Brooklyn’s Finest by Sara Hylton

Brooklyn’s Finest explores the vibrant community and social landscape of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Much like other parts of Brooklyn, Fort Greene is a neighborhood undergoing rapid change and gentrification. Continue reading →

Ferguson by David Butow

There are certain advantages and disadvantages to getting to a news event after the peak drama has happened. The disadvantage is, of course, you may not be able to make pictures that equal the immediate and explosive nature of a particular event. Accepting that, the advantage is you can reflect on what’s already been photographed and go for a different approach. You can try to make images with context and meaning that bring more depth to the existing coverage. Continue reading →

Land grabbing in Indonesia by Alessandro Rota

The term “land grabbing” refers to the global phenomenon of large-scale land transactions for commercial exploitation. While the practice is not new in the history of the country, in fact land grabs started to happen during the colonial period, the contemporary issue is a consequence of a modification to the national forestry law which took effect in 2001. Continue reading →

A Photographer’s Promise to an Indian Child by Alex Masi

(This story was recently featured in the New York Times Lens Blog.)

Last year, NPAC published the story on how photographer Alex Masi in 2009 began documenting the life of six-year-old Poonam Jatev in Bhopal, India.

Today, Alex continues his decade-long commitment of documenting Poonam’s story and funding her education. He recently celebrated Diwali with the Jatev family. He also worked on stories relevant to the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal chemical disaster. Poonam, now 12 years old, wishes to be a teacher when she grows up. Continue reading →

Ordinary Lives by Rania Matar

The focus of this body of work is the Middle East, especially the women and children. Lebanon in particular is interesting to me because I am originally from Lebanon and also because of its key location between the West and the Arab world.

Lebanon is home to a blend of Western and Arab cultures, of Christianity and Islam, of tradition and modernity, all coexisting side by side. Whereas the media typically covers the Middle East in a sensational manner – terrorism, bombings and kidnappings – the large majority of the inhabitants are just ordinary people going on with their everyday lives. The purpose of these images is to convey just that. Continue reading →

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