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Pearl farming in Japan – in pictures

Japan still dominates the global cultured pearl market, despite a fall in specialised pearl farmers. In the past 10 years it has produced annually about 20 tonnes of farmed pearls Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Oysters


Asia's longest-fighting communist guerrillas – in pictures

The fight for communism is alive in the mountains of the Philippines, where the New People’s Army is celebrating 50 years since it took up arms. The armed wing of the Communist party of the Philippines is the oldest fighting communist guerrilla force in Asia Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Photography, World news, Asia Pacific, Philippines, News photography, Communism, New People 's Army


The New York Easter parade and Bonnet festival – in pictures

Celebrants donned festive finery and showed off their very best headgear on Fifth Avenue Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, New York, World news, US news, News photography


The Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, New York – in pictures

Celebrants donned festive finery and showed off their very best headgear along Fifth Avenue. Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, New York, World news, News photography


Red dawn: the Sindoor Jatra festival in Nepal

Every year, Nepal becomes awash with vermillion powder as Hindus celebrate Sindoor Jatra to welcome the arrival of spring and Nepalese new year Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Religion, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Nepal, Hinduism, Sindoor Jatra


Day of the Sun: North Korea marks Kim Il-sung’s birthday

Tens of thousands of North Koreans have turned out to pay tribute to their leaders. The most important day in the country’s ritual calendar, 15 April is called the Day of the Sun, the anniversary of the 1912 birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, North Korea, World news, Asia Pacific, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, Kim, Pyongyang, Kim Il Sung


Facebook restores services after users report outages

Thousands had difficulty accessing social networks including Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp, says tracking siteFacebook has said it has restored services on Sunday after some users were unable to access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. Related: Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Whatsapp, Digital Media


Sudan protesters celebrate end of Bashir's rule – in pictures

Crowds took to the streets in Kashmir on Thursday, as the army said it had removed President Omar al-Bashir from power after 30 years in charge. We take a look at the best images from the capital, Khartoum Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Omar al Bashir, Sudan, Kashmir, Bashir, Khartoum Continue


Celebration in Sudan: the end of Omar al-Bashir – in pictures

Crowds take to the streets to celebrate the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in charge. We take a look at the best images from the capital, Khartoum Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Omar al Bashir, Sudan, Khartoum Continue


Ultranationalism in Ukraine – a photo essay

The growing presence of far-right groups in Ukraine leaves the west in a quandary. The ultranationalists have played a key role in fighting Russia-backed separatist rebels and are now challenging government corruption. But they are pushing for changes that go against democratic idealsThe country’s ultranationalist groups came to the fore in 2014, when they kickstarted massive street protests that led to the ousting of the Russia-friendly president Viktor Yanukovych. Russia responded by annexing ...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Art and design, The far right, Crimean Peninsula, Viktor Yanukovych Russia


All the presidents’ busts – in pictures

Standing nearly 20 feet high, 43 US presidents’ busts, remnants from a bankrupted theme park, are stored in Croaker, Virginia, on the property of Howard Hankins who is seeking to restore the massive sculptures. Hankins has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to relocate the statues to a place where they can be visited by all Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, Virginia, US, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Art and design, Sculpture, Hankins, Howard Hankins, Croaker Virginia


Dubrovnik, Game of Thrones and overtourism – in pictures

For Dubrovnik, doubling as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones is a mixed blessing. Stardom has been a boon for business – but has also sparked an inundation of visitors to a city already struggling with overcrowding Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Photography, World news, Culture, Art and design, Television & radio, Croatia, Game Of Thrones, King, Dubrovnik


Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are reclaimed by nature Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Environment, World news, Ukraine, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Nuclear Power, Chernobyl, Urban Exploration, Pripyat, David McMillan


Burger King removes 'racist' ad showing man trying to eat with giant chopsticks

Fast food chain faced backlash over ad showing westerners trying to eat new ‘Vietnamese’ burger with chopsticks Burger King has been forced to delete a “culturally insensitive” advert which depicted a westerner struggling to eat a burger with chopsticks, the latest western brand to be accused of mocking Asian food customs.The fast food chain faced a huge online backlash after an advert was posted to Burger King New Zealand’s Instagram depicting westerners attempting to eat the new “Vietnamese Sw...
Tags: Food, Technology, Instagram, World news, New Zealand, Burger King, Burger King New Zealand


Trailblazing women of Kabul, Afghanistan – a photo essay

The Women by Women project commissions local female photographers to tell the stories of trendsetting women and girls, in countries where the charity ActionAid works. The series starts with these stories of radical women in Kabul, including a street artist, a kickboxer and a politicianIn 2018, less than a quarter of photographs published in major media outlets were taken by female photojournalists. Women by Women aims to demonstrate the importance of showing diverse perspectives in photography; ...
Tags: Photography, Women, World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Kabul, KABUL Afghanistan, Women in journalism


Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s AmericaWhen Donald Trump opened the towering Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in March 1990, he declared it “the eighth wonder of the world” and joined in the celebrations at a launch ceremony filled with portly actors dressed as genies brandishing tacky golden lamps. Even though it was purcha...
Tags: Art, Books, Business, Photography, Gambling, Economics, Communities, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Social exclusion, New Jersey


