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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.

In The Midst Of Tragedy There Is Also Laughter And Hope

From June 16th to June 20th 2010 the second Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism took place in the city of Hannover. One of the most touching and affecting stories was the work “Albino – In the Shadow of the Sun” by Swedish photographer Johan Bävman. By portraying people with a pigmentary abnormality who are being discriminated against and even killed due to the widespread superstition that their body parts hold magical powers, Bävman calls attention to a group of outcasts in Tanzanian society. He shows the traces and wounds that the sun has left on the skin of the portrayed but refrains from displaying images of suffering and misery. Amongst the hardship there’s also laughter and hope, there are friendships and intimacy.

The Line That Goes From The Heart To My Left Hand

Maputo Diary, by Ditte Haarløv Johnsen: “I grew up in Mozambique. These are images from the times I’ve been back – of friends, family and the moments in between.Maputo and surrounds. 2000-2009.”

Yes, I Believe Objectivity Is An Illusion

I feel its a glorious time for photojournalism and story telling. Our medium is changing and the new opportunities are out there but take a little more work to find. I don’t understand why everyone is afraid of change, the same thing happened to radio years ago. Everyone said it was dead. Photography is not dead and if we can harness all the creativity and tools available to us, we can make some amazing work and deliver it to audiences we never dreamed of reaching before.

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.

To Celebrate My Birthday Back In Cape Town

My father worked on numerous construction sites abroad, in particular in South Africa from 1979 till 1985 to build a nuclear power station. I arrived there at the age of five. In this period the regime of Apartheid tried to stay in power by applying a firmer repressive policy. There where ‘whites only’ places everywhere, restriction boards, borders and boundaries. I was there during a historic period, but I only knew about it due to my education and to my schooling in a French school. In daily life, Apartheid was invisible for me.

Betrayed By Fellow Africans

True to form and the stereotypes that are at times sadly true, Africa continues to be plagued by ethnic wars, tribal superiority and xenophobia. The latter unleashed itself in South Africa, where many African nationals have fled to, seeking respite from the harsh realities of their countries. South Africa is seen as a flicker of hope for these communities and sadly the promise of hope faded. As the violence broke in May 2008, with the locals attacking foreign nationals in many parts of the country, I decided to focus on the Somali community.

The Demonstration Turned Into A Riot

I’d Like My Photos To Not Trade On Cheap Emotions

‘The World’ is an illusion created by your state of mind. Photography is an incredibly manipulative medium. Photography is all about emotion, but I’d like my photographs to not trade on cheap emotions like lust, angry, pity and greed, like so much advertising, fashion photography and many of the most famous documentary/ fine art photographers in South Africa.

Guinea-Bissau, Africa’s First Narco-State

RSS Note: this presentation has been re-posted with the artist’s permission following our migration fromThe Black Snapper to Bite! magazine. Marco Vernaschi’s work with the Pulitzer Center documents the effects of cocaine trafficking in West Africa, showing how criminal networks led by Hezbollah and Al Qaeda destroyed a whole country in just a few years.

During this coverage, Marco spent a considerable amount of time with an African organization of drug traffickers affiliated with Islamist terrorists, documenting their criminal activities, the assassination of the president of Guinea-Bissau and the devastating social effects on local people, including crack addiction and prostitution.