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My first published book TELL IT LIKE IT IS (1967) will be reprinted this fall by #BurnBooks..While in grad school I went to live with a family in Norfolk, Virginia. Slept on their sofa, set up a darkroom nearby. The “contribution $2.” went to a local church and intended to pay for food and clothing for disadvantaged families in this neighborhood. This was my first full blown essay and my first time being totally absorbed by a culture outside my own. This first essay/book was a precursor to all that followed with my work.

The shadows

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The shadows by Ako Salemi @f64s125 #tehran #iran

Woman and the Wall

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Woman and the Wall 2 #Tehran #Iran by Ako Salemi@f64s125

Roanoke Sound #2


Man and the Bird


Man and the bird #tehran by Ako Salemi @f64s125 for @burndiary

Nags Head


playing football in Tehran

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A boy playing football in south of Tehran, Iran photo by Ako Salemi @f64s125 for @burndiary

from Tehran


Hi everybody! I’m Ako ( @f64s125 ) 33, an street photographer from Tehran, Iran. I have worked as a photojournalist for some Iranian news papers since 8 years ago, and during last 2 years shooting by my iPhone in streets of Tehran.  Feel free to ask me any questions about Iran and also my works! So glad to be with you during next 7 days on @burndiary! Cheers!

tomasz tomaszewski – elmina, ghana

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Tomasz Tomaszewski

Elmina, Ghana

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Elmina is a town situated on a south-facing bay on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ghana, and the first European (Portuguese) settlement in West Africa. The location of Elmina made it a significant site for provisioning ships headed south towards the Cape of Good Hope on their way to India. Today with a population of 33,000 people, Elmina still remains as a fishing town.

Regardless of the modern technology in the fishing industry, and especially aggressive behavior of Chinese fisherman, the people of Elmina are bravely fighting for survival and for their existence. They support themselves by creating small cooperatives where profits are shared equally between the members of these communities. This is a kind of grassroots work, without any state aid.



Tomasz Tomaszewski has a Ph.D. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in Media Art, and is a member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers, the Visum Archiv Agency of Hamburg, Germany, the National Geographic Creative Agency of Washington D.C.. He specializes in journalistic photography and has had his photos published in major newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has held numerous individual exhibitions in the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Indonesia and Poland. Tomasz is the recipient of many Polish and international awards for photography. For over twenty years he has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine in which 18 of his photo essays have been published. Tomasz has taught photography in Poland, the USA, Germany and Italy.


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bradgatepark Photo by @francislane for @burndiary

Roanoke Sound


David Alan Harvey Interviews Magnum Legend Elliott Erwitt

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“It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy. ” - Elliott Erwitt

Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents, Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan, then emigrated to the US, via France, with his family in 1939. As a teenager living in Hollywood, he developed an interest in photography and worked in a commercial darkroom before experimenting with photography at Los Angeles City College. In 1948 he moved to New York and exchanged janitorial work for film classes at the New School for Social Research.Erwitt traveled in France and Italy in 1949 with his trusty Rolleiflex camera. In 1951 he was drafted for military service and undertook various photographic duties while serving in a unit of the Army Signal Corps in Germany and France.While in New York, Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker, the former head of the Farm Security Administration. Stryker initially hired Erwitt to work for the Standard Oil Company, where he was building up a photographic library for the company, and subsequently commissioned him to undertake a project documenting the city of Pittsburgh.In 1953 Erwitt joined Magnum Photos and worked as a freelance photographer for Collier’s, Look, Life, Holiday and other luminaries in that golden period for illustrated magazines. To this day he is for hire and continues to work for a variety of journalistic and commercial outfits.

In the late 1960s Erwitt served as Magnum’s president for three years. He then turned to film: in the 1970s he produced several noted documentaries and in the 1980s eighteen comedy films for Home Box Office. Erwitt became known for benevolent irony, and for a humanistic sensibility traditional to the spirit of Magnum.



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* Approximately every mile there is a different adventure playground. They are by far better than anywhere I have ever been. * #berlin * Photo by @francislane

Richmond, Va. 1966. Yashica C 120 Plus X film.


leandro viana – bolivia in são paulo

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Leandro Viana

Bolivia in São Paulo

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Everyday, thousands of Bolivians arrive in the city of São Paulo. They come from many Bolivian cities and other countries like Peru and Argentina and bring with themselves lot of hope with the opportunity and promise for a new life.

