Monthly Archive for May, 2018

Luis Cobelo – Zurumbático

Luis Cobelo

Zurumbático

[ EPF 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

ZURUMBÁTICO
Someone who acts in a foolish way. A ninny, bewildered, slow, somber, melancholic, enig- matic, half-drunk, half-mad, and with bad temper. A trance-like sensation.

Zurumbático is an endless journey to the place where “One hundred years of solitude,” the literary work of the writer Gabriel García Márquez, was born. A story full of extraordinary essence, contained in thousands of Latin American villages, roots of a gigantic empirical hemisphere, passionate, forgotten, fickle, violent, improvised and above all, happy.

 

 

Aracataca is the writer’s native town where the inspiration for his unique Macondo originates. This place and its surroundings, close to the Caribbean region of Colombia, is my starting point. The leitmotiv was the book, and the result, was a great series of unique and spontaneous images; an intimate process of self-exploration, poetic, magical, dreamy, ocasionally painful, charged with symbolism and enigmatic stories, connected with being a continent and that, for me, meant a rebirth as an individual who has nourished himself with that bleeding Latin American spinal cord.

 

 

Zurumbático is a tunnel of feelings, sensations, impressions and especial events, in which I enter and leave as I wish. Immersed in this dimension, I understood and reconfirmed that the unusual, the everyday, the comic, even the tragic, has no explanation, neither asked nor sought. It is what it is.

 

 

Short Bio

Born in 1970, Cobelo earned a degree in Philosophy from the University of Zulia, Venezuela. From 1993 to the present, he has participated in numerous art exhibits and photography festivals worldwide, like Generation 2000, PhotoEspaña, Fotonoviembre, Getxophoto 2011 in Spain and Latin American photography Prize in Mexico. Individually, he has shown his work in Venezuela, France, Spain, Germany, Ecuador and Argentina.

Since 2001, he has worked independently and is dedicated to the production of various projects of documentary photography in Europe, America and Asia that were published in international journals and magazines like El País Semanal, RollingStone, National Geographic, Esquire, La Nación Argentina, Etiqueta Negra in Peru and VICE México and Colombia, among others.

In 2011, he was nominated for the UNICEF Picture of the Year and in 2012 received the Hasselblad Latinamerican Photographer in documentary category.

He is currently developing several projects in Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela.

 

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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Kaja Rata – Kajnikaj

Kaja Rata

Kajnikaj

[ EPF 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

Sometimes it seems to me that everything is going to collapse. The houses, grey from soot, and the broken pavements will fall on the mine corridors below. I live in a small town in Silesia, and at some point there might have been something interesting going on here, but it was so long ago, that it is long since buried in memory. It is neither pretty nor ugly. There is no heritage of previous generations, not even any hint of flair in the current ones. If not for the dead mine shafts protruding from below, my town might be located anywhere. Or perhaps here and there.

 

“Here and there” is “gdzieniegdzie” in Polish. But it also has its equivalent in the Silesian dialect – “kajnikaj.” If we use the latter, my place will become less “here and there.” This is an obvious form of taming the reality, allowing us to build upon it and create a mythology of sorts.

When I look at the sky over the decaying town, and when I build rickety contraptions I am trying to find means to escape from the place I was born and raised, even though I know that it is a futile attempt.

 

 

Short Bio

Kaja Rata was born in 1987 in Myslowice, Poland. She is a Polish photographer based in Silesia district. She graduated with a BA in Photography from University of Arts in Poznan, Poland. Before this time, she was studying Polish literature at Silesian University. In 2016, she finished Sputnik Mentorship Programme in Warsaw, where she started her actual project “Kajnikaj.” In her work, she is trying to balance between reality and documental fiction.

 

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Alain Laboile – Quotidian

Alain Laboile

Quotidian

[ EPF 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

In his giant outdoor studio where he controls space, time and light, Alain Laboile watches his six children. He captures moments of nothing, the unexpected as the expected, the blooming as the outbreak, imagination as banality. His tracking shots put everything on hold: the passage of time, the waltz of the clouds, the leaves in the wind. He shapes the humble material of everyday life like organic matter, enchanting it. It is certainly not paradise, nor the angels’ dream life. It is simply life; just life and nothing else.

 

 

Short Bio

Born on May 1, 1968 in Bordeaux, France, Alain Laboile is a photographer and father of six.

In 2004, as he needed to put together a portfolio of his work as a sculptor, he acquired a camera, and thus developed a taste for macrophotography, spurred by his passion for entomology.

Later on, he pointed his lens towards his growing family which became his major subject, in a realistic depiction of their atypical lifestyle in rural France.

 

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Brooklynn Kascel – Fear/Loving : A personal narrative of aging, intimacy and separation.

Brooklynn Kascel

Fear/Loving : A personal narrative of aging, intimacy and separation

[ FUJIFILM / YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

Fear/Loving is a self-reflective body of work, encompassing experiences shared by those closest to me. Fear of abandonment has been a weight I have carried my entire life, emerging into reality during my early twenties following the separation of my parents after 26 years of marriage. This divided union began to divide me. Investing time and energy into another person became unattainable; expressing my feelings toward another, crippling. Photographing became my coping mechanism, evoking emotional and physical connections which were previously undiscovered. I started becoming a witness to my fears taking hold of others just the same.

 

 

Growing older, we begin to break the mold of our inherent innocence, realizing that few things last forever. Losing the image we previously had of ourselves, we continue to tirelessly and obsessively look through our individual narratives, desperate to detect what may have gone wrong. An unavoidable and often paralyzing feeling begins to take hold, just as light fades among the trees, so do our past selves and past experiences. To find solace, we search among nature, vices, people – anchoring ourselves to something in order to cope.

 

 

Seeking attachment, satisfaction and support – we take refuge in love. An individualized experience which manifests into various forms over time. The type of connection one seeks; interpersonal, metaphysical, biophilic – temporary or permanent. The type of support we wish for; emotional, physical, financial. The types of relationships to be discovered; platonic, sexual, self-deprecating.

 

 

As aging continues, so do our bonds – they shift, manipulate themselves into unfamiliar faces, sometimes disappearing entirely. Tethering ourselves to family, friends and new loves, we try to dull the pain of fleeting affections – hoping they will morph into everlasting form. The individuals in these images fall into those descriptions.

Short Bio

Brooklynn T. Kascel graduated from The University of Iowa in 2016 with degrees in Journalism and Sociology. During her time in school, Brooklynn worked as a photographer for The Daily Iowan. While on staff, she received 5th place from the Associated Collegiate Press for the 2016 Multimedia Story of the Year Award with a photo slideshow documenting a political rally in support of Donald Trump. Upon graduation, she went on to accept an assistant position with VII Photo’s, Danny Wilcox Frazier. Frazier is a recipient of multiple grants and fellowships including: Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (2016), Emergency Fund, Magnum Foundation (2016). Brooklynn’s work has been published by the Associated Collegiate Press and The Daily Iowan. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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Bayu Wira Handyan – Three Weeks, Melancholia

Bayu Wira Handyan

Three Weeks, Melancholia

[FUJIFILM / YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

My work presents the questions about existence of life and the things related with solitude. The solitude that causes feelings of anxiety, worry, and fear that led to a melancholia. My pictures are a result of myths that exist in my culture and surrealist things that appear from my fantasies.

 

 

 

 

Short Bio

Bayu Wira Handyan was born in 1993 in Purworejo, a small town on the south coast of Java. He currently studies Journalism at the Department of Communication in Diponegoro University and lives in Semarang.

 

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wirahandyan.com

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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