Monthly Archive for December, 2017

Sigurður Páll Pálsson – Minds at Large

Sigurður Páll Pálsson

Minds at Large

[ EPF 2017 – YOUNG TALENT AWARD / FUJIFILM FINALIST ]

 

” …each one of us is potentially a Mind at Large.”
– Aldous Huxley; The doors of Perception.

I would like to take long expeditions visiting the last shamans and spiritual philosophers of the world. From the Shamiis of Norway to the Yogis of India, Hmongs of China to the indeginous people of Australia, Jodorowskys tarot readings to the Ayahuasqueros in Peru, the Buryat of Siberia to Jon Kabat Zinn in North America and Baekyangsa Buddhist temple in South Korea to attending a Tibetan Funeral to name a few.

 

 

Although by the documentative nature of such a project, my plan is not to portray the journey in an anonymous stand off-ish impersonal way but transparently and honestly portray and document a personal discovery rather than your average photojournalistic documentary style. Not to look at them, but to be with them.

 

What Im after is that after years of being obsessed with the surreal lying and distortion of reality in all photographs, which i still agree with, I’ve found that by creating your own world right you can reveal an absolute truth and real sincerity in your expression and the subjects through this fictional medium. And that’s what I’d like to achieve with these people; gather their teachings on life alternative to our way of thinking. An interconnectedness through all things and a deep respect of the earth. In an honest way portray these people. To learn about life.
A spiritual narrative through dream like state photos.

 

 

Scrambled with photographs, honest notes and writings, it would be presented in a “dummy” way. As if found in the jungle. To tell what happened. To photograph the unphotographable. To photograph a state of mind. To photograph life itself through the Minds at Large.

The dream would be to eventually publish the massive book which would be an art piece in itself but also I could, after every trip, perhaps contribute to Burn and ask you to publish each story on a regular basis.

 

 

Short Bio

My name is Sigurður Páll Pálsson and I am a 25 year old boy from Reykjavík, Iceland currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Starting skateboarding at the age of 12 and the ideology of it led me to quit school (which i hated) at the age of 17 after an offer to go skate and meet my heroes in San Francisco. The story seems irrelevant I’m sure, but it has shaped my way of living and thought beyond words and which would ultimately catapult me into the strange world of photography and passion for this project. I saw there were no limits or constructed rules to photography at all and I was free to wander, express and tear up the format as freely as I pleased. Since then Ive been doing it non-stop, publishing DIY zines, having shows, board graphics, numerous collaborations and recently graduated from the renowned Fatamorgana the Danish school of art photography.

 

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Michele Palazzi – Finisterrae

Michele Palazzi

Finisterrae

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]

 

“Finisterrae” means so much as: end of the road. That is more or less how it feels when moving around Southern Portugal or, more precisely, the region that in the ancient Roman era was known as “Lusitania.” The residents of this outskirt of the European Union seem to be forgotten, as if they are living at the end of the road of Europe’s prosperous past. For this project, Michele Palazzi resided in this region for a consistent amount of time in order to get a grip of the situation and to find a visual translation for it. Altogether, the landscapes and portraits are documentary by intent, be it is not so much to inform the viewer about the subject on a rational level. Instead, they hint at a more transcendent “mystique”; a specific mood as felt when traveling around the region struggling for its survival.

 

 

In a way, the people who live in this region haven’t changed that much over time. There is still an omnipresent esoteric fume that surrounds former “Lusitania,” as reflected in the minds of its inhabitants; in the myths and beliefs that are being passed from one generation to the next. Yet, they also have to deal with the harsh facts of contemporary life: The centralisation of economic power and wealth sustained by EU governments has resulted in poverty and abandonment of areas that were already disadvantaged – a process that completely destroyed social and economic structures of rural communities. Those who have been located here over centuries are now forced to leave or, alternatively, to live outside the system. As a consequence, abandoning the land of their ancestors, families are becoming disconnected from each other, and the few who decided to stay put – mainly the elderly and the poor – slowly but steadily slide down in a state of alienation. This process of social marginalisation and desertification of the soil is destructive, be is seemingly unstoppable for this bereft district.

Text: Erik Vroons

 

 

Short Bio

 

Michele Palazzi is an Italian documentary photographer. Born in Rome in 1984, he gained a masters degree in Photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia at 23 years old. In the beginning of his career, he worked on the project “Migrant Workers Journey,” recipient of the Project Launch Award 2011 at Center Santa Fe. Afterwards, he started working on “Black Gold Hotel,” a long-term project about the modernization impact in Mongolia, recipient of the First Prize of Environmental Photographer of the Year Award. In 2015, the project was also awarded the First Prize in the Daily Life category Stories of the World Press Photo. Afterwards, he worked on the project “Fade Away,” focusing on the Chinese migrations from rural areas to cities. He lives in Rome and is represented by Contrasto agency.

 

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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Sebastian Liste – The Refuge

 

Sebastian Liste

The Refuge

[ EPF 2017 – HONORABLE MENTION ]

When I was seventeen I fell in love with Laura.

Then I met her family and the way they lived fascinated me. Twenty years ago, Laura’s parents, Anne and Ben, came to a small village in the Spanish countryside. There they began to build a house from the ruins of an abandoned stable, deep in a valley, just below a threatening ridge called “The Crag.” They built their home stone by stone, expanding it as the family grew, using rocks that fell from the mountain to construct not only the house but a corral for animals and ponds to irrigate their land. They live in perfect harmony with their environment, respecting their place in nature and altering the landscape as little as possible.

