7 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.

"Behind the Bullets" — Getty Images

Jim Young’s photo essay makes use of a Polaroid camera, a medium usually brought out during celebrations. As the words in this piece highlight, statistics don’t tell the story and memorials don’t last forever — people continue to live their lives and victims fall largely out of mind. But with Young’s photographic project, he can only hope that these victims are remembered as individual lives lost and as part of the greater discourse on gun violence.

—Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

"The Snow Before the Storm" — New York Times

The latest breathless weather-reporting style has left it difficult to discern if a snowstorm is actually going to be dangerous, or if it will materialize at all. This delicate balance of caution and, let's face it, excitement in the face of the elements, leaves a lot of room for different reporting approaches. This essay focuses on the beautiful side of miserable weather, and while definitely a “locals mostly” story, the photos are fun nonetheless, showing how New York dealt with what turned out to be a very windy and wet afternoon.

—Kate Bubacz, deputy photo director, BuzzFeed News

"Here Are the Most Beautiful Photos of Motherhood Over the Past 100 Years" — BuzzFeed

This stunning collection of pictures curated by BuzzFeed Parenting writer Krista Torres perfectly captures the timeless dichotomy of motherhood; pure and passionate strength, coupled with that soft, nurturing warmth that only a mother can offer her child. As time progresses decade by decade in these photos, it becomes obvious that one thing will always remain constant — the pure love of a mother for her child. (Now go call your mom!)

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

"Haunting Photos Depict the Hardships of Global Labor" — Vice

We don't often think about the distance our goods travel to our homes or the laborers who manufactured them. The unlivable wages and other abuses endured by many in the global workforce has been long chronicled, and a new exhibition seeks to examine how the technological advancements made in the 21st century have only served to harm them further. "Labor and Materials" is on display in Bentonville, Arkansas, the home of Walmart's headquarters and a not-so-subtle nod toward Americans' complicity. As greed and growing cheap labor demands force the hand of automation, this show seeks to remind us of the humanity that has always been behind the production of our goods and services, one that has often been ignored and is now in the process of being erased.

—Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

"A Rare and Intimate Look at the Lives of Irish Traveller Children" — Feature Shoot

You start to realize how impressive this feature on the lives of Irish travelers is when you think about the nomadic aspect of their lives and how intimate these photos are. For an outsider to be given so much trust to be left with children is massive in itself. But to develop this relationship with a community that’s often alienated and misunderstood is very telling of the compassion Jamie Johnson has toward its members, and it shows in her photos. A lot of the success of photography relies on the access you can get, and the best photos are born out of a relationship developed over time.


"American Women: Transformers" — Vogue

The newest multilevel project by Vogue offers up an eclectic look into womanhood. The essays are gorgeously produced and the subject matter is smart, looking slightly to the left of the usual suspects at how women are navigating the workplace, motherhood, and identity politics. Well worth checking out.


"23 of the Most Powerful Photos of This Week" — BuzzFeed News

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


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