Maddie McGarvey August 26, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ohio University, United States.
Tags: Ohio University, United States
From story about Lyme Disease, Vermont 2013
Maddie McGarvey (b. 1990, United States) graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication with a degree in photojournalism in 2012. Maddie has interned for the San Francisco Chronicle and was a staff photographer at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont until August of 2013. She is now a freelance photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. Maddie was the recipient of the LUCEO Student Project Award and the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award in 2011. She has been recognized by College Photographer of the Year, Hearst, and was runner-up Ohio Student Photographer of the Year in 2011. She was nominated for the Joop Swart Master Class in 2013 and attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2011. She has been published in Once Magazine, AARP Bulletin, The Washington Post, CNN.com, Education Week, USA Today and The Today Show.
About the Photograph:
“This is a photo of Greg Soll, a vegetable farmer in Vermont who was afflicted with Lyme Disease. One tick bite seriously affected the way he lived and worked for a long time. Farmers are used to putting in 14-18 hour days and suddenly he was constantly exhausted and couldn’t even use his right arm. He had to fight with doctors to even give him a Lyme test and unfortunately this has become a norm. More and more farmers are contracting Lyme disease and less doctors will diagnose and treat it. I spent the day with Greg while he farmed. While things are mostly back to normal for him, he still gets tired easily and has to take breaks often. But because farming is his way of sustaining himself and making a living, he fights through the pain and exhaustion to get his work done.”
Tommaso Protti August 22, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.
From the project about Kurds in Turkey. Mardin, Anatolia 2012
Tommaso Protti (1986, Italy) grew up in Rome and is currently based in London. His interest in social problems led him to getting a degree in Political Science and then into photography. He worked as an assistant to Francesco Zizola and received an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. His stories document social, political and environmental issues. Tommaso’s work has been widely exhibited in Italy and the UK. He received a Lucie Award and two first prizes at the Fotoleggendo and Portfolio Italia. Tommaso is a contributing photographer with Le Monde and The New York Times, and a member of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph is part of a long-term project that aims to identify how social, political and economic factors have contributed to alienating the Kurdish minority in Turkey, and to capture the social fabric of the region and Kurdish struggle to obtain full recognition of their cultural identity. The photo was made inside a primary school in Mardin, one of the largest cities in the southeastern Anatolia region where the Kurdish population is predominant.”
“I wanted to raise questions about the issue of the Kurdish language and the fact that it has not yet been fully recognized and authorized to be taught in Turkey. The language challenged the national myth that all citizens of Turkey are ethnic Turks. So it was treated as a crime against the state. Repression and forced assimilation were so brutal that many Kurds in Turkey no longer speak Kurdish fluently. When I saw the portrait of Musafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder father of the Turkish Republic, inside the school I immediately thought that it could symbolize in a picture the strength of the Turkish State and its strict control over the young Kurdish generations. The rest was a patient aesthetic research of how to combine all the elements available to me, and the wait to place everything in a spontaneous way.”
Farzana Wahidy August 19, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Afghanistan.
From a story on Women in Afghanistan. Jawzjan Province 2010
Editor’s note: Farzana is one of the photographers featured in ‘Frame by Frame’, a documentary film project that follows four Afghan photographers to explore the recent revolution of local photojournalism in Afghanistan. It looks like a worthy project now up on Kickstarter.
Farzana Wahidy (b.1984, Afghanistan) grew up in Kandahar and moved to Kabul at the age of six. After the Taliban came to power and prohibited the education of women, she secretly attended an underground school located in an apartment with 300 other girls. When the Taliban were defeated, Farzana continued her education, completing high school, then enrolled in a two-year program sponsored by AINA Photojournalism Institute. In 2004, she began working part-time as a photojournalist for Agence-France Presse, becoming the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for an international wire service. Her work has been published in The Sunday Times, and Le Monde.
About the Photograph:
“This photo was made in a rural area of northern Afghanistan where a number of Afghan women who are not able to work outside of their homes are busy weaving carpets. They start learning to weave at a very early age when they are still children and continue until they can hardly see or even sit any more. Some of these women not only use hashish themselves but also give it to their kids to fall asleep so they aren’t bothered by them while they are working.”
Sébastien Van Malleghem August 15, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Belgium.
