Monthly Archive for September, 2010

















the pitch: to the point..BURN.01 is available for online purchase as of now…yes, i am selling this new book and proud of it…the best work of the audience here on Burn is featured along with a smattering of iconic legends….25 photo essays by both legends and emerging photographers alike… and two thought provoking  text pieces…..above, holding copies of the 300 page, printed in Italy, collector edition (1000 copies) are my students from the loft workshop which i do every year right here…frankly, a typical class for me and my Burn demographic….the best of times for all…the photographers above will present their work on Friday evening right after the Bruce Davidson show right here in my apartment…see announcement below..

the are two choices below for payment…editions are the same…we just are trying to keep the shipping costs to you as low as possible in the same way we priced out the production quality and sales price…this is a good businessmen among us..

even though BURN 01 is not inexpensive, it is the very best we could do,  and even at this price the only way we could do this special edition was with support from a few individual donors here, who prefer to remain anonymous….the donors here go un-named but they have been dream donors….zero requests…..they like Burn as it is and fund for that reason….and one of the most generous donors is from the readership here, whom i have never even met, nor Anton…no questions, no interview….

so both Anton and i are very proud of our businesses relationship between you and us….hell, everybody works for free…Anton Kusters, Haik Mesropian, Anna Barry Jester, Diego Orlando, Mike Courvoisier, Kerry Payne, Michelle Smith, Germana Lavagna, …hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of theoretically salaried work…no joke….these are smart folks….so i gotta pay em……eventually…sooner rather than later…and , oh yes, do not forget we pay the photographers who are published on Burn…..

so please, if you feel anything about Burn at all, sponsor this book and help us out in whatever way you can..damn, this has been a ride from the beginning ..right? anybody who knows Burn from the outside/inside knows that we are an open book…….our crew worked hard…Anton on design of course, Diego rode the presses watching over every detail, Anna did all the research etc…everybody did their bit

here is my belief:

i think YOU will make BURN 01  a classic just by buying it….1000 copies in the first edition…so, c’mon help revolutionize the biz just by buying BURN 01…think about it….rightfully and respectfully honors the icons, but mostly celebrates the young leading edge photographers of tomorrow…who can argue with that one?

i do hope to see some of you, but not all of you, at the Davidson/student/Burn 01 launch (see below)…i will give you the show of shows….but then again, i will bet you already know that….




Buy BURN.01 here:

USA, Canada, Mexico


Rest of World



For volume puchases (over 10 copies), please contact Diego Orlando directly at



475 Kent-1Rooftop Burn Headquarters                                                                                                                 Photo by Michael Loyd Young


Welcome to a new

BURN event


Bruce Davidson – Outside/Inside


please join us Friday evening, September 24th, for a celebration….we are celebrating Bruce Davidson’s career and his new book Outside/Inside…Bruce will present his work at the Burn loft space 475 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, buzz 607….Bruce is the warm up presentation for my students who will present their work following Bruce’s show …this is all part of my annual one week loft workshop…..

i want to thank also photographers  Steve McCurry, Chris Anderson, Tim Heatherington,  Editors Susan Welchman (NatGeo), Jim Estrin (New York Times), Tina Ahrens (Emphas.Is) who spent classroom time with my students who each worked on their own projects throughout the week….

we are celebrating  also the collected work from the audience here on Burn with the launch of BURN. 01, our new collector print magazine/book….so the night will be rare air as you may imagine….please rsvp for this event and fiesta to follow by placing a comment right here under “comments”…a simple “yes” will do…

as is our norm, the door will be locked at 9pm for a respectful presentation of the work….you gotta be on time to get in…serious…so get here no earlier than 8pm for a cold beer and a friendly chat…tight window , but it is the only way this can work….thanks….

full moon rooftop party will follow the slide show  presentations…helping us out just a bit by bringing your favorite refreshments always appreciated….


