Vending machines are a ubiquitous feature of urban life in Japan. A specific type of outlet, known as gachapon, has been selling toys enclosed in plastic capsules to children for decades, often themed around cartoon and video game characters, allowing ...


Women and Afro Spirituality in Ecuador In Ecuador today, the daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters of black women who survived slavery keep their African roots alive in their spirituality. The diaspora's ancestral rituals and their cultural...


The Collapse - I first arrived in Moscow in the spring of 1990 after covering the fall of the Berlin Wall, Czechoslovakia's Velvet revolution and the aftermath of the Ceausescu era in Romania the previous year. The collapse of communist regimes across ...


Russian portraits - In 1996 I returned to Russia during the presidential elections. The country was at a crossroads between its Communist past and pushing ahead with Yeltsin's free market reforms that were benefitting some but leaving many others behind....


The Party - The mid to late 90s were a time of hardship for most Russians as the radical economic changes taking place brought high inflation and the loss of old social safety nets. This situation was inherited by Putin when he became acting president ...


In advance of the 30th anniversary of the independence of Kazakhstan from the former Soviet Union, Mario Heller took a 7,500 km train journey around the country, spending 225 hours over 17 days on Kazakh railways. The State railway company is the ...


Once more, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Western countries find themselves at an impasse. Over the long history of discord and conflict, however, the present situation appears more intractable than ever. Following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani,...


I was shocked when the Taliban took control of Afghanistan again this summer and these images are about Afghan women losing their identity. As a documentary photographer it has always been important for me to know who Im photographing; to talk to ...


Earth Songs explores and celebrates spiritual connections to the land in South Africa. While the ownership of 'land' in South Africa is a highly contested issue, people have long marked and celebrated their spiritual connections to the land in ways that ...


The halal-friendly tourism industry is the fastest growing travel sector. For observant Muslims looking for a package holiday in the sun, the halal holiday market caters for the rules governing daily life in Islam. These niche hotels and resorts are ...


In March 2020 Britain went into national lockdown, along with much of the rest of the world. Together with many other Covid restrictions, the various modes of travel and leisure to which people had become accustomed were suddenly no longer possible. From...


Housed in a historic, Hogwartsesque mansion complete with hidden doorways and creaking staircases, the Cape Town College of Magic offers a space where students from every part of this rigidly divided city can come together to learn the art of wizardry....


Borno State in northeastern Nigeria is at the epicentre of a humanitarian crisis that has seen almost two million people leave their homes and seek safety in temporary camps. Since 2009 Boko Haram, an Islamist group which has been fighting the Nigerian ...


On 29 August 1949, four years after the Americans dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, the Soviets launched 'Operation First Lightning' at a secret location in the steppes of eastern Kazakhstan. Over the next 42 years the Soviet Union's nuclear programme ...


On February 1st 2021 Myanmar's Armed Forces brought a decade-long experiment in limited democracy to a sudden and violent end. The country has been reeling from the consequences ever since. A Panos photographer, whose name is being withheld to protect...


As the sun sets into the turquoise sea off the coast of Madagascar, giant baobab trees stand silhouetted against glittering stars and rare animals like the lemur begin their nightly activity. Villagers across one of the world's most uniquely biodiverse ...