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.

This week is a good time to take a step back and look at the world at large. It feels (slightly?) less cataclysmic that way. We examined Mary Ellen Mark's view of, well, everything, in a new book that serves as a retrospective of her work. Her deeply human approach to photography feels like a balm. The same care and nuance can be seen in Wong Maye-E's photos of Appalachia for the AP. Stephanie Keith takes us into the challenges of being a Navajo rancher for Reuters, while the New York Times beautifully explores the shuttering of a coal power station on Navajo land — both pieces are worth spending some time with. For disaster coverage, the Atlantic has a harrowing roundup of flooding photos in France. Finally, we have a delightful photo essay on the fashion statements of the elderly in Chinatown, which is sure to brighten your day.

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"Mary Ellen Mark Poignantly Explored the Depths of Humanity" — BuzzFeed News

Mary Ellen Mark

"In Appalachia, People Watch COVID-19, Race Issues From Afar" — AP Images

Wong Maye-e / AP

"'The Coal Industry Is Back,' Trump Proclaimed. It Wasn't." — the New York Times

Christie Hemm Klok / The New York Times via Redux

"Climate Change Is Drying the Lifeblood of Navajo Ranchers" — Reuters Wider Image

Stephanie Keith / Reuters

"Photos of Chinatown's Coolest Seniors Prove Age Has Nothing to Do With Style" — BuzzFeed News

Chinatown Pretty

"Deadly Flooding in Southwest France" — The Atlantic

Valery Hache / Getty Images

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

Erin Scott / Reuters