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Pauliana Valente Pimentel – Quel Pedra (THAT STONE)

Pauliana Valente Pimentel

Quel Pedra (THAT STONE)

There is a legend in Mindelo, in the island of São Vicente, which says that those who sit on a specific stone in the neighborhood of Font Flip will became gay. It was in this neighborhood that I met Steffy and seven of his friends: Edinha, Gi, Elton, Sindji, Susy, Henio and Jason. These boys, aged between seventeen and twenty-five years are transgender, inasmuch that they like to wear women’s clothing, make up, and to be called by women`s names. Faced by this specific situation in Cape Verde, and the significance of this stone, I decided to entitle this work Quel Pedra, which is Creole for “That Stone.”



There is a high degree of intolerance towards homosexuals in many African countries, in some cases motivated by religious beliefs, others out of ignorance. Many Africans are forced to immigrate to Europe due to their inability to live their sexuality freely. Sexual relations between persons of the same sex were only legalized in 2004 in Cape Verde. Until then, it was a crime to have a homosexual relationship. In twelve years, the law has changed, but the discrimination persists. In 2013, a year before I met this group of friends, the first Gay Parade was held in Mindelo.

Given these facts, I was interested in living in this community, in order to understand their dreams, frustrations, hopes and fears. Where their courage and attitude came from. I was with them in two separate moments; one in late 2014 and in March 2016. It was interesting to see how much has changed in the lives of these Cape Verdian youngsters, and in what manner.



The idea of this work is to confront the viewer with their own prejudices, challenging the conventions and standards concerning the identity of the human being. Simone de Beauvoir once said: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Perhaps the aim of this work is to unveil what it means to be woman today.

Quel Pedra has been published as book in 2017.


Short Bio

Pauliana Valente Pimentel, 1975, based in Lisbon. As a visual artist and freelance photographer, she has been producing and exhibiting photo essays extensively since 1999 in Portugal and abroad. In 2005, she took part in the photography course of the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Program. She was member of the [Kameraphoto] agency from 2006 until its extinction in 2014, and a founding member of the N’WE collective in 2016. Pierre von Kleist Editions published her book “Vol.I” in 2009, and in 2011 “Caucase, Souvenirs de Voyage” was published by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

She is also director of several films. In 2015, she won the prize for the best photographic work of the year by the Portuguese Author Society, and in 2016 she was nominee for the Novo Banco prize, the most important prize in Portugal for Contemporary photography. Nowadays she collaborates with several galleries in Europe and part of her work belongs to private and institutional collections.

The work Quel Pedra was reviewed by Aperture in 2016.


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Emerging Photographer Fund – Call for Submissions


Emerging Photographer Fund – call for submissions



The Emerging Photographer Fund 2018 is now open for submissions!

This year we are proud to offer two awards: the Emerging Photographer Grant for $10,000 and the Fujifilm Young Talent Award (25 or under) for $10,000. For more information, follow the link below.


Enter here


The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2018 (6pm PST).




Burn Magazine revolves around the EPF. It is 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. $10,000 is given to the recipient of EPF to move forward in their work. This is made possible with a generous donation by Michael Loyd Young through the Magnum Foundation. Our previous winners prove this is not in vain.

In addition, Fujifilm is partnering with us to offer an award, open to all photographers who are 25 or younger at the time of the deadline. All you need to do is enter into the EPF… and if you’re 25 or younger, you’ll be automatically eligible for the Fujifilm Young Talent Award. Fujifilm also offers a cash prize of $10,000 to the winner.

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





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 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Danila Tkachenko for ‘Restricted Areas’, and the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Sofia Valiente for ‘Miracle Village’.

In 2016 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Annie Flanagan for ‘Deafening Sound’, and the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Aleksander Raczynski for ‘Views’

In 2017 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Antoine Bruy for ‘Outback Mythologies’, and the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Aleksey Kondratyev for ‘Ice Fishers’


Entries are now open


The Emerging Photographer Fund 2018 is now open for submissions!


Enter here


The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2018 (6pm PST).



Editor’s note:

Many thanks especially to my EPF team Anton Kusters, Diego Orlando, and Mallory Bracken. First off, they must deal with me!! Never easy. In all seriousness, they all show amazing dedication to the spirit of doing something which just feels good. To provide a platform for the up and coming.


Special thanks to Susan Meiselas of the Magnum Foundation. Nobody on the planet is more dedicated to allowing new talent to develop.


