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Dana Popa May 24, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Moldova.
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Gynecological examination, International Organization for Migration. Moldova, 2006.

Dana Popa (b. 1977, Romania) completed her master’s degree in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the London College of Communication in 2006.  In 2009/2010 Dana Popa exhibited her work at the Impressions Gallery Bradford, UK and Photofusion Gallery, London, UK.  In 2007 she received the Jerwood Photography Award and the Jury Prize in the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards.Dana’s photographs are part of  the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts collection and the  Musee d’Elysee collection. Her photographs have been published in: Portfolio, British Journal of Photography, Vrij Nederland, etc. Her latest book project titled Not Natasha was published in 2009. She is represented by Anzenberger Agency, Vienna and Autograph ABP, London.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph is part of the series Not Natasha which documents the experiences of sex-trafficked women through photography and collected stories. In 2006 I visited Moldova, the poorest country of Europe and at the time the main exporter of sex slaves for as many as forty two destinations. I chose to depict the story of those who escaped sexual slavery and succeeded in returning to their home country. I wanted to see how they managed to live with the traumas they had experienced in a world that knows nothing about their suffering. Eventually, I met seventeen women who survived sex trafficking. I had to be both discreet and protective. These women were still dealing with strong emotional issues.”

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Alessandro Vincenzi August 22, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Moldova.
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From the Series: TB at European Gates

Alessandro Vincenzi (b.1973, Italy) began professional photography late in life. After a degree in biology at the University of Bologna and a specialization in tropical medicine, he joined Medecins Sans Forntieres in 2005. During his free time on his missions for MSF as a biologist, he took pictures of patients and other people in distress in various contexts and countries. As the second prize winner of a photography contest, Alessandro attended a workshop in 2006, organized by the Toscana Photographic Workshop and VII Photo Agency. In 2008 Alessandro decided to become a full time professional photographer and left MSF. He is based in Madrid, Spain and is working on 2 long-term projects, “TB at European Gates” and ” Transgender in India”.

About the Photograph:

“Moldova has one of the highest numbers of Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis patients in the world. During the Soviet Union Regime hospitals and were often running out of drugs. Due to the migration of people, TB is on the rise again where it had almost disappeared. The Moldovan story is part of one of my bigger projects, TB at European Gates. I had been following this man for a few days. At the moment of my visit he was at the end of the treatment and as it often happens (patients feels better after few months of treatment), he was not regularly following the treatment anymore. ” (more…)

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