Every week, we curate the best new photography and photojournalism on the web, so you can spend your weekend kicking back and enjoying some beautiful pictures. Here are this week’s picks:
It is no surprise that these otherworldly plants, which arrived in the US in the 19th century as a brittle form of the Russian thistle, are nicknamed “wind witches.”
[See the photos at Topic]
Meet the Santas and Mrs. Clauses who live every day like it’s Christmas — even in July.
[See the photos at The New York Times]
Stacy Kranitz has spent the last ten years photographing Appalachia, US, an area devastated by the coal industry, which took valuable resources from the land and left its inhabitants impoverished […] The publicity afforded to the area and the image it perpetuated became what Kranitz describes as ‘poverty porn’, and its effects have continued to haunt the Appalachian people.
[See the photos at British Journal of Photography]
People flock to Coney Island in the summer for all sorts of reasons—to eat hot dogs at Nathans, ride the Wonder Wheel, or catch a minor league baseball game. But the Mermaid Parade is the best showcase of the city’s most magical destination. We took the Q train down to its first stop to check out this wild and inspired ocean-side celebration.
[See the photos at Vice]
As Shanghai’s booming population moves into new apartment towers, the city’s historic shikumen courtyard houses are struggling to survive.
[See the photos at CityLab]
To photograph empty skate parks, Zaki arrived around dawn, when the light was perfect for his visual aesthetic. “Skaters don’t wake up early,” he notes with a laugh.
[See the photos at Wired]
Steve Custer takes a tour of a farm near Williamsburg, Va., where the busts of 43 former U.S. presidents are located. The statues were once part of an attraction called Presidents Park. After the park closed, they were moved to their current location.
[See the photos at The Washington Post]
Migrants on the caravan, commuters, and visitors form a backdrop to the world’s busiest land border crossing.
[See the photos at National Geographic]