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Aug 2014 back issue
Vianney Le Caer To commission Vianney or to request prints of his work: ideastap.com I am a 26 years old French photojournalist based in London. My background is in political science and I am currently studying photojournalism on the MA course at the London College of Communication. I like to focus on current affairs, especially in conflict and post-conflict areas. .
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Vlad Sokhin To commission Vlad or to request prints of his work: www.vladsokhin.com Vlad Sokhin is a Russian photographer, based in Sydney, Australia. His work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, GEO Voyage, GEO, International Herald Tribune, Marie Claire, The Age, Vi Menn among others. Vlad is represented by the German agency "Focus" and collaborates with the United Nations Human Rights (OHCHR). He is currently working in Papua New Guinea on a photo-documentary project about iolence against women.
Eoin O’Donnell To commission Eoin or to request prints of his work: eoinjodonnell.wordpress.com I am an Irish freelance journalist/photojournalist currently based in Dublin. From 2008 until 2014, I lived in London, working and studying in Journalism (NCTJ/ Lambeth College) and Photojournalism (London College of Communication). I have experience working for various publications in Ireland and Britain, including for The Telegraph, This Greedy Pig, Brixton Blog, Hackney Citizen, Ham & High, among others. My most recent previous assignment was covering the conflict in Ukraine in May/June 2014. My next dispatches will be from Egypt from August 2014 onwards.
Siddharth Setia To commission Siddharth or to request prints of his work: siddharth4586@gmail.com Born on 4th May, 1986 in Punjab, India.  Siddharth currently lives and works in Gurgaon, India. Published 3 times on the National Geographic website under Daily Dozen 2012 Canon’s emerging artist of the year 2013 exhibition at United Art Fair, Delhi, India. Selected by National Geographic Channel India for an instawalk for the year 2013, 2014 Siddharth Setia roams around with a camera trying to capture everyday life through his lens. An instinctive photographer, known to capture photographs from daily life and make them everlasting. His play of shapes and colors in the photos he takes emphasize deeply his passion and love for photography. He comes from the beautiful city of Bathinda, Punjab, India. His eye for detail is totally self taught and it is his love for the unknown and the need to capture it through the visual medium that made him follow his dreams to become a
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Min Myo Myan Win To commission him or to request prints of his work: bigentter@gmail.com My name is Min Myo Nyan Win. I was born in Yangon, Myanmar. Work for Asian Fame Media Group as an IT Assistant General Manager. I start taking photograph in 2013. After studying photography course in Myanmar Photographer Society and then I continued with Documentary Photography Course at French institute at Yangon, Myanmar. I entered Yangon Photo Festival in 2014 and my story got awarded 4th prize.
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Osamu Jinguji To commission Osamu or to request prints of his work: oj-climb.wix.com/osamu-jinguji Osamu Jinguji is a photo artist and a creator in Japan. His career by them has re-started since his first poetry-photo book has been published in 2009. After that, he has been ever participating in a lot of group exhibitions, art fairs in New York (ex; SCOPE), in Spain (ex; ARTEANDO) and in Germany (ex; BERLINER LISTE), etc. Also, his works, for the last several years and at many countries, have been featured on a variety of Art Web Magazines including 'The Arte Fotografica' (Portugal) and so on. In this February of 2014, they have finally appeared in the PhotoVogue Collection (A collaboration w/ VOGUE Italia) at Art +Commerce in NY. Osamu Jinguji’s current photo art style can be strictly defined as ‘BORDERLESS (No Border)’ a word which encapsulates the following 7 concepts: 1. A renaissance of the soul 2. Symbiosis with all this world’s phenomena 3. The eternal conflict with time and space in the universe 4. Beat myself, beat my core and beat my existence 5. Resistance against all invisible pressures 6. Warning against the hegemony of civilization, science and fashion 7. One love in Chaos
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Nancy Baron To commission Nancy or to request prints of her work: www.nancybaron.com Nancy Baron's background in documentary filmmaking, has led to her current dedication to fine art documentary photography. She documents the world nearby, mostly in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, where she lives. Baron's work is held in public and private collections, has been exhibited in galleries across the United States, featured in online magazines internationally, and screened at the Palm Springs Photo Festival, Les Rencontres D'Arles, GuatePhoto in Guatemala, and Picture Society in Denver, Colorado. Her first monograph, THE GOOD LIFE > Palm Springs, published by Kehrer Verlag, is currently available in Europe and will be available in the U.S. and Canada in Fall, 2014.
