“Thousands of people around the world have honored the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando by taking part in vigils and memorial services. This collection of photos shows the heartache and sadness of those affected by the tragic massacre and hate crime toward the LGBT community that took place early Sunday, June 12.” —Jared Harrell, photo editor, BuzzFeed News
“I love this edit so much. The photos are tender and counterpoint other, more familiar images of mothers in that area, turning around the historical idea of fathers as the more remote parenting figure.” —Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News
“Turkish photographer Emin Ozmen believes that a war needs to be documented in order for others to know it actually happened. This hidden war Ozmen photographs is happening in the Kurdish towns of southeastern Turkey, where young militants are put up against Turkish military and police. Ozmen’s photos are raw, personal, and very real.” —JH
“The horror and sadness of the shooting in Orlando is impossible to capture. CNN’s portrait series shows the wide variety of people affected by this tragedy, locally and more broadly, and speaks to the fact that violence is not a localized event — its effects radiate through communities.” —KB
“Kids, growing up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Darran Rees gives us a glimpse of his life in a tiny London flat, which is lovely in its aesthetic, but also so real and so relatable to any human being trying to subsist in a big city plagued with impossibly exorbitant rent. Where every square inch serves three or four purposes and undies are hanging to dry within sight of your TV viewing, it makes us wonder why we ever agreed to this adulting thing.” —Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia
“It’s hot and gross here in New York during the summer. While I’m landlocked to my desk, this photo essay with images from Tobias Hutzler (above), Wayne Lawrence, and others has me thinking happy thoughts of that carefree water-adjacent life.” —Dennis Huynh, design director, BuzzFeed News
“This excellent photo series shows widower Durga Kami, a 68-year-old father of six children and grandfather of eight, returning to school to learn new things and to combat loneliness in Nepal. Wonderfully told by Reuters photographer Navesh Chitrakar, we see the acceptance of Kami by his much younger classmates, and a smile of joy on his face in many of the photos. An inspiration to us all that it’s never too late to learn!” —Matthew Tucker, photo editor for BuzzFeed UK
“The New York Times has put together a stellar profile on a traveling exhibition of 20 photographers titled “Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity,” which is on view now at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. The pictures are sleek and cool, capturing the fashion associated with contemporary dandyism in black communities all over the world — it not only smashes archaic mainstream stereotypes of black culture, but is also an excellent portrait of men’s fashion in peak form.” —Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed
“Tommy Kha’s images reflect the complexity and uncertainty of being on the outside. He grew up gay, Asian, outside of a major metro area and chose an artistic profession. His self-portraits, along with images of friends and family, convey a sense of otherness and isolation that ring anything but.” —DH
- The Trump administration wants to send immigrants caught at the southern US border to Mexico even if they're not from the country.
- Several states will keep enforcing bans against transgender discrimination in schools after Trump withdrew guidelines protecting students.
- Police arrested at least 10 people on Wednesday as they began clearing out protester camps at the Dakota Access Pipeline site.
- And people with disabilities are having their photos stolen and Facebook isn't helping them.