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29 Ottobre 2014 Billund Lego Roberto Boccaccino

Billund is the birthplace of the LEGO, the company that created the “Toy of the century”, the colorful and evergreen bricks. In the last decades LEGO became one of the most important companies in Denmark and which, during the last century, brought into town wellness, money and a never-expected quality of life. Today Billund, with its 6000 inhabitants, has an international airport, a couple of huge amusement parks, schools, libraries, wonderful playgrounds, a tennis club and any kind of facilities for its families.
But the Lego Company changed so much this place that ended to replace its own original identity of farming village with a new one. Everything in Billund now is about Lego and everybody works for, or thanks, to it. Lego molded so much that little town into its own image that now Billund looks sometimes like a company town. A Toy Town. As soon as you get there you can’t avoid to breathe that “toyness” all around.

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28 Ottobre 2014 Milan closets

© Pietro Baroni
 
Milan is widely considered the capital of fashion, novelty and style.
Pietro Baroni (1977) is a Milanese photographer, who asked his fellow citizen to open their closets and show the content: this is the project "Milan Closets", so simple.
This project proved to be not easy; however, uncovered many (and not only) rare and vintage items.
Also creative confusion, modern fetish, questionable matching and secrets emerged from the subjects' wardrobes. Baroni has followed this path and discovered, more than fashion, people.
Which kind of clothes and colours? How do we keep them? Are we tidy or not? Do we have many items or few? Is the closet huge or tiny?
All these aspects lead to one truth: our closets hide (or show) something of who we are. A transversal cut of social class, tastes, ideals.
"Milan Closets" won the "Honorable Mention Prize" at IPA (International Photography Awards) 2012, in the category People-LifeStyle.
 

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27 Ottobre 2014 Ukraine

© Alfredo Bosco

A reportage from Donetsk by Alfredo Bosco. October and November 2014

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26 Ottobre 2014 At the gates of Europe Carlos Spottorno

At the Gates of Europe They come from Morocco, Mali, Yemen and Cote d'Ivoire; from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. They even come all the way from Nepal and beyond. Tens of thousands of people are on the move at any given time, trying desperately to get into Europe - on rafts, on foot and tucked away in lorries. They leave their home countries because poverty, war and hunger have made their lives intolerable and they're determined to find a better life for themselves, and maybe their families back home. Some of them travel for years, being passed from one trafficker to the other, at the mercy of unscrupulous criminals who see them as a commodity and play on their desperation. They risk everything, including their lives, to try and get to the Promised Land, to Welfare Europe where, it is rumoured, everyone is taken care of and there are opportunities for all.

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25 Ottobre 2014 Dreaming of a Homeland

© Ivor Prickett / Panos

Dreaming of a Homeland More than a decade after the allied invasion of Iraq, the semi-autonomous north of the country, commonly known as Iraqi Kurdistan, is facing its toughest challenge yet. Famed for its security and prosperity compared to the rest of the country, the Kurds are now fighting to maintain their hard earned reputation and continue on their path towards nationhood. Thanks to oil revenues and previously unfathomable trade and business links with Turkey, it is easy to find luxury hotels, shopping malls and fast cars in the regions capital, Erbil. Extremely tight security has meant the North has become a safe heaven for both national and international business in a country that is still racked by sectarian violence and now the expanding threat of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as Islamic State). The apparent stability and rapid development of the region is now more finely balanced than ever due to the emergence of the Islamic State. The Peshmerga, Iraqi Kurdistan’s independent armed forces, have been drawn into heavy fighting to protect their territory and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from other parts of the country have flooded to the North, adding to the huge numbers of Syrian refugees already seeking refuge there. The war is sapping the (Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) resources. The state coffers are said to be empty and many state employees, including the Peshmerga, haven’t been paid in months. Although the current fighting with ISIL is by far the greatest threat the autonomous regions's existence, Kurdistan was built on fragile foundations from the start. The violence that has racked the rest of Iraq since the allied invasion, and more recently the war in Syria, was always in danger of spilling over its borders. In addition to this, Turkish war planes were, until recently, regularly bombing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas who have many of their bases in the mountains of Northern Iraq. It is remarkable, therefore, that the KRG has managed to build a sanctuary of development and stability with the constant spectre of violence and instability hanging over it. It is this juxtaposition that drew Ivor Prickett into creating this body of work on Iraqi Kurdistan. It shows the seamless transition from Erbil's built up and bustling centre to refugee camps near the border with Syria or a training camp for young Kurdish fighters in Syria and their Iraqi counterparts who are playing computer games in one of Erbil's shopping malls. This part of Iraq, a country so blighted by over a decade of violence, is a place of many contradictions. A harsh, beautiful and often treacherous place.

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30 Settembre 2014 Women dock workers in the port of Palermo

Women dock workers in the port of Palermo
Text and photos: Patrice Terraz/Signatures Their names are Angela, Loredana, Rita, Antonella, or Giuseppina... Their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers were dock workers. They are the first generation of women dockers in the port of Palermo. There are about fifteen of them among around one hundred port workers – a higher percentage than in any other port in the world. They alone have swept aside two supposedly immutable prejudices: - only men work in ports - Sicilian women stay at home. Maritime traffic in the port of Palermo has been gradually slowing over the years. Currently, most maritime transport between Sicily and the north of Italy and Tunisia takes place using vessels known as "ROROs" [roll-on/roll-off], enormous cargo ships full of trucks. The dockers' work mostly consists of connecting and disconnecting these truck and trailer units, which are attached by heavy chains. It's an exhausting job, carried out in teams of ten and often at night. By themselves, or sometimes in twos, the girls have made a place for themselves within the group of dockers, and are just as loudmouthed as the men. They are extremely efficient at manoeuvring the chains and are respected by their colleagues. But their family life isn't easy. They are called up the day before to work the following morning, or in the morning to work the same evening. With such a rhythm, it's difficult to manage their children's schedules. Sometimes an unemployed husband stays at home, or often the grandparents are around to look after the children. The women are between thirty and forty-five years old and have all been working for at least ten years. They earn about one thousand euros a month for between eight and ten days work. In spite of the difficulties, they like their job and wouldn't give it up for anything – this never-ending waltz, day and night, moving in time to the noise of the chains and to bursts of laughter.

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29 Settembre 2014 Green spaces in Milan Roberto Boccaccino

AS LONG AS THERE'S A LAWN. - Portrait of a city and its relationship with public green areas.

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28 Settembre 2014 Meccamorphing Ziyah Gafic

A reportage in Mecca - Saudi Arabia by Ziyah Gafic

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13 Agosto 2014 LUZ at La nuit de l'année for Les Rencontres d'Arles 2014

Vivigals Female Rugby Team Mathare Slum Nairobi © Filippo Romano
Street Vendors Nairobi © Filippo Romano
Staff Riding © Marco Casino

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23 Luglio 2014 Ukraine

The last images founded in the cameras of Andy Rocchelli before his tragic death, while he was documenting the war in Ukraine in particular the life in the bunkers.

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22 Luglio 2014 Ost Berlin, 25 years later Calogero Russo

A reportage in EAST BERLIN 25 years after the fall of the wall by Calogero Russo

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21 Luglio 2014 Gaza Gabriele Micalizzi / Cesura

Reportage from Gaza strip, July 2014 by Gabriele Micalizzi / Cesura

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20 Luglio 2014 Lampedusa Massimo Mastrorillo

"Far is this island from the sea, a far sea"

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26 Giugno 2014 Recife Arianna Arcara / Cesura

A reportage by Arianna Arcara / Cesura on Recife just before the starting of the World Soccer Championship

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26 Giugno 2014 ORDINARY PEOPLE: HIV in Indonesia

ORDINARY PEOPLE: HIV/AIDS in Indonesia Adhi Kusumo / Panjalu Images

ORDINARY PEOPLE is a series of portrait about people who live and work normally in our society. There is only one thing that makes them different from common people; they are HIV/AIDS positives. This is a photo project about the importance of identity for everyone, including people with HIV/AIDS. Identity may be defined as the distinctive characteristic belonging to any given individual, and the face is one of the most personal identity and important for someone in social life. Our face mounted on ID card as proof of identity that we become a part of social life and state. The face is also a marker for people to get to know us as friends, neighbors, or family. But in this photo project, I cover up my subject's face, to reinforce my message that is very important of the face as a personal identity, so it can be have negative effects for people with HIV/AIDS, if they disclose and declaring their status as a HIV/AIDS positive. They will be imposed social sanction and estranged from the society. According of the sociologist Erving Goffman (1963), popular images of people with HIV/AIDS often invoke a 'triple stigma' : the biological mark of illness, the 'blemish of individual character', and the 'tribal stigma' of being associated with groups already 'assumed to be particularly prone to infection' (homosexuals, drug users, and prostitutes). In a developing country such as Indonesia which still upholds religion and norm, people living with HIV/AIDS are estranged from their own neighborhood. Many people to react with fear and have a negative stigma towards anyone who tests positive. People also have the thoughts that people living with HIV/AIDS are useless, weak, and they just wait for their death. I picked some anonymous photo subjects of people with HIV/AIDS from various backgrounds for my photo project. That is to show that anyone can be infected with HIV/AIDS now. The latest fact shows that the spread of HIV/AIDS nowadays is more difficult to be detected, since it is not only occurred among sex workers, homosexuals, or IDU (Injection Drug Users), but also has approached into ordinary people in society and to the nearest people among us. I make a portrait about people with HIV/AIDS without the face, but still bringing the character of each subject. I closed their faces to cover their identities with their personal belongings which are identical with their characters and stories, so my subject could tell they stories fearless and the audience don’t have to know who they really are in the picture. Photo and Text: Adhi Kusumo Adhi Kusumo is photographer based in Indonesia. His work represented by Panjalu Images.

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26 Giugno 2014 Richness in Sao Paulo Alessandro Sala / Cesura

Richness in Sao Paulo. Reportage by ALessandro Sala / Cesura just before the starting of the World Soccer Champiuonship

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26 Giugno 2014 "Without Borders" Guido Gazzilli

“Without Borders”

Lampedusa is the most Southern Italian island. It is very small, just 6.300 inhabitants. Today the island is one of the most important gate of access to Europe for immigrants coming from the African continent. First time I came to Lampedusa, 3 years ago, I documented the arrival of 20.000 immigrants escaping from their homeland thorn apart by war and riots. What really hit me during my stay was the reaction of locals while they were assisting at this invasion. These people, during the past 20 years, have been welcoming desperate human beings in search for a better life with solidarity and silence. Lampedusa inhabitants are a small community that showed me great respect for human dignity and how it is possible to pursue pacific cohabitation. These islanders are simple people, with souls deep as their sea, that fronted the desperation of the immigrants not with fear, but with an helping hand. That's why Lampedusa has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Price, a fair recognition of their long time effort . So many stories should be told, stories of hope, stories of love, most of them truly tragic. This time my focus was on on islanders and on Lampedusa as a border territory. The following images are the diary of the people I met during these years, places I visited, houses I entered and of what Lampedusa and its inhabitants mean to me. This work is my small contribution to give back to people who has been giving so much for years without nothing in exchange. This documentary project aims to investigate human connections- without borders. The living conditions of the people of Lampedusa are unique, making them an incomparable subject for such a study.

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26 Giugno 2014 Stormy Riders: Jockey Kids in Indonesia

Stormy Riders: Jockey Kids in Indonesia

Without any fear, children aged 5-9 race on horseback at up to 80km per hour. In Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, a horseback racing tradition involves child jockeys. The talent for horseback racing is passed on from generation to generation. Children learn to let go of their fear, even with the very real risk of falling, becoming maimed, or dying during the race. The races have been held at the end of the rice-harvesting season ever since anyone can remember. The local government and parents consider this tradition an important part of their culture, which must be preserved. Even with all the risks and dangers involved, no one cares for the safety of these child jockeys. Not even standard safety horse riding gear is provided. They didn’t seem to have any worries, just kids enjoying their world Besides safety, there are other concerns for the welfare of these children. Preparation and training for the horse riding races interferes with their education. Each year there are at least ten horse races. Each racing event takes at least ten days. This adds up, and every year these child jockeys are missing 100 days of school. No one views the situation as exploitation of children. The children are paid a small fee for each race of around Rp 20,000 to 50,000 rupiah (two to five USD). But the real money involved is from the betting at each race, which is not monitored or banned by the authorities. The people who live in Sumbawa Island have a horse culture - and use them to transport, children learn to ride at the age of 5 years-old. They have known these horses since they were young and just like friends. Almost all of the families here have horses, but they are not always kept in their homes. The local government of Sumbawa Island provides a large area on the slopes of Mount Tambora for the horses. It is given for free, no need to pay rent for the land and there is no tax on horses. There are thousands of wild horses released by their owners on the slopes. Indonesia photographer, Romi Perbawa dedicates his time during the four years from 2010 – 2014 to document the event. "These kids are considered heroes, but they are also people who loser," said Romi Perbawa. "Being a Jockey for the children is also seeking money to help their families economically," he said. For this project, Romi Perbawa will launch a photography book entitled "Stormy Riders" in mid-May 2014 in Indonesia. He will also be showing off pictures of his in a solo exhibition at ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism - Jakarta. “ I will continue this ongoing project, I want to document the lives of these kids until they mature later and have a child who will be his successor," said Romi Perbawa. Photograph by Romi Perbawa

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29 Maggio 2014 The siege of Sloviansk

Ukraina 2014, May. Sloviansk, Cherevkovka neighborhood. A family of 10 adopted children seeks refuge from bombing in the basement.

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29 Aprile 2014 Environmental migrants: the last illusion. Kenya, Nairobi Alessandro Grassani

Project by Alessandro Grassani
Environmental migrants: the last illusion. Kenya, Nairobi.

Climate changes are causing alterations to landscapes, economic emergencies and above all human suffering. By 2025 two thirds of the world's population could live in conditions of water stress and although everyone will have access to electronics, billions of individuals will be left without water. The Horn of Africa is one of the areas most affected by this plague: desertification is advancing relentlessly to the border between Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda bringing with it armed conflicts over grazing land, as well as drought and famine. In the Turkana area, in Kenya, I was able to show the high price the population is paying for the ongoing variations in the rain cycle. Among the tribes a man's wealth is measured by the number of cattle he owns. The absence of rain has decimated the animals and the farmers are constantly engaged in internal battles for the control of water resources and grazing land, which are becoming more and more limited. It is due to the fear of tribal conflicts and the lack of prospects, that many Kenyans have been forced to look for social-economic security in the capital, Nairobi. But their hopes become dashed in the slums, those shanty towns where the population doubles together with extreme poverty. The story of the environmental migrants is about families torn apart and broken lives; people who are losing their land and traditions.

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29 Aprile 2014 Crimea

Giacomo Liverani / Cesura   After months of clashes in Kiev, Ukraine has to deal with a hard political and social situation in the South and East part of the country. In Simferopol, county town of the Crimea peninsula, armed men occupied the Rada, building of the Supreme Council of Crimea, on February 27th . On March 1st the Russian Federation started to occupy Crimea and took its troops in the Ukrainian region. On March 11th , 2014, amidst the 2014 Crimean crisis, the Crimean parliament and the Sevastopol City Council issued a letter of intent to unilaterally declare independence from Ukraine. While the Russian Federation’s troops were taking control of the peninsula and surroundings Ukrainian military bases, Crimea voted, on March 16th, in favor of Crimea’ s independence from Ukraine and joined Russia as a federal subject with a large majority. The European Union, Canada, Japan and the United States condemned the vote as illegal. President Vladimir Putin accepted the annexation of Independent Crimea to the Russian Federation. Now, in other regions of Ukraine, pro-Russian supporters want to annex to Russia asking for other referendums. Ukraine is now the field of change of a new international political equilibrium between Eastern and Western countries.

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29 Aprile 2014 All-In

© Giacomo Liverani / Cesura Poker Texas Hold’em fever widespreads all over Italy. A really popular game, still banned by the italian law. If online everything is permitted and everyone can create a really checking account looking for fortune behind a nick name, live poker is still forbidden. Online, Live Tournaments, Sit & Go or Cash Game does not matter, show his skills is the most important aim for a poker player at the table, live or virtual one. A fast growing community that play on dedicated websites and organize live meeting on the social networks. A community that look up to the poker stars shown on tv. An american game played by thousands of italian guys and men. This project tell about the Province of Milan and its poker rooms. Banned places where everynight many people play poker live tournaments. Hotels, restaurants, garages can become a night poker room.

