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Brigitte Grignet April 28, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Chile.
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Isla Meulin, Chiloé 2007

Brigitte Grignet (b. 1968, Belgium) moved to New York in 1996, where she turned to photography in 1998 and studied at the International Center of Photography. Her pictures have been published in Newsweek, Double Take, Visionaire,  Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Days Japan and other publications. She received the Marty Forscher Grant for Emerging Photographer in 2001, and the Circuit Vlaanderen from the Charleroi Museum of Photography (Belgium) in 2003. She was an artist-in-residence in Niort and Marseille (France). Her images have been exhibited in Europe, USA, the Middle East and Japan and are included in the collections of the Kyosato Museum of Photography and The Museum of Photography in Charleroi.  She currently teaches at ICP and is a visiting artist at Parsons School of Design (New York). Her work is distributed by L’Agence Vu (Paris).

About the Photograph:

“This beautiful day is still very vivid in my memory.  We left the house in early morning to walk to the other side of the island of Meulin,and visit Aunt Carmen, who lives there alone with her dogs. It was hot and sunny, after days of continuous rain, as often happens in Chiloé, even in the middle of the summer. When the light was low and beautiful we brought the radio and danced in the fields. Carmen was crying from happiness and Ercilla was falling asleep from too much Chicha. Candelaria was happy to spend the summer with her mother, who was working on a different island. Women often have to leave their children with the grandparents when they find a job outside. It felt it was one of those rare moments when we don’t wish for anything else but are just there in the present.”

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Mustafah Abdulaziz January 28, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Chile, Patagonia.
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Cerro Castillo, Patagonia

Mustafah Abdulaziz (b. 1986, USA) is a self-taught photographer who studied journalism in Pennsylvania and embarked on the road of documentary photography after freelancing and interning for the Tribune’s Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, PA. He has since done work for Newsday, Polaris Agency, and BlueCross/BlueShield. In 2008, he joined the photo collective MJR, a group of young photographers specializing in fashion, wedding, art, and photojournalism.  He has attended both the Foundry Photojournalism and Eddie Adams Workshop in 2008. He has since relocated to Philadelphia to begin a long term project on the affects of the national economy crisis and escalating violence in the City of Brotherly Love. Mustafa recently won two 1st Place Awards at the Atlanta Photojournalism Contest (1st Place Portraits, 1st Place Sports Picture Story) and photographed the Obama inauguration on assignment for the Wall Street Journal

About the Photograph:

This was taken in Cerro Castillo, a small outpost town at the far bottom of Chilean Patagonia. I had been photographing cowboys and their changing culture for a few weeks before this, and when I heard there was going to be an annual rodeo held, I headed off to shoot it. I knew this rodeo would draw young and old from all over to prove themselves against each other, but I was interested to see what it’d be like. Patagonia is particularly harsh sometimes and the cowboys forged from this land have a bit of romance to them, which they are somewhat aware of. But taking part within the rodeo was this underlying current of cultural change: the young did not dress in the traditional clothing until they arrived. They text on cell phones and they drank Coca-Cola products. And even during the rodeo, they were videotaping on new Panasonic recorders. This picture represents the old culture in the story.

Peter van Agtmael July 30, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Chile.
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Valparaiso, Chile 2007

Peter van Agtmael (B. 1981, USA) has been covering the American wars and their consequences since the beginning of 2006.  He was the winner in 2007 of a World Press award for his work on night raids in Iraq, and was selected for the 2008 World Press Joop Swart Masterclass.  Van Agtmael’s work on the wars won the Critical Mass book award.  He helped organize the Battlespace project, a multi-platform retrospective of largely unseen images from dozens of photographers covering Iraq and Afghanistan. Peter is a recently nominated member of Magnum Photos.

About the Phoitograph:

“This picture is part of a small series of photos that has some significance to me.  It was taken in Valparaiso, Chile at the end of 2007.  I was on a small trip around South America with my girlfriend at the time.  I had lived in Valparaiso in 2002 as an exchange student, which turned out to be a very important experience.  It was the first time that I really dedicated myself to picture taking, and at the end the experience I knew definitively that I wanted to be a photographer.   This was my first time back, and while my girlfriend worked I would go on long walks around the city to take pictures and think about all that had happened in the five years that had passed. At the time I took this picture, I had spent much of the previous two years photographing war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and their consequences at home.  It had been a really intense period, and I wasn’t taking many pictures for pure pleasure.  My few weeks in South America really gave me a shot in the arm, and although many of the pictures were failures, it felt like a small evolution in my way of seeing.”