In 1964, still leaving the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first african on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race.
Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the ambitious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts , a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit. That is how the heroic initiative turned into an exotic episode of the african history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger.
As a photojournalist I have always been attracted by the eccentric lines of story-telling avoiding the same old subjects told in the same old ways. Now , with my personal projects, I respect the basis of the truth but allow myself to break the rules of veracity trying to push the audience into analysing the patterns of the stories we consume as real. “Afronauts” is based on the documentation of an impossible dream that only lives in the pictures. I start from a real fact that took place 50 years ago and rebuild the documents adapting them to my personal imagery .
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Where Street Vendors Run Pharmacies Out of Buckets
For Haitians, untrained vendors are the main source of medicine. For the sellers, it's a way to survive. #haiti
Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti/INSTITUTE @gabrielegalimbertiphoto@woods_galimberti
INSTITUTE artist @dougie_wallace turned his attention to the consequences of the rising economic and political power of the 'one per cent', the result is Harrodsburg: an up-close wealth safari exploring the wildlife that inhabits the super-rich residential and retail district of Knightsbridge and Chelsea. Harrodsburg is shown as part of the collaboration between the @bjp1854 and @fullbleedtv
From @greenfield_lauren Generation Wealth work. Image at Magic City where strippers can make $20k a week. Rappers in Magic City 'make it rain' a term used to describe dollar bills being thrown by patrons and rappers at the dancers. Generation Wealth will be exhibited at @icp in NY next month. It recently left @annenbergspace in LA. You can buy Generation Wealth through @phaidonsnaps
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Martin Roth, former V&A director, dies aged 62
First German to head major UK museum oversaw record visitor numbers but left V&A after disillusionment with Brexit vote. He died from cancer, diagnosed only weeks after he left the V&A.
Nicholas Coleridge, the chairman of the V&A, said the museum was extremely saddened to hear of Roth’s death. He said: “Martin will be remembered as a man of prodigious energy, a director with a global reputation both within the museum world and beyond, a committed Europhile and cultural ambassador with a philosophical turn of mind, as well as a devoted husband and father.” Images by @joelredman1#martinroth@vamuseum
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Volcano Erta Ale. A small settlement consisting of a few stone huts is the only outpost to the crater rim where you can spend the night.
In this image there Binyam, a local guide, sleeping on the doorway of a stone hut. Andrea Frazzetta. The image is part of Danakil which was a photography feature commissioned by @nytmag with @andrea_frazzetta shooting stills and VR.
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#canalgrandequarries. The Canalgrande cooperative of quarry workers extracts #marble from 1951. Today there are 44 quarrymen at the quarries, they are shareholders and sells the marble blocks to some brands specialised in manufacturing and a worldwide sales network. Here we can find 5 variety of marble: Calacata (the most prestigious), Venato, Nuvolato, Bardiglio e Bianco Ordinario, the average extracted in a year (4 quarries locations) is 65 thousand tons for a value over 10 million euro.
Luca Locatelli/INSTITUTE @lucalocatelliphoto for @nytmag
Dougie Wallace photographs 'The Hype Economy' for 1843
Louis Vuitton’s ‘collaboration’ with NY streetwear brand Supreme, To celebrate this collection, Louis Vuitton opened a pop-up located at 180 The Strand, London dedicated to the Autumn-Winter 2017 menswear collection.
Louis Vuitton for the first time collaborated with street ware cult label Supreme, creating a capsule collection showcased alongside Vuitton’s own.
Dougie Wallace/INSTITUTE #louisvuitton#LVxSUPREME#supreme@dougie_wallace@louisvuitton@supremenewyork@1843mag
Susana Raab photographs 'Cooter’s Last Stand' for Politico Magazine
A “Dukes of Hazzard” fan fest in rural Virginia is a nostalgic walk through a culture war minefield.
By SUSANA RAAB and SARAH HOLDER
Just the good ol’ boys, never meanin' no harm,
Beats all you've ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born.
