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Sophie Brill is a New York City-based photo editor and curator, and a graduate at the School of Visual Arts. She is the Photo Editor at Narratively Inc. Check out...
Devotees of this peculiar pastime insist there’s nothing more blissful than hanging from hooks laced through your skin. But did I have the guts to try it myself?
Suspension is a 5,000-year-old religious practice originating in India. Here in the United States, the Mandan tribe of the Missouri River performed suspensions as a young warrior's rite of passage ceremony to test endurance and celebrate the earth. The form of modern-day suspension is not overtly religious, but more of a spiritual meditation to cleanse one's body and mind of everyday problems. Cere Coichetti has been practicing suspension since his friend Brian introduced him to the practice in early 2001. He and his cohorts have helped grow the suspension community from a small handful of practitioners to thousands of people throughout the country. Later, he founded a group called "White Flag." Coichetti believes suspension is for everyone, and anyone wanting to join in the experience is welcome.
NYC: I'm humbled to share that my thesis project, "Proof of Age," which deals with the inconsistencies in how the safety and sale of guns is regulated in the United States, has won the 2017 Anthony M. Ruotolo Photojournalism Award, presented by the Imaging Alliance! I will receive this award and be giving a presentation about this work at an event next month, during which three fantastic photographers--Stephanie Sinclaire, Brooke Shaden and Jerry Ghionis--will be honored for their work that uses imagery to give back and raise awareness to social and cultural issues globally.
These photographers are amazing and their work is incredibly important. There will be an audience Q&A afterwards, and if that's not enough to get you there, the event will be followed by a reception. Event info: Monday, November 6, 6pm at SVA Theater. Admission is $25, and all proceeds will go to charity.
When tourism boomed in Ushuaia, Argentina--the world's southernmost city--displaced locals occupied land in the forest. As development continues to encroach, these renegade residents are more determined than ever to hold onto what they believe is rightfully theirs.
Photography and reporting by Emanuele Camerini and Nola Minolfi.
The notorious case of Andrea Yates was the first time many people – including George Parnham – had ever heard of postpartum depression. Sixteen years later, he’s working to help other mothers get the help they so desperately need.
Reporting by Nancy Dunham Photography by Max Burkhalter
Kyle Mazza created a news site when he was just eight years old. By high school, he was already on the front lines of independent journalism.
In February, Mazza caught the attention of President Trump and, thus, the broader media world. During Trump’s first solo press briefing, Mazza squeezed in a question about what Melania Trump does for the country. It elicited an amiable response from the heated president, who had gone on a media-bashing rampage.
“Now that’s what I call a nice question. That is very nice,” Trump responded.
Photography by Kristen McNicholas
Read the full story here: http://narrative.ly/meet-the-20-year-old-reporter-whos-firing-questions-at-president-trump-from-the-white-house/
Dividing his time between Harlem and France, he was treated at some times as a champion and others as scum. He came to the country homeless, with ambition to conquer the boxing world. Despite his high skills, he was stripped of the title without any explanation after rumors of his sexuality came afloat.
Photo by Agence Meurisse, courtesy of Bibliotheque nationale de France
Read the full story here: http://narrative.ly/the-secret-story-of-the-groundbreaking-boxing-champ-who-lost-his-title-because-he-was-gay/
Landon Meier makes terrifyingly realistic "Hyperflesh" masks inspired by topical, pop culture figures and characters. The more popular masks portray Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin, a crying baby, Mike Tyson, and Walter White from “Breaking Bad”. The masks are made of either latex or silicone and take weeks to manufacture. Meier detailed work starts with digitalized face imaging and ends with hands-on painting and implanting hair.
“I wanted to create a surreal experience for the innocent bystander who sees somebody wearing these masks,” Meier says.
Photography by Kyria Abrahams
Read the full story here: http://narrative.ly/this-man-makes-terrifyingly-realistic-donald-trump-masks/
The annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference – or OBC for short – was first held in 1989. It combines the intellectual exchange of an academic forum with the oddball bonhomie of a “Star Trek” convention. Salt Fork State Park – a 17,000-acre expanse of lush forests, lakes and hills in southeastern Ohio – plays host. (Thanks in part to the number of historic Bigfoot sightings in the park, Ohio ranks behind only the Pacific Northwest in reported U.S. Bigfoot activity. DeWerth thinks the creature left the Pacific Northwest for Ohio in a search for more privacy.)
The 2017 OBC was held on May 20, welcoming a thousand guests from all over the country, with the foremost draw a series of talks by luminaries of the Bigfoot fan community. VIP tickets, which cost $50 and reserve the bearer a seat in the conference room where presentations occur, sold out in four minutes.
Here, Bill Lancaster, an attendee of the 2017 OBC, was filming a documentary "Less about the squatch than the squatchers.”
Photography by Matthew Collins
Read the full story here: http://narrative.ly/meet-the-super-serious-sasquatch-chasers-of-americas-premier-bigfoot-conference/
According to the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel (ASSAF), Eritreans and Sudanese nationals, who comprise “90 percent of the asylum seeking population in Israel, receive relatively high recognition rates as refugees around the world (88 percent and 64 percent respectively).” However, Israel’s current rate of refugee status recognition is a mere 0.2 percent. It has so far granted refugee status to only one Sudanese and a handful of Eritreans.
Pictured here is a group of inmates at the infamous Holot detention center in the Negev desert. Described as an “open prison.”, detainees are allowed to leave, but must be back for the ten p.m. head count, or risk being transferred to a closed prison. Despite several challenges in Israeli courts, any single male asylum seeker under the age of sixty can be arbitrarily sent to Holot at any time.
Photography by Violeta Santos Moura
Read the full story here: http://narrative.ly/these-african-refugees-hoped-to-build-new-lives-in-israel-instead-theyre-stuck-in-endless-legal-limbo/