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To see more photos and videos from photojournalist Glenna Gordon’s work in Nigeria, Liberia and across Africa, follow @glennagordon on Instagram.

"I love the informality of Instagram," says photojournalist Glenna Gordon (@glennagordon), who shares photos while on assignment across Africa. “It started as a scrapbook for me, and in some sense it still is: it’s a record of where I’ve been and what I’m working on.”

Glenna recently wrapped up an assignment in Nigeria and began a new one in Ghana. Senegal and Liberia are next.

"I never planned to be a photographer," Glenna explains. "I always wanted to be a writer." When journalism school proved uninspiring, however, Glenna visited her brother who was working in Rwanda. Working in such a different context "was the opposite of journalism school and I loved everything about it immediately." Soon after, Glenna moved to Uganda and began writing. Over time, she says, "I felt myself more and more pulled towards photography," which she now does almost exclusively.

Glenna seeks to present a more nuanced view of Africa. “I hope people see contrasts among places, and the moments in between. I hope they see individuals rather than groups, and individuals within groups, to make it harder to generalize and say, ‘Africa is this,’ or ‘Africa is that.’”

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“Portraits of Reconciliation” by Pieter Hugo

This April marks two decades since the lives of all Rwandans were dramatically changed through violent events that would mark the country forever.

In an effort to highlight this anniversary, South African photographer Pieter Hugo recently journeyed to southern Rwanda, twenty years after nearly a million people were killed during the country’s genocide, to document the lives of those affected by the Rwandan genocide. What he captured is what the New York Times’ Susan Dominus calls “a series of unlikely, almost unthinkable tableaus”. That’s because in each of these photographs, composed of pairs, the two people posing next to each other share a haunting relationship - one a victim, the other a perpetrator. Each photograph consists of a perpetrator, who is Hutu, who was granted pardon by the Tutsi survivor of his crime.

The individuals, all of whom are part of an initiative run by the AMI (Association Modeste et Innocent) that fosters a continuing national effort toward reconciliation, all agreed to be a part of this photographic series. Through this AMI-led project, small groups of Hutus and Tutsis are counseled over a period of several months with the process leading up to the final stage where the perpetrator makes a formal request for forgiveness from their victim.

Read more about the stories behind these photographs.

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Taino Village in Matanzas , Cuba


Taino symbols


Taino symbols


((OOC: ¡Gracias por la pregunta y perdón por la demora!


Q: Which piece of advice would you give to your granchildren?

A: Explore the world. Never do the steps in the same place.

Fight, and suffer. Live without scar doens’t give you any lesson.

Fight for what you want and for what you believe.

Take care of your land and stay with it.

Make your voice a thunder on earth

Never forgot who you are

Be respectul and ask for respect

Protect the weak ones

Be tolerant.

Be generous. 

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Artist Spotlight: John Aguilar Marrero Jr.

In my search for Taino art one name I kept encountering was John Aguilar Marrero Jr.  Marrero has a distinct style that highlights magical surrealism and the indigenous people of the Caribbean.  His bright colors and deep, strong tones strike a chord that showcases the strength and beauty of the Tainos.

 "A lot of my work represents the spiritual side of the Taino and African people. Stories told and some untold. I continually try to come from a fresh and simpler point of view. I always try and add hidden objects within the painting to give people more to talk with their guests.." - Aguilar

Aguilar’s Biography via DeviantArt: “Aguilar is a 63 year young painter and sculptor of mixed indigenous heritage-Taino/Cherokee. He has traveled around the world learning, mentoring and displaying his collection. His paintings now hang in the homes of many prominent clients. Aguilar has worked in various mediums from comic books to murals, awards, caricatures, and sculptures, book covers, tv, movies, and production sketches. But his love and spirit are always with his culture. 

In addition to his focus on indigenous Taino culture Aguilar has recently begun producing the “The Orisha Series” to honor the African culture that was brought to the Caribbean islands along with the Spanish culture. Over time these two cultures inter-mingled with the Taino culture producing new cultural expressions, which in turn gave birth to many contemporary and popular cultural forms found throughout the Caribbean. Aguilar also loves the oral traditions, myths and legends of other cultures because of the magic and spirit within them.”

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Gif sets like this make me imagine being part of the staff. Or being the performers. Or the backup dancers. Then the fangirl. I mean the emotion and feeling that comes with it all is like being indescribable and yet all I can imagine is the feeling of one of these ppl during before and after an event.

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Traditional Morocco

Kazuyoshi Nomachi

bias/era: changmin/humanoids1 for cassietimi

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