Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the most interesting photojournalism and documentary from across the web.
Features and Essays
Lynsey Addario: Syria: The Chaos of War – Journey Without End (National Geographic) Documenting the struggles of Syria’s displaced | From National Geographic magazine’s March 2014 issue
Bryan Denton: Syrians Flee Heavy Aerial Bombing (NYT) Hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo in recent weeks under heavy aerial bombardment by the Syrian government, emptying whole neighborhoods and creating what aid workers say is one of the largest refugee flows of the entire civil war.
Andrea Bruce: Syria: The Chaos of War – Damascus: Will the Walls Fall? (National Geographic) The city’s culture offers hope for saving Syria | From National Geographic magazine’s March 2014 issue
Guy Martin: Playacting for Power in Istanbul: Portraits of Protesters and Soap Opera Stars (LightBox) Following a long hiatus away from photography after being injured in Libya, photojournalist Guy Martin writes for LightBox about his newest project pairing the theatricality of Istanbul’s protests with the drama of its soap opera stages.
Daniel Berehulak: A Highway That Is Crucial for a Nation’s Future (NYT) Afghan army’s test begins with fight for vital highway
Wang Qing: In Restive Remote China, Uighurs’ Piety and Peace (NYT Lens) A photographer ventured to Xinjiang Province, where tensions seethe between the Muslim Uighur minority and the majority Han Chinese, and made pictures only a quiet, unobtrusive observer could.
Patrick Brown: Trading to Extinction (BBC) Photographer Patrick Brown spent 10 years documenting the illegal trade of endangered animals in Asia. The project is now getting published as a book. | Also on LightBox here
Lynsey Addario: A Roadside Birth in the Philippines (LightBox) The remarkable birth of a baby in a typhoon-ravaged part of the Philippines becomes a symbol of renewed hope
Davide Monteleone: The Protests Continue in Kiev (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) The photographer Davide Monteleone captured the scene of the protests throughout the capital.
Jerome Sessini: Ukraine (De Standaard)
Mikhail Mordasov: The Other Sochi (Foreign Policy) Images of the seaside spa town cherished by generations of Russians. Will it survive the Olympics?
Misha Friedman: Two Sides of Sochi (The New Yorker) For the past few weeks, Friedman has been in Russia to cover the Winter Olympics for the New Yorker.
Misha Friedman: The Sochi Olympics County Fair (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) One of the Olympic attractions was the Sochi Fan Zone, a carnival-like venue that allowed enthusiasts to pose in front of murals depicting Russian athletes.
Mads Nissen: The Dangers of Being Gay in Russia (Newsweek)
Rafal Milach: Portraits of the Winners, the Best and Better in Belarus (LightBox) Wry portraits of the best milkmaids, fitness queens, hunters, potato farmers and other winners of the quirky propagandistic contests organized by one of last remaining dictatorships in Europe.
Fabio Bucciarelli: On the Brink of an Abyss (LightBox) South Sudan remains on the brink of an ethnic conflict. Italian photographer Fabio Bucciarelli is documenting the unrest.
Micah Albert: Kenya’s Traditional Brewers (BBC)
Erika Larsen: People of the Horse (National Geographic) Many Native American tribes developed a deep, almost mystical, connection to the horse | From National Geographic magazine’s March 2014 issue
Andrea Bruce: Westward Bound (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) A photographer’s trip with her Iraqi fixer from D.C. to Oregon
Ben Marcin: The Camps (Feature Shoot) Hidden dwellings of Baltimore’s homeless
Jared Soares: Struggle and Hope in a Small Virginia Town (Slate) Economic downturn in Martinsville, Va.
Carlos Javier Ortiz: The Toll of Zero-Tolerance Discipline (MSNBC) Young black and Latino men are being churned out of classrooms and into the criminal justice system at an astounding rate. One in three black and one in six Latino boys are likely to face incarceration during their lifetime.
Andrew Burton: Locked Up and Growing Old (MSNBC) Aging men and women are the fastest-growing population in U.S. prisons, a recent Human Rights Watch report found, and prison officials are ill-equipped to provide the appropriate level of care.
Aaron Huey: Salvation Mountain (TIME) Folk artist Leonard Knight, creator of Salvation Mountain, died at 82. Photographer Aaron Huey documented Knight and his creation during the course of several years.
David Guttenfelder: Traveling From Ocean to Ocean Across South America | Still Life in Motion From a Road Trip Across South America (NYT Magazine) The cover story of the magazine’s Voyages issue takes readers on a journey along the Interoceanic Highway, the first paved route to fully cross the heart of South America.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins: The Business of Death (The Wider Image by Reuters) Venezuela has one of the world’s highest levels of homicides and Caracas’s murder rate is over 100 per 100,000 residents, according to a monitoring group.
Dominic Bracco II: Life on Ecuador’s oil frontier (Washington Post) Ecuador pumps more than 500,000 barrels of crude a day, but with production falling, the country is moving to drill inside Yasuni National Park, one of the world’s most ecologically complex and fragile places, an area that is also home to the Waorani tribe
Jim Mortram: Small Town Inertia (Guardian) Mortram started photographing the residents of his home town of Dereham, Norfolk, more or less by accident. But his results lift the lid on life in an isolated community – and add up to an unsettling snapshot of Britain today | Related: Mortram on his work here