Monthly Archive for June, 2013

Sava River

A man fishes at midnight in the rain from underneath the New Railroad Bridge on the Sava River in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by @mattlutton

BurnDiary – week 1

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Javier Arcenillas – Violence in Latin America

Javier Arcenillas

Violence in Latin America



Sociological essay of Latin America, the most violent zone in the world in its most dramatic and painful form. The impotence of pain and hell asocial victims of murderers in a daily theater of war where violence is always the news of the day in his red note.

It is very necessary to expose and teach this story to show the true nature of violence because newspapers, television and magazines do not offer current. And that’s too bad because it’s terribly necessary that these stories have a voice in society.

Latin America is considered one of the most violent places in the world. Every day in the streets of cities like San Pedro Sula, Guatemala, Tegucigalpa, San Salvador, and Mexico City, the murders, robberies and violence are increasingly present. Ineffective internal politics of the area is unstable, drug trafficking into the U.S. is uncontrollable and unsafe zone of Maras, or control of the Zetas in the border is the closest thing to a daily war. The report of the Organization of American States notes that in a country such as Honduras violent death occurs every 74 minutes without war there was, in 2011, the most violent nation in the world, totaling 7104 killings documented by police.



In these places the use of youth and children to train as Sicarios is a regular job. They are attracted by the ease of earning money that gives them respect and fear. In the process of training the young killer from the poorest strata of society consumed becoming true heralds of death. Deprotection of these societies for the defense and protection of children in these situations of violence is alarming.

I need to expose and teach this story to show the true nature of the violence that the media today do not offer.




Humanist, member of Gea Photowords and Doctor in Psychologist at the Complutense University of Madrid. An award winning photographer, among these, could be mentioned, Arts Press Award, KODAK Young Photographer, Scholarship of  European Social Fund, Euro Press Fujifilm, FotoPress ’05 Prize,  Finalist Oskar Barnak Leica Prize 2013, Sony WPA, Atlanta Photojournalism, Fotoevidence, POYI Finalist World Understanding etc.

His most complete news articles outside Spain can be read in Time, Der Spiegel, Stern, GEO, Le Monde 2, IL Magazine, La Repubblica, El Mundo, El periodico de Guatemala or Miami Herald as most important magazines. Their final reports and publications can be seen in Esquire and fronterad. In 2011 his book Public Sicarios also present at the Exhibition of PHE11.


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Sunset. Yoga. Dog. Frisbee. Beach. Home. Friends. Sand. Now.

Maciej Pisuk – Under the Skin Photographs from Brzeska Street

Maciej Pisuk

Under the Skin Photographs from Brzeska Street


The inhabitants of Warsaw consider Brzeska Street, the very core of North Praga, the most neglected and dangerous district in the city (in my opinion the greatest local problem is stigmatization of the people living in the area). I would like to present you portraits of the street’s residents, my neighbors, acquaintances, friends, people among whom I lived for so many years. The pictures taken in this place constitute the vast majority of my photographic work so far.
I only photograph people who I stay in close touch with. The pictures are a result of the long process where the release of the shutter is essentially an element of little meaning.

The protagonists of my photographs possess something unusual: they have faces. I could risk and state that today almost nobody shows their face and there are only a few people who still have them.



The face disappears under layers of masks, which are adjusted to the roles that we are forced to play. We change our masks as easily as we change our identities. In public, we only present the image that we shape according to our needs. Our contacts stop being direct. Sometimes we communicate with each other but we are not able to encounter. I like thinking of my pictures as testimonies of the encounters and I count on them to convey a particle of the experience I took part in.




A graduate of the screenwriting course at the State Academy of Film, TV and Theatre in Lodz. Works as a screenwriter. The winner of prizes and awards on Polish and international photography competitions, among others: 2nd Prize at BZ WBK Press Foto 2006 (category: society), 1st Prize at ‘Warsaw Autumn of Photography’ 2007, 1st prize in the category of Photojournalism Non-Pro-People/Personality at PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2008 Photo Competition, 2nd prize at BZ WBK Press Foto 2010 (category: portrait), Stockholm Photography Week 2012 – The prize for the best portfolio.
For a few years he has been working on a photographical documentary project concerning the inhabitants of the area of Praga in Warsaw.


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Oksana Yushko – Balaklava the Lost History

Oksana Yushko

Balaklava the Lost History


This project is a part of my exploration of people’s mind who were born in the USSR.

Changing people’s mind is the most difficult thing. The Soviet Union hasn’t existed for 20 years but the shadow of it lies everywhere. Things have changed but people’s minds and attitudes have not.



I made my way to Balaklava, a small town by the sea in the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine. During the Soviet era, it was a city that didn’t exist to the outside world. The town closed to the public for more than 30 years due to the submarine base that was situated there.

Almost the entire population of Balaklava worked at the base and even their family members could not visit the town without a good reason or proper identification. It was a closed society, an ambitious, privileged caste, a major league, a private club with limited membership. Officers were well paid, enjoyed special apartments and were given other privileges. It used to be like this.

After the collapse of the USSR in 1992, the Soviet army was automatically transferred to Russia’s control. It was only in 1997 that the ships and equipment of the Black Sea Fleet were officially divided between the two countries Russia and Ukraine. The process of fleet division remains painful since many aspects of the two navies co-existence are under-regulated, causing recurring conflicts.

The system collapse turned the once privileged Soviet officers into unwanted people.
Crossing the streets of Balaklava, I saw traces of this not only in the town but also on people’s faces. They still live in the past. Their attitude to the present situation is complicated, but most of them don’t want to look forward to the future.




Oksana Yushko is a freelance photographer based in Moscow. She started working as a professional journalist in 2006 and currently focuses on personal projects in Russia, Chechnya, Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries. Yushko was a selected participant of the 2011 Noor-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography in Bucharest, Romania, and a finalist of the 2010 Conscientious Portfolio Competition. She was also finalist of the 2013 Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, the Grand Prize Winner of Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011, a finalist of the Aftermath Project 2010 and a 2011 finalist of the Manuel-Riveira Oritz Foundation. Yushko’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Russia, Finland, UK, USA, and France and her work has been published by media across the world.


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Iveta Vaivode – Somewhere on Disappearing Path

Iveta Vaivode

Somewhere on Disappearing Path


I’ve always been fascinated with family albums. I grew up looking at my parent’s family albums, imagining their lives before me. Trying to reconstruct the memories that I didn’t have, but at the same time living them over and over again in my imagination. Somehow I always felt that the people I saw in these amateur photographs were different from those I saw close to me every day. I felt that photographs, although connected with a certain historical past, worked better as triggers of my own imagination, rather than giving me a specific knowledge of anything else.



The ambivalence of the medium of photography, its possibilities and its limitations suggest we should mistrust photography as a record of our lives and histories. Yet there are numerous photographic works that deal with the concept of memory, in which artists become poets rather than historians.

For the last year, I have documented people from a remote village called Pilcene in the Eastern side part of Latvia. My work addresses the idea of looking back as a framing device and a narrative mode. Searching for the last traces of my family in this village, I chase after the people who used to know my grandmother. Through their stories I see the life that has vanished, although most of people still live the way their ancestors used to. In a way, this place has become their lifestyle; one which I feel, is going to disappear soon.

By photographing the life and people of my grandmother’s childhood village I try to recreate the place I never had chance to know. Yet people I met now work as a mirror with a memory helping to reveal the past of my own family.




I grew up in Riga, Latvia. Having started my photographic career as a fashion photographer, for the past four years I have turned my sight towards more personal projects. In 2008, I received a BA in photography from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth (England). My photographs have been exhibited in Latvia, Lithuania, U.K., France, China and Belgium. I’m also a recipient of the following awards: AOP Student Photographer of the Year (2007); Nikon Discovery Awards (2008) and c/o Berlin Talents (2013).


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Diana Markosian – My Father the Stranger

Diana Markosian

My Father The Stranger


I knocked on the door of a stranger.

I’ve traveled halfway around the world to meet him.

My father.

I was seven years old when I last saw him.

As the Soviet Union collapsed, so did my family.

I remember my father and I dancing together in our tiny apartment in Moscow and him giving me my first doll.

I also remember him leaving.

Sometimes he would be gone for months at a time and then unexpectedly be back.

Until, one day, it was our turn to leave.

My mother woke me up and told me to pack my belongings. She said we were going on a trip. The next day, we arrived at our new home, California.

We hardly ever spoke of my father. I had no pictures of him, and over time, forgot what he looked like.

I often wondered what it would have been like to have a father.

I still do.

This is my attempt to piece together a picture of a familiar stranger.




Diana Markosian is a documentary photographer and writer.

Her reporting has taken her from Russia’s North Caucasus mountains, to the ancient Silk Road in Tajikistan and overland to the remote Wakhan Corridor in northeastern Afghanistan.

Diana’s images have appeared in The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Foreign Policy, Foto8,, World Policy Journal, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International, amongst others.

Her work has been recognized by a diverse range of organizations including UNICEF, AnthropoGraphia, Ian Parry Scholarship, Marie Claire Int’l, National Press Photography Association, Columbia University and Getty Images. In 2011, Diana’s image of the terrorist mother was awarded photo of the year by Reuters.

She holds a masters from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


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Brooklyn Swim


5 year old Atlas Anderson does the New York rooftop high dive on a hot summer afternoon in Williamsburg. Atlas is the son of Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson and Newsweek magazine editor Marion Duran. Our building in Brooklyn has been the home of at least 4 Magnum photographers and is the old fashioned classic artist loft building. The rooftop is a community center of sorts with spectacular views of Manhattan.

EPF 2013 – the winners


Diana Markosian, winner

Iveta Vaivode, runner-up

Oksana Yushko, runner-up

Maciej Pisuk, runner-up


(in alphabetical order)

Javier Arcenillas

David Favrod

Dimitris Michalakis

Mads Nissen

Fausto Podavini

Bryan Schutmaat


The full essays of the winners and finalists will be published on BURN over the next few days. Stay tuned!