A woman makes sure that her child; the hunter’s grandson is safely secure. Mongolia.
Western Mongolia is one of the least densely populated places on the planet. Surrounded by glacier-wrapped mountains, arid plains, barely any trees and temperatures which fall below -40C, life can be brutally hard for the nomadic families who make their homes and tend their cattle here.
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All Secure, Mongolia
A Nenets woman splits the reindeer in her camp, around 200km from Salekhard, Russia, on Nov. 4, 2017. The Nenets are an indigenous people in northern arctic Russia. According to the latest census in 2010, there are around 45,000 Nenets in the Russian Federation, most of them living in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
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The Red Sanctuary
The Red Settlement at She Da, China, for Tibetan Buddhism continue to grow and extend its housing for Tibetan Buddhists who wishes to devote themselves to the religious study. The captured images reflecting an ongoing construction, a dense yet congested red and rhythmic pattern of the Buddhism sanctuary.
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i believe i can fly
Taken in Sentani Indonesia, a group of boys playing at the airport located around their village.The boy's is not school again and work are laborers at the airport.Their poverty does not prevent them from playing and being happy.They says "i believe i can fly", it is their dream.
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Bigeye Trevally forming a "tornado" at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico .
A few years ago, local fisherman decided to stop fishing and bet all on ecotourism. That bet was successful economically, socially, and ecologically speaking. What used to be an almost lifeless place now has a complete life chain, even bull sharks are back and orcas come and visit often. Cabo Pulmo is a true example that by letting the ocean recover, it will do so by itself.
Taken in Sentani Indonesia,an albino girl with two friends at the Sentani elementary school.In this school there is mutual respect ,no bully,no racist.
19 hours / July 10th, 2017 - 5.58 p.m.
July 2017: a lot of fires break out with intensity for days in the area of Messina, Sicily. The stables of the CUS (University Sport Campus), were evacuated due to the tremendous fire.A horse in a soccer field, finally the Canadair turns off the nearby flames.
Walled City #08
The Kowloon Walled City was the densest place on Earth. Hundreds of houses stacked on top of each other enclosed in the center of the structure. Many didn’t have access to open space.This notorious city was finally demolished in 1990s. However, if you look hard enough, you will notice that the city is not dead. Part of it still exists in many of current high density housing apartments. I hope this series can get people to think about claustrophobic living in Hong Kong from a new perspective.
Girl with Snake, Rabun, GA
Road to Ruin
Syria, January 2017 - Large parts of Homs are completely destroyed. Nevertheless, some residents come back and try to rebuild their homes. Three quarters of Homs consists of ruins. Taxi drives through ruins.
Selfie culture started to determine our existence; everybody needs to know where we are or are we doing something. While we are waiting for the approval of others, we miss the opportunity to enjoy the mysterious world around us. The photo was taken at the Massive Attack concert in Pula/Croatia, in August 2016.
Brick Prison 02
In Bangladesh, the brick industry employs men, women (sometimes pregnant) and children to work in brickyards in harsh and dangerous conditions. Wearing no protective gear, they work 12-18 hours breathing air filled with toxic particles to produce bricks. Children aged only 5-6 years, are working like slaves for $1 a day. Children who do not have access to education have little choice but to enter the labor market where they are often exploited and unable to escape the cycle of poverty.
The Sapeur of Brazzaville
Elie, 45, struts' his stuff in the streets of Brazzaville. He has been a sapeur for 35 years and his elaborate outfits bring joy to himself and his community. Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.
La Sape, an abbreviation of Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes ("Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People"), is a subculture centered on the cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville in the DRC and Republic of Congo. Someone who follows La Sape is known as a Sapeur.
Kazakh Ranger in the Sandstorm on the Singing sand dune, National Park Altyn-Emel, Kazakhstan
Sandstorm like this was once-twice in a year.
