@majidsaeedi has spent his entire professional life traveling from one #conflict zone to another. From #2012 to #2013, he focused exclusively on the men and women whose lives have been crushed by the #war in #Afghanistan, a country he has been visiting for over a decade.
We have seen countless images of Afghanistan, particularly pictures of #soldiers and #aid workers throughout the country, but such images do not portray the real Afghanistan.
In 2013, #visapourlimage exhibited his reportage on everyday life in this country, titled “Afghanistan.” Pictured is an image from the photo essay, the caption: A boy carrying Afghani currency at the exchange market in Herat, Afghanistan, 2001.
Photo @majidsaeedi / @gettyreportage
"I spent two years gaining the trust of [both] him and his staff, so that I could show people who he is, when he's not standing on a podium", @callieshell remembers of first starting to document @barackobama. "But, I have to say, the pressure to make a good image - to prove that you deserve to be back there - is hard to explain." This image was exhibited at the 2009 #visapourlimage as part of her extensive series on the former President of the United States. Over a period of three years, from an #Illinois parking lot to the #OvalOffice, she document Obama's extraordinary #political journey. The caption: Inaugural Moment. The Capitol, #Washington, #DC. 2009.
Barack Obama waits in the wings to walk out and become the 44th President of the United States. Earlier in the week Callie asked him if he was nervous about his speech. He said "No, I have had it finished in my head for a while. This week is kind of like a wedding; you just got to get to the end." I think he knew that his life would never be the same once he walked through the doors in front of him onto the stage and raised his right hand. But at the same time, you could tell he was ready to be president and just wanted to get to work.
Photo @Callieshell / @auphotos / @agencecosmos for @time
On March 5, 2013 at 4:45pm, fourteen years after leading the #Bolivarian#Revolution to power, President #HugoChavez died, leaving behind an orphaned revolution. His supporters wished to preserve the legacy of Hugo Chavez and his memory. But, what is the legacy of Hugo Chavez?
"My first encounter with #childmarriage occurred in 2003 while working on a story about self-immolation in #Afghanistan," @stephsinclairpix told #visapourlimage in #2012. "I was stunned at what I discovered, no fewer than ten girls and young women in Herat had set themselves on fire. Each survivor gave a different reason. One 15-year-old had broken her husband’s television set; another had had an argument with her parents-in-law because the tea she had made was not hot enough. None of the reasons matched the intensity of their response. Worse, not all survived. I continued photographing the issue over a number of visits to Afghanistan. I listened carefully to the women’s stories and noticed a common denominator: they had all been married at a very young age, some as young as nine, and to much older men.
Photographing these young girls in agony and, in some cases death, made my heart ache. I wondered how bad their lives must have been for them to prefer death, and in such a violent way. I also felt a responsibility as a journalist to look for the answers, especially if I was going to present these troubling images to the world. ...I traveled to #Ethiopia, #India, #Nepal and #Yemen. I learned that this harmful traditional practice spans continents, languages, religions, and castes. Almost every time, I wanted to take the girl, throw her over my shoulder and get her out of there. But I learned that it was much more complicated than that. We are not family members; we do not know what repercussions she would face. And how do we choose which of the 60 million girls currently trapped in these marriages to rescue? Where would we take them all? How would we pay for their living expenses and educate them?" Pictured is an image from Sinclair's series 'Child Brides,' which was exhibited in 2012. The caption: Maya (8) and Kishore (13) pose for a wedding photo in their new home.
Three years ago he moved back to the United States as a @natgeo fellow, continuing the approach he had used in North Korea. He is now rediscovering his native country, from the mundane to the extraordinary, capturing American life on his mobile phone. And his Instagram audience is following him.
Pictured is an image from the #visapourlimage exhibition of his work that explores this, which was titled “Coming Home”. The caption: Korean War veterans enter a cemetery for their deceased fellow war veterans in Pyongyang.
Pictured is an image from the exhibition. The caption reads: Tehran, January 31, 1979. Near the university, a protester displaying the blood of the latest "martyr." Photo: @davidburnettfoto / @contactpressimages
Young #Tibetans are more radical and determined than the previous generation and are writing a new chapter in the history of freedom for #Tibet. In #Dharamsala, the seat of the #DalaiLama’s government in exile in #India, we see the new “trendy” activists who are fans of both rock music and Tibetan opera, who surf on the Web, and stage regular demonstrations in protest against the violence of the Chinese forces occupying the country, defending the identity and culture which China has been stifling and attempting to eradicate over the last fifty years. Some were born in exile to refugee parents, others have arrived recently from their occupied country, secretly crossing the Himalayas. These new members of the resistance movement have sworn that they will continue their struggle for freedom to be restored to Tibet and the people of Tibet – soon.
In Patrick Robert's 'Freedom & Struggle in Exile,' which was exhibited at #visapourlimage in 2008, he shows this new generation. Pictured is an image from the photo essay. The caption: The new generation of Tibetans in exile. Here is a daily protest against repressive Chinese policies in Tibet.