Paifve Prison. Liège, Belgium 2011
Sébastien Van Malleghem (b. 1986, Belgium) studied photography in Brussels from 2006 to 2009. For four years he followed police officers and their interaction with the public in Belgium. Sébastien went to Libya in 2012 to cover the ruins of power after the death of Gaddafi. His work has been published in The New York Time Lens Blog, La letter de la Photographie Le Soir (be), Le Vif l’express (be) among others. His first monograph POLICE was published in Yellow Now Edition. Sébastien won the Foto Folio Review Award in Les Rencontres d’Arles , the Young Talent Artist Prize at the Belgium National Collection RTBF/ Canvas Collectie awards and the third prize at the European Month of Photography in Berlin.
About the Photograph:
“This photo was taken in one of the largest prisons for mentally ill criminals. The two prisoners in the courtyard of the prison are on their way to work duty. It reminded me of a prison camp during World War II. The prison administers psychiatric help to the inmates but most of their illnesses are not curable. Most of them don’t know when they will be released. They receive medication three times a day to calm down. The prison guards are kind with the inmates and most of the time have a friendly relationship with them but because of their illness they can suddenly change and become really aggressive and dangerous. In general there is a good atmosphere inside of the prison but also something really sad. There are only a few people outside who want to understand them because of their incarceration. This photo is part of a series I’m currently working on about the idea of justice in Belgium and in Europe.”
Go Takayama August 12, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in China.
Tags: China, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz- Chinese family. One Year Death Anniversary of their Child. Xinjiang, China 2012
Go Takayama (b.1982, Japan) grew up in Japan and spent most of his twenties in U.S.A. Over the past three years, he has been pursuing his own ethnic passion working on several personal projects in China. Go received a BA in visual communication and political science in 2008 from Ohio University. He attended Truth With a Camera Workshop (2007), American Diversity Project (2008), Missouri Photo Workshop (2009), Angkor Photo Workshop (2010), and the Eddie Adams Workshop (2011). He received Best of American Society of Media Photographer in 2012. His work has appeared in Prestige Hong Kong, ElleMEN, Aera, Casa Brutus and the Wall Street Journal.
About the photograph:
“This photograph was taken on the first day I met an ethnic Kyrgyz Chinese family, now the subject of my first series of The Edge, about the resettlement and urbanizing community as a result of the completion of the Kayi Expressway in Xinjiang Autonomous region of China. The parents of the family are retired nomads. Now only three out of six of their children carry on a nomadic life up in the mountains. When I arrived and saw their mud-and-thatch house, the family was having the first annual anniversary for their lost son, who died of poor health at only six years of age. The family members and their relatives were visiting the lost son’s grave as they cleaned and prepared a meal. The Kyrgyz Chinese are one of the Islamic minorities in China and transforming generations from nomadic herdsmen to fixed community residents. This is an on-going project to observe the changes imposed as their new town urbanizes after China’s completion of the world’s largest highway network.”
Annie Flanagan August 8, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
Tags: United States
Purple Orchid Lady. Monroe, New York 2012
Annie Flanagan (b. 1986, United States) graduated from Ohio University’s Visual Communication program in 2009, Annie took to exploring the world around her and documenting it along the way. Her work has been recognized by CPOY (Silver, Spot News), The Alexia Foundation for World Peace and Cultural Understanding Student Grant (Award of Excellence). This past July she began graduate school at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
About the Photograph:
“I met Sam last summer at the racetrack in Brewerton, NY. He was in the pit with his family, racing against his son, grandsons and great-granddaughter. ‘I do it because I love the speed,’ he told me, ‘Speed has been my life since I was little.’ Sam drove his first car at seven and began racing when he was 18. Now at 83 he is still racing. That summer he was recovering from the loss of his wife Doris, who passed away that December. Her favorite color was purple, so most things in his home have tints of purple to them. She named his race car the The Purple Orchid Lady, decorating his car with a painting of a pin-up girl. On this afternoon, Sam had just finished spending a day fixing up his car with his son Billy. He came out of the garage and sat down to drink coffee and watch the storm roll in.”
Philipp Engelhorn August 5, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Africa.