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29 Aprile 2014 Brazil's stadiums

Football Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014. A selection of stadium  © FOTOGLORIA

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29 Aprile 2014 Staff Riding Marco Casino

_LOCATION: KATLEHONG
Katlehong is one of the largest townships in South Africa and has played a key role in the history of the struggle against apartheid. The population is almost entirely made up of blacks, but strongly multiethnic: all the eleven South Africa's official languages are spoken in the township. This urban area has been for many years a dormitory-town for workers employed in the Johannesburg's factories. Poverty is widespread, and there are still vast areas where houses are shacks . The unemployment rate is above 50% . Even higher peaks are reported among young people between 15-25 years.
_THE PHENOMENON: TRAIN SURFING
Staff riding, the local slang for train surfing, is a widespread phenomenon in South Africa. The almost total majority of surfers are kids under 25. Amputations e death are really common. The knowledge of the socio-cultural background of this township people is crucial to understanding the phenomenon. Train is historically the conveyance which accompanied workers from the township to Johannesburg. The Prasa Metrorail , the local train company, is one of the foundations of South African society. This connection between train and citizens remained very strong over time. Associated with economic stagnation , degradation and the logic of life on the road , led to the birth of train surfing as a social phenomenon .
_THE INQUIRY
The focus of this social reportage wants to be an analysis of the phenomenon. The spectacular and risky act of train surfing becomes the framework to tell the Katlehong's young people social fabric. This place has been the epicenter of the anti- apartheid's guerrillas, and on the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the facts that we all know , the situation of segregation has remained more or less unchanged in daily life . In a context where violence , rampant poverty , abuse of alchool/drugs and infant birth/AIDS are the masters , the train surfing is configured as the search for a social redemption that will never come for the characters of this story . "STAFF RIDING" is part of a long-term project about the township lifestyle 20 years later the struggle for apartheid.

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28 Marzo 2014 Bit Rot

BIT ROT PROJECT © Valentino Bellini
Bit rot is a colloquial term used in the computerized information systems environment to indicate the gradually decaying of data stored on storage medias or software over the duration of time. In this case, the concept is transposed from a virtual reality, made of bit and software, to a material one, made of real people, things and places. This reality is the research subject of the BITROT Project. Through photographic documentation, the project follows the international movements of the e-waste, providing evidence of illegal commerce and disposal and tells the stories of those who are involved, but also underlines green and sustainable alternatives that in many countries have already been adopted. Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) is growing faster than any other type of waste. With an annual volume that goes between 40 and 50 million metric tons, according to the UNEP (United Nation Environment Program), the growing amount of e-waste could grow exponentially, as much as 500 times over the coming decade, especially in countries like India, China and some African regions where the technology industry is growing fast. It is hazardous waste, containing dozens of substances dangerous to human health and the environment; it is hard to be sustainably disposed of and it needs a costly processing technique to make it recyclable. This is the reason why about 80% of the e-waste produced in developed countries (North America and Europe on the top of the list) is not disposed of in situ, but shipped, most of the time illegally, to developing countries on cargo ships, where it is illegally disposed of. The Basel Convention, adopted on 22 March 1989 and entered into force in 5 May 1992, lays down rules to control, at an international level, transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal, including electrical and electronic waste. However, despite this useful instrument, the international regulation is not effective enough to fight the criminal organizations that gain great profit in moving the materials internationally. This research is inspired by this important, practical problem, represented by the e-waste and focuses on the extreme consumerism of the society we live in. A society that keeps hostage modern slaves, forced to live and work in detrimental conditions and that at same time, keeps itself as a hostage, always looking for technological and innovative products to satisfy its own need of being fast and competitive. A society where the consumer does not acknowledge boredom and his culture avoids it. Where there is not happiness and the moments of happiness are when we satisfy our impelling needs, careless of acknowledging that our choices have an impact on the life of those that have no choice. Visit bitrotproject.tumblr.com

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28 Marzo 2014 Camden

© Kevin Downs / Cosmos Camden, New Jersey is one of the most dangerous cities in the Unites States. When Kevin Downs went there, early 2013, Camden was in the midst of dissolving its city police force in favor of a countywide police agency. They found a city that is inhabited by hard-working citizens that are fighting a battle against corrupt city officials and drug dealers that call Camden the heroine highway of the United States. People live in extreme poverty, with a death toll by violent crime that is the highest of any city of North America, even surpassing Detroit as one of the most violent cities of the US in 2012, according to FBI data by CQ Press.

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28 Marzo 2014 Stumble in the Jungle Espen Rasmussen

When does the pain start? Norwegian runner Bernt Arne Tvedt (34) starts to feel it 3 km into gruelling 254 km Amazon Jungle Marathon in Brazil. It starts with a cramp in one leg, then cramps in the other. By the time he is able to stop and stretch, ants start crawling up his legs. This brings first embarrassment, then fear. On the ground there are scorpions and poisonous snakes in the trees while the many rivers the runners have to cross are infested with piranhas. The pain is making Bernt Arnes body shake. 'I think I will have to retire' he says and starts crying. CNN has dubbed this marathon 'the world's toughest endurance race.'

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28 Marzo 2014 The Butler Aacademy

Capucine Bailly / Cosmos The International Butler Academy mission is to educate, prepare, and coach dedicated individuals in order to become professionals in the True Art of Service and house management. It provides its graduates with the best possible qualifications for entering the butling and private service profession.

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28 Marzo 2014 Selling Spring: Sex Workers Series James Whitlow Delano

Selling Spring: Sex Workers Series.
Selling Spring, or "Baishun" in Japanese, reflects age-old attitudes towards prostitution, a form of servitude. It is simply impossible to make generalizations about this subject. Usually, the deeper the poverty, the higher the likelihood that young women, and sometimes young men, will wind up in this dangerous profession. Quite often they are coerced or betrayed by a perceived friend or even a relative in whom misplaced trust results in a form of bondage, though this is not always the case. Even in Thailand which has made great economic strides over the last thirty years, prostitution is still prevalent and Patpong and Pattaya are still synonymous with the sex industry. In Japan, “enjo-kosai”, or compensation dating, where Japanese men meet and pay young women and girls from the urban middle class for sex on a ‘date’, is still a problem. In the case of Japan, poverty does not even enter into the equation. In 2007, I was in Southern California. At this time I began to break through barriers, I went to places with various degrees of civil conflict like Yemen, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and the southern Philippines, places most people avoid. I had encountered street prostitutes called “Paraditas”, doing a story along the Mexican border the year before. There was an area, Zona Norte, immediately across the border in Tijuana, Mexico where prostitution was tolerated. Women largely worked autonomously on the streets. Police were everywhere arresting men. I became fascinated by this sub-culture. I speak Spanish fluently and soon found out that these were ordinary women, often single mothers, who could adequately support their children no other way than on the streets. When I finished that series, I was determined to extend this project beyond Tijuana and look inside this subculture as widely as I could. When approaching the sex industry, there is risk in every direction, from the men who closely monitor the women and from the police, even if women are working autonomously or semi-autonomously. Because of this moving quietly and working quickly is key in my work. This may not always by evident in the actual portrait, which may have been made in a session with a woman for an extended period of time, but I definitely arrive unannounced, photograph and leave quietly when finished. I need to enter their world, unchanged, no show for the lens. To represent the truth of their world and to show the way that these women hang onto the frayed threads of their dignity, I knew I would have to attract as little attention as possible. I did not touch these women, I did not care about photographing them engaging a client, their clients did not interest me. I wanted to connect with each woman’s humanity, her form; no judgement and not much explanation. I wanted to take the viewer with me, and allow them fill in the narrative. What interests me is the woman behind this persona that is created for men’s sexual appetite. Each woman is someone’s sister, daughter, maybe even someone’s mother. There is this uniform, bare-lightbulb squalor in their world. There is wear on the soul and a desire for compassion, and a little respect. It is a heavy burden to keep their work a secret, if they have chosen not to reveal it. There is often fear, though I am mindful to try and enter situations where each woman is making her own decision whether or not to be photographed. My work is a search for dignity in the spiritual squalor.

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28 Febbraio 2014 Kiev 2014

© Andy Rocchelli / Cesura Three months of largely protests came to a bloody head this week as thousands of riot police attacked a protest camp in Kiev, Ukraine, resulting in clashes and gunfire that left at least 100 people dead and 571wounded. After days of bloodshed, the government of President Viktor F. Yanukovych said negotiators had agreed to an initial deal to “settle the crisis,” without elaborating. The president was later reported to say he would call early elections.

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27 Febbraio 2014 In Limbo Andrea Frazzetta

IN LIMBO. © Andrea Frazzetta
One million Syrian refugees.
An inexorable flow of people that keeps growing. Five hundred-thousand Palestinian refugees, unwelcome guests, forgotten in their ghettoes for 65 years. A small country with less than four and a half million inhabitants. These are the ingredients of a phenomenon like no others that makes Lebanon a place unlike any other in the World. A state that hosts a non-state within its heart. A land of invisibles, with no homes, no rights, floating in a limbo. The Lebanese state does not recognize the refugee status and equates these people running from war to illegal immigrants. Following the trail of a human being stuck in this limbo is not easy. They arrive at night, on foot, riding on mules, with improvised means of transportation. They cross the border with nothing and seek shelter with the little they find in the camps, spread around the dry hills of the Bekaa Valley. ITS - Informal Tented Settlements - they call them. An acronym that is officially used only in Lebanon, where ITS form a majority of the refugee community due to the moratorium imposed by the government on refugee camps. “A cluster with at least ten tents”. ITS have become an increasingly “default option” for the most vulnerable among Syrian refugees. In the residential areas that proliferate around the small towns refugees with some means of sustenance seek shelter in empty or abandoned buildings paying minimal rents to the owners or taking care of maintenance. Many of them fight poverty by offering to work for starvation wages or by selling back the international food aid. There are those who offer to work the land for permission to settle into a shack on the edge of the fields. And finally those who find refuge within the purgatory of Palestinian refugee camps. Around 65.000 out to the million Syrian refugees are Palestinians who are able to find a place to stay in only one of the 12 long standing camps born after the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. Here they live like canned-sardines, often in conflict ridden environments, at the margins of society. For young people in these ghettoes it is more convenient to choose a kalashnikov over a school they cannot afford to pay. That will give them access to the 130 dollar monthly pay with free cigarettes that make up the salary for the recruits hired by the so called “political parties” of the multi-confessional militias. We are witnessing an exodus with a devastating impact force causing a huge amount of problems: hygienic, sanitary, living, alimentary, social and educational issues. “Lebanon has reached the limit of its endurance: we urgently need help from the international community.” This was the appeal by Lebanese president Michel Suleiman at the United Nations Security Council. Even if we don’t want to see it. this state-not-state is growing under our very eyes. Another black hole birthed by the war.

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27 Febbraio 2014 A rwandan fate

Photos : Christophe Calais/Signatures
A rwandan fate
At the end of 1994, the Hutu militiamen responsible for the Rwandan genocide flee to Zaïre, soon followed by Hutu civilians. Guilty or not of participating in the genocide, hundreds of thousands Rwandans wander on the roads, facing hunger and cholera. On July 26 of that year, a child is rescued from being buried alive in a mass grave by a French legionnaire. Since that day, Christophe Calais has followed Angelo's journey. At the time, the legionnaire and his family want to adopt the boy but aid agencies are able to track Angelo's parents. Instead of leaving for France, Angelo spends two years with his father in a refugee camp in Zaïre. In 1996, a civil war breaks out : father and son, among 500,000 refugees, are forced to return to Rwanda. But for Angelo, the joy of being reunited with his entire family will not last long. Shortly after his return, the boy's father, Léonard, is accused of having participated in the genocide and incarcerated. Angelo will not see his father for the next five years. Christophe Calais will follow Angelo's story in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010, date in which he photographs him with his five-year-old girl. In October, 2013, He returns to Rwanda to see Angelo, almost 20 years after their first meeting.

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31 Gennaio 2014 Palestinian Pleasures

Since the mid-1980s, the visual narrative of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has been predictable: photographs of stone-throwing teenagers confronting Israeli soldiers, refugee camps, mothers mourning children killed in conflicts, and long lines at border crossing points. Particularly dramatic variations on these visual tropes make the front pages and win awards.
Tanya Habjouqa, a Jordanian-born photographer, looks for subtler strategies to explore today’s Palestinian experience.

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31 Gennaio 2014 Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Ed Thompson

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Ed Thompson & Sammy Hamze
December 2013

Lebanon currently has the highest number of Syrian refugees. The UNHCR put the estimate currently at 860,000 although the Lebanese government see it being much higher. Lebanon itself is a small country, a population of only 4 million, trying to cope with this vast influx of refugees. Of the 2.4 million refugees over a million are children. 3 out of 4 of those children are under five years old. This is a humanitarian disaster.

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31 Gennaio 2014 Brixton Pound Anna Ambrosi

In 2009, in Brixton, a small group of people met to discuss about how to make the economy closer to people’s reality. Five years later the Brixton Pound, the first urban local currency, is daily used by more than 250 businesses, people can use it to pay taxes and cities from all around the world are writing to the B£’s headquarters to know how to replicate the model in their area. Brixton is a district in the London Borough of Lambeth in South London, England. It has always been a multiethnic community, with a large percentage of its population being of African and Caribbean descent, a place of changing populations and fortunes. In the late 20th century Brixton obtained notoriety as one of the highest crime areas in London, but in the last few years it has become somewhat gentrified. The Ritzy Cinema, right in front of the local Town Hall, has become one of the symbols of this change in the area.

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31 Gennaio 2014 Sochi James Hill

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

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31 Gennaio 2014 Sudan Borders War

For over two years Sudan’s government has waged a bombing campaign against civilian it accuses of supporting Nuban rebels. Cheap shrapnel bombs are dropped out of Antontov cargo plans nearly every day. The campaign has terrorized the people of the Nuba mountains, forcing many to flee, and making it difficult for others to plant and tend their farms. There are no reliable data on the number of people who’ve lost limbs or been disabled since the war started in the Nuba Mountains in June of 2011. Some people are hit by shrapnel, others accidentally detonate unexploded rockets and bombs hidden just beneath the ground

©Nuba Reports

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23 Dicembre 2013 School of Shepherds

SCHOOL OF SHEPHERDS.
Renewal and alternatives to the primary sector in times of crisis.

“The school give the opportunity to train young people, from predominantly urban environments, who want to learn the office of pastor. With over 60% of its students keep working on the livestock labor, the Sheperd’s School is part of a regeneration of Spanish rural landscape, which is already becoming a reality”. The School of Shepherds of Catalonia, one of the pioneering experiences in the recovery and revitalization of the livestock sector, will arrive in in March 2014 to its sixth edition. Ignoring the pessimistic voices that consider livestock death touched, the school will give again the opportunity to train young people, from predominantly urban environments, who want to learn the office of pastor. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to provide a generational renewal in the Catalan livestock sector. It was already more than necessary: most of the Spanish rural areas have a high degree of depopulation. Emigration of the young and the consequent increase of the aging of the population are almost chronic problems there. Aspirants to shepherd arrive from all over Catalonia, but also from other areas, such as Valencia, Aragon or Canary Islands. Most of them are young, around thirty, and attend the school by vocation. Students go through a month of theoretical training and four months of real farming practices. The experience of the past four years show that, after this training experience, over 60% of students keep working on the livestock labor. The Shepherd’s School offers real alternatives in the sector, and it’s doing it by using innovative social coordinates as food sovereignty, ecological production, incorporation of women to grazing, direct sales, access to the own land, rural repopulation... A renewed breath of fresh air in the Pyrenees, in times of socio-economic crisis. And the School is not an isolated experience at all. Spanish market has been increasing in both supply and demand for this type of training livestock. For many, the return to the fields is an unexpected alternative to unemployment in times of crisis. For others, it’s a way of life according to their convictions. In any case, the regeneration of Spanish rural landscape is already becoming a reality.

Text and photos: Joan Alvado /NARPhotos.