This leopard was eating the carcass of a Wildebeest, while we were watching and shooting it from close range. Suddenly, a hyena appeared and it started annoying the leopard with its characteristic laughter and pacing. The big cat would not give up its prey easily: in a threatening posture it flashed its fangs and huffed to prove the intruder that he was much stronger. This seemed to work until the hyena was joined by another one and then another one. Finally, the three of them outnumbered the le
Big Springs, Nebraska
A severe thunderstorm rages across the plains of western Nebraska producing large hail and damaging winds.
Desperate sea crossing
February 22nd 2017, Mediterranean Sea. A rubber boat adrift at sea, overloaded with migrants, photographed in international waters off the coast of Libya. Data on the rescues conducted by the rescue vessel Aquarius show that smugglers are increasing the number of migrants crammed in the inflatable boats used for the trafficking: up to 150 people in 12/15-metres long inflatable boats.
North Korean Dream
North Korea is a totalitarian dictatorship based on the cult of the Kim dynasty. The incessant propaganda against the USA portraits the South Korean population as a victim of the American invasion; young generations live in a constant alert state as if the USA could attack any day. Youngsters have been educated to be knowledgeable people, especially in the scientific field, to foster the development of armaments and technology, chasing the dream of reuniting Korea in a whole and free state.
Boys jumping from one train to another during Bishwa Ijtema. The Bishwa Ijtema is an annual gathering of Muslims in Tongi, by the banks of the River Turag, in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is now the second largest Islamic congregation at 4 Million pilgrims.
Mekka region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2010
AAL OKAB SCHOOL , SAADA CITY, YEMEN. APRIL 24 2017.
AAL OKAB SCHOOL , SAADA CITY, YEMEN. APRIL 24 2017.
A student at the Aal Okab school stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed during the conflict in June 2015. Over 1700 schools have been closed since the conflict began in 2015, with some 2 million children now not receieving a formal education.
Rapa das Bestas
Rapa das Bestas is the name of an operation that involves cutting the manes of the wild horses who live free at the mountains in a semi-feral state and that are performed in the curros (enclosed which retain the horses) held in various locations in Galicia (Spain). Those horses live in mountains owned by the villages (a form of property derived from the Suevi, around 8th century) and have several owners.
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shandong, China and studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, graduating with an MFA in 2001.
Better known as “The Invisible Man” in media circles. He discusses the social concerns of his home country through his artistic practice, most prominently through his ‘camouflage’ installations. Traversing mediums such as performance, photography , Liu Bolin dissects the tense relationship between the individual and society by ‘disappearing’ into environments which are sites of contention and criticism. His "Hiding in the City" series has been displayed in numerous museums and institutions across the globe. Inspired by his powerful visual messages, artists and institutions and organizations such The Louvre (Paris, France), Harper's Bazaar Magazine, Centre Pompidou, Ruinart, Moncler, Fred, Renault, JR, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jon Bon Jovi, Kenny Scharf etc. have invited Liu Bolin to collaborate on creative projects.
In 2013, Liu presented a TED talk in Long Beach, California. In 2015, Liu was selected by United Nations backed campaign The Global Goals to create an image that conveyed 17 goals – including ending poverty, encouraging sustainable development and fight inequality and injustice – where he hid himself within 193 flags of the world. In 2016 he participated in a collaboration with Annie Leibovitz and Moncler for their Spring/Summer 2017 Campaign.
Liu Bolin currently lives and works in Beijing.