Tags: South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
Philipp Engelhorn (b.1968, Germany) is a travel and documentary photographer. After living in New York for six years and working as a photo assistant for Russell James, Sheila Metzner and Patrick Demachelier he relocated to Hong Kong in 2002 to start his own career. Philipp freelances for OUTSIDE, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, New York Times , The Herald Tribune, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller, Newsweek, Time, Der Spiegel, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Greenpeace, Grands Reportages, Geo Saison, among others.
About the Photograph:
“I shot this image in Cape Town while working on a feature story about the notorious number gangs (26/27/28). It was hard to get access to the gang members, so the whole story took me two months to complete. Most of my time was spend in Manenberg and Gugulethu, some of the toughest Townships outside Cape Town. Known simply as Joker (a member of #28) but christened Monty this well-muscled 27 year old former convict lives and hustles for work on the streets of Cape Town. A prison sentence of six years on twenty-four separate charges including assault, drug use and selling, robbery, arms possessions, etc. saw Joker emerge a member of the 28s. He is most proud of the impressive 28 tattoos that adorns his body, and the line: Dead is a holiday with no return on his chest.”
Susana Girón August 1, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.
Refugees in Istanbul, Turkey 2012
Susana Girón (b.1975, Spain) received her Master’s degree in Physical Education. Years later she graduated in Photography and Visual Arts at the University Miguel Hernandez in Elche. She received the Fototraballo International Grant and also was awarded in the International Photography Awards Competition IPA 2012 with two Honorable Mentions. Her images have been published in GEO, Le Figaro, ABC, EIKON Magazine, El País Digital, Art Magazine and Basel Zeitung. Susana has published two books: Legados: Generaciones en tránsito (Artual 2010) and Faith, Passion, Destiny (Nortempo 2012). She is represented by Polaris Images.
About the Photograph:
“This picture of Alwande is part of a project about Iraqi refugees in Istanbul. She divorced her husband in Iraq and was forced to leave her country and go to Turkey after receiving several death threats. Her husband, her family and the society rejected her for being divorced and a single mother with two kids. She is journalist and worked in Teheran for local newspapers focused on women rights. After she arrived in Istanbul she waited to cross the Greek border and reach the United Kingdom with all her savings – 1.500 €.- after years of work: She was evicted after being unable to pay her rent. Alwande has no legal papers. Her children were oblivious to the drama their mother was going through. I tried to seek asylum for her at a Catholic church and later tried to contact her several times but didn’t receive any response.”
Karen Miranda Rivadeneira July 29, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ecuador.
Matilde and I. Vinchoa, El Bolivar, Ecuador 2012
Karen Miranda Rivadeneira (b.1983, United States) graduated from the School of Visual Arts before beginning her journey in photography. She has participated in numerous residencies such as Fondazione Ratti’s in Como, Italy, The Wurlitzer foundation in New Mexico and Pour L’Image in Niort, France and Lightwork in Syracuse, NY. She has worked with the Mam in Guatemala, with the Mandaeans (from south of Iraq and west of Iran) living in Sweden and lately in the Andean Mountains. She is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, including a NYFA Fellowship in photography, EnFoco New Works Award, and two awards by the Queens Council of the Arts. Karen has recently been invited to participate at the third Latin American Photography forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Her work is part of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Photography Collection.
About the Photograph:
“Matilde Cunalata is a yachaj or what is commonly known as a Shaman. We met a couple of years ago, and since then, I visit her every year sometimes for months at a time. Through her knowledge of plants and singing, people come to her for physical and also emotional healing. The art of a yachaj is fast decaying in part because not a single relative wants to carry on this tradition. A tradition that has been alive for thousand of years, predating the Incas, relating closely to Mongolian shamanism in a sense. This image was taken the morning after after a ceremony that went throughout the night. We left her house and I saw this beautiful wall of plants, I was leaving the next day back to New York and wanted to have an image of us that will conclude our nightly ordeal. I set up the camera, and we manage to climb through the steep greenery, I asked a passerby to press the shutter and gave him one instruction; to press the shutter when we seemed relaxed and this was it.”
William Coupon July 25, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Haiti.
