It’s probably not your idea of a normal family vacation – unless on trips to the Grand Canyon you often find the face of your youngest covered in blood from a fresh kill. But for a subset of American and European vacationers, hunting big game in the African bush is where it’s at.
This group is the subject of Hunters, a series by photographer David Chancellor. Based in South Africa, Chancellor lugged his camera through multiple African countries to record the hunts and kills of legal tourist trophy hunting.
“I wanted to look at tourism, at families who decide they want to go on a holiday to Africa, to fill a space in their trophy room, to bring their children over for them to go through a rite of passage,” says Chancellor, who has worked on the series since 2008. “There is no illegal activity depicted.”
See a gallery of Chancellor’s images over @ Raw File.
In 1964, a Zambian grade-school science teacher single-handedly, and unilaterally, created a space program for his country. The program involved rolling aspiring astronauts down a hill in a barrel and clipping their rope-swings at the height of their arc to simulate weightlessness. He claimed his country would not only beat both the Americans and Russians to the moon, but do it within the year.
Today, Spanish photographer Cristina De Middel‘s photo project, Afronauts, creates a fictional documentation of these efforts. The result is a fact-bending, visually striking fantasy that includes elephant-hugging astronauts, patterned space junk, weightless cats and an engineer day-dreaming at a rusted control panel.
“My intention is to drive the audience into reflection on what they consume as real,” says De Middel. “In the beginning most people believed everything [in the photos] was real. People asked if I had been in Zambia in the ’60s. They trusted the image but not me, which is quite funny.”