Anneke Paterson – Bitten by the Moon

Anneke Paterson

Bitten by the Moon

“There is a saying used in El Salvador that is rooted in mysticism; when the birth of a child with a birth defect is observed, family and doctors will say, “mordido por la luna” – or ‘bitten by the moon’, to explain the visible anomaly. In El Salvador, there is a significant population of people that will likely never be able to receive the surgical treatment they need for birth defects and other severe physical conditions alike. The barriers to access extend beyond income and socioeconomic standing — often surgeons will refuse treatment because they lack the specialized skill, equipment, or adequate teams to take on more complex procedures. Many of those that are able to afford their surgeries are denied them anyway; surgeons face challenges within the government in seeking funding and advocating for better equipment. These factors deeply and detrimentally affect those that need specialized surgical care in their personal lives. Many that have a distinct physical deformity or affliction are nearly barred from their communities, and are ostracized if they are not able to contribute to society in the expected ways such as in production and labor. They face extreme difficulty beyond their physicality, and the emotional trauma that ‘being different’ implies– many are forced to travel internationally to the States or to Europe to receive their treatments. They lose their jobs, leave behind family and must find financial support to enable them to travel and stay out of their home country for significant periods of time. Those that are able to find help within their country may not make the “priority list”, meaning that although their condition may be severe, if they are stable, they must wait. These images illustrate the struggles behind this lack of service for the population of El Salvador and also brings to light the resilience of the people that must fight for necessary services. Many will fall through the cracks in a societal, governmental, and political system that is designed to serve only those that are healthy and “able-bodied”. While there are many factors at play here, I have chosen to focus on the people of El Salvador and their stories in hopes of providing answers to the question – what is life like with a physical deformity where help does not exist?”

 

 

 

 

Bio

Anneke Paterson was born with a rare syndrome which has required her to have multiple surgeries at different stages in her young life. It is from this background that Anneke has gained an acute interest in not only the evolving cultures of her generation, but in the healthcare of her generation. Anneke has visited families in El Salvador, Guatemala and México in search of understanding the implications of what is life like when there is little to no access to required surgeries, while already facing the socioeconomic challenges of poverty. Based in Austin, Texas, Anneke is currently attending college part time, working toward a bachelors in global health policy and anthropology. Anneke’s photographic work has been published by The New York Times, National Geographic Travel, National Geographic Books, and the Texas Tribune

 

 

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Michalis Poulas – Infinite Perimeter

Michalis Poulas

Infinite Perimeter

The place where one draws breath and calls one’s home; ’tis whence one begins; The place one recalls and reminisces, be it in a positive or negative light, years down the line, even if one never left it, either physically or mentally; It exists as place, as time, as a past experience in one’s memory and imagination; ’tis the remains of this theme that jointly shape the way one feels; The spacetime one calls one’s home is under tremendous pressure, and the issue is with whom, why, and to what extent one is willing to share it.

Infinite Perimeter is a project about human identity as it exists within the current stage of capitalism. It is about the feelings of loss, loneliness and isolation that everyone can experience whether as actual immigrants or even into their homeland. It is about the sense of being exiled even from ourselves.

 

 

 

 

Bio

Michalis was born in Athens Greece in 1978. His father, a professional sailor, opened a one hour process film shop back in 1988 in Crete island as he tried to stay close to his family and that was his first contact with photography. Poulas studied at Leica Academy in Athens. Since 2003 he established and has been running his own photo-lab in Sitia, Crete where he lives. Photography was one of his strongest weapons against his drug addiction and he would make pictures in order to ease the pain and fear of death.

 

 

