Urszula Tarasiewicz @ andel’s Hotel Cracow

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In Łódź (Poland) it is a widely known story. A rich entrepreneur, Izrael Poznański (1833-1900), one of the icons of the best industrial days of the city, wanting to have enough workers for his factory, decided to build houses for them nearby – the famułas. At the time of the greatest prosperity, nearly 7000 people lived and worked there. Unfortunately, at the end of the Poznański’s empire, the slow agony of the famułas and their inhabitants started. Its very end occurred when it was decided to shut down the Poltex company in 1991. The housing for workers became a no man’s land and its inhabitants were left to fend for themselves. This miserable state would have gone on for ever if not the general renovation of the former housing of Poznański’s factories that started in 2014. The renovation was preceded by a long process of carrying out the residents to other apartments. And it is when Urszula Tarasiewicz appeared at the Ogrodowa Street. She started to document the empty buildings. As she admits: “I have always wanted to be a meter reader to have an opportunity to watch how the people live. It fascinated me since my childhood as the decoration of an interior tells a lot about its inhabitants. Whether they decorate their rooms with photos of their grandparents or they prefer to have calendars with naked women on the walls. But this time it was a bit more difficult as the flats were empty, so everything had to be imagined.”

Indeed. There are deserted rooms in Tarasiewicz’s pictures. Shabby walls from which someone ripped the wiring and on which the outlines of once hanging pictures and standing furniture are still visible. We have got used to such pictures. We see them every time after floods and hurricanes. But as far as in these cases they are the consequences of natural disasters, here everything is caused by man. That is why the photographs are more impressive, they even terrify with their ruthlessness and coldness. Yet they can’t stop us thinking about the people who are not in them. Who were the people who used to live there? Where are they and how are they at the moment? How they worked out their life after having left these flats where many of them had lived for generations?

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Urszula Tarasiewicz guides us around the world, which no longer exists. She does it slowly as if she wants to give us enough time to come to the conclusion, that such is the way of things, that cities need permanent progress, otherwise they will meet a systematic and relentless fall and from which they can be saved only by a revolution. Nearby, on the other side of the street, such a revolution has been made – Poznański’s factory has become an elegant shopping mall and a hotel, the post-industrial space attracts people again, which for the famułas residents must seem to be out of this world. It must have been a real shock for them, further evidence of exclusion.

Tarasiewicz’s photos are simply shots. One can’t find there any traces of playing with composition or attempts to interesting frames. Actually they are not to do it. They are not supposed to entertain or comfort the viewers. We are to feel this sadness that must have accompanied the inhabitants of these interiors. We must experience the roughness of the place which we can see going away into the past but thanks to these pictures will remain in our memory.

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Urszula Tarasiewicz (b. 1975) | based In Łódź (Poland) | graduate of the Łódź Film School | ennobles absurd and marginal things in her pictures, looks for beauty in kitsch, colour in greyness, and happiness in unhappy people | author of many times awarded and exhibited in many countries New Urban Legends series | her photographs have been shown in such group exhibitions as Critical Mass (USA, 2012), Call me on Sunday (Austria, 2014), Face to Face (Germany, 2014), among others | participant in prestigious portfolio review organised by The New York Times (2015).

Urszula Tarasiewicz – OGRODOWA/GARDEN STREET
@
andel Hotel Cracow (3 Pawia St., Cracow, Poland)
Opening reception: February 23 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between February 24 and March 31, 2017

The Urszula Tarasiewicz exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest

 

Next to the renowned press photography contest, the World Press Photo Foundation also runs a competition focused on digital storytelling. The contest, previously known as the Multimedia Contest, rewards those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by digital technologies and the spread of the Internet. The contest is open to digital storytellers, visual journalists and producers, with submissions that include the work of a professional visual journalist.

“This year, the entries in the Immersive Digital Storytelling Category were very strong, diverse and ambitious,” – says Katerina Cizek, chair of the Immersive Storytelling category. – “The projects also ranged widely in scale and scope. Because of this, the jury deliberated on how to weigh and balance the diverse qualities of the projects, and agreed on the criteria of: excellence in visual storytelling, importance and originality of reporting, innovation in immersivity and depth of social relevance. We ultimately agreed upon three winners, who each excel in their own ways, exemplifying distinct developments in our emerging field.”

“This is a rapidly evolving media format in its early stages,” – adds DJ Clark, chair of the Short Form category. – “We need people to push the boundaries and experiment. It won’t always work, but when it does, it stands out.”

Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest are:

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING

1. The Dig 

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Synopsis: You know how you feel about politics, religion, and other issues, but do you know how you feel about the changing landscape of human relationships? Things like trans-sexuality, co-parenting and cyborgs, to name a few. The Dig explores the future of relationships using interactive audiovisual elements, placing the viewer at the centre of the experience to explore and discover their own feelings in this world of rapidly transforming human relations. Piece by piece, a couple’s relationship jigsaw is revealed. The more elements you see, the more you know. In the end, you can decide what you think the couple should do, and in doing so you learn something about yourself. The stories of simple questions about complex problems are told through beautiful cinematography and frank interviews with the people involved.

Team:
Topaz Adizes, Executive Director, Creative Director
Mike Knowlton, Executive Director, Creative Director, Creative Technologist
Carla Tramullas, Creative Director, UX Designer
Julia Gorbach, Creative Director
Mark Harris, Creative Director, Creative Technologist
Joe Wheeler, UX Designer
Olivier H. Beauchesne, Data Visualisation

Season 1:
Julia Gorbach, Director, Producer, Additional Camera & Sound
Carla Tramullas, Director, Cinematographer
Dane Benko, Editor
Nicholas D’Agostino, Editor
Mériem Dehbi-Talbot, Associate Producer
Grace Larkin, Associate Producer
Julius Bowditch, Associate Producer
Paige Polk, Associate Producer
Hans Lueders, Associate Producer

Organisation:
The Skin Deep + Murmur

2. The Fine Line: Simone Biles Gymnastics (Team: Rodrigo de Benito Sanz, Producer; Alicia DeSantis, Producer; Alexandra Garcia, Producer, Video Editor; Mika Gröndahl, Producer, Graphics; Evan Grothjan, Producer, Graphics; Taige Jensen, Producer, Video Editor, Color, Audio; Yuliyah Parshina-Kottas, Producer, Graphics; Bedel Saget, Producer, Reporter, Videographer; Joe Ward, Producer, Reporter, Videographer; Larry Buchanan, Reporter, Videographer; Leslye Davis, Reporter, Videographer, Photographer; Juliet Macur, Reporter; Meghean Felling, Video Editor; Ben Laffin, Color; Jeremy White, Graphics; Michael Cordero, Audio; Gregg Matthews, Photographer; Wilson Andrews, Contributing Producer; Danny DeBelius, Contributing Producer; Alexandra Eaton, Contributing Producer; Grant Gold, Contributing Producer; Steve Duenes, Supervising Producer. Organisation: The New York Times)
3. The Injustice System (Team:Ed Pilkington, Chief Reporter; Laurence Mathieu-Leger, Senior Video Producer; Kenan Davis, Interactive Editor; Rich Harris, Interactive Editor; Nadja Popovich, Interactive Editor; Kenton Powell, Interactive Editor. Organisation: The Guardian US)

INNOVATIVE STORYTELLING

1. A New Age of Walls

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In Nogales (AZ, USA) a fence runs along the US–Mexico border. The debate over extending the wall on the US-Mexico border was a noisy centrepiece in the 2016 presidential election.

