Elton Gllava – Where The Crows Would Have Sung

Elton Gllava

Where The Crows Would Have Sung

“Had it not been for the chrome, here the crows would have sung” said the old man by the side of the dusty road. He spoke of Bulqizë, and of its people who work in the mines. Bulqizë is a small town in North-East Albania known as the town of the miners . Following the discovery of chrome there in 1939 and the opening of the first mines in 1948, Bulqizë has now become the world’s third largest producer of this mineral.The first time I went to Bulqizë was in 2013. I knew nothing about this place. My first impact with this strange town was overwhelming. A first encounter that took me back in time. The grey buildings of the main street outlined a town which had stopped in time, crystalized in the atmosphere of the Albania of my childhood. There were many bars, a few grocers, betting shops, biliard halls, a couple of restaurants and two schools. I stayed there two days taking pictures of mines and miners. The feeling I got when I began to develop the films was as intense as the one i experienced when i first set eyes on the town. Alternating emotional surges from the heart and mind, suspended in time. So for the past three years I have been trying to tell the story of this slice of Albania which seems to be transfixed in the past and yet catapulted into the future by the unstoppable logic of exploitative capitalisim which knows no bounds. Through my photos I tell the story of a community sitting upon a “mountain of gold” which sees its resources and minds ceaselessly draining away. Bulqizë has been defined by some as a social ghetto. To me it represents a resevoir of cultural archetypes which I have endeavoured to capture.




Elton Gllava was born in Albania under the closed communist regime of the 1970’s. When the borders opened in 1991 he seized his opportunity to experience another world and like thousands of Albanians made the crossing Italy. His early years in Rome exposed him to some of the darker sides of multilayered Roman society through various pursuits and employments……however in 2007 he made the decision to dedicate himself to photography. His photographic style is focused towards both social and authorial reportage with a strong draw towards the intimate aspects.



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Matthieu Zellweger – Fears and Dreams


Matthieu Zellweger

Fears and Dreams

Dreams are reality. Laced with our worst fears and emboldened by our dearest wishes. Where is that fine line between a pleasant dream and a frightening nightmare? What is the unconscious connection between fears and dreams?

Dreams have fuzzy boundaries with the unspoken depths of our soul. They take us to a fantasy world of near darkness, yet they are vividly clear; they are blurry yet they stir strong emotions in us, paving the way to an almost godly connection to an all-too-familiar underworld; their light is confused, hazed and undefined but the agitated zone is easy to reach.

Blessed those dreams that are vaguely smiling, one short step away from agitated sleep. Woe to you haunting nightmares, incoming tide of pseudo-danger in the most vulnerable of moments. How are we to not spend our last drop of energy fighting ourselves in this closed-loop trap? Who are these characters, and why is it that known as they may look, they are not to be recognized? What do the want? Why do we send them to talk to ourselves behind the closed doors of our eyes?

On this journey, our own soul roams free amidst self-created ghosts. Until sunrise, that is.





Award-winning photographer Matthieu Zellweger grew up in French-speaking Switzerland. He is also a fully trained scientist with 15+ years of involvement in public health matters, and a graduate in International Political Economy. He gave various conferences and his images have been exhibited a number of times: Owada Gallery (Tokyo, 2017), Book and Press Fair (Geneva, 2014), Gallery of VII photo agency (New York, 2013), Club 44 (La Chaux-de-Fonds, 2011), the Geneva Geographical Society (2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014), the Swiss-Japan Circle (2010), the Zurich French-speaking Circle (2008), the Geneva Cultural Service (2007), and the Club of International Relations of Kanazawa (Japan, 2006). They also appeared in various magazines (New York Times, BBC World, Le Temps, GEO, NZZ, l’Hebdo, Jeune Afrique, Phosphore, l’Illustré, Animan). Matthieu Zellweger was nominated a Finalist of the 2017 Siena International Photo Awards. His essay “The Story of Hope” won a silver medal at the 2016 Tokyo International Foto Awards. He won the Lancet’s “Highlights – a picture of health” contest in December 2015. He was awarded Photo Philanthropy’s Activist Award 2014 for work depicting the plight of AIDS patients in Myanmar. He was nominated an Emerging Photojournalist 2013 by proof.org for his work about asthma in Benin. Matthieu Zellweger lives in Switzerland and works in French, English, German and Italian. He is represented and distributed by Haytham Pictures/ REA Photo (Paris). 



