3:36 PM, July 2nd, 2013


Today we published our first “Daily Beast Feature.” It’s called "Death by Indifference" and, through text and videos, it tells the story of history’s fastest-spreading HIV/AIDS epidemic taking place in Russia.

Read more about how we made the feature

See the feature itself! 

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2:33 PM, July 2nd, 2013


A young protester drags a metal curtain to be used as a barricade as soldiers defending the Presidential Palace look by. [Photo: Yusuf Sayman, via The Daily Beast’s Instagram]


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2:52 PM, June 27th, 2013

RIP, Bert Stern: the photographer behind iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Kubrick’s Lolita, and Twiggy, among others, died yesterday at age 83.

[Photo via Andrew Weiss Gallery, Met Museum]

2:52 PM, June 26th, 2013

The Supreme Court made a million new best friends Wednesday. See the best photos

1:03 PM, May 28th, 2013


From Every Angle: The Street Photography of Hiroyuki Ito

The Daily Beast asked the New York-based photographer Hiroyuki Ito to explore the city with a Holga – the inexpensive, yet iconic, plastic film camera that produces wonderful, nostalgic-looking images that Instagram can only mimic. 

See Ito’s photographs here.

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12:25 PM, May 17th, 2013


Everyday there are lives at home and on the other side of the world that go unnoticed; lives that may matter little to the personal hustle of trying to pay rent, get children to do their homework or figure out how late to leave the couch and still make it to work on time; but everyday photojournalists celebrate these lives.

From children playing while 1,034-plus bodies are pulled from the rubble of a clothing factory in Lahore where shirts are sewn for wealthy westerners, to the tattered remains of an American flag on a still ravaged New Jersey coast line on the six month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy; these documentary images take us beyond a scrolling news flash on the bottom of a cable news show and ask us to look. To look and if we stop long enough to force us to stare for a moment; to question why.

Click though to The Daily Beast to see all the images for the week in pictures.

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12:08 PM, May 6th, 2013

A group of photographers and artists asked inmates at Illinois’s Tamms Supermax Prison to request one image of anything in the world, real or imagined—and then they photographed it.

Here are the powerful results.  

(Photo via Creative Time Reports, photo by Chris Murphy, 2012.)

10:28 AM, March 21st, 2013


DAILY PIC: This photo of Jewish schoolchildren in the town of Mukacevo, now part of Ukraine, was taken by Roman Vishniac sometime between 1935 and 1938, when he was documenting the sorry state of the Jewish population in Eastern Europe – which was about to get so much worse.  The image is now in his show at the International Center of Photography in New York. The exhibition makes clear how much Vishniak’s “simple” documentation owes to avant-garde art and photography from earlier in the century. That’s doubly clear when you look at the much straighter photojournalism by Chim that’s on view one floor up at the ICP, and that was done at precisely the same time. I have to admit that the stylishness of Vishniak’s vision helps sell me on his subjects – even though his Orthodox subjects often resisted the modernity he represents.

For a full visual survey of past Daily Pics visit blakegopnik.com/archive. The Daily Pic can also be found at the bottom of the home page of thedailybeast.com, and on that site’s Art Beast page.

Like the 1930’s Russian version of Humans of New York.

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3:36 PM, March 8th, 2013

15 female photographers explore femininity. Above is a photo by Hanna Putz:

In creating portraits of friends who had recently given birth to their first children, [Putz] noticed a remarkable shift in awareness. “Their attention is mainly on their child, and [they] are also in some kind of a transitional phase, as they are adjusting to the new role that has just been given to them,” said Putz in an interview with BJP.

See more of the photos

4:53 PM, February 28th, 2013

Dear Tumblr,

Have you gone anywhere awesome recently? Did you take any pretty photographs of said awesome place? If so, we’d love you to send some of the coolest ones to us


Cheat Sheet Tumblr

[Kathy Willens/AP]

1:44 PM, February 25th, 2013
Ten years ago, this could have been done and no one would have figured out about it. Social media makes work easier to steal—but it also makes the people who take it more accountable.

When DKNY mistakenly used some of Brandon Stanton’s (a.k.a. Humans of New York) photographs in a store display in Bangkok without his permission, Stanton found out thanks to a fan. Stanton asked for the company to donate $100,000 to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The company has apologized and agreed to give $25,000. 

Read the full story. (Also, follow Humans of New York.)

2:44 PM, November 29th, 2012


Edmund Clark, Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out

The Guantanamo detention camp occupies an isolated 45 square mile plot of land in Cuba, its complex a crucial point of cultural convergence amidst the war on terror. Edmund Clark’s project investigates Guantanamo through its influence on distinct notions of home: for the American community who reside in the naval base; the detainees incarcerated in its compound; and the former prisoners who now rebuild their lives in Europe and the Middle East.

From Clark’s statement on ifthelightgoesout.com:

The series’ disjointed narrative aims to convey the sense of disorientation and dislocation central to the daily experience of incarceration at Guantanamo, and to explore the legacy of disturbance such experiences have in the minds and memories of these men. The viewer is asked to jump from prison camp detail to domestic still life; from life outside the naval base and back again – from light to dark.

Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out opens tonight, and runs through January 12, 2013, at Flowers Gallery, in New York City.


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1:01 PM, November 28th, 2012


A Tale of Two Holidays in Sandy’s Aftermath

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, except in places ravaged by superstorm Sandy. While most people have recovered from the hurricane’s devastating winds and storm surge, pockets of New York and New Jersey are still reeling from the damage. Thousands have been displaced from their homes and lost everything with the storm. Yet, the extravagant holiday decorating continues apace in New York City. The Daily Beast looks at the disparity between the haves and have nots this holiday season.

Above, clockwise from top left:

Kathy Kmonicek / AP: A woman looks at a pair of jeans amongst the pile of clothing in front of Long Beach city hall donated for victims of Superstorm Sandy, November 6, 2012.

Peter Foley, Bloomberg / Getty Images: Women browse handbags at a Macy’s Inc. store in New York on Black Friday, November 23, 2012.

Mark Lennihan / AP Photo: Christmas decorations, salvaged from the charred remains of a home, are shown in Breezy Point, Queens, November 13, 2012.

Don Emmert / Getty Images: Christmas decorations are displayed at a Walmart store in Norwalk, Connecticut, November 17, 2012 .

Some powerful contrasts here.

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