Skander Khlif Captures the Tunisian World Cup Revelry in “Hooligans of Love”

All images by Skander Khlif. Used with permission.

It’s been a while since the 2018 FIFA World Cup has concluded, but that doesn’t stop us from showcasing this beautiful and heartfelt photo essay by Skander Khlif. In his set titled Hooligans of Love, the Munich-based street and documentary photographer captured the revelry of the Tunisian team’s supporters. Interestingly, it the was the only group that he ended up making a series about throughout his attendance of the World Cup, and here, he tells us why.

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Jakub Rybicki Shares a Fascinating Slice of Buddhist Life in Tibet

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Tibet is one of the most mesmerizing places on Earth, especially in terms of history and culture. Tibetan Buddhism is just one of the facets through which we can see this, given how the Dalai Lama and his teachings have become part of global consciousness. Jakub Rybicki takes us to one of the best places in Tibet to glimpse the life of its spiritual people; the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, the second largest city in the region.

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Spiritography: Skander Khlif Documents NYC’s Soul Via Street Photography

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Munich-based street and documentary photographer Skander Khlif joins our roster of favorite photographers charmed by the unique character of New York City. We’ve previously seen him share the beauty of his city through everyday scenes, moody winter imagery, and a unique river surfing community. His most recent adventures took him to the Big Apple, where he channeled the vision and narrative styles of photography greats who have immortalized the city, such as Eliott Erwitt, William Klein, and Garry Winogrand.

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Cameras and Lenses Don’t Take Bad Photos; People Take Bad Photos

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Every single manufacturer is making good cameras and lenses; but they’re not necessarily what you may want

The statement I often like to make is that in this economy, no product developer is going to their managers and purposely trying to pitch ideas that they think will fail and that won’t bring their company any profits. That just doesn’t happen anymore, and overall companies are all making very good products. It’s impossible to take bad pictures with them unless you know nothing about taking pictures. And even then, many of these products have an automatic mode that makes it really straightforward. Instead, some companies just aren’t choosing to innovate and keep up with others; and I think we all know whom we’re talking about here.

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Paulo Monteiro Reveals the Rituals and Soul of Azores on Kodak Tri-X

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Wherever people settled and built towns and cities, they also crafted their collective spirit on myths, stories, and rituals. We can say that many street and documentary photographers have made it their mission to uncover these elements through their work. One of them is self-taught photographer Paulo Monteiro, who has been documenting his town, the autonomous region of Azores in Portugal.

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American Dream: Rydell Tomas Jr’s Photographs Strangers on Film

Rydell Tomas Jr originally wanted to be a filmmaker

Hi, my name is Rydell Tomas Jr and I’m an upcoming freelance photographer from the Southside of Atlanta, Ga. I’ve been making photos for two years and I’ve been putting together conceptual projects since July of 2017. I started photographing through my love of filmmaking, and after realizing I truly enjoyed making photos, I dropped filmmaking altogether. I love people, so the majority of my work focuses on strangers, friends and family. I currently shoot with a 1957 Leica M3 w/ 50mm Serenar and 1986 Yashica Fx-3 Super 2000 w/ 50mm Yashinon. 35mm film is my favorite and i try to use as many film stocks as possible. My favorites are Kodak Gold 200 and Kodak Tri-X 400.

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André Josselin Documents the Venice Beach Skate Scene with Gorgeous Photos

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Skate parks continue to be one of the most popular spots for photographers who dabble in street and documentary projects. Venice Beach’s skate scene, for example, draws photographers, filmmakers, and skaters themselves for its fascinating and action-packed lifestyle. Today, let’s take a peek at another perspective at its classic scenes as captured through the lens of Barcelona-based photographer André Josselin.

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Skander Khlif Showcases the Beauty of Munich’s Everyday Scenes

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In previous features, we’ve seen Munich-based street and documentary photographer Skander Khlif reveal the beauty of his hometown through his unique perspectives. For example, there’s his black and white series of river surfers riding the waves of the Eisbach. He also gave us a preview of the myriad of charming scenes we’ll find around the city once wintertime takes over. Today, we take a look at what everyday is like in the capital and most populated city of the German state of Bavaria.

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Dimitri Mais’ Portraits of Strangers Show Vibrant Life on Coney Island Boardwalk

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Photographing strangers on the streets must be one of the top items most photographers want to tick off their to-do list. We’ve featured some helpful guides and tutorials to help photographers become more confident and decisive in shooting street portraits, as well as some impressive portraits of strangers inspirational photographers have taken. The latest to join our roster of favorites is a set taken by Brooklyn-based Dimitri Mais on Coney Island with the help of some photographer friends.

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Manish Lakhani’s Ladakh Portraits Give an Intimate Peek at Life in the Indian Himalayas

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Documentary portraiture remains one of the branches or applications of portrait photography that bring out the strongest visual narratives. Those that reflect the daily life, culture, and traditions are especially interesting, and not only because they give us a slice of life in places we haven’t been. Most of them are also telling of the unique experiences and opportunities that photographers immerse themselves into to capture a compelling visual story. Case in point and today’s inspiring series of portraits taken by Manish Lakhani in the Indian Himalayas.

