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2 weeks ago
A photographer’s success hinges on access. This is an underlying thread in the tapestry woven in this week’s show. Our discussion covers multiple facets and cultural attributes of Indian society, as seen through the eyes of a photographer with a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Above photograph © Pablo Bartholomew In this month’s episode of the series, Picturing World…
1 month ago
Documenting a culture can be a daunting process, especially when it involves a history of conquest and colonialism. Synthesizing such a complex and traumatic past in a contemporary narrative is a formidable task, requiring extensive research and dedicated planning. This is the backstory to today’s podcast. Above photograph © Juan Brenner For the seventh chapter in our monthly series, Picturing…
2 months ago
The dictionary defines culture as “the way of life for an entire society.” But sometimes larger forces create rifts within the whole, inevitably leading to a confrontation between factions. A prime example of this cultural struggle is playing out today within the cities and villages of Ukraine, the focus of today’s episode. Above photograph © Maxim Dondyuk In this sixth installment of our monthly…
3 months ago
Professional tree planting is back breaking piecework—a combination of high intensity sport and industrial labor that requires both technical finesse and remarkable physical and mental endurance. Using techniques more often associated with high-performance athletes, experienced planters (commonly known as high-ballers) leap up and down through uneven and debris-strewn terrain, armed only with a…
4 months ago
There are many different ways to look at culture, and today we take a geographic approach to distinguish people who live in rural mountain and hilly settings from those of the wider plains and urban areas. Above photograph © Daniel Rosca Our focus is the country of Romania, where we’ll explore the rustic landscape of small farms, hand-tilled fields, and local communities that still identify with…
5 months ago
While Joshua Irwandi was born and raised in Indonesia, the early pictures he made during his first visit to the region of Asmat, in the province of West Papua, were less than satisfying to him. Yet his fascination with the people and the place stuck, inspiring him to embark on the long-term project Not a Blank Canvas. Above photograph © Joshua Irwandi In this third installment of our monthly…
6 months ago
Kiana Hayeri was born in Iran, and this was where she launched her career as a photojournalist and visual storyteller. Yet after traveling to Afghanistan for a 2014 assignment, she decided to relocate, spending the next eight years covering the frontlines of conflict and everyday lives of the Afghan people. Above photograph © Kiana Hayeri In this second installment of our monthly series,…
7 months ago
“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” – Robert Frank Australian photographer Wayne Quilliam used to consider his camera as a tool, but today it’s become his “companion.” This is just one of the inspiring takeaways from our chat for the new monthly podcast series, “Picturing World Cultures.” Above photograph © Wayne Quilliam Listen in as Quilliam describes his journey—from growing up…