– david alan harvey-

matteo bastianelli – the bosnian identity

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EPF 2010 Finalist

Matteo Bastianelli

The Bosnian Identity

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The exteriors of the houses and apartment blocks display a multitude of open wounds. The holes made by machine-gun fire and the white blotches of concrete, used to fill up the gaping cavities created by the bombs, look like imaginary constellations scattered across the whole of Bosnia. Recollection, notwithstanding the implacable passing of time, is swathed with scars, but it is not the destruction that causes us to remember the horrors of war, neither is it purely the pain for those lost; more than anything it is the daily endeavor to recuperate thousands of hidden identities. 15 years after the end of the conflict in ex-Yugoslavia, 30 thousand humans who simply vanished into mid-air are still missing. The International Commission on Missing Persons in Sarajevo has been working non-stop, ever since 1996, with the intent of identifying the missing persons who disappeared during the armed conflicts, thus contributing to the development of an appropriate commemoration of the victims: by giving them back their names in remembrance of the genocide and allowing their families to mourn their own dead at a decent graveside.

From the ‘protected’ enclave in Srebrenica, the scene of the largest-ever massacre in Europe since the 2nd World War, at Cerska, where a populace of peasants was forced to defend itself with only rifles and machetes against Serbian mortars and missiles, down as far as the Drina Valley the carnage carried out by the Serb-Bosnian forces against citizens of Muslim religion is still very vivid in collective Muslim memories. I came into direct contact with a number of people while conciliating both civilian and professional commitment and, without stealing images, mine was more than anything else a co-division of memories and visions, of moments truly experienced and others only imagined. I photographed B&W frozen emotions, a transition still present between past and future: where a kiss rekindles hope, amid the obscure meanderings and  backdrops of the mind.



Born in 1985, I’m a freelance photographer and journalist based in Rome. I graduated at the “Scuola Romana di Fotografia” in 2009. In 2007 I started working on long-term projects about homeless conditions and squats in Rome. In Croatia, I worked on the health system and also on a documentary dealing with the living conditions of the Croatian and Bosnian Rome population who live in ghettos financed by the European Community. Currently I’m documenting consequences of the genocide carried out by Serbs against the Bosnian Muslims in former Yugoslavia. In my work I merge my personal experiences and civil commitment, through volunteer work, which allows me to come within close proximity of my subjects and with whom I love to establish human relationships that go far beyond a simple photographic tale. My pictures have been published in some of the most important Italian newspapers and also in some international magazines. I was a finalist for PDN’s 2010 photo annual contest in photojournalism.


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tracey tomtene – empire state building


Empire State Building  by Tracey Tomtene


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andy spyra – kashmir

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Andy Spyra


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I first came to Kashmir in the early spring of 2007 at the end of a motorcycle trip across India. I simply fell in love with the region, the people, the light and the atmosphere of this remote place of the world. But as much as I love it, that much I dislike the political situation of the valley.

Squeezed in between the two atomic powers and arch-enemies India and Pakistan, the people of Kashmir are the ones who suffer from the conflict. Their wives and sisters get raped and murdered, and sons and husbands disappear, or they simply get shot, during one of the countless demonstrations against the Indian military presence in the region. Kashmir is the most militarized zone in the world, with over one million soldiers facing each other at the line of control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan. Srinagar, the capital of Indian administered Kashmir, is therefore also called the “City of Bunkers” as you can hardly walk any street without facing heavily fortified bunkers of police, military and paramilitary troops.

Most of the young men deployed in Kashmir come from poor and rural areas of India, and many are from Bihar in the mid-east of India. In Kashmir they are alienated: they don‘t speak the Kashmiri or Urdu, they belong to a different culture and religion and they aren’t allowed to leave their camps for security reasons. Under these circumstances, it‘s easy for political and religious persons to feed the distrust and hate between the people of Kashmir and the ones who should be there to protect them.

At times I was invited into private homes, where family members would mourn over the death of a beloved one.  Seeing what the death of just one person does to a family, the death of more than 60.000 persons during the Kashmir-conflict is simply beyond my comprehension. Psychologically the whole valley is traumatized, and I hope that through my photography people are able not only to see Kashmir as I see it, but also to feel it, just as I do.

But despite all this, Kashmir, known as the “Paradise on earth”, is still one of the most beautiful places in the world.



Andy Spyra, born 1984 in Hagen, Germany, is a freelance photographer currently based in Germany. He worked for one year as a freelance photographer with a local newspaper in his hometown Hagen before he started to study photography at the Fachhochschule Hannover. In the beginning of 2009, he quit his studies due to both personal and photographic reasons. Since then he has worked as a freelance photographer, focusing on long term in-depth projects of social and political issues worldwide.


