Andy Spyra June 16, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in India, Kashmir.
Tags: India, Kashmir
Srinagar, Kashmir 2008
Andy Spyra (born 1984, Germany) graduated from school in 2006 and following travels to Central America and SE Asia worked as a freelance photographer for a local newspaper in his hometown of Hagen, Germany. He later studied photography at the Fachhochschule in Hannover where he graduated in 2007. Andy has received grants and recognition from: Getty (Editorial Grant), Sony World Photography, POYl and PDN Emerging 30 (2010). His work has been published in Geo, Stern, One-Mag, Middle East Report, 360° Magazine, and Amnesty International. He is currently pursuing personal projects in the Balkans and the middle East.
About the Photograph:
“The photograph is part of my long term project on Kashmir. The people were mourning over the destruction of their houses by the local government, which claimed that the houses were build illegally on the shores of Dal lake and therefore had to be removed. The fact is, at the time of construction, no building permits or anything like that existed. As part of an ecologic campaign to save the rapidly shrinking and polluted Dal Lake the government is trying to move people away and resettle them somewhere in the countryside of Kashmir. Obviously most people don’t want to leave their homes voluntary so the government comes back with force and destroys the houses. Why this has to happen at the beginning of the long and cold Kashmiri winter is a question that remains unanswered.”
Teru Kuwayama October 21, 2009Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Kashmir.
Earthquake Victims, Kashmir 2005
Teru Kuwayama’s (b. 1974, Japan) photographs have appeared in magazines including Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Outside, Fortune, and Vibe. His work on the Tibetan refugee diaspora received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, and have been exhibited at the Open Society Institute and at the United Nations. In 2004, Esquire magazine profiled him as among the “Best and Brightest” of his generation for his reportage on the occupation of Iraq. In 2005, PDN cited his work in Kashmir in a selection of the most iconic images in contemporary photography. In 2006 he received a Nikon Storyteller Award, a Days Japan International Photojournalism Award, and a W. Eugene Smith fellowship for his work on Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. He is the founder Lightstalker’s and is currently a Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
About the Photograph:
“On October 8th, 2005, a massive earthquake struck south-central Asia, with its epicenter in Pakistan administered Kashmir, and the Northwest Frontier Province. 80,000 people were killed in a single morning, with 3.5 million survivors displaced. In the wake of the earthquake, there was a fear that an even greater number of people would die of communicable diseases like cholera. The photograph was made at dusk in an IDP camp in Muzzafarabad, Azad Kashmir, as the women and children of were gathered for inoculations.”