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Invisible Wounds: the toll of a war that can't be forgotten - a picture essay

24 Apr 2019 - 19:00 from

In 2018 Australian photojournalist Chris Hopkins embarked on a long-term project making portraits of Australian Defence Force veterans living with mental health issues

A trap lay waiting for Mick Ingram as his tank rolled slowly through the water-logged fields. It was 1968, and Ingram's crew were crossing a remote rice paddy near Nui Dat, Vietnam. From nowhere, a rocket-propelled grenade entered the turret and exited from the back of Ingram's neck. It split him from forehead to nape. Ingram likens it to "a watermelon dropping from a two-storey building". His injuries were immense, though he survived and made it home. But like so many other veterans, it was a more insidious trauma that would floor him in the decades to come.

Trooper Michael Ingram, 1st Armoured Regiment, C Squadron

I thought that was the start of where Alzheimer's [disease] comes from. No one had told me anything. I'd already been diagnosed with PTSD, I didn't have any issues with that, but the Alzheimer's ... yes, I was [worried].

Clockwise from top: Pte Robert 'Bobby' Harrison, Pte David Gilbert Hay, Cpl Bob Coleman

Cpl Garry Vapp, A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment

From left: Cpl Bob Coleman, Cpl Bill Rowe, Pte Robert 'Bobby' Harrison

Cpl Brad Fewson

Pte Robert 'Bobby' Harrison

What I found with all the guys who sat for the portraits is an unwavering dedication to making the transition to civilian life as smooth as possible for future defence force personnel

Clockwise from top left: Pte David Gilbert Hay, Sgt Rob Campbell, Cpl Garry Vapp, Cpl Bob Coleman

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REM's Michael Stipe on his 37,000 photos - of stars, lovers and Kurt Cobain's hands

24 Apr 2019 - 16:14 from

Photography has been a lifelong passion for the singer. He talks us through his finest shots, from a sleeping River Phoenix to 'his queer grandfather' William Burroughs

'It was dismissed as a hobby, which was a bit diminishing," says Michael Stipe. "It meant a lot more to me than that."

He's talking about his photography and the way the media ignored it during his time as the frontman of REM. There is, admittedly, something amusing about his gripe: there he was, playing shows to packed stadiums, helping to write generational anthems and singing them with a voice as beguiling as pop has produced - and nobody wanted to talk about his photos!

Vulnerability was not seen as a strength in the 20th century

Michael Stipe: Volume 1 is published by Damiani.

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Climate protesters and Ping Pong: Wednesday's best photos

24 Apr 2019 - 13:29 from

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

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Kim Jong-un in Russia - in pictures

24 Apr 2019 - 08:45 from

The North Korean leader arrived in Russia by train on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin. He visited with diplomacy over his nuclear programme deadlocked. Kim is travelling to the Pacific port city of Vladivostok for a meeting with Putin on Thursday

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The art of visual storytelling - in pictures

24 Apr 2019 - 07:00 from

This year's LensCulture Visual Storytelling awards encompass a global set of artists documenting the world around them from big moments to small. Submissions hailed from 166 countries and a jury of experts picked a wide range of compelling and surprising images. The winners and finalists are now showing at Aperture Gallery, New York, until 2 May

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Prince Harry v the Duchess of Cambridge: who is the better photographer?

23 Apr 2019 - 17:08 from

Harry's nature portraits show someone trying too hard. Kate's portraits of Louis, on the other hand, show true artistry

Spring has brought forth a bumper crop of photographs by members of the royal family. No longer content to spend hours posing for professional snappers as their predecessors did, today's young royals publish their own efforts. Prince Harry has rare opportunities to travel the world - indeed, it has been reported that the Sussexes are to be sent on an extended tour of Africa. To mark Earth Day, he has Instagrammed some of his nature photographs, including a monochrome portrait of a rhino resting its head on a fallen tree, its horned bulk majestic and vulnerable against silvery clouds.

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Avengers and climate activists: Tuesday's top photos

23 Apr 2019 - 13:00 from

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

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Express yourself: Mexicans in body paint - in pictures

23 Apr 2019 - 07:00 from

Phyllis Galembo photographs ritual dress, from costumes to masks to body paint, expressing a rich range of political, artistic, theatrical, social and religious meanings. Her latest project focuses on Mexican traditions

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Novice monks and poppy fields: Monday's best photos

22 Apr 2019 - 12:20 from

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

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A portrait of musical heritage in Appalachia - in pictures

22 Apr 2019 - 09:00 from

In her book Moon Shine, photographer Rachel Boillot has captured an underexplored music scene informed by tradition and religion, spending time on the mountain roads between Signal Mountain and Cumberland Gap, tracing Tennessee's Cumberland Trail corridor

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Monstrous commute: The furry blue beasts taking over New York's subway

22 Apr 2019 - 08:00 from

Instagrammer Subway Doodle inserts blue furry monsters into everyday New York City scenes

There's a curious type of passenger who's been riding the New York subway. They're blue, generally furry, and often have curved horns and big eyes. And while most of these commuting creatures appear pretty harmless, staring out of the train window or napping alongside fellow sleeping travellers, some are hellbent on mischief.

