Photo Essay

The War Within: In “Open Wounds,” Photographer Younes Mohammad Captures the Challenges of Life after Combat

In his series “Open Wounds,” Iraqi Kurdish photographer Younes Mohammad tells the stories of Peshmerga veterans and their families battling war’s physical and mental marks. Younes, who has worked as a photojournalist and translator during the fight against the Islamic State, shifted his practice towards an artistic approach to portray his subjects in an intimate way that differs from fast-paced news media coverage.

The Many Shapes of Water

Whether ice, snow, steam, or liquid: German artist Franz Xaver Aicher’s fascination for water in all its forms defines his photography. As a dedicated skier, snowboarder, and surfer, he uses his camera to capture and examine the “element of life” in alpine and maritime environments.

Rachael Talibart: Tides, Tempests, and Ghosts in Shells

British photographer Rachael Talibart captures the moods of the ocean. Whereas her critically acclaimed series “Sirens” portrays the wild temper of the water, her work “Ghosts in the Shell” speaks to the gentler spirit of the sea.

Emerald Arguelles: “Isn’t it Beautiful”

Savannah-based photographer Emerald Arguelles addresses the lack of representation and inclusivity in photography by celebrating the Black Experience.

Sleeping Giants: A Dive into the Wondrous World of Whales

Award-winning Australian underwater photographer Jasmine Carey spends southern winter with humpbacks breeding in the tropical waters of Tonga. In the northern winter, she captures orcas feeding in the Norwegian fjords.

Netta Laufer: Wild Animals at the West Bank Barrier

Netta Laufer’s photo and video installation “25ft” shows animals close to the Israeli West Bank barrier on military camera footage. In her practice, the artist explores human-made artificial borders and their effects on fauna, flora, and the environment.

James Hayman: Ode to New Orleans

The director, producer, and photographer James Hayman shows scenes from the daily life of New Orleans in intimate black-and-white imagery. He describes the city as a place with a very particular “joie de vivre,” cultural pride, and a strong sense of community.

At Night, When Hanoi Stands Still

When the shadow of night settles over Hanoi’s rooftops, Belgian photographer Wouter Vanhees sets out on a nocturnal picture trip with his scooter. He visits residential areas on the outskirts, where new apartment complexes, shopping areas, and office spaces spiral into the sky.

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Photojournalist Maika Elan Documents People’s Devotion to Pets

In her photo series “Ain’t Talkin’ Just Lovin’,” Vietnamese photojournalist Nguyen Thanh Hai, known professionally as Maika Elan, documents the lives of people who choose pets over partners.

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Greenland and Antarctica: Fragile Forces of Nature

The American artist Patricia Carr Morgan photographed the world’s largest ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. The images appear like abstract paintings and ice sculptures; a testimony of the ever-changing landscapes.

Photographer Pedro Pedreira Documents Queer Culture in Brazil

Photographer Pedro Pedreira on lockdown-life in São Paulo and the thriving LGBTQ-community in Brazil.

Intimate Quarantine Portraits by Photographer Stuart Miller From Sydney

Sydney based photographer Stuart Miller teamed up with filmmaker Rhys Graham from Melbourne to document quarantine life in Australia.