jason houge – my feral family


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Jason Houge

My Feral Family

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Since the day my girlfriend, Kayla, and I first moved into our rural apartment, we have provided food and a modest shelter for a number of feral cats that have come to visit us. Over time, we named each one and have tried to gain their trust. In 2012, two kittens arrived with their mother and grandmother and became the first family to stay longer than a single season. During that first year, this family of four grew to over 20, most of which continue to see our second story porch as their home. Since most of this colony grew up with interaction from Kayla and myself, they have come to accept us as members of their family. In January of 2014, I began a seven-month exploration of feral life and with Instagram shared my intimate view of the unseen lives of feral felines.

A note to the audience: I have worked closely with Cats Anonymous, a local organization, to control the population growth of this colony. At the time this statement was written, all kittens born in 2014 have been socialized and have found forever homes. All but one female and a few males have been spayed or neutered.



Jason Houge’s work is that of a compassionate wanderer in search of human interest stories that explore the many facets of humanity and life in today’s world. Houge has been published online by the NY Times Lens Blog, Feature Shoot, and Resource Magazine and also in print by a number of small publications. Houge has taught workshops to people of all ages and is an Associate Lecturer of Studio Art and Photography at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. In 2011, Houge earned a B.A. in Design Art from UW – Green Bay.

This work was shortlisted for the Emerging Photographer Fund 2014 

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nicolas sant – tahiti

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Nicolas Sant


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When I’m in Tahiti, I don’t have to let go from preconceived ideas tinged with heaven and exoticism. I don’t have any. I have never believed in the Garden of Eden, but I don’t believe in Hell either…

As I go all over the island, ever changing feelings keep crossing my mind. They break off any plot, deny the very idea of a story and prevent any bias from happening. I can hesitate and never choose between passion and disgust.

Only a kind of melancholy seems to cling to people, to things, to me.



I was born on october 22, 1977.
I live in France with my wife and my two children.
With photography I want to keep a personal approach, and try to find what defines myself. This is about memory and experiences, with the obligation to stay connected with the outside world.

This work was shortlisted for the Emerging Photographer Fund 2014

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Emerging Photographer Fund 2015


Photo ©Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was a remarkable woman. She was 29 when she made this self portrait. An emerging photographer nobody knew. Vivian is to be admired for her self deprecation. She just took pictures. She worked from the heart.

In the spirit of Vivian, who worked unaided by any publication or commercial shooting, I set up the Emerging Photographer Fund in 2007 to support exactly this kind of person. Someone who could use the funding to work on a project built from the heart. Young photographers like Vivian are out in the world now struggling  to earn a living doing what they love to do. I cannot solve this conundrum. Yet by seeking funders who can donate to the EPF through the non-profit Magnum Foundation, I was able to at least support some emerging photographers through BurnMagazine. All of us at Burn are very proud to be able to do this. We have done it on our own all this time. It is our primary objective at Burn to be able to do this and other projects in order to shed light on new talent. Our track record for this is set in stone.

We have never sought sponsors. Yet this year Fuji came to us in good spirit. They wanted to add to our $10,000. grant which came from private donors and create a Fuji $5,000 grant (plus equipment) for a photographer 25 or under. No strings attached for Burn. We are very pleased that Fuji wants to give someone a boost through Burn, yet we would not have done it if there were any corporate policy stipulations that would in any way corrupt our grant. Clean deal.

So we have a grand total of $15,000. to support an emerging photographer.

We do not care about your citizenship, your sex, your age, your religion, or anything about you except your work. We have an esteemed jury this year who will decide on the recipients of these two grants. I. One photographer over 25 will get one, and another photographer under 25 will get the other.  A talented and astute 22 year old could take it all in theory. You do not enter for two different awards. You just enter.

So step right up. You have until MAY 1, 2015 to get your act together. Too late to go shoot I suspect, yet not too late to start putting a body of work together in a serious way. If you think you have an honest chance, give it a go. If not, wait til next year.

The grant recipients will be announced first at the Look3.org Festival of the Photograph on June 13th, 2015. The whole Burn team will be at Look3.

We hope to meet you there.

-david alan harvey-


Enter the Emerging Photographer Fund 2015 here!


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 three Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
one major to Alessandro Penso for his essay ‘Lost Generation : This is the Story of Young, Unaccompanied Migrants in Greece’,
two minors to: Birte Kaufmann for her essay ‘The Travellers – Ireland`s Biggest Minority Group’ and
Kiana Hayeri for her essay ‘“Jense Degar” (The Other Sex)’

 Past jurors include: Carol Nagar, Martin Parr, Gilles Peress, Eugene Richards, Maggie Steber, Fred Ritchin, Bruce Gilden, David Griffin, John Gossage, Susan Meiselas, James Nachtwey, Mauro Bedoni, Jim Estrin, Donna Ferrato, and Erik Vroons.


marcela taboada – women of clay

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Marcela Taboada

Women of Clay

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As soon as I set foot in this village, I knew that I had entered to the heart of a Mexican truth: women feed the Earth and their life is made of clay. Clay ovens for clay pans and pots, everything is touched and transformed by hands which are also the color of clay. As they told me when I asked whether they owned some land: “Our land is inside our fingernails”. The Vatican gave these women 17,000 pesos to help for their living and they decided to do something constructive with their money as they lived in ramshackle dwellings, to build proper new houses. They altogether started building walls and roofs out of clay. This brought scorn and derision from the men and elders; now that they have built twenty houses of excellent quality, they are looked upon with great admiration.