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Karim El Maktafi – Hayati

Karim El Maktafi

Hayati

Hayati (“my life” in Arabic) is a visual journal realized exclusively with a smartphone. Hayati reflects on my identity as a second-generation Italian. Son of immigrants, born and raised in Italy, balance between two realities that at first sight might seem incompatible. To produce this story, I became both its subject and its object. I was born in Desenzano del Garda, a village near Brescia, Italy, from Moroccan parents. Growing up between two worlds forced me to sharpen my gaze and to compare these perspectives which often diverge from each other. Embracing a single identity is not easy; feeling out of place or like an odd cultural hybrid often happens. Yet, while trying to define this identity, one understands the privilege of “standing on a doorstep” at the edge of two environments. One can decide who to be, where to belong, or to create new ties, while keeping alive the experiences learnt along the path. One must learn to juggle multiple languages, cultural taboos, references, prohibitions, and learn to teach those who are not also standing on the doorstep. I had to travel inside my own life and family. I faced doubts, hesitations and afterthoughts, but I realized an honest portrait of how I have lived until today. The most interesting aspect of this story — of my story — is the creation of a less restricted reality. One that is undefined, in which various beliefs and experiences thrive and form a unique harmony. Hayati was made between Italy and Morocco during a year-long scholarship at Fabrica, Benetton Group’s communication research centre based in Treviso, Italy.

 

 

 

 

Bio

Karim El Maktafi is an Italian-Moroccan photographer born in Desenzano del Garda (IT) in 1992. In 2013 he graduated from the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan. He has collaborated with several photographers in various fields: commercial, fashion, editorial production and major advertising campaigns. His photographic research explores the concept of identity through through documentary methods and portraiture. His work has been presented in exhibitions at the Brescia Photo Festival, the Festival of Ethical Photography, Fotografia Europea, Fotoleggendo, Area35 Art Gallery in Milan and YES Collective in Auckland, and has been featured in magazines such as Internazionale, Vice, Topic stories, Playboy Italia, C-41 and Spam, among others. He has also received the Alessandro Voglino Young Talent Prize at the FRAME Foto Festival. Between 2016 and 2017, during his residency at Fabrica, Karim realized the project “Hayati”, winner of PHM 2017 Grant – New Generation Prize, and shortlisted for the CAP Prize 2017 – Contemporary African Photography prize.

 

 

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Gianmarco Maraviglia – The Body in Crisis

P. 22. Student at University in the countryside. Two weeks after the referendum, in which Greece delivered its future to the hands of the European Institutions. He received a phone call from his father, who told him he could not send him the money as usual, because of the new control on capitals. A few days later, P. receives his first client.

Gianmarco Maraviglia

The Body in Crisis

According to a study by the Greek Center for Social Sciences, prostitution has increased by 150% in two years. The economic crisis that has afflicted Greece for years has had very profound, sometimes intimate, effects. In the center of Athens, around Omonia Square, dozens of prostitutes, often drug addicts; sell their bodies for a few Euros in crooked hotels.

In the side streets, people use heroin out in the open. Porn movie theaters offer dark rooms where young boys offer sex to the elderly. In a park nearby, young refugees, often minors, escaped from hell, end up selling themselves for 3 or 4€. In some streets, there are many illegal brothels. As soon as you open the door, girls are offered as if they were on the market. Everyone knows, but the institutions are not in a position to intervene.

There is no money for assistance, help or protection, and this is the true price of the crisis, which affects the weaker population segments. Once a family’s economic support has failed, even young, well-off students, have decided to prostitute themselves. Behind all of this, there is exploitation, trafficking, organized crime, or, for the lucky ones, only struggle for survival.

 

 

Bio

Gianmarco Maraviglia, born in 1974, works on long-term projects such as the story of his daughter Olivia, entitled Olivia’s Roots; whose grandparents were born in four different countries. Maraviglia documented these countries in order to tell the story of a little girl who embodies traditions, language, and culture. Looking for an alternative perspective, he then told the story of the revolution in Egypt through eyes of the underground movement; skate, parkour, hip hop… a more social and cultural revolution than politics. For several years he has been working on the topic of religion; first with the Global Religion project, which is a documentation of all foreign religions practiced in Italy. Secondly, with the long work EVA, an alternative vision of the sacred places of Christianity. He has been traveling for a year to the Caucasus with his colleague Karl Mancini, to tell the unrecognized countries born of the collapse of the Soviet Empire, with the Blooming Generation project. This work is narrated through the stories of young people born after independence, and their research of national and cultural identity. His work has been published by Newsweek, CNN, Washington Post, Wired, Marie Claire, Corriere della Sera, Die Zeit, Cicero, Mare amongst others. Maraviglia is the founder of the Echo Photojournalism agency and a photojournalism professor at the European Design Institute.