Synopsis: A generation ago, globalisation shrank the world. Nations linked by trade and technology began to erase old boundaries. But now barriers are rising again, driven by waves of migration, spillover from wars and the growing threat of terrorism. To examine this global phenomenon, the Washington Post produced Raising Barriers, a three-part multimedia project that takes viewers to 8 countries across 3 continents exploring the divisions between countries and peoples.

Team:
Zoeann Murphy, Video Reporter
Anthony Faiola, Berlin Bureau Chief
Reem Akkad, Senior Video Producer
Kat Downs Mulder, Graphics Director
Kevin Schaul, Graphics Editor
Douglas Jehl, Foreign Editor
Samuel Granados, Senior Graphics Editor

Organisation:
The Washington Post

2. The Waypoint (Team: Zoeann Murphy, Video Reporter; Samuel Granados, Senior Graphics Editor; Emily Chow, Assignment Editor, Story Design; Kevin Schaul, Graphics Editor; Kat Downs, Graphics Director; Griff Witte, London Bureau Chief. Organisation: The Washington Post)
3. Future Cities (TeamYvonne Brandwijk, Director, Photographer, Video; Stephanie Bakker, Director, Writer, Reporter; Maaike Holvast, Video Editor; Sara Kolster, Interactive Design; Martijn Pantlin, Development; Hay Kranen, Development; Edgar Vijgeboom, Development; Casper van Deuveren, Sound Design; Ivo Schmetz, Visual Design. Organisation: Future Cities)

SHORT FORM

1. Claressa

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Synopsis: In 2012, 17-year-old Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields from Flint (MI, USA) became the first woman ever to win the gold medal in Olympic boxing. This short film picks up with Claressa in 2015. She’s still living in Flint and has received no sponsorships or endorsements from her historic victory in the 2012 London Olympics. Now she’s faced with a difficult decision: does she continue on with how things are and hope for the best or does she leave behind her family, her gym and everything she knows in pursuit of her career?

Team:
Zackary Canepari, Director
Carter Gunn, Editor
Christopher ISenberg, Producer
Christopher Gary, Producer
Drea Cooper, Producer
Sue Jaye Johnson, Producer, Cinematography, Additional Interviews
Sophia Rose, Cinematography
Jessica Dimmock, Cinematography
Mo Scarpelli, Cinematography
Matthew Joynt, Original Music
Nate Sandberg, Original Music
Gregg White, Coloring
Brian Susko, Sound Mix
Lindsey Phillips, Additional Editing

Organisation:
Co-produced by Great Big Story and Victory Journal

2. Trapped (Team: Nikos Pilos, Producer, Journalist, Videographer and Director; Arsinoi Pilou, Second Unit Camera; Natasha Blatsiou, Script; Pantelis Liakopoulos, Video Editor; Orestis Kamperidis, Music Sound Designer)
3. How China Is Changing Your Internet (Team: Jonah Kessel, Director, Writer, Video, Graphics, Editing; Paul Mozur, Writer, Video, Graphics, Editing; Sarah Li, Production Assistance. Organisation: The New York Times)

LONG FORM

1. When the Spirit Moves

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Synopsis: Chester (PA, USA), a small town in the United States just south of the city of brotherly love, has a rich history and strong African American heritage that dates back to the 1600’s. In the early 1960’s, the town experienced an industrial collapse and the subsequent economic meltdown still affects residents of Chester today. The domino effect of pervasive socio-economic issues and a long history of government corruption have revealed a microcosm of the structural inequalities that plague American society. In the 1980’s, the local governmental bodies around Chester redrew the zoning maps, effectively excluding the city from the surrounding affluent, predominately white, school districts. This exclusivity forced countless budget cuts causing seven educational bodies to close in Chester since 2000. In 2013, the school district’s graduation rate was 56 percent, a stark contrast to the national average. This predominantly African American populated city, where education is not adequately available, has a murder rate 18 times the national average. While Chester has one of the nation’s highest homicide rates, it has a far lower-than-average clearance rate. Chester has become a place where you can get away with murder. When the Spirit Moves explores the parallels between a lack of education for youth and the ever-rising crime rate in Chester. It is determined to disprove the popular perception of Chester. This is not a forgotten town. These lives are not expendable and Chester is not a place where you can get away with murder.

Team:
Justin Maxon, Director, Cinematographer
Jared Moossy, Director, Cinematographer

This year, 282 productions were submitted to the contest: 135 Short Form, 54 Long Form, 62 Immersive Storytelling and 31 Innovative Storytelling.

Winners in each category will receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award, presented during the annual Awards Ceremony. The prize-winning projects are assembled into an exhibition that travels to selected locations.

More info and gallery of all the winners @ www.worldpressphoto.org

Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo contest announced

The World Press Photo Foundation announced the winners of the 60th annual World Press Photo Contest.

The World Press Photo of the Year honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.

An Assassination in Turkey
Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouts after shooting Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara (Turkey) on December 19, 2016

Burhan Ozbilici’s picture (which also won first prize in the Spot News – Stories category) shows how Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, at an art exhibition in Ankara (Turkey) on December 19, 2016. Altıntaş wounded three other people before being killed by officers in a shootout. Ozbilici is a staff photographer for The Associated Press, based in Istanbul.

“It was a very, very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the Picture of the Year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times,” – says Mary F. Calvert, member of the jury, about the winning photograph. – “Every time it came on the screen you almost had to move back because it’s such an explosive image and we really felt that it epitomises the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means.”

“Right now I see the world marching towards the edge of an abyss,” – says João Silva, member of the jury. – “This is a man who has clearly reached a breaking point and his statement is to assassinate someone who he really blames, a country that he blames, for what is going on elsewhere in the region. I feel that what is happening in Europe, what is happening in America, what is happening in the Far East, Middle East, Syria, and this image to me talks of it. It is the face of hatred.”

The 2017 contest drew entries from around the world: 5,034 photographers from 125 countries submitted 80,408 images. The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, New Zealand, Turkey, UK and USA.

“It was a very intense, sometimes brutal, discussion, sometimes even emotional, but I feel proud,” - says Tanya Habjouqa, member of the jury, about this year’s winners. – “I think we were brave in our decision. We were bold. I think the selection is definitely going to push forward a debate and I think it is a debate that is essential to have.”

The 2017 World Press Photo winners are:

WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

Burhan Ozbilici (Turkey) | The Associated Press

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES – Singles

1. Jonathan Bachman (USA) | Thomson Reuters

Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana (USA) on July 9, 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men

Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge
Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana (USA) on July 9, 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men

2. Vadim Ghirda (Romania) | The Associated Press
3. Daniel Etter (Germany)

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES – Stories

1. Amber Bracken (Canada)

Riot police clear marchers from a secondary road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests. In other incidents they've employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades. Taken from the Standing Rock series

Riot police clear marchers from a secondary road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests. In other incidents they’ve employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades.
Taken from the Standing Rock series

In camp, everyday tasks like cooking and chopping wood are the front line. Here, men unload a massive donation of firewood. Taken from the Standing Rock series

In camp, everyday tasks like cooking and chopping wood are the front line. Here, men unload a massive donation of firewood.
Taken from the Standing Rock series

A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed by police at the blockade on highway 1806. White people have joined the camps in large numbers, often standing in front of indigenous protestors to shield them with their bodies. Taken from the Standing Rock series

A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed by police at the blockade on highway 1806. White people have joined the camps in large numbers, often standing in front of indigenous protestors to shield them with their bodies.
Taken from the Standing Rock series

Jesse Jaso (12) enters the Unity Teepee at the Sacred Stone Camp. The teepee is signed by camp supporters from all over North America and around the world. Oceti Sakowin, or the Seven Council Fires, is the true name of the great Sioux nation and refers to the coming together of the different factions of the tribe. Oglala, Cheyenne, Ut, Cree, Hopi and non-indigenous all are among the 200+ tribes represented in the camps and on the front lines. The last similar gathering was before the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876). Taken from the Standing Rock series

Jesse Jaso (12) enters the Unity Teepee at the Sacred Stone Camp. The teepee is signed by camp supporters from all over North America and around the world. Oceti Sakowin, or the Seven Council Fires, is the true name of the great Sioux nation and refers to the coming together of the different factions of the tribe. Oglala, Cheyenne, Ut, Cree, Hopi and non-indigenous all are among the 200+ tribes represented in the camps and on the front lines. The last similar gathering was before the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876).
Taken from the Standing Rock series

2. Lalo de Almeida (Brazil) for Folha de São Paulo
3. Peter Bauza (Germany; doc! vol. Q3 #38)

DAILY LIFE – Singles

1. Paula Bronstein (USA) for Time Lightbox | Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting

The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War At the hospital, Najiba holds her 2-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul (Afghanistan) on March 29, 2016.

The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War
At the hospital, Najiba holds her 2-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul (Afghanistan) on March 29, 2016.

2. Tiejun Wang (China)
3. Matthieu Paley (France) for National Geographic Magazine

DAILY LIFE – Stories

1. Tomas Munita (Chile) for The New York Time

A weathered barbershop in Old Havana (Cuba). Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

A weathered barbershop in Old Havana (Cuba).
Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo wait along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan. Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo wait along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan. Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Fidel Castro's funeral procession in Santa Clara (Cuba). Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Fidel Castro’s funeral procession in Santa Clara (Cuba). Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Trucks carried students home after the carriage carrying Fidel's ashes passed in Las Tunas Province (Cuba). Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Trucks carried students home after the carriage carrying Fidel’s ashes passed in Las Tunas Province (Cuba). Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

2. Elena Anosova (Russia)
3. Francesco Comello (Italy)

GENERAL NEWS – Singles

1. Laurent Van der Stockt (France) | Getty Reportage for Le Monde

Offensive on Mosul
The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment and evidence on November 2, 2016

2. Santi Palacios (Spain)
3. Noel Celis (Philippines) | Agence France-Presse

GENERAL NEWS – Stories

1. Daniel Berehulak (Australia) for The New York Times

6-year-old Jimji cries in anguish as she screams "Papa" before funeral parlour workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, from the wake at the start of the funeral to Navotas Cemetery in Manila (Philippines). Unidentified men abducted Mr. Bolasa and a neighbourhood friend one night. Less than an hour later, their beaten bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds, were dumped under a nearby bridge. The police claim the men were alleged drug dealers while their family members say they had only surrendered themselves. Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

6-year-old Jimji cries in anguish as she screams “Papa” before funeral parlour workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, from the wake at the start of the funeral to Navotas Cemetery in Manila (Philippines). Unidentified men abducted Mr. Bolasa and a neighbourhood friend one night. Less than an hour later, their beaten bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds, were dumped under a nearby bridge. The police claim the men were alleged drug dealers while their family members say they had only surrendered themselves.
Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Heavy rain pours as police operatives investigate inside an alley where a victim, Romeo Joel Torres Fontanilla (37) was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in the early morning in Manila (Philippines). Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Heavy rain pours as police operatives investigate inside an alley where a victim, Romeo Joel Torres Fontanilla (37) was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in the early morning in Manila (Philippines).
Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station in Manila (Philippines). Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station in Manila (Philippines).
Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Funeral parlour workers carry away the body of Edwin Mendoza Alon-Alon (36) who was killed by an unknown gunman on the road in front of a 7-Eleven store in Manila (Philippines). Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Funeral parlour workers carry away the body of Edwin Mendoza Alon-Alon (36) who was killed by an unknown gunman on the road in front of a 7-Eleven store in Manila (Philippines).
Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

2. Sergey Ponomarev (Russia) for The New York Times
3. Alessio Romenzi (Italy)

LONGTERM PROJECTS

1. Valery Melnikov (Russia) | Rossiya Segodnya

Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the Luhanskaya village. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the Luhanskaya village.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Citizens in the village of Luhanskaya after the air attack. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Citizens in the village of Luhanskaya after the air attack.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A funeral for Vladimir Tcymbalist in the Chernukhino village. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A funeral for Vladimir Tcymbalist in the Chernukhino village.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A boy in the basement of the destroyed school. Every night, thousands of people living at the front line go underground to survive until morning. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A boy in the basement of the destroyed school. Every night, thousands of people living at the front line go underground to survive until morning.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

The funeral of Vanya Ermilov (7), who was killed during the shelling of the Luhanskaya village. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

The funeral of Vanya Ermilov (7), who was killed during the shelling of the Luhanskaya village.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Cars burned by gunfire. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Cars burned by gunfire.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Man watering flowers on a street in the destroyed village of Spartak. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Man watering flowers on a street in the destroyed village of Spartak.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A man inspects a damaged building in the Mirny district of Luhansk. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A man inspects a damaged building in the Mirny district of Luhansk.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

2. Hossein Fatemi (Iran) | Panos Pictures
3. Markus Jokela (Finland) | Helsingin Sanomat

NATURE – Singles

1. Francis Pérez (Spain)

Caretta Caretta Trapped A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) on June 8, 2016. Sea turtles are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Unattended fishing gear is responsible for many sea turtle deaths.

Caretta Caretta Trapped
A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) on June 8, 2016. Sea turtles are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Unattended fishing gear is responsible for many sea turtle deaths.

