Here we have put together a collection of 10 Inspiring Photo Stories in Lens Culture. Please click on the image to view full story and information about particular photographer.

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Aftermath: Battling Cancer by Kerry Mansfield

In the series Aftermath, San Francisco-based photographer Kerry Mansfield courageously documented her two-year journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and reconstructive surgery.

The Brothers by Elin Hoyland

Two elderly brothers, Harald and Mathias Ramen, who lived together in Tessanden, a small hamlet in rural Norway, preferred to share their days and years isolated from much of the rest of the world. They chose, instead, to live in a humble, old-fashioned manner, enjoying nature and each other’s quiet company.

A Priest, Prostitutes, Shelter and Care by Christian Bobst

This is reported by Father Hermann Klein-Hitpass, a Catholic priest from Windhoek. The 74-year-old looks after women and young girls who sell themselves in order to survive in the capital of Namibia.

Taken by Meeri Koutaniemi

A child’s hand held a flashlight. It was the only source of light in the dark mud hut. The child shined the light on her, revealing that she lay naked and bound on the floor. The light beam hit in between the girl’s bare thighs.

No Love Lost by Michael Grieve

No Love Lost is a visual project that inhabits sexual environments in contemporary Britain. People featured are active in the increasingly entwined and performative worlds of pornography, prostitution and stripping. What they share is a measured psychological engagement with strangers in close proximity that is a purely physical and sexual union lacking in affection.

Fighting for a Pittance: Thai Child Boxing by Sandra Hoyn

Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. Around the world, it is respected as one of the most demanding and intense martial arts. For one thing, Muay Thai is referred to as the Art of Eight Limbs because it involves striking one’s opponent using hands, elbows, knees and shins rather than just hands (and feet).

My Father, The Stranger by Diana Markosian

Growing up, my father felt like a secret that was being kept from me. I had few memories of us together. I remember him giving me my first doll and us dancing together in our tiny apartment in Moscow. I also remember him leaving. Sometimes he would be gone for months at a time and I never knew when to expect him.

Grit of Life by Marcus Erixson

Marcus Erixson is a young photographer (born 1982 in Sweden) who is drawn to the grit and grain and contrasts of raw life. A sad poetic dreamer, like a Kerouac with a camera, he bounces stream-of-consciousness-like through the long winter nights of the north, gathering and stitching together moments of tenderness, delusion, suffering, birth, sex, seduction, loneliness, longing, death, beauty and ugliness.

Interior/Exterior, Camera Obscura Dreams by Marja Pirilä

The camera obscura phenomenon, at once simple and magical, never ceases to fascinate me. I have worked with it intensely ever since 1996. For me camera obscura is a method by which to survey the living environment and mental landscapes, summoning subconscious feelings into the light of day.

Cancer Family by Nancy Borowick

In 2013, my parents were in treatment for cancer – my mom for cancer and my dad for pancreatic cancer. This series documents the pain and challenges of treatment, but also focuses on their bravery in the face of mortality.


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