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23 Dicembre 2013 To the West

OSTKREUZ To the west.
A new perspective on Charlottenburg

Zoo, train station, universities, boulevards, kerb crawling area, luxury, tourist attraction and poverty – all within one square kilometre. The west area of Charlottenburg has for a long time been characterized by dynamic bustle and parallel worlds. An endless flow of people and an urban obstacle course without real encounters. Here, everyone is moving alongside one another, seeking their own free space in the slalom. C/O Berlin has asked 13 photographers from the agency OSTKREUZ to explore Charlottenburg and its residents and to reveal the diverse stories and social strata behind the hectic activity and facades.

Jörg Brüggemann, Espen Eichhöfer, Annette Hauschild, Tobias Kruse, Werner Mahler, Dawin Meckel, Thomas Meyer, Jordis Antonia Schlösser, Anne Schönhartig, Linn Schröder, Maurice Weiss and Heinrich Völkel will make a visual inventory of this urban microcosm that oscillates between clichés and reality, run-down buildings and splendour, com- merce and science, decline and new beginnings. Their photographic essays deal with the theme of current change and the special characteristics and my- ths of the zoo quarter.

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23 Dicembre 2013 Mining for Mao Sven Torfinn

Chinese investment in Africa is a hot topic that is splitting opinion in surprising ways. Some commentators are up in arms, warning of ruthless exploitation of natural resources for the good of Chinese investors and a kleptocratic few local potentates. Others point out that Chinese investment in infrastructure is transforming some of the most underdeveloped parts of the continent, bringing huge benefits to some of the poorest people. Whichever angle taken on this growing phenomenon, it leaves few Africa watchers cold.

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23 Dicembre 2013 An Iranian Journey

Before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran under the Shah had close relations with the United States which saw it as a reliable ally in a volatile region and an important bulwark against the neighbouring Soviet Union. With its vast oil reserves, Iran was a pivotal power in the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East and the Shah's drive to secularise the country aligned with Western intentions for the region. All this changed, however, with the revolution that brought Ayatollah Khomeni to power and inaugurated decades of virulent anti-Americanism. For over twenty years, the news and imagery coming out of Iran have been dominated by chador-clad women, flag burning demonstrations and the reports of nuclear skulduggery. The reality of daily life in this ancient country, however, is much more complex and diverse.

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28 Novembre 2013 Faces of politicians

Work in progress...
The faces of the politicians
I volti della politica

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28 Novembre 2013 Street sellers in Nairobi slums Filippo Romano

Selling on the street, going from door to door, is one of the most common trades in the African world, in both the rural areas and the slums of the big cities. The seller who goes around with the goods on his back is, in that situation, characteristic of those who are accustomed to fending for themselves and coming up with their own job. It is the crude spin-off of a changing, evolving economic process. The slums are not only places of extreme survival: a more careful look at them reveals that they are hubs of self-generated, continuously expanding economies. The seller and his wares are an “indicator” of the consumption, the needs and even the whims of a community. The title of the series of portraits of the street vendors – “Nomadic Sellers” – is stolen from how a seller described himself: “I sell nomadic.” From their testimonies, we learn that those who sell pesticides earn more from a day’s work – 1,000/2,000 shellini (10, 20 euros). Those who mend broken plastic tubs, using burning embers in a primitive hot-melding technique, earn only a tenth of that. The Masai sell traditional medicines, often herbal brews transported in white bins, for 10/20 shellini (0.20 euro) per glass. This is a small nation of artisans who display goods produced in the slums, and sellers of goods (such as women’s shoes) made from donations by charity foundations. 89 The handmade shoes are created from pieces of rubber tyre. In other cases, you can find Chinese products, such as lace lampshades, being sold at knockdown prices. But there are also many who sell SIM cards for mobile phones, given that the phone industry in Africa is perhaps one of the biggest expanding markets, and someone has understood the potential of a widespread sales network in a ghetto of more than half a million people. Those who sell on the streets of Mathare, and across Africa in general, testify to the strength of collective desires that are not always as primitive as might be expected, instead revealing a consumerist need not unlike that in the rest of the world.

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28 Novembre 2013 Terra dei Fuochi Alessandro Sala / Cesura

(part of the project: Garbage emergency)

The Italian government has held emergency crisis talks after riots broke out in Boscoreale (NA) over plans to build a rubbish dump inside the Vesuvius National Park, an area protected by UNESCO. The people who live along its perimeter are paying the ultimate price. Rising rates of leukemia, throat cancer, and respiratory illnesses are a testament to the severe pollution of the air and water. They can’t open their windows, and the children can’t play outside because of the intensely sickening smell. The proposed Cava Vitiello tip will be the biggest waste dump in Europe, with a three-million-tonne capacity. Angry residents rioted at the news, torching garbage trucks and attacking police lines, injuring several officers. The riots temporarily halted the collection of garbage in Naples, which quickly led to overflowing bins and renewed international attention. Naples has been plagued with controversy surrounding its waste management policies for years, said to be affected by corruption, poor management and infiltration by the local mafia.

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28 Novembre 2013 Paris Fashion Week

Paris 24th Fashion Week September 2013 © Dmitry Kostyuokov

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31 Ottobre 2013 GOD WAS THERE AND I GOT SO CLOSE Massimo Mastrorillo

CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) is the closest place toGod, the place where they try to give answers to que­stions that are part of the history of humanity: Whydo we exist?How did life origina­te? etc..

CERN is a kind of State (sovereign and inviolable) within a State, on the border betwe­en Switzerland and France, where abouteleven thousandpeople, without distinction of sex, race,politics and religion, work and study side by side and in the name of re­search.

This is a storyabout the incredible technology which is used in this place and how it seemsto be the gateway to the divine and to that which cannot be explained about the existen­ce of theuniverse; aboutthe inner, incredible and almostdivine potential of humanity to create, about how humanity shows alongsidethis potential, one's insecurity, weakness, emotions and howthere is an indissoluble link betweennature, humanity and science; about how there is orderin the chaos of events and things (entropy) and an apparent disorder in human's attempttodiscover the secrets of this mysterious and infinite process; how, in this “Tree of Life", everything is linked together in the name of"causality" and not of "casualness".

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30 Ottobre 2013 Cosplay, Tokyo 2013 - Playing for Real Andrea Frazzetta

Playing For Real Tokyo, 2013 © Andrea Frazzetta / LUZ

Cosplay, Japanese abbreviation for the English terms “costume” and “play”, is the art of dressing up like a character – or even a concept – from a work of fiction. In a Japan, where popular culture is ever more based on the “now”, manga, anime and videogames, are the main source of inspiration and the result is often quite spectacular, blurring the line between real and fiction. What is more real? Is it the person inside the costume or the ideal it represents? To many of them “real” is the character, as it often gives rise to complex role playing game dynamics that blur the lines between the virtual and physical world. But most of all, real is the work that goes into creating the costume, the maniacal care for details, the perfection necessary to translate into the reality something that only exists in fiction. It’s not just for “otaku”, the Japanese, “geeks”: the most successful cosplayer are beautiful, even before dressing up as Lara Croft or one of the impossibly gorgeous characters from the Final Fantasy videogame series (a long lasting favorite in the Land of the Rising Sun). In Japan cosplayers are trendsetters, their style affects fashion and their passion has been spreading for years now: where in Japan it’s all about manga, in the West inspiration comes from comic books, TV series and cult movies and, of course, games: the only artform that seems to unite every modern culture. - The Tokyo Game Show 2013. The Tokyo Game Show, or TGS, remains a unique event in the videogame industry calendar, both because it is among the longest running game shows ever (it began back in 1996, when the first PlayStation was the system to own) and because it is all about Japanese games and gamers, so the enthusiasm, the passion and, to our western eyes, the weirdness, is unrivaled. This year, inside the traditional Makuhari Messe venue (located East of Tokyo), Sony and Microsoft were going head to head with gigantic stands. After a few years of declining attendance, this time around a new record was hit, with 270.197 visitors (annihilating last year’s 220.000) throughout the four days, only three of which, September 20th to the 22nd, open to the public. But what matters most for the “show-factor” is the type of people attending: armies of cosplayers filled the halls, contributing to create a fantasy scenario, while making videogame come to life.

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30 Ottobre 2013 Zone of Absolute Discomfort Justin Jin

Zone of Absolute Discomfort A three-part photo essay capturing Russia’s push to dominate the Arctic

February 2012 -- Inside the claustrophobic confines of a shipping container erected on an icy nowhere, a group of Russians waits out another day of an Arctic storm. Anton bakes blini. Andrei watches the same horror movie again. Alexei tries to craft a toothpaste holder from an empty tin can. Lisa the dog, who finds company among the 100 men in Camp No. 2, curls up farthest from the drafty door. The engineers gathered on this desolate patch of Russian tundra were hired by a geo-exploration company to look for oil deep below the permafrost. I am waiting out the battering winds with them, documenting the international race to domineer Arctic resources.

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30 Ottobre 2013 Bangkok the overactive Pascal Meunier

Thailand – Bangkok the overactive

The Thai capital could not be more worthy of its label “Happy City”. Its reputation as the new leading light goes beyond the Asian borders. Bangkok is all the rage today: the megalopolis is going through its golden age. And the opium of (good) fortune intoxicates the mind, always ready to create, invent, outdo itself.

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30 Ottobre 2013 The Russia left behind

The Russia Left Behind

A journey through a heartland on the slow road to ruin

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30 Ottobre 2013 This is Nowhere

This photo project explores the restless lives of adolescents growing up in Finnmark, the northeastern most county of Norway which loops over the top of Finland and borders on the empty wastelands of northern Karelia in Russia. Norway's renowned wealth from fishing, oil and minerals largely originates in the country's frozen North yet many of the tiny communities that dot the fjords and islands along the Barents Sea have become forgotten, isolated outposts with few opportunities. Privatisation of the fishing industry in the 1970s brought widespread unemployment and depopulation to an already thinly sparsely inhabited region.

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30 Settembre 2013 Guzman - The telling room for the New York Times Magazine Andrea Frazzetta

An American Man’s Quest to Become an Old Castilian.
By MICHAEL PATERNITI.

The A-1 national highway in Spain heads north from Madrid straight over the Guadarrama Mountains, the peaks jutting like jagged shark teeth that cut the rest of the world away. And then you’re floating, up through one last ear-popping puerta, or pass, perched above the upper Meseta Central, the football-shaped highlands that cover most of the country’s northern interior, the silted land below glinting with flecks of red, gold and green [...]

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06 Settembre 2013 Rainbow Family in Guatemala

© Ulrich Lebeuf / Myop / LUZ The Rainbow Family Gathering in the north of Guatemala, in November 2012. During the meal ritual, a circle is formed around the fire. Everyone hold hands and sing to thank the very respected Pachamama (Mother Earth), before being served vegetarian food. At the end of the meal, a small group will go around the circle so everybody can contribute financially to feed the family

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06 Settembre 2013 Ninja: Mongolia™s Illegal Gold Miners

Mining activity makes up for an important part of Mongolia’s economy. At the beginning of 2000, two consecutive harsh winters resulting of the loss of the third of Mongolia’s livestock forced herdsmen to turn to illegal mining to make a living. Nicknamed “Ninja” because of the pan they carry on their back that makes them resemble the shells of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, these miners usually leave with their family next to the pit they are mining, constantly roaming around in the look for a new place to mine. 30% of Mongolia’s gold mining is done illegally. Ninjas' portraits While working on a story about illegal mining in Mongolia, I came to know more closely one family working as illegal miners –or “Ninja”, nicknamed as such because of the pan they carry on their back that makes them resemble the shells of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle–. They are nomads and constantly roam around in the look for a new place to mine. They used to be herdsmen but at the beginning of 2000, two consecutive harsh winters resulting of the loss of the third of Mongolia’s livestock forced herdsmen to turn to illegal mining to make a living. When I asked them to pose for me with their mining instruments, I was struck by the power of resilience they showed in front of my camera. All together, parents, teenagers and children participate in the collective effort of building a future for their community.

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06 Settembre 2013 Antonyme De La Pudeur

Antonyme de la pudeur (Antonym of delicacy).
A text by Christian Caujolle

Photography, in its documentary version, has lasted, in the press and in the reader / viewer / peeping Tom’s mind on the idea it recreated, in a « fair and true » way, the world it was supposed to represent. Therefore, on a basis, that the photographers know better than anyone else how it is skewed, a gullibility has been build up, turned into a dogma and a belief, so ingrained in people’s mind that it became a social fact and a cultural fact [...]

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29 Agosto 2013 Tokyo gamers Andrea Frazzetta

Tokyo is one of the world’s largest cities. “Great Tokyo”, as referred to the enormous urban area that includes the metropolis and many of the surrounding towns, counts 33 million inhabitants, with an average density of 8.817 people per square kilometer. About 43% of all families, however, are made up of only one person. Solitude, in Japan, is respected: eating alone has no shade of loneliness to it, much like the nightlife (drinking alone is not uncommon), travelling on a train full of people with nobody saying a word, or challenging luck on a pachinko in a gaming room. Walking around Tokyo it’s easy to be swept away by in a vortex of lights and deafening sounds coming out of the thousands of gaming rooms spread all over the city. The “arcade experience” is a cultural trademark of Japan. Game rooms and pachinkos (1.252 in the urban area alone) are places to meet and get entertained, with no type of moral and social judgement attached. To give an idea of how much this practice is eradicated in the Japanese daily life, suffice to think that the pachinko business volume between 1991 and 2011 reached the estimated monster amount of 5.547 trillion euros: a Japanese person out of every five plays it on an almost daily base, four out of ten play from three to six hours at a time. One seeks refuge in these places for many different reasons: to relax after a stressful day in severely hierarchical workplaces; to detach oneself from the routine of family life; to get a taste of loneliness and feel free from the pressures of speaking and interacting with others. These cultural habits add up to the alienation that often ensues from the rapid adoption of new technology: 24 million smartphone owners (as of June 2012) are ever more connected to the virtual world and less to the real one. This future city scenario thus becomes the perfect background for the dualism that has become the trademark of our times; a city where million of people move around becoming a tragic personification of the ongoing struggle between global connection and local solitude.

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29 Agosto 2013 The Scooter Coast Nicolo' Minerbi

In San Francisco Italian scooters are kicking back. Vespas and Lambrettas have always been popular in the City, but since San Francisco is getting more and more geeks from the Silicon Valley the Soma "Streets of San Francisco" are becoming an hipster environment where Italian design, better on two vintage wheels, looks always cool. Bottom line, the market is sky rocketing and everybody is willing to pay crazy money for old rusty Vespas and Lambrettas. Mission, North Beach and SoMa are the places where it's more common to see them, after all. This happens also during the weekdays, but it is mostly on the weekends when Vespisti and Lambrettisti get together heavily to rock the City with their urban rallies. Everything starts with the espressos at Vega on Folsom street in the morning and it lasts until Caffè Trieste in North Beach closes in the nighttime. In the middle, there are just miles and miles through the hilly city, with few stops at the disco (afternoon only) and at the park to get some sun, in case there is any.!

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29 Agosto 2013 Africa fashion weeks Per-anders Pettersson

An edit of the Fashion Weeks in Africa by Per-Anders Pettersson

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10 Luglio 2013 LUZ at La nuit de l'année for Les Rencontres d'Arles 2013

Looking for paradise - Andrea Frazzetta / LUZ
M23 a region under siege - Marco Gualazzini / LUZ

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25 Giugno 2013 The Rising Class Giovanni Troilo

The Rising Class
The cynically reassuring image of the beggar on the sidewalk no longer represents the world of the homeless. New  figures are born and disguise themselves among us, the fallen. It's not only the fired workers who flood the streets, nowadays it's the petty bourgeoisie that "falls" more often. This stratification has one direct consequence. Even the expendables aren't alone anymore, they represent a stratified and cohesive social group. This group has a similar structure to that of a society governed by economic and political relations: they are a social class. Just like you, just like us. These rapidly approaching sub-classes seem to have one thing in common: giving up. Sometimes it's a path of redemption o rebuilding achieved through suffering and deprivation, some other times it's the result of a clear choice. They are the solemn  heroes of everyday, the aware survivors to whom it is demanded to deeply reflect on the evolution of society. Those who struggle to find the meaning of time and of human relations as well as the links between men and resources. They try to imagine the changes needed in order  to  survive to the new world after the end of the world.

