Catching Mice | Jimmy Lam

Catching Mice By Jimmy Lam Deng Xiaoping once said, “It does not matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.”  These words ushered in China’s ‘Reform and Opening Up’ in 1979, transforming a country then in complete turmoil during the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, into what is now …

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Cai Dongdong | History of Life

Cai Dongdong History of Life Captured through the eyes of ordinary Chinese citizens before, during, and after the cultural revolution and curated by one of China’s most talented visual artists, “History of Life” presents a fascinating story on the determination of the human spirit. A collection of 415 restored photographs chronicling the history of modern China from the …

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Matthew Lam | Hotpot Singapore

Matthew Lam “Hotpot Singapore” In 1819, the year when the British founded Singapore, the place was just an abandoned and unimportant piece of rock about 625 square metres in size at the tip of Malaya in Southeast Asia.  There were only 150 inhabitants, including pirates.  Since, the peninsula had magically transformed into a vibrant immigrant society. …

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Simona Ghizzoni | Afterdark: Consequences of War on Women in the Gaza Strip

Simona Ghizzoni Afterdark: Consequences of War on Women in the Gaza Strip ESSAY CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT I reached the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the first time in 2010, on assignment with a friend journalist, to document the condition of Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip. At that time, we had the access to the Gaza …

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Tanja Houwerzijl | Layered Beauty

Tanja Houwerzijl Layered Beauty Tanja evolved her visual style into analogue collage making. Her collages consist mostly of vintage Japanese materials, i.e. handmade paper, old photographs, schoolbooks and magazines. She collects from antique markets, bookstores and online sellers in Japan. Tanja likes to deconstruct materials and then cut or tear apart before layering and gluing …

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Willy Vecchiato | Lanzarote

Willy Vecchiato Lanzarote Lanzarote is a hymn to the founding elements of the earth, the raison d’être of the senses on which the fragile human intentions rest. Like ancient wills carved on stone. Lanzarote is an epistème and together it traces the same duration of the primordial substance. Life, in which sacred and profane mingle …

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María Daniel Balcázar | Kilombo

  KILOMBO María Daniel Balcázar     Kilombo is a tribute to the resilience and vitality of the African legacy in Brazil. During the Atlantic slave trade, approximately 4.8 million people from various regions of Africa were forcefully transported to Brazil, bringing with them only their memories. Through their oral history, in the remembrance of …

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Daniel Hinks | Summer Holiday Dreams

Summer Holiday Dreams Daniel Hinks  China’s northeastern province of Shandong (A.K.A Friendly Shandong) is home to a little city called Rizhao. Its English translation is the sunshine city, and the locals are nicknamed “the sun shiners,” dating back thousands of years to the Dong Yi people during the Xia and Shang dynasties (2070-1046 BC) believed …

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Giorgio Bianchi | Donbass Stories

Giorgio Bianchi Donbass Stories Several tens of thousands of dead and wounded, over a million refugees. The civil war in Donbass has literally erased entire cities and villages from the map, staining with blood the soil of the European continent for the first time in the twenty-first century. These are two chapters – Alina and …

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Irina Werning – La Cuarentena

Irina Werning La Cuarentena It’s the new normal ! Lockdowns are being championed as a solution to the spread of the number one enemy: the coronavirus. In developing countries like Argentina, where 40% of the population lives in poverty, it’s difficult to just stay fixated on the fear of infection when one realizes how daunting …

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Mafalda Rakoš – A Story to Tell

Mafalda Rakoš A Story to Tell [ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2019 FINALIST ]  “You don’t really fit in… You don’t fit into the group of normal people, because you’re anorexic. And you don’t fit with those affected by anorexia, because you’re a man.“ – Thomas, 21. Our process always starts with a conversation. What does …

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Ute Behrend – Bear Girls

Ute Behrend Bear Girls [ EPF 2019 FINALIST ] How do young girls become strong women? Adolescence is the theme of my new book. At the beginning I tell a story about a fictional “Indian tribe” that separates its pubescent girls and dresses them in bearskins. In this way they are protected from premature sexualisation. …

