Brilliant photo series by Jim Naughten, Heroes.
Each image, a portrait of Herero tribe members of Namibia, reveals a material culture that harkens the region’s tumultuous past: residents wear Victorian era dresses and paramilitary costume as a direct result and documentation of its early 20th century German colonization
Woman at a horse festival, Tagong, Tibet, 1999
Santeria Practioner, Cuba
Studio Portrait of a Kashmiri Boy and Girl - 1890’s
From “The Photographs of Yayoi Kusama”
Yayoi Kusama at age 10, 1939. Collection of Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Sikhs: An American Portrait by Fiona Aboud
This weekend, thousands will attend memorials to the victims of the hate crime that befell the Sikh population of Milwaukee. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Sikhs have been the target of extremist aggression – the first hate crime to occur in the wake of 9/11 was the murder of a Sikh gas station owner.
Fiona Aboud has followed the lives of Sikh families throughout America, to challenge both the prejudicial misconceptions about the community, as well as conventional notions of what it means to be an American.By showing American Sikhs in their everyday American environments it is a visual metaphor for Americans to start to see Sikhs as American and not as an “other.”
Aboud’s work with the Sikh community is ongoing, and the project was displayed at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, in 2009.
To see more from this series, Sikhs: An American Portrait visit fionaaboud.com.
In Focus with Alan Taylor presents a view of Afghanistan seen from the perspective of a single photographer, Martin Middlebrook. He has spent much of the last three years documenting the real lives of ordinary people across Afghanistan, for a project called ‘Faces of Hope’.
See more. [Images: Martin Middlebrook]
Kanga covered Lady walking in Stone Town, Zanzibar
Photo by Matt Porteous
For the past ten years, the photographer Stephen Ferry has working on what he calls a “collective photographic record of the Colombian conflict.” The long-running internal unrest in Colombia, he warns, isn’t just a product of the drug wars, but “involves a baffling array of actors: The Colombian Armed Forces, supported by the United States, two guerrilla armies, and a host of right-wing paramilitary militias and criminal gangs.” Ferry’s project, which brings historical information and images together with his own landscapes of Colombia and portraits of its people, is currently on display at Umbrage gallery, and will be the focus of his upcoming book, “Violentology.” Click-through for a look at Ferry’s photographs: http://nyr.kr/OHS0Qn