 

 

Here, I made my first photographic experiments and this place has always been where I returned after every trip documenting different social and political issues around the world.

Here I always found my family, my love and my refuge.

 

With this project I wanted to take an introspective turn into my work, documenting my immediate environment, exploring the strong relationships between love, family, and land. My objective was to make a poetic and visual map of my surroundings, recognizing fragments of memory not yet written while collecting the moments I hold close, those that make us reflect on our own lives.

Last year Laura and I became parents and we are currently building our own house for our growing family. Now, I want to develop the second chapter of this ongoing project in our own place hidden in the wild nature. I hope that with the support of this grant I will able to finish this intimate journey in form of a book, where hidden little dreams and tragedies are waiting to inspire anybody looking for their own refuge.

 

 

Short Bio

 

Sebastián Liste (Spain, 1985) is a documentary photographer and sociologist devoted to document the profound cultural changes and contemporary issues in Latin America and the Mediterranean area. In 2010, while getting his Masters degree in Documentary Photography in Barcelona, he won the Ian Parry Scholarship for his project “Urban Quilombo” and was named young editorial photographer of the year at the Lucie Awards. In 2011 Sebastián was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2012 was announced as the Young Reporter of the Year at Visa pour l’Image festival. He was the recipient of the Magnum EF Grant, the Getty Editorial Grant and the Alexia Foundation Grant. He also received the Fotopres Grant in Spain to develop a project in Venezuela, and a World Press Photo prize in 2016 for his story “Citizen Journalism in Brazil’s Favelas.” He is a frequent lecturer at universities and he is currently based between Spain and Brazil. Sebastian Liste is a member of NOOR Images

 

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Lily Zoumpouli – Selinophilia

Lily Zoumpouli

Selinophilia

[ EPF 2017 – FUJIFILM / YOUNG TALENT AWARD RUNNER UP ]

 

Capturing glances of the moments that passed us by, in times when we were

maybe too young to realise that they weren’t there to stay until eternity

would have torn us apart.

But still old enough to know they were worth noticing.

The need for a way of connecting through a medium with my own feelings and surroundings became the catalyst of this works existence.

Each photograph has a background story that carries on its shoulders the reason

for its own memory.

 

 

The distance that separates us from our subject is the one that needs to be walked, in order to find the reflection of our inner selves and others

combined into one image, forming a mixture of selves.

A connection being conceived within a captivating atmosphere that was inspired by the desire of transferring into another reality, forming a duality through the final outcome of the photograph.

The intense element of nude is depicting the return to an innocent comfort of being bare naked, but mostly of being pure towards yourself and towards the observer- displaying a self and its shadows.

 

 

Every so often there are staged moments representing a personal dive within every part that belongs to a past or a present, trying to be revealed through a newborn subject so to keep on recreating itself.

An autobiographical documentary combined with allegorical aspects give a sense of spontaneity along with the subconscious, and slowly take over during the process of discovering a world out and within our own individuality.

 

 

Short Bio

She took part in the Young Greek Photographers exhibition at The Benaki Museum as part of the Athens Photo Festival 2015.In 2015 she was offered a lifelong membership to exhibit her work on LensCulture professional worldwide photographer’s website. In 2016 her photographic project entitled “Discoloration” was selected as one of the ten favourite projects for 2015 by the editors of LensCulture “Favourite Conceptual and Fine Art Photo Series from 2015.” She became part of Atonal Photography Collective and had a group exhibition in Rome, Italy on Interzone Gallery curated by Michele Corleone 06.10.2016 | 29.10.2016. Selected To Be Presented At Photo Boite |30 Under 30 Women Photographers Of 2017. Followed by a photography exhibition of all the women photographers selected works on September 30th, 2017 on The Popping Club in Rome, Italy. She was short-listed for Gomma Grant Award 2016. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery at Dublin 2017 July 20th – August 19th.

 

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Mayumi Suzuki – The Restoration Will

Mayumi Suzuki

The Restoration Will

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]

 

My parents, who a owned photo studio, went missing after the 2011 tsunami. Our house was destroyed. It was a place for working, but also for living. I grew up there. After the disaster, I found my father’s lens, portfolio, and our family album buried in the mud and the rubble.
One day, I tried to take a landscape photo with my father’s muddy lens. The image came out dark and blurry, like a view of the deceased. Through taking it, I felt I could connect this world with that world. I felt like I could have a conversation with my parents, though, in fact, that is impossible.

 

 

The family snapshots I found were washed white, the images disappearing. The portraits taken by my father were stained, discolored. These scars are similar to the damage seen in my town, similar to my memories which I am slowly losing.

 

 

I hope to retain my memory and my family history through this book. By arranging these photos, I have attempted to reproduce it.

 

 

Short Bio

 

Born in 1977 in Onagawa, Miyagi and now resides Tokyo, Japan. I work as a visual storyteller to find and create personal narratives. I was born and raised in a family who ran a photo studio founded by her grandfather in 1930 in the town of Onagawa. I studied at Nihon University, College of Art Department of Photography.

March 11, 2011. On this day an incident which changed my life has occurred. My hometown Onagawa was destroyed by the tsunami and my parents went missing. So I decided to start as photography artist to tell the story. I capture them as an individual and not just a faceless figures and leave the photographs as proof of their lives.

In 2014-2015, I had supported with Alejandro Chaskielberg as local location coordinator and professional support assistant in “Otsuchi Future Memories.” In 2016, I participated a workshop “Photobook As Object” by Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel. I have developed a book with them.

 

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