Pinar's Blog Posts Tagged 'culture' (27)

Iranian Women Find Stylish Ways to Abide by the Government's Strict Dress Code

The Tehran Times is a blog devoted to documenting the style of Iranian women found on the street who have creatively approached the strict government enforced laws placed on how women dress. Retaining a fashionable and artistic flair, the images reveal a generation of women who have taken the restrictive dress codes head-on, challenging the boundaries of their freedom.…


Added by Pinar on December 12, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Portraits of People Around the World Inspired by "Humans of New York"

Art and photography are always great sources of inspiration but Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York series, in particular, seems to have struck a chord with people all across the world. Following in the footsteps of the photographer's ongoing portrait series, several…


Added by Pinar on December 10, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Powerful Portraits of Syria's Lost Generation

Farman, 20, Domiz refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan

Syria's Lost Generation is a powerful portrait series by photographer Elena Dorfman that takes a look at Syrian teens who have been forced to live in refugee camps due to the state of their native country, currently amidst a civil war. The portraits, accompanied by brief descriptions about each…


Added by Pinar on November 22, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Powerful Portraits of Secluded Cultures on the Brink of Extinction

Huli in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Before They Pass Away is a powerful documentary series by photographer Jimmy Nelson featuring dozens of cultures around the world whose people live in seclusion and are at risk of fading away. Traveling across five continents, the English photographer manages to embrace the…


Added by Pinar on November 5, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Culturally Unique Breakfasts from Around the World


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, though it may look and taste different depending on where you're from. While in America it is not out of the ordinary to have a stack of flapjacks and bacon as a morning meal, it is wildly different from Thailand's customary fish, pork, and rice dish.



Added by Pinar on May 9, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Fascinating Instagram Photos from Inside North Korea

While on assignment in North Korea, Associated Press Chief Photographer for Asia David Guttenfelder had the opportunity to snap shots on his iPhone and iPod Touch and share them through Instagram. This would be a first for anyone to directly post their geotagged photos to the app from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The photographer explains:…


Added by Pinar on April 3, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

An Intimate Look at Impoverished Homes Around the World


Renowned photographer Steve McCurry takes us on an insightful journey, sharing the varied definitions of "home" from around…


Added by Pinar on February 15, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Chinese Factory Workers Reveal the REAL Toy Story

Most people rarely ever think about the laborers who put hours of work into making items that are so readily found in bulk, but photographer Michael Wolf offers some insight into the reality of where toys are made in his series titled The Real Toy Story. The project gives a whole new perspective to those dolls and action figures consumers purchase at any given store by…


Added by Pinar on January 17, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Spiritual Life of the Aghori Sadhu

Brooklyn-based Canadian photographer Joey L. invites us into his spiritually rich travels to India through his photo series titled Holy Men. As a photographer who is personally driven to document "endangered cultures and traditions" that offer a deeper understanding of the lives and practices of his subjects, the photographer's series manages to present insightful portraits of the…


Added by Pinar on December 19, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Beautiful Photos of India's Culturally Rich Railroads

World traveling photographer Steve McCurry, who is probably best known for his Afghan Girl photo, shares a stunning set of images offering some insight on the commuting lifestyle of the people in India. The series, simply titled Trains, presents the life of Indian commuters and travelers, many of whom…


Added by Pinar on November 30, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Korowai Tribe's Incredible Tree Houses

Can you imagine living over 100 feet up in the trees? A people known as the Korowai tribe don't need to stretch their imagination at all because their lives have always been spent living in tree houses that soar high above. On the island of New Guinea in the southeastern part of Papua, the isolated tribe is the only group of people in the world that have established their primary…


Added by Pinar on November 28, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Top 7 Sites to Find Art & Cultural Events in Your City

As we know here on My Modern Met, there is an abundance of art available and ready to be experienced, all across the globe. It's absolutely fascinating to discover the thought-provoking and inspiring works of diligent artists through the wonders of the internet, but sometimes you need to go out and experience creative works in person. What better venues are…


Added by Pinar on May 23, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Polaroids of Afghanis Who've Never Seen a Photograph

The Wakhan corridor located in the northeastern corner of Afghanistan, is a less-traveled region by foreigners. French photographers Fabrice Nadjari and Cedric Houin (aka Varial) decided to journey off to the remote district because of their growing fascination with the country, further heightened by…


Added by Pinar on March 29, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Smithsonian Magazine's Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian Magazine recently unveiled its top finalists for its 9th Annual Photo Contest. The competition drew in hundreds of thousands of submissions and has dwindled down the list to a top 50 across five categories: Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World, People, and Travel. Each of the five sets feature ten breathtaking images from around the world, with the…


Added by Pinar on March 2, 2012 at 1:40pm — 2 Comments

Powerfully Documenting Cultural Borders

Photographer Vanessa Winship has spent the last decade traveling between Turkey, Georgia, Bulgaria, and the Balkan Peninsula, capturing culturally distinct images. Each of these areas offer a sampling of their traditional customs, as well as their modern adaptations. Through a series of photographs documenting cultural events, exhibiting everyday life, and presenting simple…


Added by Pinar on January 25, 2012 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Reevaluating Arab Stereotypes

In this day and age, it's refreshing to see a positive perspective on a script that has the ability to cause unease in America. Political street artist Peter Fuss' billboard pieces entitled This Means Peace were first placed at a railway station in Gdansk, Poland in January 2008. His works are immortalized on his website and are just as powerful, nearly four years later.



Added by Pinar on December 26, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Portraits of Marines Before, During, and After War

Emiel, 26

Though the Iraq War has officially ended, the War on Terror trudges on in the Middle East. The toll that any war takes on troops overseas is truly only known by the brave men who put their lives on the line. In an effort to try to document the impact serving in Afghanistan has on a person,…


Added by Pinar on December 22, 2011 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Capturing Highly Disciplined Athletes Worldwide

The amount of strenuous training and physical exhaustion some athletes endure is remarkable. Photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty captures the rigorous practices of lesser documented, non-commercial sports like Shaolin Kung Fu, yoga, acrobatics, gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and free-running. One common theme amongst the varied activities is…


Added by Pinar on December 14, 2011 at 4:34pm — 3 Comments

Japan's Regal Dancing Monkeys

Photographer Hiroshi Watanabe's series entitled Suo Sarumawashi is populated with portraits of many present-day Japanese macaque monkeys festively adorned in costumes. Today, many people dress up their pets for their own amusement, because a tiny pup parading about in human clothing…


Added by Pinar on December 9, 2011 at 2:39pm — 1 Comment

Three-Panel Portraits of Strangers

Triptychs of Strangers #20, The Analog Lover - London

How often do you allow a stranger to take your picture? Photographer Adde Adesokan approaches unknown people on the street and asks to photograph them. In fact, the Germany-based photographer has started a passion project called Triptychs of Strangers that also requires him to…


Added by Pinar on December 7, 2011 at 12:07pm — No Comments


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