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A DAY WITH PATIENCE | Photographer: Lisa Weatherbee

A DAY WITH PATIENCE | Photographer: Lisa Weatherbee | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Lisa Weatherbee’s series, 'A Day with Patience', is a record of just that: one day spent with a twelve year old girl, Patience, in her village in Ghana.

Having joined Photographers Without Borders, she arranged to spend a day with a young woman that the organisation put her in touch with, and the results are an open-hearted study of a day in the life of someone with whom, outwardly, the photographer had little in common. Weatherbee uses natural light, and her palette is bright and fresh: at times, the images almost recall fashion photography in their easy movement and the clean lines of Patience’s school uniform. 


Throughout the series, Weatherbee’s gaze is unobtrusive; Patience meets the lens’s eye with steadiness and maturity, and it is her world that we find ourselves in. While meditative moments are duly recorded, however, the viewer cannot forget that Patience is still a child: in one image, she plays on a slide with abandon, a carefree moment that almost comes as a surprise after the seriousness and composure that is recorded in the rest of the series.

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The TB epidemic in Ukraine | Photojournalist: Maxim Dondyuk

The TB epidemic in Ukraine | Photojournalist: Maxim Dondyuk | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

My name is Maxim Dondyuk and I’m a 29 y.o. documentary photographer living in Ukraine. I used to be a photojournalist covering news events in Ukraine, but two years ago I quit and started in documentary photography.

In 1995, the World Health Organization declared the tuberculosis epidemic in Ukraine. Over the past 16 years the situation has greatly worsened. Each day TB takes lives of 30 people, annually - about 10 thousand.

 

In December 2010, I went to Donbass region in Ukraine. I was greatly influenced by what I saw on the first day. One of the first patients I had photographed was suffering from gastrointestinal tuberculosis. He was lying naked on a hospital bed and staring at the ceiling. A week later I was with him in the last hours of his life. He could not move or talk, his body was like a skeleton covered with skin. He clutched a cross to his chest and prayed. Afterwards I met his wife and she told me how he had walked around the house with a torn stomach and intestines dragging across the floor, because the ambulance had refused to transfer him to the hospital. They had to call for a taxi. After a while I realized that this happens all over the country and that the epidemic of tuberculosis has become one of the national problems.

 

A lot of prisons amnesty the convicts in serious health conditions so as not to spoil their mortality figures. Two-thirds of former prisoners are dissolved in the country without being kept under medical supervision. Hospitals are in a terrible state and all phthisiology keeps on doctors who are long overdue to retire. Patients with drug-resistant TB have to use public transport to receive medical supplies and food and those without money just die in their beds. In the midst of current political wars in Ukraine everybody is just indifferent to the problem of tuberculosis.

 

For me it is very important to communicate truthfully what I have witnessed. And for that I must experience the problem myself, because my goal is to convince the viewer and to convince others you must first convince yourself. I live in hospitals with other patients, sometimes I stay in patients’ homes. I realized recently that taking pictures is not enough; I began to use a dictaphone to record their stories and made videos for a future multimedia. Everyone I tell about is close to me. I’ve known each of them for several months, lived a part of my life with them and buried some of them.

I will plan to continue shooting project of the TB epidemic in other countries of the former Soviet Union. - Maxim Dondyuk

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Cross Country | Photographer: Roger Kisby

Cross Country | Photographer: Roger Kisby | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

With no money coming in and gas prices at an all-time high, I took off on a cross-country road trip. I didn’t have a set plan of where to go or what to shoot; I just knew that I wanted to travel and take photos before I returned to New York to start a new chapter in my career.

It was a fantastic experience. I tried to shoot a portrait every day, and I ultimately shot about 70 portraits of people I met along the way. These images are of whoever I came across: a biker at a rest stop in California, a priest at a church in New Mexico, prisoners on work release in Texas, squatters at Slab City, a stripper in Portland, a fly fisherman in Montana and many more.—Roger Kisby

Roger Kisby is a New York-based portrait and editorial photographer who recently quit his job in advertising to pursue a career in photography.

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Tijuana | Photojournalist: Zackary Canepari.

Tijuana | Photojournalist: Zackary Canepari. | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Zackary Canepari is an independent photographer and filmmaker specializing in documentary and editorial projects. His career began in 2003 shooting portraiture for American culture magazines such as XLR8R, RIDES and the SF Guardian. Before that he studied photography in Paris at the SPEOS Photographic Institute and later entered the Masters Program at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

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The Black Label Bike Club | Photographer: Lauren Silberman

The Black Label Bike Club | Photographer: Lauren Silberman | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Lauren Silberman lives and works in New York City.  She received her MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies and her BA in Art History from Barnard College.

