'Women of War'
'Women of War'
"I asked the couples how did the moment of forgiveness look like, and if they were comfortable with recreating it for me. I tried to be as careful and gentle as possible and sometimes I had to wince when asking. The survivor and the perpetrator side by side, embracing, shaking hands, touching check with check, drinking banana beer. Falling to their knees. After each captured moment I shook their hands and looked in their eyes. I never shook hands with murderers before. On makeshift scales I ask the survivors to show me how much they forgave and the perpetrators how much did they forgive themselves."
'Anatomy of Forgiveness'
"When we think of slavery, we think of the trans-Atlantic slave trade that, over the course of more than 500 years, brought millions of Africans out of their native countries and dispersed them into a living hell throughout much of the Western Hemisphere.
Most Americans assume slavery ended with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. This made slavery illegal in the Confederate states, but it didn’t end it.
There are an estimated 27 million slaves across the globe today: there are more people enslaved in the world now than at any other time in human history.”
'In Plain Sight'
More here: http://noorimages.com/feature/in-plain-sight-modern-dy-slavery-in-the-united-states/
Full archive here: http://archive.noorimages.com/series/1.879
"In 2004, François Fleury and Cyrille Moleux met in Afghanistan, they travelled the country and collected hundreds of negatives of portraits of Afghans and Talebans taken over the past 20 years by local neighbourhood studios."
Also worth looking at Thomas Dworzak of Magnums colour collection: http://www.magnumphotos.com/ThomasDworzak
'Silly Arse Broke It'
"Built in the 1950s, the Clarence Way estate has been a focal point of London’s rapidly shifting social landscape, housing people from within Britain and abroad who have been affected by any number of diverse events and circumstances. Located a few minutes’ walk north of Camden Town underground station, the six orange brick-blocks that make up the estate house 1297 people (2011 census) in 354 various-sized units.
Jason has lived here for 17 years and in that time he has witnessed the rapid diversification of the cultural mix of his community. In an attempt to record this transformation, in 2003 Jason started collecting handwritten notes that he found discarded on the estate. On one level, these salvaged texts are simple records of the everyday; they function to remind, instruct, organise and explain. They tell of journeys planned and taken, and list items to purchase and food to take away. Some make grand political and philosophical statements whilst others are simply mysterious.”
"In his series of photographs “Black Diamonds,” Jason Andrew chronicles the human trafficking of African soccer players from Nigeria to Istanbul by an assortment of scouts and unlicensed agents. These young athletes, largely under-informed and uneducated, are promised the opportunity to realize their dreams of becoming soccer stars — if their impoverished families are willing to pay fees that can exceed $5,000 to send them to Turkey. But instead of using their time in Turkey to kickstart successful soccer careers in top-tier European leagues, the players are typically abandoned shortly after their arrival and forced to fend for themselves in a harsh and unforgiving land."
More here: http://www.jasonandrewphotography.com
"I used my personal intimate memories accumulated in the two years I’d spent in the States to make a book. Every image’s “studium” has been intentionally positioned in the binding part in the middle of the book, making any faces or facial impressions invisible. The reader is then only able to peek at the abstract figures or ambiguous narrative elements instead of particular people or things; to me as the author, as a result of not being able to see, was able to keep the true memories in literally the middle of the book—the deepest spot in my memory."
and an interview (translated via Google) with Voices of Photography Magazine here: