This is a collection of photos of New Orleans sex workers circa. 1912

This is more than just a collection of photos of New Orleans sex workers. 
This is a collection of photos, taken by EJ Bellocq. 
These women were not just sex workers he found for an edgy project, they were his friends. 
Every outfit, background, and pose was chosen by the woman in the photograph.
This is a collection of photographs of prostitutes, showing you how they see themselves. Who they are.
I think that’s the most beautiful part of these pictures.  

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Floating Lotus
Camp 4 in Yosemite National Park

There is a fine line between peace and chaos, and it is on that line where I search for balance.

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Karimeh Abbud

Karimeh Abbud, also known as the “Lady Photographer,” was born in 1896 in Shefa-‘Amr. Because her father was a lay pastor, their family moved from Shefa-‘Amr to Beit Jala and then to Jerusalem. When she was 17, she received a camera from her father and that’s when she began her interest in photography. She was a professional photographer by the 1930s.

From Karimeh Abbud: Early Woman Photographer:

Karimeh became obsessed with her magical machine and she took and developed on her own numerous pictures of her family members, friends and the Bethlehem landscape.

Karimeh, together with her close cousins, Mateel and Shafiqa, attended the Schmidt Girls School in Jerusalem. All three went on to the American University of Beirut for their university education. Karimeh attained a degree in Arabic literature. Her cousin, Shafiqah (born 1894), studied medicine and became a gynecologist at the Akka Government hospital during the 1920s. Shafiqah’s elder sister Mateel (Matilda) studied English literature and, in 1926, became one of the first Palestinian women teachers at the Government School in Nazareth. Working from home in the early 1920s, Karimeh began to earn money by taking pictures of women and children, and then by taking wedding and ceremonial pictures. Her first signed picture (at least that I was able to find) is dated October 1919. During the same period, she took numerous photos of public spaces in Haifa, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Tiberias. As a student in Beirut, she made a special trip to Baalbek to shoot the archeological sites.

By the early 1930s, Karimeh became a professional photographer. We do not know exactly when she opened he own studio, but it seems that she rose to prominence in her native Nazareth when the local photographer Fadil Saba moved to Haifa, and she became highly in demand in taking wedding and portraits.

Also used Wikipedia for this bio ; Photo by C. Swaid, Karimeh Abbud and her camera, Haifa, 1920s


Misao and Fukumaru.  “We will never be apart.”

12 years ago, Japanese photographer, Miyoko Ihara (伊原 美代子) started to take photographs of her grandmother, Misao. Born in 1981 in Chiba (Japan), Miyoko Ihara has studied under Kenji Higuchi (樋口健二), after graduating from the Press Photography Course at the Nippon Photography Institute in 2002. Miyoko is also a member of The Photographic Society of Japan.”

“Under the sun, everyday is a good day. Another good day, Fukumaru”, Misao. Eight years ago, Misao found a odd-eyed kitten in the shed. She named the cat “Fukumaru” in hope that “God of fuku” (good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed like a “maru” (circle)”.

“We’ll never be apart!”, says Misao to Fukumaru. Both of them live in a tiny world, with dignity, with mutual love. Still today, under the blue sky, Misao and Fukumaro work in the fields and in these natural surroundings, where they shine like the stars.”




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Finally! Gremo’s photos of Namgar, buryat singer *Щ*



Image of Sudanese filmmaker, Gadalla Gubara (1920 - 2008)

He was still working at the age of eighty-eight - one of the pioneers of cinema in Africa.

He lost his sight at the age of 80 years old but still continued to film life in Sudan as no one before him. Through his oeuvre, Gadalla reveals to us a Sudan both mysterious and misunderstood.

Despite censorship and lack of financial support over sixty years, he produced cinema that is independent and unique in a country where freedom of expression is a rare luxury.

The film “Conversations with Gadalla Gubara” retraces the struggle of a man who received the 2006 Award for Excellence for his career at the Africa Academy Awards, Nigeria.

The film shows a unique collection of archive footage and stills photography from one of the founding fathers of African cinema.

Gadalla was a person with a unique character: a Sudanese of great charm, caustic in his criticism of film-making, a humorist of refinement whose blindness had not tempered the rebel in him.

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