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25 Giugno 2013 Disco Polo Fever Piotr Malecki

It may not be everyone's taste in popular music but in Poland, Disco Polo is filling the clubs, blaring out of countless sound-systems up and down the country and drawing even some of the most ambivalent revellers onto the dance floor as the night drags on. With its roots in vulgarised folk tunes pepped up with jaunty refrains, memorable (and minimal) lyrics, earworm tunes and thumping rhythms, Disco Polo contains elements of Italo Disco and Euro Disco but remains, at its core, wholly Polish. The genre developed in the early 1990s, in the early days after the demise of communism, and initially was known as piosenka chodnikowa (or pavement music) since it was only available for sale on old-fashioned tapes sold at roadside market stalls. The largest of the Disco Polo producers, Blue Star from Reguly near Warsaw, was part-owned by the Mafia.

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25 Giugno 2013 Metropolis Martin Roemers

Half of humanity now lives in a city, and the United Nations has predicted that 70 per cent of the world's population will reside in urban areas by 2050. Across the developing world, cities gain an average of five million residents every month. India alone has 48 cities with a population of over one million. The writer Suketu Mehta has described Mumbai - where one can find a million people in a single square mile, where two million residents lack access to latrines, and where the air has ten times the maximum permissible levels of lead - as the 'Maximum City': 'Bombay is the biggest city on the planet of a race of city dwellers', he wrote. 'Bombay is the future of urban civilization on the planet. God help us.'

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25 Giugno 2013 Mt Rainier Amer's Dangerous Volcano James Whitlow Delano

Two glacier-fed rivers join forces at the foot of the massive 4,392 m (14,411 ft) Mt. Rainier, potentially one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet. Washington State, USA. Rainier is highly glaciated, meaning that an eruption would send destructive mud-flows called lahars, fueled by the melted glacial ice, racing down multiple rivers including the Puyallap River which flows right into the port of Tacoma. Lahars from past eruptions, the most recent being in the 19th century, have reach the sea at Puget Sound, and the USGS says that as many as 150,000 people now live in communities that are actually built upon past lahar flows. The upper part of the mountain, topped by two volcanic craters and an unseen crater lake under the snow, experts say is slowly being weakened from hydrothermal activity. This means that the summit could collapse like its neighbor Mt. St. Helens did in a 1980 eruption but with exponentially worse consequences because Rainier and its glaciers are much larger than St. Helens. It has been designated one of 16 "Decade Volcanoes" scattered around the world by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), because of its proximity to a major metropolitan area, Seattle-Tacoma, and its history of destructive eruptions. Although Rainier is not quite the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, it is topographicaly the most prominent mountain mass, as it basically rises from sea level to its full height.

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25 Giugno 2013 Baikonur cosmodrome James Hill

May 2013
At the cosmodrome of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the home of the Soviet and Russian space programme from where Yuri Gagarin was launched into space, a few hours before the launch of the Soyuz TMA-09M rocket to the International Space Station, the crew of US astronaut Karen Nyberg, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin walked out to take the bus to the spacecraft.

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25 Giugno 2013 Looking for Paradise Andrea Frazzetta

Los Guatuzos, Nicaragua. Once a land of uncontacted indigenous tribes, today this complex of rivers, marshes, lagoons and tropical rain forests lying on the edge of Costa Rica is a border land with an uncertain future. The inhabitants of these remote communities are increasing gradually; farmers and young families settle in these places, searching for land to farm or a chance to work across the border.

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25 Giugno 2013 Ayiti Nicola Lo Calzo

Haiti has no history. This decision has stood the test of time since it was taken by us: France, the United States, the West. Or maybe it is just that Haiti has too much history, it encumbers us. This historic bi-centenary is only meant for Haitians, alongside a few “blan” (Creole word for foreigners) who think that we owe something to the “Pearl of the Antilles”, its name during the time of French colonial rule on Saint-Domingue island. Nicola Lo Calzo gives body and soul to a long-forgotten revolution, a memory manipulated by the Haitian elite and sought after by Haitians.This photographic memory is neither shackled, falsified nor stereotyped. It is a non-oppressive breath of fresh air.

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31 Maggio 2013 Under Eviction

Italy under eviction di Alice Sassu Technically, it's called “arrearage innocent”: it consists in people being evicted because with their scarce income they are unable to pay the rent. Just in 2013 250.000 italian families are at risk : an average of 140 evictions a day, almost 6 each hour. In the coming years this phenomenon might increase, also because of the abolition of public support (“Fondo sostegno affitto nazionale”), which was helping more than 350.000 families to pay their rents. While social emergency demands increase rapidly, just in the city of Milan 5.000 public houses remain empty, waiting to be surveyed and put in condition to be inhabited. When I started this project the idea was to show the most hidden aspects of Italy, which traditional media outlets don't cover: the daily life of families facing the crisis, unemployment, the high cost of life, and, eventually, the risk losing their house. During the realization I've built a close relation with several families. In the beginning I tried to follow their stories from the notification to the eviction, but when the police and the legal officer avoid me to take photos during these moments, I had focus my attention on other aspects of their stories, like details that could reveal the dramatic experience they were experiencing. After the eviction, in fact, some families went to hosting structures, another part moved to hotels with the support of the municipality, while many others had no other choice but to sleep on the streets while they wait for a public social house (which they are entitled to).

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31 Maggio 2013 Barrio welfare Mattia Insolera

BARRIO WELFARE Photographs by Mattia Insolera I Production by Tania Shammas Spain is one of the countries in the European Union most affected by the economic crisis. The decline of the gross domestic product of 1.5% in 2012 (following IMF statistics), the 26% level of ­unemployment,­and­a­fifth­of­the­population­at­risk­of­poverty­are­nailing­Spain­to­one­of­its­toughest­ periods of recession. Nevertheless, in a time of increasing mistrust towards politicians and dramatic welfare cuts throughout all­ southern­ European­ countries,­ Spanish­ society­ is­ reacting­ in­ a­ very­ efficient­ and­ original­ way­ in­ ­order­to­overcome­this­dark­age. The Associations of Neighbours are unions of citizens based on a simple bond: living in the same barrio. They were the only forms of social aggregations allowed during the dictatorship of Franco ­(1936-1975),­ when­ political­ parties­ and­ syndicates­ were­ banned,­ providing­ a­ widespread­ network­ across Spanish territory to the undercover movement of resistance. With the end of the dictatorship and the coming of democracy they focused on reciprocal support amongst neighbours and they became a basic form of representation to bridge the gap between citizens and local governments. Nowadays they are performing a cushioning function against the effects of the crisis, providing social services that the state is no longer able to offer:­from­soup­kitchens,­barter­markets­and­ self-organised nurseries to donation-based libraries, sport facilities and urban vegetable gardens. In­this­way,­without­any­kind­of­funding­or­support­from­other­institutions,­the­associations­of­­neighbours­ are­spontaneously­filling­in­the­lack­of­welfare­left­by­cuts­on­healthcare,­housing,­environmental­care­ and culture. Gregal­ soup­ kitchen­ run­ by­ the­ neighbours­ of Besos, serving lunch and dinner daily to those who are unemployed and evicted, using contributions from other neighbours. Gregal­ soup­ kitchen­ run­ by­ the­ neighbours­ of Besos, serving lunch and dinner daily to those who are unemployed and evicted, using contributions from other neighbours. Preparation of a charity lunch at Can Batlló, the headquarters of the association of neighbours of Sants.  The childrens area of the donation-based library Josep Pons run by the association of neighbours of La Bordeta. Babalia­ is­ a­ group­ of­ parents­ taking­ turns­ ­looking­ after­ each­ others­ children­ with­ the­ help of Martina, a professional baby sitter; an alternative solution to the increased nursery fees caused by government cuts.  ‘Esto es una plaza’ (this is a square) is a space self run by the neighbours of Lavapies district, in an area destined for real estate speculation. Aida plants lettuce in the urban vegetable garden of the Retiro neighbourhood.  Carnival celebrations organised by the neighbours of Roquetes. All the participants are dressed as Flinstone characters, ‘because budget­cuts­send­us­back­to­the­stone­age’. Preparation of the carnival costumes in the association of Roquetes neighbours.  Barter­market­in­the­Navas­Square­organised­ by the association of neighbours of Poble Sec. The­ barter­ market­ in­ Can­ Batlló,­ the­ headquarters of the association of neighbours of Sants.  Presentation­of­the­concept­for­Block­11,­the­ new creative space within Can Batlló, the headquarters of the association of neighbours of Sants. Jesus, on the scaffoling, and his friends building­ a­ rock­ climbing­ structure­ for­ the­ kids­of­La­Bordeta­neighbourhood.  ‘Esto es una plaza’ (this is a square), a space self run by the neighbours of Lavapies district, in an area destined for real estate speculation.

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31 Maggio 2013 Unholy Matrimony

In Kyrgyzstan, almost two thirds of all marriages are thought to be the result of ala kachuu ('grab and run'), or bride kidnapping. Around 15,000 women a year are thought to be the target of abductions by their suitors. Though illegal since 1994, the authorities largely turn a blind eye to the practice. There is some confusion about the different types of 'kidnapping' since some young couples may act out a kidnapping scenario which they then get their parents to retrospectively sanction. It is clear, however, that a majority of the abductions occur against the women's will.

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31 Maggio 2013 Ai Wei Wei

Ai WEi WEi and his installations for Venice Biennale in the representation of his 81 days in prison

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31 Maggio 2013 ArtPadSF Nicolo' Minerbi

May 2013, San Francisco: ArtPadSF at the iconic Phoenix Hotel is a provocative 21st century boutique art fair that focuses on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. In its third year and partnered with San Francisco?s world-renowned arts institutions, galleries, and artists, ArtPadSF is a crossroads for the creative and an unparalleled marketplace for art. Arts patrons and enthusiasts are invited to take in some of the most exciting contemporary art the market has to offer as the Phoenix Hotel transforms itself into a visual arts destination with over 40 hotel rooms being taken over by galleries and curatorial projects

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30 Aprile 2013 The Masks

MIA Fair 2013, la prima fiera internazionale di fotografia e video art in Italia, dedica uno sguardo all'importanza del Circo nella storia della fotografia attraverso il progetto MASKS di Gianluigi di Napoli pensando, tra gli altri, ad autori che hanno sviluppato progetti sul Circo come Richard Avedon, Mary EllenMark, Diane Arbus. Il progetto MASKS propone ad alcune donne eccellenti a livello internazionale del mondo dello spettacolo, della musica, della cultura e dello sport di interpretare la maschera del clown, esprimendo la propria idea di autenticitaÌ€, forza e sensualitaÌ€. Per ognuna delle interpreti saraÌ€ espressamente disegnato un make-up da David Larible, il piuÌ€ famoso clown vivente, inventando in esclusiva o adattando elementi di maschere “classiche” da clown al volto di ogni soggetto. David Larible supervisioneraÌ€ la realizza- zione del make-up personalmente quando possibile o tramite collegamenti video quando i suoi impegni teatrali e circensi gli impediranno la presenza fisica sul set. Il set saraÌ€ com- posto da antichi pezzi di chapiteau di circo e da alcuni elementi essenziali, come una sfera di equilibrio o poltroncine da spettacolo.

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30 Aprile 2013 Art Scene Berlin Thomas Meyer

The Art Scene in Berlin © Thomas Meyer / Ostkreuz

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30 Aprile 2013 New York High Line Nicolo' Minerbi

May 2012, New York: The High Line is a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) New York City park built on a section of the former elevated freight railroad spur called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan; it has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway. The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

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30 Aprile 2013 Bioko on the Brink Lindsay Mackenzie

It's a place that very few people have access to and so far as I know, nobody has yet done a story on bushmeat hunting in Bioko and on the new road that is being cut through the middle of the protected area. The road should be finished within two years, and if it is finished 11 species of primate and 4 different kinds of turtle will probably disappear. Many of the monkeys on the island are unique to the island - they don't exist anywhere else in the world. They are being hunted for consumption in the luxury bushmeat market in the capital, Malabo © Lindsay Mackenzie

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30 Aprile 2013 Memory Loss

Memory Loss (Road Trip through USA from 2010 - 2012) - Mustafah Abdulaziz

“They had not come here to see each other or to be seen, or even to fulfil a social duty. They were attentive but not passive. They were not spectators. They participated, with a curious, restrained passion, in the speech made by the red-haired man. He spoke for them, he made their thoughts articulate. They were listening to their own collective voice. At intervals they applauded it, with sudden spontaneous violence. Their passion, their strength of purpose elated me. I stood outside it. One day, perhaps, I should be with it, but never of it.” — Christopher Isherwood, The Berlin Stories (1945)

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30 Aprile 2013 The Spring that Wasn't

Despite the fact that they were in the vanguard of the revolution which toppled the country's long serving strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh in February 2012, Yemen's women have yet to see any meaningful improvement in their daily lives. Not only are a quarter of 15 to 49 year old women severely malnourished. A staggering 80% cannot read and write and over half of Yemeni girls are married off before they are 18 since there is no law which specifies the minimum age for marriage.

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30 Aprile 2013 Farkhonda: from Australia to Afghanistan

Farkhonda : from Australia to Afghanistan [2010-2012]

Farkhonda, 22 years old, is a young Hazara girl who arrived in Australia with her family as a refugee, 12 years ago. After her family fled Afghanistan to Pakistan then Iran , the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - UNHCR - finally offered them to live in Melbourne. There are 20.000 Afghan refugees living in Australia and most of them are in Melbourne. Regardless this new confortable life, Farkhonda always has the firm intention to go back to Afghanistan. At the age of 14, she made up her mind and took the opportunity to be in Australia to study at school then at the university. Few months ago, in March 2012, she got her diploma of international relations at the university of Melbourne. Farkhonda has never been so determined : in august 2012, despite her family pressure in Australia, she flew back to Kabul, in order to try to help her people. When she arrived in august 2012, Farkhonda started working at the Afghanistan independent human rights commission as an intern. Since december 2012, she is now working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (MFA).

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29 Aprile 2013 Sochi James Hill

A few hours before President Vladimir Putin of Russia spoke at a ceremony in the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi in February, marking a year to the start of the Winter Olympics, I was watching pensioners strip to the waist and bask in the midday sunshine on a beach a few miles from the Olympic Park. Sochi offers a delicious respite from the cold of Russia. For a Moscow resident like me, the city is a luscious feast of green, with no hint of winter on its palm-lined avenues while snow still blankets the capital. The idea of the Sochi Olympics, the first Winter Games to take place in a subtropical zone, seems ambitious, as is its price tag. The combined cost of the Olympic sites and the infrastructure projects supporting them are set to make these Games history’s most expensive. Everywhere you look, something enormous and new is being built at a furious pace. Leaving the Olympic Park and the Black Sea and heading up a cliff-lined valley for 30 miles brings one to the ski resorts, which will hold the Alpine events. There was not much snowfall there this winter. Only after boarding a gondola to go up the mountain could one see the snow lying thickly on the men’s downhill course, covering its most dangerous point, a turn known, naturally enough, as Russian roulette. JAMES HILL

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15 Marzo 2013 Last man in Fukushima Jeremie Souteyrat

Tomioka, May 2 2012 - Naoto Matsumura, 52, refuses to leave the Fukushima nuclear evacuation zone. Since April 2011, he lives alone in his house without electrcicity and takes care of pets in the area.

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15 Marzo 2013 Shimon Peres assignment for Le Monde Nicola Lo Calzo

2013. Shimon Peres, The Israeli president and Nobel laureate

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15 Marzo 2013 I AM NOT ME Annette Schreyer

I AM NOT ME
Eating Disorders
© Annette Schreyer

Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and obesity) have grown so enormously in the western world within the last few years that we can already speak of a social disease, or epidemic. The World Health Organization has given an alert that in the rich countries obesity is strongly on the increase. While people are dying of malnutrition in many southern countries of the world, in western post-industrial society people eat up to 50% more than necessary. At the moment we talk so much about overeating that we might forget that there is a huge number of mostly young people who literally starve themselves willingly to death. Eating disorders are a physical and mental illness. People suffering from this disease concentrate in such an obsessive way on food that it occupies their minds completely and, at the same time, alters their bodies. As potential causes for the illness research names the loss of a parent or a loved one, lack of attention and care, but also abuse and mistreatment. Sometimes the disorder expresses a strong social pressure or the refuse of the changing female body, the negation of a potential motherhood. Society with its status symbols has an extremely high responsibility in the development of eating disorders. By constantly repeating the codex of “to be thin means to be worth something”, the mass media suggest the power of the perfect body and teaches even the 10-year-old to become aware of their body shape. With appropriate treatment recovery from an eating disorder can be achieved, however eating disorders can persist throughout life and people may fluctuate between anorexia and bulimia nervosa. This photographic work has been realized in close cooperation with various hospitals for people suffering from eating disorders. The patients I was able to meet there told me that they in fact can no longer recognize themselves. They asked me to help them by showing them how they “really“ are: they had the courage to put themselves in front of my camera and let me describe their suffering bodies. Each of the patients chose their particular way to be portrayed. Looking at the pictures afterwards was unlike looking at the reflection in a mirror. Even if photography is never really “objective“ – it rather is some kind of subjective version of reality and always interpretation – the patients considered their photographs more real than what they see in the mirror. And looking at themselves was a small step back into life.

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28 Febbraio 2013 Euro Crisis in Italy

A reportage on the economical crisis in Italy

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28 Febbraio 2013 Observatory in the Atacama desert

Alma (Atacama Large Millimeter Array) Observatory in the Atacama desert, in Chile.2012 © Andre Vieira / Agentur Focus

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28 Febbraio 2013 10% growth

10% GROWTH. SMALL TRADERS REPRESENT 96% OF THE DISTRIBUTION IN INDIA. THEY SUPPLY NEARLY 300 MILLION CONSUMERS AND REPRESENT A NUMBER OF CASE OF 300 BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. MADRAS, INDIA

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28 Febbraio 2013 The Most Important Thing

What would you bring with you if you had to flee your home and escape to another country? More than 1 million Syrians have been forced to ponder this question before making the dangerous journey to neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq or other countries in the region. This is the second part of a project that asks refugees from different parts of the world, 'What is the most important thing you brought from home?' The first chapter focused on refugees fleeing from Sudan to South Sudan, who openly carried pots, water containers and other objects to sustain them along the road.

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29 Gennaio 2013 Behind the doors of the European crisis Alessandro Grassani

BEHIND THE DOORS OF THE EUROPEAN CRISIS

A new emergency is developing “behind the doors of the European crisis”: the impossibility for the weaker economic classes to access health care and their disease consumed within the home. Dark interiors. Spotlights. Eyes lowered that don’t look at the camera, because they hide the disease and an unmentionable shame: the one of not being able to afford treatment. In Spain and Greece, in the heart of Europe hit by the crisis, continuous cuts in health care imposed by the spending reviews have transformed hospitalization, a doctor's visit and an ordinary medicine into a luxury good. The French Revolution explicitly inserted the right to health care in the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. Health care today on the Old Continent is becoming extinct and if the cause hits every social class, the most serious effects are on the poorer classes: income is the divide and thousands of people are inevitably condemned to death. Along with the NGO Doctors of the World I searched for some of them to give them an identity, in Greece and in Spain, where the cuts were harshest. One Athens resident out of eleven eats at the soup kitchens; the eating habits of six Greeks out of ten have become worse. In sunny, tolerant Spain the crisis has turned into xenophobia: as of September 1, 2012, health care has been denied to undocumented non-EU citizens. In Italy the sustainability of the national health system has already been questioned. Laura, Thiago, Landi Fan, Eduardo, Chaoki, Elsa, Wilmer, Gian, Antonis. These are stories of men and women. Stories may be hidden behind our neighbor's door. Stories that we may soon find behind our own door.

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29 Gennaio 2013 Akilimali. Paroles sur les enfants

Akilimali, Paroles sur les enfants

In DR Congo there are fifteen-year-olds already fighting in the ranks of armed groups, living on the street and working in the fields. And there’s also one who’s decided to fight all that, armed with a notebook and a microphone. The adolescent Akilimali Saleh is a journalist for Radio Comico FM, the radio station of the Islamic community in the city of Goma. The main town of North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is today under siege. It’s the epicentre of the war between the M23 movement and the FARDC. The Tutsi rebels of the M23, backed by Rwanda, are at the gates, and the heart of the city is victim to an alarming psychosis. Ethnic hatred between the Hutu and the Tutsi, banditry, physical violence, disease and the black market: some try to escape, some to enlist; others seem resigned to their fate. Akilimali Saleh is not among them – he has decided to react, to carry forward a collective battle for peace and hope for the children and young people of the region. He presents the radio programme Paroles sur les enfants (Words on children), in which he promotes children’s rights and denounces cases in which these rights are violated. He speaks of the street children, condemns child labour and the recruitment of adolescents into the rebel armies and tells the stories of the city’s child prostitutes.

Photos: Marco Gualazzini/ LUZ
Text: Daniele Bellocchio

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29 Gennaio 2013 Civil Union

Milan's civil union registry debuted on September 18, 2012, allowing the first formal recognition for same-sex unions

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29 Gennaio 2013 Blind Women Orchestra Fernando Moleres

Being a blind woman without resources, in Egypt, has a very bleak future. Al Nour Wal Amal institution welcomes blind girls and women gives free education and teach them to fend for themselves. The pearl of the center is the symphony orchestra which has concerts around the world. "Memorizing all these pieces is difficult but also rewarding. Our success shows that women, especially those with disabilities can achieve their goals," says Shaimaa Yehya, Egyptian violinist of the orchestra.

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29 Gennaio 2013 Mission and Task

Most people who enter the European Union illegally still elect to take the route from Turkey to Greece, which either leads across the Evros River or along a country road. But the days when countries tried to stop them with barbed wire, police, and watchdogs are over. Ever since the advent of the Frontex Agency, a kind of common EU border patrol, technology is being upgraded along the edges of Europe. Using infrared cameras, motion detectors, and electric fences—which sound like human traps—more and more immigrants are being turned away. Last year, according to Frontex’s report, the number of migrants arrested rose by thirty-five percent. In the future, they plan to use robots and drones.

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29 Gennaio 2013 The man who multiplied the tuna Mattia Insolera

THE MAN WHO MULTIPLIED THE TUNA
photographs and text by Mattia Insolera.

Bay of El Gorguel, Cartagena de Murcia, Spain. It is not easy to assess the importance of what is happening here. Here are the first Atlantic bluefin tuna – currently known as red tuna - bred in captivity. The breeding of bluefin tuna is a dream of many years. The stock of the species, highly prized as sushi or sashimi, has reached alarming levels because of overfishing. Therefore, breeding may be a sustainable option to supply the world without exhausting the fishing grounds. In 2008 the project SELFDOTT began, involving the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), the University of Cartagena and the Ricardo Fuentes group. For the past four years, researchers have been collecting the eggs, which are about one millimeter in diameter, that the tuna lay during the months of June and July. During the first two years, the program paid off. The microscopic larvae grew, but when the fry was released into the tank most of them died by crashing into the walls. In July 2010, the Japanese Manabu Seoka, an expert on larval rearing of Pacific bluefin tuna, joined the team and gave a boost to the project. There are those in the sector who are skeptical about the future of aquaculture bluefin tuna, especially because the fish takes many years to reach 300 kilos, which is about the weight a blulefin tuna can reach and is what enables them to sell for up to 6,000 Euros/each at the Tokyo fish market. The argument is that it will always be infinitely cheaper to go out and fish the tuna than to grow them. The researchers at the IEO reply that this would be true if the sea would be full of fish and there would be no need to go far to catch it. This is not the case if you have to go far away and have high costs. The evidence is that most of the bream and sea bass that is sold today are farmed. Bluefin tuna is already a big business (6,000 million USD, according to the European Commission) which is growing even bigger, since the Chinese are starting to appreciate this product: in the future there will be surely room enough for farmed sushi.

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21 Dicembre 2012 TheEndOfTheWorld

Narrazione semiseria delle fine del mondo.

The end of the world "seen" by LUZ photographers.

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26 Novembre 2012 M23- Kivu: a region under siege - Revisited

April 2012: a mutiny on the part of group of colonels and soldiers from the Congolese government armed forces, FARDC, led to the creation of a political and military force with the name of M23. The revolutionaries, successors of the CNDP and accused by both the UN and the government of Kinshasa of being supported by Rwanda, demanded more rights and greater safety for the Tutsi minority, declared war on corruption and support for both the decentralisation of power from Kinshasa and a renewal of the government army. In just 3 months their military strength allowed them to take control of the territory of Rutshuru, and the provincial capital Goma. Today the Great Lakes Region is under siege There are over 700 thousand refugees in the region, the border with Rwanda is closed at night, basic goods are found on the black market, and the prospect of the rebels arriving has terrified civil society to the extent it has imploded into anarchy. Murder is the order of the day. The northern region of Kivu is descending into fratricidal conflict, with the Hutu set against the Tutsi once more; on one side the FARDC, on the other the rebels, and in the middle, a population living in a climate of vulnerability and hysteria, psychosis and terror, with no faith in the government soldiers, who see the M23 movement and the Tutsi minority as the cause of the situation they are in. Once again, this fans the flames of the nightmarish situation that is more a reality than a risk in The Great Lakes Region: racial hatred and ethnic cleansing.

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26 Novembre 2012 World Refugees

Hidden Lives.
Over half the world’s refugees now live in large towns and cities where they are confronted by a unique set of challenges. The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells the full refugee story. As urbanisation reshapes much of the world, refugees too are increasingly moving to large towns and cities. In addition, urban areas are rapidly expanding, making them increasingly vulnerable to man-made and natural disasters. With this explosive growth come new types of risks, vulnerabilities and potential humanitarian crises.

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26 Novembre 2012 The face of revolution - Syria

2012 - November.
A trip to the Syrian revolution, from the Turkish border to the city of Haleppo. Portraits of rebels met. Expression of human pride.

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26 Novembre 2012 Scrivendo l'Italia Giovanni Del Brenna

Political posters are everywhere in Rome. Regularly new ones appear, right wing, left wing, center and sometimes anonymous. They appear more often on elections time, but not only. They follow the news at large. Every reason is a good reason (the MP Pomarici sent his best Easter wishes to the Romans that way) to publicly express their party or personal opinion, legally or not (many of these posters are put up without proper authorization). Walking around Rome we are overwhelmed by slogans and numbers, rallies and petitions. Just after the nomination of Monti as Head of the Italian Government I decided to photograph these posters regularly to try to make sense of this flood of political messages.

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26 Novembre 2012 Adachi art museum Jeremie Souteyrat

Shimane prefectur at Adachi art museum.

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26 Novembre 2012 The island where people forget to die Andrea Frazzetta

The remote island of Ikaria in Greece is one hotspot of exceptional human longevity. Here, there are more healthy people over 90 than any other place on the planet. Assignment for The New York Times

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25 Novembre 2012 SLA, lateral amyotrophic sclerosis

LAS is a rare pathology; the causes are unknown and there is no cure. Lateral Amyotrophic Sclerosis is a degenerative illness of the nervous system which is very difficult to diagnose: it is impossible to establish precisely how many people are afflicted in the world. In Italy there are between 3500 and 6000 patients. This disease completely paralyzes the body (average patient life span 3 years), sparing only the eyes used to communicate and the brain which maintains its functions 100%. The majority of LAS cases become dramatic not only for the patients afflicted but also for the family who has to guarantee 24-hour a day medical assistance. LAS patients want to live, but in Italy the State does little or nothing to help. The cost of keeping an LAS patient alive is on average 100,000 euro per year; but a region such as Lombardia, considered to have one of the best health authorities in the country, guarantees a maximum of only 500 euro a month. The Italian government still has not come to an agreement on the debate which began in 2009 when Beppino Englaro decided to suspend artificial life support for his daughter Eluana who had been in a coma for 17 years. But also to those patients who ask to be able to survive with dignity, the Italian government is giving no concrete answers. Therefore, many LAS incurables who are unable to count on appropriate health care and are prisoners of their body but with full mental faculties, decide to refuse a tracheostomy (artificial respiration) which becomes necessary when their lungs stop working. By refusing this treatment they go towards a slow, painful death through suffocation. This story tells the daily life of four Italian families living with an LAS patient, their suffering, their dignity and their will to live.

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05 Novembre 2012 Mitt Romney campaign

Mitt & Ann Romney at campaign HQ in Detroit, Michigan, February 28, 2012

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30 Ottobre 2012 Makers Mattia Balsamini

The series "Makers" is an excerpt from the book "Modern portraits of old craftsmanship" a work in progress volume by Mattia Balsamini and Alessandro Venier, that will be published in December 2012. The two photographers travelled for a year across Italy's north eastern area to gather portraits of artisan jobs that are slowly getting to their last generation, ultimately facing extinction.

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30 Ottobre 2012 Qi Lihe

Qi Lihe sits on the outskirts of Lanzhou and is the most destitute area of this heavily polluted industrial city. It is home to thousands of Muslim migrant families who have left their homeland within the Linxia Hui autonomous prefecture searching for job opportunities and ultimately, a better life. For hundreds of years the Hui and Dongxiang Muslim minorities have farmed the arid land surrounding their ancestral villages. In recent years though, desertification has forced many families to migrate in order to survive. Life in Qi Lihe remains extremely difficult, as they live in abject poverty. As desertification continues to swallow up the countryside and rural communities continue to disperse to the bigger cities for survival, this pattern of economic and environmental migration will continue.

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30 Ottobre 2012 The green line

Officially, the Republic of Cyprus is still undivided: an island of 9251 square kilometers in the eastern Mediterranean. But since the invasion by Turkish troops in 1974, the government only controls two-thirds of the national territory. Along the old ceasefire line the United Nations has guarded a buffer zone for almost forty years. It separates the north from the south and runs right through the capital city. Concrete observation towers dot the landscape. Rusty barbed wire hems in the beach. An old airport is in a state of decay. The buffer zone was considered temporary, but over time, it has become a border. An international conference on re- unification was planned for 2012. Because no one believes that the island’s Greek and Turkish politicians will ever agree, it was canceled.

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30 Ottobre 2012 Harraga Emanuele Cremaschi

Morocco, September-October 2012; they are called Harraga  - from Arabic, 'those who burn (their immigration papers)' - and they are migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan countries, who attempted to illegally immigrate to Europe . Thousands of them do live along the entire northern shoreline of Morocco, from Tangier to Nador, from Berkane to Oujda, on the border with Algeria. They are displaced and stranded, stucked in a limbo for months or years. They do not have sufficient means to return home, or to tempt fate and pay a clandestine jump to the Spanish coast of Andalusia or to the exclave of Ceuta and Melilla.

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30 Ottobre 2012 Syria, October 2012

ATTENTION PLEASE: The following images may offend the sensibilities

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30 Ottobre 2012 Pattaya Sex Tourism on an Industrial Scale James Whitlow Delano

Pattaya: Sex Tourism on an Industrial Scale:Introduction. One question kept plaguing me throughout my time in Pattaya: Why, if Thailand is so prosperous now, doesn’t sex tourism fade away? As a nation rises out of poverty, the theory goes, the rising tide of prosperity is supposed raise all boats including those who might be drawn into a life of renting out their bodies for the pleasure of others. Not so in Thailand. Prosperity has not bathed over this Southeast Asia country in equal measure and the sex industry is so profitable, the Thailand sex tour brand so well-established, that the sex industry has roared into the new millenium. The scale of the sex industry is beyond any I have ever documented for my global sex worker project, Selling Spring. Amsterdam pales by comparison because Pattaya literally employs thousands of sex workers, mostly female. Hundreds of ‘service women’, using the local parlance line the beachfront promenade every evening. Then the alleyways facing the beach harbor hundreds of girlie bars. Finally, capping off the trifecta is the 1 ½ km (1 mile) long Walking Street, which is a ghost town during daylight hours but it springs to life as a pedestrian-clogged gauntlet of go-go bars and clubs after dark. The scale of the sex tourism industry in Pattaya is simply breathtaking.

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30 Ottobre 2012 Femen

FEMEN is a feminist Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev, founded in 2008. The organisation became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, religious institutions, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international topics. FEMEN france was born September 18th 2012, FEMEN opens in Paris a å µateway office of drive for the feminists who will transform themselves into soldiers. Head the Femen france is Inna Chevtchenko.

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30 Ottobre 2012 No more Angels Frank Rothe

The crisis started with Lehman Brothers, not in Europe. The story No More Angels will show the situation in America. Frank Rothe the photographer was shooting there over a year and captured images from the daily life of Americans. Soon there will be an election in the states and a new president will be choosen by the people. Anyway whatever comes the USA has changed over the last decade. The country looks like a third world country, nobody has seen. The images of the story show the lifestyle and feeling in the leading country and super power of the world. The optimism is gone, people have not enough money to raise there kids and by normal good food or medicine. The education is not free for everyone and so on. So the No More Angel project is the right base for an American Story. In Germany the story was a title story in DIE ZEIT. There is a famous writer who wrote the story to it.

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04 Ottobre 2012 Invisible City

In “Invisible City” Francesco Stelitano focuses on similarities between city and web, the places where human interactions happen. In the information technology era, urban infrastructures and server answer to the same need to communicate and exchange aspects of contemporary life. We spend in our city the same amount of time we spend on the internet., Cutting distance between speakers, instant communication and online communities make the web the perfect copy of our cities., Server and urban intrastructures, elements usually perceived as distant are here coupled together linked with common viasual elements. This photographic similitude allude to a real and substantial parallelism. “Invisible City” does not aim at a final and defined theory. If it’s true that photographs come to life through the perception of the observer, Francesco Stelitano shows us the compulsory elements to the consider the way how communication via internet has completely changed our way of living.

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26 Settembre 2012 Occupy

1st anniversary of OCCUPY WALL STREET

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26 Settembre 2012 Fuji Rock festival 2012 Jeremie Souteyrat

Naeba, July 2012 - Fuji Rock festival

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26 Settembre 2012 The invisible Ed Thompson

The Invisible is a project made up of three experimental photo-series using the last infrared colour film on the planet. As well as using the film for what it was originally designed for the project also aims to find other alternative uses for the film and subverting its original intended purposes. The Village The first series of the project focuses on using infrared films ability to photograph on the higher end of the visual spectrum in an attempt to photograph ghosts in the most haunted village in England. We normally see a visible wavelength of light between 400-700 nanometers and that’s the range of light most cameras and films record. Infrared film photographs light between 750-1000 nanometers, in a way it allows the invisible to be photographed. This fact makes parapsychologists and ghost hunters believe that it gives them the best chance of photographing the spirit world. When I was seven years old I was obsessed with the Occult, so when we moved from Wales to Kent my Osbourne Book of Ghosts told me that we were moving within fifteen miles of Pluckley: The world’s most haunted village. In the summer of 1988 I got my parents to take me on a day trip, armed with a 35mm camera and a thermometer I went to photograph the ghosts. I failed completely and then had to grow up. 25 years later and after a reasonably successful career as a documentary photographer I went back to Pluckley, only this time armed with the last few rolls of dead-stock infrared colour film in the world. I failed to photograph any ghosts again, but this time something else was captured: a sense of uncanny horror. The photographs are charged with a filmic quality and this makes them somehow more psychologically disturbing, the subverted everyday of rural England. Some of the landscapes look like murder sites; others look like they are out of cult horror films. Other panoramas seem truly alien, like they are from H.G Wells War of the Worlds after the Martians have sprayed the English countryside with entrails. Even if I failed to photograph any ghosts I found something else, something more disturbing than actually seeing a spirit. I captured a feeling, which is just as invisible; that we create the horror we see ourselves within our imaginations and with our own ghosts. A note on Pluckley, Kent. U.K The village of Pluckley is nearly a thousand years old; the first written record of it is in the Domesday Book (1086). The Guinness Book of World Records (1989) named Pluckley the most haunted village in England and according to legend there are a number of ghosts that haunt the village and surrounding area and they include: • The spectre of a highwayman speared to a tree at Fright Corner. • A phantom coach and horses, apparently manifesting Maltman’s Hill. • The Watercress Woman: The ghost of a Gypsy woman who burned to death. • The miller haunting the ruins of a windmill near The Pinnock. • The hanging body of a schoolmaster in Dicky Buss's Lane. • A Colonel who hanged himself in Park Wood. • The Screaming Man: A man being smothered by a wall of clay at the brickworks. • The Lady of Rose Court, who is said to have eaten poisoned berries in despair over a love triangle. • The Phantom Monk of Greystones, a house built in 1863. He may have been the unrequited love object of the Lady of Rose Court. • The White Lady of Dering, a young woman apparently buried inside 7 coffins and an oak sarcophagus who haunts the chuchyard of St Nicholas’s Church. • The Red Lady, reputedly an earlier member of the same ancient Dering family who also haunts St Nicholas’. The legend of the Red and White Ladies seem to overlap. A third ghost has apparently also been reported in the same place. • Derring Woods also known as The Screaming Woods. An area of woodland where terrified screams have been heard at night. • The Devils Bush. An unknown bush near the Screaming Woods that if danced around naked anti-clockwise three times at midnight will summon Lucifer.

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26 Settembre 2012 Via PanAm Kadir Van lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen traveled from Chile to Alaska, covering 15 countries along the Pan-American Highway, investigating contemporary migration in the Americas. He left Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile in March 2011 and reached Deadhorse in northern Alaska in March 2012. On this page you find a selection of some of the stories he has documented along the way. For the full experience, you can download the Via PanAm iPad application of the interactive project. Via PanAm is an elaborate interactive project, it was presented along the way in public talks by the photographer and widely published in the international media. Visit the Via PanAm blog for the latest news. Besides, Kadir shared his experiences on the I AM Nikon blog and in 18 VPRO radio documentaries (broadcasts are in Dutch).

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26 Settembre 2012 Ubercity Dawin Meckel

People move closer together. While rural areas depopulate, the metropolises are booming. Life condenses, people of different ethnicities and religions mix in a confined space, the cities are skyrocketing, and gaining in width. New York, Mexico City, Istanbul, Mumbai or Tokyo, megacities with more than 10 or 20 million inhabitants now exist all over the world and they become more and more alike. In the luxury centers business people rush between skyscrapers and crowded subways. The slums or ghettos often seem decades behind the centers with their dirt, poor dwellings and traditional means of transport. In his series Dawin Meckel merges three cities into a mega-metropolis that assembles the characteristics of all global cities. Shanghai, Hydarabad, Sao Paolo und New Delhi become one "Übercity".

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26 Settembre 2012 The Drone Zone

Laser and Precision guided pilotless drones are changing the course of warfare on the 21st century battlefield. Not only is pilot error and danger alleviated but precision is taken to a new level. The drones of today are vanquishing Al-Qeda and allowing for robotically stealthy assassination and target elimination on a scale never before seen and in the process changing the balance of power in some of the world's most dangerous operations. For the first time ever, Contact photographer Sean Hemmerle, working for The New York Times Magazine, the U.S. military has displayed not only its latest drones but the facilities a world away from the field of battle where the remote drone pilots are taking on the worst of the worst from the relative comfort of a U.S.-airbase.

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27 Agosto 2012 Mars exploration

For international scientists, manned Mars exploration is a plane-ride away.
"Hard work, no pay, eternal glory" -- that's what the Colorado-based Mars Society promises volunteers willing to sign up for simulated life on Mars. As part of a global program of Mars exploration research, the Mars Society has set up field research stations -- habitats, or "habs" -- in sites chosen because of their Mars-like conditions. Secreted in the Utah desert, or sitting atop the harsh, icy expanse of Canada's High Arctic, once unfathomable manned expeditions to Mars come alive. Other carefully selected outposts are situated in the Australian outback and Iceland. Volunteer scientists from around the world gather for weeks at a time clad in space suits and living in splendid isolation. During an ambitious expedition in the spring of 2007, seasoned Mars Society explorers set out on a four-month Mars simulation mission conducted at the society's Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on the a rocky, polar desert of Devon Island, in Canada's High Arctic. The island is located in the Canadian arctic archipelago, some 900 miles from the North Pole. I photographed the Devon Island mission, as well as a mission at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah desert, where the reddish earth is strikingly -- and visually -- comparable to Mars. Mars, the planet most similar in geology and atmosphere to earth, has long been a source of fascination for scientists because it holds all the identified building blocks of life. Every crew of volunteers at the MDRS includes biologists, geologist and other researchers. Many of them work for their country's own space agencies. Robert Zabrin, who heads the project, says he believes the group's work can lead to solving the age-old question of whether there is life on Mars. The society, which works in concert with universities around the world, also promotes the idea of human settlement on the planet and hopes to piggyback private research projects on federally funded missions to further its goals.

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27 Agosto 2012 A Girl's Gotta Spa!

A Girl's Gotta Spa offers salon and spa services for girls 18 & under. Boasting white columns, glitzy chandeliers and custom upholstered manicure and pedicure stations, this fun, and detailed establishment screams "girl power" with its bubble gum pink salon chairs, private lounge, custom bar and raspberry shag carpets. Services offered are ice cream pedicures and manicures, glamorous hairstyling and make-up applications and chocolate facials. Private, two hour salon parties include invitations, tiara for the birthday girl, use of the private lounge with karaoke machine, custom bar and flat screen TV, luxurious spa robes, take-home hair accessories for each guest and pizza & drinks.

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27 Agosto 2012 White Power

Neonazi movements around the world by Jean Patrick Di Silvestro.

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27 Agosto 2012 Olympic fans Ed Thompson

London Olympics 2012. Great Britain. Portraits of fans from various countries photographed in and around the London 2012 Olympic Park.

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08 Luglio 2012 Movement

LUZphoto presents 3 stories from the world on the go:

BEYOND THIRD LANDSCAPE © Antonio Ottomanelli
voids on our contemporary history between Afghanistan and Iraq

ENVIROMENTAL MIGRANTS - THE LAST ILLUSION © Alessandro Grassani
people escaping from climatic changes

CHAM © Nicola Lo Calzo
at the beginning of the slavery


Produced by: LUZphoto

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28 Giugno 2012 London Olympics 2012, locals protests Ed Thompson

The London Olympics is approaching and although it will be fun and games for some for others it has been a nightmare. Locals have had their homes demolished to make way for the Athlete’s Village at Stratford; other residents have found the local park has had basketball courts built on top of it. Locals living in Bow Quarter flats have received notification from the Ministry of Defence that troops with missile launchers will be stationed on their roofs. The residents of Carpenters Estate, most of whom have been relocated from their homes for regeneration, have conveniently left two semi-derelict tower blocks that overlook the Olympic site for BBC and Al Jazeera TV crews to be stationed in over the Games. The Official London Protesters recently published an article 10 reasons why the 2012 Olympics are worth protesting: http://www.thecommentfactory.com/ten-reasons-why-the-london-2012-olympics-are-worth-protesting-9976/ THE OLYMPICS WILL SHOW OFF OUR CITY TO THE WORLD. But it doesn’t. The Olympic Marathon had its route moved to Pall Mall because Tower Hamlets, the poorest borough in London, doesn’t quite make the right impression. THE OLYMPICS WILL BENEFIT LONDONERS WITH JOBS. It depends. Not people affected by the Games – only 25% of the Olympics workforce are from the five Olympic boroughs. However, Atos Origin, who run the volunteering scheme, are generating colossal profits from contracts. They’re less charitable to their workforce, who won’t get a penny for their time and energy. THE OLYMPICS WILL BENEFIT LOCAL BUSINESS. When the Athlete’s Village is turned into homes it will become part of the Stratford Citydevelopment, now wholly owned by Westfield (after they bought out the other shareholders). Residents can look forward to having their environment controlled at the whim of a corporation whose reason for being is to sell stuff. Local business doesn’t really stand a chance in the long run. THE OLYMPICS WILL CREATE MORE HOUSING. Yes, if you can afford them! The rest of the site is being given over to homes is being developed by the Mayoral Development Company, Olympic Park Legacy Company. They promise 11,000 new homes, and 35% of them will be affordable. Only 675 of them will be social housing though, so if you’re on the list in Newham get ready to wait. The average wait is around 10 years. Previous Olympic cities, like Barcelona, Sydney and Seoul, have seen huge rises in property prices, forcing local families out of their neighbourhoods. This is already happening in Londonand thanks to confidentially agreements with the London Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) you won’t hear about it in the media. THE OLYMPICS WILL CREATE MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. Well, not quite. Huge swathes of London roads will become dedicated ‘VIP lanes’ during the Games. Thousands will struggle to get to work for the whole 10 weeks. There has been little word on how much the public will have to be in fare increases in future years. The DLR extension is finished but the new (old) platforms at Stratford International have been rebuilt out of wood. The cable car (officially the Emirates Air Line) that goes from not-quite-the-o2 to not-quite-the-ExCeL centre might be finished by the time the games happen. Nobody wants to say if it’ll be ready or not. But at least it’s only costing the taxpayer £24million in exchange for Emirates to get their logo on tube maps for the next decade THE OLYMPICS WILL MAKE THE CITY A SAFER PLACE TO BE. Well, yes, they are sending in the army and putting missiles on tops of peoples homes, then forgetting to guard them. You’ll be monitored the whole time by hundreds of security personnel, CTV and flying drones developed for use in Afghanistan. Stratford is set to be the guinea pig for yet more oppressive surveillance tactics. Studies show that CCTV does little to reduce crime, but a lot to create a climate of fear. The police also have a new temporary police station built on Wanstead Flats. Although planning permission was only sought for a temporary structure, its been constructed as a permanent building – stealing a large chunk of public green space enjoyed by local residents for centuries. THE OLYMPICS WILL BE THE GREENEST GAMES EVER. Not quite. The Olympic Park is built on a former landfill site. Excavations have disturbed buried toxic chemicals, spreading them into the land. Radioactive thorium from an old watch factory has also seeped into the water table. DOW Chemical, the company that bought Union Carbide (responsible for the as yet to be cleaned up Bhopal disaster) are major sponsors. Plus BP is the Olympics official sustainability partner. Their involvement in the Tar Sands is a glowing indicator of their lack of commitment to ecological sustainability and social justice. THE OLYMPICS IS AN INVESTMENT IN LONDON’S FUTURE. We’ll it is quite an investment. £9.3bn, according to the Olympics Quarterly Economic Report in May 2011. The original estimate in 2005? £2.4bn according to the Labour government. The most recent figure doesn’t include costs associated with the acquisition of land, remediation, government departments and quango spending. 10% of the cost for the Olympics will come from Londoner’s taxes and 67% from national taxes. THE OLYMPICS WILL PROMOTE DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH. We’ll it will certainly be promoting many things through its corporate sponsorship deals. LOCOG are interested in protecting their benevolent sponsors but seem to have little interest in anyone else’s freedom of speech or expression, even handing out ASBO’s to anyone opposing the games. Their crack team of branding Police will be enforcing laws expecially drawn up for the olympics which are far more stringent than any other copywrite law. With everything from an “Official chocolate bar of the Olympic Games” through to banning anyone using the words “olympics’, “2012″, “Summer Games” “Twenty Twelve” and many more, the games is more than anything an experiment in extending corporate control of social life. THE OLYMPICS WILL INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION. It will but the International Olympics Committee isn’t only interested in inspiring future athletes. It’s going for the gold and hoping to inspire as many people as possible to buy more stuff. It’s not quite clear what kind of future taxpayers are being asked to invest in. It seems to be one that favours a particular London vista – Pall Mall, oppression, privatization and the erosion of public space.

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28 Giugno 2012 Tu Casa es Mi Casa

Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by the European economic crisis. Due to a toxic combination of billions of euros worth of bad loans held by Spanish banks and a real estate bubble that burst in spectacular style in 2007, Spain's economy now faces multiple simultaneous challenges which it is struggling to deal with within the monetary strictures of the Eurozone. An estimated 1.5 million empty houses, built in a dizzying rush by developers to make the most of cheap loans and favourable government regulation, litter the landscape. Football stadia, railway stations and airports lie abandoned or half-finished and whole towns, planned and half built, are being squatted or pilfered for raw materials.