2. Nayan Khanolkar (India)
3. Jaime Rojo (Spain)

NATURE – Stories

1. Brent Stirton (South Africa) | Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine

A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 8 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve (South Africa). It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately 5 kilometres away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle. An autopsy and post-mortem carried out by members of the KZN Ezemvelo ranger team later revealed that the large calibre bullet went straight through this rhino, causing massive tissue damage. It was noted that he did not die immediately, but ran a short distance, fell to his knees and a coup de grâce shot was administered to the head from close range. Taken from the Rhino Wars series

A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 8 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve (South Africa). It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately 5 kilometres away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle. An autopsy and post-mortem carried out by members of the KZN Ezemvelo ranger team later revealed that the large calibre bullet went straight through this rhino, causing massive tissue damage. It was noted that he did not die immediately, but ran a short distance, fell to his knees and a coup de grâce shot was administered to the head from close range.
Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Two rhino poachers (19 and 28) apprehended by an anti-poaching team in Mozambique close to Kruger National Park border. They are seen waiting to be processed in the local jail. After a 3-day chase, they were caught in a roadblock and the rifle seized shortly thereafter. This was due to a coordinated effort between Kruger National Park in South Africa where the poachers intended to shoot rhino for their horn; and Sabi Game Park, a conservancy on the Mozambique side. The poachers were tracked and identified by their unique shoe pattern. They tried to say they had been on their way to buy cattle, but had no money on their persons, and when asked the alleged cattle owner said he did not know anything about selling his cattle. A Czech CZ .458 hunting rifle was seized, complete with a professionally built silencer. Both men admitted their guilt and will be charged under new Mozambican law, which states that possession of the weapon and bullets indicates intent to poach rhino. This carries a maximum sentence of 12 years and/or USD 80,000.00. Their Toyota Hilux vehicle was also confiscated. The younger of the two poachers later led police to the homes of suspected weapons and transport suppliers, higher-ups in the rhino poaching syndicates known as level 2's and 3's. Those men had fled by the time the police arrived, but significant information was discovered in the form of identity documents, both real and forged, as well as banking account information. Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Two rhino poachers (19 and 28) apprehended by an anti-poaching team in Mozambique close to Kruger National Park border. They are seen waiting to be processed in the local jail. After a 3-day chase, they were caught in a roadblock and the rifle seized shortly thereafter. This was due to a coordinated effort between Kruger National Park in South Africa where the poachers intended to shoot rhino for their horn; and Sabi Game Park, a conservancy on the Mozambique side. The poachers were tracked and identified by their unique shoe pattern. They tried to say they had been on their way to buy cattle, but had no money on their persons, and when asked the alleged cattle owner said he did not know anything about selling his cattle. A Czech CZ .458 hunting rifle was seized, complete with a professionally built silencer. Both men admitted their guilt and will be charged under new Mozambican law, which states that possession of the weapon and bullets indicates intent to poach rhino. This carries a maximum sentence of 12 years and/or USD 80,000.00. Their Toyota Hilux vehicle was also confiscated. The younger of the two poachers later led police to the homes of suspected weapons and transport suppliers, higher-ups in the rhino poaching syndicates known as level 2’s and 3’s. Those men had fled by the time the police arrived, but significant information was discovered in the form of identity documents, both real and forged, as well as banking account information.
Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Dawie Groenewalt, South Africa's alleged rhino horn kingpin and the subject of a 6-year-old court case involving multiple charges related to illegal rhino horn theft and money laundering, amongst other charges. He is seen on his game farm in Polokwane, where he breeds high-end game for sale and hunting purposes. Groenewalt has also been charged and arrested in the USA on animal trophy charges. Groenwalt denies any wrongdoing. He is one of the driving forces behind the court effort to legalise the rhino trade in South Africa. If horn was to be legalised, most of his charges would disappear and he would be in a prime position as a breeder to make significant money from rhino horn. He owns two large properties for breeding and hunting purposes and he hosts many international hunters on those properties. He states freely that he believes South Africa's recent decision not to apply to CITES for the legalisation of trade in horn is a death knell for rhino in the wild in South Africa. He further alleges that Kruger National Park, the largest repository for rhino in the world, vastly over-reports their rhino numbers. Kruger is Groenwalt's largest source for rhino, as he has won repeated tenders for rhino from the park. He is also connected to John Hume, the world's largest rhino breeder and one of three partners in Groenwalt's legal efforts to legalise rhino horn for export to Asia. He claims to receive multiple calls from both Chinese and Vietnamese buyers on a monthly basis, all asking for horn. He speaks of taking representatives from both nations to John Hume's place to show them Hume's cache of horns from dehorning. This cache is allegedly worth in excess of 300,000,000 South African Rand (around USD 20-40 million). He argues in favour of breeding and dehorning for export, stating that John Hume alone can supply over 1,000 kilograms of horn every year. Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Dawie Groenewalt, South Africa’s alleged rhino horn kingpin and the subject of a 6-year-old court case involving multiple charges related to illegal rhino horn theft and money laundering, amongst other charges. He is seen on his game farm in Polokwane, where he breeds high-end game for sale and hunting purposes. Groenewalt has also been charged and arrested in the USA on animal trophy charges. Groenwalt denies any wrongdoing. He is one of the driving forces behind the court effort to legalise the rhino trade in South Africa. If horn was to be legalised, most of his charges would disappear and he would be in a prime position as a breeder to make significant money from rhino horn. He owns two large properties for breeding and hunting purposes and he hosts many international hunters on those properties. He states freely that he believes South Africa’s recent decision not to apply to CITES for the legalisation of trade in horn is a death knell for rhino in the wild in South Africa. He further alleges that Kruger National Park, the largest repository for rhino in the world, vastly over-reports their rhino numbers. Kruger is Groenwalt’s largest source for rhino, as he has won repeated tenders for rhino from the park. He is also connected to John Hume, the world’s largest rhino breeder and one of three partners in Groenwalt’s legal efforts to legalise rhino horn for export to Asia. He claims to receive multiple calls from both Chinese and Vietnamese buyers on a monthly basis, all asking for horn. He speaks of taking representatives from both nations to John Hume’s place to show them Hume’s cache of horns from dehorning. This cache is allegedly worth in excess of 300,000,000 South African Rand (around USD 20-40 million). He argues in favour of breeding and dehorning for export, stating that John Hume alone can supply over 1,000 kilograms of horn every year.
Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Care for Wild Africa is a donor-run organisation that specialises in caring for wounded animals. They have a special focus on rhino and have taken in many rhino orphans from the poaching wars across South Africa at this time. Their latest orphan is Lulah, her mother was killed in Kruger National Park and when the rangers found her she was estimated to be one month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears and parts of her nose, as well as a big bite off of her rear right leg. Lulah has a strong will to live and, despite fighting off infection in the wound, she is looking like she will survive. Lulah has a full-time caregiver, Dorota Ladosz, who is full-time staff. Dorota has an honours degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. She lives full-time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals. Lulah received surgery on this day and her wounds were cleaned out by Jan-Louis Ras, a surgeon who volunteers his services to Care for Wild Africa but actually usually works on humans. Infections in Lulah’s leg were cleaned out and her ears and the top of her head were dressed and disinfected. Care for Wild Africa has taken care of multiple rhino calves like this and today they have 27 survivors living on the property. Paying for their upkeep and their security is difficult. Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Care for Wild Africa is a donor-run organisation that specialises in caring for wounded animals. They have a special focus on rhino and have taken in many rhino orphans from the poaching wars across South Africa at this time. Their latest orphan is Lulah, her mother was killed in Kruger National Park and when the rangers found her she was estimated to be one month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears and parts of her nose, as well as a big bite off of her rear right leg. Lulah has a strong will to live and, despite fighting off infection in the wound, she is looking like she will survive. Lulah has a full-time caregiver, Dorota Ladosz, who is full-time staff. Dorota has an honours degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. She lives full-time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals. Lulah received surgery on this day and her wounds were cleaned out by Jan-Louis Ras, a surgeon who volunteers his services to Care for Wild Africa but actually usually works on humans. Infections in Lulah’s leg were cleaned out and her ears and the top of her head were dressed and disinfected. Care for Wild Africa has taken care of multiple rhino calves like this and today they have 27 survivors living on the property. Paying for their upkeep and their security is difficult.
Taken from the Rhino Wars series

