FotoEvidence, a platform for documentary photographers whose work focuses on social justice and human rights, announced that photojournalist Daniella Zalcman will receive the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award and that a book of her project – Signs of Your Identity – will be published by FotoEvidence this year.
Signs of Your Identity documents stories of indigenous Canadians who were placed in boarding schools run by the Church in order to force their assimilation into the dominant culture. The Indian Residential School system was created by the Canadian government in the 1840s.
“Attendance was mandatory, and Indian Agents would regularly visit reserves to take children as young as 2 or 3 from their communities. Many of them wouldn’t see their families again for the next decade” – says Daniella Zalcman. – “Students were punished for speaking their native languages or observing any indigenous traditions, routinely physically and sexually assaulted, and in some extreme instances subjected to medical experimentation and sterilisation. The last residential school didn’t close until 1996. The Canadian government issued its first formal apology in 2008. The lasting impact on Canada’s indigenous population is immeasurable and grotesque. At least 6,000 children died while in the system and those who did survive, deprived of their families and their own cultural identities, became part of a series of lost generations. Languages died out, sacred ceremonies were criminalised and suppressed. The Canadian government has officially termed the residential school system a cultural genocide.”
Zalcman uses double exposure portraits to portray her subjects. These multiple exposure portraits juxtaposes survivors who are still fighting to overcome the memories of their residential school experiences, with the sites where those schools once stood, government documents that enforced strategic assimilation and places where, even today, First Nations people struggle to access services that should be available to all Canadians.
Daniella Zalcman is an award-winning photojournalist based in London (UK) and New York City (NY, USA). Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, Sports Illustrated and CNN, among others. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in Architecture.
The jury also selected four finalists who will be exhibited with Daniella Zalcman at the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award Exhibit in New York in November of 2016 when Signs of Your Identity will be released as book. The finalists include:
Narciso Contreras for Yemen: the Forgotten War where an intervention by Saudi Arabia against a Houthi insurgency has internally displaced nearly 1.4 million people, killed more than 6,000, shutdown hospitals and left 21 million people in need of dire humanitarian assistance. With virtually no media coverage, Yemen’s war is not only a forgotten war, but for many it is also an unknown war.
Mario Cruz for Talibes, Modern Day Slaves documents the conditions faced by young boys in Senegal sent or sold to “teachers” who promise education but instead turn their charges into beggars collecting money on the streets. The boys are often kept in harsh conditions, chained, beaten and forced to beg. Their education mainly focused on memorising passages from the Koran.
Hossein Fatemi for An Iranian Journey which documents Iran’s complex society, lifting the veil on some of the less observed areas of daily life, showing the conflicts that arise between the official version of Iranian life promoted by the authorities and the reality of daily life for Iran’s youth, struggling to find an identity in a fast moving, ever changing world. Daily, millions of young people engage in activities that are officially illegal and can carry severe penalties. While the government likes to think of Iranian society as a monolithic unit occupying the moral high ground in stark contrast with a degenerate, immoral West, the reality of daily life in the Islamic Republic is one which bears all the hallmarks of a modern hybrid with all the usual problems and vices.
Ingetje Tadros for This is My Country that looks at conditions for indigenous Australians, whose communities are mismanaged by their governments, are not fully understood by the wider aid community and are largely invisible to most of Australian society. A voiceless and unseen minority consigned to lives of quiet desolation.
The jury of the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by Australian photographer Warren Richardson as the World Press Photo of the Year 2015.
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.
Richardson’s picture – which also won first prize in the Spot News category – shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary, near Horgoš (Serbia) and Röszke (Hungary). Taken at night on August 28, 2015, this man and child were part of the movement of people seeking to cross into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed.
“I camped with the refugees for five days on the border” – Warren Richardson says about the winning picture. – “A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.”
Francis Kohn, chair of the general jury and photo director of Agence France-Presse, adds: “Early on we looked at this photo and we knew it was an important one. It had such power because of its simplicity, especially the symbolism of the barbed wire. We thought it had almost everything in there to give a strong visual of what’s happening with the refugees. I think it’s a very classical photo, and at the same time it’s timeless. It portrays a situation, but the way it’s done is classic in the greatest sense of the word.”
Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation, summarises this year’s contest: “This year we had more photographers and more entries than ever in our contest and we see this as a great support of the industry. As an organisation, we are delighted by the outcome this independent jury produced, and ready to present an exhibition of wonderful and powerful imagery to a global audience that can trust what they see. We see that the photographers are as committed as we are to providing accurate and fair images on the world’s most important events and issues. We had a new code of ethics for the photo contest and a transparent and rigorous verification process. This resulted in many more entries being checked, but fewer problems than last year being found.”
The 2016 contest drew entries from around the world: 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images. The jury gave prizes in 8 categories to 41 photographers from 21 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey and the USA.
Full list of the 2016 World Press Photo’s winners (in alphabetic order):
- Sameer Al-Doumy (1st prize @ Spot News stories category)
- Daniel Berehulak (1st prize @ Daly Life stories & 3rd prize @ General News stories categories)
- Christian Bobst (2nd prize @ Sports stories category)
- Nancy Borowick (2nd prize @ Longterm Project category)
- Mary F. Calvert (1st prize @ Longterm Project category)
- Mário Cruz (1st prize @ Contemporary Issues stories category)
- Abd Doumany (2nd prize @ General News stories category)
- Kevin Frayer (1st prize @ Daily Life singles & 2nd prize @ Daily Life stories category)
- Corentin Fohlen (2nd prize @ Spot News singles category)
- David Guttenfelder (3rd prize @ Longterm Project category)
- Niclas Hammarström (3rd prize @ Spot News singles category)
- Paul Hansen (2nd prize @ General News singles category)
- Chen Jie (3rd prize @ General News singles category)
- Rohan Kelly (1st prize @ Nature singles category)
- Bulent Kilic (3rd prize @ Spot News stories category)
- John J. Kim (3rd prize @ Contemporary Issues singles category)
- Matjaz Krivic (2nd prize @ People singles category)
- Tim Laman (1st prize @ Nature stories category)
- Zhang Lei (1st prize @ Contemporary Issues singles category)
- Sara Naomi Lewkowicz (3rd prize @ Contemporary Issues stories category)
- Jonas Lindkvist (3rd prize @ Sports singles category)
- Mauricio Lima (2nd prize @ Daily Life singles & 1st prize @ General News singles categories)
- Sebastián Liste (3rd prize @ Daily Life stories category)
- Dario Mitidieri (3rd prize @ People singles category)
- Greg Nelson (2nd prize @ Sports singles category)
- Kazuma Obara (1st prize @ People stories category)
- Daniel Ochoa de Olza (2nd prize @ People stories & 3rd prize @ People stories category)
- Adriane Ohanesian (2nd prize @ Contemporary Issues singles category)
- Anuar Patjane Floriuk (2nd prize @ Nature singles category)
- Vladimir Pesnya (1st prize @ Sports stories category)
- Sergey Ponomarev (1st prize @ General News stories category)
- Warren Richardson (World Press Photo of the Year 2015 & 1st prize @ Spot News singles category)
- Zohreh Saberi (3rd prize @ Daily Life singles category)
- Roberto Schmidt (2nd prize @ Spot News stories category)
- Brent Stirton (2nd prize @ Nature stories category)
- Sergio Tapiro (3rd prize @ Nature singles category)
- Tara Todras-Whitehill (3rd prize @ Sports stories category)
- Christian Walgram (1st prize @ Sports singles category)
- Christian Ziegler (3rd prize @ Nature stories category)
- Francesco Zizola (doc! #7; 2nd prize @ Contemporary Stories category)
- Matic Zorman (1st prize @ People singles category)
The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of EUR 10,000. In addition, Canon will present the winning photographer with the recently launched Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera and lens kit. All winners of the second and third prizes receive a Golden Eye Award, a diploma and travel plus lodging expenses to attend the Awards Days. The Awards Days are a two-day gathering of industry participants and celebration of the prizewinners held in Amsterdam on April 22-23, 2016.
See all the winning images and series @ World Press Photo website.
“In the 1830s, a chimpanzee named Tommy and an orangutan named Jenny, quite unusual animals for the times, were brought into the London Zoo. It was in the Victorian era – the exposed to public view monkeys were dressed in children’s clothes and while eating they used plates and spoons. The visitors observed them with curiosity mingled with pronounced anxiety and Queen Victoria, after having visited the zoo in 1842, wrote in her diary: ‘Jenny seemed unpleasantly and unbearably human.’ Nothing has changed since that time. Thousands of visitors come to zoos every day. Observing the behaviour of monkeys, especially anthropoids, makes people smile, but sometimes causes anxiety. Both of the reactions appear when the monkey behave in a way typical of human. It is then when we realise we are animals as well – relatives of primates.”
