A young man prepares for the use of heroin in an apartment in the town of Zhukovsky near Moscow. Drug use is a major cause of the spread of AIDS and HIV infections in Russia.
Just 45 years ago, 16 states deemed marriages between two people of different races illegal.
But in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent.
The case changed history - and was captured on film by LIFE photographer Grey Villet, whose black-and-white photographs are now set to go on display at the International Center of Photography.
Twenty images show the tenderness and family support enjoyed by Mildred and Richard and their three children, Peggy, Sidney and Donald.
The children, unaware of the struggles their parents face, are captured by Villet as blissfully happy as they play in the fields near their Virginia home or share secrets with their parents on the couch.
Their parents, caught sharing a kiss on their front porch, appear more worry-stricken.
And it is no wonder - eight years prior, the pair had married in the District of Columbia to evade the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which banned any white person marrying any non-white person.
But when they returned to Virginia, police stormed into their room in the middle of the night and they were arrested.
The pair were found guilty of miscegenation in 1959 and were each sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for 25 years if they left Virginia.
They moved back to the District of Columbia, where they began the long legal battle to erase their criminal records - and justify their relationship.
Following vocal support from the Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches, the Lovings won the fight - with the Supreme Court branding Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law unconstitutional in 1967.
It wrote in its decision: ‘Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival.
‘To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law.’ [Read more]
ROBIN HAMMOND - Condemned
Condemned documents the mental health impacts of crises in Africa – the trauma of mass rape, the grief of death in war, the insecurity of displacement. It illustrates what happens to the most vulnerable when governments implode and health systems collapse.
The mentally disabled in African countries in crisis are denied the opportunity to speak for themselves. Condemned gives them a voice.
Photojournalist Robin Hammond travels to South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and northern Kenya for this project and appeals in this short film for support to continue the work to West Africa.
Another Video: ‘Condemned - Somaliland’
5 Minutes of Syria by Ruslan Fedotov
“The entire story’s there. The composition’s really beautiful and I like the alternate light source. He visually organized a complicated situation. There are a lot of layers in the photo. You immediately see her face and the computer, and then you look back a a little bit and you can see the coffin, you see the solider. It looks incredibly contemporary. You can tell a lot from it, but at the same time, you have to read the caption. It seems like Heisler wasn’t even there. It seems like he just disappeared and took the picture. I don’t know how he did it. That’s really amazing, the fact that he was able to just seamlessly integrate himself into the situation. He became what everyone wants to be: the fly on the wall. It’s hard to ask people to let you into their lives.”
‘In Romania’s Parliament, Adrian Sobaru jumped from a balcony just as Prime Minister Emil Boc began to address lawmakers before a no-confidence vote. Mr. Sobaru survived the 20-foot fall with facial fracture and other injuries. He was apparently upset that budget cuts had reduced benefits for his disabled child.
December 23, 2010’
Self: I always thought it to be a wild job to be a documentary photographer or a photojournalist. It’s honestly something I’ve dreamed of being my future career. How crazy is it to be around and capture a fleeting moment or an influential time in history? This man did not die, but how would it feel to be the one who would capture the few miniscule moments preceding a human’s death on camera? Something to think about.