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guido gazzilli – fisnik

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Guido Gazzilli


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I went to Kosovo long time after the end of the war.

My first stay in Kosovo goes up again to April 2009. The country was pronounced independent the year before. Still today, however, Serbia refuses to recognize this independence and continuoes to consider Kosovo as an autonomous province.

After my first visit, i went back there on February 2010. The images of the essays are partly from my first visit there, partly from my second trip.

At the very beginning, I thought that instead of putting the focus on the conflict, to  draw the attention to what people my age have been through. Some of them had to get weapons and fight, others cried for the loss of their relatives. Some were blinded by hate and went to fight a war. Others just left, hiding themselves from the conflict.

In my time in Kosovo I met a young man named Fisnik in the city of Mitrovica and together we traced back the memories of his infancy, his present, and I have  observed and photographed here  the present  that surrounds him. So this is in fact his story.

Most young people in Kosovo don’t have the fortune to decide between staying or going…Half the population is less than 25 years old: Kosovo is the youngest state in Europe. One of the main problems is getting a passport, as the procedure is very long and expensive and many of them consider the exile as the only chance they have. But whoever succeeds in getting it, becomes a free man.

Fisnik is one youth of Kosovo. He dreams to live his future somewhere else, hoping this is going to happen sooner or later.



Guido Gazzilli was born in 1983 in Rome where he currently lives and works. He graduated from IED of Rome in 2006 and started traveling through Europe, working on stories about subcultures and the independent music scene. He has been a freelance photographer since 2007 and has worked with several Italian magazines. During this time he has concentrated on documentary style stories focusing mainly on social issues.

His pictures have been published in many magazines and websites such as: Ventiquattro Magazine, Rolling Stone, Foto8, Vice International, Nero, Rodeo, Fantom Editions, Pig, Nylon, Private, Vision Youth (China).

He’s now working as an assistant for Paolo Pellegrin (Magnum Photos). In Italy he’s represented by 7min projects Agency.


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gopesa paquette – sarajevo

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Gopesa Paquette


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This is the first part of an ongoing project on the inhabitants of Bosnia and Herzegovina who are trying to live through continued social, political and economic marginalization. BiH is one of the rare countries to be under international protectorate status. This means that there is a consortium of international institutions that holds the power to make the political and economic decisions which will mold the social fabric of the country for the coming decades. Thus considered politically immature, the inhabitants of the country are asked to prove that they are entitled to make the decisions directly impacting their everyday lives.

BiH, and more generally the Balkans, have been a geographical and conceptual bridge between Europe and Asia for centuries. From the Ottoman empire to the ex-Yugoslav quagmire by way of the Balkan wars of the early 20th century, this region has been relegated to an undefined otherness every time it seemed to threaten Western Europe’s fragile self image.

I started this project in the summer of 2007 with a 2 month stay in the capital of BiH, Sarajevo, which has been etched into our collective imagination as the epitome of collective suffering. My aim is to contribute to the reconfiguration of this infamous iconic status by showing the quotidian lives that unfold in this modestly sized city. I’m presently financing my next stay in BiH to continue this project.

Meanwhile, I’m starting to interview members of the Bosnian diaspora living in Quebec City and Montreal, Canada, hoping to get a better idea of what being Bosnian means to people on both sides of the ocean.



I am a young documentary photographer combining anthropologically grounded research into photojournalistic practices with my own photographic exploration of contemporary issues.

Presently completing a masters degree in social anthropology looking at contemporary photojournalistic practices in India, I am working on photography projects exploring differing degrees of marginalization in Quebec (Canada), Bosnia and Herzegovina and India. I’m particularly interested in border zones: the social, cultural, geographical and historical areas in-between set conceptions of the world.

My photographic reflection takes account of the whole process of image making and dissemination, looking at exploring ways of diversifying the making of images, the ways in which they are assembled and their social lives once they are put out there in the wild terrains of the contemporary mediascape.