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Alexander Bronfer – Floating

Alexander Bronfer Floating This project is about the tight bonds connecting us to The Dead Sea, in the face of ecological catastrophe threatening the future of this unique natural treasure.     People are always fascinated by the Dead Sea. This place was always a refuge for messiahs, zealots, martyrs, kings, and ascetics. People prayed, sinned, …

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Anniina Joensalo – Tender

Anniina Joensalo Tender [ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2019 FINALIST ]  “Tender” is an exploration into the contradictions inherent in queer lives and loves. I want to explore all aspects of intimacy in a non-normative way and in non-normative settings. In this series I’ve captured the people around me, my friends, partners and lovers. I’m inspired …

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Luis Cobelo – Chas Chas

Luis Cobelo Chas Chas 30 years ago, I came across a story in a comic book called “Parque Chas”, about a mysterious neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The comic reveals the adventures of a writer who was told that fantastic and extraordinary things happen there. A place where wonderful mystical people live.       …

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Mariia Ermolenko- Flow

Mariia Ermolenko Flow [ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2019 FINALIST ]  In my project I research time. Man is in perpetual search. In Japanese philosophy, there is the concept of “Fueki Riuko”. This is about form of the eternal and continuous, which are associated with the current and instant. These pictures were taken in different places …

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Sathish Kumar – Town Boy

Sathish Kumar Town Boy [ EPF 2019 FINALIST ] These are images from as early as my teens to this day. The essence of every new experience as I was growing up was recorded with my camera – roaming around the neighborhood, meeting old friends, most times making new ones. At some point, I had …

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Lavinia Parlamenti & Manfredi Pantanella – An Atlas of Countries that Don’t Exist

Lavinia Parlamenti & Manfredi Pantanella An Atlas of Countries that Don’t Exist [ EPF 2019 FINALIST ] Political charts of the world are very fluid realities. Countries are created and countries die. In today’s world, globalization hasn’t killed the concept of Nation-State, but has certainly tore down its importance. A world once defined by borders …

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Daniel Kovalovszky – An Infernal Play

Daniel Kovalovszky An Infernal Play [ EPF 2019 FINALIST ] In 1945 Mátyás Rákosi, the leader of the Hungarian Communist Party, following the Soviet example, introduced a new Stalinist dictatorship in which human rights were severely violated.  As a result of show trials, several hundred thousands of political convicts were sent to forced labor camps, were …

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Giovanni Cocco – Plantarium

Giovanni Coco Plantarium The Garbatella and its flora are a well-kept Roman secret. It is an exotic and unique neighbourhood – founded in February 1920, so next to its centenary – known for its architecture based on lots, a particular kind of public housing with buildings designed according to “Barocchetto romano” style and to English …

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Lyu Geer – The Mountain of Qiang

Lyu Geer The Mountain of Qiang [ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2019 FINALIST ]  “The Mountain of Qiang” is a plan based on Lyu Geer’s hometown, Wenchuan, Qiang ethnic minority. The construction after the 2008 earthquake has accelerated the process of modernization in the mountains, and the regional communication became more intense and the boundary became …

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Jansen van Staden – Microlight

Jansen van Staden Microlight [ EPF 2019 FINALIST ] After the death of my father in 2011, I discovered a letter, written to his psychotherapist, about his time in the Border War. He dedicated his life to sustainable projects and education in African countries, and what I read in the letter took me by surprise. It was not …

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Eva O’Leary – Happy Valley

Eva O’Leary Happy Valley [ EPF 2019 FINALIST ] I grew up in a central Pennsylvanian town, nicknamed Happy Valley. It is home to Penn State University, a big ten party school that dominates the culture both economically and geographically. The town is homogeneous, 71% of the inhabitants are between the ages of 18-24 and …

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Azadeh Besharati – Shima & Shiva

0 Azadeh Besharati is the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Photographer Fund and has been granted $10,000 for this essay. Burn Magazine revolves around the EPF and it is our most important curatorial contribution to the oftentimes chaotic landscape of photography today. Most importantly, our mission is to give recognition to the finest emerging authors …

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