Eli Klein is America’s leading dealer of Chinese contemporary art. He has been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, and many other international publications and broadcasts. He owns and directs Klein Sun Gallery, which occupies a prime 8,000 square foot street-level space at 525 West 22nd Street in Chelsea, New York. Mr. Klein is responsible for launching and managing the careers of world-renowned Chinese artists Liu Bolin and Li Hongbo. He also represents a number of other established and celebrated emerging artists including Cai Dongdong, Chow Chun Fai, Cui Xiuwen, Geng Xue, Li Liao, Miao Xiaochun, Shen Shaomin, Ye Funa and Zhang Dali. Mr. Klein has introduced many well-received Chinese artists to the West, including the premiering of Jia Aili’s work in the United States. He has arranged the loan of artwork to over 100 museum exhibitions, published 29 books through his gallery and has organized numerous critically acclaimed collaborations with JR, Kenny Scharf, Annie Leibovitz, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Lanvin, Moncler and Bon Jovi among others. Mr. Klein graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in history. Upon graduation, Mr. Klein enrolled in The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, but ultimately decided to pursue his lifelong passion for Contemporary Art.
Crista Dix is the Founder and Director of wall space creative. After years as a photographer and collector Crista decided to put down her camera and focus on artists who transcend the medium of photography and expand the ideas of photographic arts. Her background in science, business and creative arts has helped her created a gallery space that celebrates the artists' vision.
wall space is located in Santa Barbara, California. The gallery focuses on emerging and mid-career artists with an aim to expand the ideas of what photography is and what it can be. The artists represented are craftsmen, using photography as an integral part of their work, that layer emotional stories with techniques and processes that enhance the visual experience. Focusing on work that intersects art and science, wall space has a unique point of view, focusing on the objectness of photography and art. The gallery has gained an international reputation for finding and showcasing new artists and exposing new ideas.
The gallery hosts special events, artist talks and events focused on engaging collectors and artists. The Open Studio series features local Southern California and other notable artists in the photographic community participating in discussion about their craft.
Ms. Dix has written essays about photography, introducing creative artists work to a broader community. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in cities like Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and New Orleans.
As a portfolio reviewer, Crista seeks to understand the goals of each photographer and to offer insight and guidance that may help each participant to realize those goals. She is most interested in reviewing one or two cohesive bodies of work about which the photographer is passionate - from alternative processes to video and new media.
Michael Itkoff is an artist and Cofounder of both Fabl and Daylight Books a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. For over a decade, Daylight has been dedicated to publishing art and photography via its print and digital publishing programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.
Michael has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media and he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Before starting Daylight, Michael interned at the Annie Leibovitz Studio and Aperture Foundation among others, and worked at Rizzoli International Publications. His monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009. Michael received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA from ICP/Bard College.
Born in Parma in 1976, Marco Gualazzini began his career as a photographer in 2004, with his home town's local daily, La Gazzetta di Parma.
His recent works include reportage on microfinance in India, on the freedom of expression in Myanmar, on the discrimination of Christians in Pakistan.
For the last few years he has been covering Africa extensively.
He devised and took part in the creation of a documentary for the Italian national TV network RAI on the caste system in India, which has been selected at IDFA- The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and has been awarded with the Best Camera Work Award at the Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2014.
Gualazzini's reportage has been published widely in several national and international titles, and he has been a frequent contributing photographer to The New York Times, to L'Espresso Group.
Elisabeth Mouchy founded Daylighted with Alex Cammarano to bring art to the people. Elisabeth is originally from Paris, France and has worked in luxury, marketing, and innovation before funding Daylighted. Daylighted is showing 70K pieces of art every month to 150K people in places such as Marriott, Hyatt, and Accor hotels.
Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. These regional traditions-including mastery of craft, the concept of mentorship, and dedication to the photographic arts-evolved out of CPA's predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography established in 1967 by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston. While respecting these West Coast traditions, CPA is also at the vanguard of the future of photographic imagery. Before coming onboard at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography.
Ann also worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years until their closure in 2017. Ann has curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, PhotoNola, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, PhotoAlliance, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Meghann Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships.
Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well. She has been leading courses in the San Francisco Bay Area and at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1995.
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.
An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss, Frank Horvat, Elizabeth Avedon and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Gomma Photography Grant, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. & N.Y. Photo Curator, Emerge UK Prize, The PhotoPlace Gallery, Praxis Gallery, The Young Photographer's Award and others.
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel's work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.
While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the new AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.