Monthly Archive for September, 2018

Cristina Vatielli – Le Donne di Picasso

Cristina Vatielli

Le Donne di Picasso

(opening picture: Françoise Gilot was a French painter and best-selling author. She was a young painter when she met Picasso in 1944, was his lover and muse until 1953. Picasso and Gilot never married, but they had two children together, Claude and Paloma. After spending ten years with the painter, she was the only one who, sick of Picasso’s relationships with other women, decided to leave him. She is the author of the book Life with Picasso)

How much pain can a woman bear? How much of herself can she renounce for love?
Cristina Vatielli’s work delves deep in the sickness and suffering of the women who have loved Pablo Picasso, and ultimately reveals a feeling common to all women have loved badly.
The artist’s research is an outcry denouncing physical and psychological abuses, and at the same time, an historical, biographical account of one of the absolute protagonists of twentieth century painting.

The work provides an inclement analysis of the pyschology of women who are protagonists in devastating relationships, seeking with brutal sincerity the fine line between suffering as victims and as silent accomplices. After years of careful research to document the stories of Olga Khokhlova, Eva Gouel, Fernande Olivier, Marie Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Francoise Gilot, Gaby Depeyre and Jacqueline Roque, the author has chosen to represent them through theatrical identification in a series of self-portraits to respond to the urgency of dressing them in their own clothes and giving them a new voice.

Living in the shadow of a powerful and seductive mind, and nourished by the pride of being inspirational muses, all the women ask for is the atrocious compromise of giving up their freedom for the privilege of being “Women of Picasso”, before being Women.  
These images tell with powerful sadness the beauty imprisoned by morbid attentions and the talents crushed by the obsessive jealousy of a man who has betrayed, deluded and ruined many young women from destiny, and in most cases, they are marked by loneliness, depression and suicide.  
Victims or accomplices, condescending or rebels, faithful wives or concubines, the eight women of Pablo Picasso are heroines without a story clamoring to be told. 
One eye on the forehead and one on the cheek, the nose split in half by a vertical wound,
the mouth bruised a shade of blue that transmits pain. 
Asymetric, disrupted, fragmented, discomposed, torn apart,
not only in the images imprinted on the canvas,  
They are the Women of Picasso. 
(text by Veronica Gabbuti)

Short Bio

Cristina Vatielli was born in Rome in 1983. She graduated at Scuola Romana di Fotografia. Since 2004, Cristina has been collaborating with Paolo Pellegrin, Magnum Photos photographer. In 2006, she worked at Magnum Photos digital department in the Paris office. Since 2006, she has worked as a photographer in various fields, advertising, portraiture, and documentary. Her works have been published in main international magazines and her projects have received recognition by IPA, MIFA and Sony awards, among others


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Jost Franko – Farming on the Frontline

Khalil Zaanin and his cousin Jamila are walking on their farmland in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, on Oct. 28th 2014. Jamila’s home was bombed and completely destroyed during the war in 2014. Her family was forced to move to her relatives.

Jost Franko

Farming on the Frontline

[ EPF 2017 – SHORT LIST ]

In the land from where the eyes can see the Israeli border, Palestinian farmers try to make their living producing agricultural goods such as strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, olives, etc. The war in 2014, that lasted almost two months, has left the majority of Gazan farmers living in the buffer zones with their houses demolished or their land bulldozed – in worst cases, both. In 50 days long war that Israel called “Operation Protective Edge” more than 2,200 Palestinian lives were lost and about 17,200 homes totally destroyed, after 20,000 tons of explosive had been dropped on Gaza.

After the war, I decided I should return to Gaza, to work with the same farming families I’ve worked with in 2013, and the comparison was devastating. Some neighborhoods were unrecognizable, leveled to the ground. Almost all of the families I knew have lost their home. They were forced to move to United Nations schools and live in overcrowded classrooms, or other shelter homes. “I’ve been through dozens of wars, I’ve witnessed everything. Our home was always affected, but not to this dimensions,” Mohammed Abu Daqqa recalls. “But when I hear stories from others, I’m just thankful my family is alive,” he says.



Khalil Zaanin’s farm was bulldozed and hit several times by F-16 missiles. His water well was ruined and it took him a month to repair it. During my 2013 visit in the same time of the year, Khalil and his workers were already harvesting the plants. This year, they had nothing to harvest. “It’s a life with no guarantees what so ever… whether you have plans or not, it doesn’t matter,” says Khalil.

During this period of a year (November), it’s olive harvesting season. This year, instead of harvesting, Samir Al Daberi from Rafah, had to hire workers to help him cut and remove the completely destroyed olive tree plantation from his land.

Farmers from Gaza, are an example of the collateral damage of every conflict – civilians trapped in between the two fighting sides.



