The magazine of the art-form of the photo-essay
June 2016 issue
Back to photo-essays
Edward Barber To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.edwardbarber.net Edward Barber is a British documentary photographer best known for his portrait work which, during a career spanning 40 years, has been exhibited widely in the UK by The Design Museum, Museum of London, National Portrait Gallery, The Photographer’s Gallery and the V&A. He is also a designer, curator and teacher, and was formerly Subject Director for Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion.
Back to photo-essays Back to photo-essays Back to photo-essays
Ruth Kaplan To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.ruthkaplanphoto.com Ruth Kaplan is a Toronto-based photographer whose work explores a variety of themes such as the social behaviour of bathers in communal hot springs, participants in rituals of spirituality and most recently, refugee shelters in Canadian/U.S.A. border cities including Detroit, Buffalo and Fort Erie.  Documentary-based, her images are subjective offering a personal interpretation.  In “Some Kind of Divine” Kaplan includes video work with still photographs, incorporating a series of interviews about the nature of faith, with photographs emphasizing the spectacle of religion. Continuing to work with video and still photographs for the ongoing project in refugee shelters, the videos become a signifier of the slow passage time as those seeking asylum wait for their hearing dates. Videos of views outside shelter windows, the preparation of meals, ironing, are placed among photographs of objects and room interiors.
Back to photo-essays Back to photo-essays
GMB Akash To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.gmb-akash.com For me Photography is my language, to access, to communicate, to identify and mostly to make it hear. Through photography I only jot down my heart's language. The best part about being a photographer is that I'm able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless and to bring their identities to the forefront which gives meaning and purpose to my own life – GMB Akash Read more here
Damian Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.damianbirdphotography.com Damian Bird, is a photographer and photojournalist with many years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around the globe.  He was educated in Photography at the Surrey College of Art and Design and at the London College of Printing where he studied for a post graduate degree in Photojournalism.  In 2011 he founded Life Force magazine with his business partner and wife of 13 years, Alice.  As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and has recently returned to Afghanistan (Aug 2013). He continues to have his work published in national and international newspapers and magazines  including The Times, the Telegraph, the Express, the Observer, GQ, Esquire, Dazed & Confused,The Face, Country Life and Geographical magazine. He lives with his wife and four children in Devon, England.
Back to photo-essays Back to photo-essays Back to photo-essays Back to photo-essays
Rui Pires To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.ruipires-photography.com Rui Pires is Portuguese and was born in 1968. His passion for photography began in 1983 as an amateur photographer and as a complement to his passion for history and social research. He is considered a photographer with a classical and humanist style that searches for the positive aspects of life, even in the worst conditions. In 2006 Rui Pires began a long term documentary of life in Portuguese rural villages  undergoing desertification, the “Rural Moments” documentary. In 2009 Rui Pires began the long term documentary “Lands of Allah”, a documentary about the life and costumes of the Berbere people in north of Africa. Rui Pires has worked for many NGOs and has worked in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and many other countries. Rui Pires tries to achieve a humanistic and positive approach to documentary photography and always tries to dignify the people he portrays.
Nazik Armenakya To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.nazikarmenakyan.com Nazik Armenakyan (1976) has been working as a photojournalist since 2002. She has worked for Armenpress news agency, Yerevan magazine, and Forum magazine and done freelance work for Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reuters. Nazik currently works as a photojournalist with ArmeniaNow.com. A winner of several international awards and grants, including from the Magnum Foundation and Open Society Foundations, she is one of the founders of the 4 Plus Documentary Photography Center, which aims to develop documentary photography in Armenia. Book sales 
Back to photo-essays
Jadwiga Bronte To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.jadwigabronte.com Jadwiga Brontē (b.1986) is Polish photojournalist, documentary photographer and videographer, covering social and cultural issues around the World. Her work is a relationship between human identity, otherness and visual representation, all with traces of politics and humanity. Her latest project tells a story of hidden people living in Belarusian governmental institutions for disabled people and Chernobyl victims. Her story was widely published and presented in BBC World News. Jadwiga lives and works in London where she gained her BA and MA degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.
