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Janet Jarman March 30, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.
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Day of the Revolution. Izamal, Mexico

Based in Mexico, Janet Jarman has worked extensively in Latin America and Asia. In addition to assignment work, Jarman has produced various documentary projects which explore immigration issues, globalization and the possibility for sustainable development. Her photographs have been published in Geo, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Newsweek and Fortune in addition to other publications. Her work has received awards from: Pictures of the Year International, PDN’s Photography Annual, Communication Arts Photography Annual & Best Of Photo Journalism.

About the Photograph:

I vividly remember taking this photo. I was on a travel assignment for the New York Times on UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico. Since I was basically street shooting in Izamal, I was quite happy and relieved to find a local parade going on once I drove into town. At the same time though, I was frustrated, since it was getting into the late morning, and the light was unfavorable. I walked with the parade for at least an hour, knowing that I had to keep pushing to find a creative or unusual angle. these types of events are full of the cliché. I had almost given up on the light, when magically, some light clouds rolled in to diffuse things and make colors pop better. Then, this group of girls in red skirts stopped in front of the yellow wall!

Davin Ellicson March 19, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Romania.
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En route to a livestock market, Maramures, Romania

Davin Ellicson is a 30 year old American photographer based in Bucharest, Romania. Davin’s photographs of Romanian peasants will be featured in a forthcoming book called ‘East’ due out in May 2008 showcasing 17 photographers’ projects in Eastern Europe from the Anzenberger photography agency. His work from the Maramures series was chosen for American Photography 23 and screened in Arles, France at the Voices Off Fringe Festival.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph of peasants is from the village of Valeni in the Maramures region of northern Romania enroute to a livestock market in a neighboring town. Villagers meet on Thursdays to trade gossip, sell animals and enjoy themselves. I was 25, adventurous and in love with black and white film when I checked out of the modern world and lived with a family in Valeni, farming and photographing and savoring the last vestiges of European folk culture. I met the Nemes family in a field while they were making a haystack at the end of the summer and ended up staying for a year. Romania has since joined the European Union in 2007 and the youth from the villagers now spend most of the year abroad in Italy and Spain working itinerant jobs. The EU has strict agricultural regulations and the future of traditional life in Maramures is uncertain. There are now even plans to create commercial farms”.

Kevin German March 15, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Vietnam.
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Vietnam, Kevin German

Former Sacramento Bee staff photographer Kevin German is off to Vietnam again. As is evident from looking at his site this young photographer shows exceptional promise. I especially liked his photo-essays about the truck stop in Sacramento and his time spent with Ben Underwood from the series “Echo’s in the Dark”.