2. Ami Vitale (USA) for National Geographic Magazine
3. Bence Máté (Hungary)

PEOPLE – Singles

1. Magnus Wennman (Sweden) | Aftonbladet

What ISIS Left Behind  5-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul (Iraq) 7 days ago. The fear of so-called Islamic State and the lack of food forced them to leave their home, her mother says. Now Maha lays on a dirty mattress in the overcrowded transit centre in Debaga’s refugee camp. “I do not dream and I'm not afraid of anything anymore,” Maha says quietly while her mother's hand strokes her hair. After 2 years under Islamic State control, Iraqi and Kurdish troops launched an operation in October 2016 to retake Iraq's second largest city and last IS stronghold in the country: Mosul. This was a task that would prove far more difficult than anyone imagined

What ISIS Left Behind
5-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul (Iraq) 7 days ago. The fear of so-called Islamic State and the lack of food forced them to leave their home, her mother says. Now Maha lays on a dirty mattress in the overcrowded transit centre in Debaga’s refugee camp. “I do not dream and I’m not afraid of anything anymore,” Maha says quietly while her mother’s hand strokes her hair. After 2 years under Islamic State control, Iraqi and Kurdish troops launched an operation in October 2016 to retake Iraq’s second largest city and last IS stronghold in the country: Mosul. This was a task that would prove far more difficult than anyone imagined

2. Robin Hammond (New Zealand) | NOOR Images for Witness Change
3. Kristina Kormilitsyna (Russia) | Kommersant

PEOPLE – Stories

1. Michael Vince Kim (USA)

Young Korean-Mayan descendants during the 90th birthday party of Joaquin Poot Lee, a second generation Korean-Mayan. Since most Korean migrants were men, they inevitably married local Mayan women. As a consequence, most descendants of Koreans in Mexico are Korean-Mayans. Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Young Korean-Mayan descendants during the 90th birthday party of Joaquin Poot Lee, a second generation Korean-Mayan. Since most Korean migrants were men, they inevitably married local Mayan women. As a consequence, most descendants of Koreans in Mexico are Korean-Mayans.
Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Port of Progreso, where Koreans first arrived in the Yucatan peninsula. Their final stop was Merida, where they were sold off to the highest bidders as slaves. Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Port of Progreso, where Koreans first arrived in the Yucatan peninsula. Their final stop was Merida, where they were sold off to the highest bidders as slaves.
Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Sisters Olga and Adelina Lim Hi, one of the few Korean descendants who do not have mixed heritage. Their grandfather was Im Cheon Taek, one of the leading figures of the earliest Korean community in Cuba. Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Sisters Olga and Adelina Lim Hi, one of the few Korean descendants who do not have mixed heritage. Their grandfather was Im Cheon Taek, one of the leading figures of the earliest Korean community in Cuba.
Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

A Korean-Mayan's traditional Korean dress. While the descendants of Koreans have not retained their ancestors' language, the youngest generations are eager to learn Korean as a second language while also practicing their traditions. Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

A Korean-Mayan’s traditional Korean dress. While the descendants of Koreans have not retained their ancestors’ language, the youngest generations are eager to learn Korean as a second language while also practicing their traditions.
Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

2. Antonio Gibotta (Italy) | Agenzia Controluce
3. Jay Clendenin (USA) | Los Angeles Times

SPORTS – Singles

1. Tom Jenkins (United Kingdom) | The Guardian

Grand National Steeplechase Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase, during day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool (England)

Grand National Steeplechase
Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase, during day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool (England)

2. Cameron Spencer (Australia) | Getty Images
3. Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach (Germany) | Thomson Reuters

SPORTS – Stories

1. Giovanni Capriotti (Italy)

Muddy York Rugby Football Club's player Michael Smith carries the ball against the Nashville Grizzlies during the semi-final of the Hoagland Shield on Saturday May 29, 2016, at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville (TN, USA). Nashville beat Toronto 15-0. The Muddy's boys finished the tournament with 2 wins and 2 losses, marking an historical edition of the Bingham cup. The team's next goal is to gain the first win ever against a “straight” side. Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club’s player Michael Smith carries the ball against the Nashville Grizzlies during the semi-final of the Hoagland Shield on Saturday May 29, 2016, at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville (TN, USA). Nashville beat Toronto 15-0. The Muddy’s boys finished the tournament with 2 wins and 2 losses, marking an historical edition of the Bingham cup. The team’s next goal is to gain the first win ever against a “straight” side.
Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club players, Michael Smith (left), Devin McCarney (centre) and Jean Paul Markides (right), are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team fundraiser drag show on November 5, 2016 in Toronto (ON, Canada). Fundraisers, along with sponsorships, play a major role for the team's season budget. Each player pays an annual fee to the club that covers the uniforms, practice facilities and Rugby Ontario fees. Muddy York helps players who can't afford the payment, with an exemption. Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club players, Michael Smith (left), Devin McCarney (centre) and Jean Paul Markides (right), are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team fundraiser drag show on November 5, 2016 in Toronto (ON, Canada). Fundraisers, along with sponsorships, play a major role for the team’s season budget. Each player pays an annual fee to the club that covers the uniforms, practice facilities and Rugby Ontario fees. Muddy York helps players who can’t afford the payment, with an exemption.
Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club player Jean Paul Markides (left) kisses his partner and teammate Kasimir Kosakowski during the pride parade on, 3 July 3, 2016, in Toronto (ON, Canada). The couple has been together for roughly 2 years. They joined Muddy York together one and a half years ago. Markides, out for the season due to an injury, is always around to support the team and his partner, and to take part in the club's social events. Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club player Jean Paul Markides (left) kisses his partner and teammate Kasimir Kosakowski during the pride parade on, 3 July 3, 2016, in Toronto (ON, Canada). The couple has been together for roughly 2 years. They joined Muddy York together one and a half years ago. Markides, out for the season due to an injury, is always around to support the team and his partner, and to take part in the club’s social events.
Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

The New York Gotham Knights players celebrate their Bingham Plate win over the London King's Cross Steelers on May 29, 2016 at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville (TN, USA). New York edged London 14-12. The Gotham Knights were established back in 2001, after September 11, when Mark Bingham, the former gay rugby player after whom the cup is named, and New York Gotham Knights virtual founder, gave his life as a hero on board of the flight United 93. Muddy York Rugby Football Club looks at the Gotham Knights as a true model in terms of player development, growth and inclusiveness. Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

The New York Gotham Knights players celebrate their Bingham Plate win over the London King’s Cross Steelers on May 29, 2016 at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville (TN, USA). New York edged London 14-12. The Gotham Knights were established back in 2001, after September 11, when Mark Bingham, the former gay rugby player after whom the cup is named, and New York Gotham Knights virtual founder, gave his life as a hero on board of the flight United 93. Muddy York Rugby Football Club looks at the Gotham Knights as a true model in terms of player development, growth and inclusiveness.
Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

2. Michael Hanke (the Czech Republic)
3. Darren Calabrese (Canada)

SPOT NEWS – Singles

1. Jamal Taraqai (Pakistan) | European Pressphoto Agency

Pakistan Bomb Blast Lawyers help their injured colleagues after a bomb explosion in Quetta (Pakistan) on August 8, 2016. 70 people were killed when a bomb exploded outside a civil hospital where a crowd of lawyers and journalists had gathered to mourn Bilal Anwar Kasi, a senior lawyer who had been assassinated hours earlier

Pakistan Bomb Blast
Lawyers help their injured colleagues after a bomb explosion in Quetta (Pakistan) on August 8, 2016. 70 people were killed when a bomb exploded outside a civil hospital where a crowd of lawyers and journalists had gathered to mourn Bilal Anwar Kasi, a senior lawyer who had been assassinated hours earlier

2. Abd Doumany (Syria) | Agence France-Presse
3. Felipe Dana (Brazil) | The Associated Press

SPOT NEWS – Stories

1. Burhan Ozbilici (Turkey) | The Associated Press
2. Ameer Alhalbi (Syria) | Agence France-Presse

A Syrian man evacuates an area following a reported airstrike in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Hayy Aqyul in Aleppo. Air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods in Aleppo killed at least 14 civilians and wounded more than a dozen others, according to the local civil defence. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime warplanes carried out the airstrikes and gave a toll of 10 dead. Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

A Syrian man evacuates an area following a reported airstrike in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Hayy Aqyul in Aleppo. Air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods in Aleppo killed at least 14 civilians and wounded more than a dozen others, according to the local civil defence. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime warplanes carried out the airstrikes and gave a toll of 10 dead.
Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24, 2016. Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24, 2016.
Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held Salihin neighbourhood of Aleppo on September 11, 2016. Airstrikes have killed dozens in rebel-held parts of Syria as the opposition considers whether to join a US-Russia truce deal due to take effect on September 12. Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held Salihin neighbourhood of Aleppo on September 11, 2016. Airstrikes have killed dozens in rebel-held parts of Syria as the opposition considers whether to join a US-Russia truce deal due to take effect on September 12.
Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrians mourn over the body of a baby following bombardment on Aleppo’s al-Marja neighbourhood on September 23, 2016. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city. Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrians mourn over the body of a baby following bombardment on Aleppo’s al-Marja neighbourhood on September 23, 2016. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city.
Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

3. Mathieu Willcocks (United Kingdom)

The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of 10,000 euros. In addition, Canon will present the winning photographer with a selection of camera equipment. Award winners have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation to Amsterdam so they can attend the World Press Photo Festival, an event taking place 20-22 April featuring photographer presentations, screenings, and talks. They also receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award at the Awards Ceremony.

The prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year. The winning pictures are also published in the annual yearbook, which is available in multiple languages. The first World Press Photo exhibition opens in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, on April 14, 2017.

More info and images @ www.worldpressphoto.org

Michał Szlaga @ IFF Gallery

 

Taken from the Poland  (2004 - 2015) series

Taken from the Poland (2004 – 2015) series

Poland is the result of 10-year-long work of Michał Szlaga. There are thousands of photographs that form a kind of diary of the photographer’s trip throughout the title country. At the second exhibition organised by IFF Gallery one could see 300 photographs taken by the artist.

The pictures included in the Poland series were taken occasionally, spontaneously, as if from a peeper’s perspective. In spite of taking pictures of his characters when they didn’t expect, Michał Szlaga’s intention neither was seeking for sensation nor ridiculing them; his intention was identifying some universal emotions in their gestures and facial expressions.

Taken from the Poland  (2004 - 2015) series

Taken from the Poland (2004 – 2015) series

Contrary to the random selection of the presented images, they form an aesthetically coherent whole. On one hand, these seemingly coincidental images from a trip make up a story about Poland, on the other one – going beyond the documentary layer – they are a record of the search for beauty in the everyday life and banality.

Michał Szlaga observes Poland from a train perspective, from a car or as a common passerby – he hardly participates in events. Poland – as he sees it – is bittersweet: unleavened and kitschy but also self-ironic and absorbed in reflective contemplation.

Taken from the Poland  (2004 - 2015) series

Taken from the Poland (2004 – 2015) series

The exhibition will be accompanied by the book of the same title, that is at the same time a publishing debut of the IFF Institute, whose purpose is to promote Polish photography.

Taken from the Poland  (2004 - 2015) series

Taken from the Poland (2004 – 2015) series

Michał Szlaga (b. 1978) | based in Gdansk (Poland) | graduate from Photography and Intermedia at the Gdansk’s Academy of Fine Arts | known for his portrait and documentary projects | his works are in the collections of the Apollonia Association in Strasbourg, the Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw and the National Museum in Gdansk | has exhibited his photographs in Poland, Germany, France and Iran, among others | repeatedly awarded at prestigious national and international photo competitions.

Michał Szlaga – POLAND
@ IFF Gallery (Fort Mokotów, 99 Racławicka St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: February 10 at 7.30 PM
Artist’s tours: February 11 and 12 at 2.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until April 9, 2017

The Michał Szlaga exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Chobi Mela IX is coming!

 

Taken from the Open Wound series

Taken from the Open Wound series

The ninth edition of Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh, one of the most prestigious photography festivals in Asia, launches on February 3 and will run until February 16, 2017. The festival is organised biannually by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Since its inception in 2000, Chobi Mela has become the most significant photography event in Asia.

Taken from the Native Women of South India Manners and Customs (2000-2004) series

Taken from the Native Women of South India Manners and Customs (2000-2004) series

Taken from the Interrogations series

Taken from the Interrogations series

The Chobi Mela IX is organised under the Transition subject. The festival will feature over 30 exhibitions with work from 27 artists spanning 16 countries accompanied by workshops, portfolio reviews and artist talks. The list of exhibited photographers includes Kanu Gandhi, Stanley Greene, Nasir Ali Mamun, Naeem Mohaiemen, Pushpamala N., Igor Pisuk (DEBUTS 2014), Robert Zhao Renhui (doc! #26) and Donald Webber, among others.

Taken from the Deceitful Reverence series

Taken from the Deceitful Reverence series

Taken from the A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World series

Taken from the A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World series

Chobi Mela IX also commissions ten Bangladeshi artists as Chobi Mela Fellows to produce site-specific artwork for the festival. To investigate the theme Transition, artists from different backgrounds of painting, drawing, animation, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installation will stretch the medium physically and conceptually. Through this novel initiative, Chobi Mela aims to support new media artists of Bangladesh to develop independent projects with freedom rarely provided in formal art events.

Taken from the Algeria, Scrapbooks series

Taken from the Algeria, Scrapbooks series

Chobi Mela IX continues its tradition of recognising individuals who have dedicated their lives to the growth of Bangladeshi photography. We are honoured to announce that the Chobi Mela IX Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Nasir Ali Mamun and Sayeeda Khanom. Nasir Ali Mamun’s passion for portraiture gave us engaging, thought-provoking images of writers, poets, musicians, and artists, and Sayeeda Khanom continues to be a torch bearer for women in the field of photojournalism, which men have long tried to monopolise.

