Matika Wilbur has been working on an ambitious photo project: Document all of the 562 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States.
So far, she’s traveled over 60,000 miles to capture portraits of the diverse people whose ancestors were here before all of us.
The New York Times Lens blog profiles the work of Shannon Jensen, who visited South Sudan’s Blue Nile region to photograph an underreported refugee crisis. After making standard documentary images that garnered little interest from international publications, she tried to find a different visual approach to telling the story.
While looking at her images on her laptop she stopped at an image of three refugees carrying their shoes. She had “a gut feeling” that the shoes could be an effective way to tell the story. As refugees arrived she had noticed the state of their shoes, the care they took in repairing them and how much the refugees seemed to treasure them.
I think they started off as protection for their feet, but even when the shoes were so worn down that they weren’t comfortable to walk in, and seemed unrepairable, people were loath to discard one of the few things they owned.
She began photographing shoes. Hundreds of them.
This body of work is also among those featured in Moving Walls 21 by the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, which is open free-of-charge to the public from January 29 to October 3 in New York City.
Photo by Josh Rushing.
We return with new weekly Fault Lines episodes next Friday, January 31st on Al Jazeera America (the following week on Al Jazeera English).
This photo of Jose was taken in the San Juan Bosco Shelter in Nogales, Mexico. Josh was back in the country of his birth for the first time in 31 years. He had been deported hours later and hadn’t yet told his family. Two days before this in Phoenix, Arizona, he had been riding his bicycle when a sheriff asked to see his papers.
We will be livetweeting the new episode as usual from @ajfaultlines next Friday at 9:30p ET/6:30p PT.
Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia | January 3, 2014
The number of displaced persons has increased to more than 20,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after several eruptions since September. 11 deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the number of evacuees to rise as volcanic activity remains high.
Photos by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
Afghan refugee Hasanat Mohammed, 5, poses for a picture while standing outside his home in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Nov. 12, 2013.
[Credit : Muhammed Muheisen/AP]
Marine infantry in Taiwan practice using flame throwers in a simulated battle, January 1969.Photograph by Frank and Helen Schreider, National Geographic
9/5/2013 // A group of men sitting in front of a corner shop in Mokattam, or Garbage City, in Cairo, Egypt.
Women sit outside a house along the streets at the ancient city of Bhaktapur, near Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on September 23, 2013.
[Credit : Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters]
A banana vendor crosses a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on Sept. 22, 2013.
[Credit : Aaron Favila/AP]
Elder abuse and neglect is one of America’s fastest growing crimes targeting one of its most vulnerable populations. In long-term care facilities, cases of abuse and neglect are largely out of view and underreported. As a result, countless elderly victims are suffering alone in silence.
Within one year, over $5 billion went to substandard care, according to reports by the U.S. government. Many nursing homes reported staffing levels insufficient to provide adequate care, including some of the largest for-profit chains in the U.S., according to a study. Enforcement agencies say they are limited by new budget cuts. While the business of elder care is growing.
Fault Lines investigates how problems of government oversight and corporate accountability persist in many states, and how poorly rated facilities continue to operate without penalties despite repeated offenses.
Premieres this Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 7:00 and 10p EST on Al Jazeera America. Episode will premier on Al Jazeera English in the coming week. Episode produced by Elizabeth Gorman with Josh Rushing as Correspondent.