Miguel Proença To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.miguelproenca.net Miguel Proença (b. 1984) is a photographer currently based in Porto, Portugal. His work focuses on long-term documentary projects related to contemporary issues, social changes and transformations, ranging from local to global areas. He studied at Portuguese Institute of Photography and later graduated in Audiovisual Communication Technologies from Polytechnic Institute of Porto. His work has been exhibited in Portugal, Germany, Italy and Slovenia and his projects have appeared in various international publications.
Back to photo-essays
A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous! Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
Erberto Zani To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.erbertozani.com Erberto Zani is an italian photographer and freelance journalist. Focused on social- documentary themes, his work  includes reportage from many difficult areas of the world. He cooperates with several international No Profit Organizations especially for long term photo projects. Photography book published: "Drops of Life" (2010), "Haiti: fragments" (2010), "Hope" (2011), "Sahel" (2012), "Babanagar, Colombia" (2013), "Maha Kumbh Mela" (2014), "Black World" (2015).
Sophie Gamand To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.SophieGamand.com Sophie Gamand is an award-winning photographer and animal advocate, and a published author. Since 2010, her work has focused on dogs and our relationship with them. Her series Wet Dog and Flower Power have been internationally acclaimed and published worldwide. Working closely with animal shelters, Sophie has revolutionized the way shelter dogs are photographed and promoted. Portrait (c) Mindy Tucker
Back to photo-essays
Bernhard Edmaier To request prints of his work: www.bernhard-edmaier.de Bernhard Edmaier, born in 1957, had been a geologist before he made photography his profession 20 years ago and founded a photographic agency ‘Geophot – Pictures of the Earth’. He lives in Ampfing near Munich, Germany. Geology constitutes the basis of his photography. It is his aim to present the manifold colours, forms and structures which the Earth has created without man’s interference. The technique he uses in his work is aerial photography. Driven by his perennial interest in natural phenomena, Bernhard Edmaier travels extensively to deserted and still untouched corners of the globe to gather material for his books and other photographic projects. On his trips, he is accompanied by Dr Angelika Jung-Hüttl, his partner, fellow geologist and science writer for prominent German newspapers and popular science magazines, who in close co-operation with the photographer, works on book projects and provides scientific commentaries for his photo book editions.
Back to photo-essays
Julie Dermansky To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.jsdart.com Julie Dermansky (b. 1966, New York City) is a transdisciplinary artist whose work is focused on documenting society’s impact on the natural world and social injustice. Her interest in world events led her away from a traditional studio practice that she began in 1989 and continued to 2005. Photography, Dermanky’s medium of choice since 2005, is often supplemented with video and reportage on the topics she investigates. She uses Freedom of Information Act Requests as a painter uses a paint brush. She embraces experimentation and is fearless in pushing the boundaries that blur the lines of how her work is perceived. Dermansky’s calling to be an artist emerged early. She started her career while still an undergraduate at Tulane University, creating large-scale ceramic sculptures, and has shown her work professionally for three decades. A Thomas Watson Fellowship enabled her to spend a year traveling to Europe and Africa to investigate monumental and architectural sculpture while creating travel journals. Returning to New York City, she worked as a sculptor at the Gas Station, an artists’ cooperative in the East Village.
Jurgen Schadeberg To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.jurgenschadeberg.com Jurgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931 and, while still in his teens, worked as an apprentice photographer for a German Press Agency in Hamburg. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa and became Chief Photographer, Picture Editor and Art Director on Drum Magazine. It was during this time that Jurgen photographed pivotal moments in the lives of South Africans in the fifties. These photographs represent the life and struggle of South Africans during Apartheid and include important figures in South Africa’s history such as Nelson Mandela, Moroka, Walter Sisulu, Yusuf Dadoo, Huddleston and many others who have been documented at key moments such as during The Defiance Campaign of 1952, The Treason Trial of 1958, The Sophiatown Removals and the Sharpeville Funeral in 1960. His images also capture key personalities and events in the jazz and literary world such as the Sophiatown jazz scene with Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Kippie Moeketsi. In 1964 Jurgen left South Africa for London and during the sixeties and seventies
Gered Mankowitz To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.mankowitz.com Gered Mankowitz was born in London in 1946, the first son of the author and screen writer Wolf Mankowitz and the psychotherapist Ann Mankowitz. He left school devoid of any academic qualifications aged 15 and served a short but intensive apprenticeship at Camera Press Ltd., having been inspired to pursue photography by the actor Peter Sellers. Gered established his first studio in Mason’s Yard in 1963, in the very heart of 60s swinging London. He met and photographed Marianne Faithfull in 1964, who was managed by the mercurial Andrew Loog Oldham, who also managed the Rolling Stones. Gered started working with the Rolling Stones in 1965; he toured America with them and produced several album covers for the band. He continued working with them until 1967 by which time Gered was established as one of London’s leading rock
Back to photo-essays
Albert Normandin To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.albertnormandin.com Albert was born and raised in a small French community in Western Canada. Growing up with a Kodak box camera and the dream of one day becoming a photographer. After a few technical careers, Albert finally escaped to New York City to work for master photographer, Jay Maisel. After more than 3 years with Maisel, he returned to Canada to begin his own photographic path. Now with over 30 years in business as a professional photographer, he has done assignments for a full range of advertising, corporate, industrial clients. Over the course of his career, he has continued to challenge himself with his personal work and world travels. His current long term project/addiction is Myanmar (Burma). Please contact Albert Normandin directly for print sales, assignments or commissions.
Back to photo-essays
Degree in Professional Photography by New York Institute of Photography Diploma in Image Analysis and Evaluation by Photographic Society of America. Diploma in Advanced Photography by Photographic Society of America PSA Education Services Instructor Curator for NGO Foundations and Governments. Curator and Honorary Member of Larsa Human Rights Iraq NGO
She has exhibited widely over the past twenty-five years and is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery. Kaplan’s editorial work can be found in major Canadian and international publications.  She has received numerous Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council grants and National Magazine Awards, She is a photography instructor at OCAD University and Ryerson University.
In 1990 she opened a storefront gallery on Elizabeth Street where she held happenings and exhibitions. She was commissioned by the Percent for Art program and created four installations in New York City before moving upstate, where she continued developing her own visual vocabulary. At the end of 2004, Dermansky traded her studio and home for new digital gear and the pursuit of two personal projects that took her around the world: documenting natural history museums and sites of dark tourism (genocide memorials, and memorials of political injustice). She chose to make New Orleans home base in 2006 while documenting Tulane University’s natural history collection. This put her at ground zero for documenting the impacts of climate change. Her work raises awareness of environmental issues, and draws a connection between social injustice and climate change. She has documented the aftermath of earthquakes and storms, the military-industrial complex in Iraq, and the expansion of the industrial landscape across the country, uncovering information overlooked by the mainstream media. Dermansky is an affiliate scholar at the Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. Her photographs have been published internationally, and her reports are published by The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Truthout, and the Desmog Blog, among others. Her series "Fracking in the USA" was screened at the 2015 Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan’s International Festival of Photojournalism. Her multimedia reportage is at the intersection of art making and catalyzing positive social change. She mixes tragedy with irony, disarming the viewer and prompting them to take a closer look at that which they might otherwise ignore. She hopes the information that gives them context will contribute to a paradigm shift by exposing how fragile and interconnected the relationship is between humankind and the environment.
Back to photo-essays
Tony Corocher To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.tonycorocher.com Born in 1974 in Vittorio Veneto (TV), Italy. Freelance Documentary & Fine Art Photographer | Art Director & Graphic Designer – based in Italy. Attended Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) and Westminster University (Fundation Studies in Art and Design, London). Graduated in Graphic Design from Kingston University (London, UK). I spent the following 20 years switching between various forms of design and photography while working on different assignments/projects around the world. My work focuses mainly on social, anthropological and humanitarian issues. I am particularly interested in the development of personal projects that give a real, current and, I hope, true vision of what is unfolding in front of us and around the world. My long term project “BEAUTY IN HELL: Beauty over Drama” focuses on finding and documenting the beauty (and not the drama) which, I strongly believe, is always
present, even in some of the most difficult realities around the world. In the last few years my photographic work has received a number of international awards and was exhibited in various locations around the world (click here for more info & details). I’ve collaborated with Companies/Individuals from all over the world. Usually, I work from my private Studio on the Italian hills near Venice, but I’m more than happy to start projects in other locations.
freelanced as a photojournalist in Europe and America for various prestigious magazines. He also taught at the New School in New York, the Central School of Art & Design in London and the Hoch Kunst School in Hamburg. During this period he curated several major exhibitions including “The Quality of Life” which opened the New National Theatre in 1976. Before returning to South Africa in 1985 Jurgen lived in London, Spain, New York and France. The photographs from this period represent a rich mix of social documentary work as well as some modernist, abstract images. Read more
Over the years, Bernhard Edmaier has won many prestigious awards for his work. His volumes of photography 'Vulkane' (1994), 'Eisige Welten' (1996) and 'Geoart Deutschland' (2003) were consecutively voted The Most Beautiful German Science Book of the Year, and his 'Geoart – Kunstwerk Erde' won him a renowned Kodak Photo Book Prize in 1998. In 2001 he received the Hasselblad Master Award.
Early in 1967 Gered worked with Jimi Hendrix & the Experience producing during two sessions at his Mason’s Yard studio images of Jimi that would go on to become some of the most iconic and widely known portraits of the great musician. Over the past 50 years Gered has continued to work in the music business as well as contributing to many leading magazines and also taking prize winning images for the advertising industry. Currently Gered has been concentrating on books and exhibitions as well as producing and selling prints in galleries all over the World. He recently published a retrospective book called GERED MANKOWITZ:50 YEARS OF ROCK & ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY. Currently his new Rolling Stones exhibition OFF THE HOOK is at Snap Gallery in Central London, and his new limited edition book THE ROLLING STONES : BACKSTAGE will be published in June 2016. He is now based in Cornwall, in the South-West of the UK, where he is also a part-time lecturer at University College Falmouth.
Johanna Diehl To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.johannadiehl.com Johanna Diehl (*1977 Hamburg, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. She studied photography and visual arts at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig under Prof. Timm Rautert, Boris Mikhailov, and as a master-class student under Prof. Tina Bara. She also studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris under Christian Boltanski and Jean-Marc Bustamante. Her works have been shown at various national and international exhibitions, and they are part of collections such as the Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation, the DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Sammlung Moderne Kunst at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. She has received numerous awards, most recently the working stipend of the Foundation Kunstfonds Bonn, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, the EHF programme of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung as well as a grant from the Deutsche Akademie Rom Villa Massimo for Casa Baldi.
Stefan Boness To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.iponphoto.com Stefan Boness is a photojournalist based in Berlin and Manchester.  His photos have received several awards including a World Press Photo Award. His work  is being published in quality magazines and newspapers throughout the world. In his long- term documentary projects in the tradition of conceptual ‘Landscape- Photography’ Stefan captures the reality of a designated place in the present in the context  of its underlying historical dimensions. His book-project entitled ‘Flanders Fields’ is a photographic search on the battlefields of  World War I in the region around Ypres in Belgium. In ‘Asmara – The Frozen City’ he  uncovers the legacy of Italian colonial a vant-garde architecture in the capital of Eritrea in  the Horn of Africa. His most recent project ‘The Re-Making of Manchester’ has as its  focus urban development in present-day Manchester.
Back to photo-essays