Chicklet Lady. Jacmel, Haiti 1979
William Coupon (b. 1952, USA) became interested in formal studio portraits in 1979 while observing the lower Manhattan youth and decided early on to use a single-light source and simple mottled backdrop as a studio style. This was then used to document specific global cultures and sub-cultures. Many of the projects – referred to as “Social Studies” – became documents of indigenous people. These include projects on Haiti, Australian Aboriginals, Native Americans, Israeli Druzim, Moroccan Berbers, Spanish Gypsies, Turkish Kurds, among others. These projects also included Death Row Inmates, Drag Queens, and Cowboys. Stylistically, they were always photographed formally on a drop and environmentally with a 2 1/4 Rolleiflex. In addition to his personal images William has worked extensively in commercial photography and film with over 20 Time Magazine covers – including portraits of all the Presidents since Richard Nixon. He has also completed major advertising campaigns for Nike, FedEx, Ford, Japan Airlines, Apple Computer and many others.
About the Photograph:
“The portrait of this woman, carrying boxes of Chicklets on her head took place in the seaside town of Jacmel, Haiti. I had decided to take a trip to Haiti rather spontaneously with my girlfriend, who I’d met at the Mudd Club in lower Manhattan. Having just finished a series of Punk portraits in New York at the time, Haiti seemed like a refreshing destination. Or so it seemed. It was intensely poor and ‘more African than Africa.’ I felt as much a novelty to them as they did to me. Haiti ~ the land of voodoo and the first black republic in the western hemisphere. I arrived in Jacmel and found my way around the main marketplace, spoke with a shopkeeper and convinced him to let me shoot there the following day. I would be giving everyone an SX-70 Polaroid and 2 gourds ~ the equivalent of 40 cents. The scene was bedlam. There were lines around the corner. I photographed the subjects against my hotel room’s bedspread ~ I did not have my mottled backdrop. I kept up the sessions until my money ran out. I probably met and photographed over 100 people that day, with many more potential subjects eager to lend their faces to me. This lady, with the Chicklet boxes, is one of my favorites that day.”
Virginie Terrasse July 22, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in France.
From the project “Voluptas”. Paris, France 2001
Virgine Terrasse (b. 1976, France) became a freelance photographer in 2002. She has been published in France by Le Monde, la Croix, Courriers de l’Atlas, L’expansion, Regards and Libération among others. Her documentary emphasis communities (Sikhs of Bobigny, Paris region), countries (Albania), areas of tension (Middle-East, Tibet) where history has been recently changed and stories aren’t well known. Since 2012 she’s working on a project in Greenland. In 2010, her documentary “La Palestine comment ?” was awarded at the Levallois-Epson prize for contemporary photography. In 2011 for the same work she was shortlisted at the HSBC award. Her multimedia and photographic work has been presented in several French and European festivals. Virginie also she leads workshops in photography and multimedia in Paris.
About the Photograph:
“In 1926, the architect Le Corbusier developed in the Athens charter the idea of separating a city into two parts : “commoditas”, for spaces reserved to vehicles, and “voluptas”, for pedestrians and buildings. This revolutionary concept was put into practice forty years later, in the business district “La Défense”, in western Paris. This example is unique. Even in the United States streets are still left to cars, and the buildings are as high as possible. The pictures in this corpus illustrate life in Europe’s greatest business center where, despite some 140,000 workers present on a daily basis, solitude is everywhere. It is hypnotizing, drawing us into silence and disaffection. For Le Corbusier, To let in sunshine is an architect’s most imperative duty, and a city must be like an immense park. Promised to a radiant outcome, has this architectural concept kept its promise? In this modern village, I am looking for the organization codes to human relations, in an architectural environment that, at first sight, doesn’t facilitate them. This work is a study on people’s daily life, in an overwhelming environment.”
Juan Arredondo July 18, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Colombia.
Medellín, Colombia 2011
Juan Arredondo (b. 1978, USA) grew up in Colombia and relocated to the USA to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in Organic Chemistry. While working as a research scientist at a major pharmaceutical company he became interested in photography. His work has been recognized by PDN Photo Annual, PX3 Prix de la Photographie and the Magenta Foundation as a Flash Forward Emerging Photographers winner. He has been selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop and nominated for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Juan is a regular contributor for The New York Times. His photographs have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Herald Tribune, El Colombiano and LAN Magazine. His work has been commissioned by International Rescue Committee and Save the Children. Juan lives between Medellin and New York City.
