Thursday, September 17, 2009

3 photography projects of note

1) Journey to Midway

Chris Jordan is an incredibly creative photographer who documents humans' impact on the planet with scaled images. The figures are staggering: "2.4 million pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour; 1,000,000 trees cut down every year; 9,000,000 American children without health insurance; 2,000,000 plastic bottles used every five minutes; 2,300,000 adults incarcerated in U.S. prisons." It's horrifying. He is currently in Midway Atoll with a team of five "media artists" documenting the Pacific Garbage Patch. They have some sweet pics and they're posting about every detail of their journey.

2) 30 Mosques in 30 Days

Read about this project to visit a different mosque in NYC for each day of Ramadan and photo blog about it. Their pictures are good, but their insights are even better. Among other topics, these two south asians talk about visiting mosques from other parts of the world, and on feeling welcomed and othered. digging it.

3) Trapped

I stumbled on this gold-medal documentary piece in the winning images section of College Photographer of the Year. Can't believe what "kids these days" can achieve. Trapped is photojournalist and Ohio State alum Jenn Ackerman's piece on Mental Illness in America's Prisons. Be prepared for shocking and violent images.

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