Czech photographer David Tesinsky has spent the past 10 years documenting subcultures and urban life around the globe. His fascinating work is sometimes painful to view, but important to share. His documentary photography reminds us that people living on the fringes of society still contribute, for better or worse, to our cultural makeup.
From Rastafarians in Jamaica to Satanists in his own country, Tesinsky’s work paints a bold picture of the diverse belief systems and triumphs and struggles within these subcultures. For instance, with his new series Before Night Falls, he sheds light on the LGBT community in Cuba and what that means for the transgender community there. It’s an emotional series that delves into how people can still live authentically in the face of social and political opposition.
What drew the young photographer toward this type of photography? “I was always interested in subcultures and primarily how each one has a philosophy or just simply a ‘way’ which is a great space for me to find myself—or part of myself—in it and capture the real vibe of it,” Tesinsky shares with us. “But even more important is when it comes to activism I’m at home. As in the case with young open-minded people in Iran fighting for their freedom, but fighting the way that isn’t public at all because they are scared. Pictures are the good option to let non-Iranians know that it’s a problem. When there is an oppression against animals or people then I feel an anger and the camera is a great weapon to use with my visions to kill the ignorance.”
In his own words, Tesinsky gives us a tour of some of the subcultures he’s toured over the past 10 years, hoping that it will open the public’s eyes and create discussions that bring positive change to the world.
Drag Performers and Transgender Life in Cuba
Exorcism in Ethiopia