Eight months after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank off the coast of Lampedusa, killing more than 360 people and spurring an international outcry, the flow of migrants risking the perilous sea journey to Europe shows no signs of letting up. Already this year, the number of migrants arriving by boat on Italy’s shores has surpassed 40,000, the total number of migrants that arrived in 2013.
On World Refugee Day, June 20, TIME is publishing a collection of images from photographer Massimo Sestini, who accompanied the Italian navy on its rescue missions earlier this month. The shots depict the treacherous conditions in which tens of thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the crossing, packed in rickety motorboats with limited supplies. But they also reveal, in a manner rarely seen, the human faces of some of the men, women and children who risk everything to make it to Europe.
Dolly, Waylon, Loretta and Willie - all behind the lens of New York based photographer Stephanie Chernikowski. Chernikowski has been on the NY photo circuit since the early 70s when she moved to the Big Apple from Texas. She’s captured numerous legends with her 35mm and her photojournalism has appeared in countless publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Journal of Country Music & The New York Daily News.
Dang, a bunch of classic photography has been bubbling up over the past few weeks.
Jamal Penjweny, an Iraqi Kurdish photographer, artist and filmmaker, creates I Wish- a simple yet poignant series of photos that feature people who have dreams of sport stardom but lack the ability and/or possibilities to make their dreams come true.
As children we all have dreams of becoming famous, we see Maradona play soccer or a Bruce Lee film and think that we will be stars like them when we grow up. But life gives us another way, we become something else, and we do not get a chance to live these dreams.
All of the above photos were taken between the years 1868 and 1880, or at the height of the Plains Indians wars (the Sioux uprising). Those pictured are all Oglala Sioux, Crazy Horse’s people. I came across these photos during my research on the Teton Lakota and these and MANY more great pictures can be found at Sioux Reseach - Dakota, Lakota, Nakota (http://oyate.proboards.com). If you don’t know these peoples’ names, I’ve provided them in a caption with each photo. And, if you don’t know their stories, I’d encourage you to read all about them. Just read pretty much anything you can get your hands on concerning the Plains Indians, particularly the Sioux and Cheyenne. They are, most probably, the greatest people who ever lived.