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28 Giugno 2012 Foglia Challenge

Pesaro, Italy. The Foglia challenge is a competition that takes place on the river Foglia. The contest plans a rafting along a stretch of the river that runs through the city. At its third edition, this year it had 40 canoes for 80 competitors running off in the name of the environment. The idea, by Massimiliano Santini, is to attract more audience as possible having fun and drawing to environmental problems of the river.

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28 Giugno 2012 Lake Baikal, winter 2012 Marco Pighin

Lake Baikal is by far the most interesting and peculiar body of water on the planet. It is a deep, old living museum that contains 20% of the world's fresh water. 80% of its flora and fauna's species are endemic. For this reason it is often called the "Galapagos of Russia". But Lake Baikal is facing a very serious upcoming danger. Its unique ecosystem could be lost forever due to the Industrial activities and exploitation of natural resources that are eroding the fragile balance of this lake. It is soon becoming a threat to the local people. Baikal is listed by Unesco as a World's Heritage Site.

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28 Giugno 2012 Anyone for Tennis? Andrew Testa

The highlight of every English summer, Wimbledon has become a draw for tens of thousands of spectators over a bustling two weeks in June and July. The venue - the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club - in London's leafy southwestern suburbs, was founded in 1868 and remains the Holy Land of international tennis. A professional contest has been held here since 1877 and is the only Grand Slam tournament still played on grass. As tennis has evolved and the methods of broadcasting have changed, the vast 42-acre site increasingly becomes a veritable city within a city during the annual tournament. Since tennis players are known for their whims and frequently short tempers, Wimbledon also becomes a giant dressing room, catering station and all-round hospitality machine for the assembled players and their PR people.

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28 Giugno 2012 Old lovers

Portraits of older lovers looking for mates, company and eventually a marriage on the web. 80s SWM seeks LTR stands for 80 years old Single White Male seeks a Long Term Relationship, is made with acronyms used in internet chat and dating websites.

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28 Giugno 2012 Dispaches from South Sudan

Dispaches from South Sudan by Fabio Bucciarelli

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28 Giugno 2012 Aung San Suu Kyi Nicola Lo Calzo

June, 2012. AUNG SAN SUU KYI for Le Monde by Nicola Lo Calzo

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24 Maggio 2012 Golden Cameras Nicolo' Minerbi

May 2012, San Francisco: the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge captured by 16 cameras that made the history of the photography.

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24 Maggio 2012 CHAM / PART I Nicola Lo Calzo

CHAM is a photographic documentary which questions the legacy of the Black trade and slavery in the XXIth century. CHAM I is the first part of this project dealing with Africa, Europe and the Americas, and has been developed in Benin and Ghana, two countries which hold a rich yet invisible “material and immaterial memory” of enslavement: descendants of families both enslaved and selling slaves, oral traditions, rituals both traditional and Christian, historical sites and architectures. In Western Africa, slavery represents a past which is both morally and socially hard to accept. The narratives around these events are scarce as they generate much unease. Although the memory of those times has not disappeared, it has been integrated within alternative forms of narration. In contrast to the predominant iconography around slavery, which often deals with the tangible built by the settlers, and which refers to a monolithic and static picture of this period of history, "Cham" explores another heritage, intangible, yet very little known by the public, historians and researchers, that of the individual and collective memory of the people involved in slave trade and colonial slavery. The project enjoys the support from the following partners: The Committee for the Memory and the History of Slavery, 2011 L‘Année des Outre-mer, French Ministry of Culture, Le Conseil Général du Val-de-Marne, Afrique in Visu and LUZphoto agency. It is at the second stage of research which focuses on the Caribbean. The project will result in a traveling photo exhibition in France and abroad and a documentary photo book.

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24 Maggio 2012 Macao

From the 5th may 2012 onwards, the city of Milan, has been invented again: through a peaceful occupation, citizens and art worker, entered in the skyscraper Torre Galfa and have started up with MACAO, a new center of art and culture in Milan. The memorable building, during the past used as offices, belongs to the "Gruppo Fondiaria Sai", has been left empty for about 15 years. Thousands of people, in a such great and indirect way, took part to the opening of MACAO, they got themselves possession of places and then have renovated them, changing the new center in a place alive and visible. Every day is an experience to have exchange of ideas and common views. The occupants are working to develop a progressive perspective to create a center dedicated to Art and Culture in Milan. In these images, the first 72 occupations' hours, with also the night performance of the experimental theatre company MOTUS

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24 Maggio 2012 Ibidem (Untitled City : 2002-2010) Giovanni Del Brenna

Ibidem is a project about globalization, about the lack and the loss of roots, about the mutation of cities. I started this project in New York in 2002 after realizing that the pictures I took at the time could have been shot in some of the other cities I had lived in. Back to Milan I confirmed my first intuitions and decided to continue shooting other “global” cities. The project, currently in its final editing process, includes the following cities: Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The idea is to create a virtual city, mixing of all the photographed cities, that depicts the transition cities are going through today. I am Italian, I was born in Genova (Italy) but I never lived there. I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I attended the French school. I graduated in Milan and I lived in Lisbon, Lille, Paris, Naples, London, Rome and New York. There I obtained the Documentary and Photojournalism certificate of the International Center of Photography; it followed my master degree in Mechanical Engineering (Politecnico of Milan). This project aims at being a subjective point of view on the evolution of great cities. These are converging towards each other, becoming the “same place”(Ibidem in latin), while distancing themselves from their countries of origin. It is my point of view, the point of view of a member of the so-called “international community”.

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20 Maggio 2012 6 MAY

6 MAY- After 17 years on the edge of the French political scene, the Right loses the Presidency of the Republic. The candidate and former President Nicholas Sarkozy was defeated at the second round of elections with only 48% of votes in favor newly-elected President Francois Hollande. Pictures Simone Perolari and Emanuele Cremaschi/ LUZphoto

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26 Aprile 2012 Black Amazon Andrea Frazzetta

Black Amazon.
Perù-Ecuador, 2009-2011.
© Andrea Frazzetta.
The forest here seems gigantic but it is not. And most of all its people are getting torn apart and impoverished. More than 70% of the Peruvian wilderness has been lotted and handed down to oil companies. Indigenous populations are opposing this grave invasion of their territory but the government insists that the invasion is below ground level so it does not concern them. In the same way just to across the border: that which, they tell us, would be Heaven on Earth, by Lake Agrio and in the rest of the Sucumbios province, in Ecuador, looks more like a hell of pipes, valves, siloses, burners and piscinas: smelly abandoned oil lakes. There are more than three hundred oil wells in Ecuador and oil related activities cover and area equal to two thirds of the Amazon Forest. For the six million Ecuadorians that live with less than two dollars a day, the promise of development never came through, and neither will it ever, since oil is a resource destined to end soon. The oil rich regions are the poorest, with the highest crime rates and an incidence of cancer three times higher than the national average. This is the story of an ancestral land for the indigenous communities, a land that has the misfortune of being green above and black below. In this Jennuary 2012, thirty thousand campesinos, both indigenous and colonos, with the support of local and international environment protection organizations, won a battle against international oil giant Texaco, inside a judiciary arena that spanned over 18 years between New York courts and Ecuadorian tribunals. It is a historic sentence that makes a clamor. Over 18 billion dollars as a refund for turning a part of the Amazon Forest into one of the “most contaminated industrial areas in the World”

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12 Marzo 2012 White Gold

White Gold.
A look into the social and environmental effects of global cotton production reveals the real price of cheap clothes, a distorted market and an increasing industrialization of agriculture that changes the social role of the farmer. Cotton is the fabric of our life. We wear its fibers on our skin and pay our cotton-filtered coffee with cotton-made paper money. We ingest its pressed seeds in potato chips and salad dressing, while cotton linters helps to paint our nails, recorded history on film and thickens the ice cream we eat during our first cinema date. To produce this fibre of our life millions of Africans were abducted to work on the fields in the American south; Federal government subsidies in the form of billions of dollars per year fail to make 25.000 US-farmers rich but distort the global market and ruin millions of peasants in Western Africa, where whole countries like Mali and Burkina Faso depend on cotton export; 200,000 Indian farmers committed suicide during the last decade after they became dependent on corporate seed supply; and a fertile paradise turned into a chemical polluted desert in Central Asia. Since September 2007 I have photographed and filmed four aspects of the social and environmental effects of global cotton production in India, Texas, Burkina Faso and Central Asia.

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12 Marzo 2012 Mind the Bridge: Italy meets Silicon Valley Nicolo' Minerbi

February 2012, Berkeley: the Italian Innovation Day (IID) is an action oriented investors’ day bringing together the best of Italian technology and innovation. It's a half-day event that features a showcase of the best Italian technology startups, stimulates networking and partnership opportunities, and attracts entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and mentors. Invented and organized by the Mind The Bridge foundation, the 2012 edition was the fifth one and it was hosted by the UC Berkeley. This year's winner was the Timbuktu tablet magazine created by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. The partecipating startuppers were 11.

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02 Marzo 2012 Lucio Dalla

Lo staff di LUZphoto rende omaggio a Lucio Dalla attraverso questo video inedito di Gianluigi Di Napoli, in cui il cantautore bolognese parla di sé e del suo rapporto con la fotografia.

"Lucio Dalla racconta in questo video, primo di una serie di sei, il suo rapporto con la fotografia, l’arte e la vita partendo dall’esperienza condivisa sul set e cogliendo un’occasione per rivelare alcuni aspetti inediti di sé davanti alla propria immagine. È stato molto suggestivo e mi ritengo fortunatissimo di aver potuto ricevere e condividere quello che ritengo un grande regalo per la gente che ama la fotografia e l’arte. Alla fine dell’intervista mi ha regalato un nickname, “Big Face”, assicurandomi che mi avrebbe portato fortuna. Poi è andato al pianoforte, e, davanti alle finestre aperte, ha intonato l’acuto di Caruso. “Vedi? Io lo faccio in modo diverso da Pavarotti…” Io pensavo allo stupore e gioia dei passanti. 1/6" Gianluigi Di Napoli

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28 Febbraio 2012 1europroject

Italian photographic agency LUZphoto opens to photographers (both pros and amateurs) who want to challenge themselves with creativity and promote their own works. The aim is to let anyone expresses his own talent, facing a concrete and precise brief. In case your work will be shortlisted, you will have the opportunity to promote your work throughout exhibitions and other public events. Furthermore, your picture’s copyright will be preserved. Italian photographic agency LUZphoto opens to photographers (both pros and amateurs) who want to challenge themselves with creativity and promote their own works. The aim is to let anyone expresses his own talent, facing a concrete and precise brief. In case your work will be shortlisted, you will have the opportunity to promote your work throughout exhibitions and other public events. Furthermore, your picture’s copyright will be preserved. LUZphoto first brief is related to an important anniversary for Europe: ten years anniversary for the European Single Currency. “1EuroProject” asks to photographers to interpret a simple question: how much does 1 euro worth today? Best works will be exposed in a dedicated exhibition and promoted to national and international publishing markets. You can send your work directly to 1europroject@luzphoto.com by 12.00 p.m., 30th January 2012.

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21 Febbraio 2012 The true Spirit of the Olympic Games

THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES.
Seven Olympic villages, monuments of the most important events of the last 50 years of European history. Berlin (1936), Rome (1960), Barcelona (1992), Sarajevo (1984), Helsinki (1952), Munich (1972) and Athens (2004). The project was born in 2009 after a photo reportage about Greek Olympic village, built – up in 2004 in Trakomacedones a remote north west Athenian suburb, four years after Greece entered the euro zone. Athens, the city where the Olympic Games were born about two century ago, lost the new millennium Games edition of 1996 but won the 2004. In order to fulfil the challenge and to prove its greatness to European countries massive sportive centres were built, most of them unused after the end of the Olympics. The 350 billion euros Olympic village that constructed in order to host approximately 17 thousands athletes was transformed in a dormitory town, set about 20 km from the city centre in 2005. Five years later the village is falling apart. The flats where the Olympic athletes lived, today provide accommodation for working – class families and naturalized Greek immigrants. Greek Government in harness with OEK ( Houses Organisation for workers) assigned the Village flats to families who had rights to claim a low loan home from the organisation. However, the whole housing estate results completely out of touch with capital and surrounding suburb sand still remains a foreign body, in which to live it is not easy. There are less busses, no underground nor tram line. Houses, built up in rush, need often maintenance and repairs, Everything else that are taken for granted by most of the citizens like banks, public offices, malls, super markets can be found 4 km away from the Village. Residents still wait for a big church to be built. From here on, it was born the curiosity to see what has happened in the other countries who hosted the Olympic Games. The project starts with the German Olympic village, built up close Berlin in 1936. Before that year in fact Olympic athletes were hosted in hotels or campuses. It was only in 1932, for the Los Angeles Game edition, that IOC (International Olympic committee) introduced the Olympic village among the compulsory requirements to host the Games for the nominated countries. Unfortunately nothing remained of Los Angeles Olympic Village so the first existing Olympic village is that of Berlin, even if it's only ruins that remained. only ruins. The Berlin Games are best remembered for Adolf Hitler’s failed attempt to use them to prove his theories of Aryan racial superiority. As it turned out, the most popular hero of the Games was the African-American sprinter and long jumper Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals in relay and long jump. The true spirit of the Olympic Games project sets itself up to two objectives. On the one hand, the state of maintenance of the Olympic Villages and the level of social integration of the families who live in these areas. On the other hand, documenting the modern and current European history from these strange corners, built up in the middle of nowhere or at the outskirts of big cities. So it has been in 1960 for the Rome Games. Here the Olympic village was built during the Dolce Vita years. The Rome Olympic Village was born between two historical districts: Flaminio and Parioli, and it was built up on a place where, until 1958, there were only tents and shacks of Second world war displaced people. The work was revolutionary as Italy was in full boom at time and Rome hosted the Games. A few years after serving its purpose the village is transformed into a residential district but during his 50 years of life the area has been left in a state of neglect and lost its characteristic splendour. The village during the 70's is known for student actions and bad patch and during the 80's its squares and streets were used by prostitutes and heroin addicts. At the end of 90's the Olympic village is reborned. In 2005 the municipality of Rome has decided to construct close to the village the Auditorium of Renzo Piano. The decision has been taken in order to retrain the whole area, instead of that Auditorium has caused a big raise at the flat prices. In 1992 Barcelona hosts the Games. It is the first post cold war Games. The Berlin wall fell down in 1989 and Spain hosts the Olympic Games for the first time. The city, disposed to change face, used the funding to transform its identity. Towers, new avenues, a jewel sportive centre in the middle of Montjuic and 7 kilometres of beach, that until 1992 didn’t exist. Popular architects starts a competition to reshape the Catalan city injured by Franco and Barcelona’s skyline change forever. 18 architects design the Olympic village. 11 residential blocks, for the first time not assigned to working class families, but sold on property market one month before the opening ceremony Games. In 2010 Barcelona Olympic village has no more borders. Around the district there are schools, buildings, hotels, malls, restaurants, offices, bars. A very efficient underground, buses and tram lines or bicycle paths. Every kind of service makes the new district, built up close to the beach, one of the best area to live in Barcelona. But 1992 is as well the year during that the most violent and bloody ethnic clearance war go off in Yugoslavia. While Barcelona is celebrating its stylistic rebirth hosting the XXVth Olympics, Sarajevo is under siege. The Olympic village built in Mojmilo in 1984 to host the winter Olympic Games experience ethnic clearance war and horror. All the buildings are demolished under the advance of heavy and light artillery. In 1996, one year after the end of the war, Barcelona funds the rebuilding works of Sarajevo Olympic village. In this very long stretch of European history could not be omitted Munich that hosted the Olympics in 1972. The Munich Games will be forever associated with the ghastly acts of terror carried out by the terrorist group “Black September”. On the 5th of September, eight Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village killed two members of the Israeli team and took nine hostages. In the ensuing battle, all nine Israeli hostages, five of the terrorists and one policeman were killed . In defiance of the terrorists, the IOC ordered the competitions to resume after a pause of 34 hours. At the end of this memory route of the Games there are Helsinki Olympic village. An important Games edition developed in 1952 during the Cold War. Israel and the Soviet Union join the Olympic Games for the first time. Part of Finland is still occupied by Russian army and for this edition of the Games the authorities decide to built up two different Olympic villages: one in Otaniemi for Soviet Union and Eastern Europe teams and one in Kapyla for western countries teams. The true Spirit of the Olympic Games project wishes to imprint the recent and modern European history through the Olympic villages as each one is connected into a specific social- economic and cultural contest. The project is intended to describe Europe from these common and at the same time different perspective. Through the houses and squares, born out of nowhere and transformed, except Berlin, into garden suburbs for worse off or working class families. For this reason the project is composed of two different point of views: portraits in the houses and wide shot photos of the Olympic village places.