Taken from The Poet with the Camera. Photographs of Nasir Ali Mamun @ Photoseum (1972- 1982) exhibition

Taken from The Poet with the Camera. Photographs of Nasir Ali Mamun @ Photoseum (1972- 1982) exhibition

Taken from the Red String series

Taken from the Red String series

Ensuring access for the general public, which has always been an important part of the festival, mobile exhibitions on ricksha vans (a trademark of the festival) will travel all over Dhaka city including remote locations. The festival is free and open to the public.

More info @ www.chobimela.org

 

Chobi Mela IX – International Festival of Photography
TRANSITION
Dhaka (Bangladesh)
February 3-16, 2017

Piotr Zbierski @ FOTO-GEN Gallery

© Piotr Zbierski_03

Wrocław based FOTO-GEN Gallery, previously known as DCF “Roman House”, will host a unique and multifaceted photo exhibition of Piotr Zbierski (doc! #8 & cd! #5), that is a photographic journey to the sources of nature, a common tradition of symbols and cultural codes. The Push the Sky Away exhibition is a triptych including his latest project – Stones Were Lost from the Base and his two earlier series: White Elephants and Love Has to Be Reinvented. Work over the whole took him 9 years.

Piotr Zbierski’s photographs are very personal. They don’t tell about the world but rather about its structure. Like an anthropologist, Zbierski revers to the roots, to that what was before the image.

© Piotr Zbierski_07

“I am most interested in the dialogue between the mental time and the common one, relationships with the past,” -  says Piotr Zbierski. - “We live in a specific time, in which the contact with the causes of  the occurrence of linguistic, logical, cultural and religious structures is either repeatedly broken or displaced by current hybrids. I am interested in the overlap and erosion of these spaces, the desire to extract the structure that asks where it came from. It exists now but it is the result of the march through centuries. It is breathing now but it is all covered with dust of the ancestors. I choose places that were important for previous civilisations, as the medieval astronomical observatory in Lithuania or mysterious creatures created by the nature itself.”

© Piotr Zbierski_06

The essential part of Zbierski’s exhibition is his latest project – Stones Were Lost from the Base. It is a journey through the centuries searching for the essence and a common link of human emotions. Zbierski searches for things that are constant and stable, for formulas and bases, what the human spices and human imagination confronting with nature are. In this way he tries to limit the message in the pictures to a necessary minimum: to leave the everlasting, blurring the “momentary” states of things.

The exhibition is accompanied by an identically titled book containing about 150 photographs by Piotr Zbierski as well as inspired by his work poem by Patti Smith, a legendary American singer and poetess, written for this book, and essay by Prof. Eleonora Jedlińska.

© Piotr Zbierski_05

Piotr Zbierski (b. 1987) | based in Łódź (Poland) | graduated from Photography at the Łódź Film School | author of award-winning and highly respected series: White Elephants, Here, Love Has to Be Reinvented and Childhood Dreams | has presented his works internationally at individual and collective exhibitions | his series have been published by Shots Magazine, Ninja Mag, Archivo Zine, dienacht, GUP, doc! photo magazine (doc! #8) and contra doc! (cd! #5), among others | winner of the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award | author of the book Push the Sky Away (Łódź Film School, 2016).

Piotr Zbierski – PUSH THE SKY AWAY
@
FOTO-GEN Gallery (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland)
Opening reception: Febraury 10 at 6.00 PM
Curatorial tour and artist’s talk: February 11 at 12.00 PM 

The exhibition will be open to the public until March 3, 2017

The Piotr Zbierski exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Przemek Dzienis @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

© Przemek Dzienis_04

The landscape is a source of many inspirations for photography. It results from humans’ need to document their world around as well as historic relationships between this medium and painting. Up to the 1970s these relations had been stormy: full of mutual reproaches and animosities, they were connected with attempts to develop new solutions for common heritage.

Przemek Dzienis’ works, shown at the Leica Gallery Warsaw, are an excellent example of the latest period for these historic relations. The landscapes created by the artist with his camera, captivate with their minimalism and abstract painterly gestures which is used to put colourful spots. As canvas, Dzienis uses snow, delicate and surprising in its texture. It almost entirely fills the frames.

© Przemek Dzienis_02

Przemek Dzienis’ previous projects are different from this one: “I was fed up with that commercial work in Warsaw, with the rush, crowds, so I left. I was looking for peace and quiet. I found the colour in a monochrome winter,” he says.

The Pureview series combines skilful compilation of snowy landscape’s details with photographs in which the mountain peaks are more visible. In this way, the series combines elements of abstraction and classic landscape. This introduced balance, together with the polluted white surface of each image, makes the viewer difficulty in identifying which landscapes they deal with.

© Przemek Dzienis_03

Dzienis’ interference in a naturally formed image by adding colours causes associations with the heritage of broadly defined land art, whose main processing material was natural space and other installations could last only thanks to photographs. Przemek’s painterly gesture reopens the definition of photography as painting with light, that was promoted by one of its pioneers – Talbot. However, the most important is here the colour clashed with the landscape. Besides his interest in the landscape as such and work outside the studio, a new element in Przemek Dzienis’ works is their spaciousness. As a result, some of the flat photographs hanging on the walls of the gallery begin to take the shape of 3D objects.

© Przemek Dzienis_01

Przemek Dzienis (b. 1984) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | graduate of the Łódź Film School’s Photography faculty | has presented his works at individual and collective exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Poland.

Przemek Dzienis – PUREVIEW
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: February 9 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between February 10 and March 26, 2017

The Przemek Dzienis exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Press Photo Expo 2017

A horse fair is held on the first day of the Puck Fair, one of Ireland’s most unusual and oldest street festivals. It takes place in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, and it runs annually for three days beginning on August 10. It is a sort of organised chaos and it is hard to see a pattern in it. However the people involved know exactly what’s going on. Deals are done the old way with hands shaken to seal the bargain. It is like a brief glimpse into the past as nowadays few animals are sold this way in Ireland. Killorglin, Co. Kerry (Ireland), 2015
Taken from the Horse Fair – Puck Fair series

The 4th edition of Press Photo Expo will take place in one of the oldest Warsaw’s trade houses, built in 1914 – The Jabłkowski Brothers – on January 16. The event, whose goal is to share photographic knowledge and experience, gathers professionals and photography lovers. This year’s edition of Press Photo Expo will consist of photo exhibitions, products presentations, legal consultations, lots of workshops and lectures, including this by special guest of the event – Joe Klamar, photojournalist of the Agence France Presse known for his controversial images of the US Olympics team.

“During this event professionals meet each other in one place to focus on offering designed specifically for them,” – says Adam Nurkiewicz, organising the event. - “The list of companies presenting their equipment for photographers covers all leading brands producing cameras, lenses and peripheries.”

The event is addressed primarily to professional photographers, freelancers, photo agencies and information services, photographic associations, journalists’ associations, editorial staff, students and all people interested in good photography.

The underground in Warsaw is a temporary place where people hide from the world outside…
Taken from the Underground People series

One of the accompanying events of the 2017 Press Photo Expo will be Warsaw presentation of the most talented emerging Polish photographers, laureates of DEBUTS (edition 2016), selected by international jury, consisting of photographers, publishers and gallery owners.