Jacob Marcus Balzani Lööv To commission Jacob or to request prints of his work: http://lordcob.com Jacob Balzani Lööv (b. 1977) is an Italian photographer and writer based between Milan and Zurich. He is primarily interested in underreported social and environmental issues, and he feels the need to communicate these stories through any suitable media. He views his journalistic work as a form of activism; one in which people are informed in an equal and truthful way. In 2012, he graduated from the London College of Communication’s Photojournalism and Documentary Photography department. Curious about the processes and the links between different systems, in 2003 he graduated with a degree in Environmental Sciences. His love for the mountains then pushed him to work with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Jungfraujoch (3580 m asl.), which is the highest research station in the Swiss Alps. In 2007, the data he collected on the transport of air pollutants across
the planet allowed him to attain a PhD. Deeply attracted to global events, after observing during his numerous journeys just how fast and dramatically the world was changing, he decided to stop his scientific work and fully commit himself to photography. Jacob Balzani Lööv works for several NGOs worldwide, often in places that are difficult to access. Expert in Eastern Europe and Caucasus he is a regular contributor to Al-Jazeera and Eurasianet. His work has been published on many printed and online international magazines including Newsweek, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Vice, etc. He is currently available for commissions.
Damien Schumann To commission Damien or to request prints of his work: www.dspgallery.com A fascination in the human condition has driven Schumann’s career since first picking up a camera in 2001. As a photographer and installation artist he specializes in making strategic exhibitions for advocacy and social mobilization purposes. After hitchhiking across Africa to create his first exhibition in 2003, Schumann received a scholarship to study photography at the Ruth Prowse School of Art which he completed with distinction. His work won much praise with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Joseph Amon (Director of Human Rights Watch) opening his exhibitions, and Bill Gates requesting to visit participants in his series Dialogues. Working with RESULTS he achieved his most successful campaign, having US$37.5m being placed into public health care in Indonesia. After working extensively on the USA/Mexico border Schumann presented a series of lectures at Princeton, Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities looking at the visual anthropological values of his work relating to TB/HIV and stigma.In 2011 Mail & Guardian recognized Schumann as one of the most influential youths in South Africa. He has also
been an artist in residence in Brazil, awarded a National Arts Grant (for Borderline), and was nominated for Ikusasa’s Artist of the Year 2012. In 2013 he completed a Masters in Documentary Arts at the University of Cape Town, with his thesis focusing on the crisis of masculinity in South Africa.
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Robert S Semeniuk To commission Robert or to request prints of his work: www.robertsemeniuk.com Robert Semeniuk was born and spent his childhood in Big Valley, a farming village of 350 people in central Alberta, Canada. He has been a full-time, freelance author, photojournalist, human and environmental rights activist for nearly thirty years. For his first job he lived with Inuit for two years, on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. Since then he has worked for most of the world’s major magazines, in over 80 countries and a dozen war zones. His work is used by numerous government and non government organizations including: United Nations agencies; the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva); the International Committee to Ban Landmines; the World Health Organization, David Suzuki Foundation, Orbis Canada Robert commits many months to each of his projects. He spent over two years working exclusively on the global landmine crisis, and the plight of “War Affected Children” has engaged him for much of his career. In 2002, he worked with Palestinian children in Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon, and
covered demining operations using Afghan dogs in Yemen. Before that he discovered street children who founded a “Circus in Ethiopia.” In 1995 he lived for three months in Gaza documenting Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome among children. His host was, Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. While covering the civil war in Burma, in 1987, Robert met his first landmine victim, a 14-year-old Karen child soldier. That same year he met child soldiers in Afghanistan and Cambodia. In 1989, Semeniuk developed and coordinated an internationally acclaimed project that gave cameras to street children associated with the needle exchange in Vancouver, Canada. In the spring of 1992, he documented two months in the life of a Red Cross War surgeon in Somalia. The story is about Dr. Chris Giannou, an extraordinary man in an extreme situation. Robert has degrees in Environmental Studies (Cultural Ecology) and Human Geography. His graduate research introduced him to Canada’s Inuit. His extensive experience in developing countries has brought him to the realization that war, poverty, literacy, environmental degradation and health are intricately connected. He sees the disparity in world health as the most appalling manifestation of failed capitalism imaginable. His work has earned him over forty award nominations, including multiple top honours in National Magazine Awards, The Science Writers Association and The Canadian Association of Journalists. He has been associated with New York’s Black Star Agency for nearly 25 years, and his photography library contains 350,000 images from over eighty countries. He is a founder of On The Ground a tax exempt organization dedicated to helping documentary photographers fund and present important work.  In his spare time he carves masks, which he learned to do from artist Bill Reid.  He lives with his wife, musician Ruta Yawney, and their teenage daughter, on Bowen Island, a small island on Canada’s west coast.
Aaquib Khan To commission Aaquib or to request prints of his work: 24.akib@gmail.com Aaquib Khan is an enthusiastic young man working on himself to stand with humanity by assigning himself with projects and campaigns for human right issues. Born in 1984 he graduated in Political Science and History and moved to Delhi to pursue a Journalism degree. He worked for two years (2007-2009) as news packager at a national news channel. His eagerness and zeal to succeed in the media world made him a media mentor and he began to give training in making short documentaies, photo essays and stop-motion animations to the underprivileged students of various schools in different parts of country for four years with an NGO. In 2012 he worked with a land rights organization and filmed the long foot march, a Gandhian-styled walk, which started with forty thousand people. His interest in journalism, especially conflict photography, carried him to Afghanistan in 2014. Always aware of the plight of people and their unnoticed sufferings he would with incessant eagerness like to continue such a journey to capture the problems of people and to show it to others.