These blue monsters are the work of Instagrammer Subway Doodle, who started drawing them eight years ago as a way to entertain himself during the commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Related: 'A monster crawls into the city' - an urban fairytale by Saskia Sassen

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Pearl farming in Japan - in pictures

22 Apr 2019 - 07:00 from

Japan still dominates the global cultured pearl market, despite a fall in specialised pearl farmers. In the past 10 years it has produced annually about 20 tonnes of farmed pearls

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Asia's longest-fighting communist guerrillas - in pictures

22 Apr 2019 - 07:00 from

The fight for communism is alive in the mountains of the Philippines, where the New People's Army is celebrating 50 years since it took up arms. The armed wing of the Communist party of the Philippines is the oldest fighting communist guerrilla force in Asia

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130 legs and a 27kg head: world's longest imperial dragon unveiled - in pictures

22 Apr 2019 - 02:43 from

The Victorian city of Bendigo 'awakened' its newest Chinese dragon - thought to be the longest imperial dragon in the world - at one of Australia's oldest cultural festivals, which dates back to the gold rush. The three-day Easter festival featured parades, fire crackers, music, markets and dance - and a hunt for 170,000 chocolate eggs hidden through Rosalind Park

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The New York Easter parade and Bonnet festival - in pictures

21 Apr 2019 - 23:52 from

Celebrants donned festive finery and showed off their very best headgear on Fifth Avenue

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Easter rituals and a Norfolk lighthouse: Sunday's top photos

21 Apr 2019 - 15:48 from

The Guardian's picture editors select photo highlights from around the world, including Easter Sunday celebrations

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

21 Apr 2019 - 09:00 from

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

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

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

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The big picture: Dubliners on the move

21 Apr 2019 - 07:00 from

Eamonn Doyle's native city presents a busy canvas of street life. His trick is to zoom in on a singular physical moment

Eamonn Doyle took this picture in 2014, not long after he got serious about photography. Like much of his work, it isolates a detail in the life of the streets at the centre of Dublin, where he lives. Doyle's first response to these streets was as a DJ and techno producer, boss of the D1 Records label and founder of the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival - Deaf - which fostered a generation of creative engagement in the city.

Doyle eventually closed the festival and sold a lot of his music equipment after the financial crash in 2009; he reinvested some of those funds in a Leica camera, and started looking hard at the life of Parnell Street and O'Connell Street and beyond. He did his growing up here - his father ran a bingo hall; not for nothing is a new book of his work called Made in Dublin.

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Observer archive: women of Whitby, 27 April 1969

20 Apr 2019 - 17:30 from

When it was announced that potash mining could rejuvenate the seaside town, photographer Tony McGrath travelled to Yorkshire to capture the essence of the place.

Tucked away in a cleft of the north Yorkshire cliffs where the River Esk runs into the sea, Whitby has been by-passed by progress. The town is so poor that the 6d. rate levied to support the arts does not raise even enough money for the essential maintenance on the Spa Theatre, mouldering at the bottom of the cliffs.

After Millom in Cumberland, Whitby has the highest rate of unemployment in the Northern region at 12.2 per cent. The average age of the population is well above the national average, and at 11,000, the town's population is now smaller than it was 30 years ago.

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The Thai children putting a brave face on the horror of sexual abuse

20 Apr 2019 - 16:00 from

Young survivors confront the world in their own hand-drawn masks for photographer Marieke van der Velden

When photographer Marieke van der Velden was asked by the Dutch charity Down to Zero to do an awareness-raising project on Thai children who had been victims of commercial sexual exploitation, she was uncertain how to proceed. For obvious reasons, her subjects' faces could not be shown.

At home in Amsterdam, she wondered: might the children draw masks? She had a go at drawing her own face ("completely impossible") and took a snap of her husband, posed behind her mask. This made her smile. She decided the young people could choose to draw themselves or someone else - a person they would like to be. They were enthusiastic, she says: it must have been a surprise - a break from their harrowing stories - to be invited to pick up coloured pencils, to hide behind squares of paper. "It was fun,'' Marieke says (who thinks her earlier career as a primary school teacher may have sparked the idea). This was a slow, benign, unusual idea. As a photographer, she has done reportage for NGOs and had often felt her work had been "too fast", especially for children, whenever painful stories were being told.

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