More info @ www.pressphotoexpo.com

Press Photo Expo 2017
@ The Jabłkowski Brothers Trade House (25 Bracka St., Warsaw, Poland)
January 16, 2017
10.00 AM – 9.00 PM

The 2017 Press Photo Expo is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017

Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)

Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)

For the 6th edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend more than 70 galleries, museums, institutions and off-spaces will be presenting a varied programme about the medium of photography. The exhibitions will range from classic photography to current trends with the new media. Following the great success of recent years, the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend has become a popular feature of Düsseldorf’s arts and cultural scene and also attracts more and more international interest.

The Duesseldorf Photo Weekend traditionally opens at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. This year, the Forum will host three exhibitions:

  • Peter Lindbergh & Garry Winogrand’s Women on Street, with rare colour photographs taken by Garry Winogrand from the 1950s and 1960s.
Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)

Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)

  • Thomas Mailaender’s The Fun Archive – the Germany’s first retrospective of the artist. Thomas Mailaender collects artefacts of cyber culture – anonymous amateur photographs, Internet memes and cyber trash – which he archives, processes and channels into the world of high culture. During the exhibition, Thomas will also construct spectacular room installations such as the Fun Archive Headquarter and the Chicken Museum.
Handicraft

Handicraft

  • Perfect Storm, an exhibition summarising the 5th edition of the Portfolio Review section. It will include presentations of the 15 short-listed artists plus works by nine artists from the previous editions of the Portfolio Review. The exhibition will showcase the current themes and approaches that are influencing the young generation of photographers. The works will be united by the idea of posing the question regarding the limitation and legitimisation of the expansion of image space and the productivity that ensues from this floating state.

The Benrath Palace and Park Foundation will present the works of Marcus Schwier -> Photography. His multifaceted work comprises series from the fields of architectural and landscape photography. The thematic blocks in the exhibition include, in particular, a series of night-time images from North and South American cities in which the light spaces have been artistically arranged by Schwier. The theme for another series is the greenhouse as a model of industrialised agriculture. Two groups of works are based on the use of a long tripod that makes it possible to take voyeuristic photographs of people and, by the same token, reflects the images of the world that are generated through surveillance technology.

Nightshots, 2003

Nightshots, 2003

The Philara Collection, with its new premises in Flingern, will show works by Sabine Dusend and Alex Grein, two young graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, -> Stille Kammer. Both of the artists use photography to draw closer to the essential features of traditional picture production, the difference between man and machine as well as between an object and its representation.

Park, 2016. 165 x 240 cm, Keramik-Fliesen. Courtesy of Alex Grein

Park, 2016. 165 x 240 cm, Keramik-Fliesen. Courtesy of Alex Grein

In Number Thirteen, two exhibition concepts, will be combined in the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf. At the hub of the presentation will stand the large-format video installation Factory of The Sun by Hito Steyerl. In parallel to this, but in a separate space on the first floor, will be the Missed Connections, a group exhibition curated by Jennifer Chan at the invitation of Hito Steyerl and in cooperation with the Julia Stoschek Collection.

Face Time Facetime - Real Time Realtime

Face Time Facetime – Real Time Realtime

The Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Düsseldorf (a memorial site to the victims of the Nazi regime) will present an exhibition dedicated to the artist and lawyer Fred Stein -> Auf dem Weg. Dresden Paris New York. In 1933, as a socialist and a Jew, he had to flee from the National Socialists in Dresden. As an exile in Paris, out of necessity, he turned his hobby into a profession. He opened a photo studio and, in the course of this, revealed his outstanding talent. He turned out to be a master of portraiture and spontaneous street photography.

Three chairs. Paris (France), 1937

Three chairs. Paris (France), 1937

At the Haus der Universität, the Open Loop exhibition will present unpublished documents and photographs – from the estate of the Berlin film-maker Hansjürgen Pohland – of Will McBride, Michael Marton and Jean-Gil Chodziesner-Bonne.

Will McBride

Will McBride

As previously, this year’s edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend will be accompanied by Photo Book Salon, which will take place in the historic library on the newly built campus of the Hochschule Düsseldorf (HSD). In addition to an exhibition of the short list for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, an invitation to participate in the Salon has also be extended to European book publishers (including us :-) ) that focus mainly on the production of photo books.

The 2017 Duesseldorf Photo Weekend schedule also includes lectures, symposiums, discussion rounds and film screenings at the Haus der Universität and at the Hochschule Düsseldorf.

More info and detailed programme @ www.duesseldorfphotoweekend.de

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017
February 3 – 5, 2017
@ Düsseldorf (Germany)

Official opening @ NRW-Forum Düsseldorf on February 2 at 7.00 PM

Opening hours of the exhibitions:
February 3 – 6.00 PM – 9.00 PM
February 4 – 12.00 PM – 8.00 PM
February 5 – 12.00 PM – 6.00 PM

Victoria Ivleva @ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography

In the footsteps of The Sacrifice. Gotland (Sweden), 2016

In the footsteps of The Sacrifice. Gotland (Sweden), 2016

The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography presents the Victoria Ivleva’s In the Footsteps of ‘The Sacrifice.’ In Memory of Andrey Tarkovsky exhibition. The exhibition is based on photos and interviews made this summer on the Swedish island Gotland, where The Sacrifice, the last Andrey Tarkovsky’s film, was shot 30 years ago.

“Our exhibition is a tribute to one of the greatest directors in the history of Russian cinema 30 years after his death, as well as homage to the Gotlanders who took part in the shooting of the film,” - says Victoria Ivleva.

Three decades after The Sacrifice had received the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, photographer Victoria Ivleva and researcher Ulla Tillgren managed to find the inhabitants of Gotland who worked on the film alongside the film crew and who contributed to the success of the film.

“In Närsholmen we found the place where the famous house in the film stood and the field where the ambulance drivers caught Erland Josephson. We were lucky enough to find the overgrown path that Allan Edwall rode his bicycle on. We saw the place where Sven Nykvist’s camera stood during the first house fire. Most of the people we met had not been there for more than  30 years, and no one had ever asked them about the film the Russian director shot on Gotland.  They were all invited to the premier and many thought the film was convoluted and hard to understand. One remembered falling asleep and another one remembered having left the cinema hall. Others loved the dreamy atmosphere of the film. Now, after 30 years, they all wanted to see the film again,” – Ivleva recalls.

In the footsteps of The Sacrifice. Gotland (Sweden), 2016

In the footsteps of The Sacrifice. Gotland (Sweden), 2016

Victoria Ivleva | based in Moscow (Russia) | photographer and journalist | studied Journalism at the Moscow State University | has worked in many conflict zones and cooperated with Russian and foreign outlets | winner of the 1992 World Press Photo’s Science & Technology – series category | also won German Gerd Bucerius Prize and Russian Union of Journalists Prize | nominated for Andrei Sakharov’s Prize.

Victoria Ivleva – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE SACRIFICE. IN MEMORY OF ANDREY TARKOVSKY
@ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (Bolotnaya emb. 3, b.1, Moscow, Russia)
The exhibition is open to the public until January 22, 2017

The Victoria Ivleva exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.