Aaquib Khan currently lives in New Delhi, India, and can be contacted at 24.akib@gmail.com
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Michal Fattal To commission Michal or to request prints of her work: www.michalfattal.com Born 1979 in Jerusalem, Michal is a freelance photojournalist based in Jerusalem, Israel. Between 2003 and 2006 she studied Photography and Digital Media at Hadassah College Jerusalem and Graduated with Honors, after having earned the Scholarship for Excellency. During the last year of college, she started working as a freelance photojournalist and for a few years worked as a staff photographer for Flash90 news photo agency. Since 2010 she is working for Israeli daily Ha'aretz among other magazines, newspapers and photo agencies around the world, as we as taking part in solo and group exhibitions. Her work has been published in International media such as New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, NRC Handelsblad, Foreign Policy, Clarin, Grazia, La Razon, among others.
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Laia Sudria To commission Laia or to request prints of her work: www.laiasudria.com Freelance photographer based in Barcelona (Spain). She has been passionate about photography since childhood. On having finished school she continued her education by  studying photography in several specialized colleges. At the age of 16 she started working as an assistant of photography at a modelling agency, which gave her the all necessary experience and knowledge to run her own photography studio working on modeling portfolios specializing in advertising, castings and various assignments for different papers and magazines. A few years ago, Laia, combined her work with her passion for travelling and aims to understand and experience aspects of the culture of all the countries she visits by interacting with local people in order to have an insight into their lives.
Her specialisms are portraits and documentary photography. Her photographs aim to reflect feelings and state of mind and help people empathize with the subject through the image.
Angelos Tzortzinis To commission Angelos or to request prints of his work: www.angelos-tzortzinis.com At the age of 22, I finished my studies at the Leica Academy of Creative Photography in Athens. During the past 5 years I have worked on the immigration issue in Greece, traveling the length and breadth of Greece but also documenting the immigrants lives in Athens and their efforts to leave a country undergoing a severe economic crisis. At the moment I am working on a personal project on Greece, documenting the effects of the financial crisis on Greek society and the obvious and invisible transformations that lie beneath. My work has been published in TIME Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times among others and exhibited  at the Visa Pour l’Image 2012 and 2013 in Perpignan, France and the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hannover, Germany. At the moment I work as a freelance for The New York Times and AFP in Athens.
freelance travel photographer. There are limitations to the use of language, but for Siddharth it is through photographs that he speaks. Take a look!
Specialization: Black and White, Street, Abstract, City Life, Architecture, Conceptual, Portrait, Doll, Performer, Live & Stage, etc.
Alfons Rodriguez To commission Alfons or to request prints of his work: www.alfonsrodriguez.com Born in Barcelona, 1968 Alfons is a freelance for newspapers and internationals magazines. He has been represented by several agencies around the world.  In the last 25 years, Alfons has travelled across more than 90 countries, reporting from Iraq conflict, North Korea, Jaffna war, the Potosi Mines, San Pedro Penitenciary or Choquequirao Citadel. Other works covered leprosy, an intense gaze into the bowels of Mumbai, the war in DR Congo, the social truth in South Africa and the genocide of Srebrenica in Bosnia- Herzegovina.  His latest effort is a documentary project, The Third Rider, a deep insight on starvation and undernutrition around the world. Now is working on  the Armenian Genocide. His topics are mainly documentary and social stories. Anthropology and archeological expeditions are among his topics too. Alfons sees his job as the way to live and a spiritual exercise. Photography is the tool to express in a tangible way his gaze and his perception of
existence. His pictures have been published in several media around the world, including for example National Geographic Magazine in Spain, Italy and Portugal, Der Spiegel, La Repubblica, Geo, Traveler, The Courrier, Slobodna, La Vie, The Moments Count Journal, Storica National Geographic, El Mundo, La Vanguardia, El País, El Periódico, Lens New York Times and Yo Dona. "Walata and Tichitt, heart and soul of the Mauritanian desert", "Figuig, Memories of an oasis", "Congo, the eternal War", "Between Gazes" and "The Third Rider" are among his books. His work has been exhibited in Spain, United States, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mauritania and Italy. Alfons teaches photojournalism in private schools and Universities from several countries. He cofounded and runs several projects, such as GEA PHOTOWORDS and Caja Azul Photography, belongs to Reporters sans Frontières, and is part of the international network of voluntary photographers Shoot4Change and his representative in Spain. He has collaborated with the United Nations, Médecins sans frontières, Action contre la faim, Mon-3, OXFAM and other international organizations and NGOs. The awards he has received include the REVELA award, the Spain National Social Reportage Award 2010, a mention in the XIV International Award of Medicus Mundi Luís Valtueña and the Prix Pont in Ars to his career. In 2011 he received one of the most important Spanish awards: the Godó Award of Photojournalism.In 2012 his work The Third Rider has been honored by His Majesty the Prince of Asturias with a diploma on merit. The Catalonian Culture department of Generalitat considers him to be one of the most prominent catalans photojournalists at present.
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