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[Sur]passing visual politics of race and gender - in pictures

22 Jul 2019 - 07:00 from

Touring her latest exhibition, artist and activist Lola Flash talks through her exploration of the visual politics and preconceptions of gender, sexuality and race

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Why do some people develop the lost camera films of total strangers?

21 Jul 2019 - 10:00 from

A growing band of hobbyists are buying rolls of undeveloped film, getting them developed and looking at strangers' lives from many years ago. Amelia Tait tries her luck

The woman in the photographs had an eventful year. Which year, exactly, is unclear - judging by the number plate on her car and her three-quarter-length cargo shorts, it was sometime between May 1995 and the early 2000s. It's undoubtable, however, that she had a good time: she went to see the Eagles perform live in concert, travelled abroad and splashed around in a sunlit swimming pool, visited an exotic bird sanctuary, witnessed a snow storm and then, to round it all off, posed semi-nude in her kitchen, exhibiting her nearly bare bum.

She looks to be in her late 20s or early 30s, and registered her car (or bought a car registered in) Leicester. I don't know her name because she is a complete stranger, although I have now seen 36 snapshots of her life shot on a roll of Kodak Gold 35mm film. I bought the mysterious film on eBay, developed it myself and relished the results.

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

21 Jul 2019 - 09:00 from

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

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

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

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The big picture: capturing the essence of India's endangered Khasi people

21 Jul 2019 - 07:00 from

Aishwarya Arumbakkam's Ka Dingiei series is inspired by the beliefs of an ancient Indian community

In the Indian state of Meghalaya - meaning "abode of the clouds" in Sanskrit - a small village sits near the border with Bangladesh. Lama Punji is home to 40 families from the Khasi indigenous ethnic group, whose use of the land and its resources is based on a traditional system of unwritten laws. But since 1998, the north-eastern region's protected forests have been subject to large-scale destruction because of stone and sand mining. Unfavourable government policies, corporate might and legal loopholes have left the Khasi families powerless to resist the quarrying.

Photographer and film-maker Aishwarya Arumbakkam first visited Lama Punji in 2015 and has since been documenting the effect of mining on the village and its people in her ongoing series Ka Dingiei. Rather than taking a documentary approach, Arumbakkam's lyrical and allegorical style is inspired by an ancient Khasi belief that nature is intrinsically linked to the divine, and destroying it could sever these ties.

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Messing about on the Seine - in pictures

20 Jul 2019 - 17:00 from

An accidental photograph taken on a bridge began Adrian Skenderovic's fascination with the boats on the Seine. Over four years, the Paris-based photographer has returned to the same spot more than 50 times to capture scenes on passing boats for his series Down the River. "Seeing human life from on top is like observing ants," he says. "The bird's-eye view gave me a distant perspective on human behaviour." Skenderovic loves that there's something for everyone on the Seine. "The bigger boats pack in the tourists, medium ones also host parties and weddings, then every now and again a yacht with Jacuzzi and champagne makes an appearance."

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Algeria fans light up London after Afcon triumph - in pictures

20 Jul 2019 - 10:54 from

Finsbury Park and Trafalgar Square were deluged with more than 1,000 Algeria supporters after their national football team won the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday night

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The big picture: 'Without photography, I wouldn't be here'

20 Jul 2019 - 09:00 from

Amid a chaotic childhood, Daniel Regan's camera became his lifeline. Now his art is bound up with his mental health struggles - and his recovery

By the time British photographer Daniel Regan had turned 12, it was clear that he was different from his classmates. Home life was violent, chaotic and unstable; so much so that Regan struggled to communicate with words. So he picked up a camera that his grandfather had given him and started taking photographs instead. It was a move that would ultimately save his life.

At first, the photos were a means of documenting the minutiae of everyday life - of giving permanence to the people, places and experiences that seemed fleeting and prone to disappearing at any time. Regan then turned the camera around to explore his own sense of self by photographing his skin and body. By his teens, when he was regularly self-harming, he used the photos of the cuts and scars - "the impact of the self-harm", as he describes it - as a way of sharing his feelings with his mother, a social worker with mental health difficulties of her own.

Images from Insula (2003-2013), in which Regan documents the emotional difficulties of living with a chronic mental health disorder, as well as using photography as a tool for recovery

Images from Regan's Fragmentary series

Related: Mental illness: is there really a global epidemic?

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The 20 photographs of the week

20 Jul 2019 - 08:15 from

Black Lives Matter protests, Tropical Storm Barry, demonstrations in Puerto Rico and the Tour de France - the last seven days, as captured by the world's best photojournalists.