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Sam Parkes Shows the Poetic Side to Cuba’s Everyday Scenes

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My name is Sam Parkes and I would describe my photography as poetic storytelling. By that I do not mean fiction or in any way set up, I don’t add things in the edit or take away. I try to create an individual photograph that tells a coherent and compelling story. I travel, I take to the streets, to the forests, to the temple, to the market place and I walk and watch and wait. My photography covers a broad spectrum; it deals with the complexities of human life, our daily activities and cross cultural exploration. But I do not limit myself to being labeled a ‘human photographer’. I am just as likely to photograph landscape, wildlife, architecture, whatever I feel is worth recording. Neither do I exclusively work in black and white or color, but whatever best tells the story and creates a photograph you want to look at more than once.

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How to Escape Your Bubble in Street Photography

In street photography, paying close attention is fundamental.

An old tutor once told me, “Street Photography is not about just one good element in the frame. It is about bringing several elements together, and creating stories that are not necessarily obvious to the everyday eye.” Simply put, he was telling me my work was bland and boring, and that I needed to dig deeper if I was ever going to produce anything of any worth.

On the surface, street photography seems easy. You need a camera, a comfortable pair of shoes and somewhere of interest – then like magic you will make these wonderfully composed images to share with the world. However, the reality is that to produce top quality street work, you will have to go much further than shooting a homeless guy or capturing that humorous billboard advertisement. You must refrain from just point and shooting anything and everything (aka spraying and praying) in the hope you get at least and average photograph to post to your Instagram.

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Ron Gessel Shows the Sweet Joy of Cotton Candy World

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If you’re running out of ideas for a documentary or street photography project, you might want to do a simple exercise: Photograph something you feel is too familiar or often overlooked. You might end up painting a pretty interesting picture of something typically seen as ordinary. Case in point are Ron Gessel‘s cheerful snaps of people enjoying cotton candy.

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Manu Grinspan: Colorful Street Photography In Cities at Night

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I’m Manu Grinspan, a photographic artist specializing in evocative images of the living world and best known for my ‘unique-in-style’ color photography. Born in Belgium, I moved to Israel in 1996 and started to discover my passion for photography. Within a short time, I started my life as an international traveling street photographer. My photographs of people and street reveal a compassionate understanding of my subjects and my unique photographic touch.

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Tom Bradley’s Surreal Portraiture Explores His Relationship with Dhaka

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My name is Tom Bradley. I was brought up in London, where I’m generally based, but I spend much of the time abroad. I’ve been pretty lucky these last eight or so years and traveled quite extensively across west and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and one or two other places in the world. I suppose most of my work would be referred to as documentary, but as in the case of this particular work here (which I wouldn’t describe as documentary at all), I go wherever I’m drawn. The common (and very general) theme is that I tend to photograph life around me without setting things up or posing people. I’ve done projects on Syrian refugees, prisoners in Armenia, stone miners in Bangladesh, a small LGBT community in Bangladesh, and perhaps most extensively leprosy.

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I Find Fashion Photography So Boring; But Not Street Photography

For work I shoot commercial and fashion photography and really, it is so fucking boring. So in my own time I just love to photograph humanity. I want to turn the mundane into something beautiful. I think this helps me cope with life, making the ordinary extraordinary. I have a Leica Q and like to take my camera out when I walk my dog every day. At school I wanted to paint photos realistically but I was crap, so I figured I could just take photos instead. I really enjoyed it and got a rush from the results and I just never stopped.

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Yakub Merchant’s Street Photography Emphasizes People Through Their Windows

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Do you ever wonder how many of the personal projects you find most interesting were sparked by a spontaneous idea? I sometimes do, and today’s featured set of portraits is definitely a case in point. Taken by London-based photographer Yakub Merchant while on assignment, it was most likely just an idea he shelved for later as he was shooting for work. While Yakub was working as a still photographer on a film set in India, he noticed all these people watching the scenes from a vantage point in their homes. As I imagine it, Yakub took interest and began taking their portraits in between shots, eventually ending up with a nice collection for an aptly titled set called Windows.

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David Forrest: Documenting How 9/11 Affected The Brooklyn Waterfront

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If you were to think about all the things that happened during 9/11, you’d surely consider that there were probably photographers who wanted to get closer to the tragedy to document it but simply couldn’t–and that was the situation for David Forrest. When the planes crashed into the towers, police prevented people from getting into Manhattan from the other boroughs. But the towers are so large that they’re easily visible from every borough no matter where you are pretty much. So when the smoke and embers came over the city, it travelled quite far and was very visible. And while a lot was happening in Manhattan, the ash traveled to the other boroughs.

David’s story is one that is unlike many others–because while many stories concentrate on what happened in Manhattan, not many people talk about how Brooklyn was affected.

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Jihane Darkaoui: Black and White Street Photography in Morocco

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I’m a 19 year old Moroccan medical student drawn to photography for the many emotions it conveys. Seeing the world through a lens is like seeing a brand new world. I shoot with the Nikon D7100 18-140mm, and rarely with the Pentax K1000. I’ve been shooting since February 2017.

Don McCullin is to me a true legend of the photographic world. His work has depicted the impoverished, the unemployed, the downtrodden, etc. He inspires me to capture images that have a voice. The Flickr community inspires me as well. Every photo teaches you something. Photography is a creative process. There is always something new to learn. And we need to hone that skill every single day.

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