Inside small-town USA

Steve McCagg and Denise Davis, residents of Ghent Image copyright Richard Beaven

Photographers love to travel but sometimes it pays to look at what is close at hand and document the community you live in. Richard Beaven has done just that, turning his lens on the residents of Ghent, about 120 miles north of New York.

Beaven has worked on the project for a year or so and in that time he has made 275 portraits, about 5% of the population of Ghent.

"The catalyst for the project was the town's bicentennial in 2018 and creating an archive for it," says Beaven.

News of the project spread through the town, with one shoot leading to another and only a handful declining the opportunity to take part.

Image copyright Richard Beaven
Image caption DeWayne Powell, 11 years

Each portrait is accompanied by the subject's name and the amount of time they had spent living or working in Ghent at the time of being photographed.

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The great, all-female MP portrait takeover

Rebecca Harris MP by Reme Campos Image copyright Reme Campos
Image caption Rebecca Harris MP by Reme Campos

If ever there was an argument to give photographers free rein on a project, the exhibition 209 Women on show at Portcullis House in London is just that. It comprises portraits of current female MPs, shot by female photographers, and it is a real delight.

The photographs are grouped by various themes such as colour of clothing, setting, or just a certain mood.

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A suitcase full of photographic wonder

Buskers in London, 1952 Image copyright John Turner

It's not often you are sent a set of pictures that make you gasp, especially ones taken decades ago. Yet here they are, beautiful black and white pictures that have remained hidden, buried in a loft waiting to be brought out into the light.

These pictures were taken by John Turner, a property manager based in the centre of London, and were recently unearthed by his daughter and her husband, Liz and Martin Carroll.

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Ami Vitale: A life devoted to photography

Image copyright Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale is often described as a travel photographer, and given that she has worked in nearly 100 countries over the past 18 years you'd be forgiven for doing so. Yet though her pictures are exquisitely beautiful and come from many exotic locations they go far deeper than traditional travel pictures, connecting the viewer to issues that are dear to her and of importance to society as a whole.

"While I do travel and witness extraordinary things, it's not simply about jetting off to exotic places," says Vitale.

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Temples of stone: In the footsteps of George Rodger

Image copyright Stuart Franklin

Photographers rarely work in a vacuum, their work is usually inspired by - or a reflection of - what has come before.

At times that trigger is hard to define, but some projects use an existing body of work as the start point. Magnum Retold is one such series, where photographers take their cue from work by early members of Magnum Photos.

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Picture power: The drowning man

Man rescued in the Mediterranean Sea Image copyright Alessio Paduano

When the crew of Sea-Watch 3 received a distress call from an inflatable boat off the coast of Tripoli, photographer Alessio Paduano was on hand to record the event. Here he describes how he captured the moment a man crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe was plucked to safety.

"It was about 11.30 and we were 30 miles from Libya, so in international waters. After seeing a racing inflatable boat with migrants on board, Sea-Watch 3 launched two rescue boats - I was inside one of these.

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When is an apple not an apple?

Apple pinhole camera Image copyright Derek Man

Derek Man used apples as pinhole cameras to capture the harvest at some of the dwindling number of orchards in London.

He worked with The Orchard Project, which is committed to the restoration and celebration of community orchards.

Image copyright Derek Man
Image copyright Derek Man

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Koo Stark on both sides of the lens

Koo Stark in New York Image copyright © Norman Parkinson Ltd / courtesy Norman Parkinson

Around 30 years ago while browsing in a book shop in Shepherd's Bush, I picked up a copy of a small book called Contrasts by Koo Stark. It contained around 100 pictures taken by her, from portraits to landscapes, many showing a light-hearted touch.

For the first time in around two decades, a selection of those pictures are on show once more, alongside her photographs of actors and musicians, a few nudes and, of course, pictures of the model and photographer herself.

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Britain's part-time islands

Hilbre Island Cottages Image copyright Mikey Boardman

The coast of Britain has long drawn artists who look to capture the majesty of the sea or perhaps use the flat surface of the water as a metaphor. But others look to the shores to see how the tides shape the lives of those who live beside it.

Mikey Boardman, an aspiring British landscape photographer, currently studying for a degree in photography at Blackburn University, is one of those, taking as his theme the many tidal islands around the coast.

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The beauty of Beachy Head

Beachy Head Image copyright Brian David Stevens

The chalk cliffs at Beachy Head sit at the eastern end of the South Downs National Park on the south coast of England and offer wonderful views across the south coast to those walking the coastal path.

The cliffs have appeared in many films, from Quadrophenia to Harry Potter and of course Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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