Photo Patrick Robert for @ellefr
In 1987, Harlem was a neighborhood that was suffering from severe economic devastation - afflicted by a major crack cocaine epidemic and high unemployment. @elireedmagnum, of @magnumphotos, not only captured Harlem, but also documented other subrubs to show what life was like in America for African Americans. “A long Walk Home” includes some of these historic images, and it is his first career retrospective, spanning five decades as seen in 261 photographs in the book: people from #NewYork to #California forming a collective portrait of the #American experience; plus images of life and conflict in #Africa, the #MiddleEast, #CentralAmerica, and #SouthAmerica; as well as portraits from #Hollywood. Reed has received numerous awards and is currently Clinical Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin while continuing work on different projects.
Pascal Maitre has worked with numerous international publications: Geo, L'Express, le Figaro Magazine, in France, Geo, Stern, Brigitt in Germany, Life, National Geographic just to name a few.
Since #1985, Pascal Maitre has covered numerous events, from #Afghanistan: the #Moudjahidins against the #Russians, the war of clans in #Kabul in 1992, Bamiyan and Buddhas in 1996, Afghanistan after the capture of Kabul by the #Taliban in November 1996, the commander Massoud and the Northern alliance in December 1998, the plundering of Kabul museum and Afghan treasures in July 2000, and more.
In 2008, #visapourlimage exhibited his project 'A Saint in Hell… in the Great Lakes Region,' which looks at the effects of the violence in #Rwanda, #Burundi, and Eastern #Congo. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed in the #violence, or had to flee to survive in #refugee camps, and thousands more have been decimated in prison, by #poverty and #AIDS.
Pictured is an image from the series. The caption: Ruyigi, Burundi. November 2007. In the center, #HIV-positive #farmers come every Friday to look for information, assistance and treatment. Photo Pascal Maitre / Cosmos for Geo Germany
Over five years, we see the lives of two brothers, Vinny and David: Vinny was 13 when sentenced for stabbing his mother’s assailant, and David, 19, has been in and out of jail for drug dealing. Alysia is the subject of a photo-essay that began when she was 16, in jail, and continues through to the present, now 21, free, a wife and mother.
This project documents one of today’s most complex issues affecting the majority of people around the world and the planet itself: agribusiness. Agribusiness is global in scale, extending, for example, from a local producer in Latin America or an African tribe to large corporations and consumers in the First World.
Is agribusiness the solution to world hunger, or is it poisoning both the land and the people? For over two years, Alvaro documented the agribusiness in practice in Latin America, in particular in Argentina and Brazil, two of the world’s major breadbaskets.
We’d like to congratulate @lynseyaddario on receiving the Gold Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement!
Pictured above is an image from her photo essay "Syrian Refugees in the Middle East," which was exhibited at #visapourlimage. For three years, Lynsey chronicled the plight of Syrians fleeing the civil war which is now in its fifth year, reporting for @nytimes and the @unitednations. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, some four million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the war and another 7,6 million are internally displaced.
For this essay, she traveled to Syria, and to neighboring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.
One of the winners of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography at #visapourlimage2017 was Barbara Peacock, for her report "American Bedroom." This visual essay is a succinct and frank portrayal of the hidden and transparent complexities of Americans as individuals, and in a larger sense as a nation, revealed through detailed and intimate portraits taken in their bedrooms in the United States.
Africa’s elephants have long been vulnerable to hunters in pursuit of ivory. In recent years, several of the continent’s terrorist groups have turned to poaching as a source of funding: the border hopping Lord’s Resistance Army, the Seleka of the Central African Republic, the Janjaweed of Sudan, and FDLR rebels inside Virunga National Park. In Brent Stirton's (@brentstirton) reportage 'Ivory Wars,' he shows the toll of the violence on the elephants, the surrounding communities, and the brave but meager forces charged with protecting the creatures.
This photo essay was exhibited at #visapourlimage2016, and pictured here is an image from the series. The caption: Michael Oryem, a former Lord’s Resistance Army fighter, with two elephant tusks after he led authorities to their location in the Central African Republic. The LRA and other rebel groups have increasingly turned to ivory poaching as a source of funding.
Nzara, South Sudan, November 2014.
Photo Brent Stirton (@brentstirton) / Getty Images Reportage (@gettyreportage) for National Geographic (@natgeo) #visapourlimage#elephants#africa#virunga#nationalpark#ivory#rebels#africanelephants#sudan#nzara#wildlife#photography#documentaryphotography#lordsresistancearmy#conflict#poaching
'Redwoods: California's Timber Wars,' by Michael Nichols (@michaelnicknichols). At #visapourlimage 2010, Nichols exhibited a photographic project for National Geographic (@natgeo) in which he documented the mass deforestation in Northern California, where 95% of the region's trees were cut down during the last century.