The big picture: the Rwandan Daughters project

Portraits of Rwandan rape victims and their children reveal the aftermath of the genocide 25 years agoToday marks 25 years since the onset of the Rwandan genocide. In just 100 days, between 7 April and 15 July 1994, seven in 10 Tutsis living in Rwanda were murdered by their Hutu neighbours. As many as 1 million people, including 10,000 Batwa pygmies, died.What’s less well known about those terrible months is that up to 250,000 women were raped. Many were infected with HIV and later died of Aids-...
Tags: Photography, Africa, World news, Culture, Art and design, Un, Rwanda


Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured America’s most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years – and the time she set fire to Patti SmithAnnie Leibovitz is standing by a photograph she took of Pont Neuf in Paris. It’s a swirling panoramic shot of the famous bridge, taken when she was a student and would roam the city’s streets camera in hand. One day, with a thrill, she realised she was standing where her idol, Henri Cartier-Bresson, once stood to take his own ghost...
Tags: Art, Photography, Music, Media, Celebrity, America, Life and style, Society, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, US politics, Art and design, Magazines, The Rolling Stones


The Bombay Beach Biennale - in pictures

The fourth annual Bombay Beach Biennale took place last weekend on the shores of the Salton Sea in California. Artists and performers donated their time and talent to this volunteer-led event that transformed the town into a fully immersive artistic experience for 72 hours. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, California, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Bombay, Salton Sea, Bombay Beach Biennale


An image of hope: how a local photographer captured the famous Ardern picture

Kirk Hargreaves reveals lucky break behind a picture of the New Zealand prime minister that symbolised the nation’s griefIn the wake of the Christchurch massacre stunned residents were looking for images of hope.They found it in a photograph of prime minister Jacinda Ardern, clad in a black headscarf and overlaid with flowers reflected on the glass outside. Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern, Kirk Hargreaves


New Zealand's day of mourning for Christchurch – in pictures

Vigils and silences held as country remembers the victims of the mosque shooting Continue reading...
Tags: Christchurch shooting, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, World news, Islamophobia, Photography, News photography


Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Vibrant youth culture and a flourishing music scene leap out of the west African photographer’s Peuple de la Nuit, featuring the musicians, dancers and lovers who graced his hometown’s hottest venues Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Young People, Burkina Faso, Clubbing, Art and design books, Ibrahima Sanlé Sory, Peuple de la Nuit


Instagram users will be able to buy from brands on platform

‘Checkout on Instagram’ is new e-commerce service available to US customersFacebook is moving into retail, as the company partners with more than 20 brands to allow Instagram users to buy clothes, accessories and makeup on the social network without leaving the app.“Checkout on Instagram” is a step up from previous shopping features on the service, which ultimately pushed buyers to a brand’s web page to complete transactions. Users were then required to enter payment and shipping details, and of...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Money, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, US, World news, Consumer affairs, E-commerce, US news, Online Shopping


Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty Wor...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Art and design, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Nick Brandt, Art and design books


At home in the remote snow forests of Russia – in pictures

Elena Anosova, a Russia-based photographer, travelled to Siberia to document isolated communities for her project Out of the Way. The village of Taiga has a population of 100 adults, the closest town is 185 miles away, and a helicopter shuttle visits twice a month at the most Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Russia, World news, Culture, Art and design, Siberia, Taiga, Elena Anosova


Hold the line: Hong Kong laundry – in pictures

In 2017, Hong Kong-based photographer Jimmi Ho was struck by one of his old pictures showing a man drying his clothes in a playground. The juxtaposition of the colourful laundry and stark buildings piqued his interest, and since then he has walked around the city in search of the inventive ways residents dry their laundry. “It’s hard to dry clothes in the wet season,” says Ho. “In Hong Kong, every square metre is exploited to the maximum.” Drying clothes in public spaces is illegal, but that doe...
Tags: Hong Kong, Photography, World news, Cities, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Ho, Jimmi Ho


Facebook platforms suffer outages in Americas and Europe

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger have all been encountering problems on WednesdayFacebook has been suffering from outages across the world since around 12pm ET Wednesday.All four of the company’s main applications – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger – were encountering problems, according to Downdetector.com. The outages appeared to be concentrated in the Americas and Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Instagram, Americas, Social Media, World news, US news, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram, WednesdayFacebook


Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages in Americas and Europe

The family of apps, including Messenger, have all been encountering problems but a company spokesman says it’s not a cyber-attackFacebook has been suffering from outages across the world since around 12pm ET Wednesday.All four of the company’s main applications – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger – were encountering problems, according to Downdetector.com. The outages appeared to be concentrated in the Americas and Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Instagram, Americas, Social Media, World news, US news, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram


Flour power: Monday of Lent celebrations in Greece – in pictures

Revellers celebrate Monday of Lent in a colourful flour war, a festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Greece, Life and style, World news, Culture, Festivals, Easter, Galaxidi Greece Continue


Flour power: Ash Monday celebrations in Greece – in pictures

Revellers celebrate Ash Monday by participating in a colourful flour war, a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Greece, Life and style, World news, Culture, Festivals, Easter, Galaxidi Greece Continue



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