Bite! magazine » Margo de Beijer

Soon, Hospitality Replaced Hostility And Suspicion

What I find interesting is that I guess the majority of us expects a different world view from Dvir, being a descendant of Israel. But he does the opposite. His choice is to use his professional life as a photographer to get close. And by getting close in images he shows me the world and growing up of people that he is supposed to call ‘the enemy’. He gives me hope with his portraits and even very literally in his words when I quote Natan Dvir:

“If I, a Jewish Israeli man, have been accepted and was allowed into my subjectsʼ personal lives – so can other.”

An Average Salary Here Is One Thousand Hrivnas

Life in the city of Antracit, Luhansk region is very difficult. The majority of the population lives near the poverty line, without any chance of changing their situation for the better. Some people expand their energies on making money to cover for their basic everyday needs, holding several jobs. Others meet in the local DK ( House of Culture) after a shift in the factory, to sing songs, or try to escape reality by turning to drugs or alcohol. There are a few rich people in town.

Tsalka Was Traditionally A Greek Town In Georgia

When I stumbled across Justyna Mielnikiewicz work it appealed to me and I felt an urge to show it here as she voices an opinion that I feel is true of journalism. She claims she cannot promise to help anyone or change their life by showing people’s hardship. With this statement she proves to me she is a true journalist. She relates to the people who’s image and lives she’s portraying and by doing simply that, she gives them a voice. A chance to be seen and heard off. Which I believe is the least we can offer one another.

Today Settlers Outnumber The Original Population

Today’s photo essay depicts Sahwari refugees from the Western Sahara in Algeria. Morocco annexed their homelands thirty years ago. It is unfortunate and wrong that the situation portrayed by Matias draws so little attention. According to a Human Rights Watch report of December 2008, the Western Sahara is an international problem that has been on the back burner for decades.

Past and Present, Bitter and Beautiful

Mark Nozeman has chosen to portray Serbian youth in Belgrade as they seem forgotten. I asked my friend Zoran Bacic, who’s a descendant from the same city on what he feels is true in this possibly bold statement. In Bacic’s opinion, young people are indeed drawing the consequences of something they were not involved in. Our image of Serbia is still clouded because the country is regarded as the chief culprit in the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990s.These wars are history now, but Serbia still has to live with their effects every day. As for me, I was attracted by Mark’s imagery because of recognition of my own youth.

Mohammed Cares For His Pigeons

I was deeply touched by the work presented here today. Eman Mohammed’s series were suggested to me by my friend Dalia Khamissy, who urged me to show Mohammed’s work here on Bite! Knowing that Eman Mohammed (23) lives in Gaza herself, in the midst of the devastation and the rubble she describes and portrays, I admire her braveness for daring to pick up a camera to show us the country of her family which has been struck so violently. By revealing the circumstances in which Mohammed Khader, his wife Ebtesam and their 22 family members find themselves, Eman takes me by the hand and brings me close to their home and her heart. I can almost feel the grown ups of the family struggling to show strength, so that the children and grandchildren can carry on.

Increasingly I Find Myself Distanced From Hard News

Forgetting is not an option in the seemingly eternal and interwoven conflicts of the Middle East. Increasingly finding myself distanced from hard news, I am drawn to the humor and contradiction prevalent within the diversity of Middle Eastern culture(s). I want to provoke the audience to reflect on regional social issues, stereotypes, and realities. The perpetual images of blood, suffering, and conflict are not the only defining characteristics of the Middle East.

Detroit Is A Bankrupt City

Don’t forget to trun up the volume when viewing Daimon’s audio slideshow on Detroit in (economic) crisis.

I travelled with Mikhail, my Belarusan companion

In August 2009 I travelled with Mikhail, my Belarusan companion, throughout the country as a participant to Plotki magazine’s Belarus Inside Out project. Ten days of restless movement in and between four major cities, Grodna, Bobruisk, Mogilev and Minsk, seeking to satisfy my urge to document life as-it-is in this isolated, flat-terrained but otherwise stranger-friendly place.

Twenty Thousand Iraqi’s Fled To Turkey

Introduction to Delizia Flaccavento’s photo essay on Iraqi refugees in Turkey: One of the most tragic consequences of the war in Iraq is the mass exodus of Iraqis, which began in 2003 and has continued to the present. According to some estimates, two million Iraqis have fled the country and two million are internally displaced, having moved from the most dangerous areas, such as Baghdad, to the relatively safer North of the country.