Quarta-feira, 27 de Agosto de 2014
WAR AND MENTAL HEALTH AFTER CRISIS
07 January 2011
Juba, South Sudan
In areas of crisis—in failed states, in refugee camps, in countries where the infrastructure has collapsed—the mentally ill are frequently condemned to neglect or lives of misery. Disregarded in parts of the world by government and the aid community, sometimes far from family support networks, the mentally ill can lead isolated lives, subject to ill treatment.
Robin Hammond has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world through long-term photographic projects. In 2013, he was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography and he is also the receipient of four Amnesty International awards for human rights journalism.
Quarta-feira, 25 de Junho de 2014
NICOLETTE AT THE ORPHANAGE
22 December 2013
Nicolette sits in the corner of a room at an orphanage where she lives with her four brothers. A few months earlier, their mother Ania had been sentenced to time in jail, and the courts did not consider their father a suitable carer for the children. Ania had been out of work for five years, had fallen into debt, and faced a number of other court cases.
Maciek Nabrdalik is a documentary photographer, based in Warsaw, Poland, and represented by VII Photo agency. Although Nabrdalik works worldwide, his main concentration is on sociological changes in Eastern Europe. His work has been exhibited in the US, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece and Poland. His work appears in the Smithsonian, L’Espresso, Stern, Newsweek , Polityka, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Quarta-feira, 23 de Abril de 2014
A PORTRAIT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
02 September 2012
Millersport, Ohio, USA
Shane carries Memphis, his partner Maggie’s toddler daughter. Shane had Maggie’s name tattooed on his neck one month into their courtship.
Domestic violence is frequently seen as a private crime, hidden from view, often excused or obscured from outsiders even by its victims. Maggie (19) lives in central Ohio, with her children Kayden (4) and Memphis (2). Her partner of some months, Shane (31), has had struggles with addiction, and has spent much of his life in prison. One night a violent argument broke out between them after they had returned home from a bar. Shane told Maggie she could choose between being beaten in the kitchen, where a friend was sitting, or going to the basement where they could talk privately. Maggie refused to be alone with him, and his rage grew more intense. Shane was arrested after a resident in the house called the police. He later pleaded guilty to a domestic violence felony and was given a nine-month sentence.
Quarta-feira, 19 de Fevereiro de 2014
26 February 2013
African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.
John Stanmeyer, born in Illinois, is a founder member of the VII photo agency. Over the last decade, Stanmeyer has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic, producing more than 12 stories for the magazine. Between 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, during which time he photographed the war in Afghanistan, the fight for independence in East Timor, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, and other significant world news events. His years with Time resulted in 18 covers of the magazine.
Quarta-feira, 12 de Fevereiro de 2014
School for Less Fortunate
07 November 2012
New Delhi, India
Children of local laborers clean the area that serves as their classroom, at a free school under a metro rail bridge, in New Delhi, India.
The school was founded by Rajesh Kumar Sharma (40), who was unable to complete his own college education, because of financial difficulties. Every day he takes two hours out to teach, while his brother replaces him at his general store. Together with an assistant, Laxmi Chandra, Sharma gives lessons to around 45 children daily, having persuaded their families to free them from working to earn money. He aims to prepare his students for admission to government schools, and to equip them for overcoming poverty.
Altaf Qadri was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and studied science at Kashmir University. He began his working life as a computer engineer, before taking up photography as a profession. Qadri grew up amid mass uprisings against Indian rule and witnessed many important events and incidents as a teenager. He was later sent to New Delhi, where his sister lived. When a friend gave him a camera, Qadri began to shoot and soon realized that the camera could become a witness along with him.
Quarta-feira, 29 de Janeiro de 2014
07 August 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Natalia Gonzales, a 15-year-old crack user, lives in the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Once, blatant sale of crack at outdoor drug markets led to areas of Manguinhos and surrounding shantytowns being dubbed Crackland. But the drug seems to be disappearing from the streets.
Certain drug bosses say they have stopped selling crack, because it destabilizes their territories, making them harder to control. City authorities also take credit for the change, saying it is the result of a police offensive to retake slum areas long abandoned by the government.
