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Albertina d’Urso May 27, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in East Timor.
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Dili, East Timor 2012

Albertina d’Urso’s (b.1976, Italy) photographic projects have been recognized by  “Canon Young Photographers Award” and “Lucie Awards”. She has exhibited internationally including in Insa Art Center in Seoul, 291 Gallery in San Francisco,  Speos Gallery in Paris, VII Gallery in New York, “MIA- Milan Image Art Fair”, “New York Photo Festival”, “Angkor Photo Festival”, “Forma Centro Internazionale di Fotografia” in Milano. She published the book “TI MOUN YO, Children of Haiti”, Contrasto, that was voted “Documentary Book of the Year” at the “International photography Awards” Her work is regularly featured in magazines including Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Panorama, L’Espresso among others.

About the Photograph:

“I made this photo of a group of fishermen who were preparing their nets before going out to sea on a beach in central Dili, the capital of East Timor a few months before the withdrawal of the international peacekeepers stationed there. East Timor (officially titled the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste) a former Portuguese colony for three centuries, suffered 24 years of brutal Indonesian occupation that left more than 250,000 dead and much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed. International armed forces entered the country in 1999 and even if formal independence was declared in 2002, extreme poverty, internal rivalry and mistrust, riots and violence required the blue-helmeted soldiers to stay for five consecutive missions. A decade after, Asia’s youngest country, has made significant progress but with the departure of UN troops. Still, the future remains uncertain. I included this image in my story because I wanted to show the return to normal life .”

Dominic Nahr January 26, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in East Timor.
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25 year old Dominic Nahr was born in Switzerland and raised in Hong Kong where he established himself as a photojournalist. He worked for the South China Morning Post as a staff photographer for a year (’05-’06) before going to East Timor to photograph for L’Agence France-Presse. In early 2007 he traveled to the Gaza Strip to photograph for Polaris Images. In late 2007 he became a freelance photographer in New York and Toronto. Dominic’s work has been published in Time, GQ, Sunday Times Magazine, The Fader, The Guardian and PDN among others. Awards include Magenta Flash Forward book for Emerging Photographers 2008, PDN Annual 2008,POYi: Magazine News Picture Story, Award of Excellence 2007, Ian Parry Grant, Honorable Mention 2007. Dominic is currently a member of the Oeil Public Photo Agency and based in Paris.

About the Photograph:

“East Timor was my first story away from Hong Kong. It was also the first time I photographed in a crisis area. The day before this picture was taken I had spent the afternoon in the morgue as the only photographer allowed inside. I was photographing the bodies of the dead policemen, killed by the renegade soldiers. This was also a first for me. When the family’s finally began the funeral processions it was very emotional and classical in my eyes. They walked through the Santa Cruz Cemetery holding huge cross’s followed by the bodies of their loved ones. I wanted to create a picture that held the weight of what I had witnessed in the last 24 hours, while including the strength and beauty of the people of East Timor.”

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