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Sand dune eats lighthouse: Exploring Denmark’s ‘Sahara’

Northern Jutland, Denmark – On the whole, Denmark is pretty deserving of its reputation as a neat, orderly place.

So it’s a surprise to discover a sand dune the size of a small desert roaming around the countryside unchecked, destroying farmhouses, churches, roads and anything else that gets in its way.

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Celebrating Elvis at Denmark’s King-size Graceland

Randers, Denmark – If the King had lived, he would have been 80 on Thursday. And for Henrik Knudsen, this year brings another significant anniversary worth celebrating. Twenty-five years ago, he decided to quit his job selling power tools to become Denmark’s only professional Elvis Presley fan.

“I was a sales agent for a long time and I decided I didn’t want to be that anymore. I thought, imagine if I could be a full-time Elvis fan,” he says. “I knew it was a big leap but I felt like I just had to do it. And a few years later I was.”

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Wasted, weary and wary: The ‘wildlife’ of Shoreditch

“The satire just staggers up the street,” says Dougie Wallace of his latest collection documenting the revellers and the casualties, the trendsetters and the fashion victims, and other assorted human wildlife stalking the concrete jungle of Shoreditch.

'Shoreditch Wildlife' captures diversity and contradictions on the streets of East London [Photo courtesy Dougie Wallace]

‘Shoreditch Wildlife’ captures diversity and contradictions on the streets of East London [Photo courtesy Dougie Wallace]

The East London neighbourhood has long been synonymous with hedonistic nightlife, gritty urban authenticity and hipster colonisation.

The Scottish photographer, who specialises in expressive social documentary, arrived there from Glasgow 15 years ago and has been on safari at the parties and on the streets ever since.

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Empowering Haiti’s rape survivors

“Haiti is a very easy place to go and get a dramatic photo,” says Felipe Jacome. “It has great colors, great light and if you live in New York and you want some photos in a harsh environment you can literally go there for a couple of days, stick your camera in someone’s face and leave. But taking photos mindfully is extremely challenging.”

Photo courtesy of Felipe Jacome/Survivors for Survivors

Photo courtesy of Felipe Jacome/Survivors for Survivors

Jacome, an Ecuadorian photographer, originally went to Haiti as a humanitarian worker a year after the January 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 220,000 people and left about 1.5 million others homeless.

But, frustrated by the periodic invasions of “platoons of journalists” seeking stock images of photogenic desperation and devastation, Jacome set out with his camera to explore a society he had found to be more resilient, resourceful and self-reliant than was typically recognized.

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Close encounters with the English Defence League

An ageing, red-faced skinhead teases apart his open-necked checked shirt to reveal an image of a crusader’s shield and the words “No Surrender” on his chest. Inadvertently, he also exposes a fleshy triangle of beer belly as he clutches a can of lager in his other hand.

Ed Thompson’s photos capture the spirit of a movement which wears its allegiances on its skin. [Courtesy Edward Thompson]

It is an image, at once intimate, ridiculous and menacing, that captures recurring themes in Ed Thompson’s photo essay documenting the emergence of the English Defence League: bare skin, tattoos and identity and ideology inked onto knuckles, forearms, ankles and shaven heads.

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How tax havens stole your money

Few tourists would perhaps even notice the stone dragon stranded between buses in the middle of the road that marks the boundary of the City of London, the British capital’s financial district and one of global capitalism’s most dynamic engines.

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Yet to step into the City is to enter what has been described by Nicholas Shaxson, author of “Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World,” as “an offshore island inside Britain.”

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