San Miguel Amatitlan is a small Indian village in the southern state of Oaxaca where the drinking water does not last any longer than four months a year. The soil is dry, hard and bare; they are neither beans nor cornfields in sight: water must be carried from many miles in order to drink, eat, wash and make those indestructible clay bricks. All the strong men have left the village and have gone far away to the other side of the northern border, where they will try to earn a few dollars picking fruit in the USA. When they come back to the village, they are most probably infected by AIDS.
Due to this appalling social and economic situation, some young women have decided to cross the northern border, swimming to the other side of the river either with their babies in their arms or leaving them behind. The young men who are still living in the village are deep alcoholics. Since the Catholic religion plays such an important role in their daily life, the use of contraceptives are obviously unheard of, and the families are overcrowded, it is an almost impossible task to feed and educate so many children.

The history of these women is a lesson of life for all of us. In order to support themselves and the rest of the family, they sew footballs and receive 70 cents apiece for this work: they can make two balls per day if they sew from sunrise to sunset. Old people also make palm hats and are paid $2,50 for each. They have to make four hats to buy a litter of milk. Yet, these very same hands never stopped creating the finest dresses for their daughters or ironing a man’s shirt, never forgot how to give a caress to a young child or console a grief.
They have always found the time to put flowers in the church, these women believe in Mother Earth because it is inside their fingernails.



Marcela Taboada is a Mexican photographer based in Oaxaca (southern México).
Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines and books from Mexico and abroad. She has been a professor of photography at universities, high-schools and cultural institutions. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries and belongs to collections such as The Hasselblad Center, Copenhagen Fotografisk Center, Sonoma Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, The Wittilff Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca, The Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center, among others. She has received awards, distinctions and scholarships such as Mexican Photojournalist Bienale,Hasselblad Foundation scholarship, National Geographic All Roads Photographers, Cultural Exchange México-Indonesia, Planet Magazine Price, Nikon juror of the International Photo Contest in Tokio, Hector Garcia Award, among others.
She currently belongs to the National System of Art Creators in Mexico.


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For me this is a lazy Sunday afternoon. Seems I don’t get many lazy Sunday afternoons. Yet I am cherishing this one. It’s cool outside, I have a fire going, and I’m just talking to my cats. They do not seem to be listening, which is fine.

I have been shooting quite a bit in Rio since 2010. First with a NatGeo piece on Rio. Straight up documentary photojournalism. Then with my book, (based on a true story), which does not mention “Rio”  at all. Why? Because my personal life was mixed in the with pure documentary and I did not want anyone to think (based on a true story) was a “report” about Rio de Janeiro. It was all documentary, but it was not journalism.

Now with the upcoming BeachGames zine (photos here) I went all out and didn’t make any attempt at mixing a reportage coverage with the life I was living. So BeachGames is on the same stage as (based on a true story) except that it is a true story. Again, not journalism at all, yet a personal diary of my 3 months of shooting within the last year. Black & white. Conventional wisdom told me not to go back to the same well. Suicide creatively? Trying to do the same thing twice?  Yet I felt like doing it, so I did it. No other justifications. I will take the critique.

Yet now I am done. Finished with my photographic romance with Rio. Will I return to Rio? Sure I will. For vacation, for workshops, to see my good Carioca friends. Yet I know when I am finished shooting something. In this case, it took two books to finish. Both with different moods, both with different things to say. Both taking me away from conventional reporting and closer to the novella mentality, where I think I will stay. In the end, novelists interest me more than reporters. I see a type of truth in fiction. All barriers lifted. Nobody really makes things up. You cannot write  about or photograph something well if you have not lived it. I will leave straight reportage for others who do it so well.

After years of using one place as fodder for work, when its over there is some sort of post shoot nostalgia. A sweet exhaustion. The way we all feel after we have put everything into something. Knowing we did all we could do, yet always wondering if we could have done more. Yet I feel I really squeezed the lemon. No more juice left. Time to move on. Cuba? Cartagena? or just my own Outer Banks world? I cannot know right now.

Ok time to go take a hike in the dunes. Late afternoon light beckons. My cats will follow me. Rio seems far away. Yet always always near.

-david alan harvey-


FujiFilm x Young EPF Award


Photo © Kiyana Hayeri, Honorable Mention – under 30 EPF 2014 Talent for her essay, “Jense Degar” (The Other Sex)


FujiFilm x Young EPF Award


Today we are proud to announce that FujiFilm is partnering with us to offer several prizes for our category “Young EPF Award” (introduced last year). It’s open to all photographers who are 25 or younger (born on Jan 1st, 1990 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”, and also adds a camera valued in excess of $1,000.

Additionally, they’re offering 4 extra cameras as well (all also valued in excess of $1,000 each) for different runners up.

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 May 1st (more info here)… so hurry and submit your story… if ever there was a time to emerge, that time is now.