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Clary Estes – Those Who Remain

Nina's granddaughter, Adelena, looks at her grandmother's body during the church service at Nina's funeral. Fatigued from grief she is quiet for much of the event. I occasionally hold her close and we take a moment to grieve and listen to the Orthodox chants of the priests. Like Nina, Magdalena is also diabetic and her family keeps a close eye on her diet and insulin shots everyday.

Clary Estes

Those Who Remain

Hundreds of thousands of people from a corner of eastern Europe were forcibly deported as political exiles during two waves of Soviet repression in the 1940s. Many of them died during the journey or in exile. Others returned home with shattered lives. Only a few survive today.

“Those Who Remain” tells their stories. The Stalinist regime devised the deportation program to identify and exile political dissidents from what is now the Republic of Moldova. Those selected, often for reasons having nothing to do with politics, were killed or exiled with their families to remote regions of Kazakhstan and Siberia. Those who survived had to wait years to be liberated. If they managed to return home, they were systematically silenced and shamed by the Soviet and post-Soviet societies. Only recently, long after most of them died, have they been free to speak publicly about their ordeals.

“Those Who Remain” gives voice to these former deportees, and to their children and grandchildren. It bears witness to a profoundly important historical event that is little known by the rest of the world. These survivors have been waiting decades to tell their stories, which are shocking and harrowing, but also inspiring. See their faces. Listen to their voices. Some are still with us, those who remain.





Clary Estes was born and raised in Kentucky and is currently living internationally and working on a variety of photography projects in Japan, China and Moldova. After she graduated with a Masters Degree in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2013 she moved to Japan as an Ishibashi Zaidan Photography Research Fellow with Nagoya University for two years. She is now living and working in rural Moldova with the Peace Corps. As a storyteller, Estes’ interests lie in long-term documentary projects focused on underserved, obscure communities. Her work does not merely document a story straight on; rather, it analyzes and re-analyzes the story over the course of months and years to show the dynamic and complex nature of the stories we live.

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RIP Stanley Greene


Stanley Greene is gone. Dear friend, colleague, and a dedicated photojournalist to the core. Member of the prestigious NOOR @noorimages photo agency, Stanley most often pursued significant stories beyond the normal news cycles. When all other news outlets left Chechnya, Stanley stayed. He believed more in the story then he cared about running off to the next hot spot to get an assignment. His acclaimed book “Chechnya” the result. Stanley lived in my New York building for several years along with Paolo Pellegrin, Lorena Ros, Kadir Van Lohuizen, Alex Majoli, Thomas Dvorzak, Kerry Payne,Chris Anderson, Rob Clark, Monia Lippi, Tim Hetherington, David Coventry, Marion Duran, and Michael Christopher Brown. The karma was unbelievable .Stanley was in the center, part of the buzz, relentless in his effort to do the right thing. The real deal. You can’t buy “Black Passport”. Sold out long ago. I hope it gets re published. Testament to one of the finest chroniclers of our time. Big love Stanley 🎈

Elena Chernyshova – Days of Night – Nights of Day

Déjà il y a 6 000 ans, les riches sous-sols de la région de Norilsk ont attiré les hommes, dont les traces de passage ont été relevées par des archéologues. Mais la réelle histoire de Norilsk commence au début du 20eme siècle, lorsque l'expédition du géologue Urvantsev mettra à jour les riches gisements de nickel, cuivre et cobalt. En 1936, l'URSS débute la construction du complexe métallurgique et de la ville. Ce travail difficile dans un environnement polaire est confié aux prisonniers du Goulag, travaillant dans des conditions inhumaines. Les mines, les usines de Nickel et de cuivre et une grande partie de la ville moderne ont été construites par les prisonniers. Pendant plus de 20 ans, 600 000 prisonniers – dont plusieurs milliers ont perdu la vie - auront travaillé à Norilsk, pour sa construction et son exploitation. Sur la photo – les ruines de la maison de la culture dans la cité « Medvejii Ruchei ». Cette cité était la première colonie de Norilsk, construite sur une partie du Goulag en 1956 juste à côté de la mine ouverte de « Medvejii ruchei ». Dans les années 90 elle fut fermée à cause des difficultés d’entretien et de la complexité de l’infrastructure. Ses habitants ont été déplacés dans de nouveaux quartiers d Norilsk.

