Between August 5th and 9th, 2015, the LGBT community in Uganda held their fourth Pride celebration despite the country being one of the worst in the world for LGBT rights. Moreover, the turnout was larger than ever before. As with previous Pride celebrations, the events were held in “secret”: they were not advertised to the public, and took place in private locations disclosed to members of the LGBT community and their supporters only a few days before an event. The program included presentations on issues of concern to LGBTs, a Mister and Miss Pride competition, a Pride march, and various other performances and festivities.
Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi uses photography to explore the human condition across a variety of political and cultural contexts. She is based in Brooklyn, USA, but usually works in areas experiencing social unrest or humanitarian emergencies. Her photography has been published and showcased by various media outlets, including the New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and Vice Magazine, and by international NGOs like Doctors without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières, Human Rights Watch and International Committee of the Red Cross. In 2014, she was named one of Lens Culture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents for 2014. In 2015, she received the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’Or Award for her coverage of the Minova Rape Trial, eastern Congo’s most significant mass rape trial to date.
Diana’s interests reflect her multicultural background and upbringing: born in rural Romania to a Romanian mother and Iraqi father, Diana witnessed her family experience political circumstances that landed them as refugees in the former Yugoslavia, after which they were resettled to Canada. These early experiences led her to pursue careers in humanitarian aid and in human rights. For several years, she managed programs for the United Nations, and international nonprofits like Save the Children USA and Oxfam Great Britain, working on the ground in areas affected by conflict or natural disasters. In mid-2013, she decided to focus her professional efforts entirely on photography.
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Sebastião Salgado, Frans Lanting, and I all ended up last night in Birmingham UK. It was a cold and rainy night so we elected to have dinner together in our hotel restaurant with no other customers. Empty. Not the place to be. Perfect! The food wasn’t so bad and we all had a chance to catch up without interference. We’ve all been friends since we started in this crazy biz with big dreams, yet we rarely have a chance to meet. The big warm. We are all presenters at The Photography Show here in Birmingham. Cheers to my dear friends]]>
“She’s making movies on location. She don’t know what it means. But the music makes her want to be the story. And the story was whatever was the song”… Mark Knophler]]>
McCartney sings via jukebox light “Love Me Do” as Olivia feels it. El Batey bar in Old San Juan is a dream bar for photographers day or night. The jukebox, the light, the whole laid back scene a favorite of mine. I always love shooting OSJ yet on Sunday I flip culturally. Off to the U.K. I go. First to Birmingham and The Photography Show where I present on March 21. Better check their website www.photographyshow.com . Then I am in London at the Barbican March 24. Last, yet most important, is my 3 day Magnum @magnumphotos workshop March 22-24 in London. See Magnum website for more info. In my head McCartney sings “Band on the Run”.]]>
My workshop class is rocking here in Old San Juan. I’m shooting too. Two of my muses for BeachGames in the last 2 years came together here. Olivia and Liaryz had not met prior. Yet they both fell into the spirit of the story.]]>
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. 3-13-17. I took a break from my students for a couple of hours and just played tourist around El Moro at days end. No agenda. The warm evening breeze a sweet reward.]]>
“I don’t think anyone will survive,” said Schiavone, repentant, in his secret testimony. “In Casal di Principe, Castel Volturno, and so on, the inhabitants are all at risk of dying from cancer within twenty years.” He was former treasurer of Casalesi clan controlling the territory in the so-called “Land of fires”: an area in Campania, situated among the province of Caserta and Naples, sadly known for being the most polluted area of this region, due to millions of toxic waste that have been illegally dumped here over the past 20 years. National and international industries have been illegally disposing hazardous waste thanks to deals with local politicians and the Camorra, cutting down the enormous costs of legal disposing. Waste is not only buried underground, in fields where agriculture and farming are present, but also incinerated. The environmental disaster is the greatest in Italy, affecting not only soil, and the related products of agriculture and breeding, but also the aquifer. The presence of leachate flowing underground; poisons filling up enormous caves; the air unbreathable due to miasmas and the smoke coming from pyres set on fire. Day by day, the lives of people living near the dumping sites are put at risk, especially among children and young people.
My work is actually made of two strands: on one hand, the story of a land, tormented by an underworld pollution, that’s sentencing the inhabitants to death. On the other hand, my purpose is to tell the story of its inhabitants: young children who died of cancer; inconsolable but courageous mothers, who unceasingly march and protest against this massacre; ill people, daily fighting to keep alive; teenagers who lost their parents and claim a better future. All these people united by the same destiny and by such a strong attachment to their origins that if you dare ask them why they don’t decide to move somewhere else, you might get an answer like “And where shall I go?”.
Stefano Schirato was born in Bologna in 1974, where he graduated in Political Sciences. He has been working as a freelance photographer with a keen focus on social themes. After several reportages covering topics such as the condition of the street children living in the sewers of Bucharest, he was awarded with a scholarship to take part in a course with Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin. In 1999, together with the Non-Governmental Organization New Humanity and in support of Emergency, he proposed to witness the drama of landmines in Cambodia. This work gave birth to his first book, Gli occhi della Cambogia, with a preface by Ferdinando Scianna. Starting from 2000 he devoted himself to a long-term project about seized ships which was to take him, over the next two years, in various mediterranean ports in order to document the life of maritime prisoners on board. In 2002 he met the Oscar-winning film director Giuseppe Tornatore, who examined his images and encouraged their publication. The same year, the publisher Silvana Editoriale launched his new book entitled Né in terra, né in mare (neither on sea nor land) with an essay by G. Tornatore. In the last years has been divided between social issues and still photography and backstage of G. Tornatore’s movies. His works have appeared on Vanity Fair, Panorama, D La Repubblica delle Donne, Il Manifesto, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Cnn, Le Figarò Magazine, Washington Post, Geo International. His last work on the Refugee Crisis along the Balkan Route “One Way Only” has been exposed in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome by the President Laura Boldrini.