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advance warning….


update:7:15 am september 3  nags head, north carolina…..hurricane Earl….

house shaking like hell and cannot take much more it seems…but not taking in water anywhere that i can see which is amazing in itself…now blowing 75mph and raining horizontal sheets…my street is a river…i doubt i can even walk outside and surely not make it to the truck….i cannot believe electricity is on and coffee almost ready…

simply spectacular to see and feel , but not something easy to show in a picture..will a shot out my front door is probably best i can do and even that will not be easy…weather satellite shows it is almost over…cats tired of being prisoners in the darkroom…they do not seem to have any appreciation whatsoever that i saved their lives…so far

( below is september 1  post)

no joke, i am now in a bit of trouble…

hurricane Earl , now updated to cat 4 is gathering strength …and headed for my town…this is a very different report than i had earlier today when we all thought Earl was going to pass 300 miles out to sea ….now, it appears we have been given advance warning of the worst possible news for those of us who live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina… all but permanent residents are being evacuated and almost everyone is preparing to leave…our island can take any beating , it is  supposed to move around and come and go,  but the structures on it are extremely vulnerable to wind and water at all times…everybody knows, nobody should live here…

yet i do, and i always knew the risks…grew up in this neighborhood, fell in love with photography in this neighborhood…

i now have about 24 hours to make some very major moves…i must do all i can to save my house and honestly there is not too much i can do except close the wooden hurricane shutters…what i really must do is round up all things of archival value…my negatives which i have here ready to make use of my darkroom …was just getting ready to print a few editions of my early family work…

my son Bryan and his girlfriend yoga maestra Michelle  are my neighbors…just by amazing luck we are all here now to lend each other a hand ….Bryan travels the world as a film maker but always makes sure he is here this time of year for the world class surf…Bry lives to surf and he has made it an art….film making is in second place in his mind, but his visual talent is clear….Bryan’s main tool,  the surf , was in its most majestic moment this afternoon…..alas, those beautiful waves from this afternoon might just come and try to clean out these overbuilt beaches by tomorrow…i just love those waves….they are the earth and the earth has rights… more than my personal property which i hope will survive, but it won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t…

however, i am not idle, nor complacent ….if the projected path of the hurricane continues as is predicted , i will have no choice but to put my negatives/prints/books  etc into my pickup truck and drive away to safety…if it were not for the negatives etc i would be tempted to stick it out..and no my friends cannot come and get the negatives for me..already thought of that…they will not let anyone not from here to come here…i think …

hmmmm, story here?? maybe i can get permission from NatGeo to let me publish a picture or two here on Burn from what is going on…i mean wouldn’t that create buzz for their upcoming OBX  NatGeo Magazine story which they are contracting from me?? just thinking off the top of my head…more important things for me to think about now…

when things get dire , i feel my best…little things irritate me and i am annoyed too easily….but big things and major problems tend to make me calm and focused… problems are no more important than anyone’s,yet this seems to be a problem for many…every tv network on the planet is set up down on the beach…..anyway let’s not overdue this..all things relative and in the realm of natural fluctuations , this is the easiest to survive because of the advance warnings…..but i do know that you would be interested and mostly how ironic that we have been discussing archives, and digi and film etc etc…

ok, must move on this …i will keep you updated as best i can….

oh yes, almost forgot, much better and bigger news…Diego Orlando , Special Projects Editor of Burn, is in Perpignan, France at this very moment and is showing (and maybe selling) first edition copies of BURN 01 at Visa Pour L’Image …we must also talk Jean Francois Leroy, Founder and Director,  into at least a projection for the Burn audience next year..if you are in Perpignan now , just know i miss hanging out with  you and yes  please buy a book from Diego…this is a seriously cool book featuring 25 essays from photographers/artists published here on Burn , both iconic and from the audience here, two think pieces by Akaky and Bob Black, and  printed and bound by the best in Italy supervised by Diego and designed by Anton Kusters and researched by Anna Maria  Jester and yea i am in the mix too…  and if you are not published  in this edition,  maybe next….please try….best part of this is if my own stuff ends up underwater, at least i will have BURN 01 to show….i think this really might be the first seriously published book/magazine from the works from an online blog audience…

anyway, just to give you something constructive to do , i will do what i often do and ask you a question…

ok, here is a relevant one: if you were in my shoes , would you now concentrate on getting the old work/negs/prints off the island or should i spend my energies on taking new pictures of the catastrophe around me?

-david alan harvey-