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8 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World

Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the internet.

Posted on January 12, 2018, at 5:52 p.m. ET

"This Is What Parts Of California Look Like After A Huge Mudslide" — BuzzFeed News

Kenneth Song / Santa Barbara News / Reuters

As noted by California police, the scene following a mudslide that devastated parts of Southern California evoke images of World War I, as thick rivers of mud consume entire neighborhoods, leaving an unprecedented trail of destruction in their path. Here, BuzzFeed News gathers pictures of tremendous acts of heroism and resilience against the forces of nature.

—Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed News

"These Shocking Pictures Show The Reality Of Illegal Immigration" — BuzzFeed News

John Moore / Getty Images

John Moore has been deeply committed to showing the situation on the border for the past 10 years, as attention and concern about immigration has waxed and waned. His body of work showing the high risks faced by those seeking to enter the US illegally should be mandatory viewing for those in policymaking.

—Kate Bubacz, deputy photo director, BuzzFeed News

"Retired From The Brutal Streets of Mexico, Sex Workers Find A Haven" — The New York Times

Adriana Zehbrauskas

Adriana Zehbrauskas' newest project on the retirement of sex workers in Mexico City offers insight into the deep need for human connection. The women, who have been rejected by their families or simply have nowhere else to go, have formed their own support network after retiring from sex work. The stories they tell are harrowing, but starkly human.


"What Kids Eat Around The World" — Time

Gregg Segal

Photographer Gregg Segal's top-down portraits of kids around the world and the foods they eat is a visually interesting new take on series we've seen in the past. In addition to the bold color choices, Segal's use of textures and patterns are all reflective of the subject's culture and lend to the authenticity of the images. With Segal's framing, the eye of the viewer takes in the child's expression, dress and body language, and then spirals outward to the carefully plated food items. Exploring the different meals and snacks reveals the maturity of some kids' palates and the importance of nutritional values in each of the represented countries when it comes to feeding our children.

—Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

"Inside One Of America’s Last Pencil Factories" — The New York Times Magazine

Christopher Payne

Photographer Christopher Payne has spent the past few years visiting the General Pencil Company in Jersey City, New Jersey, creating images that document the process of turning graphite and wood into pencils. Beyond the fascinating look at the industrial processes involved, the images themselves are stunning — an incredibly satisfying combination of poppy colors and repetition, coupled with unique framings that are surely the result of careful study.

—Ben King, deputy design director, BuzzFeed News

"Daguerreotypes Of The California Gold Rush" — Hyperallergic

Canadian Photography Institute. NGC, Ottawa

Few moments in art history are as serendipitous as the proliferation of photography during the California Gold Rush. Everything about California during the mid–19th century was a fantastic experiment and a bold step into the unknown. A new show at the National Gallery of Canada pays homage to this era by exhibiting rare, early forms of photography documenting the Gold Rush. Here, Hyperallergic profiles the exhibition and provides key insight into this fascinating time in US history.


"A Year In The Ohio River Valley: Hard Times In Trump Country" — The Intercept

Stacy Kranitz

Stacy Kranitz has one of the most thoughtful, nuanced approaches to modern photojournalism. This series, which could easily descend into cliche, puts a premium on the dignity of the people willing to be photographed. Due to our holiday hiatus, this got skipped on our newsletter, but YOU SHOULD LOOK AT IT IMMEDIATELY.


"23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week" — BuzzFeed News

Yuri Gripas / Reuters

Here are the most moving and breathtaking pictures from the past week.


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