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Siddharth Jain January 19, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Italy.
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From the series: Orthodox Church of San Damiano. Asti, Italy

Siddharth Jain (b. 1980, India) is a freelance photographer from India. He began photography after completing a degree in business administration from IIFT, Delhi in 2005 .Since then he has been selected to attend workshops such as Young Asian Photographers Workshop 2006 at Angkor  Photography Festival), VII  at Kashmir (2007) and TPW’s Focus at Monferrato 2007 (Italy). His work has been shown at festivals such as Foto Freo 2008, Fotonoviembre 2007,  Musee d Elysee, Switzerland (March 07) , Angkor Photography Festival 2006. He has also been published in Asian Geo and Himal Mag. His work is distributed by Zuma Press (USA) and OnAsia Images (Singapore) and Siddharth currently he is working on long term book project about Rajasthan.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph is from a story about Zaharie Catalin, a priest of the Orthodox Church of San Damiano, Asti. The images were taken during  in his church and at his home while I attended a master class conducted by TPW in Italy. I was asked to do a story on religion and decided to focus on a single life rather than doing some random images that covered a broad nature of the topic. Religion can be anything: faith, hope, love… It was important for me to understand a priest‘s life…and to visualize a life in images…to understand the contrast if any between the church and home…and the person between the two to whom its all one.”

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Leonie Purchas October 20, 2008

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Moretti family. Italy, 2006

After taking an honors degree in the history of art, Leonie Purchas (b. 1978, United Kingdom) went on to work as a full-time assistant for the British photojournalist Tom Stoddard. She followed this with a diploma from the London College of Communications in 2003. Leonie has won a number of prestigious awards including of The ‘F’ award, the Arts Foundation Fellowship, the Ian Parry scholarship and the Jerwood photography award and in 2006 she was an artist in resident at Fabrica, Italy. Her work has been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine, The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Portfolio Magazine and Newsweek. She is currently working on a book based on her family called ‘In the Shadow of Things’ which is due to be published in 2010.

About the Photograph:

“This is a story about the Moretti family in Rome who take care of racehorses. They live above the stables in Capanelle and have done so for the past two generations. They get up at five every morning to train and attend to their animals. Their entire livelihood depends on the winnings and performance of the horses. The photo is of Denise and her grand mother, who is senile.  Despite troubled moments, her affection for her grandchild remains.” This series is part of a larger project about family around the world that is currently being funded by the arts foundation fellowship.