 

She is currently a faculty member at the International Center of Photography.  Lauren recently completed a residency with Camera Club of New York in 2012 and was an artist-in-residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program during the 2008-2009 year and was a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

 

She has performed at Location One, Deitch Projects and 3rd Ward, as well as the several underground events and venues that have provided inspiration for her work. In 2007 she was featured in PDN’s photo annual as emerging talent.  She has exhibited in New York and abroad.

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Indian Men | Photographer: Bharat Sikka

Indian Men | Photographer: Bharat Sikka | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Bharat Sikka worked as a photographer in India before deciding to study at the Parson’s School of Design, where he earned a BFA in photography. His work now documents contemporary visions of India. Since his first exhibition, Indian Men, at the Artists Space in New York City, his photographs have been displayed as part of numerous exhibitions, including one at the National Museum of India in 2008. He has contributed for magazines such as the New Yorker, Vogue, Details and Time Magazine, where his work was featured amongst the best photographs of 2005, and now divides his time between Europe and India.

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Some Fox Trails In Virginia | Photographer: Susan Worsham

Some Fox Trails In Virginia | Photographer: Susan Worsham | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

    This series of photographs is taken in and around Virginia, the place in which I grew up. The title comes from a book written by my father's ancestor, to show the lineage of the Fox family in Virginia. For my own purpose, it acts as a metaphorical map, of the rediscovered paths of my childhood home.

           At the age of 34, I came back to Virginia to care for my mother, who died shortly after my return. As the last of my family passed, I turned my lens to old friends, and their new families. I photographed the house in which I grew up. The man that lives there now houses snakes in my father's old office, and rests them in my old bedroom, while he changes their cages. My mother always promised that there were no snakes in my room, and now that she is gone, there are.

These photographs are not meant to be purely autobiographical, but rather representations of how I view things, based on my own experiences, and those of the people that I have met along the way. My boyfriend Michael, stands on the street I grew up on, bridging the gap between past and present. Lynn, the first stranger that ever sat for me, continues to pose for me, along with her son Max. 
I have been photographing her for seventeen years now.

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Susan Worsham  was born in Richmond Virginia. She took her first photography class while studying graphic design in college.  In 2009 Susan was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize For Photography, and her book ” Some Fox Trails In Virginia” won first runner up in the fine art category of  the Blurb Photography Book Now International Competition. In 2010 Susan was awarded the first TMC / Kodak Film Grant, and was an artist in residence at Light Work in Syracuse, New York. Her work has been shown at the Corcoran Museum during FotoWeek D.C, LOOK3 Festival Of The Photograph, The Lishui Photo Festival in China, and most recently at the Danville Museum in Virginia. Susan was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers To Watch in 2011, and was included in Photolucida's Critcal Mass Top 50.

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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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Staged reality : Photographer: Sebastian Keitel

Staged reality : Photographer: Sebastian Keitel | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

For this series, Staged Reality, Keitel staged and photographed interiors of slum huts in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, where about 4 million people live in 5,000 informal settlements. The growing number of slums in developing countries is a global problem, the precise location therefore not so important. This work is rather an example for the living conditions of over one billion people worldwide. In addition, the photographs tell of man’s striving to create his home as comfortable as possible, even under such extreme conditions.

 

Sebastian Keitel is a recent graduate of University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Art and Design Bielefeld, Germany. He lives in Cologne, Germany and works everywhere.

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Wild Roots | Photographer: Mike Belleme

Wild Roots | Photographer: Mike Belleme | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Mike Belleme is a freelance photographer living in Asheville North Carolina. His work strives to invite the viewer into the lives of unique people.

 

"In the mountains of North Carolina there is an expanse of donated land inhabited by a small group of people who, for their own reasons, choose not to live as members of modern society. Tod and Talia, a couple, have been living in this place called Wild Roots for over seven years. Among the many reasons for eschewing modern society is their belief that the fall of civilization is imminent. Tod and Talia find comfort living with nature and being directly connected with most of the food that they eat, clothes that they wear and their surroundings. They, along with a fluctuating number of other resident of Wild Roots, are constantly trying to move farther away from reliance on society and build a stronger and more intimate relationship with their natural surroundings."

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Big Sister | Photographer: Hana Jakrlova

Big Sister | Photographer: Hana Jakrlova | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Big Sister is an internet sex club- a unique concept that conbines prostitution with elements of social media. Clients have sex for free after they sign a contract agreeing to be filmed. All rooms in the Big Sister house, located in the center of Prague, are equipped with web cams and the ‘action’ streams live via the Internet.

 

The cameras are operated from a separate studio and the content is transmitted to the Big Sister web site in real time. Tens of thousands of people worldwide enjoy the live virtual reality show for a for a fee paid by credit card on the Big Sister Internet portal.

 

The internet viewers pay for the real visitors’ free pleasure. Is it simply voyeurism or do the viewers become prostitutes of the visitors themselves? The idea shatters the fine line between virtual and actual realities.’

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