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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 July 24, 2021, at 11:05 a.m. ET

This week was another sobering look at the effects of climate change around the world. We watched as China flooded and the monstrous wildfires continued in the Pacific Northwest. The photographer Marina Vitaglione used an old photographic technique to produce otherworldly images of London's air pollution, while Eva Marie Uzcátegui took a look at a sandbar in Miami that has become a popular local hangout and is set to be destroyed.

Many news outlets paid tribute to Indian photographer Danish Siddiqui, who was killed while working in Afghanistan. His work had taken him around the world, and his reporting on the Rohingya refugee crisis won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is on the rise, bringing fears of another lockdown. Todd Heisler and David Gonzalez of the New York Times profiled 115 workers who kept New York City afloat during the pandemic, even when some of them found themselves unemployed.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Olympics started this week after a year's delay, which means all eyes are on the celebrations in Tokyo. And just for fun, we took one last look at France and the celebrities out in full force at Cannes.

"Photos of the Deadly Flooding in China" — BuzzFeed News

People in China walk through waist-high water due to recent flooding, one carries an umbrella
Feature China, via AP Images

"Sun, Sand, Saints and Sharks: The Best Summer Photographs" — The Guardian

Three older women in bathing suits at the beach, one smokes a cigarette
Emilio Morenatti / AP

"No End in Sight: Photos of the Monstrous Pacific Northwest Wildfires" — BuzzFeed News

A small structure in the foreground as a hilly forest is engulfed in flames behind it
Noah Berger / AP

"Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui Is Killed in Afghanistan" — NPR

A woman leans down and places her hands on the sand, a boat with people is in the background at the beach behind her
Danish Siddiqui / Reuters

"The Celebrities Came Out in Full Force at Cannes" — BuzzFeed News

A woman stands in a very frilly purple dress at Cannes
Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images for Kering

"London Air Pollution Turned Into Art to Raise Awareness" — BBC News

A blue photograph of pollution in London captured with an old photo technique
Marina Vitaglione

"Here's a Look at Haulover Sandbar, the Popular Miami Party Spot That Will Be Destroyed" — BuzzFeed News

A pair of legs walks on sand in green water in an underwater photograph
Eva Marie Uzcategui for BuzzFeed News

"These 115 Workers Helped Keep New York Alive in Its Darkest Months" — The New York Times

A man stands with his arms crossed in front of laundry machines under a fluorescent light
Todd Heisler / The New York Times


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