At LensCulture, we deeply admire and respect the work that documentary photographers produce. From the heartbreaking to the awe-inspiring, in all corners of the globe and right down the street, powerfully told documentary projects offer incredible glimpses into other worlds.

These nine stories were some of our most popular articles from 2014. Enjoy!

Elena Chernyshova, Days Of Night

Daily life, work and play, in the northernmost city in the world, Norilsk, Russia (also the 7th most polluted city in the world) — a fascinating, detailed photo report with 45 exquisite images.

Irina Popova, Another Family

Russian photographer Irina Popova created a firestorm of outrage when she displayed her documentary series about two young drug addicts and their baby living in squalor in a squat in St. Petersburg.

Marcus Lyon, Exodus

Marcus Lyon is exploring the most significant migrations of the early 21st century, with large-format hyper-detailed images.

Petrut Calinescu, Summer Vacation at the Black Sea

Every summer, thousands of people travel by car, van, motorcycle or bus to spend a week's vacation at the Black Sea — here's an insider's view of what to expect when you go there.

Adam Ferguson, Afghanistan

Six years of war photography from Afghanistan — plus a soul-searching interview with the photographer about the multifaceted nature of photojournalism in conflict zones.

Tamas Dezso, Notes for an Epilogue

Scenes of contemporary Romania, a Balkan country irreversibly decaying in the aftermath of the region’s harshest dictatorship.

Mehran Hamrahi, Iranian People, Ordinary or Criminals?

In a country with one of the youngest populations in the world — and one of the most socially restrictive governments — the pursuit of personal freedom is often strained for people under the age of 35, a group that accounts for 70% of Iran's population.

Eugenia Maximova, Kitchen Stories from the Balkans

Photographer Eugenia Maximova believes that Balkan kitchens convey a tangible sense of the region's lost identity, the inevitable legacy of half a millennium under the Ottoman yoke and half a century behind the Iron Curtain.

Philip Toledano, The Reluctant Father

At the age of forty, photographer Phillip Toledano became a father. But as Toledano discovered in the minutes after his daughter was born, "There's how you feel, and then there's how you think you should feel...Was I overwhelmed in a tsunami of love? Not really." 


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