Along with this hope, those immigrants also bring willingness to do any king of work in any kind of place. Obviously with this attitude they become completely vulnerable to the city and consequently, to the employers. As an illegal person (because the majority do not have permission to work) they find themselves in sub-human conditions, which they cannot avoid or fight against because of their illegal status. But these immigrants submit themselves and “accept” this condition, just to get inside of the system and probably because their lives were much worse in their native country .

Portraying these persons, the attitude and the vague look they bring become evident and sprout on the pictures as if it was an attempt to become neutral against that of the society in which they live. On the other hand, when they dress up in their traditional clothes and trappings, it changes their posture in front of the camera.

After a long time documenting the Bolivian immigrants in the city of São Paulo, I made this series of portraits to summarize and to provide an outcome to all the research so far produced. After many visits to places where these community usually meets in varied areas of the city, I realized how these people actually go unnoticed by the majority of the population. Even though a significant and consistent visual change has been happening in São Paulo and only a few notice or even give themselves the chance to, a rich culture, that many are unaware of, is slowly blending with the Brazilian culture.



Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Leandro Viana is a freelance documentary photographer based in New York City. After breaking into the field through fashion, editorial, and advertising photogra­phy, most notably at DPZ, one of Brazil’s leading advertising agen­cies, Leandro began documenting social issues such as immigra­tion, refugees, and human rights. His series documenting Bolivian migration in São Paulo was awarded the 2011 Conrado Wessel Award in Brazil and was featured at the Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography in January 2013.


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Front porch #9


tomeu coll – austral dust

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Tomeu Coll

Austral Dust

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Give it all up again. Hit the Road.  -Roberto Bolaño

I heard about a place in Chile where there lived the “Inhabitants of the Stars”. This story was told by a friend that might have be there if she was not swimming with whales on the way to the Antarctica.

This place she was talking about was a wilderness, the highest desert on the planet, or as many say, a land nearly touching outer space. I also remember that she told me stories about an ancient community fighting for something more important than the progress or the “future” that everybody is talking about.

Chile, from north to south, is full of stories. From shipwrecks, mythological beings and legends lost in the immensity of the past, to aliens and conquests that appear in dreams. Trying to find the crossroads of the paths between legend and reality was what was intended.

Sometimes photography gives you that second chance to hear the present while imagining a past.

It all began under the Chile’s night, on the most austral corner of our planet.

We found plenty of stories about species from distant galaxies visiting, flying saucers, giants walking through the deserts, about extraterrestrial artists painting murals on the canyons in the middle of the dry sands of Atacama desert… Gabriela Mistral was also an alien, and a writer. Now, the valley where she was born has become a special place where the human sells services like looking at the night sky searching for visitors. Although this time these observations are not organized by space agencies like they were in the past.

“The People of the Stars”, the small local communities that populated these lands of volcanoes for thousands of years discovered other ways of subsistence.

Luckily, a thousand kilometers to the south, as my friend told me, there are still lands where you can find people that really melt with the ground of their ancestors. Nobody has been able to conquer Araucanía. The Mapuche community still claim their dreams, with their horses and spears, but this time they don’t fight against spaniards nor Inca’s. Nowadays the enemies are the new gigantic dams that have been sculpted in their valleys.

We walked 4.000 kilometers searchig for some truth and this is what we found.



Tomeu Coll was born in 1981. He won several photojournalism and documentary photography awards, between them, two consecutive years the Award of Photojournalism of Illes Balears. He has been selected as Emergent Photographer by the Smithsonian Magazine for his ongoing project “Badlands” and has participated in several exhibitions in Spain and New York, both collective and individuals, highlightning the collective “What Matters Now” in Aperture Gallery (NY) curated by Melissa Harris, Fred Ritchin and Yolanda Cuomo, an individual exhibition in The National Gallery in New York and the Winter Festival of Sarajevo, curated by Ellen James. He has also been involved in the creative visual edition of many videos for the project “I Am Unbeatable” by Donna Ferrato.

Nowadays he is working as a freelance and accepts assignments throughout the world. He is based between Spain and New York.


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