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Åsa Sjöström July 16, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Sweden.
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High School Students, Malmo Sewden 2012

Åsa Sjöström (1976, Sweden) is a staff photographer at Sydsvenskan and is represented by Moment Agency. In 2002 she graduated from Nordens Fotoskola and has since been working for several major Swedish Daily Newspapers. Her work has been awarded first Prize in the World Press Photo and she has been awarded numerous prizes in the Swedish Picture of The Year Award. Two times she has been nominated for the Swedish Red Cross Journalist Award and received several grants for her commitment when she is documenting the intimacy of people. She has been published in National Geographic and exhibited her work in various galleries. She is based in Sweden.

About the Photograph:

“I took this picture for an assignment after one of many shootings in Malmo a couple of months ago. We wanted to see and hear from the young people whose lives are being effected by the violence and also the recently arrested serial killer who is responsible for killing immigrants. We ended up visiting a local high school in a vulnerable neighborhood and stayed with the youths for four days to cover the story. The first day I didn’t shoot any pictures. Many of the students don´t trust adults but at the same time are also carrying dreams and longing for a steady future. 15 year old Burak Selman gives his youth recreation instructor Py Villablanca a friendly hug. At the same time another student shapes his hand like a shooting gun and points his fingers towards her head. The students like their recreation leader but don’t easily trust their teachers ‘Don’t talk to her, she works for the authority‘, she often hears them say.”

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