Elena Chernyshova

Days of Night – Nights of Day

Norilsk, in northern Russia, is (after Murmansk) the second-largest city within Arctic Circle, with a population of over 177,000. It is also one of the most polluted cities in the world. 2 million tons of gas rejected every year in the atmosphere, 100,000 ha of tundra in the radius of 30 km Is dead, the life expectancy is 10 years less than in other regions of Russia. Rich metal and mineral deposits make the region a nickel, cobalt, platinum and palladium, and Norilsk maintains the biggest metallurgical and mining complex in the world.

Norilsk was founded in the 1935s, and until 1956 operated as a Soviet Gulag. During 20 years around 500,000 prisoners labored there in the conditions of intense cold, starvation, and forced under construction of the mines and factories and the city itself. Norilsk endures an extremely harsh climate, with temperatures dropping below -50 ° C in the winter, and rising into the high 20s or 30s in the brief summer months. The city is covered in snow for 250-270 days a year, has frequent violent snowstorms and experiences polar night from November to mid-January, when the sun does not rise above the horizon.





Elena Chernyshova is a Russian documentary photographer, based in France. She was born in 1981 in Moscow, USSR. A self-taught photographer, she developed a passion for this visual language during her studies at an architectural academy. Photography for her is a way of investigating the daily life of different groups and communities in the context of environmental, political, and economic change. Her work aims at visualizing the impact of human activity, ways of adaptation, and diversity of lifestyles. In 2011 Elena received a grant from the Lagardère Foundation to create the photo documentary ‘Days of Night – Nights of Day’ about the daily life of the industrial city of Norilsk, 400 kilometres to north of the arctic Circle in Siberia. This series have been awarded by World Press Photo 2014, Days Japan Awards and others. Elena’s work has been published in National Geographic, Geo, 6 Mois, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Stern, Internazionale, Days Japan, Sunday Times and others.

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The EPF 2017 is open – Call For Submissions

Photo by Annie Flanagan – EPF 2016 recipient


Emerging Photographer Fund 2017 – call for submissions


Burn Magazine revolves around the EPF. 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. Our previous recipients prove this is not in vain.

In addition since 2015 FujiFilm is partnering with us to offer several prizes for our category “Young EPF Award”. It’s open to all photographers who are 25 or younger (born on Jan 1st, 1992 or later).

All you need to do is enter into the EPF… and if you’re 25 or younger, you’ll be automatically eligible for the “Young EPF Award” as well. Fuji offers a cash prize of $5,000 to the winner of the “Young EPF Award”.

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

This all gets added alongside our existing “main” EPF grant which is already $10,000… and both the EPF grant and the Young EPF Award are not mutually exclusive, so you could potentially win both… imagine that.

The EPF is accepting submissions until September 15th… submit your story… if ever there was a time to emerge, that time is now.



Call for submissions


The Emerging Photographer Fund 2017 is now open for submissions!

The deadline for entry is September 15th, 2017 (6pm PST)




Emerging Photographer Fund 2017 – 10,000$


The Young Talent EPF/FujiFilm Award – $5,000

The Young Talent EPF Award is sponsored by FujiFilm





Enter here!

The deadline for entry is September 15th, 2017 (6pm PST)





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 two Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
the EPF grant Danila Tkachenko for the essay ‘Restricted Areas’ and
the FujiFilm/Young Talent Award: Sofia Valiente for the essay ‘Miracle Village’.

In 2016 two Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
the EPF grant Annie Flanagan for the essay ‘Deafening Sound’ and
the FujiFilm/Young Talent Award: Aleksander Raczynski for the essay ‘Views’.


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