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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'bored'

22 Sep 2019 - 09:00 from

Wherever you are in the world, this week we'd like to see your pictures on the theme 'bored'

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is 'bored'.

Share your photos of what bored means to you - and tell us about your image in the description box.

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The Glasgow effect: the photographs of Kirsty Mackay

22 Sep 2019 - 08:00 from

When a report revealed that her native city had the lowest male life expectancy in western Europe, photographer Kirsty Mackay went back to explore the personal stories behind the statistics

'At first I wanted to photograph issues, but I came to realise that this is a story about trauma - the ripple effect of trauma, how trauma is passed on from generation to generation." That is how the Scottish photographer Kirsty Mackay describes her project The Fish That Never Swam, a quietly powerful study of low life expectancy in Glasgow through a series of compelling portraits.

Mackay began shooting the series in 2016, after the Glasgow Centre for Population Health published research into Scotland's so-called "excess mortality" - 5,000 more people die in Scotland per year than the UK average. Glasgow is at the centre of that spike: at 73.3 years, male life expectancy in the city is the lowest in western Europe, which has given rise to the term "the Glasgow effect". Going beyond the poverty and deprivation that are the main causes of poor health in any society, the report flags up other contributing factors, in particular Glasgow's controversial housing policy in the 1970s.

Ellen, 51, moved to Easterhouse in 1973, aged five. As a young woman she worked in the bingo hall in the Red Road flats. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Wee John, pictured on the border between the Drumchapel and Bearsden, where male life expectancy varies massively depending on which side of the divide you come from.

Kirsty Mackay pictured with her parents in Maryhill, 1971. 'This was the first flat I lived in. It was a victorian tenement flat called a "room and kitchen". We had this room and one bedroom, the toilet was on the landing shared with the neighbours.' Courtesy of Kirsty Mackay

Debbie's newborn baby asleep in the Scottish baby box, which provides a safe place to sleep and comes full of baby essentials. The box was introduced by the Scottish government in 2017 to tackle infant poverty rates and is designed to give each child born in Scotland 'the best start in life'.

A young man shows off his 'carry-out' of vodka outside Drumchapel shopping centre. 'I'd like to take the narrative away from the symptoms of these health inequalities towards the root causes,' says Mackay. 'The focus needs to shift from the individual to the legacy of political policy.'

Liz lost her partner Andy to suicide in 2015, and is pictured here wearing his jacket. 'He died about a week before his 28th birthday. If he'd have had professional help things could've been a lot different. I think there is help out there, but it's very hard to access.'

Kaitlin, 23, at home in Springburn. 'I've been diagnosed with a chronic illness, been through two blocks of therapy, left uni, started a new job,' she says. 'I feel it in my bones that good things are going to happen for me soon. I am powerful amazing and ready.'

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The big picture: a window on a Cuban childhood

22 Sep 2019 - 07:00 from

Raúl Cañibano's magical photograph of rural Cuba captures his longing for the countryside of his youth

This image is included in the first UK exhibition by Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano. It forms part of a poignant series on rural life in Cuba that he began in the 1990s. The picture is typical of his work, which concentrates on fleeting, almost magical realist images of daily life. Here, a child views caged birds through an opaque window. The photographer is on the inside with the birds, looking out, raising pointed questions about the nature of artistic freedom and its discontents.

Cañibano, now 58, was not always a photographer. Born two years after Castro's revolution in the sugar farming region of Cienfuegos, he grew up to be a welder working in civil aviation. He was nearly 30 when a visit to a show of surrealist photographs inspired him to pick up a camera. At first, he photographed weddings at weekends, but eventually he gave up his day job and moved out on to the streets.

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The vending machines of Tokyo - in pictures

21 Sep 2019 - 17:00 from

Since first visiting Tokyo in the 1990s, the London-based photographer Tim Easley has been fascinated by the city's colourful vending machines.

"They're so much a part of the landscape they go unnoticed," he says. No location is safe from them - Mount Fuji has vending machines at the summit."