Maciej Trojan, Ph.D.
Shortly after having become one of the 55 laureates of the second editions of DEBUTS, Paweł Bogumił joined the photographers represented by Leica Gallery Warsaw. Now it is the time for his first individual exhibition inHuman. The title itself is a play on words that perfectly captures the extreme emotions we experience while looking at the 40 black and white photographs of the monkeys the photographer took through the bars and windows in European zoos. Some of the photos arouse subconscious fear of these powerful beasts; others make us consider what the person in the picture is thinking about. Subconsciously we forget that we are looking at an animal. Bogumił’s portraits and his unusual models blur the boundaries between people and animals.
“What is the truth of Paweł Bogumił’s portraits? Humanity? Animality? Enslavement? Mutual fascination? Honesty? Cohabitation? The deepest understanding on the level of emotions? Disgust mixed up with curiosity? They are not only the questions we have to answer ourselves. Actually, we face such doubts every time when anyone’s portrait attracts our attention. In conjugation, activated mechanism of similarity and looking for something ‘that is like me’, activates the mechanism of mimesis, of imitation. As, who hasn’t smiled looking at a portrait of a smiling child?”
Paweł Bogumił (b. 1984) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | a graduate of the ZPAF Photo School | a laureate of DEBUTS (edition 2016) | his photographs have been published by LensCulture, Future Shot, Cles, Geo and Geo Saison, among others | a finalist of the Earth 15 competition organised by LensCulture and winner of the 2015 International Photography Awards | represented by Leica Gallery Warsaw.
The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The 5th edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend is coming! This year, over 60 galleries, museums, institutions and showrooms will present a wide-ranging programme, extending from the beginnings of photography in the 19th century to contemporary controversial debates about the role of the medium.
The Duesseldorf Photo Weekend will officially launch with the opening of the retrospective Horst: Photographer of Style, one of the most important fashion photographers of the 20th century, in the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf on February 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition – organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London – will include 250 photographs from 60 years of creative life on display, including his renowned work as a Vogue photographer, including portraits of stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth, but also surrealist and nature photography as well as images from his travels. The exhibition also shows sketchbooks, private letters and previously unreleased material.
Next to the Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition, our tips from this year’s edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend also include:
Francesca Woodman’s The Second Space @ Clara Maria Sels Gallery
Wataru Murakami’s Blind Spot @ Anna Klinkhammer Gallery
Lucien Clergue’s Les Gitans @ Beck & Eggeling
Natascha Borowsky’s presence @ Matthias Erntges Gallery
Anne-Marie von Sarosdy’s Heimatliebe @ Burkhard Eikelmann Gallery
Keiji Uematsu’s Invisible Force and Seeing @ Künstlerverein Malkasten
Iwajla Klinke’s Red Sandals and a Mirror for Gabriel @ Voss Gallery
Felix Contzen’s Duck to Concrete @ Raum E.V.
Bownik’s Things in Themselves @ Polish Institute Düsseldorf
Song Dong @ Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Mareike Foecking’s Reality Hung up So I Called @ NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
August Sander & Michael Somoroff’s Absence of Subject @ Ruth Leuchter Gallery
Inken Boje’s In guter Gesellschaft @ Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast
Jennifer López Ayala’s Broken Light @ Von Fraunberg Art Gallery
Seiichi Furuya & Michael Wolf’s in and / or out @ Grisebach
The weekend itself is from February 12 to February 14, 2016, however many of the exhibitions will continue into March and April. For full list of the 2016 Duesseldorf Photo Weekend exhibitions and accompanying events, go to www.duesseldorfphotoweekend.de
Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2016
February 12-14, 2016
Grand opening: February 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM @ NRW-Forum Duesseldorf (Ehrenhof 2, Düsseldorf, Germany)
Opening hours of the 2016 Duesseldorf Photo Weekend participating spots:
- February 12: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (joint opening of the galleries)
- February 13: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- February 14: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM