photos for the laia foundation by pep avila in vedanthanga, a village in the indian state of tamil nadu, where most residents are dalits, or those who are traditionally regarded in the caste system as untouchables.
though ‘untouchability’ is barred in india’s constitution, dalits (which translates as broken or crushed) remain an ostracized community in vedanthanga, prevented from owning land and forced to work jobs other castes see as beneath them.
the laia foundation, founded after the 2004 tsunami, works with the dalits of vedanthanga, contributing to their social and economic development through educational, health and women’s empowerment projects.
photos from claudia jaguaribe’s “between hills" (2012) of rio de janeiro, as seen from the (no doubt intentionally claustrophoic) perspective of children in the favelas who can see the more affluent apartment complexes in the background
On this day in 1979, Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York. Over the course of her twenty-two years on earth, Aaliyah became one of the most revered female vocalists within the hip-hop and R&B arenas. In honor of Aaliyah’s 35th birthday, Jonathan has decided to release a rare shot of Aaliyah from his 2001 shoot. Rest in Peace Aaliyah, 1979-2001.