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Matt Henry – Murder a Go-Go

Matt Henry

Murder a Go-Go

 

Somewhere in the mutinous haze of 1960’s America, a glamorous band of dancing militants dubbed the ‘Go-Go Gang’ is hard at work seducing and murdering chemical company executives in the name of environmental justice. This is Murder a Go-Go; a 16-image fictional series that I hoped would twin the sexualised and homicidal flavours of 1960’s explotation cinema with the rapidly emerging social movements of the time. 

Murder a Go-Go opens with a newspaper article about a Californian kidnapping and ends with a blood-soaked activist leaving a copy of Silent Spring at the scene. Rachel Carson took on the agrochemical industry in 1962 with this environmental science book and her work galvanised a generation of environmentalists and female scientists. It is just such a great seed on which to build a narrative.

I work exclusively in fiction though I do draw on elements of political and cultural history. This fictionalised story of environmental radicalism remains in keeping with the sensationalism of the exploitation genre. Many of these films explored the countercultural and left-wing movements that Hollywood glossed over and were also uncharacteristically progressive in using tough female leads. It felt natural to me to draw on these elements of Sixties visual culture.

 

 

 

Bio

Matt Henry (b. 1978) grew up in North Wales and is now based in Brighton, England. His practice focuses on the politics and culture of America during the 1960s and early 1970s. The works take the form of fictional scenes staged as set-builds and dressed locations in the UK and USA. Each project is storyboarded and typically features a cast of actors styled and directed by the artist. 

He is represented by Polka Galerie and his work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia and North America.

 

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Elton Gllava – Where The Crows Would Have Sung

Elton Gllava

Where The Crows Would Have Sung

“Had it not been for the chrome, here the crows would have sung” said the old man by the side of the dusty road. He spoke of Bulqizë, and of its people who work in the mines. Bulqizë is a small town in North-East Albania known as the town of the miners . Following the discovery of chrome there in 1939 and the opening of the first mines in 1948, Bulqizë has now become the world’s third largest producer of this mineral.The first time I went to Bulqizë was in 2013. I knew nothing about this place. My first impact with this strange town was overwhelming. A first encounter that took me back in time. The grey buildings of the main street outlined a town which had stopped in time, crystalized in the atmosphere of the Albania of my childhood. There were many bars, a few grocers, betting shops, biliard halls, a couple of restaurants and two schools. I stayed there two days taking pictures of mines and miners. The feeling I got when I began to develop the films was as intense as the one i experienced when i first set eyes on the town. Alternating emotional surges from the heart and mind, suspended in time. So for the past three years I have been trying to tell the story of this slice of Albania which seems to be transfixed in the past and yet catapulted into the future by the unstoppable logic of exploitative capitalisim which knows no bounds. Through my photos I tell the story of a community sitting upon a “mountain of gold” which sees its resources and minds ceaselessly draining away. Bulqizë has been defined by some as a social ghetto. To me it represents a resevoir of cultural archetypes which I have endeavoured to capture.

 

 

Bio

Elton Gllava was born in Albania under the closed communist regime of the 1970’s. When the borders opened in 1991 he seized his opportunity to experience another world and like thousands of Albanians made the crossing Italy. His early years in Rome exposed him to some of the darker sides of multilayered Roman society through various pursuits and employments……however in 2007 he made the decision to dedicate himself to photography. His photographic style is focused towards both social and authorial reportage with a strong draw towards the intimate aspects.

 

 

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Matthieu Zellweger – Fears and Dreams

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Matthieu Zellweger

Fears and Dreams

Dreams are reality. Laced with our worst fears and emboldened by our dearest wishes. Where is that fine line between a pleasant dream and a frightening nightmare? What is the unconscious connection between fears and dreams?

Dreams have fuzzy boundaries with the unspoken depths of our soul. They take us to a fantasy world of near darkness, yet they are vividly clear; they are blurry yet they stir strong emotions in us, paving the way to an almost godly connection to an all-too-familiar underworld; their light is confused, hazed and undefined but the agitated zone is easy to reach.

