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These Images Represent Orania As It Is Today

Daniel Cuthbert is one of our guest curators. He is also a documentary photographer. Daniel’s view on Orania may contradict certain reports that have been published in the press. To me, one of the most important aspects of being a photographer is going out into the world unbiased, to view with my own eyes and to listen. Daniel has done just that. In this case, the outcome is a set of photographs that allow viewers their own thoughts on the post-Aaprtheid situation of white “boers.” Looking at the set as a whole, I think of loneliness, of loosing touch with the world.

Ciudad Juarez Is At The Epicenter Of The Violence

Mexican drugs cartels are now fighting two fronts. The first involves the authorities, the second is against other cartels and is about controlling the smuggling routes. This is an extreme brutal struggle in which twentytwo thousand people have died so far. Torture, beheadings, mass killings, public executions and drive-by shootings have become normal. Cartels are competing each other in sadism and fierceness and the glorification of extreme violence is penetrating popular culture. Ciudad Juarez is at the epicenter of the violence. With 2600 people killed in 2009, seven victims daily, this city of 1,2 million people has become the most dangerous city in the world.

Couples Often Look More Similar Over Time

My work is based around two separate theories, firstly the theory that people often attract partners that look similar to themselves. Secondly that when two people have been in a relationship for a substantial amount of time they often begin to look even more similar. In a relationship partners will often mirror each other’s facial expressions thus over time creating similar muscle patterns and lines on both partners faces. I selected couples at random who had been together for various different time spans to see if similarities would be more evident in couples that had been together for longer.

Bliss Street Is Inhabited By Six Women And One Man

Bliss Street, is inhabited by 6 women and one man; first comes Alba, my grandmother, who in her 104th year is the healthiest and sharpest person at the house, then there is Olga, her daughter and official owner who is 71 and lives through the eyes of her mother, through her memories of her life in Colorado and the stories that her walls tell. She spends her time organizing a room that does not want to be organized. Teo (54), her brother is the youngest son of Alba, he has been struggling with diabetes for decades; he spends a lot of time in solitude.

A Fleeting Relationship Between Complete Strangers

Touching Strangers is an ongoing photographic project stemming from my interest in the dynamics of group portraiture. The premise of this work is simple: I meet two or more people on the street who are strangers to each other, and to me. I ask them if they will pose for a photograph together with the stipulation that they must touch each other in some manner. Frequently, I instruct or coach the subjects how to touch. Just as often, I let their tentative physical exploration play out before my camera with no interference.

Bombed Out Buildings And Portraits Of The Displaced

From the bombed out buildings and burned villages, to portraits of the displaced and grief-stricken civilian victims, and through the troop movements of the Russian peacekeepers, Ossetian Militia, and Georgian military, VII Network photographer Donald Weber covered the many aspects of the Russian-Georgian War.

Afterwards They Wear Wings On Their Shoulders

Travelling From Vienna To Beirut

The Sex Circus Of Pleasure And Pain

This presentation has been re-published here at Bite! with the artist’s permission to restore our archives following the migration of our magazine from The Black Snapper to Bite!

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