Francesco Anselmi April 1, 2015Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bulgaria.
Sofia, Bulgaria 2013
Francesco Anselmi (b. 1984, Italy) studied photojournalism at the International Center of Photography where he received a scholarship from the New York Times. Soon after finishing his studies. In 2012 Francesco joined Contrasto Photo Agency; that same year he started traveling to Greece, where he has been based for an ongoing project about the economic crisis. A selection of images from his Greek project screened at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan and at Image Singuliere festival in Sete, France. In 2013 he was awarded a grant from the Chris Hondros Fellowship Fund. More recently his work has been selected as a finalist project for the Leica Oskar Barnak Award and exhibited at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists. He divides his time between New York, Milan and Greece.
About the Photograph:
“This picture was taken in a daycare center in Sofia, Bulgaria. It’s of a Syrian Kurdish family from Qamshli, who just escaped the conflict. After Greece built a wall along its border with Turkey in the Evros region, Bulgaria became the main entrance to Europe for thousands of asylum seekers escaping the Syrian conflict through Turkey. In the end of 2013, Bulgaria was not ready to face this wave of immigration and the conditions in which migrants and refugees were kept were dire. No food or medicines were provided to them. They barely survived. Most of the refugees coming from Syria were women and children, their husbands and fathers were either dead or still fighting.”
Olof Jarlbro February 23, 2012Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bulgaria.
Bulgarian Ataka. Political Party, Sofia 2011
Olof Jarlbro (1978,Sweden) graduated from the Documentary and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography in 2001. After his studies in New York he returned to Sweden and began working on longer photographic projects. In 2005 he attended the BA-program at FAMU Art, Film and Photographic school in Prague. During his time in the Czech Republic he had a solo exhibit at the House of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2008, he published his first book The Falling Kingdom. His work has been published in Esquire, Style and other magazine. After the ‘Falling Kingdom’ Olof published two more books: ‘Stonefactory’ (2009) and ‘Nepal and Mao’ (2011). He is currently based in Bulgaria.
About the Photographs:
“The Bulgarian Ataka party was founded in 2005. They describe themselves as patriotic and nationalistic. I’m interested in people who are politically extreme regardless if it’s the left or right. In either case, I try to gain acceptance from the subjects before making photographs. I never go in with a political belief or personal standpoint. Part of my success in gaining access in other cultures is my willingness to try and understand other people’s perspective. One would think that the party would just attract skinheads, but they draw support from a large variety of people in Bulgaria: workers, farmers, pensioners and a large portion of people from remote villages.”
Dimitri Stefanov January 16, 2012Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bulgaria.
Burial in the village of Vulchi Trun, Bulgaria 2011
Dimitri Stefanov (b. 1987, Bulgaria) began an entry-level course in photography at the Escuela de Fotografía y Centro de Imagen in Madrid, when he was 19 years old. One year later, in 2009, he took a documentary photography course at the same school and was awarded the Most Promising Student of the Year. In 2010 he was invited to show his work at the International Festival of Photography in Plodiv, Bulgaria. He was a runner-up as Young Bulgarian Photographer of the Year. In 2011, Dimitri was selected to attend the Joop Swart Masterclass. His work has also been recognized by the POYi Emerging Vision Incentive and has been published in Bulgarian magazines such as One, Neq, BG Press Photo and others.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph is part of a project called In Profundis conducted between 2010 and 2011 in my home country, Bulgaria. It is my direct approach to face of death in the most physical sense. The grandchildren are mourning the death of their grandmother in the cemetery chapel. Here I have to say that without the help and understanding of all deceased persons and families this project would not have been possible. Thanks to each and every one of them. I never lied to anyone when making these pictures. I just want the viewer see or feel what I felt in these tough times. I have a saying: Life is over only when the music stops.”
Luiz Maximiano May 5, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bulgaria.
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Woman praying at Sveta Nedelyz Church. Sofia, Bulgaria
Luiz Maximiano was born in Brazil in 1978. After earning a BA in Social Communication at ESPM, in São Paulo, and a brief period working in the marketing department of companies like Sharp and Levi’s, he moved to the Netherlands in 2003 and became a photographer. In early 2007 he was awarded the Canon Prize as best photojournalist under 30 in the Netherlands. A nominee of both the World Press Photo Masterclass and PDN’s 30, he attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, in 2005, and the Missouri Photo Workshop, in 2006. His work has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire, Le Figaro Magazine, L’Espresso, Folha de S.Paulo, the Guardian and many others. He is based in Amsterdam.
About the Photograph:
As Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007, both countries will face similar challenges as they still suffer the economic consequences from their Communist past as well as corruption and high criminality rates. Most people make only the equivalent of a couple hundred dollars a month and unemployment is a big problem. The Roma minority is widely neglected everywhere and very few people believe that something significant will improve in their lives. The general idea is that Romanians and Bulgarians will be something like second class citizens in this new Europe.