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Published Nov 13, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 31 Contributors

    31 photos selected by

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    Lady train captain inside cockpit.

    #train #tokyo #cockpit

    Editing this assignment took us on a varied journey to far reaching corners in urban and rural communities, inside laboratories and factories, mosques and museums. In the end we were most moved by the images that took us inside lives and living rooms with images that would have been a challenge to negotiate and navigate access to, and chance moments that are unlikely to happen again - you can’t access them again, you had to be there.

    This selection of 31 pictures was paired down from 13,000. The first couple of cuts were easy because there were many images, perhaps 50% that did not fit the assignment. Then there were many images that were made in places of public access, festivals for example, and we omitted many of those because we felt that special access was not needed there. Editing further, many images lacked the technical essentials of good photography and so were cut.

    Everyone has a camera today and we wanted to give weight to images that were photographed in remote areas that showed us something unusual or interesting or were made with a wonderful composition but were made with low quality cameras and perhaps early cell phones. We appreciated seeing those but unfortunately due to the technical limitations those pictures just couldn’t hold up in the final rounds.

    Pyongyang fun fair, North Korea 2011

    #letsexplore #northkorea #selfie #dprk #contempary #people #culture #travel #capital

    Editor's Note

    There is much to study in this image. The man on the right has his foot off the ground. The couple behind smiling for the camera and the others all similarly engaged in their own moment with expres... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    DETROIT

    #detroit #dance

    Underground restaurants, cafe are popular hangouts where the Afghan youth (male, female) sing, da...

    #2014 #afghanyouth #taliban #policeraid #undergroundrestaurants #cafeculture

    Elderly ladies while admiring paintings

    #emoticons #paintig #sensations #italy #life #art #italia #europe #black__and_white

    Editor's Note

    This image shows keen observation by the photographer. It’s fun. And even though we don’t see the... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    Mid-set during Machine Head's song Halo Robb and Phil play a trade off guitar solo both equaling ...

    #sonisphere #crowd #machine_head #barcelona #from_the_stage #fiaz_farrelly

    Editor's Note

    Can't get much closer than this. A music fans dream is to be on stage with the action. This composition is a perfect balance between foreground, with the body language of the musicians, and the bac... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    A member of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron secures the folded U.S. Flag during a retreat cerem...

    #airman #airmen #sts #combat #cannon

    Editor's Note

    This feels like a candid moment well photographed the light complementing the mood of the moment. This is a tough picture to position for but is a poignant and indelible image that will resonate wi... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    She is our family matriarch at 96 years of age this year and still lives at her home with one of ...

    #yourverticalworld #thehumanstory #portraitsofstrength #life #japan #portrait #people #gender

    Many pictures were made in very interesting, seldom seen places and we so very much wanted to find visually strong images from those places but we often concluded that the pictures submitted didn’t show enough - enough to provide context and a sense of place. And even with that we were looking for strong photographic work.

    Whittling down to the final 100 we began to look closer and really pick the image apart. We looked for truly difficult to access situations and the unusual in the ordinary.

    September 2014, when Heaven turned into Hell. September floods it left us hopeless,for almost a m...

    #flood #kashmir #sep2014 #blackandwhite #insideaccess

    We decorated our car so we could arrive at the country French wedding reception in the spirit of ...

    #wedding #balloons

    One girl is wearing a traditional dress and prepare for the wedding ceremony

    #portraits #culture #traditional

    The hard life of the ballerina is reflected in the cords of the curtains, making a like a graph o...

    #photodanceart #ballet #lissibaez #ballerina #theater #dancer #balletbackstage #balletbackstage_1 #classicballet

    My grandma in her home, adding wood to the fire in the stove while cooking lunch for her grandchi...

    #sadness #past #black_and_white #grandma #home #family #kitchen #cookery #old_woman #cosy #gender

    In the culture of the Romanian Orthodox religion, tradition is on the way to Easter, repeat the d...

    #priest #sharing #religion #romanian #easter #children #fathers #orthodox #dinner

    Editor's Note

    This is a place where you’d like to be. The photographer has done well to make a picture in a difficult to compose situation. The foreground figure helps by framing the table.

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    Afar region in Ethiopia. A father and his son in agony, powerless, 400 km from the nearest medica...

    #disease #childhood #ethiopia

    Editor's Note

    This picture communicates emotion, which tears deep inside the viewer. The child crying to the fa... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    This shot was taken just few minutes after a delivery through a caesarian. In DRC, there is no pu...