Vend: Notes on the Silent World of Tokyo's Vending Machines (£25) is available from

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From Beyoncé covers to indie shoots: the new generation of black fashion photographers

21 Sep 2019 - 11:00 from

Why Tyler Mitchell, Nadine Ijewere and others are shaking up the industry

Tyler Mitchell was only 23 when he was invited to photograph Beyoncé for American Vogue's September 2018 issue. In one of the two covers, she smoulders at the camera, wearing barely-there makeup and balancing a halo of colourful flowers on her head. In the other, she stands outside in an Alexander McQueen tiered dress with pan-African coloured lace, lifting white material above her natural braided hair. There is a raw beauty to both, casting the almost superhuman pop star in an unusually intimate light. But that wasn't the only noteworthy thing about the pictures: Mitchell had made history, as the first African American photographer to shoot a Vogue cover.

A few months later, Nadine Ijewere became the first black woman to reach a similar milestone, when she shot the singer Dua Lipa in a Gucci gown for the January 2019 issue of Edward Enninful's British Vogue. Both covers were widely celebrated as landmark moments, but Mitchell is quick to level an awkward question at the media gatekeepers: "Why did it happen so late? If it were up to me, it would have happened earlier," he tells me on the phone from New York.

Many of these photographers didn't wait for the old-guard titles to bestow approval, forging partnerships with brands

Growing up, you're taught you're gonna have to work three times as hard. I love creating a world free of that pressure

I suppose [my work] does something to dismantle this hyper-hyper masculine idea of what a man should be in art

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The 20 photographs of the week

21 Sep 2019 - 08:13 from

The burning Amazon, Greta Thunberg in Washington, protests in Hong Kong and fashion week in Milan - the past seven days, as captured by the world's best photojournalists

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Police puppies and the Game of Thrones tapestry: Friday's best photos

20 Sep 2019 - 13:43 from

The Guardian's picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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Buy a classic Guardian photograph: Swans at dusk at Linlithgow, Scotland

20 Sep 2019 - 12:31 from

This week in our Guardian Print Shop series we have an image shot by Murdo MacLeod of swans gathered in the evening light

With the birds front-lit against a darkening sky, this photograph of swans at Linlithgow in Scotland may look like a glorious nature scene, but the reality behind it is a little different. On the day it was taken - 6 April 2006 - bird flu was found in a dead swan in Cellardyke, a coastal village about 10 miles south of St Andrews, Fife. The bird had the dubious honour of being the first wild bird in Britain to be found with the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus. That year marked the peak of the media frenzy surrounding bird flu, when it erupted out of Asia, spread across Russia and fanned out into Europe and Africa. To date, no humans have been infected with the virus in the UK.

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Nature Conservancy's global photo contest winners 2019

20 Sep 2019 - 07:00 from

The global conservation body Nature Conservancy, working in 72 countries to tackle climate change and to conserve lands, waters and oceans, has announced its latest photo winners, selected from more than 100,000 entries

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A rescued baby seal and a flying water taxi: Thursday's best photos

19 Sep 2019 - 14:24 from

The Guardian's picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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Gorgons and organs: the Istanbul Biennial 2019 - in pictures

19 Sep 2019 - 12:26 from

The art festival focuses on the environment for its 16th edition, The Seventh Continent. Its title refers to the huge island of plastic waste floating in the oceans, covering an area five times larger than Turkey itself.

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Anton Corbijn's unseen portraits of Arcade Fire - in pictures

19 Sep 2019 - 11:17 from

Arcade Fire released their classic album Funeral 15 years ago this month. These photos, unpublished until now, were taken by Anton Corbijn just as the band broke through

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Bizarre beauty: Shin Noguchi's everyday Japan - in pictures

19 Sep 2019 - 07:00 from

From big-scramble zebra crossings to a man in a hedge, the award-winning street photographer revels in the life that swirls around him

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For sale: Jack Nicholson's axe, Spock's top and Arnie's jacket - in pictures

18 Sep 2019 - 09:21 from

Film fans will be able to acquire pieces of Hollywood history as memorabilia from the world's most famous movies is sold at auction. Freddy Krueger's glove and James Bond's pistol are among items to go on sale at Prop Store's annual live auction of film and TV memorabilia this autumn

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Life after Syria: the migrants' tale - a photo essay

18 Sep 2019 - 09:00 from

More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees now live in Turkey as a result of a conflict that has raged since 2011. Many take to the seas off Turkey to make the short but perilous trip to Greece

With migrants only allowed one backpack each on the smugglers' boats that carry them from Turkey to Greece, Ahmed, his wife, Hanin, and her family packed a few possessions and sent the rest of their belongings to friends. Then they waited.

