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IPA Southeast Asia Photo Showcase: Rony Zakaria, Indonesia

http://invisiblephotographer.asia - IPA Southeast Asia Photo Showcase: Man, Mountain And The Sea, by Rony Zakaria, Indonesia. Slideshow showcase for the Xishuangbanna…
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Monsoon | Photojournalism: Steve McCurry

Monsoon | Photojournalism: Steve McCurry | Scoop Photography | Scoop.it

"I was eleven years old when I saw a photo essay on the monsoon in India in Life Magazine by Brian Brake, the New Zealand-born Magnum photographer.

His work established his reputation as a master color photoessayist. Twenty years later, I proposed a story to National Geographic to photograph the monsoon. The next year I joined Magnum Photos.

People have often asked me what it was like spending almost a year photographing the monsoon. I spent several months following the monsoon which affects half the people on the planet.

Weather is often my best ally as I try to capture the perfect mood for my pictures, but photographing the monsoon was an experience that taught me a lot about patience and humility.

 

Photographing in heavy rain is difficult because you have to constantly wipe the rain drops from the camera lens. That takes about a third of the time. Monsoon rain is accompanied by winds that try to wrestle away the umbrella that is wedged between my head and shoulders.

I spent four days, in a flooded city in Gujarat, India, wading around the streets in waist-deep water that was filled with bloated animal carcasses and other waste material. The fetid water enveloped me leaving a greasy film over my clothes and body. Every night when I returned to my flooded hotel, empty except for a nightwatchman, I bathed my shriveled feet in disinfectant.

 

Once I was almost sucked down into one of the holes in the street in Bombay into which water was rushing. It took every bit of my strength to keep from losing my balance. After that close call, I shuffled along, inch by inch, yard by yard, until I had to abandon my cautious instincts.

I had to see the monsoon as a predictable yearly event, and not the disaster it seemed to my western eyes. The farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience as they watch their fields come back to life after being parched for half the year.

 

When I was in Porbundar, the historic birthplace of Gandhi, I came upon a dog. There he was, locked out of the house, standing on a tiny piece of concrete as the flood waters rose. His expression betrayed his emotions. You can tell by the picture that he realizes his predicament and hope his owner opens the door soon.

Actually, a moment after I took the picture, the door opened and he ran inside."- Steve Mccurry


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"The Coal Question": Kemal Jufri receives Gold Medal Award from Prix De La Photographie Paris

"The Coal Question": Kemal Jufri receives Gold Medal Award from Prix De La Photographie Paris | Scoop Photography | Scoop.it
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Indonesian photographer Kemal Jufri receives Gold Medal Award from Prix De La Photographie Paris for his work on coal industry in Indonesia.

Indonesia is the fifth largest coal producer in the world today and as of 2009, is the second largest exporter after Australia. This archipelagic nation only uses approximately 13 percent of the coal it produces for domestic consumption and the remaining 87 percent is sold to the rest of the world.
Coal powers 41 percent of the world's electrical supply. This led to the dramatic increase of world coal demand, which in turn prompted the industry to grow in leaps and bounds. However, irresponsible coal exploitation results in adverse impacts and comes at the expense of human health, environmental degradation and global climate change -- a high cost to pay when alternative energy is a cleaner, safer and healthier option.
In Indonesia, where open-pit mining is predominantly practiced, coal leaves an irreparable trail of destruction in its chain of custody from extraction to burning. The story of coal is a tale rife with destructions and misery rooted in irresponsibility. 

About the Artist:

Kemal Jufri is a freelance photographer with over a decade of experience covering stories across Asia with focus on Indonesia, for international publications including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Stern, Der Spiegel, amongst others.

He is a recipient of numerous awards and grants from some of the world's most prestigious institutions such as the World Press Photo, Missouri School of Journalisms Picture of The Year International (POYi), National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism (NPPA BOP), Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3), PDN Photo Annual and many more.

 

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Powerful earthquake strikes the Philippines

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A powerful 7.2 earthquake hit the Philippines this week, killing at least 160 and injuring hundreds. The quake was centered below the island of Bohol,...
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South Sudan | Photojournalist: Fernando Moleres

South Sudan | Photojournalist: Fernando Moleres | Scoop Photography | Scoop.it

Internally displaced waiting transport to return to their native land. Great part of internally displaced persons who fled during the war years now are retornees in southern Sudan. With the next referendum for self determination in southern Sudan many displaced return to live in their own country . Those living in north are afraid about the new political situation and return to south


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