Special thanks also to Michael Loyd Young, EPF funder and BURN Magazine board member.






A heart felt thank you also to Fujifilm for the Fujifilm Young Talent Award… making it possible for the EPF to keep focus on the future generations, the young ones, the ones with a vision already making a mark now… and just might make another jump soon…




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

Rachel Cox – Shiny Ghost

Rachel Cox

Shiny Ghost

In this project I have documented the final years of my Grandmother’s life as she was suffering from a degenerative brain disease. The images were made during moments of conversation, gesture, and experiences of death. The variety of photographic approaches towards the subjects are representative of a frantic need to record all aspects of my knowledge of her (whether performative or candid) in a hopes that these moments could be pieced together again, attempting to construct a more accurate portrait of how I would remember her. My Grandmother and I had a tumultuous relationship, never thoroughly understood, and missed connections of tastes and values flourished throughout our entire lives. Looking back on this project, the photographs reveal a deeper language we had been sharing for years, constituted of mutual vulnerability and trust, acted upon even in death.




Rachel Cox has shown work recently at Museo de los Artes in Mexico City, Baijia Art Museum in Nanjing, China, The Musee del’Elysee in Switzerland, Museo Amparo in Mexico, and at PHOTO London 2016. Cox has shown work nationally at the Houston Center for Photography, The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.

In 2016 Cox’s project Shiny Ghost was awarded 1st place by Lensculture Magazine for their International Portraiture competition. Additionally, her work was nominated for the Paul Huf FOAM award by the Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam, an international photography prize for artists under 35.

Cox’s work has recently been published in Vice Magazine, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The British Journal of Photography. Cox’s monograph, Shiny Ghost, was published December 2016 through Aint Bad Editions. 

Rachel Cox is an Assistant Professor at The University of Iowa and is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, TX. 

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Sabrina Caramanico – Circus

Sabrina Caramanico


[ EPF 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

This journey starts in the past when, as a child, I was fascinated to see the “great creature” come to life and where strange and controversial things happen inside. The Circus is a magical, mysterious and strange world where light and darkness alternate to give life to the great show. A microcosm where elusive and disturbing figures move frantically in the shade of the tent as in a daydream.



I’ve always been attracted by people living in the circus, mysterious and fascinating people, always on the road. I followed some circuses in Italy over the last year, I lived with them and together with them I saw with my eyes the great work and sacrifice behind the big curtain. “Circus” is a project in progress. I’m still looking for new artists and new stories to tell.



Short Bio

Sabrina Caramanico is an Italian photographer. She was born in 1985 in a town nestled in the mountains of Abruzzo. At the age of 22, she decided to dedicate herself to photography as self-taught.


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Annika Derksen – De Rijs

Annika Derksen

De Rijs

I have worked on a project named ‘De Rijs’ revolving around the book The Voyage of Saint Brendan. The novel revolves around Saint Brendan an Irish Monk from Galway. According to legend he read a book on the miracles of creation and decided it was untrue. He therefore chose to burn the book; as a result an angel came to punish him. Saint Brendan was sent on a voyage in search for the truth. Amongst the company of various pilgrims, he set of to navigate around the world for the next nine years. He recorded his travel by writing down all that he encountered, which were in fact a lot of the matters he had first read about in the book he burned. Nowadays the story of Saint Brendan is also considered as a metaphor. In short the mentally arduous journey one has to go through in order to arrive safe and sound in paradise.
In the light of the project I have worked on, I felt a deep connection with the metaphorical meaning of Saint Brendan’s story. In order to convey both my own interpretation and feelings I decided to unify both text and photo to get my version of Saint Brendan’s story across, since photography and text both play an important role in my life. I delved into Saint Brendan’s story and visited the places he once visited as well. Gradually his quest to paradise became mine.

Short Bio

Annika Derksen is a photographer currently based in London. She has a bachelor in photography from Luca School of Arts, campus Narafi and is now enrolled in the MA documentary photography and photojournalism at the Westminster University. From a young age on she has been intrigued by everything surrounding her. This developed into a passion to captivate that what catches her eye. As she explored the bond between her and her camera and all she could accomplish, she started to develop an interest in visualising her own thoughts and ideas into photographs.


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Annalisa Natali Murri – The Black Line

Annalisa Natali Murri

The Black Line

[ EPF 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

Haiti and Dominican Republic are divided by 360 km of borders, 55 of which are made up of the River Massacre, in the northern region of the island.

