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A Garden of Illuminating Existence

Kanitta Meechubot

‘Witnessing her death, I understand the meaning of love.’

A Guide to the City of Beirut

Fawwaz Traboulsi

‘In Beirut, a well reveals layer upon layer, generation after generation, of ruins.’

A Mystery

Charles Jones

‘Charles Jones took beautiful photographs of vegetables, fruit and flowers.’

A Sparrow Fallen

Dave Heath

‘a sparrow fallen; / blackness of pain shimmering / hard in soft white light’

About the Cover

Jake and Dinos Chapman

‘My attempts are mocked by the monstrosities that leer up at me from the page.’

Alphabet City

Geoffrey Biddle

‘When I first worked here, the neighbourhood was not called Alphabet City. It was the Puerto Rican part of the Lower East Side and the Puerto Ricans called it Loisaida, low-ee-SIGH-da, a new York-Puerto Rican version of Lower East Side.’

Americans

Eugene Richards

From hospitals for the criminally insane to elderly sisters with brain disorders, Eugene Richard's portraits are a haunting and intimate look inside America.

An Escape from Kampala

Wycliffe Kato

‘‘Be brave,’ she said, ‘pull yourself together. What you are about to see is worse than you ever imagined.’ She asked if I knew what Winston Churchill had called Uganda. He had called it the pearl of Africa.’

Belfast

Gilles Peress

Gilles Peress’s photographs of Belfast graves.

Berlin by Night

Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi’s photographs of nightlife in Berlin for Granta 42: Krauts!

Bolivia, 1990

Ferdinando Scianna

‘Photographing these people I came to realize that their lives are dominated by fear: fear of old galleries falling, of dynamite, of the spirits trapped in the mine, of tuberculosis, of the disappearance of veta (the wolfram seam), of the future.’

Book Piracy in Peru

Claudia Alva

Claudia Alva’s photographs of an investigation of book piracy in Peru.

Brad Feuerhelm | Podcast

Brad Feuerhelm & Ted Hodgkinson

Brad Feuerhelm spoke to online editor Ted Hodgkinson about the stories that lie behind his images from the issue and how his work is informed by his love of horror movies.

Bucharest, 26 December 1989

Léonard Freed

Léonard Freed's photographs of Bucharest on 26 December 1989, in Granta 31: The General.

Cambodia’s Quest for Peace

Elena Lesley & Joel Rozen

Photographs accompanying Elena Lesley’s dispatch from Cambodia.

Can Cambodia recover from its past?

Elena Lesley

These photographs accompany Elena Lesley’s dispatch from Anlong Veng, Cambodia.

Censored

Bruce Connew

‘It was an isolated incident, and there had been no official or unofficial communication about it.’

Chicago’s South Side 1946–1948

Wayne Miller

‘Miller’s images collected in Chicago’s South Side reflect the enormous variety of human experiences and emotions that occurred at a unique time and place in the American landscape.’

Children’s Section, Gradinari House

Isabel Ellsen

‘Gradinari House is thirty kilometres from Bucharest. One hundred and fifteen children live here.’

Christmas in Bavaria

Jan Bogaerts

‘Bergtesgaden was, for some time, the home town of both Adolf Hitler and Dieter Eckhardt, the father of national socialism.’

Congo

Guy Tillim

‘Visibility is everything.’

Contacts

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Photographs from the Belfast Exposed Archive, documenting the Troubles from the early 1970s.

Crime in the City

Andrew Savulich

Andrew Savulich’s photographs of crime in New York City for Granta 46: Crime.

Dead Faces

Rudolf Schäfer

‘These pictures show what will surely become of us all one day.’

Die Hel

David Goldblatt

‘Die Hel is a remote valley in the Swartburg Mountains of the south-western Cape.’

Dutch Landscapes

Mishka Henner

‘There is of course an absurdity to these censored images since their overt, bold and graphic nature only draws attention to the very sites that are meant to be hidden.’

Dying Village

Vladimir Filonov

Vladimir Filonov’s photographs in Granta 30: New Europe!

Emergency Room

Eugene Richards

‘I saw cuts, burns, broken limbs, heart attacks, and then, what's inside the human body.’

Eye For An Eye: A Chronicle of Northern Ireland (Part One)

Nan Richardson & Gilles Peress

‘Belfast. There was a sound of glass breaking all over the city and a roar. Nine bomb blasts went off simultaneously in Belfast and five other cities: Newry on the border; Armargh; Londonderry; Portadown, the industrial city; and Lisburn, the Protestant northern enclave.’

Flee

Nadia Shira Cohen

‘I wait for the moment they sense what I am trying to do.’

Frissure

Kathleen Jamie & Brigid Collins

‘The survival rates for people like me are high nowadays.’

Good Father

David J. Spear

‘My father was up early. Everything was in place: his books in their bag; each prayer and reading marked; his shoes shined, his shirt and collar, his cassock and cope pressed.’

Halcyon Song

Justin Coombes

‘From this, I developed the idea of the kingfisher’s search for a nest taking place over the course of a day, and this day being a microcosm of her world and a greater search for home and for meaning.’