photography series

Censored

Spanish photographer Álvaro Escobar has crafted a powerful series called »Censored«, a visual metaphor for China’s strict censorship of media, political parties, religious organizations and other social movements and mass organisations. The complete series is available here.

»Censored« by Alvaro Escobar

»Censored« by Alvaro Escobar

»Censored« by Alvaro Escobar

All images © Alvaro Escabar.

18 months

Toshiya Watanabe is a Fukushima native. After the big earthquake on 11 March 2011 causing the worst nuclear accident in the history of nuclear power, the government of Japan ordered its residents to leave their houses and apartments. Since then, Watanabe has traveled back to his abandoned hometown many times, documenting the changes he saw, or lack thereof. He also went back to his parent’s house, which was within the restricted area to pick up his family album that was full of good old memories. During this visit, he took these pictures. You should also have a look at his Flickr photostream.

»Tsunami-hit area«, 3 months later, Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Tsunami-hit area«, 3 months later, Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 6 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Main street of Namie (Nothing changes for four months)«, 7 months later, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Main street of Namie (Nothing changes for four months)«, 7 months later, 8 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»My Parent´s House«, 10. Juni 2012, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»My Parent´s House«, 10. Juni 2012, 8 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Main street of Namie«, 7 months later, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Main street of Namie«, 7 months later, 8 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 3 months later, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 3 months later, 8 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Abandoned dogs«, 3 months later, Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Abandoned dogs«, 3 months later, Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 9 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

All images © Toshiya Watanabe

(via yesterdayyousaidtomorrow.de)

Coming Soon

In recent years, outsized billboards have spread the commercial hubs of New York City. Most are replaced after several weeks by others. Like background actors, participants stroll around in front of this super billboards. »Coming Soon« by Natan Dvir is an exploration of our visual relationship with the branded city centers and the commercial environment we live in. Great theater with a fancy backdrop.

Zara #01, 2008 A hotdog vendor looks at a woman next to a Zara billboard on 5th Avenue.

Zara #01, 2008 A hotdog vendor looks at a woman next to a Zara billboard on 5th Avenue.

Juicy Couture #01, 2008 New Yorkers by a Juicy Couture billboard on 5th Avenue.

Juicy Couture #01, 2008 New Yorkers by a Juicy Couture billboard on 5th Avenue.

Juicy Couture #02, 2012 A man looks at a Juicy Couture billboard while passing it on 52nd street close to 5th Avenue.

Juicy Couture #02, 2012 A man looks at a Juicy Couture billboard while passing it on 52nd street close to 5th Avenue.

Tommy Bahama #02, 2012 Two men sit on a bench next to a Tommy Bahama billboard on 5th Avenue.

Tommy Bahama #02, 2012 Two men sit on a bench next to a Tommy Bahama billboard on 5th Avenue.

Current Exhibition: Anastasia Photo gallery in New York. All images copyright © Natan Dvir.

Wilder Mann

They become bears, stags, and devils. They evoke death but bestow fertile life. They live in the modern era, but they summon old traditions – people all over Europe like to dress up. French photographer Charles Fréger has sought out the best of the best and published a book about almost forgotten rituals. Collected over two winters of travel through 19 countries. Take a visual tour of Europe’s wild man traditions.

Bulgaria – On New Year’s Day men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits.

Bulgaria – On New Year’s Day men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits.

Photograph by Charles Fréger
Switzerland – Sauvage at Carnival

Photograph by Charles Fréger
Italy – Schnappviecher (snapping beast) on Shrove Tuesday

Photograph by Charles Fréger
Poland – Macidulas on New Year’s Day

France - Spring festivals in the Pyrenees feature local men playing the role of bears awakening from hibernation.

France – Spring festivals in the Pyrenees feature local men playing the role of bears awakening from hibernation.

(via WeWasteTime)

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

At the age of 17, Mike Brodie hopped his first train close to his home in Pensacola thinking he would visit a friend in Mobile, Alabama. Instead the train went in the opposite direction to Jacksonville, Florida. Shortly after, Brodie found a Polaroid camera stuffed behind a carseat. With no training in photography and coke-bottle glasses, the instant camera was an opening for Brodie to document his experiences. When the Polaroid film he used was discontinued, Brodie switched to 35mm film and a sturdy 1980s camera. He spent years crisscrossing the U.S. amassing a collection, now appreciated as an impressive archive of American travel photography. His amazing images of hitchhikers and train hoppers are published in the book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.

Mike Brodie: »A Period of Juvenile Prosperity«

Mike Brodie: »A Period of Juvenile Prosperity«

Mike Brodie: »A Period of Juvenile Prosperity«

Mike Brodie: »A Period of Juvenile Prosperity«

Mike Brodie: »A Period of Juvenile Prosperity«

33 More Abandoned Places

This is the second part of Francesco Mugnai’s series about abandoned places all over the world. 33 more strange and incredible images full of magic and mystic power.

Nicosia Airport
Nicosia Airpot, Cyprus (Photo by eyesfutur)

Abanonded steam engine in Uyuni train cemetery
Abanonded steam engine train cemetery, Uyuni, Bolivia (Photo by Jimmy Harris)

Abandoned Coal Mine. Miner Bathroom
Abandoned Coal Mine, Miner Bathroom, Wałbrzych, Poland (Photo by *Camereon)

Merle Spurrier Gymnasium Pool
Merle Spurrier Gymnasium Pool, University of Rochester, New York (Photo By cseward)

Abandoned bowling alley
Toyo Bowling, Japan (Photo by Thomas Jorion)