Stepanakert is the capital city of a de facto state at war. On official maps, it is located in Southwestern Azerbaijan. However, the 2015 census concluded that not a single Azerbaijani lives among the town’s 55,000 residents. Nagorno-Karabakh, the region where Stepanakert lies, was created by an ill-conceived Soviet land division, which placed the Christian Armenian enclave within Muslim Azerbaijan. It has been fighting for independence from Azerbaijan for three decades.
Whittier, Alaska is a town of just under 200 people, nearly all of whom live in one fourteen-story high-rise, a former military barracks built by the US Army in the 1950s..
In 1930, when the first sound films were beginning to circulate in Italy, Mussolini prohibited the use of foreign languages in movies. They were considered “vehicles of exoticism,” as were foreign words in general. Theater actors in Rome were called into recording studios to lend their voices to famous American celebrities, and the dubbing trade quickly became a “family affair” that has lasted through generations.
Brownsville is New York City’s most violent neighborhood and this isn’t changing any time soon. With the highest concentration of low-income public housing in America, it’s one of the few places in Brooklyn where gentrification is nowhere in sight.
Located 320 miles above the Arctic Circle, Barrow, Alaska is one of the northernmost communities on Earth. Barrow’s climate is frigid during the winter and cold the rest of the year, making it a an extremely difficult place to call home. Despite these harsh circumstances, cultural diversity has found its way to the frozen tundra and Natives now only make up 60% of the population.
Las Pajas and the Lucky Haitians
Lost in the vast sugarcane fields of the Dominican Republic, there are hundreds of small villages called Bateys. These underdeveloped towns were established in the beginning of the 20th Century to house migrant Haitian workers during the sugarcane season.
Last year, El Paso was named the safest city in the United States, while Juarez ranked among the most violent in the world. Chanizal is a small neighborhood in El Paso that sits right on the border.
Mired in the Bayou
Bayou La Batre is a small town of approximately 2,500 and has long been known as the seafood capitol of Alabama. However, over the past decade, foreign imports, the rising cost of diesel fuel, and overfishing have eroded the seafood industry that supports this community. After Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Katrina, business slowed even further as residents of the area rebuilt from the ground up. The community was just beginning to recover when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded.
Retired Sumo Wrestlers
They’re chefs and bar owners, but also hip-hop singers and TV comedians. After retiring from the ring, the road for champions of the legendary Japanese sport divides. But their second life, to be invented, is built precisely on discipline and hard work. Only to discover that the spirit of fighting is in their blood and always will be.
Chơn Thành Refugees — Vietnam
In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam war, US medic Bob Shirley photographed a group of local children. Nearly 50 years later, I caught up with them, and found out what happened next.
The Seven Percent
The Seven Percent depicts a rarely seen aspect of Indian society: individuals who benefit from the country’s rapidly growing economy. This group can be divided into two categories: those who have found success over many generations and those who made their fortune within one lifetime.
On assignment, spending weeks and months traveling through Italy, I used my free time by photographing the strangers and characters I met.