Riot

On April 27, 2015, friends, family and mourners gathered around Freddie Gray’s casket as it was being lowered into the ground at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore.  Freddie Gray was a 25 year old black man who died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested by Baltimore police.  This is now another death of a black man in police custody.  Parts of Baltimore became chaos with torching of businesses and police cars and throwing bricks at police officers.  The riot is the latest flare up amid the national debate over police use of force, especially when black suspects are involved. 

The Human Gallery do not promote violence.  This is not a way to resolve problems or change a situation.  Riots hurt a community far more than it helps but anyone could see that this heated situation would soon boil over.

DVNLLN captured powerful images of the city’s chaos and did an excellent job showing the emotion and turmoil behind what is going on in Baltimore.  You can see more and follow on his Instagram at BYDVNLLN. 
   

                 

All images by DVNLLN

Dominance, Codependence, and Submission

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Pieter Hugo is a man’s man type of photographer. He’s from South Africa, currently living in Cape Town and his images are unapologetic. And incredible. He specializes in portraiture and my favorite exhibition of his to date is “The Hyena and Other Men”. These images document men from Nigeria who perform with wild animals such as hyenas, baboons, snakes, etc. I believe Pieter Hugo best describers what it is that is so inciting about the relationships he has photographed: “I look back at the notebooks I had kept while with them. The words ‘dominance’, ‘codependence’ and ‘submission’ kept appearing. These pictures depict much more than an exotic group of travelling performers in West Africa. The motifs that linger are the fraught relationships we have with ourselves, with animals and with nature.” Continue reading

Wrestlers

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Senegalese Wrestlers is an award winning photography series by photographer Denis Rouvre. This series was part of the Sports Features Stories category of World Press Photo 2010. The theme around the photos – “Man’s relations with strength, power and fragility.
Senegalese Wrestling has a long tradition in parts of Senegal and The Gambia. Wrestling is so popular in these parts of Africa that it may be considered as a national sport. Each wrestler, M’burr partakes in this sport to prove their manliness, build pride for their villages and demonstrate their discipline. Continue reading

The Movie

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Gregory Crewdson is a renowned photographer, if you do not already know it, is the envy! In order to achieve his shots with perfect stagings and perfect quality by many, the artist is accompanied by a team of 60 people used to film sets! And it is no coincidence because his photographs are all inspired by fantasy films codes which gives off a strange atmosphere and a mysterious story!
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Expressive Portraits of Africa

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This selection of portraits is made by Osborne Macharia, a Nairobi-based photographer. These vibrant portraits of men and women look expressive, very aesthetic thanks to the beautiful light effects. The artist proposes few kind of portraits, staging tribe men, women and children. Continue reading

The Great Flood

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In 2012, Nigeria experienced unprecedented floods that affected more than 7.7 million people, 363 people were reported dead and more than 600,000 homes had been destroyed in over 32 states in Nigeria. 
Nigerian photographer August Udoh captures the disaster in this photo essay.
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Weapons of Choice

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What if verbal abuse left the same scars as physical abuse? Would it be taken more seriously? That’s what photographer Richard Johnson hopes to accomplish with his new photo project, “Weapons of Choice.” Continue reading