Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the most interesting photojournalism and documentary from across the web.
Features and Essays
Muhammed Muheisen: Female Brick-makers in debt in Pakistan (AP Big Story) Tens of thousands of poor Pakistanis work hard in brick kilns, agriculture fields and other hard labor across Pakistan in what is called “bonded labor” to pay off family loans often passed down through generations.
Andrea Bruce: Where Lush Beauty Conceals Dread (NYT Lens) The community spirit that Andrea Bruce knew from her grandfather’s farm was nowhere to be found in India, where the widows of farmers who commit suicide confront creditors and ostracism.
Andrea Bruce and Mikhail Galustov: Afghanistan – Long and Dangerous Road (Médecins Sans Frontières) After over a decade of international aid and investment, Afghans still struggle to access critical medical care due to insecurity, distance, cost, or the dysfunction of many health facilities.
Adam Dean: Bigotry Against Muslims Fuels Massacre in Myanmar (NYT) On the increasing violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya, an estimated 1.3 million people who are denied citizenship under national law.
Mehran Hamrahi: Iranian People (Lens Culture) Currently, Iran has one of the youngest populations of any country in the world. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran’s population has grown to 76 million people — and 70% are under 35. But due to the policies of the current regime, the youth are deprived of basic social freedoms.
Samuel Rodriguez: Clown ‘revolution’ lifts refugee kids (CNN Photos) In refugee camps around the world, the group Payasos Sin Fronteras — or Clowns Without Borders — gives children something to smile about.
Davide Monteleone: Made in Maidan (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) Photographer Monteleone set up a makeshift portrait studio beside one of the barricades erected by protesters, posing his subjects in front of a red carpet emblazoned with the guelder rose, one of Ukraine’s national symbols. | Also on the VII website here
Donald Weber: Cheers to the Revolution: Kiev’s Molotov Cocktails (Vice) Kiev’s EuroMaidan protesters used fire to their advantage. With fire, the protesters were able to defend their barricades, extend their lines, and fortify their positions. They were mobilized throughout the city to collect as many bottles as possible, and thousands of Molotov cocktails were used to set fire to tanks, other armored vehicles, and buses. These little bombs were the only real weapon protesters had against the government’s well-armed forces. | Also on the VII website here
Oksana Yushko: ‘Unwanted people:’ A portrait of Crimea (MSNBC) Yushko explored the lasting effects of a lifetime under Soviet rule by photographing residents of Balaklava, a small seaside town on the Crimean Peninsula that enjoyed prosperity as host to a Soviet naval base.
Andrew Querner: The Bread With Honey (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) Project on a mining community in northern Kosovo
Txema Salvans: Playing ‘the waiting game’ (CNN Photos) For nearly eight years, photographer Salvans traveled the winding roads of Spain’s Mediterranean coast to document the lives of alleged prostitutes.
Fabio Bucciarelli: On the Ground in South Sudan: A new nation, in crisis (Al Jazeera America) 800,000 refugees. Massive food shortages. Ongoing violence. As the world’s newest country falls further into crisis, photographer Fabio Bucciarelli — on assignment for Al Jazeera America — documents the harsh realities
Johan Bävman: Uganda, Maternal mortality (Agence Vu) Every day, 800 women die because they are pregnant. More than half of the deaths occur in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, where the chance of surviving childbirth is the lowest in the world.
Glenna Gordon: Liberia’s new army comes of age (Al Jazeera America) The U.S. spent millions to rebuild Liberia’s army after civil war; now the force must stand on its own
Glenna Gordon: Nigeria Ever After (PROOF) Series documenting Nigerian wedding celebrations
Samuel Aranda: Battered and Broke, Africans Surge to Europe’s Door (NYT) Africans trying to reach Melilla, a Spanish enclave surrounded by Morocco on the northern coast of Africa, which offers a land border between the two continents
Ami Vitale: The Last of the Northern White Rhinos (PROOF) Documenting efforts to save the endangered species in Kenya
Brian Sokol: The Most Important Thing: Central African Republic Refugees (UNHCR) Part of series by photographer Brian Sokol focusing on the possessions that refugees take with them when they are forced to flee from their homes.
Todd Heisler: The Cuban Evolution (NYT) An island nation starts to catch up
Jehad Nga: The Comandante’s Canal (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) Photographs from Nicaragua
Alessandro Gandolfi: Nogales Crossroads (Parallelo Zero) A city on the US-Mexico border
Meridith Kohut: Protests Broaden in Venezuela (NYT) Antigovernment protesters in San Cristóbal and other cities in Venezuela have taken to the streets, an outpouring attributed to a litany of problems that have long bedeviled the country — high inflation, high crime, chronic shortages of basic goods, like milk and toilet paper, and more recently, a government crackdown on public dissent.
Natalie Keyssar: Venezuela: A Tale of Two Cities (Vocativ) A year after Hugo Chavez died, two very different Caracas groups took to the streets
Renee C. Byer: Running Out of Time (zReportage) California’s criminal justice realignment through the story of one woman
Wayne Lawrence: Goldsboro (MSNBC) Beyond Trayvon Martin, a Florida community struggles to heal.
Gabriele Galimberti and Pietro Chelli: Military sexual assault survivors step out of shadows (MSNBC) Series of portraits of women who were sexually assaulted during their military service.
Graham McIndoe: My Addiction, Through My Eyes (New York Magazine) Most documentary projects about addiction expose someone else’s self-destructive behavior, but Graham MacIndoe took a very different approach: He photographed himself during the years he was addicted to drugs
Pete Marovich: The Politics of a Democracy (burn magazine) When it comes to politics in the United States, Washington, D.C. is ground zero.
A shocking image of Syria’s brutal war – a war that will continue regardless (Guardian) Even the most horrific photos are not able to prevent wars happening, they remain decoration for our conscience, argues Guardian’s Jonathan Jones
The Day We Pretended to Care About Ukraine (Politico Magazine) Sarah Kendzior critics media’s fascination with recent Kiev photo coverage
Canadian Photojournalist Ali Moustafa Killed in Syria (AP Big Story) Also on TIME here
‘A Day Without News?’ campaign marks first anniversary (BJP) A year since the launch of a worldwide campaign to highlight the risks journalists and photographers face when working in conflict zones, there’s still more to do, says Aidan Sullivan of A Day Without News?