Felipe Dana was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985. He got an early start on his career at age 15 when he began working as an assistant photographer. He later pursued a degree in photography at a local university, all the while working as a commercial photographer and contributing to various local and international news agencies. In 2009, he decided to dedicate himself solely to photojournalism, documenting the social upheaval in his native Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
Quarta-feira, 27 de Novembro de 2013
In the Shadow of Wounded Knee
02 June 2012
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oglala, South Dakota, USA
Oglala men carry a felled cottonwood tree to the center of a sun dance circle. Erected in the earth, the tree will become the focus of a four-day spiritual ceremony.
The Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota live near the site of the massacre of over 250 Lakota Sioux, at Wounded Knee Creek (1890). They recount a long history of violated treaties and broken promises on the part of successive US governments. Pine Ridge is seeing an upsurge in resistance movements, and a revival of traditional spiritual ways. The sun dance has returned, after nearly disappearing, and people are teaching language, horse skills, and ceremonies to the youth.
Aaron Huey is a National Geographic photographer, and a Harper’s Magazine contributing editor. He is only the second photographer to occupy the Harper’s masthead in its 162-year history. Huey was a 2012 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellow, where he worked on new media models for community storytelling. He is widely known for his 3,349-mile solo walk across America (with his dog Cosmo). The 2002 journey lasted 154 days. There was no media coverage; they walked every step. He now lives in Seattle, USA.
Quarta-feira, 31 de Julho de 2013
Life in War
06 April 2010
Zahra (20) set fire to herself four years before this photo was taken.
Forced marriage, domestic violence, poverty, and lack of access to education are said to be among leading reasons for self-immolation. Conservative laws and traditions in Afghanistan place women in a subordinate position. Some women find that setting themselves alight—as a form of protest, or in attempted suicide—is the only option that seems open to them.
The people of Afghanistan have had to deal with conflict and military occupation for much of the past 50 years. Conflict and long-term instability in Afghanistan have led to personal trauma, and severe economic and infrastructural damage. Foreign aid has helped support various initiatives to improve infrastructure and education, but as occupation forces withdraw and Western economies face their own difficulties, funds to NGOs are being cut.
Majid Saeedi is an award-winning, internationally recognized Iranian photographer. He has photographed throughout the Middle East for the past two decades, focusing on humanitarian issues, with a special interest in telling previously untold stories of social injustice. He also especially enjoys doing street photography – portraying citizens and ordinary life. Saeedi was born and raised in Tehran. He took up photography at the age of 16 and, when he turned 18, went to the Iran-Iraq border to photograph refugees there.
Quarta-feira, 12 de Junho de 2013
Pool Hall Attack
11 March 2012
Bodies lie on the floor of a pool hall, after an attack by unidentified masked assailants, in Choloma, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
A wave of violence has made Honduras one of the most dangerous places on Earth, with an annual rate of 86 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. San Pedro Sula, often cited as Honduras’ most violent city, has a murder rate double the national average. Criminal gangs operate almost with impunity, imposing reigns of extortion, murder, and drug trafficking.
Esteban Felix was born in Callao, Peru, in 1972. He began his career in 1995 as a staff photographer at El Sol and El Comercio newspapers as well as at the political magazine Oiga. From 1998 to 2000, he participated in a World Press Photo seminar in Lima, Peru, tutored by Vincent Alabiso. In 2000, Esteban began working for the Associated Press as a staff photographer assigned in Latin America. His past assignments have included news, Coup D’état, presidential elections, earthquakes and hurricanes.
Quarta-feira, 10 de Abril de 2013
The Pink Choice
28 June 2011
Businessman Hieu (58) takes a bath with Thang (62), a social worker. They have been partners for eight years.
Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex couples, but in 2012 the Vietnamese government announced it was considering recognizing same-sex marriage, a move that would make it the first Asian country to do so. Despite past human rights issues and a long-standing stigma against homosexuality, parliamentary debate on same-sex marriage was scheduled for 2013. Polls showed that majority public opinion remained opposed to the idea. In August 2012, the country’s first gay pride parade took place in Hanoi.
Nguyen Thanh Hai (Maika Elan) was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1986. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Maika started to use the camera to take pictures of her daily and private life in 2006. She turned to professional photography soon after, starting collaborations for editorial clients and fashion firms in Vietnam. In 2010, Maika moved to documentary photography and her first project, The Pink Choice, focuses on the personal lives of gay couples in Vietnam.