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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 August 24, 2019, at 12:20 p.m. ET

In this week’s roundup of interesting and unusual photo essays, we look at how some experiences transcend culture and time, for better or for worse.

Music is a great example of this, with the intense passion of K-pop fans of the modern era being brought into colorful focus by Andrew Cullen, and the musicians of backcountry Tennessee seen keeping their traditions alive by Rachel Boillot. A quirky gallery of Phil Donohue’s work looks at a bygone meeting place for many of us — the mall. Kristian Thacker looks at another unusual meeting place — this one a protest site for unpaid miners in Kentucky, who are carrying on a deep-seated tradition of their own.

Some unifying experiences are less fun: We look at one photo essay that examines how women around the world handle having their periods, and there’s a gallery on the wildfires in the Amazon that offers a stark reminder that we all have to share and care for this singular planet.

Being a snake catcher in Thailand during monsoon season doesn't seem like an experience that would appeal to many, but Soe Zeya Tun manages to capture the thrill of the hunt in her visual profile of Pinyo Pukpinyo.

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

“These Photos Show the Intense Passion of True K-Pop Fans” — BuzzFeed News

Andrew Cullen for BuzzFeed News

“13 Photos Explain What’s Going On in the Amazon and What You Can Do” — BuzzFeed News

Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

“This Is What Periods Look Like for Women Around the World” — Refinery29

Wateraid

“15 Surreal Portraits of a Slowly Fading American Dream” — BuzzFeed News

Phil Donohue

“Thailand’s Stealthy Self-Styled Snake Wrangler” — Wider Image

Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

“Unpaid Miners Blocked a Coal Train in Protest. Weeks Later, They’re Still There.” — New York Times

Kristian Thacker for the New York Times

“23 of the Most Powerful Photos of the Week” — BuzzFeed News

Hindustan Times / Getty Images


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