21 Shocking Images That Uncover The World Cup’s Dark Side

June 29, 2014

The FIFA World Cup is always a roller coaster of emotion. We root for our favorite teams, boo when the referees make terrible decisions and feel a deep, unalienable sense of nationalistic pride when our team fights for a win, despite all odds.

Yet with all of the success and thrills presented by the World Cup every four years, the tournament’s seedy underbelly is hard to conceal. From increasingly violent demonstrations to brutal player-on-player contact to a thriving demand for prostitutes, the World Cup has an undeniable dark side. These shocking images explore the dark realities of the booming phenomenon that is the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Fuck FIFA Football Jersey

Demonstrators continue to protest the Brazil World Cup games. Source: Imgur

Anti-FIFA Street Art

Street art conveys the anti-World Cup sentiment running rampant throughout the streets of Brazil. Source: Slate

Giorgio Chiellini Get Bitten

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is fined for the third time in his career for biting an opponent.

Prostitutes Learn English

Prostitutes in Brazil learn English in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Source: NY Daily News

Red Card Demonstrations

Protesters hold up red cards to signify their opposition to the 2014 World Cup.

Troops Prepare For The World Cup

Brazil has taken lengthy security precautions to reduce violence during the World Cup.

Slums In Brazil Photograph

Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished slums are a steep contrast to the excess of the World Cup.

World Cup Dark Side

The Ivory Coast’s Giovanni Sio fouls Greece’s Giorgos Samaras, giving the team a free penalty kick.

Prostitutes at World Cup Dark Side

Rio de Janeiro is one of the oldest and largest Red Light Districts in the world.

Dark Side of World Cup Public Art

Street art conveys the complaints of Brazilians who do not support the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Security Teams Flock to World Cup

Security teams and military troops flock to Brazil to control protests and fans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Gang Violence World Cup Dark Side

Though troops were sent to Rio de Janeiro to shake up nearby drug dealers and criminals, the streets are still largely unsafe.

Players Fight Dark Side of Football Games

Portugal’s Pepe gets a yellow card after arguing with Thomas Muller in the game against Germany.

Tear Gas World Cup Protests

People flee through clouds of tear gas in a June 20th protest.

Brazilian Sex Workers

Sex workers prepare for the surge of tourists at the World Cup.

2014 World Cup Pepe Foul

Pepe (Portugal) fouls Germany’s Thomas Mueller and is sent off of the field.

Violence Rio de Janeiro

Troops raid a pre-World Cup Rio de Janeiro to reduce violent activity in the city’s slums.

Michael Babatunde Injured

Nigeria’s Michael Babatunde is taken away on a stretcher after being injured on the field.

World Cup Dark Side Protests

Anti-FIFA protests turn dangerous as demonstrators clash with police.

Giorgio Chiellini

Italy’s Giorigo Chiellini is bitten by a member of the Uruguay team.

Anti-FIFA Protests in Brazil

Masses of people stage anti-FIFA and anti-government protests throughout Rio de Janeiro and surrounding cities.

Fishing For Change During The Great Depression

June 28, 2014

Fishing For Change Great Depression

Three boys scavenge peer down New York City grates for change in 1930. During the first years of the Depression, approximately 250,000 young people were homeless. As this photo suggests, one of the few constants in these kids’ lives was a sense of desperation.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXXI

June 27, 2014
Indonesia Village Boy Bird

Source: Bored Panda

Photographer Herman Damar Highlights Everyday Life In Indonesian Villages

Indonesia Village Learning

Source: Bored Panda

Taking his camera to villages just outside of Jakarta, Indonesia, photographer Herman Damar reveals a world unbeknownst to many of us. Children splash about the water, playing with each other in ways that, according to Damar, are “unspoiled” by technology. Most of the photos are organic, but on occasion Damar would ask the subjects to pose a certain way. For more glimpses into this “other world”, be sure to visit Bored Panda.

Indonesia Village Fishing

Source: Bored Panda

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100-Year Old Photos Reveal The Dark Side Of Antarctic Exploration

June 25, 2014
Antarctic Exploration Expedition Pony

Source: Blogspot

It’s been a little over one hundred years since the ill-fated attempts of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition and Ernest Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party to reach the South Pole took place. Only conducted a couple years apart, these two Antarctic expeditions are legends of loss and tragedy.

Antarctic Exploration Makeshift Tent

Source: The Mirror

The two voyages have more in common than their quests to reach the South Pole, the use of the same supply shacks en route, and similar fates; they’ve both had lost photos turn up nearly 100 years after the fact.

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The Gorgeous Contours Of Antelope Canyon

June 24, 2014

Antelope Canyon Arizona

Don’t let “127 Hours” scare you; slot canyons can be pure beauty. Case in point: Arizona’s Antelope Canyon. At first blush, its Navajo name, Tsé bighánlílíní or “the place where water runs through rocks” doesn’t make sense given the barren backdrop. But upon looking at its geological history and discovering that the canyon was primarily formed due to flash flooding-induced erosion, the Navajo name makes worlds more sense than its contemporary English one.

The Buzz On Sam Droege’s Macro Bee Photography

June 24, 2014

There are literally thousands of different bee species flying around out there, and it is biologist Sam Droege’s job to identify and document them, as head of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program. Located in Maryland, the program collects and carefully archives every detail of each species, including those so tiny that they can’t be discerned by the naked eye. Luckily, Droege is an extremely talented photographer, and is able to capture these fuzzy subjects in a manner that brings out their inner beauty. This initiative has been helping researchers and students identify bee species since 2010.

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