About the Photograph:
“This image is part of a series called Barrio Triste : Sad Neighborhood. For the past three years I have documented life in Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia to understand how it has transformed from the world most dangerous city to one that is praised as one of Latin America’s safest and fastest growing cities. Barrio Triste rests in the center of the city. It was once a residential neighborhood, but over decades has been ousted by repair shops, warehouses and bars. Grease- stained streets and dilapidated buildings become alive from the commotion of mechanics and street vendors during the day. Displaced families, homeless, sex-workers and drug addicts fine refuge on the empty sidewalks at night.”
“This photograph was taken at a billiard hall where mechanics and locals go to play and have a drink. The place was adorned with several murals, mainly depicting scenes of what happens inside the place. This mural in particular struck me for several reasons. The man behind the counter is the owner of the place and his depiction is very accurate. The translation of the inscription on the Radio says Where would he be? As I was walking around the mechanic in the picture just sat to rest. Not having anything to drink or anyone to speak to, he just gazed at the street for a while. He seemed very lonely, like the drunk on the mural.”
Todd Sanchioni July 15, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Laos.
Vientiane Laos 2010
Todd Sanchioni (1972, United States) has been capturing moments of time since attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but his motorcycle travels across the United States were his real initiation to a life of travel, art, adventure, and examining what it means to be alive. Todd settled in San Francisco for graduate school at the California Collage of the Arts. He has worked as a bike messenger, helped organize a messenger strike and assisted in disaster relief in New Orleans among other things. Todd has photographed extensively in Laos and is working with the Center for Laotian Studies on the history of Laotian refugees. His work has been featured in Maholy Ground magazine, See Saw, Landscape Stories, Esquire, Russia and NPR.
About the Photograph:
“I had been traveling for six months with my girl friend and having a great time, but as a photographer I was going crazy. It is hard to travel with some one and also be a photographer. We were both in need of a little alone time and I wanted to get into photographer mode. So we decided to split up for a month. I gave myself an assignment. I had been reading a book, written in the late 90’s, about an American traveling down the Mekong river from China to its end in Southeast Asia. When his travels took him to Laos he described it as a country 50 years behind the modern world. In one paragraph he mentioned traveling in a boat with a Lao punk band. The image I had of the situation he described remained with me. I decided to go to Laos to photograph, and also record audio, of any musician I could find. I just wanted to get my eye framing the world around me and make something happen. And maybe I would run into that punk band as I traveled around, searching.”
“This picture was taken in the capital, Vientiane, as we were circling around the Patuxai monument. I had gotten lost on my way to meet him and was really late. He was in a rush to get somewhere, so I didn’t have much time with him. With the time I had, I recorded him playing some songs first and then he had to rush off. I didn’t leave enough time to take pictures. I wanted to make the most of the situation. I flagged down a tuk tuk to follow him as he rushed off on the back of his girlfriends’ scooter. I hung out the back of the tuk tuk to get this image and then they rode off. “
Faseeh Shams July 11, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Pakistan.
Snake Charmer. Lahore, Pakistan 2012
Faseeh Shams (b. 1984, Pakistan) began his career wandering in northern Pakistan with a small point and shoot camera. He later earned his MBA in Human Resources and an MA in Marketing and worked as a brand marketing consultant for a firm in England. Faseeh’s work has been published in Newsweek, the BBC and Reuters among other publications. His photographs have been exhibited at Punjab University and Gallery 320. He is currently based in Lahore, Pakistan but frequently travels to Iran, Afghanistan and the UK.
About the Photograph:
“My daughter, he proudly boasted ‘She is the queen of all tribes living here. One day she will be the best snake catcher of all Pakistan.’ Shazia was barely five years old, the youngest family member of the clan who had their tents parked outside Lahore in an abandoned lot. Snake charming is an art and a profession. It originated in India where it was a religious requirement. Before Hinduism, snake worship was one of the ancient religions. Snake worship had special temples, Gods and deities. Hindus practiced the arts of charming which included treating snake bite victims and herbal treatments for various ailments. It was a Hindu discipline but later other castes and groups in Sindh, Bengal and Punjab also acquired the skill. The art of snake charming is becoming a rare breed. In Pakistan it’s dying because it doesn’t pay. Forty years ago charmers walked the streets and were invited into homes. On Eid, Saperas dressed in long kurtas, colored turbans and necklaces made of beads and shells would show up and perform with their snakes.”