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Prayer flags at Swayambhunath stupa #Kathmandu #Nepal Photo by @asmitaparelkar


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Cold and cuddle should always go hand in hand.. Monkeys huddle together on a cold night at Swayambhunath stupa #Kathmandu #NepalPhoto by @asmitaparelkar


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I walked around the Small lanes to see them being lit up.. The sound of the firecrackers reminds of my dog back home.. He hates this sound.. I wondered how he is doing.. I met few dogs here waiting patiently outside meat shops #Tihar #Diwali #Kathmandu #Nepal #NewYear Photo by @asmitaparelkar

Tihar night

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Tihar night in Patan.. Small lanes were lit up with beautiful yellow glow of the diyas and candles.. This elderly man stood in the square with a candle in his hand passing th


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Selling balloons on the evening of Tihar / Diwali in at Durbar square in Patan #Kathmandu #Nepal Photo by @asmitaparelkar

Paolo Marchetti – Requiem Child

Paolo Marchetti

Requiem Child

In Nicaragua the economic and social precariousness often induces parents to definitive and extreme choices. The illusion of a better future means that they leave their children to be subjected to various forms of violence, thus forcing them to give up schooling and pushing them into the heart of harsh experiences. In Central America and especially in Nicaragua, although compulsory education is planned up to 12 years, according to World Bank estimates, around 10% of children under 18 years living and working on the street. According to recent studies, approximately 320,000 children and young people between 5 and 14 years of age are forced to work. Three out of five Nicaraguan children working in agriculture. Others roaming the streets of Managua, cleaning the windshields of cars for a couple of pesos. In Managua nearly 1,000 children live on the largest garbage dump in Central America, “The Chureca” where rummage in search of food or recyclable materials, which can later resell on the streets of the city. Thousands of homeless children roam the streets without food, without the possibility of education and without the support of a family. Most of them sniff glue. Rampant is the phenomenon of “pandillas”, gangs made up of boys who often end up killed or detained in various prisons in the country. But Nicaragua only represent a small slice of pie, in fact in all the world this phenomenon is huge. For instance the estimation of working children aged 5 to 17 years amounts to 215 million, 115 million are involved in the worst forms of child labor (Source: ILO).
 Many suffer harassment, physical violence, psychological and sexual abuse inflicted particularly by “employers”. For 2011, the ILO (International Labour Organization) will also focus on the most dangerous forms of work, those that would seriously damage the health, safety or the psyche of children. The United Nations estimates that every year between 500 million to one billion and a half of children all over the world are subjected to some kind of violence, from the obligation to work enslaving, to the most various forms of exploitation and abuse, such as recruitment into gangs , prostitution or worse the experience of detention in prisons, devoid of rehabilitative programs and reintegration into society. 150 million girls and 73 million children are forced into sexual intercourse. In the world about 215 million children have to work to help their families of origin or survive. Children under the age of 14 who work are 176 million. 1 million children are detained in prison, this estimate is probably much lower than it is in reality, since often are not available informations on juvenile detainees awaiting trial.



Paolo Marchetti is based in Italy. He has worked for thirteen years in the cinema industry. In his photography he pays particular attention to political and anthropological issues. He has covered stories in Brazil, Central America, Cuba, Eastern Europe, India, the United States, Haiti, China, Central Africa, Colombia etc.

He publishes his work in international magazines such as L’Espresso, Vanity Fair, 6MOIS, Sunday Times, British Journal of Photojournalism, The Guardian, Geo, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, CNN, New York Times, Time etc.

Marchetti has received several awards such as 5 times the NPPA – Best of Photojournalism, 4 times the PDN’s Award, the Sony WPO Award, the Getty Images Grant, finalist at the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, 4 awards at the POYi, the American Photography Annual Book, the ANI Pix-Palace, the Leica Photographer Award, the SDN – Social Documentary Network, the Alexia Foundation Grant and the World Press Photo etc.

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Kukur Tihar

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Kukur Tihar #Kathmandu #Nepal #dogs #worship


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The dogs in Kathmandu are special.. Today they are walking around with marigold garlands around their necks.. It’s Kukur Tihar, second day of Diwali when People worship dogs to acknowledge the bond between humans and dogs.. #dog #Kathmandu #Nepal #diwali #Tihar Photo by @asmitaparelkar

Patan Durbar square

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Morning at Patan Durbar square. Patan Durbar square is one of the three Durbar squares in Kathmandu valley; all of which are UNESCO world heritage sites#Kathmandu #Nepal #UNESCO@asmitaparelkar posting from Kathmandu

Magnum Square Print Sale

Magnum Square Print Sale

I was planning to write a story this morning on the Rise and Fall of National Geographic Magazine. Yet let me think about that one. I’ll write it later. Requires some thinking.

So the story I am writing instead is a bit different. And easy. The Amazing Continued Survival of Magnum Photos.

Magnum has outlived all of heretofore photo platform clients. All the big picture magazines where Magnum photographers cut their teeth, have now gone by the wayside. Yet Magnum photographers thrive and survive doing things their way.  70th Anniversary upcoming.

Sure, stories of Magnum‘s demise too have been out there in photoland since the beginning. Every year I hear rumours that Magnum is over…Yet…..

It’s a new day and Magnum is still here. Deservedly so. After all in a helter skelter world of visual noise in photography, Magnum alone stands tall. Even the other respected cooperatives like VII and Noor pay homage to Magnum. Our roots are their roots. Sure everybody grumbles especially the Magnum photographers, yet only Magnum stands for authorship, authorship and authorship.

The new Square Print Sale now going on at Magnum ( is a new business model that works for everyone. Spend a hundred bucks and get an archival signed print by Davidson or Parr or D’Ágata and you’ve made a good investment. This is our 4th flash sale to great success. Why? Well this is a very very good deal and literally gives art value for those who may not be able to afford our full sized collector prints. Power to the people.

Some who may have bought at each sale now have 3 signed prints for $300. Unbelievable actually. Sure it works for Magnum too, yet this is just one of those symbiotic ventures where everyone comes out ahead.

The Magnum photographers themselves and staff are buying these prints.

Does selling inexpensive prints undervalue Magnum? I don’t think so.The power collectors will still invest in our larger prints. This is simply a different market. Yet will I think have even the more heavily pocketed collectors taking a look at the collector box. None of these prints will do anything but go up in price. Most likely people won’t re-sell their prints, yet everyone likes knowing their art purchases grow in value.

By the way,if you are a young photographer, aspire to Magnum. This will take some doing on your part. Do your homework and you will see there is nothing else quite like it. If you have something to say as a photographer, Magnum is the place to say it.



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