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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 .”

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