In October 1937, its waters turned red as blood, when Rafael L. Trujillo- dictator of the DR- led one of the most infamous events in the story of the island, known as the “Parsley massacre.” In a few days, up to 30,000 Haitians were massacred along the river by Dominican military forces and conscripted civilians with the alleged excuse that a supposed Haitian “invasion” could have posed a serious threat to Dominican society and its racial integrity.



The slaughter, which owes its name to the Spanish word “perejil” (a word that Creole speaking Haitians fail to pronounce and that was used by Dominican soldiers to recognize their victims by asking them to identify a spring of parsley), has irrevocably widened the rift between the two countries and, as a long-term effect, has radicalized a deep anti-Haitian sentiment in the whole DR, which in turn resulted in episodes of violence against Haitians.



Immigrants from Haiti have been crossing the border for more than 100 years in search of a life opportunity as sugarcane or farm laborers, while the Dominican government never stopped to pursue actions of forced repatriations and a permanent policy of stigmatization against their darker-skinned neighbors.

In 2013, a court ruled that people born in the DR of undocumented migrants, from 1929 onwards, had never been entitled to Dominican citizenship and should be deprived of it, giving way to countless cases of abuses against Haitians, as illegal expulsions, denial of identity documents and arbitrary deprivation of nationality.



Even though a regularization act was subsequently issued to mitigate the discriminatory effects of that sentence, this recent kind of violence towards Haiti and its blackness represented a sort of legal ethnic cleansing, replicating by judicial instruments what in the past has been done with machetes.


Short Bio

Annalisa Natali Murri, freelance photographer, approached for the first time to photography at age 27, while attending Architectural and Urban Photography School in Valencia, Spain.

After completing her studies in engineering, she began to alternate her work to photography, focusing on personal research work and documentary projects, mainly inspired by social issues and their psychological consequences. In 2014, she was selected as an attendee for LOOKbetween mentorship program, and in 2015, she was named one of the 30 emerging photographers to watch at PDN’s 30.

Her works have been awarded and highlighted in several international contests and awards, including 70th and 71st POYi, Sony World Photography Award and Catchlight’s Activist Awards.


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Lionel Jusseret – Kinderszenen

Lionel Jusseret


[ EPF 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

Inspired by Fernand Deligny anti-psychiatric research, the French association J’interviendrais offers kids with deep autism to live collectively in different country houses. Out of the walls, we walk off the path, cross wild torrents or look for abandoned houses to make drawings with color chalks. For them, a break. For us, a journey.



Autistan, a land of great unattainable desert. Among that tribe, communication is always a magical story. It is unique for every child, there is no manual to enter their own world. Immersion is powerful, the work is exhausting. In absence of all morality, life is unforgivable. This particular childhood is true, brute, savage. They swing between presence and absence, pure sweetness and ultra violence. The idea is to find a gateway with every kid, they only open the door if they want to. No one ever forces them to.



This photographic work began strongly with David, “nomadic” child returning from mental institutions. “Incurable, unbearable, unlivable,” experts said about him. He reached eighteen years but always seemed to have only four. A year
later, no more news from David. One of the private Belgian mental hospitals, where hundred of children are exported every year and kind of disappear between their walls, remained quiet. David was gone. He left behind traces of violence
and memories of laughter and tears. And a picture also.


Short Bio

Lionel Jusseret was born in Belgium in 1989. While finishing his documentary studies in INSAS in 2012, a Belgian cinema school, he began to photograph autistic children after two years among them as an educator at the association J’interviendrais. This work has received the Vocatio grant 2017 and the first jury prize at Les Nuits Photographiques de Pierrevert 2017.

KINDERSZENEN was exhibited at Voies Off during Les Rencontres d’Arles 2013, Angkor Photo Festival 2015, Brugge Foto 2016, Gallery 44 POP UP in Knock-Le-Zout 2017, Les Nuits Photographiques de Pierrevert 2017 and soon at Les Nuits Photographique de Essaouira 2017.


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(This is Brandise Danesewich @antimodel for Burn Diary this week traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico. Day 11/711:11 CST 11/5Coyoacán. Just out wandering aimlessly in the streets. My inner city intuition compass is pretty in tune now despite having not really slept much in the past week. But the lack of sleep and addition of techno cafe coffee might make for the perfect recipe. Gorgeous face of a young man in the streets here. I told him I’d send it to him but he doesn’t have a phone).

A Glimpse of Burn Diary

BurnDiary has featured more than 100 photographers in more than two years.

Personal stories, details, places, landscapes… all through the eyes of the photographers during their daily life that week.

We have chosen photographers from every continent asking not to show their work but to share their days and moments, using BurnDiary as a personal diary.

So many images and visions that now we are glad to show every now and then as glimpsed author by author.

Diego Orlando

Haris Kakarouhas – Natural Presence

Haris Kakarouhas

Natural Presence

Human beings without a particular external identity, but with an esoteric one. All are present in their own truth, expressed in a directly intimate way. I call this kind of image prosopo-graphy. It is coming from the ancient Greek word prosopo which means the essence or natural reality of a person. The photographic process is a spontaneous choreography based on empathy and dominated by rhythm, transcending space and time. In this new vertical time, according to Plotinus, beauty identifies with spirit. The same applies for the images of nature. And the photographs reflect those common qualities of the Being in humans and nature. 



This series was created in spiritual communities and national parks around the globe the last fifteen years. The work raises questions on Human Ecology and in this particular time of crisis it is a proposal -as well as a possible antidote- to focus on reestablishing the connection with the Real beginning, with Mother Earth, and ourselves.  2003-2018




Haris Kakarouhas was born in Athens, Greece. Studied Colour Theory & visual perception (M.Sc) and photography (Ph.D) (title of thesis: ‘Prosopography’ – Mapping the Self) in U.K. He also studied several different forms of Art Therapy.

His photographic work has been published and exhibited extensively in Greece & abroad. His books are ‘On the timelines’ and ‘Suspended Time : A Cuban portrait’ This book is published in six European countries. Now is publishing his new book ‘Natural Presence’. He won the European Publishers Award and the Schweppes Photographic Portrait prize (as runner up) Also the Milos prize for the Art book of the year in Greece. He served as the artistic director of the Eco-Art Festival in Athens, Greece, organised by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and theNational Museum of Contemporary Art. Part of his work belongs to museums and private collections. He currently teaches photographic workshops under the thematic title “Insightphoto” Photography as affective experience.

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Luis Cobelo – Zurumbático

Luis Cobelo


[ EPF 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

Someone who acts in a foolish way. A ninny, bewildered, slow, somber, melancholic, enig- matic, half-drunk, half-mad, and with bad temper. A trance-like sensation.

Zurumbático is an endless journey to the place where “One hundred years of solitude,” the literary work of the writer Gabriel García Márquez, was born. A story full of extraordinary essence, contained in thousands of Latin American villages, roots of a gigantic empirical hemisphere, passionate, forgotten, fickle, violent, improvised and above all, happy.



Aracataca is the writer’s native town where the inspiration for his unique Macondo originates. This place and its surroundings, close to the Caribbean region of Colombia, is my starting point. The leitmotiv was the book, and the result, was a great series of unique and spontaneous images; an intimate process of self-exploration, poetic, magical, dreamy, ocasionally painful, charged with symbolism and enigmatic stories, connected with being a continent and that, for me, meant a rebirth as an individual who has nourished himself with that bleeding Latin American spinal cord.



Zurumbático is a tunnel of feelings, sensations, impressions and especial events, in which I enter and leave as I wish. Immersed in this dimension, I understood and reconfirmed that the unusual, the everyday, the comic, even the tragic, has no explanation, neither asked nor sought. It is what it is.



Short Bio

Born in 1970, Cobelo earned a degree in Philosophy from the University of Zulia, Venezuela. From 1993 to the present, he has participated in numerous art exhibits and photography festivals worldwide, like Generation 2000, PhotoEspaña, Fotonoviembre, Getxophoto 2011 in Spain and Latin American photography Prize in Mexico. Individually, he has shown his work in Venezuela, France, Spain, Germany, Ecuador and Argentina.

Since 2001, he has worked independently and is dedicated to the production of various projects of documentary photography in Europe, America and Asia that were published in international journals and magazines like El País Semanal, RollingStone, National Geographic, Esquire, La Nación Argentina, Etiqueta Negra in Peru and VICE México and Colombia, among others.

In 2011, he was nominated for the UNICEF Picture of the Year and in 2012 received the Hasselblad Latinamerican Photographer in documentary category.

He is currently developing several projects in Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela.


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