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Photo by @williamalbertallard // Mississippi, 1968  In 1968 I was assigned to photograph the “Poor Peoples March” that was to start in the Deep South and end up in Washington DC. A reporter and I went to a gathering of African Americans in the area of Crenshaw, Mississippi who were supposed to leave for Washington in a day or two. The people were crowded together under a a huge canvas tent where we met the Irbys, a nice family who agreed to let us follow them back to their home later, an aged wooden tenant house sitting in the midst of vast cotton fields. But before we left the tent, I made a few portraits of some of the family but mostly of Hank, who was 17 at the time. The details in the portrait of Hank are so important probably because they are really imperfections, something one might change or correct of one we’re going to do a serious portrait session. Little details like the part of an under shirt that shows. How the top button of his shirt is buttoned tight, the second button is loose. And there are small flecks of blue paint on his shirt that echo the color of his sweater. His well worn cap is tilted just so. The wall of the tent behind him provides background color that blends so well with his dark eyes, his brown skin. His gaze at me is just slightly apprehensive but accepting. Although unstudied, it’s probably as hones and direct a portrait as I’ve ever made.  #followme @williamalbertallard for more images of and essays spanning five decades.  @thephotosociety  #portraitphotography #filmphotography #60s #1960s #south
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment earlier this week for @natgeo  Aerial view of the the coastal spit that separates the Atlantic Ocean from St. Louis, Senegal.  This branch of the Senegal River is full of motorized pirogues adjacent to fishermen’s homes on the Langue du Barbarie. The #fishing has become so poor that most of the incoming boats didn’t bother to stop at the beach to unload their meager catch from a long night at sea.  Decades of intensive fishing by artisanal boats and large foreign fishing ships have greatly reduced what was once one of the world’s most productive fisheries.  To see more from my current fieldwork in West Africa, go to @geosteinmetz  #sustainability
Image by @joelsartore | Aptly named, ornate spiny-tailed lizards boast a long tail full of spiky scales, used to defend against attackers. These vibrant and striking reptiles can be found living in small groups in dry habitats across eastern Egypt, southern Israel and Saudi Arabia. Because they live in such warm environments, they have the ability to change color in order to help regulate their temperatures. When it’s extremely hot, these lizards become lighter in color to avoid overheating, and when it cools down they become darker to absorb more sunlight. This lizard was photographed at @thelivingdesert, a non-profit dedicated to desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. To see a close up of this lizard visit @joelsartore
@natgeo @stevewinterphoto @africanparksnetwork  I just returned from the amazing, Zakouma National Park in Chad, one of the many parks run by the groundbreaking conservation group African Parks in partnership with the Chadian government and the local communities. @africanparksnetwork  Black Rhinos are back - having “disappeared” from Chad due to poaching in 1972 but now 6 black rhinos have been successfully moved cross continent from South Africa to Zakouma. Here is Harry in his boma at night. All six rhinos are happy and healthy! In this historic move to aid in the long-term survival of this endangered and heavily threatened species, six black rhinos are being reintroduced bringing this animal back to the country for the first time in over four decades. The translocation is an extraordinary cross-collaboration between the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the Government of the Republic of Chad, as well as African Parks and South African National Park (SANParks). This is a hopeful story about the revival of a highly threatened species, as well as the trajectory of Zakouma - a park that was once ravaged by poaching and insecurity but has been transformed into a secure and flourishing park since 2010. This international conservation initiative is unprecedented and saw these black rhinos being flown over 3,000 miles to the well-protected Zakouma National Park, managed by African Parks since 2010 in partnership with the Government of Chad. overhauling law enforcement and working closely with the local communities to protect the park. Without the support of local communities this would not work. Local people are the anti-poaching patrols.  They have jobs in other parts of the park including tourism and management. This is truly a remarkable effort to repopulate and protect African Parks.  @AfricanParksNetwork @natgeo @stevewinterphoto  @Zakouma_National_Park
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and @paolowoods /// Olivier Picasso photographed in his apartment in Paris. Olivier is Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter’s grandson. He has never met his grandfather but has made a film about him and has worked on various books about him. He is a vocal defender of his grandfather when accusations have been made to Pablo Picasso especially of his treatment of women. He also works with the Picasso Administration, the company that controls all the use of the name, image, rights and work of Pablo Picasso. He has brokered the deal with French carmaker Citroën for the usage of the Picasso name for one of its models #picasso #pablopicasso #paris #art #cubism #eiffeltower
