This essay is a journey into a part of African society that is rarely represented. In Africa’s most poverty-stricken parts there exists quite a different quality of life where people are apparently disengaged from the harsh realities that surround them.
Libera Me by Alex Majoli
This story is a personal exploration of loss, separation, heaven and hell. Inspired by Pirandello's play "Six Characters in Search of an Author,” Majoli elaborates on the notion that we are all "actors of life."
Revolution in Hungary: The 1956 Budapest Uprising by Erich Lessing
October 2007 marks the 51st anniversary of one of the defining moments in the history of the 20th century: On Oct. 23, 1956, what began as a mass rally in Budapest quickly evolved into the Hungarian Revolution. Within days, millions of Hungarians supported the revolt. It lasted until Nov. 4, when it was crushed by the Hungarian security police and Soviet tanks and artillery. Thousands of Hungarian revolutionaries and Soviets were injured or killed, and nearly a quarter of a million people fled the country as refugees. Erich Lessing was the first photographer to arrive in Hungary, and he documented the short-lived uprising and its aftermath in a series of photographs. These world-famous images bring to life once more the hope and euphoria of the first days of the revolt, soon followed by the pain and punishment of brutal suppression.
Award-Winning Work Series Part III: New York's Chinatown by Chien-Chi Chang
Upon arriving in New York, smuggled immigrants from China's Fujian Province become virtual indentured servants for years, laboring at ill-paid jobs until they work off their debts to traffickers. Unprepared for the harshness of the life they find in New York City, many feel trapped on an island within an island and deeply regret enduring the hardship and separation from their families. No one knows exactly how many have been smuggled into this country, but New York's Fujian Association estimates there are 500,000 illegal immigrants from the province. For this poignant and intimate portrait, Chien-Chi Chang received the Visa d’Or in magazine photography for 1999.
Quote of the Week
The pictures I took spontaneously—with a bliss-like sensation, as if they had long inhabited my unconscious—were often more powerful than those I had painstakingly composed. I grasped their magic as in passing.