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Photo: David Chancellor—INSTITUTE

Save the Animals: David Chancellor’s Powerful Photographs of Conservation Efforts

Rhinos and elephants are being killed in the thousands, but as David Chancellor’s powerful photos attest, rangers are stepping up.

Photograph by Jackie Nickerson—Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Why doesn’t Nickerson follow the traditional path of “concerned” documentary photography, identifying individuals affected by an issue, and showing the particular details of their lives? Indeed, she rarely shows us any human faces in this project at all, and she totally erases important distinctions of nationality and culture within her diverse assortment of subjects. In effect, she hopes to reveal by concealing; she informs by holding back. —Myles Little

Jackie Nickerson’s Terrain is on view January 16 - February 15, 2014 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

Read more about her portraits of Africa’s laborers on LightBox.

Photograph Courtesy Martina Bacigalupo and The Walther Collection

On view until February 8, 2014 at The Walther Collection Project Space in New York: Martina Bacigalupo: Gulu Real Art Studio

an installation of 90 studio portraits collected by the photographer Martina Bacigalupo from the Gulu Real Art Studio in Gulu, Uganda. Edited from hundreds of discarded, faceless images — the faces were originally cut out for standardized ID photos — the exhibition represents a typological cross-section of Gulu’s society today, a city subjected to violent conflicts over several decades. Vivid and diverse, the distinctions of clothing and pose in each image reveal markers of self-definition, illustrating the compelling story of one East African community and the significance of studio portraiture in the twenty-first century.

Concurrent with the exhibition, the work is available in a hardbound volume from Steidl, Fall 2013. 

For more photography events beyond the web in December, visit The Guide on LightBox.

Photograph by William Daniels—Panos for TIME

Devastating photos shot on assignment for TIME last week documenting the conflict quickly escalating in the Central African Republic.



Photograph by Jimmy Nelson Pictures BV

Jimmy Nelson spent three-and-a-half years documenting the vanishing cultures of the world. His new book, Before They Pass Away, serves as visual record of what is — and what was — as the world continues evolving in 2013

Photograph by Jackie Nickerson—Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Shot in a half-dozen countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Jackie Nickerson’s new work featured on LightBox reveals — or rather, disguises — farm workers in surprising new ways.

Every morning dozens of prisoners are taken to court for trial. Many of them will need to go to court multiple times before the judge reaches a final verdict, and as a result they are often kept in prison for years before they are ever sentenced.


In Sierra Leone, one of Africa’s poorest countries, prisons are cauldrons of violence and neglect. Spanish photographer Fernando Moleres documented the struggles facing inmates at the notorious Freetown Central Prison. See more on LightBox.


Nelson Mandela wearing traditional beads and a bed spread. Hiding out from the police during his period as the “black pimpernel,” 1961. (Photo: Eli Weinberg, Courtesy of IDAFSA. )

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life

will be on view at the International Center of Photography in New York from  September 14, 2012–January 6, 2013

Blind distance runner Henry Wanyoike has overcome his disability to become a Paralympic hero. 

Watch photographer Dominic Nahr’s multimedia feature on Wanyoike here.


Siegfried Modola—Reuters

May 23, 2012. Members of a Congolese Women’s Association, who have been widowed by conflict, are reflected in a window during their meeting in the town of Rutshuru in North Kivu, east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

From India’s Sufi Muslim Urs Festival and the first intercontinental flight of the Solar Impulse to a suicide bombing of military soldiers in Sana’a and the beginning of Egypt’s presidential election, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week. See more here.

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