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Benedicte Kurzen – South African EVE Photographer

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Benedicte Kurzen is a co-founder and member of Eve Photographers and part of the VII Mentor Program. Other projects she has been involved in include a video piece with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) called Shattered Lives about victims of sexual violence and the physical and psychological services that are offered at MSF clinics. This Day of Change is an incredible collaboration project that involved the photographs from 132 photographers from around the world and their images from 1.20.09, the day the Barack Obama was became the president of the United States. Benedicte’s personal portfolios looks at politics, violence and culture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as AIDS transmission between mother and child in South Africa.

Written by Zara Katz

December 24, 2009 at 11:49 am

Newsha Tavakolian – Iranian EVE Photographer

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Newsha Tavakolianas was born and raised in Tehran and started working for the Iranian press when she was 16 years old. She has covered stories in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India and Yeman. Newsha’s focus in her own country on personal issues of history, religion, and woman’s rights offers deep and powerful imagery of life in Iran. Newsha is represented by Polaris Images and is a member of Eve Photographers.

Here is a very interesting article in the Digital Journalist which Newsha wrote about photographing the recent earthquake in Pakistan. She ponders the issue that I explore in the affect/effect Series of if photography can create social change for the people that see the images and the people that are in the images.

Written by Zara Katz

November 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Justyna Mielnikiewicz – Polish EVE Photographer

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Justyna Mielnikiewicz was born in Poland and now lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her journalism focuses on issues of politics and war in the South Caucasus by looking at the daily lives of the people and their environment. She also photographs the lives of the Russian Army and the Georgian Army in the process of training, fighting and dying. The depth, contrast and grain of Justyna’s black and white images in the Caucasus and Caspian captures an antiquated sense of life not unaware of the modern era.  Justyna is a co-founder and member of Eve Photographers and Sputnick Photos.

Written by Zara Katz

November 6, 2009 at 11:17 am

Agnes Dherbeys – French EVE Photographer in Asia

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Agnes Dherbey is a French born photojournalist now based in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work is mainly focused in Asia and South-East Asia with portfolios examining Khmer sex-workers, Tibetan exiles in Nepal, political turmoil in East Timor and Nepal, Aids in Thailand, and natural disasters in Indonesia. Agnes is part of the VII agency mentor program.

Written by Zara Katz

November 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Photo Fund Winner Update: Masaru Goto

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In 2002, FiftyCrows awarded Masaru Goto the International Fund for Documentary Photography for his documentary project, which examined human rights issues in Colombia. In the project, Goto captured the brutality of combat between the government and the insurgent guerillas that effected soldiers and civilians alike.

Goto has also done in depth photographic projects of the volatile situation in Cambodia, documenting soldiers of the Khmer Rouge and the epidemic of AIDS in the country. In Kashmir, he showed the lives of people not directly involved in the fighting but victims of the violence. Goto states that the intent of his images is to convey a sense of compassion and show the strength of people living in war torn areas. For this reason he is committed to working with NGO and human right’s advocacy groups in order to generate change on these important issues.

gotoscreenBased in Bangkok, Goto has been documenting the recent political struggle that has resulted in riots and demonstrations around the city. His newest story from the streets of Bangkok entitled, ‘Fragile Democracy: Political Crisis in Thailand” has just been published on his website. At the beginning of May, through the Move Media Project, Goto will exhibit “Loved Ones Lost,” a campaign to defend human right in South Thailand.

Written by Zara Katz

April 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm