Matt Lutton: 2011 in Photos

Here are a few notable and fun things that happened in 2011:

    I was photographed on a wet plate by Boogie for his “Demons” project.

    A story I developed about the Seattle and Sarajevo band Kultur Shock was published in The New York Times.

    My project Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was published in Issue 08 of 7.7 Magazine.

    On August 15 a selection of my work from the Balkans was featured as the PDN Photo of the Day.

    During the Ratko Mladic arrest story that I followed for a week in May one of my images from Srebrenica was used nicely on the front page of the International Herald Tribune.

    My year finished with a pair of fun assignments for Le Monde Magazine (“The Belgrade of Enki Bilal”) and Financial Times: Connected Europe Magazine (“Regeneration of the Danube”, may require sign-up). You can also see the layout on my website.

I’ve previously published my “best” or more accurately “favorite” photos of the year here on dvafoto in 2009 and 2010. If you’re interested in some of the places where my pictures were published last year, see the clips section of my website, at mattlutton.com.

Happy New Year to everyone, thanks for following our work here at dvafoto!

Worth a look: Gianluca Cecere’s “The Empty House”

Gianluca Cecere wrote in a while back to let us know about his series “The Empty House,” which was a finalist at Visa Pour L’Image 2010. Photography history is always difficult–the photographer must capture what once was, the after effects, the results of something long since past. Here Cecere looks at the disappearance of 1800 people after the 1999 war in Kosovo and how that loss has affected those who remain. There’s also a substantial multimedia website for the project. From Cecere’s statement:

Before, during and after the Kosovo war – in 1999 – 1.800 people disappeared, right in a time when it was easy to die or to vanished into thin air. Pain, on the contrary, never disappears. The Empty House is the story of broken lives, entangled in the fingers of those waiting an answer, be it only a grave to weep on. This is the story of an absence. At one stage, terror added up to the desperation of families left without any information about their father, son, or brother anymore. When Carla Del Ponte, former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, published her book of memoirs – The Hunt – 500 people, mostly Serbians, had a suspicion on something that, at the time, could only be whispered, like a ghost story. The house, in northern Albania, where according to Belgrade Prosecutor’s office many people have been brought and stripped of their organs – then sold on the illegal international market – is still there. There lives the Katuci family. There, a family tries to shield its tranquillity from the anguish of thousands of other families.

Be sure to check out the rest of Gianluca Cecere’s site. There’s a lot of intriguing work there.

Matt Lutton’s 2010 Year in Pictures

I’m even later posting my year-end review than last year. I’ll blame my delay on the fact that the last two months have been very busy and productive. I think I’ve actually made some of my best and most important pictures lately. This week also marks my second anniversary of living in Belgrade and things are making a lot more sense. My work, both assignments and my personal projects, are coming along. Hopefully by the end of the year I will have a solid draft of my project “Only Unity”, which I hope to turn in to a book. It is about the Serbian relationship with history and the legacy of the idea of “Unity” in the Balkans. I’m also encouraging people to follow my tumblr page for the project.

Like Scott these pictures aren’t necessarily the best or the complete picture of the year, but they’re the ones I’ll remember it by.

Živeli to you all, especially my many friends around the Balkans who have helped me along the way, and thanks for following us on dvafoto. We look forward to sharing more through the coming year. Happy belated start to 2011.