Short Bio

Jost Franko is a young documentary photographer born in Slovenia in 1993. His work is mostly focused on long-term projects exploring domestic and international social issues, and his themes often touch on the loss of traditional values in the modern world. After reaching his legal adult hood, Franko started travelling to conflict and post conflict zones to examine and document the impact and consequences of war on civilian population.
Franko’s work has been, among others, published by TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Sunday Times Magazine, Washington Post and Al Jazeera America.

By the age of 16, Franko won the Slovenia Press Photo reportage of the year award and later on joined VII Mentor Program, as the youngest member ever to be affiliated with VII.

In 2014, Franko was awarded a Watchdog prize (special achievements in journalism) for his work by Slovenian Association of Journalists. He was also selected as a 2015 TED Fellow, as one of the 20 change-makers from all over the fields.


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Terje Abusdal – The Forest Finns

Terje Abusdal

The Forest Finns

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]
Finnskogen – directly translated as The Forest of the Finns – is a large, contiguous forest belt along the Norwegian-Swedish border, where farming families from Finland settled in the early 1600s. The immigrants – called Forest Finns – were slash-and-burn farmers. This ancient agricultural method yielded bountiful crops but required large areas of land as the soil was quickly exhausted. Population growth eventually led to a scarcity of resources in their native Finland and, fuelled by famine and war, forced a wave of migration in search for new territories. 
The Forest Finns’ understanding of nature was rooted in an eastern shamanistic tradition, and they are often associated with magic and mystery. Rituals, spells and symbols were used as a practical tool in daily life; that could heal and protect, or safeguard against evil. 
This photographic project draws on these beliefs while investigating what it means to be a Forest Finn today, in a time when the 17th century way of life is long gone, and their language is no longer spoken.


Many of the settlers ventured northwest and tried their luck in the Nordic wilderness. At that time, much of the land had been reclaimed by nature following the Black Death, which wiped out more than half of the population. Throughout the next decades, the Forest Finns spread across Scandinavia in a constant search for new soil to sew. The journey was an essential part of their existence, as mobility was an integral consequence of slash-and-burn farming. Furthermore, the Forest Finns’ understanding of nature was rooted in an eastern shamanistic tradition, and they are often associated with magic and mystery. Rituals, spells and symbols were used as a practical tool in daily life; they could heal and protect, or safeguard against evil.



In its original form, the Forest Finn-culture no longer exists, and yet more and more people feel a connection to it. Today, the Forest Finns are considered an official minority in both Norway, and yet there are no statistics on their numbers. In fact, the only official criterion of belonging to this minority is that, regardless of your ethnic origin, you simply feel that you are a Forest Finn.



Short Bio

Terje Abusdal (1978) is a visual storyteller from Norway working on independent projects in the intersection between fact and fiction. In 2017, his story on the Forest Finns – Slash & Burn – won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Nordic Dummy Award. Two years prior he published his first photographic book Radius 500 Metres on Journal. His work was recently exhibited at Jaipur Photo Festival in India, Fotogalleriet in Oslo and FOTODOK in Utrecht. Abusdal lives in Oslo.


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Lukas Vasilikos – Uncanny

Lukas Vasilikos


In the beginning there is emptiness and darkness. The light seems to be hovering over the the surface of this formless void. Light is ordered to descend, for light is said to be good. It is a blow which separates the light from the darkness and, thus, the first day is born.



The first day carries bleak landscapes – interchanging, rhythmically throbbing, composing a wistful symphony to then orchestrate a cacophonous pandemonium of disconnected sounds: the roaring waves crashing against the shore, openly flaunting their white crests
the deep-rooted tree stands still
branches are winging their way upwards, perchance that they might gently be touched by the light



The 2nd day unveils those dark, yet familiar figures, who give the impression of being suspended in thin air. They are not smiling nor are they raising one corner. They are merely staring at something which is there – however not visible to the naked eye. They are unaware of the very next moment they are being consumed by. Some figures are ghostly, disintegrating with the passing of ruthless time, while others are breaking up. A couple of them are falling into an endless embrace. Some of them strive to remember, whereas others strive to forget. There are some who have not arrived yet; and there are those who have secretly vowed to return.



Light and shadow are being resigned to a seemingly dreadful fate; through their tender play they blend, carried away by the whispering wind.

The figures still remain oblivious to what is occuring.
The 3rd day gives way to the music; it rises in a whirling crescendo, hungrily seeking its way through the leaves. Landscapes still interchange, yet it is of little importance now.

The family tree is being uprooted so as to be regrown into a tree of life; the roots now deeper, the branches ramifying into eternal life anew. Fear is a robust mother who longs to climb up that very tree and find the most mysterious paths to transcendence within this mortal world.

Short Bio

Lukas Vasilikos was born in 1975 and raised in Crete, Greece. In 1996 he moved to Athens, where he has lived and worked since. He embarked on photography in 2006. His photographs have been published in both Greek and foreign magazines and included in a number of publications. Among his artistic endeavors, Lukas has participated in ?Depression Era?, a collective storytelling experiment, documenting untold stories in a mosaic of images and texts. In March 2014, the exhibition was displayed at Palais de Beax Arts (Bozar), Belgium, following a second display in DUPON gallery, Paris, in November 2014. Lukas is a member of the Burn My Eye Collective and the ?Photography Circle?, a Greek non-profit cultural society.


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Emerging Photographer Fund – Call for Submissions


Emerging Photographer Fund – call for submissions



The Emerging Photographer Fund 2018 is now open for submissions!

This year we are proud to offer two awards: the Emerging Photographer Grant for $10,000 and the Fujifilm Young Talent Award (25 or under) for $10,000. For more information, follow the link below.


Enter here


The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2018 (6pm PST).


The Jury for 2018 (in alphabetical order):

  • Adam Broomberg (artist, professor of photography, HFBK & KABK)
  • MaryAnne Golon (director of photography, Washington Post)
  • Sohrab Hura (photographer, Magnum Photos)
  • Azu Nwagbogu (founder and director, African Artists’ Foundation AAF)
  • Fiona Rogers (global director of business development, Magnum Photos)



Burn Magazine revolves around the EPF. It is our most important curatorial contribution to the oftentimes chaotic landscape of photography today. By choosing a jury whose lifetimes have been spent in looking at photographs and making photographs, we try to give our Burn readers a distilled version of the best work of all that flows before their eyes everyday.

Most importantly our mission is to give recognition to the finest emerging authors out there and to provide some funding to at least a few to keep going and to continue making a mark. $10,000 is given to the recipient of EPF to move forward in their work. This is made possible with a generous donation by Michael Loyd Young through the Magnum Foundation. Our previous winners prove this is not in vain.

In addition, Fujifilm is partnering with us to offer an award, open to all photographers who are 25 or younger at the time of the deadline. All you need to do is enter into the EPF… and if you’re 25 or younger, you’ll be automatically eligible for the Fujifilm Young Talent Award. Fujifilm also offers a cash prize of $10,000 to the winner.

Of course we are immensely proud of this partnership… and hope in this way we can give back to the young emerging ones amongst us… who just might need it more than we can ever imagine.





Previous EPF Winners


The 2008 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to Sean Gallagher for his essay on the environmental Desertification of China.

The 2009 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to Alejandro Chaskielberg for his 8×10 format essay on the Parana River Delta ‘The High Tide’.

The 2010 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to Davide Monteleone for his essay ‘Northern Caucasus’.

The 2011 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to Irina Werning for her essay ‘Back to the Future’.

In 2012 three Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded: one major to Matt Lutton for his essay ‘Only Unity’ and two minors to Giovanni Cocco for his essay ‘Monia’ and to Simona Ghizzoni for her essay ‘Afterdark’.

In 2013 four Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded: one major to Diana Markosian for her essay ‘My Father The Stranger’ and three minors to: Iveta Vaivode for her essay ‘Somewhere on Disappearing Path’, Oksana Yushko for her essay ‘Balklava: The Lost History’ and Maciej Pisuk for his essay ‘Under The Skin; Photographs From Brzeska Street’.

In 2014 two Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded: one major to Alessandro Penso for his essay ‘Lost Generation’ and one minor to: Birte Kaufmann for her essay ‘The Travelers’.

In 2015 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Danila Tkachenko for ‘Restricted Areas’, and the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Sofia Valiente for ‘Miracle Village’.

In 2016 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Annie Flanagan for ‘Deafening Sound’, and the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Aleksander Raczynski for ‘Views’

In 2017 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Antoine Bruy for ‘Outback Mythologies’, and the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Aleksey Kondratyev for ‘Ice Fishers’


Entries are now open


The Emerging Photographer Fund 2018 is now open for submissions!


Enter here


The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2018 (6pm PST).



Editor’s note:

Many thanks especially to my EPF team Anton Kusters, Diego Orlando, and Mallory Bracken. First off, they must deal with me!! Never easy. In all seriousness, they all show amazing dedication to the spirit of doing something which just feels good. To provide a platform for the up and coming.


Special thanks to Susan Meiselas of the Magnum Foundation. Nobody on the planet is more dedicated to allowing new talent to develop.


Special thanks also to Michael Loyd Young, EPF funder and BURN Magazine board member.






A heart felt thank you also to Fujifilm for the Fujifilm Young Talent Award… making it possible for the EPF to keep focus on the future generations, the young ones, the ones with a vision already making a mark now… and just might make another jump soon…




The Emerging Photographer Fund was created and is directed by David Alan Harvey,
curated and produced by Anton Kusters & Diego Orlando.