs, objects, and other memorabilia. Taken together, it celebrates the pioneering teams (known as “fives” for their five starting players) and athletes who shaped the early days of the game and paved the way for progress in other areas of black life.

April 16 2014 11:08 AM

The Rio Residents Displaced by Olympic Spirit

As Brazil prepares to host both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, many of the poor communities in Rio de Janeiro's favelas are being forcibly evicted from their homes as construction in preparation for both events ramps up. The favelas, or slums, have been a part of Rio de Janeiro since the late 1800s and are home to roughly 1.4 million people. Many of the residents don't understand the legal steps involved in an eviction and have been unable to challenge the government as it removes—and often destroys—their communities.

April 15 2014 11:04 AM

Portraits of Baltimore’s Voguers 

Since its birth in the New York ballroom scene of the 1960s, voguing has made a few notable entrées into mainstream culture, such as Madonna’s song “Vogue” and the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. But French artist Frédéric Nauczyciel’s portraits of modern voguers highlight the ballroom scene’s continued relevance as an underground culture, one that serves as a platform for self-expression for queer people of color in urban communities across the globe.

April 14 2014 11:02 AM

You’ve Never Seen Group Portraits Like These

Neal Slavin has a unique perspective on human relations. As a photographer who’s specialized in group portraiture for four decades, he has captured the strange, fascinating, and often humorous sociological phenomena that occur when people pose for a photograph together.

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