At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., Vahagn Amiryan of Armenia prepares to carve an inscription on a block of wood that would sit atop the "mother pillar" inside a traditional house in his country.
Tens of thousands of people live in villages on the edge of the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor rainforest in Madagascar. A government policy now bans cutting down trees to get more land for farming.
Mumbai's Juhu beach is strewn with trash at low tide during monsoon season. Floodwaters flush garbage out of the city and into the Arabian Sea. As tides ebb, beaches are blanketed in trash, much of it plastic.
Ville Fantome. This construction has the largest footprint of the artist's cityscape dioramas. The skyscrapers represent different countries. For instance, the gold-and-silver tower is emblazoned with USA.
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George Mwinnyaa on his visit to the slave castle at Cape Coast in his homeland of Ghana. The door leads to the cells where captives who were resistant were held prior to being sent over the ocean as slaves.
Natasha Houston and her mother at home in Zeelugt. In 2013, Houston's husband killed their two children, slashed her arm and hand, then died, apparently by suicide.
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