Best Photo Essays 2015

This month’s Photojournalism Links collection highlights 10 excellent photo essays from across the world, including Tomas Munita's photographs from Gaza and Israel, made on assignment for the New York Times. The work, coinciding with the first anniversary of last year's 50 day war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, consists of eight innovative stop-motion-sequences which take us to the streets, hospitals, and homes on both sides of the conflict, and provide an immersive glimpse of how the two groups of communities are coping, one year after.

Tomas Munita: Walking in War's Path (The New York Times)

Brent Stirton: Tracking Ivory: Terror in Africa | Ivory's Human Toll (National Geographic) Two strong sets of images for National Geographic magazine's latest cover story.

Lynsey Addario: Inside the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Diamond Mines (TIME LightBox)Terrific set of images looking at Congo's diamond mining communities.

Andres Kudacki: Spain’s Housing Crisis (TIME LightBox)Powerful three-year project on the country's home evictions, now on show at Visa pour l'Image photojournalism festival.

Mary Ellen Mark: New Orleans (CNN Money)The legendary photographer's final assignment, done ahead of Hurricane Katrina's 10th anniversary.

Daniel Etter: Hands Across Water (Al Jazeera America) Moving series on a small Sea-Watch ship, with a rotating crew of just eight volunteers, trying to save refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.

Sergey Ponomarev: On Island of Lesbos, a Microcosm of Greece’s Other Crisis: Migrants (The New York Times)Dramatic photographs of refugees and migrants arriving to the Greek island.

Allison Joyce: Child Marriage Bangladesh (International Business Times)Heartbreaking pictures of a 15-year-old Bangladeshi girl's wedding | See also Joyce's other Bangladeshi child marriage series at Mashable.

Andrea Bruce: Romania's Disappearing Girls (Al Jazeera America)The Noor photographer's work shows how poverty and desperation drive Romanian girls into the arms of sex traffickers.

Matt Black: Geography of Poverty: Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 (MSNBC)Second and third chapters of the Magnum photographer's ambitious project mapping poverty around the U.S.

Mikko Takkunen is an Associate Photo Editor at TIME. Follow him on Twitter @photojournalism.

This month’s Photojournalism Links collection highlights 10 excellent photo essays from across the world, including Manu Brabo's powerful black-and-white work documenting the gang violence in El Salvador, where the monthly death tolls are at numbers not seen since the end of the country's civil war 23 years ago.

Manu Brabo: Raising An Iron Fist Against El Salvador’s Gangs (The New York Times Lens blog)

Patrick Tombola: Inside El Salvador’s ‘War Without Sense’ (TIME LightBox) Tombola's strong work, also featured in TIME's print editions, offers an equally harsh look at El Salvador's woes, only his photographs are in color.

Sergey Ponomarev: A Bangladeshi Town in Human Trafficking’s Grip (The New York Times)These images capture a region at the heart of a multimillion-dollar people smuggling business.

Adam Dean: Life Among the Sea Slaves (The New York Times Lens blog) Compelling pictures documenting the migrants in Thailand's fishing industry, who labor for long hours for little pay, often in very dangerous working conditions.

Sebastian Liste: Youth Culture in Cuba (The New Yorker Photo Booth)Liste's pictures show the rarely seen side of the Communist island state: its youth.

Yuyang Liu: At Home With Mental Illness (The Guardian)These photographs on the treatment of mentally ill in China, were just awarded the prestigious Ian Parry scholarship | Also published on TIME LightBox

Francine Orr: No room at the inn for innocence (The Los Angeles Times) Orr, a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times, offers a searing and stark testimony on homeless children in California. Her pictures reveal the microcosm that is the Country Inn, a San Bernardino motel that serves as the last resort for those with nowhere else to go.| More photos in this slideshow.

Nadia Shira Cohen: Peru: Searching for the missing decades after war (Al Jazeera)Cohen's moving photographs show how 30 years after the country's bloody civil war, families of the dead and disappeared are still looking for closure.

Phil Moore: 3 Months of Political Unrest in Burundi (TIME LightBox)Strong photos examining the fragile political situation in Burundi.

Stefen Chow: Playgrounds (National Geographic Proof)Chow's drone aerials of Singapore's playgrounds celebrate the city state's urban design and the delight those spaces bring to children's lives.


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