It’s only 9am but I’m nominating this as our photo of the day.
Image: A supporter of the social activist Anna Hazare waved an Indian flag amid discharge from fumigation work in Mumbai on Monday. Mr. Hazare plans to begin a three-day fast on Tuesday to press for anti corruption legislation. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters via the New York Times.
…In the process of documenting train riders for the project, [Bangladeshi photographer G.M.B.] Akash encountered hundreds of low-paid workers for whom roof-surfing was an economic necessity. He met mothers squeezed onto the small spaces between carriages, nothing protecting their babies from the moving rails below except their arms. He met homeless children with nowhere particular to go, who simply enjoy living dangerously. He captured all these characters in bold color, their purple shirts and clashing paisley prints infiltrating routine commutes with deceptively joyous electricity.
When Akash was growing up in Bangladesh, photography was not considered a career. The idea that a boy would want to dedicate himself to pictures was incomprehensible to the aspiring doctors and engineers around him.
“People had no knowledge at that time how a photographer could change the world,” he says.
Image: Helaluddin, 18, on his off-day from the plastic factory where he works in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Via Slate.
Hundreds of artists, collectors and curators have gathered in Mali to celebrate one of Africa’s biggest photography exhibitions, Bamako Encounters. Ecological concerns are a major theme this year. This work is from the series A Vanishing Wetland by Nigerian artist Akintunde Akinyele.
Photographer Katie Orlinsky traveled to Mexico to document the drug war’s effect on women and concludes that with an overall death toll of more than 30,000, the country faces a humanitarian crisis.
These photos are from the women’s prison in Ciudad Juarez where approximately 80 percent of the inmates are incarcerated for drug-related crimes. Throughout Mexico, the incarceration rate for women has risen 400 percent since 2007.
Photo of the Day: Bee Keeper Lu Kongjiang competes in a “bee-attracting” contest in China’s Hunan province. He was eventually covered by 50 pounds (22.9kg) of bees. The competition’s winner attracted 57 pounds (26kg) of bees.
Via the BBC (Click through to see the mummified winner).
South African photographer Pieter Hugo’s latest book, Permanent Error, pictures Agbogbloshie, a Ghanaian dumping ground for global electronic waste and home to slum-dwellers willing to endanger their health burning the techno-trash to harvest precious metals. Unlike consumer products of the past, today’s electronic gadgetry is near obsolete within two to three years, creating some 50 million metric tonnes of “e-waste” per year. Much of that techno-trash is sold and recycled in China, Nigeria, India, Vietnam and Ghana.
After a sweltering day in the city, midsummer folly was in the air Monday night. So were two Brooklyn performance artists, who perched 300 feet above traffic on a tower of the Williamsburg Bridge, poised to stage an aerial stunt.
Aerialist Seanna Sharpe and sometime artist and magician Savage Skinner walked onto the bridge just before 7 p.m. Monday evening. Before her ascent, Sharpe said she knew she would leave in handcuffs, but she scaled the tower anyway, giving a brief, daring performance that sent her flipping and flying in the air without the aid of a harness or safety tether.
Sharpe and Skinner’s next trick: Getting out of jail.
New York Police Department officers arrived on the scene thirty minutes after Sharpe, bedecked in a red-and-white leotard and head wrap and Skinner, in a black suit jacket and matching bowler hat, scaled the bridge tower where Sharpe secured 90 feet of silk rope to perform an aerial acrobatic performance.
Last Saturday, the Republic of South Sudan declared its independence, creating the newest nation in the world — the 193rd nation to join the United Nations. The new country has been in the making since a referendum last January, when nearly 4 million southern Sudanese voted to secede from Sudan by a margin of more than 98 percent. The region has been involved in civil wars for at least the past 50 years, and the days-old nation is already battling several armed groups within its new borders. Many issues still remain unresolved — the oil-rich region continues to rely on pipelines that run through Sudan, and a revenue-sharing agreement has not been reached. The new nation, which is comprised of more than 200 ethnic groups, has a largely rural economy, and poverty, civil warfare, and political instability will be the biggest of many challenges for the new administration. Gathered here are scenes from South Sudan as it made its debut on the world stage this weekend.
Drawing inspiration from the Great Depression collaboration between the US Farm Security Administration, photographers and documentarians, the non-profit collective Facing Change teamed up with the Library of Congress to capture America over 4th of July weekend.
The Facing Change / Library of Congress collaboration allows the LOC to both archive and publish books based on Facing Change images. In a June press release, the Library wrote:
Facing Change was founded in 2009 by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers Anthony Suau and Lucian Perkins and is a contemporary counterpart to the work done in the 1930s and 1940s by photographers employed by the Farm Security Administration, a federal project that documented the experiences of Americans at all economic levels during the Great Depression and World War II…
…The collaborative agreement announced today will allow the Library to publish books based on the Facing Change images, which document numerous aspects of contemporary American life through photographs, sound and video files. The Library will begin by exploring born-digital archiving and preservation practices with the Facing Change photographers, building on experience gained through the Library’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.
Facing Change will pay photographers a day rate and reimburse expenses. Whatever money comes in — from foundations, individuals or the sale of images — will go back into financing more projects, [the organization’s founder Anthony] Suau said. “Nobody is going to get rich,” he said. “We just sincerely believe that it is important to document what’s going on within the country.”