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Chinese Sentiment | Photographer: Shen Wei 沈玮

Chinese Sentiment | Photographer: Shen Wei 沈玮 | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Shen Wei’s Chinese Sentiment series was photographed from 2008 to 2010 in Mainland China. The series is the artist’s personal journey to explore the authentic China, from both public and private perspectives. The series shows a poetic and romantic side of China. Consistent with Shen Wei's sensual and emotional style, the images are loving and keenly felt. Shen Wei’s first monograph, Chinese Sentiment, with an introduction by Peter Hessler, was published by Charles Lane Press (New York) in May, 2011.

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"I am a Chinese photographer currently works in both New York and Shanghai. I am fascinated with people and culture and obsessed with travel and technology." said Shen Wei. 

 

Shen Wei 沈玮 is a Chinese artist known for his intimate portraits of others and himself, as well as his photographic exploration of contemporary China.

Born in Shanghai, China, Shen Wei lives in New York City. Having grown up in a shanty town in Yangpu District of Shanghai, he began his art training at an early age at a local Children's Palace.

Shen Wei’s work has been exhibited and published internationally. In 2007, American Photo magazine named Shen Wei one of the Top 15 Emerging Artists in the world. In 2008, he was included in the Photo District News’ 30 photographers to watch list. Shen Wei is the winner of 2012 Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Portfolio Competition.

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David Hellard's curator insight, November 17, 2013 9:05 AM

Outstanding photographic series. I would love to see more.

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AIDS in India | Photojournalist: Leah Nash

AIDS in India | Photojournalist: Leah Nash | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"In India, where sex is taboo and AIDS/HIV carries a heavy stigma, infection rates have grown to epidemic proportions. Major forms of transmission include blood transfusions, men who have sex with men, and intravenous drug users. However, by far, the highest infection rates are due to heterosexual sex.

Second only to Africa, the numbers were predicted to reach 10 million by 2010. Yet, it is still an issue that most of India is not talking about and that most of the world does not know.This story was made possible by a Fulbright Grant." - Leah Nash

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The chechen refugees | Photographer: Gianni Giosue

The chechen refugees | Photographer: Gianni Giosue | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

My project wants to document the daily lives of the Chechen refugees living in the Pankisi Valley, Republic of Georgia. They came to Georgia about 12 years ago following the wars that ravaged the Republic of Chechnya in 1994-96 and 1999-2000. 

Ever since they have been trying to relocate to a third country or to start a new life. Some of them managed to be relocated to Northern America or to some European states. 

Some others stayed behind and were left in a legal limbo. It takes about 10 years to be able to qualify for Georgian citizenship. Some of them still have no documents: as a consequence it is difficult to be integrated, find a job and live a normal life.- Gianni Giosue

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Sumedha and Sapan: a story of an Indian wedding | Photographer: Isabella De Maddalena

Sumedha and Sapan: a story of an Indian wedding | Photographer: Isabella De Maddalena | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Sumedha and Sapan is a present day story, but tied to tradition. 
Sumedha Sood, 30, is an Indian woman from New Delhi. Sapan Basnett, 29, is an Indian man born in Gangtok, the Indian state of Sikkim. Sumedha and Sapan graduated from the same school: the National Institute of Fashion Technology, in New Delhi.


This is where they met for the first time, through mutual friends. After completing his studies, Sapan moved to Bangalore to work as a fashion designer. In February of 2008, Sumedha moved to Milan to study for her Masters at the European Institute of Design. One evening in October 2010, surfing on facebook, Sumedha found Sapan through "People You May Know", and sent him a friend request.


Sapan accepted the invitation and they started a chat online. In the following days they were constantly chatting, and then they started talking on Skype. Shortly after, Sapan sent Sumedha an airline ticket from Delhi to Bangalore for her next trip to India. A few days after their meeting in Bangalore, Sapan was presented to Sumedha's family.
In January 2011, they celebrated their marriage. - Isabella De Maddalena

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A Place To Be | Photographer: Marcus Reichmann

A Place To Be | Photographer: Marcus Reichmann | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Juli, Ivo, little Karla and baby Marla are a normal family. But they live in a place where statistics would never usually place them: four years ago, the family moved to the country and settled down on an old, dilapidated farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the eastern German state which is currently suffering the most from the departure of young, educated people. 

However, the family has not made a dogma of their alternative way of living. They are neither organic farmers nor hippies, yet their new surroundings have changed their lives in that things have been decelerated. Marcus Reichmann, a photography student from Hannover, accompanied them on their quest for personal happiness. The result is a portrait of a normal young family – or a family that is anything but normal.

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GANGSTERISM the coloured hidden subculture – Photographer: Gianmarco Panucci

GANGSTERISM the coloured hidden subculture – Photographer: Gianmarco Panucci | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Gangs in the Cape Flats started to appear in 1966, when District Six and other zones situated in the center of the town were declared "whites-only" areas, due to the apartheid regime. Coloured people living in those areas were forced to move to the Cape Flats after their houses had been destroyed.

Double and three storey flats, overcrowding, poverty, high crime rates, drugs and alchol abuse are some of the elements that started to charaterize these communities. Beacuse of the poverty many young people join the gangs by the attraction of money and power, and many times also for protection.

Innocent men, women and children have knowingly or not become entangled with gangsters, most have suffered dearly as a result. Many still bear the scars of their involvement. Countless others have lost their lives, usually in a savage manner and sometimes caught in a crossfire.

There are about 20 coloured townships in Cape Town, situated between 10 and 20 kilometers from the center of town, all of them are dangerous. Each area could have more than one gang, then the area becomes divided into territories. The gang fights happen over the control of those territories and for the drug sale.

Sometimes youth who are friends at school are enemies outside because of the gangs of the territory were they are living. Gangsterism between coloured people is considered as a culture, so strongly rooted within these communities.

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Although gangsters and slums have been photographed often, the photographer managed to get so close to the people of this world that they become more than just gangsters. They become vulnerable people, just like any of us. 
– Ineke Smits & Thomas Dworzak

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