Giacomo Bruno Makes a Beautiful Tribute to the Masters of Japan

All photos by Giacomo Bruno. Used with Creative Commons permission.

When it comes to getting a glimpse of life in the world’s best-known places, Giacomo Bruno remains one of our go-to documentary photographers. The last time we followed the adventures of the Milan-based photographer, he took us to the depths of the Amazon forest in Brazil to show how the people of Beira do Río grow and harvest the açaì berry. His latest travels took him to Japan, which he found a fascinating country for its strong and heartfelt adherence to traditions, especially when it comes to art and craftsmanship. Of course, he couldn’t pass up documenting this particular side of the country’s culture. He did so by photographing the masters of the most typical and traditional of the Japanese arts.

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Giacomo Bruno Photographs the People of Beira do Río and Açaì, the Raw Gold of the Amazon

Photographer Giacomo Bruno trains his lenses on the so-called raw, purple gold of the Amazon and the people who bring it to the world.

Italian photographer Giacomo Bruno traveled all the way to the depths of the Amazon forest, far from civilization, to meet the people of Beira do Río. You see, the people of this community that call Parà, Brazil their home grow and harvest açaì, the fruit of which has been hailed by many as a superfood. It’s so valuable that people all over the world have taken to calling it the raw or purple gold of the Amazon.

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Giacomo Bruno’s Mexican “Raw Gold” Adventures Continue to Tequila Town

All images by Giacomo Bruno. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Can you guess which of Mexico’s “raw gold” can be found in the state of Jalisco? If not, perhaps the mere mention of the agave plant will be a vital clue. Yes, it’s the tequila most likely coursing through your veins from your night out before. If you’re curious about a day in the life of the people who bring tequila to the rest of the world, you’ll be delighted to have a glimpse through Giacomo’s quick set.

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Giacomo Bruno’s “Raw Gold” Adventures Take Us to a Mexican Coffee Farm

All images by Giacomo Bruno. Used with Creative Commons permission.

It’s been a while since we last followed Giacomo Bruno around on his adventures across the globe. We’ve previously seen the Milan-based documentary photographers’ snaps from his trips to Sri Lanka, where he captured the “raw golds” of the country: Ceylon tea and cinnamon. He’s been to South America since, and as usual, got busy documenting the precious agricultural goods of the region. Today, let’s take a look at one of the raw golds of Mexico: coffee.

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Giacomo Bruno’s Documentary Photography of the Cinnamon Harvest in Sri Lanka

All images by Giacomo Bruno. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Whenever we take a look at the works of Milan-based Giacomo Bruno, he proves each time that he should be on everyone’s list of exemplary documentary photographers. Today, we place the spotlight on another beautiful set from his visit in Sri Lanka, this time telling us about one of the country’s raw gold agricultural products: cinnamon.

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Giacomo Bruno Captures Sri Lanka’s Fascinating Stilt Fishing Tradition

All images by Giacomo Bruno. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Are you a travel photographer with a strong interest for documentary projects? You might want to take a cue from Milan-based Giacomo Bruno, and add Sri Lanka to your bucket list of places to visit and document. While you’re at it, make sure to include Koggala on your itinerary, so you don’t miss the chance to photograph the city’s fascinating fishing tradition.

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Giacomo Bruno Beautifully Documents Tea Picking in Sri Lanka

All images by Giacomo Bruno. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Documenting daily life in plantations is one of the most beautiful projects that every photographer should take on if they have the chance. Every location holds a different story and shows a certain scenery but the messages are always eye-opening. Case in point is the excellent documentary work by Milan-based Giacomo Bruno, simply titled Ceylon Tea.

Taken most likely during a visit to the country last year, Giacomo’s work takes us to one of the lush tea plantations in Sri Lanka, and shows us what the typical days are like for its hardworking tea pickers. Ceylon Tea, the country’s very own brand of tea, is considered as one of the “raw gold” crops of Sri Lanka. Through this set of candid portraits, Giacomo also introduced us to “the people who bring this popular beverage on our tables everyday.”

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Shai Levy: Impressive Marrakesh Portraits Shot on Hasselblad X1D and Ricoh GR

All photos by Shai Levy. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Among the goals of every travel photographer is not only to create a sense of place, but also to paint a portrait of its people. We’ve put the spotlight on a number of great examples, such as the documentary portraits of Giacomo Bruno, Stijn Hoekstra, and Vikas Vasudev. Today, we’re adding the Marrakesh portraits of Berlin-based Shai Levy to the pile to inspire you to do the same on your next trip. If you’re yet to do a portrait series using your Hasselblad X1D or Ricoh GR, this collection of portraits may also be particularly interesting for you. Marrakesh is one of the most popular cities of Morocco, famed for its traditional markets (souks), city walls and gates, gardens, mosques, and vibrant city life. Levy wanted to portray Marrakesh as a center for trade in particular. What better way to do this than a portrait series featuring some of the faces you’ll find in the markets?

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Anthony Kurtz Shows Everyday Life in Senegal with Powerful Street Portraits

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Photography has the amazing power to show a slice of life in virtually any corner of the globe, and I find projects harnessing this to be amazing. Joining my growing list of favorites of such works is a two-part series of Senegal street portraits by Berlin-based commercial, editorial, and art photographer Anthony Kurtz.

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Vikas Vasudev Shows the Faces of a Forgotten Land

All images by Vikas Vasudev. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Among the travel advice that we are often told is to make a genuine connection with the locals for unique experiences. It can be pretty intimidating at first, especially when you travel to big cities or set out on your own for the first time. But if you’re a photographer, overcoming your shyness and apprehension can set you up for an interesting project and keepsake of your trip. Today’s travel and portrait snaps by Mumbai-based Vikas Vasudev proves to be an inspiring example.

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