1. James Mollison, 1973, was born in Kenya but grew up in England. His latest book “Where Children Sleep” was published in 2010 and it tells the story of diverse children from around the world through portraits and photos of their bedrooms. Mollison explains on his website: “When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations”. Below are a select few that are taken from his site:
2. The following powerful photo is probably one that you may have seen before. The iconic photo was taken by AP Photographer Nick Ut. Kim Phut is just 9 years old and she is running naked on a road. Her back had been burned by a South Vietnamese attack. However it doesn’t actually show how much of her skin had been affected; 25% of her body had third-degree burns. There is an amazing interview that you can watch here where she talks about her story of survival many years later.
3. Facebook users may remember this one from 2009 – the photo is of 3 little girls from Oklahoma who have been battling cancer. The photo was taken by local photographer Lora Scantling and this touching picture went viral. The caption said, “Sometimes, strength comes in knowing that you are not alone.” On the left is 3-year-old Rylie who had just beat a form of kidney cancer. In the middle is 6-year-old Rheann. When this photo was taken Rheann was battling brain cancer. And on the right is Ainsley who at the time was just 4 years old in remission from leukemia.
On Lora Scantling’s website you can now see the following statement:
****UPDATE (may 2014) I am happy to report that all 3 girls have either beaten their cancer or are in remission (with continued maintenance treatments). How amazing is that!!! Now that is the power of prayer!!!****
4. Sara Lewkowicz is a visual journalist from New York. Her work has been published in the likes of Time Magazine, Das Magazin (Switzerland), the Baltimore Sun, and many more magazines and newspapers. She has also been recognized and received awards by the Sony World Photography Organization and for example the World Report Award by Festival for Ethical Photography in Italy. Her photo journalism projects are very powerful and according to the Huffington Post she “faced a myriad of challenges, both personally and professionally, while photographing the devastating toll of domestic violence on a family”. It was her image series “Shane and Maggie”, the totally heartberaking photo essay project, that Lewkowicz received the World Photography Organization’s 2014 L’iris d’OR award for. The series follows Shane and Maggie’s relationship. In an interview Lewkowicz explains “The project I started working on was about how difficult we make it for people who have been in jail to stay out of jail”. Check out the full photo series on Shane and Maggie here. Please note that there is some strong content.
5. In April 2013, a nine-story commercial building Rana Plaza collapsed at Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1134 workers died and more than and left more than a hundred were missing and many people were wounded. ‘Rana Plaza Collapse: Death of a thousand dreams’ is a documentary photo essay by Taslima Akhter. Taslima explains “With this documentary photo story I have tried to portray the narrative of the death of thousand dreams”.
6. “Koodankulam: In my Backyard“ is a set of photographs taken by Amirtharaj Stephen. The series tell the story of the uprising of a local communit against the Indian and Russian Government who commissioned the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant. The local people have been protesting in a peaceful manner and these photos tell us the story of this uprising. You can read more about it here.
7. Many will remember August 2013 when Egyptian security forces raided two camps of protesters in Cairo. Human Rights Watch stated “Egyptian security forces’ rapid and massive use of lethal force to disperse sit-ins on August 14, 2013 led to the most serious incident of mass unlawful killings in modern Egyptian history”. The Human Right Watch continues to explain “According to the Ministry of Interior, the nationwide August 14 death toll of 638 includes 43 police officers”. Here are just a couple of some stunning yet heartbreaking photos (please note that some might find these images disturbing). You can see them all here.
These are all powerful photos, sometimes it can be just the one image that moves you but sometimes it can be a series. Each and every one of the above photos has a powerful story. Which of the above touched you the most? Or if you have a photo that you feel is powerful why not share it with us?