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"Transnistria for me was more of a personal project. I was born in that place and attended school there. As many places, Transnistria was under pro-russian propaganda. I wanted to document this region traveling not to just a few villages and the capital, Tiraspol, as other photographers did. For me, it’s more than just an impact on an exotic place, but my past and experience I have gone through. My thinking changed since attending the Human Rights & Photography Fellowship. Classes with Susan Meiselas and Fred Ritchin helped me to develop my visual storytelling skills, pushed me to use photography not only as a showing tool, but as an analyzing tool.
And now i see Transnistria as a more complex project with multiple stories that will remain in history as imagery of a country which will probably disappear soon. Immediately after returning home, I’ve re-edited all existing photos in color and scheduled the route with all the places that I should visit and where I can find stories. I want to share with local communities on both banks of the Dniester river about how is it to live in this forgotten country with no perspectives for future generations.”
-Ramin Mazur, Moldova, 2013 Human Rights Fellow
Applications for the 2014 Human Rights & Photography Fellowship are due December 9th. Click here to apply!
Today is Human Rights Day
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1950, sought to establish the ‘inalienable rights of all members of the human family.’ It bestowed on all people the rights of security, education, and self-government, among others. The reality of human rights protection has, of course, been far trickier. While organizations worldwide struggle to uphold the ideals of the Declaration, evolving political and environmental situations constantly present new challenges.
Images (top to bottom): KURIGRAM, BANGLADESH: Villagers hack away the embankment left by the most recent flooding in the area where their village used to be. They are doing this on the orders of the local landowner who is using the earth for construction in another area. These men are effectively further removing the only barrier between them and further flooding but they desperately need the small amount they are paid so do the work anyway. Flooding, Poverty and lack of protected land ownership amongst the poor is driving a serious food crisis in Bangladesh. Extreme poverty and rising food prices couple with an oversupply of cheap labor has meant that many people can only afford to eat once a day. (photo by Brent Stirton, from Global Water Issues)
QAMSHILI, SYRIA: Faycal, 77 years old, presents his military service record book of 1951. Neither he nor any member of his family have Syrian nationality. They are part of more than 300,000 stateless Syrian Kurds. Most of them lost their Syrian nationality in the census of 1962 and have no national rights. (photo by Julien Goldstein, from Kurdistan: Anger of a People Without Rights)
SAN VICENTE, MISIONES, ARGENTINA: Fabian Rodgriguez suffers from hydrocephalus. His mother, Candida Rodriguez, works in the tobacco industry, as does her husband. They use agrochemical products for the cultivation of their fields, following the guidelines set out by the cooperatives of large local producers, who require the use of such agrochemicals as a condition to the purchase of their crop. Fumigations in the agricultural fields of Argentina are being denounced as the cause of the increasing number of children born with malformations. (photo by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, from Stories of a Wounded Land)
Our Boreal Collective street exhibit in Cholula, Mexico
Boreal Collective public group exhibition at the Encuentro Fotografico Mexico in Cholula, Mexico. Photos by Brett Gundlock and Mauricio Palos.
Dummy pilot and seat soar, as engineers test a catapult escape system in Arizona, March 1963.Photograph by Robert Sisson, National Geographic
“Shvilishvili” is Georgian for “grandchild”, literally it could be translated as “a child of a child”. In this project, presented as a handmade photography book object, the author questions the value of family ties in modern society through the blood line that connects and separates her relatives who live both in Russia and Georgia. The family is divided between two countries, and the problems of it’s members on both sides of the border arise from the postwar political situation as well as the tragic story of a murder committed inside the family.
Hand-made collectors edition of 67
106 pages, color
weight around 450 gr
4 plastic bags, a rope 1 meter long
Print 15×20 cm
*each 10 copies are somehow different from each other
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Banksy wall from New York residency for sale at Miami art fair. Photo by Jessie Wender / New Yorker
"let it snow"
I curated Seen But Not Heard, a photography exhibition about American juvenile prisons. It opens in Belgrade, Serbia, tonight and runs until the 22nd December.
The show features photographs made by incarcerated youth in photography workshops coordinated by Steve Davis in Washington State and by AS220 Youth in Rhode Island, as well as well known photographers Steve Liss, Ara Oshagan, Joseph Rodriguez and Richard Ross.
I was invited to put the show together by Belgrade Raw. They are an impressive local photo-collective who have operated as guest exhibition coordinators at the Artget Gallery at the Kulturni Centar Beograda. Here’s Belgrade Raw’s announcement for Seen But Not Heard.