Bagpipe musicians performed songs with instruments made from goats during a St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Bucharest, Romania, on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
Fruits of the Loom
In 1776, America didn’t have a single textile mill. There were no spinning mules, no water-powered looms. There were only rumors of what such things might look like and a few nonfunctioning models built from those rumors. Nearly every American woman, except the wealthiest, knew how to spin her own yarn and weave her own cloth, even as across the Atlantic women were moving out of the home and into millwork as England — bent on protecting its export market by safeguarding its trade secrets — industrialized the manufacturing of textiles.
Christopher Payne has spent much of the past few years photographing more than 20 of the mills that make up what’s left of America’s textile industry. Three appeared to have closed midproduction, looking like soft, bright Pompeiis, the colorful yarns still piled on the factories’ floors after the doors were permanently closed; others continue to function, often with machinery and techniques valued precisely because they are decades or even centuries old. Many of the machines in the mills Payne has documented are embossed with the names of defunct machinery companies not far from where he grew up near Boston.
Read more at The New York Times Magazine.
Photos: Christopher Payne
A young woman, held after she was wounded during clashes between riot police and protestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan in Istanbul on March 12, 2014. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at protestors in the capital, while in Istanbul, crowds shouting anti-government slogans lit a huge fire as they made their way to a cemetery for Elvan’s burial. A 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year’s anti-government protests, Elvan’s story became a symbol for many Turks of the heavy-handed police tactics against mass anti-government demonstrators in June, a major challenge to Erdogan’s 11-year-rule.
Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl wearing a costume, sits in a cage, marking the Purim festival in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther which is read in synagogues. Other customs include sending food parcels and giving charity, dressing up in masks and costumes, eating a festive meal and public celebration.
Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP
FDNY members, responding to a 5-alarm Fire, work to extinguish the fire and rescue victims after the collapse of two buildings in East Harlem, Manhattan, on March 12, 2014.
A boy sits in a plastic container filled with coloured water during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 16, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.
Tens of thousands of “bonded laborers” in Pakistan work hard labor for decades to pay off debts accrued by their husbands or parents. This photo essay of female bonded laborers by AP photographer Muhammed Muheisen is in honor of International Women’s Day.
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On the shores of the Tonle Sap - Cambodia’s “Great Lake” - a small settlement of fishermen who can no longer fish hides under posters of international aid projects, and provides a clear example of the complicated system of the humanitarian business in Southeast Asia.
People are forced to move kilometers away every year as the water rises from the “Great Lake” to flood surrounding villages. Unable to fish anymore since a law passed in 2006 outlawed fishing with small nets, a community 200 people lives under makeshift shelters in extreme poverty; their only income comes from hunting crickets at night.
Situated only a few kilometers away from the city of Siem Reap, home to the famous Angkor temples, Chong Kneas is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, who rent boats to tour the Great Lake, while often ignoring the dire situation of the people residing on its shores. Residents say they face widespread malnutrition, a lack of potable water and few employment opportunities.
The dusty path that separates the two rows of houses serves as a playground for dozens of children who live with next to nothing. On one side, women bet their last Riels in card games, hiding their aces between their toes; on the other side, dogs and people share beds, napping away the day.
In the afternoon, the sky darkens and rain drops begin to fall.
"Drinking water," says one resident, as he fills buckets with rain water.
Over the past year, the UN refugee agency has run a series of photosets on its website by American photographer Brian Sokol focusing on the possessions that refugees take with them when they are forced to flee from their homes. We started last August with Sudanese refugees in South Sudan and have since covered refugees from Syria and Mali.
Last year, Sokol visited the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ask refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) the same question: What is the most important thing you brought with you? He again received interesting answers from a wide range of people from rural and urban areas of CAR, where inter-communal violence has spiralled out of control. They are featured here and include a sandal that helped an old woman, a pair of crutches used by a man to reach safety and a boy’s photo of his slain father. Another boy named the family members who escaped to safety with him as his most important possession – many would feel the same.
Tens of thousands of people have fled from CAR to neighbouring countries since December 2012, including 60,000 into northern DRC. Some 30,000 of them live in four refugee camps set up by UNHCR and the others are hosted by local families. For the majority, there was no time to pack before escaping. They fled extreme violence and chaos and arrived exhausted and traumatized in the DRC. They could take only the most essential and lightest belongings. The photos here were taken at Batanga Transit Centre, Boyabo Refugee Camp and Libenge village.
Photos: Brian Sokol/UNHCR
Dogfighting, once banned in Afghanistan under the Taliban, is now legal and draws hundreds of spectators each Friday on the outskirts of Kabul.