So begins the theme song of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the decades-old television show chronicling the campy, cornpone antics of southern mechanics and their orange, Confederate-flag adorned Dodge Charger, lovingly christened “The General Lee” (as in Robert E.). In its own time, the show was a throwback to an era of “Lost Cause” nostalgia. Now, some three decades after its final new episode aired, the series draws in fans pining for its its uncomplicated outlook of life—as happened recently at a two-day, neo-Confederate “Dukes of Hazzard” festival in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains.
In the 1970s and ’80s, Ben Jones played one of Hazzard County’s good ol’ boys, Cooter Davenport. By the 1990s, Jones had been elected a congressman from Georgia. And by the early 2000s, Jones emerged as an entrepreneur, opening Dukes of Hazzard-themed museums, restaurants and stores. To promote his restaurant—which bears the "Cooter" name and proudly displays the kinds of Dixie-land memorabilia some liberal southern cities are slowly denouncing—Jones created an event that brings him and thousands of fans—many of whom are Trump supporters—back to the glory days. He calls it, “Cooter's Last Stand.”
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The Island of #Socotra, #Yemen,
Socotra is a #UNESCO World Heritage Site
The natural stream-fed swimming pools at Diksum below the Dragon's Blood Forest
Image from History's Shadow by @davidmaisel1 History’s Shadow comprises my series of re-photographed x-rays of art objects from antiquity. I have culled these x-rays from the archives of the Getty Museum and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, which utilize them for conservation purposes. Through the x-ray process, the artworks of origin become de-contextualized, yet acutely alive and renewed.
Rendering three dimensions into two is at the heart of the photographic process. With the x-ray, this sense is compounded, since it maps both the inner and outer surfaces of its subject. The mysterious images that result seem to encompass both an inner and an outer world, as the two-dimensional photograph brings us into a realm of indeterminate space, depth, and scale. The x-ray provides a filter and a means to read the intrinsic properties of these works, the trace elements with which these objects are imbued. They encourage an understanding- made through feeling and art, as well as science and reason- that both spans and collapses time.
As with all photographs, these images are fragments; the x-ray, which in History’s Shadow seems to slice through both material and time itself, furthers that connotation. The x-ray has historically been used for the structural examination of art and artifacts much as physicians examine bones and internal organs; it reveals losses, replacements, methods of construction, and internal trauma that may not be visible to the naked eye. The re-worked images of these x-rays are thus encrypted codes for the viewer to decipher. They make the invisible visible, and express through photographic means the shape-shifting nature of time itself, and the continuous presence of the past contained within us. #xray#artphotography
The Majestic Marble Quarries of Northern Italy is the main story on this weekends @nytmag all video and stills by @lucalocatelliphoto . Image caption: Once excavated by Cosimo I de’ Medici, the Cervaiole quarries more recently have supplied marble for mosques in Mecca, Medina and Abu Dhabi. #marble#marblequarry
Actress Noomi Rapace who took the key role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Photographed by @jude_edginton
The Revival Of The Aral Sea. The new feature by @didierbizet .The little village of Tastubek situated in the little Aral sea, (the north part of the Aral sea) which has been forever altered by the Soviet Union, is situated 90km from Aralsk, a former port on the Aral Sea. Since the completion of the Kokaral dam in 2005 financed by the world bank, and the installation of an electricity grid in 2009, the winds of change have reached Tastubek. Akerke and her husband Nurzhan moved to the village a few years ago, making a living fishing, an industry which seemed to have been wiped out in this region of Kazakstan until recently. More than 15 kinds of fish have reemerged, allowing fishing production to expand from 600 tons in 1996 to 7,200 tons today said Serik Dyussenbayev, a guide living in Aralsk.
Bracing the 45-degree heat in summer and the -25-degree winters, Nurzhan and his fishermen friends, work 7 days a week. And so in Tastubek, in the far-off Aral Sea, Akerke, Nurzhan and their daughter Dilnaz can now feel every hope for the future. It seems that time has changed now in the little Aral sea region, the ground is getting more green and birds sing along the reeds. The project of the second phase of the dam with 4 meters higher will bring the water to Aralsk and fully restore the North part says Serik. But at the moment, money is going to the Expo2017 in Astana and only the president Noursoultan Nazarbaïev will decide when. #aral
Clara Vannucci's 'Calcio Storico' in Cityzine
The "Calcio Storico”, historical football, is a medieval ancestor of a fusion between modern rugby, street fighting and football. Dating back to the 16th century and still played every summer in #Florence. #calciostorico
Clara Vannucci/INSTITUTE @claravannu
Helene, 31 years, student
I have spent many years deliberately not talking about or association myself with food. In school I used to eat really early in the morning and starve myself for the whole day. I was sure that if my classmates saw me eating they would be as disgusted with my body as I was.
One night when I was feeling really low I googled: “Is there anyone in the world who wants to hook up with a fat girl”.
That night a new world revealed itself to me. I discovered body positivism and a whole world of people who looked liked me and LOVED THEMSELFES. It was life changing for me.
Image by @mariehaldphoto of @momentagency from the series Perfect Girls
Can a single company be responsible for the birth of up 70.000 children in the world? Yes. The global sperm donation industry is booming, has a leader country and a sperm bank claimed as the largest sperm bank in the world. Cryos, a company that was established in Aarhus in 1987, has become one of Denmark’s top exports delivering to more than 80 countries: about 96 percent of its sperm is exported.
As the market developed and demand increased, initially from heterosexual couples with fertility issues and then from single mothers and homosexual couples, the Danish laboratories became a reference point due to many factors. The high quality human sperm and eggs from selected and screened donors, the supposed virility of Danish men linked with the demand of a ‘Viking baby’, apparently a big detail that makes the difference. In many countries it is illegal to use non-anonymous donors (this influences the low number of local donors like in the UK, one-third of the sperm used there is imported) but the large selection of Cryos bank provides both types, anonymous or named. A great amount of information can be offered if the donor is indeed named. Potential parents can listen to the voices of donors, read about their childhood, see their baby photos, know race, ethnicity, eye and hair color, height, weight, blood type and in most cases education and occupation. The price depends on the profile chosen and it is also possible to choose for an exclusive donor (nobody else will purchase/reserved sperm from this man's profile). This comes at a price though, a whopping additional 12,000 euros! Delivery is available for EU countries (1-2 weekdays) or the rest of the world (1-5 weekdays) with dry ice or liquid nitrogen containers. From the bank to your home: this is the way Cryos delivers new life to this planet. Work by @giuliodisturco
It is 3.30 pm on the Lofoten islands. The sun has set almost an hour ago and the moon rising between two snow mountains reflects its bright light onto the icy beach of Flakstad. Even though we are hundreds of kilometers North of the Arctic Circle , the most popular activity here is surfing . The Lofoten islands are famous worldwide for their scenic fishing villages surrounded by snow mountains, icy bays and northern lights. Although it is cod fishing that has traditionally played the dominant role in the islands’ history a local surfing scene has emerged in the little bay of Unstad, cut off from the rest of the island by mountains. Nowadays, what used to be the village school has become a surf camp welcoming adventurers and professional surfers from all around the world coming to defy the best waves of the Arctic. #lofoten#lofotenislands#arctic#arcticsurf#surf#surfing#flakstad#flakstadbeach
Tim Franco/INSTITUTE @timfranco
@franckbohbot directs a beautiful cinematic trailer for the series 'Cuts' about barbers in New York
Jude Edginton photographs 'Circus Kids : Our Secret World' for Channel 5. This revealing documentary series provides a honest insight into the world of circus kids.
This new series looks at the kids growing up, working and performing in a touring circus. Fifteen-year-old Yasmin dreams of a permanent slot as an aerialist, but she has only recently taken it up, with top performers starting at the age of three or four. Meanwhile, two-year-old twins Esmerelda and Scarlett are already part of their grandfather’s act. More dedicated, passionate and diligent young people would be hard to imagine. @jude_edginton@channel5_tv#circuskids