Thursday Mar 7


Artist Mikel Aristregi set out to document the dark underworld of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, often referred to as the coldest capital city in the world. Temperatures can dip as low as -40ºF.

If you look underneath the city streets, you will find a whole network of pipes, offering warmth underground. Scores of homeless have found shelter here, however, a sweeping majority of them are alcoholics. 

The homeless became the subject of Aristregi’s newest project, -40/96º. The photo series shows many adults clearly in distress, intoxicated and desperate for alcohol. Some of them do end up in rehabs, however, the whole system is flawed. They are held for 6-24 months against their will and then released back into society where they pick up their habits right where they left off. 

View the photo series and read more about the project. 

Tuesday Mar 20

Side-by-Side Look at Destruction and Renewal in Japan

Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. This series of photographs by Toru Yamanaka depict the destruction and recovery of nearly a dozen Japanese cities that were affected. An interactive slider accompanies each photograph, allowing viewers to glide back and forth between scenes of destruction and renewal, creating a truly unique visual experience. While the photographs of destruction are poignant and shocking, their more recent counterparts are heartwarming. It is truly amazing to see how Japan has recovered so much in only one-year’s time.

(Source: The New York Times)