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Daily Life

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Published May 11, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 24 Contributors

    24 photos selected by

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    I was taking a photo of this depiction in Washington, DC, of a day in the life of hungry men duri...

    #children #people #washington #dc #monument #kids #places #blackandwhite #great_depression

    Many of you put heart and soul into creating these beautiful images of daily life. I applaud you and hope you feel like you grew as a photographer throughout this assignment. I really appreciate those who went out to create something new during the course of these three weeks.

    I was happy to see so many photographs of people living their lives. I think many of you pushed yourselves to capture these kinds of images. The more you do this, the easier it becomes.

    The images that made it into the final 24 were photographs that caused me to react, to feel something, or to further my understanding of a person, place, or culture. I was drawn to moments photographed with subtleties, nuances, and gestures that told a story. Some images stood out for the beautiful light and/or color. The final images were composed well and everything in the frame was essential. Beyond that, I was looking for the surprises and magic that happen in photography.

    The Intha ethnic group lives on the waters of the inle lake in Myanmar. They are mainly fishermen...

    #water #lake #fishermen #sunrise #myanmar #intha #inlelake

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful angle on these fishermen, with strong symmetry and good color palette and graphic composition.

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    Whale watching is magical but the waiting part is filled with anticipation. When that whale expl...

    #maui #travel #whale #humpback #lahaina #doublebreach #mother_calf_breach

    Editor's Note

    This is the decisive moment. One whale breeching like this is powerful to see, but two in perfect... More

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    A horse is tied in a makeshift stall, while Iranian youth gather on the scaffolding for watching ...

    #horse #people #iran #azerbaijan #tied #scaffolding #iranians #daily_life #nomads_festival

    Editor's Note

    I love the layering for depth and storytelling with the row of people above. The body language and gestures keep your eye moving through the frame.

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    A misty morning on a ranch near Horse Creek, Wyoming. A father and son getting ready to saddle up...

    #people #walking #weather #wyoming #horses #ranch #cowboys #lifestyles #black_and_white #daily_life

    Editor's Note

    This photograph gives you a timeless sense of place. The layered composition brings your eye from... More

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    CUBAN COOL strutin' with his base and cigar was captured in Havana, Cuba in January 2013 during m...

    #city #music #walking #travel #cool #street #cuba #havana #musician #gig #base #cigar #strut

    Arabs and jews sharing jerusalem's old city in their daily life by a mutual living side by side

    This is Daily Life at the Domino Park in Little Havana Miami. People arrive early in the morning ...

    #people #cuba #domino #black__and_white #domino_park #daileylife

    It's a daily moment of my city , Alexandria , Egypt. the youth are playing Bing Bong, a guy is cl...

    #dailylife #stairoflife

    Editor's Note

    I like the way the photographer was drawn to photograph the ping-pong game but waited until the man carrying the ladder added a layer of interest and complexity but still kept the faces visible thr... More

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    Addison is 3 and she had never been on a train until this point. This was taken moments after pul...

    #child #forest #people #girl #travel #train #portrait #kids #motion #documentary #happyplanet

    Editor's Note

    This is a sweet moment of a young girl’s first train ride. The motion helps the moment and the clean composition draws you in to the girl’s face in side view and in the second look at her expressio... More

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    a day at the museum with a 3 yr old and a pair of binoculars... watching what she sees.

    #art #life #kids #museum #generations #binoculars #i_spy #childhood_adventure

    Editor's Note

    There is a story here, open to interpretation, about a young child and an elderly man. There is also humor in the way she is looking at him with binoculars. It is one of those surprising moments th... More

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    I caught my daughters hiding out by our back porch door painting their nails. When they realized...

    #sisters #family #lifestlye

    Editor's Note

    A simple moment in everyday life. The expressions, gesture, and moment are perfect and speak to their sisterly love.

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    Father and son take morning bath. Cambodia. More at www.zaporowski.500px.com

    #child #cambodia #health #landmine #endpoverty

    Editor's Note

    Great storytelling, as we are given enough information to understand the hardship of losing a leg... More

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    This shot was taken in a small village in Nepal.The fathre was swingeing his daughter Although th...

    #people #culture

    a young muslim boy going for a run after hitting the ball in a local game of cricket

    #india #cricket #daily_life

    The contrast between the wrecked boat and the children made this photo special to me. It also sho...

    #smile #child #children #play #life #love #moment #story #childhood #local #happy #inspiration #inocense

    Fisher man obtaining fishes from the net.

    #india #fisherman #fishes #tamilnadu #dailylife #marinabeach

    Editor's Note

    I love the way this image is composed from a low angle, simplifying everything against the sky and adding complexity with the beautiful framing, with men peeking through the legs of the working fis... More

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    The life in Mali

    #africa #children #green #red #school #travel #car #beatle #yelllow #sunseat #joy_with_friends

    Editor's Note

    This simple moment of childhood joy is captured in beautiful light, with great color and added depth from onlookers. Love the boys alongside the car with their feet almost off the ground.

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    Shot take in Old Delhi, It is quiet difficult to find this kind of school bus. I saw the first on...

    #india #school #travel #portrait #kids #delhi #gobeyondassignment

    Editor's Note

    This photograph has a nice quality of motion and stillness. I like the boy’s eye in sharp focus with all the motion and activity around him. I admire the photographer’s patience and perseverance to... More

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    Farmers near the town of Hosaena, Ethiopia are separating "teff", the staple grain of traditional...

    #africa #people #food #travel #farmer #ethiopia #harvest #harvesting #teff

    Editor's Note

    The motion, the light, and the color all come together, with the layering for depth that moves your eye back to the donkey at far right.

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    They work in rice processing plant with a small amount of wages.Their hard work always ensure our...

    #asia #people #women #rice #bangladesh #daily #processing

    Plesa,Suceava,Romania

    #horse #portrait #romania

    An open air school in northern areas of Pakistan. Life is hard in mountains and education is much...

    #mountains #school #pakistan #education #study #childs #problems #openair #hardlife #openairschool

    Editor's Note

    Tells a story of an open-air schoolhouse in Pakistan with nice composition for sense of place and nice use of color.

    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer

    I took this picture in London (Tate modern). Was a game between lights and shadows where everyone...

    #people #places #light__shadow #black__and_white

    Many images were very close to making it into the favorites, with beautiful moments, but sometimes there would be just one thing in the frame that wasn’t working, so I wasn’t able to move it forward to the next group of selects. That is the one thing you can all work on to take your photography to the next level. Everything in the frame must be essential.

    It was inspiring to see such a strong international representation in these finals, with images from Ethiopia, Romania, Cuba, Iran, India, Egypt, Myanmar, Nepal, Cambodia, the U.S., and England. 

    Keep exploring and sharing your daily world with us!

    Congratulations to our three prize winners: Edwin Villarico, Sandra Aileen Greenberg and Erin Borzellino.

    About the Editor
    Deanne Fitzmaurice
    Documentary Photographer
    Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in San Francisco, California. She is an assignment photographer for National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN. In addition to being awarded the Pulitzer in 2005, her photography has won awards from Pictures of the Year, American Photography, Best ...

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