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Christian Als May 26, 2008

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Golfing in Mumbai from “India Rising”

“My passion and interest in photography developed in the late nineties after extensive travels in third world countries, where I realized the urge to document my surroundings. I love to undertake social and humanitarian projects around the world, and like the journey a photographic project can turn into over time. Most of all I just love people and love photography.”

Christian Als was born in the countryside just outside Copenhagen, where he is based. Most of his work centers on ‘concerned photography’ and social issues all over the world. In 2006 he graduated from the Danish School of Journalism and soon won several International photo awards including BOP and was a finalist in Visa D’Or 2005 in Perpignan. His work has been published in Der Spiegel, Christian Science Monitor, Bücher Magazine, Urban, ARENA, and Surfer Magazine among others. Christian won the POYI feature story award in 2008 for his project on juvenile prisoners in Latvia and most recently the China International Press Photo Contest for the “India Rising”.

About the Photograph:

The urban extremes can be hard to take in the Indian mega cities. A new golf course has sprung up in downtown Mumbai, while new skyscrapers are being built in the background. Home to 19 million people, Mumbai is projected by 2012 to be the planet’s second most populated city, after Tokyo.

Andrew Henderson May 14, 2008

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Untouchables, India

Before attending Rochester Institute of Technology, Andrew Henderson was altered by the experiences he encountered during a two-month trip to South Africa and Botswana. Since 2001, he has worked on photographic essays in collaboration with organizations in Mexico, Uganda, Rwanda, and India. In 2007, he completed staff photographer internships at the Concord Monitor, The Virginian-Pilot, and National Geographic Magazine. Currently, Andrew attends Syracuse University, and will be interning at The New York Times in Summer 2008. Awards include: College Photographer of the Year, POYi, The Alexia Foundation, and PDN, among others. Publication credits include The New York Times, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The FADER, Washington Post Magazine, The Sunday (London) Times, and National Geographic Magazine. He is a member of aevum photo collective

About the Photograph:

The image is of a traditional Christian Funeral for Matiah Nalla, in a leprosy colony on the outskirts of Khammam, India. An elder who lost his hands and feet as a result of leprosy, his son Nathaniel is washing him as they prepare him for burial, which is uncommon for India because the skyrocketing land prices.

Ami Vitale April 3, 2008

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Camel Trader at Market, Pushkar, India

Ami Vitale began her career working as an editor for Associated Press in New York and Washington D.C. and eventually left in 1997 for the Czech Republic where she covered the Balkan conflict. In 2001 she moved to Guinea Bissau in West Africa after she was awarded the Alexia Foundation grant and lived with a tribe of Fulanis in a remote village. When she returned, Vitale moved to India where she lived for over five years, producing memorable work throughout the region. Her stories have been awarded grants including the first-ever Inge Morath grant by Magnum Photos, The Canon female photojournalist award for her work in Kashmir and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Vitale’s photographs have been published in major international magazines such as National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian and Le Figaro among others. They have also been presented in international exhibitions including: Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France; the Open Society Institute and The United Nations in New York.

About the Photograph:

“Jelha Ram, a camel trader from Nagor, India standing with one of his camels as the sun sets at the largest camel fair in the world in Pushkar, India in the state of Rajasthan. Thousands of camels and traders come to the annual event which some say has been going on for centuries. It was the second time I covered the camel fair and its one of my favorite events in India. It feels like you are in another era when camels were important to the economies and remind me that in some places they still are. The traders are so proud of their animals and Jehal was no different”.

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