Monthly Archive for January, 2016


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Handmade masks in a artisan’s workshop. In a couple of days you’ll meet the artisan. This is Maria Daniel @mariadanielbalcazar posting for @burndiary in #LaPaz #bw #bnw



The time to shoot pictures at this OBX fishing pier is in the middle of summer. The click clack of balls on the pool table , ding ding ding from the pinball machines and a lot of flashing lights from all the video games let you know that you are alive and well in middle America. I’m not knocking it. I’m part of it . Some folks walk fast with a mission through the game room and out onto the pier to bait and cast. The reason the pier is here is for those guys after all. Yet none of it happens in winter. All 5 of our fishing piers close down before Christmas and open again in March. Our piers are summer social gathering places in recent years. Each pier with its own personality and demographic . Yet a nice winter day as this one feels just right. Winter let’s me get some work done, kills mosquitos, and the locals own the place once again. On a day like today the chrystal clarity of the light and the smell of a cold sea make me think winter is pretty special after all.



Finally back home after 3 weeks in Tokyo. Cats were happy to see me in a cat sort of almost don’t give a shit way. Yet they love the lovin..My friends Frank and Dawn take care of my cats and my house while I’m gone. They also re decorate at will.. Each time a new art object. This is a corner of my small kitchen with a totally new exhibit. My silver gelatin test print strips from my Haenyeo show at Look3 in 2015 and back in the stairwell is now an 11×14 contact print of Georgia O’Keefe by Yosuf Karsh. Up the narrow stairwell up to my bedroom will be a gallery .Of small prints.Thinking Japanese. Use space wisely. It’s great to back home and the moveable feast. Thanks Frank and Dawn for the most recent slice of our mythical reality show MSA (Movjng Shit Around).

Magnum office Tokyo


TKO. @magnumphotos office Tokyo. Super small compared to our offices New York, London, and Paris yet with the usual small office good team vibe that everybody loves most. Thanks Junko, Chloé, and Dan. So terrific to do the workshop in our office surrounded by great books and well mostly you folks. The big warm. And in a neighborhood of used bookstores. Perfect. Pleased to hang with our Magnum team in the East.Back soonest


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Embroiderers are working extra hours to finish costumes for next week’s Carnival. @mariadanielbalcazar posting for @burndiary

Irina Popova – Welcome to LTP

An inmate washes his hands before dinner, under the sign "Save the water, close the tap". Life in LTP is surrounded by signs, instructions, regulations and rules. Labour Treatment Profilactorium for alcohol addicted in Belarus. LTP is a part of the penal system and Belarus is the only country in the world that still practices the punishment of obligatory incarceration for addicts. There are 5 LTP in Belarus, about 1600 inmates each. One LTP is for women, the other ones are only male. The main treatment is labour, and camomile tea.


Irina Popova

Welcome to LTP

In 1967, during the cold war, the Soviet Union introduced the system of labour treatment profilactoria which was actively used for the forced isolation of persons suffering from alcoholism and drugs addiction.

The first Labour Treatment Profilactoria appeared in the USSR in 1967 within the territory of Kazakhstan. In the future, the system of LTP was actively used for the forced isolation of persons suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction, or those who were disturbing public order and rules “of the socialist way of life.”  Citizens were sent to LTP by order of the regional courts for a period of 6 months to 2 years. Their decision was final, with no right to appeal. Human rights activists in the Soviet Union called LTP part of the Soviet “punitive psychotherapy” system. On October 25th, 1990, the Committee of Constitutional Supervision of the USSR adopted a conclusion, according to which certain provisions of existing legislation were declared inconsistent with the Constitution of the USSR and international norms of human rights. The Constitutional Oversight Committee came to the conclusion that, under the law, obligatory treatment in LTP (i.e. restriction of freedom, which is close to a criminal sentence) had been applied to persons who have not committed any crimes. After the collapse of the USSR the LTP system was abolished in most former Soviet republics. In 1993, at the Decree of the President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, Labour Treatment Profilactoria were eliminated in Russia (with later discussions in the state duma to revive the system).

At present, LTP exist only in Belarus, Turkmenistan and the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. LTP is part of the system within the internal affairs agencies of the Republic of Belarus, established for the forced isolation, and medical and social rehabilitation of citizens through the obligation to work. It is directed towards citizens with chronic alcoholism, drug addiction and toxicomania, and those citizens obliged to reimburse the expenses paid by the state on the maintenance of children in public care, in the event of systematic violations of labor discipline by these citizens because the consumption of alcoholic beverages, drugs, psychotropic, toxic or other intoxicating substances.

The book “Welcome to LTP” can be purchased here:




Born in 1986 in Tver, Russia, Irina Popova is a documentary photographer and curator. A graduate of the Tver State University School of Journalism, Popova studied photography at FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg, in 2007. In 2008-2010, she studied documentary photography and mixed media at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. Popova worked as a staff writer and photographer for Ogoniok Magazine in Moscow from 2008-2009. In 2010, she moved to the Netherlands, and was artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam from 2011-2012. In 2013, Popova co-founded the Dostoevsky Photography Society collective. In 2013-2014, she curated an exhibition FFABRU/Foreign Fotographers About Russia, as part of the Open Border Festival, Amsterdam; subsequently the exhibition toured to ten Russian cities. Irina Popova has participated in numerous exhibitions and photography festivals in Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Burma, and Lisbon, including the Photoquai Biennale, Paris and the Noorderlicht and Breda Photo international festivals in the Netherlands. Her work has been published by; Afisha Mir; Russian Reporter; Ogoniok; the Guardian; Geo International; the New York Times; Gup Magazine; and Lens Culture. Popova’s work is included in the collections of the Russian State Museum; Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; and the Rijksakademie Amsterdam. In 2014, Popova published the photo books Another Family and If You Have a Secret. She has received numerous awards and nominations, including Delphic Games of Russia (2006, 2007, 2008); Young Photographers of Russia (2008 and 2010); Best Photographer of Russia (2009); the UNICEF prize honorable mention (2009); Award of Fund of Development of Photojournalism, Russia (2009); and nomination for the Marie Claire Photo Award (2012). She teaches photography in Moscow at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.

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La Paz, Bolivia, “the city that touches the sky” It is one of the highest cities in the world. You can see the peak of the Sajama mountain , the 9th tallest mountain in the Andes. I’m always happy every time I land where my roots are. My name is Maria Daniel @mariadanielbalcazar posting for @burndiary. #theandes #lapaz


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The beauty of a visitor on my backyard after the bad and ugly Jonas’s snowstorm. In a couple of hours I’ll be catching my flight south to document the last preparations of the Andean Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia. Thank you for accompanying me during my journey. @mariadanielbalcazar Last but not least thank you Diego for this opportunity @diegorlando