24th October 2022.Reading time 6 minutes.
Throughout France and elsewhere in Europe, many gothic-inspired structures and cathedrals feature gargoyles adorning their exteriors. Gargoyles are often fearsome, fantastical, and humorous and were originally included in gothic architectural design to serve two purposes – to scare off evil spirits and as waterspouts directing water drainage away from the structure. Curiously, no two gargoyles are […]
18th July 2022.Reading time 4 minutes.
Desirey Minkoh, the owner of Gabon based UIG image partner AfrikImages provides a fascinating insight into the Ngontang mask and dance and the Fang ethnic group. “Ngontang”, which in the Fang language from which it derives its origins means “the white girl”, is a mask with several faces that represents the spirits in the form […]
11th July 2022.Reading time 6 minutes.
Thanks to our focus on educational subjects, UIG has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica, helping them curate and manage the Image Quest online educational image database, a global product that is offered to individual schools, educational authorities, and ministries. The product is licensed under a subscription model and students and teachers access […]
18th April 2022.Reading time 9 minutes.
UIG contributing partner Majority World’s collection features the work of photographers from Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. The talented contributing photographers for Majority World provide impactful and stunning images of their local cultures, helping to build a deep archive of important topics from outside North America and Europe. Majority World was formed in […]
21st February 2022.Reading time 9 minutes.
From the solemnity of Christmas to the raucousness of New Year’s, revelers of tradition and colorful festivals turn their attention to carnival season. While the ancient origins of carnival celebrations suggest they were timed as New Year’s festivals, the modern-day carnival evolved to be more closely associated with the beginning of Lent. The Roman Catholic liturgical calendar […]
14th February 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
By Francesca Lungarotti The color red’s history is as rich and meaningful as the color itself. Red was the first color developed for painting and dying. It symbolized the religious contrast between the blood of Christ and the fires of Hell, and as far back as the Middle Ages, red was associated with love, lust, and anger. […]
7th February 2022.Reading time 5 minutes.
The two pillars of Godong’s photographic archive are “God” and “NGO’s”. The French agency’s comprehensive religious collection features aesthetic and educational photography covering the world’s major faiths as well as religious icons, traditions, events and notable persons. Godong complements its religious coverage with a focus on the developing world, thanks to its partnerships with several NGO’s. At […]
24th January 2022.Reading time 4 minutes.
With only a few weeks to go before China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the world has once again shifted its focus to the plight of the Uyghur people and the human rights abuses many Uyghurs have experienced at the hands of the Chinese government. There are more than 12 million Uyghurs living in Xinjiang, […]
1st November 2021.Reading time 4 minutes.
Day of the Dead occurs annually on November 2, following Halloween and All Soul’s Day. The holiday, which was recognized by UNESCO in its Tangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2008, is an important cultural day in Mexico and is also celebrated worldwide by people of Mexican descent. While “Death” is the main theme of the day, […]
4th July 2021.Reading time 6 minutes.
Although Sumo Wrestling is an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized sport, it has not yet been included in the Olympic games. The 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics (July 23 to August 8) will not include Sumo as a competitive sport, however, shortly after the Olympic Torch is quenched, Tokyo will host the Grand Sumo tournament from August […]