Blessed those dreams that are vaguely smiling, one short step away from agitated sleep. Woe to you haunting nightmares, incoming tide of pseudo-danger in the most vulnerable of moments. How are we to not spend our last drop of energy fighting ourselves in this closed-loop trap? Who are these characters, and why is it that known as they may look, they are not to be recognized? What do the want? Why do we send them to talk to ourselves behind the closed doors of our eyes?

On this journey, our own soul roams free amidst self-created ghosts. Until sunrise, that is.

 

 

 

Bio

Award-winning photographer Matthieu Zellweger grew up in French-speaking Switzerland. He is also a fully trained scientist with 15+ years of involvement in public health matters, and a graduate in International Political Economy. He gave various conferences and his images have been exhibited a number of times: Owada Gallery (Tokyo, 2017), Book and Press Fair (Geneva, 2014), Gallery of VII photo agency (New York, 2013), Club 44 (La Chaux-de-Fonds, 2011), the Geneva Geographical Society (2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014), the Swiss-Japan Circle (2010), the Zurich French-speaking Circle (2008), the Geneva Cultural Service (2007), and the Club of International Relations of Kanazawa (Japan, 2006). They also appeared in various magazines (New York Times, BBC World, Le Temps, GEO, NZZ, l’Hebdo, Jeune Afrique, Phosphore, l’Illustré, Animan). Matthieu Zellweger was nominated a Finalist of the 2017 Siena International Photo Awards. His essay “The Story of Hope” won a silver medal at the 2016 Tokyo International Foto Awards. He won the Lancet’s “Highlights – a picture of health” contest in December 2015. He was awarded Photo Philanthropy’s Activist Award 2014 for work depicting the plight of AIDS patients in Myanmar. He was nominated an Emerging Photojournalist 2013 by proof.org for his work about asthma in Benin. Matthieu Zellweger lives in Switzerland and works in French, English, German and Italian. He is represented and distributed by Haytham Pictures/ REA Photo (Paris). 

 

 

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Clary Estes – Those Who Remain

Nina's granddaughter, Adelena, looks at her grandmother's body during the church service at Nina's funeral. Fatigued from grief she is quiet for much of the event. I occasionally hold her close and we take a moment to grieve and listen to the Orthodox chants of the priests. Like Nina, Magdalena is also diabetic and her family keeps a close eye on her diet and insulin shots everyday.

Clary Estes

Those Who Remain

Hundreds of thousands of people from a corner of eastern Europe were forcibly deported as political exiles during two waves of Soviet repression in the 1940s. Many of them died during the journey or in exile. Others returned home with shattered lives. Only a few survive today.

“Those Who Remain” tells their stories. The Stalinist regime devised the deportation program to identify and exile political dissidents from what is now the Republic of Moldova. Those selected, often for reasons having nothing to do with politics, were killed or exiled with their families to remote regions of Kazakhstan and Siberia. Those who survived had to wait years to be liberated. If they managed to return home, they were systematically silenced and shamed by the Soviet and post-Soviet societies. Only recently, long after most of them died, have they been free to speak publicly about their ordeals.

“Those Who Remain” gives voice to these former deportees, and to their children and grandchildren. It bears witness to a profoundly important historical event that is little known by the rest of the world. These survivors have been waiting decades to tell their stories, which are shocking and harrowing, but also inspiring. See their faces. Listen to their voices. Some are still with us, those who remain.

 

 

 

Bio

Clary Estes was born and raised in Kentucky and is currently living internationally and working on a variety of photography projects in Japan, China and Moldova. After she graduated with a Masters Degree in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2013 she moved to Japan as an Ishibashi Zaidan Photography Research Fellow with Nagoya University for two years. She is now living and working in rural Moldova with the Peace Corps. As a storyteller, Estes’ interests lie in long-term documentary projects focused on underserved, obscure communities. Her work does not merely document a story straight on; rather, it analyzes and re-analyzes the story over the course of months and years to show the dynamic and complex nature of the stories we live.