Photo by @FransLanting Two young cheetah brothers are crouching down to drink from a water hole in the Serengeti. Cheetahs may be able to survive for long periods without drinking water and rely instead on the blood from their prey, but they don’t pass up an opportunity to drink when they can. You can tell they are still young because of the ruff of fur along their necks, which disappears when they mature. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with cheetahs. @Thephotosociety #cheetah #bigcats #endangered #wildlifephotography #wildlife #safari
Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo for Far & Away from @natgeo and @wsj . The Jimador’ or harvester of agave plants is a romanticized profession in central Mexico. Roberto Jimenez Ramos uses his ‘Coa’ which is a unique tool designed specifically for culling the sharp external leaves of the blue agave plant in order to harvest the ‘Piña’, the body of the agave which is baked in large ovens in preparation for making tequila. These piña will be processed by the Tequila Ocho brand in Jalisco, Mexico. You will find heroic paintings of Jimadors in action in bars and restaurants all over tequila country but it’s much better to witness the action in person:) ............................................ I recently travelled to Jalisco, Mexico to photograph the world of Tequila production for a new @natgeo and @wsj magazine called Far & Away. The inaugural issue of the mag just came out in print over the weekend, delivered within the Wall Street Journal. ‘Tequila Rocks’ was an epic journey into the blue agave fields East of Guadalajara, to the rowdy bars of Tequila town. Click the link in my bio on my personal page @arni_coraldo to see the full story online! . #tequila #wsj #natgeo #drink #spirits #tequilaocho #mexico #jimador #farmer #jalisco #natgeo #far&away #mexican #agave #portrait #harvest #potd
Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) A group of refugees from Afghanistan including an unaccompanied minor, sit on a roadside preparing to break their fast during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Sid, Serbia, before trying to cross the border to Croatia. This image was part of my story Young and Stranded which was published in December issue of @natgeo Magazine. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
Photo by @stephenwilkes. A colorful palette behind a young boy watching the Ardh Kumbh Mela Festival. To see more photos from my travels near and far, visit me @stephenwilkes.  #daytonight #stephenwilkes #haridwar #india #kumbhmela #festival
@robertclarkphoto Earlier this year I was able to take part in a trash clean up sponsored by the @nature_org, over several hours the volunteers filled a large dumpster and in one afternoon made this little area in Texas City, Texas cleaner. A large portion of the trash was plastic, which never really goes away. The Nature Conservancy hosts volunteer clean ups like this throughout the country year-round. TNC is based in Arlington, VA and operates in 72 countries around the world, working tirelessly to preserve and protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. #uselessplastic
Photograph by @simoncroberts.  Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK from the series #merriealbion.  Visitors enjoy the view overlooking Herrington Country Park from atop Penshaw Monument. The monument was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, becoming a National Trust property in 1939. The monument dominates the bucolic landscape, with many sources suggesting it is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Overlooked by Penshaw Monument is Herrington Country Park, home to one of the former collieries of the Durham Coalfield. When the colliery closed in 1985, soon after Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the miner’s strike, the waste heap was the biggest in North East England. Now a site of industry is transformed to a site of leisure, with walkways, cycle trails, and environmental sculptures. In addition to running a variety of shows, including the North-East Funfair, Herrington Country Park also hosts the annual Miners Memorial Service.  Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts ##postindustriallandscape #britishlandscape #penshawmonument #landscapestudiesofasmallisland
Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio  Chichen Itzá was a large pre-Columbian Maya city in Yucatán State, Mexico, and a major focal point in the Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic period (c. CE600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. CE800–900) to the Postclassic period (c. CE900–1200). Architecturally, the site exhibits a multitude of styles, reminiscent of central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Maya lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most recent interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.  Here photographed, the Temple of the Warriors (Templo de los Guerreros), which consists of a large stepped pyramid flanked and fronted by rows of carved columns depicting warriors. It is one of the most impressive and important buildings at Chichen Itzá. The structure entombs a former building called The Temple of the Chac Mool. The complex was excavated and restored by the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1925 to 1928.  Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio  @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo  #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #mexico #mayaworld #mayanworld #yucatan #history #heritage #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #archaeology #mayaruins #mayanruins #igtravel #visualarchitects #lighting #dusk #chichenitza #chaacmool  image: @simonnorfolkstudio words: @tribaleye