Documentary photography galleries

Recreation of crucifixion during holy week in Iztapalapa, Mexico City

Crucifixion for Holy Week in Mexico

Thousands of people gather every year in Iztapalapa for the Passion play, a major event during holy week celebrations in Mexico City. The actors prepare themselves physically and spiritually the whole year, in order to perform the role to perfection.
Civilians escape through the railroad bridge blown up by Donetsk People Republic partisans.

Ukraine: Two Years of War

In the aftermath of the Euromaidan movement and the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, pro-Russian and anti-government protest spread across the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. Violence in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts escalated
Palestinians teenagers posing in front the key of the Shatila camp

Lebanon: Shatila Refugee Camp

The Shatila refugee camp was built in 1949 to receive the refugee from northern Palestine. Palestinians were expelled by from their town by Israeli forces. They are until now living in Shatila for 2 generations and are still waiting...

Photos and text by Francois Razon
Bangladeshi workers process leather

Contaminated Land

Dhaka’s Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth by two international research organizations. At least 160,000 people have become victims of pollution...

Photos and text by Suvra Kanti Das
Onna, The village erased by earthquake. L'Aquila

Onna, the village erased by earthquake. Italy

The small village of Onna was almost completely erased by the earthquake that struck the Abruzzo region in Italy on April 6, 2009. 85% of its old buildings collapsed, killing 40. In 1944 Onna already suffered from its tragedy...

Text and photos by Riccardo Budini
L'Aquila earthquake: the interiors of the houses, fled on a deadly night of six years ago

L'Aquila, ghost city for six years and on. Italy

Red Zone, cordoning off the medieval center of L’Aquila: the wounds inflicted by the lethal earthquake seem slow to heal. The city, fled on a deadly night of six years ago, still remain suspended in time, showing the signs of an abruptly interrupted life.

Text and photos by Riccardo Budini
The border at beach is under US surveillance. Tijuana

On the Other Side - Stories of Deportation

In 2014, around 250,000 Mexicans were deported from the United States. More than 60 000 were left in Tijuana, Mexico, a border city between Mexico-United States where life is a gamble of will, luck, thievery and police arrest...
Photos and Text by Francois Razon
Belongings of passengers on Malaysia MH17 crash site

Malaysia MH17 crash site: The Belongings

Belongings of 289 passengers on Malaysia MH17 crash site, scattered across fields covering an area of 20 sq km. Most of these photos were taken in July, within hours after the Boeing 777 airliner was shot down over a rebel-held area of Donbass,

Text and photos by Mstyslav Chernov

Devotees of Rakher Upobash

During Kartik, “the holiest month” beginning every year with the new moon in November, thousands of Hindu devotees celebrate the feast of Rakher Upobash, fasting and praying the gods sitting before the Shri Shri Lokanath Brahmachari Ashram...

Text and photos by Suvra Kanti Das

Ashura

Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims gathered for praying at Hoseni Dalan on the eve and holy day of Ashura. Shiites mark Ashura on the tenth day of the month of Muharram to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when...

Text and photos by Suvra Kanti Das
Jackson Heights gentrification

Silent gentrification in the heart of Queens

The intensely diversified social pattern of Queens starts to quietly add the presence of a class of European ancestry where in the past it was more a rarity. Rezoning of ...

Photos and Text by Riccrado Budini
Kids and beggars in Varanasi river at dawn

Youth in India

Every year more and more children in India become orphans and are found abandoned. This photo essay draws a portrait of kids with their families and of orphans forced to make a living.

Text and photos by Francois Razon