World Photography Day: Five human rights photo essays from around the world

Spiral of containment photo essay Elisa Iannacone

To mark World Photography Day (on the August 19 2019) we’re looking back on a selection of pictures from photojournalists around the world.

Our first story features the work of photojournalist Stefano Schirato, and shows the dangers of living in the coalfields of Jharkhand (India). Other articles come from Spain, Ethiopia and the middle of the Mediterranean. César Dezfuli captured a shot of Amadou Sumaila, shortly after Sumaila was pulled to safety from his rubber dinghy. Dezfuli went on to win the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for the image and followed the story of the rescued men as they entered the long process of applying for asylum in a sleepy town in Italy.

Lacuna welcomes pitches from photographers working to expose injustice and you can find more details about making a submission here.

The image above was taken at the Ponte City towerblock in Johannesburg, South Africa, and more images from Elisa Iannacone’s Spiral of Containment photo project can be found here.