    #surgery #africa #hospital #birth #woman #delivery #caesarian

    Editor's Note

    A difficult picture to access and to make. The many contrasting elements in this frame add up to an effective composition.

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    When a couple asked if I'd photograph their home birth, I told them I'd never done one but would ...

    #pregnancy #lifestyle_photography #documentary_photography #family #home_birth #water_birth

    Editor's Note

    This is a complete picture with the action composed well in the foreground, the middle ground wit... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    A group of mothers breastfeed their babies in the maternity ward of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hos...

    #nurture #child #baby #maternity #mother

    Editor's Note

    This photo takes us inside, to a place that most of us would not see. It also takes us inside a moment that is unique to that place, the new mothers sharing their experience together. Their laughte... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    This photograph shows the moment a young Jewish Chassidic father redeems his firstborn baby boy f...

    #jewish #religion #baby #chassidic #firstborn #ritual

    Each year tens of thousands of kangaroos (and other Australian wildlife) are killed or fatally in...

    #joey #caring #wildlife #road_trauma #surrogate_mother #surrogate_mother_1 #australia #surrogate #kangaroo

    Working in Canada's oil sands north of Fort McMurray, Alberta often means long days and long peri...

    #sands #work #mcmurray #oil #dining #camp #fatigue #northern #alberta #hall #tired #fort

    Just before the Eid prayers found this kid trying to avoid the harsh Indian sun but still fully f...

    #praying #religion #islam #eid2015_1 #ahmedabad #india #eid2015 #history

    An unannounced visit to an orphanage in Uganda we have contributed to revealed unexpected conditi...

    #uganda #orphanage

    The twins out on the hunt, with their faithful dog at sunset.

    #hunting #twins

    Editor's Note

    This picture has everything going for it down to the right amount of the sun popping through the trees lending spatial depth. The dog dutifully positioned, his tongue hanging out, the twin boys wit... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    Presley Simba-Canadien comes face to face with the realities of life and death on the land.

    #indigenous #canada150 #ontheland

    Editor's Note

    This is an arresting image. The girl’s body language gives us the expression on her face. The way the picture is composed, with the sweeping horizon, informs about the environment in which this tak... More

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    My dogs Heidi and Mili were in the sunroom intent on barking at the deer that had intruded down i...

    #winter #landscape #deer #snow #weather #woods #dogs #trees #animals #nature

    Editor's Note

    Thanks for standing on top of the chair. Just be careful!

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    During the filming of a documentary about alpine wildlife. In this photo, it seems that the golde...

    #alpine #filming #dolmites #blue #wildlife #fly #bird #operator #golden #sky #attack #eagle #shooting

    In 2014 I was fortunate enough to fulfil a lifelong dream and take part in the Marathon des Sable...

    #sahara #marathon_des_sables #running #desert #adventure #mds

    It’s a big project and so I’ve tried to tear apart small pieces of it in an attempt to make it ea...

    #serie #people

    Editor's Note

    OK, you got me. I never, ever expected to see a man jumping into a grave when I started the assig... More

    Jim Richardson
    National Geographic Photographer

    Anesthesiologist Dr. Jesse Tyma monitors vitals and administers sedation during an equine cesarea...

    #cesarean #surgery #rhinebeckequine #equine #csection #horse #equinesurgery #horsesurgery

    Editor's Note

    The photographer has done well to get a point of view where we see enough of the horse but we also see the face of the medical team member calmly at work. The two faces play off one another.

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    When I first shot this image, I couldn't help but wonder what was going through Keira's head. Jus...

    #zebra #keira

    Editor's Note

    What can you say; it's a zebra poking his head inside a car door with a beautiful young child, whose expression makes us too believe in unicorns.

    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers

    In the final editing phase your captions become very important. Many images lacked essential information in captions. Remember the five Ws; the who, what, when, where, and why. Following that information you can add a poetic sentence. But really, the poetry should be conveyed in the picture. We hope you’ll keep captions in mind as you go forward in your life as photographers. Your library of pictures will become much more significant if the images are paired with pertinent information. 

    It’s been great! Thanks for participating.

    Fritz & Kathya

    About the Editor
    Fritz Hoffmann and Kathya Landeros
    Photographers
    Fritz Hoffmann is an American photographer known for documentary style narratives that portray society, culture, the environment and global economics. A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer, Fritz has photographed numerous magazine stories on subjects ranging from China’s Shangrila to America’s Superfund. Kathya Maria Landeros is a photographer and educator whose work explores ...

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