It should have been the defining moment of a journey that began as Syria's conflict escalated, forcing two Palestinian families to flee their homes in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus. Hanin and her family left in 2014, and Ahmed two years later for Turkey, where they were introduced in the winter of 2017.

Ahmed makes a phone call at a bus stop during a 20-hour ride from ?zmir to Kilis to meet his fiancee for the first time

Top: Hanin leaves her friend's apartment in her wedding dress ready for her marriage to Ahmed in ?zmir. Above: Ahmed buys the wedding rings; the couple cut the cake.

Night in Hilal, one the poorest areas in ?zmir

Ahmed, Hanin and her mother visit a pastry shop in Kilis

Top: Ahmed's cash, set aside as part of the payment for a smuggler. Above: Hanin's father, Zuher, with his son Osama

A shopfront in ?kiçe?melik, ?zmir

Top: Ahmed swims for the first time in the Aegean sea. Above: Sunset in Konak

Hanin's brothers, Osama and Mohammad

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UK's best sea view photography competition 2019

18 Sep 2019 - 08:30 from

National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, has revealed the eagerly awaited results of its seventh annual photography competition, showcasing images relating to all aspects of the UK's historic relationship with the sea.

Having reviewed more than 800 fantastic entries, the judges decided to award Laurence Hartwell the prize for overall winner for 2019, with his entry 'Landing Mackerel'

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Little moments of wonder: Paul Cupido's ephemera - in pictures

18 Sep 2019 - 07:01 from

Paul Cupido's photography searches for beauty in the transient, capturing the magic of the obscure. 'My work is about play,' he says, 'the little moments of wonder in life.' His new book, Éphémère, is out now, published by Bildhalle, Zurich, his work is exhibited at Unseen Amsterdam, 20-22 September.

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'Families were devastated': looking back on the Great Depression via art

18 Sep 2019 - 06:01 from

In a powerful new exhibition, photography and folk art are used to provide potentially relevant lessons on how to deal with economic hardship

In 1937, Margaret Bourke-White photographed an advertisement that read: "World's highest standard of living: There's no way like the American way."

It was seen in Louisville, shortly after a flooding in Ohio River valley. A group of African Americans lined up outside, waiting for emergency relief from a government station. Bourke-White, who showed how strenuous the Depression was in the 1930s, is featured in a new group exhibit that details how America coped in dire political and economic times.

Related: A Vision Shared: the photographers who captured the Great Depression

Photography + Folk Art: Looking for America in the 1930s opens on 21 September at the Art Institute of Chicago

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A portrait session and digital art: Tuesday's best photos

17 Sep 2019 - 12:47 from

The Guardian's picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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Buy a classic sport photograph: jumping in the fog at White Hart Lane

17 Sep 2019 - 09:00 from

The first of a new Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins - yours to own for just £55 including free delivery

Frozen in mid-air and silhouetted against the distant floodlighting at White Hart Lane, this image captures Tottenham goalkeeper John Hollowbread jumping to keep warm during a third round FA Cup match against Chelsea in January 1964. Spurs were a powerhouse in the sixties: they won the double in 1961 - with Hollowbread, primarily the club's reserve goalkeeper, making one appearance that season - as well as the FA Cup again in 1962 and 1967 and the Uefa Cup Winners' Cup in 1963. White Hart Lane was demolished in recent years to make way for a new multi-million pound stadium, but this ethereal image captures the old ground in its pomp. The packed "shelf side", comprising twin layers of terracing, housed close to 20,000 Spurs fans and produced an intimidating wall of noise. This historical photograph, which was originally commissioned by The Observer newspaper, is one of the most recognisable frames by the renowned sports photographer Gerry Cranham.

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