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RIP Stanley Greene

 

Stanley Greene is gone. Dear friend, colleague, and a dedicated photojournalist to the core. Member of the prestigious NOOR @noorimages photo agency, Stanley most often pursued significant stories beyond the normal news cycles. When all other news outlets left Chechnya, Stanley stayed. He believed more in the story then he cared about running off to the next hot spot to get an assignment. His acclaimed book “Chechnya” the result. Stanley lived in my New York building for several years along with Paolo Pellegrin, Lorena Ros, Kadir Van Lohuizen, Alex Majoli, Thomas Dvorzak, Kerry Payne,Chris Anderson, Rob Clark, Monia Lippi, Tim Hetherington, David Coventry, Marion Duran, and Michael Christopher Brown. The karma was unbelievable .Stanley was in the center, part of the buzz, relentless in his effort to do the right thing. The real deal. You can’t buy “Black Passport”. Sold out long ago. I hope it gets re published. Testament to one of the finest chroniclers of our time. Big love Stanley 🎈

The EPF 2017 is open – Call For Submissions

Photo by Annie Flanagan – EPF 2016 recipient

 

Emerging Photographer Fund 2017 – call for submissions

 

Burn Magazine revolves around the EPF. Our most important curatorial contribution to the oftentimes chaotic landscape of photography today. By choosing a jury whose lifetimes have been spent in looking at photographs and making photographs, we try to give our Burn readers a distilled version of the best work of all that flows before their eyes everyday.

Most importantly our mission is to give recognition to the finest emerging authors out there and to provide some funding to at least a few to keep going and to continue making a mark. Our previous recipients prove this is not in vain.

In addition since 2015 FujiFilm is partnering with us to offer several prizes for our category “Young EPF Award”. It’s open to all photographers who are 25 or younger (born on Jan 1st, 1992 or later).

All you need to do is enter into the EPF… and if you’re 25 or younger, you’ll be automatically eligible for the “Young EPF Award” as well. Fuji offers a cash prize of $5,000 to the winner of the “Young EPF Award”.

Of course we are immensely proud of this partnership… and hope in this way we can give back even more to the young emerging ones amongst us… who just might need it more than we can ever imagine.

This all gets added alongside our existing “main” EPF grant which is already $10,000… and both the EPF grant and the Young EPF Award are not mutually exclusive, so you could potentially win both… imagine that.

The EPF is accepting submissions until September 15th… submit your story… if ever there was a time to emerge, that time is now.

 

 

Call for submissions

 

The Emerging Photographer Fund 2017 is now open for submissions!

The deadline for entry is September 15th, 2017 (6pm PST)

 

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Emerging Photographer Fund 2017 – 10,000$

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The Young Talent EPF/FujiFilm Award – $5,000

The Young Talent EPF Award is sponsored by FujiFilm

FujiFilm

 

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Enter here!

The deadline for entry is September 15th, 2017 (6pm PST)

 

 

 

 

Previous EPF Winners

 

The 2008 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to
Sean Gallagher for his essay on the environmental Desertification of China.

The 2009 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to
Alejandro Chaskielberg for his 8×10 format essay on the Parana River Delta ‘The High Tide’.

The 2010 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to
Davide Monteleone for his essay ‘Northern Caucasus’.

The 2011 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to
Irina Werning for her essay ‘Back to the Future’.

In 2012 three Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
one major to Matt Lutton for his essay ‘Only Unity’ and
two minors to Giovanni Cocco for his essay ‘Monia’ and to Simona Ghizzoni for her essay ‘Afterdark’.

In 2013 four Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
one major to Diana Markosian for her essay ‘My Father The Stranger’ and
three minors to: Iveta Vaivode for her essay ‘Somewhere on Disappearing Path’,
Oksana Yushko for her essay ‘Balklava: The Lost History’ and
Maciej Pisuk for his essay ‘Under The Skin; Photographs From Brzeska Street’.

In 2014 two Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
one major to Alessandro Penso for his essay ‘Lost Generation’ and
one minor to: Birte Kaufmann for her essay ‘The Travelers’.

In 2015 two Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
the EPF grant Danila Tkachenko for the essay ‘Restricted Areas’ and
the FujiFilm/Young Talent Award: Sofia Valiente for the essay ‘Miracle Village’.

In 2016 two Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
the EPF grant Annie Flanagan for the essay ‘Deafening Sound’ and
the FujiFilm/Young Talent Award: Aleksander Raczynski for the essay ‘Views’.

 


The Emerging Photographer Fund was created and is directed by David Alan Harvey,
and curated by Anton Kusters & Diego Orlando, with Francesca Gennari.