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Comic-Con and climate protest: Friday's best photos

19 Jul 2019 - 12:28 from

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

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The pioneering female photographer Ida Wyman - in pictures

19 Jul 2019 - 12:13 from

The US documentarian has died aged 93. A member of the influential Photo League cooperative in New York, she believed that 'photos could be used to effect change'. At a time when few women pursued a career in the industry, she worked on photo essays and film sets and was a regular contributor to Life

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Party in Pompeii, Da Vinci drawings and the Bauhaus for ever - the week in art

19 Jul 2019 - 11:35 from

The dying hours of Pompeii, Leonardo's life in drawings, a Bauhaus celebration and the best of the Edinburgh art festival - all in your weekly dispatch

David Batchelor
This fine artist of colour celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus in his own idiosyncratic way.
o Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 25 July to 25 August.

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Switzerland's wine festival - in pictures

19 Jul 2019 - 08:23 from

The Swiss town of Vevey has staged a once-in-a-generation celebration of its winemakers, with fancy dress, alpine horns, cows and dancers kicking off a festival that dates back to the 18th century. The three-week Fête des Vignerons, which began in 1797, is held roughly every 20 years and on Thursday 5,500 locals donned costumes, wigs and makeup to take part in the gala opening

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Moonfire: the Epic Journey of Apollo 11 - in pictures

19 Jul 2019 - 07:00 from

Images from the 50th-anniversary edition of Norman Mailer's account of the Nasa mission published by Taschen

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The Moon: a Celebration of Our Celestial Neighbour - in pictures

18 Jul 2019 - 14:31 from

Marking the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's 'small step' and published to coincide with Royal Museums Greenwich's exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, a new book, The Moon: a Celebration of Our Celestial Neighbour explores people's fascination with Earth's only natural satellite

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Landscape art and Frankfurt Pride: Thursday's best photos

18 Jul 2019 - 12:39 from

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

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From Rio to Siberia: Evangelia Kranioti's world of lost souls - in pictures

18 Jul 2019 - 07:00 from

Ship fumigators crossing the Bering Sea, Asian maids trapped in Lebanon - the Greek artist and film-maker puts marginalised figures from all over the world at the centre of her powerful work

o Evangelia Kranioti's The Living, the Dead and Those at Sea is at Arles photography festival until 22 September

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Zack Seckler's best photograph: wild Iceland from the air

17 Jul 2019 - 17:51 from

'The pilot flew me around the volcanic coast in his tiny homemade plane - with the door open and me hanging out taking pictures'

I shot this off the southern coast of Iceland, from a ultra-light aircraft, in the days before drones were ubiquitous. I love the stark nature of the Icelandic landscape and its contrasts. Deltas form from glacial meltwater running down towards the shoreline, picking up silt and different materials along the way to create these ribbon patterns. There's all sorts of wildlife too - birds, beautiful wild horses, seals.

So a few years ago after a lot of research, cross-referencing Google Earth with books and photography by others, I took a red eye from New York to Reykjavik. It was kind of funny to take a jumbo jet, have three hours upon landing to rent a car, check into my hotel and nap for 20 minutes and then turn around to meet a pilot and spend the day up in the air again in his homemade plane.

There's a point, at a certain elevation, where the line between abstraction and reality blurs. I never show the horizon because it's an obvious giveaway

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Sea bear calves and a royal table: Wednesday's top photos

17 Jul 2019 - 13:50 from

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

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Tattoos, tans and techno: the photographers capturing the unseen Beirut

17 Jul 2019 - 11:27 from

Ravers, semi-naked sun-worshippers, booming queer culture ... we meet the photographers chronicling a new generation of Lebanese shaking off the trauma of civil war

'Parties are a privileged place, a space for exploration, a time for fusion," says photographer Cha Gonzalez. They're also the focus of her series Abandon, which looks at the way some Lebanese people have used nightlife - and techno music in particular - as a release after the trauma of the country's 15-year civil war, which ended in 1990. "I knew a lot of people who were either born during the war or in exile," she says. "What was put aside during the day came to light - and their internal struggles surfaced."

Abandon is a pertinent theme not only for Gonzalez, but for all of the 16 contributors to an exhibition in Paris called C'est Beyrouth (This Is Beirut), at the Institut des Cultures d'Islam. Gonzalez in particular seized on the city's dance scene, and later continued the series in Paris, where she lives, because "there was something to say about countries that are very far from war as well. The war is inside us: how we feel useless, alone, bored, guilty, horny."

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'The city has changed beyond all recognition': Derelict London - in pictures

17 Jul 2019 - 11:00 from

Paul Talling photographs the land of long-forgotten tube stations, burnt-out mansions and gently decaying factories

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