#fromthearchives: At the 2008 #visapourlimage, we exhibited Kadir Van Lohuizen’s (@kadirvanlohuizen) reportage “America’s Unseen Humanitarian Crisis – the Katrina Aftermath: Those who fell through the cracks.” On August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the coast of #Louisiana and the #Mississippi. On the rst day, the media reported that #NewOrleans had escaped a major #disaster because the eye of the storm had hit south of the city. Images the days after proved differently. The surge caused levees and floodwalls to breach, flooding 80% of the city, at a time when many residents were still in the city. Some reached the “Superdome” in time, many camped on roofs waiting for help, and thousands drowned; the exact number is still not known. After nearly three years some people have returned, but for most of them this has not turned out to be a good move. Pictured is an image from the series. The caption: The Essence festival in New orleans is held for the first time after Katrina in the Superdome. Crowds cheer when Barrack Obama delivers a speech.
Abbas, a member of #Magnum since 1981, has taken observers on a journey among the believers. This journey started on September 11, 2001 when Abbas watched live on #Siberian television the tragedy taking place thirteen time zones away. A year later, confronted with a giant cross erected on the ruins of the World Trade Center, he asked, “Does one form of religious intolerance lead to another?” This led him to embark on a seven-year project that was then turned into the book, "In Whose Name?,” which was exhibited at #visapourlimage in 2009. Pictured is an image from the project. The caption: #Iran. #Tehran. Weekend relaxation on Mount Alborz, far from the #polluted city and the strict moral codes of the #IslamicRepublic. Like many Iranians, both men and women, the girl on the right has had plastic surgery on her nose.
Photo Abbas/ Magnum Photos (@magnumphotos)
Since June 2012, the #Rohingya people of Burma (#Myanmar) have been victims of violent and sometimes deadly attacks by local communities, as the authorities stand by, virtually condoning the attacks. The Rohingya #Muslim#minority were rendered stateless in Burma’s 1982 citizenship act, and according to the United Nations (@unitednations) they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
Over the past two years, prominent #Buddhists have been inciting the Burmese people to hate. Entire villages have been burned and razed in Arakan (Rakhine) State in north-west Burma. Hundreds have been left dead in the wake of the violence which has spread to the center of the country. Camps for displaced persons near the city of Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, now house 140 000 Rohingyas who are denied freedom of movement and healthcare. Bruno Amsellem (@brunoamsellem) visited the camps where westerners and humanitarian workers are kept under strict surveillance by the authorities, and he created the reportage 'Rohingyas, A Silenced Minority' which was exhibited at the 2014 #visapourlimage.
Pictured is an image from the photo essay. The caption: Muslim refugees in a camp in Yin Daw, near Meiktila in central Burma, after the clashes in March 2013. The camp is not on the official list of the national authorities. Support is provided by private donors. Meiktila, Burma (Myanmar), August 2013.
Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu) has been positively identified in the #MiddleEast, #Asia, #South Asia, and #CentralAmerica. It is a deadly epidemic mainly affecting #farm workers and their families, the poor and the young. Photographer Ed Kashi (@edkashi), of VII Photo (@viiphoto) has traveled to #Nicaragua, #ElSalvador, #India, and #SriLanka to document the fatal disease, now spreading to South America and perhaps further. The ongoing work, titled "CKDu – In The Hot Zone," shows the multi-generational impact of #CKDu and the plight of #agrarian communities on a human level.
Pictured is an image from the documentation, and which was also included in his exhibition at #visapourlimage2017. The caption: Jorge Martin Bonilla (29), the youngest of six brothers, three of whom are also suffering from CKDu [Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin], worked on sugarcane plantations for five years before contracting CKDu in 2004. He died this morning. Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, April 30, 2014.
Immigration to Europe has increased over the past thirty years, mainly because of political and social turmoil in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. The past four years documenting the crisis have covered most countries concerned, at the doorway to Europe (Italy, Greece and Spain) and in transit (Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Serbia and Bulgaria). This photo essay is the tale of the catastrophic consequences of upheavals around the world and the European Union response to people in search of a safe place to live, far from war and poverty.
#Dharavi is both a city and a symbol, a city within the #megalopolis of #Mumbai (#Bombay), and a symbol of rampant #urbanization around the world. More than a million people live in this slum, surrounded by buildings in the heart of the city. And even more poor people are still leaving the country to settle in Dharavi, hoping to find work with one of the thousands of little shops and businesses. It is said that the pulse of Mumbai beats in Dharavi, but the slum is now threatened, as promoters try to recover the land to make the most of what they can, at the expense of the people living there.
In 2007, #visapourlimage exhibited Jonas Bendiksen's (@jonasbendiksen) project for National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo) titled "Dharavi Dreams – the city in the shadow of Mumbai." Pictured is an image from the reportage; the caption: From the edge of New Dharavi, children play by the shanties, with the new Bandra-Kurla Complex shining in the background. The BKC houses multinational companies, and high-end offices, and is a major high-profile project in Mumbai, as the city reaches for a modern identity. Dharavi has become such a contentious issue in Mumbai politics, partially because it is one of the few areas bordering the new complex. In between BKC and Dharavi is a mangrove swamp and the Mithi River.
Photo Jonas Bendiksen (@jonasbendiksen) / Magnum Photos (@magnumphotos) for National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo)