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Pigeons and Roses

For my last day on Burn Diary, I’ll be posting pictures from my personal life. This is what I see every morning when I wake up and many times it’s the racket that the pigeons make that gets me up early! Here is one of them, though not exactly the picture I wanted. After sitting for 30 minutes though it was time to get up and start my day! Photo by @davillasana for Burn Diary, Day 7. #burndiary #lastday #wakeup #goodmorning #peskypigeons #windows #mymorninglight


While working one evening, a friend stops to talk to Danuska. “[Sex work] is a complete social world. There is a network, friends, enemies, the family is there. Your real family rejects you so your family is also there,” said Ximena Salazar, an anthropologist at Lima’s Cayetano University.Photo by @davillasana for Burn Diary, Day 6.#burndiary #lima #peru #transgender #documentary #friendship #humanrights #community #chosenfamily #family


Danuska, who has received a lot of artificial implantation with highly toxic industrial silicone, struggles with body image issues and often makes jokes about how she is anorexic. Because of a transperson’s desire to match their body with the way they truly feel within, many transwomen seek to enhance their bodies either through surgery or implantation. However, without hospitals or medical care that attend to trans people and with limited economic resources, many undergo boot-leg procedures that often lead to health complications and sometimes even death.Photo by @davillasana for Burn Diary, Day 6.#burndiary #transgender #documentary #humanrights #portrait #danuska #lima #peru

arien chang – coalmen/carboneros

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Arien Chang


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Zapata Swamp, in Cuba’s southern coast and less than a hundred miles from Havana, is commonly imagined as a remote wildlife refuge for mangrove, crocodiles and exotic birds. Isolation, hard work and extreme poverty have kept the Swamp’s human inhabitants disconnected from the contemporary reality of the country, and certainly from the world beyond our embargoed shores. While the Cuban government promotes a process of ‘modernization’ and fantasies of consumption filter through these new openings, Coalmen toil in the swamp, following an ancient process to produce charcoal for export and earn their survival.

This project explores the quotidian patterns and rituals of the Coalmen’s lives, their environment and their families. Coalmen devote their days to producing wealth they’ll never see, for a system they live on the margins of, while on the other side of the Island we yearn for material possessions and modern technology. I use the camera to magnify details of seemingly unimportant moments, looking to extract some understanding of their contentment, happiness and our shared humanity. This series should not be confused for a romantic interpretation of scarcity, but an exploration of the rhythm and logic of a simple existence that responds directly to context and circumstance and is firmly grounded in the present.

This project is a reconnection to my origins as a photographer, when I developed film in my childhood bedroom during the hot nights with home-made chemicals and old equipment inherited from friends who had migrated. It’s a homage to those principled masters I learned to observe the world with, like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado, Josef Koudelka and Eugene Smith. It’s a tribute to the men that labour in the heat and humidity of the swamp, with tools and techniques from another time, producing the charcoal that will light fires and fade into embers in distant, unimaginable places.



Arien Chang Castan is an award-winning documentary photographer who lives and works in Havana, Cuba. At the beginnings of his career as an artist, he devoted himself to painting, and later discovered in photography both the expression of his personality and a way to document recondite settings in Cuba. Arien’s work focuses in areas within Cuban society that are generally ignored in Cuban documentary photography. Themes like the rodeo, gay culture, and bodybuilding are reflected in his work, always portrayed with an artistic, conceptual vision that enriches the image. Arien has collaborated with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and National Geographic and has taught workshops to students from CalPoly, San Jose State University, and NYU. He has traveled and exhibited his work at conferences and festivals in Cuba and around the world including Australia, China and Venezuela. Arien made his first exhibition in the United States in 2014.

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Wherever Tamara moves, she always takes her collection of saints with her, often keeping a candle lit.Photo by @davillasana for Burn Diary, Day 5.#burndiary #transgender #documentary #humanrights #tamara #lima #peru #faith

A friend’s taxi

Tamara moves her belongings into a friend’s taxi who will drive her to a new communal home around the block. Having to quickly leave where they live is a common occurrence among transwomen for reasons such as poor living conditions, the inability to pay rent or being caught with drugs or alcohol in their rooms. The communal homes in which they live have some of the most expensive rates for downtown Lima.Photo by @davillasana for Burn Dairy, Day 5.#burndiary #transgender #documentary #humanrights


Oriana, a transwoman from my long-term project, heads out for the evening with another woman who lives in the same communal home. Oriana began prostituting at a young age and says she enjoys it because it allows her to be who she wants. The majority of transwomen cannot find work off the streets because of discrimination. Photo by @davillasana for Burn Diary, Day 4. #burndiary #lima #peru #trans #documentary #identity #freedom #humanrights #shadows #nightlight

Rainbow in Lima

From Callao, a port in Lima. Photo by @davillasana for Burn Diary, Day 4. #lima #peru #callao #ships #inrainbows #color #patch #purple #sky

Young girls


These two young girls walked by while visiting people from the Shipibo-Conibo community to talk about free photography workshops. This particular community was relocated to Lima years ago from the Amazon and still remain in the government houses that were built for them. Photo by @davillasana for Burn Diary, Day 3. #burndiary #lima #peru #shipibo #relocated #kids #community #peruvian #amazon


 Danuska recently moved a few hours away from Lima as she was feeling fed up with the police raids and constant harassment from her boyfriend. This was one of the last pictures I took of her and I’m hoping to visit where she’s living soon. Photo by @davillasana, Day 2 for Burn Diary.#burndiary #transgender #docproject #lima #peru #portrait #humanrights #light


Asumi stands in the light of a police car during a nightly raid. Although prostitution is not illegal in Peru, police raids are a common occurrence. Apart from insulting them, officers can often become violent.Photo by @davillasana, Day 2 for Burn Diary. #burndiary #lima #peru #transgender #police #raid #humanrights #portrait


Meet Tamara, one of my most favorite people. Tamara and I met about a year and a half ago through my documentary project on transgender women. Since then we have become extremely close and I spend the majority of my time with her and with the other women from the project.Like many other places around the world, transgender women in Peru suffer from discrimination, stigmatization, rejection and a litany of other issues that push them into prostitution. Tamara has a long and complicated story, but she is strong and has a huge heart.Here we took a moment to take a picture in front of this bright door on the way to the market. We romp around the city together quite often, laughing all along the way. She looks serious here, but she’s just being cool ️ Photo by @davillasana, Day 1 for Burn Diary.#burndiary #lima #peru #southamerica #latinamerica #portraits #strength #beauty #women #transgender

Lucía and Mailén at home

I’m Alejandro Kirchuk, @akirchuk, and this is my last post for this Burn Diary. I’ve been sharing some stories from Argentina, as well as some daily life photos here in Scotland, after 2 months of becoming a father. This is now for almost a full-time stuff, and I’m happy I’m doing it this way. I would like to specially thank to @diegorlando for inviting me and to @davidalanharvey for creating this beautiful project that allow us photographers to know new authors all the time, from all over the planet. In this photograph, Lucía and Mailén at home, this morning. #burndiary #burnmagazine #finalpost Photo by @akirchuk for Burn Diary

daniel etter – 41,000 kilometers

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Daniel Etter

41,000 Kilometers

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41,000 Kilometers is the length of the European Union’s southern sea and eastern land borders. Here, the EU has fortified itself against refugees and economic migrants trying to reach its prosperity and security. It is also the scene of the EU’s biggest failure. Since land borders are tightly controlled, refugees and migrants are forced towards the dangerous sea borders. This year, more than 70,000 people crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy – twice as many as in the whole of 2013. Since 2000, at least 23,000 people have died on this route. “41,000 Kilometers” documents the lives of those trying to enter the European Union illegally. It spans from Morocco over Libya, Turkey and Greece to Serbia.



Daniel Etter is a freelance photographer, feature writer and videographer currently based in Berlin, Germany. He is a graduate of the German School of Journalism, holds a master degree in political science, a university diploma in journalism and is a recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.

His photography has appeared in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Newsweek, Stern and many others. His photo from the Gezi Park Protests in Istanbul was chosen as one of the best photos of 2013 by TIME and The New York Times. He was awarded with the Award of Excellence of the Alexia Foundation, has been nominated for the UNICEF Picture of the Year Award and won an Award of Excellence at Pictures of the Year International.

His writing has appeared in several major German publications such as Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Financial Times Germany,, Neon and various others. For his stories he has received the Axel Springer Award and the Hans Buchrucker Award.

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Leaving London

Lucía gets ready to leave London and come back to Edinburgh. We survived our first trip with the little one. These days it’s getting almost impossible to photograph anything else than my family, but I always enjoy seeing and photographing the stuff around me. #burndiary #burnmagazine Photo by @akirchuk for @burndiary


This is @akirchuk, in my day-4 of my week posting images for BurnDiary. Today, we travelled to London to give our daughter the Argentine nationality. Going out with a almost-2-months old baby in a freezing place is such an adventure. Travelling is almost an impossible, but we finally made it and Mailen is an Argentine girl born in Scotland. Here, Lucía at our bedroom in Edinburgh, before leaving. #burndiary #burnmagazine Photo by @akirchuk

Lucìa getting ready to go out

Photograph by @akirchukLess than two months after being a father, life happens mainly indoors, at home. We talk with my wife a lot about time: how is possible that time evaporates so quickly, so interceptibly, in many senses. This morning, she said to me a few things about this, where does the time go. I never believed very much in time as a regular timeline, not in life, much less in photography and storytelling. In this image, Lucía this morning, getting ready to go out. #burndiary #burnmagazine #abouttimePhoto by @akirchuk