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21 Febbraio 2012 Lucha Libre at la Loba

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Lucha libre, the Mexican version of free wrestling, is probably only rivaled by soccer in popularity among Mexican people, and its cultural impact may be even greater.

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21 Febbraio 2012 Athens, February 2012

Gerasimos Koilakos is still documenting every day the situation in Athens covering the demonstration and what happens in the streets of Athens. Images uploaded every day.

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21 Febbraio 2012 Teen bloggers Ed Thompson

London Fashion Week 2012. Teen Bloggers

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21 Febbraio 2012 L'odore della guerra

L'Odore della Guerra, libro di Fabio Bucciarelli e Stefano Citati, edito Aliberti, uscirà il 1 Marzo nelle librerie. Qui un estratto delle fotografie presenti nel libro.

L'Odore della Guerra, a Fabio Bucciarelli and Stefano Citati book, edited by Aliberti, will be out next March 1st. Here an edit of the images in the book.

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25 Gennaio 2012 Old Wilde Italy Emanuele Cremaschi

It seems to be in Texas, yet it's the deep Italian province. In the heart of the Po Valley, country is rising as a true cultural phenomenon. Thousands of fans gather to celebrate the myth of the Old Wild West, including BBQ, ranch roping and line dancing. A varied contemporary tribe made up of merchants, workers, professionals: all cowboys (or cowgirls) in their spare time.

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25 Gennaio 2012 Father and Son Shoot America

Father and Son Shoot America.
Europe and the United States are both in trouble. Our economies, our environments, our futures, our pasts are inextricably linked. If we go down, so do you, and vice versa. The election year political situation in the United States is especially bizarre and unfortunate. We are more deeply divided than we’ve been as a nation since the Civil War. Our choice seems to be between a party that’s proven itself to be ineffectual at accomplishing much of anything and one whose candidates openly deny basic science (like global warming and evolution), while steering American policy deeper into the pockets of private interests like the oil, pharmaceutical, and defense industries. We propose a journey into the heart of these issues from the lenses of a Father and Son equally concerned about our present and future. We will photograph the landscape of a nation in turmoil, showing the economic suffering in places like Detroit, and the Midwest, and the housing crisis that sparked it in the miles of empty track housing surrounding Las Vegas. We will pay special attention to the environmental issues that so often take a backseat in American politics but which, we both believe, will impact the entire world depending on the outcome of this election. We will visit the “mountaintop removal” sites of coal mining in West Virginia, the drought and fire ravaged landscapes of Texas and New Mexico, and the slowly developing technology being used to fight these affects, like the massive wind farms of Iowa. Jeff Jacobson began his career as a constitutional lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union in the early 70’s. He picked up a camera as a hobby, then made the switch to photojournalism photographing the ’76 campaign trail and joining Magnum Photos. It was during this period, the late 70’s, that he also had a son. I grew up surrounded by photographers documenting the important issues of the time. Now in my early 30’s I am a full time documentary filmmaker, having begun to make a name for myself with my use of the iPhone in still photography. My Dad was one of the last holdouts of film, specifically Kodachrome. He shot his last roll in December 2010 and a book of his late film work is forthcoming. In a new era of photography he has begun using a small digital camera, a “happy snap” popular among consumers, and is returning to the subjects of American politics that began his career. Most of his early work was done on long road trips through America; following campaigns, working on the poverty stricken Indian Reservations in the Great Plains, photographing family farm foreclosures in the Midwest that would be gobbled up by giant industrial farming conglomerates, documenting the struggles of migrant workers and illegal immigrants throughout the south. On many of these journeys he brought me along. I saw the country, all its beauty and horror, understanding the nation as a whole in a way most little kids from Staten Island would never imagine – while riding shotgun in his van, listening to click of his Leica, all the while discovering what it meant to be American. I will travel with him again, this time shooting stills and video with the iPhone I have used all over the world while making films, and together we will focus our digital lenses on the political concerns we hold in common. In photographing the current state of American democracy, we will hit the road with two of the most “democratic” cameras on the market, the iPhone and the digital point-and-shoot. Traveling the back roads and small towns together by car, we will examine the American issues that my father has spent his life documenting, that I was raised in, and that concern the future of every human in the world.

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25 Gennaio 2012 Gali, Abkhazia - Left in Limbo

The Gali district of Abkhazia lies in the South East of the territory, along the disputed border with Georgia, and is home to an estimated 40,000 Mingrelian Georgians who have managed to return since the end of civil war in the early 1990s. Neglected by the Abkhazian authorities and sparsely populated compared to pre-war times, post-conflict reconstruction, development and investment has not reached this most impoverished part of the territory. The people of Gali are scattered throughout an intricate network of remote villages, connected by often impassible roads, and have to be almost entirely self sufficient in order to survive. In some sense the people of this part of the world have always lived somewhat precariously but the difference today is that there is very little opportunity for anything more than mere survival.

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25 Gennaio 2012 The common part

Alain Willaume LA PART COMMUNE 2010.
This series has been commissioned during a residency in the city of Reggio Emilia (Italy) by the SETSE Project in partnership with Rencontres d’Arles (France). The touring exhibition has been inaugurated in 2010 during the Fotografia Europea festival of Reggio Emilia (Italy). Alain Willaume has been awarded the first prize of the Sony World Photography Award 2011, category Fine Art-Portraiture. Alain Willaume photographs families during and after their meals, focusing on everyday household rituals. In The common part, at the end of the meal, Willaume asks each members of the families to distance themselves from the reality and to seek inner concentration. His images reflect this estrangement and invite the viewer to an unusual confrontation. The result surprises and disquiets the viewer: the contrast between the empty plates, the daily background, the gaze, the intensity and the detachment of the subjects portrayed. The photographer takes us to the crossroads between two worlds: the privacy of an intimate ritual and the boundaries of an inner landscape. In parallel Willaume curates the section Rumori di un banchetto gioioso showing photographs belonging to the involved families and a selection of the historical archives of the Municipality, in collaboration with the Photo Library of Biblioteca Panizzi of Reggio Emilia. Anne Testut

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25 Gennaio 2012 Redzepi

René Redzepi (born 16 December 1977) is the chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant Noma in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. His restaurant was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2010 San Pellegrino Awards and 2011. Redzepi is noted for his work for the reinvention and refinement of a new Nordic cuisine and food that is characterized by inventiveness and clean flavors. Redzepi is the son of an ethnic Albanian father, who migrated to Denmark from what was then Yugoslavia (now Republic of Macedonia) and a Danish mother.

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25 Gennaio 2012 Mario Monti, italian premier

Mario Monti, European commissioner for Competition from 1999 until 2004, became Italian Prime Minister and was asked to form a new government on 16 November 2011 following the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi.

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25 Gennaio 2012 Siberian Models

SIBERIAN MODELS: THE BEAUTY COMING FROM THE COLD.
Russian women are some of the most beautiful in the world and the most beautiful of those live in Siberia. Hundreds, are the girls that come from Siberia to work in the fashion capitals. Many european and american agencies, come here to scout for new talent to model on the catwalks of Paris, Milan and New York. Most of these young girls come from a poor background and they aim to gain an economic independence. They move from the remote villages in Taiga to the edge of the big city like Krasnoyarsk o Novosibirsk, they hang out at casting and local agencies, hoping to be choosen from many foreign talent scout that properly arrive here. Siberia is a huge land, as much bleak and unfriendly as generous, a land where the fancy elegance of women seems in contrast with the cold' s monochrome of landscape. This reportage is a journey through the lives of these young women and their hopes. Through what we don't know about their life and that is more important than some fashion magazine's slick pages or fashion show.

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25 Gennaio 2012 Mitt Romney Republican candidate President

Former Gov. Mitt Romney spends a Sunday with his family (sons Tagg and Craig with their wives and children) at Tagg's house in Belmont, Mass. With wife Anne, Belmont, MA, USA, October 30, 2011

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25 Gennaio 2012 CES, Las Vegas Nicolo' Minerbi

Jan 2012, Las Vegas: the 2012 edition of the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) at the Convention Center in Las Vegas

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25 Gennaio 2012 Demonstration in Syria

Free Army demonstration in Jabar El-Zaouia region, Syria, November 2011 © Pedro Da FONSECA/PREMIÈRES LIGNES/CONTACT PRESS IMAGES

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14 Dicembre 2011 Exodus

Multimedia presentation by Chris de Bode.
Editing by Panos Pictures.
Music : Rebel Music

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14 Novembre 2011 Environmental migrants, the last illusion. Dhaka, Bangladesh Alessandro Grassani

Environmental migrants: the last illusion. 2008 became the point of no return: for the first time in history there are more people living in cities than in rural areas. Cities will grow even larger due to climate change and to environmental migrants, who are destined to become the new humanitarian emergency of the planet in the next few decades. According to a forecast by the United Nations, in 2050 the Earth will have to face the trauma depicted by 200 million “environmental migrants”: people who, according to the UN, will not “land” in the richer nations, but will look for new ways of livelihood in the urban areas of their home countries, which are already overcrowded and often extremely poor. The consequences are and will also be disastrous from a social, economical and environmental viewpoint for these cities. 90% of this kind of migration will occur literally in less developed countries, with relocation from rural areas to the more degraded areas of the city known as slums. What will happen is that the poorest countries, those who have least contributed to climate change, will be the worse hit by this phenomenon due to the lack of funds invested in alternative development policies in those areas which become inhabitable. The cities in these countries have already become victims of climate change and are destined to expand further due to unemployment, poverty and inhumane social conditions.

Chapter two: Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the countries which is most seriously affected by climate change. It is constantly battered by cyclones, coastal surges, overflowing rivers and violent downpours. Environmental migrants from across the country are pouring into the capital Dhaka escaping flooding that has destroyed not only their homes but their livelihoods too. Dhaka has a population of 14 million which is expected to increase to 50 million by 2050. Dhaka has over 400,000 newcomers entering the city each year; most of whom are environmental refugees. Miles of slums are home to these refugees who live quite literally piled on top of each-other. Dhaka is considered to be the fastest-growing city in the world.

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09 Novembre 2011 Tito's Comeback

Tito's Comeback Serbia, Belgrade, Tito's Comeback - in the footsteps of Tito, by Armin Smailovic the former president of former Yugoslavia, Josip Tito is yet still idealized in some Balkan countries.

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09 Novembre 2011 Surf in Gaza

Freedom of movement for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip has been so restricted in recent years that the territory is commonly referred to as the “largest open-air prison on earth." The ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza began in 2007, but a gradual closure of the territory started much earlier, in 1991, during the first Intifada, when Israel cancelled general exit permits for Palestinians living there. Sporadic closures began in 1993 and a fence was erected around Gaza in 1995. In January 2000, before the second Intifada, an average of 17,635 day labourers crossed from Gaza into Israel everyday. By 2005 that number dropped to 49, today it is zero.

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09 Novembre 2011 Bosnia and Herzegovina: if chaos awakens the madness Massimo Mastrorillo

Sarajevo, political rally. The prewar-born nationalist parties, SDA (Muslim), SNSD (Serbian) ans HDZ (Croatian) have been leading the Country since the beginning of the war, playing and consequently increasing the "fear of others" of the population. In the elections of last 3rd of October, Bosnians voted for change, putting their trust in the SDP (multiethnic party). On the other hand, Republika Srpska is still led by SNSD

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09 Novembre 2011 Indignados

Tens of thousands of protestors march through lower Manhattan in support of the economic justice movement  and action -- Occupy Wall Street- which has taken over a park in NYC, and spawned movements worldwide. Different LUZ photographers have covered the movement in different parts of the world.

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09 Novembre 2011 On being my mother

3-Family: a portrait of our genes by Francesca Es.

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09 Novembre 2011 Bank on Us

A 7,000 billion dollar secret, the Swiss banking industry holds a third of all global offshore assets, ring-fenced by ingrained conservatism and strict banking secrecy laws. Accounting for half of the Swiss banking industry, two banks - UBS, and Credit Suisse - dominate the austere heart of this secretive world. Headquartered side by side on Paradeplatz in Zurich, they're said to own vast vaults beneath the square, containing gold, cash and enough secrets from around the world to feed myriad spy novels and thrillers. Swiss banks have long been accused of sheltering the cash of dictators, despots, gangsters and arms dealers and recent revelations also point to wealthy Americans and Europeans, eager to avoid taxes.

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30 Settembre 2011 With their back straight

With their backs straight- (stories of journalists in an outpost called Calabria) Twelve journalists have been threatened by the 'Ndrangheta since the beginning of the year, and according to reports carried out on behalf of the Osservatorio Ossigeno for the information by journalists Roberta Mani and Roberto Rossi, 22 in the last two and a half years. Once the 'Ndrangheta was the silent mafia, invisible, like the other side of the moon* paying attention only to its own business. But in recent years this has changed, and law enforcement activities to combat them has also increased. Today the 'Ndrangheta is considered the most dangerous criminal organization in Italy, but it is also among the most powerful in the world, with its presence spreading abroad. According to German police, the 'Ndrangheta is the biggest Italian investor in the Frankfurt stock exchange. According to the Eurispes 2008 report it has a turnover of 44 billion Euro. The bomb detonated at the front door of the house of the General Attorney of Reggio Calabria, Salvatore Di Ladro; the bazooka delivered to the prosecutor Pignatone; an escalation that led to Army surveillance in Reggio Calabria for four sensitive objectives in order to prevent further intimidation. An open war between state and anti-state. Displays of force, death threats. A region at war in which journalists are on the front lines, targets like everyone else. Journalists who just ask not to be heroes; to do their job without having one arm tied behind their back. And with their backs straight, putting their lives at risk every day to tell us what is happening.

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30 Settembre 2011 The burning man, 2011 Diana Bagnoli

Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event starts on the Monday before the American Labor Day holiday, and ends on the holiday itself. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.

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30 Settembre 2011 The Polaroids

The present moment and eternity: never are they as close to one another as in a Polaroid, that type of instant photo that is transient, because it fades with time. As well as being timeless, because its fuzziness, the way its contents seem to flow and merge into each other, opens up new horizons: the surreal rarely demands answers about either time or place. An old-fashioned oddity, the Polaroid is a one-off image, there is no negative. Even at the very moment that it comes into being, it begins to fade away and, as its colour grow paler, it keeps on producing new trump cards from up its sleeve – a mystery without answers, nothing is definite, everything is at the disposal of one’s imagination. Battered walls like clouds, the staircase in the Portuguese entrance hall leads to somewhere unknown to me. The child in the cornfield – did it stand there yesterday or a hundred years ago? Jutta Voigt

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30 Settembre 2011 Sicarios

On the most popular and respected professions in Latin America is that of the sicarios. Athough revenues are variable (for killing someone, a hit can charge from 15 € up to tens of thousands), the killings in Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras and Mexico is recruiting many young people, including minors, who are seduced by the ease of earning money that gives them respect and fear. In the process of training young killer from the poorest strata of society consumed begin killing dogs and pets to loose all your nerves. In the professionalization of the field to "graduate" the killers indoctrinated in school and most complex areas of the capital Latino homeless have to kill a person with the condition that the situation involves risk. An example of satire in the Sicario is shown in another of his evidence. Once a goal killed the murderer has to attend the funeral of the victim to make sure no one looked committing the crime. Satisfied that the subject becomes a professional assassin.

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27 Settembre 2011 Beyond the Body

A photography book by Tomasz Gudzowaty (photographer) Nan Goldin (editor, writer)

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27 Settembre 2011 Bolshoi Moscou Gerard Uferas

Bolshoi Moscou avril 2011 © Gerard Uferas. Bolshoi Theatre is going to be reopened next October after 6 years.

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27 Settembre 2011 The island of the forgotten women Alessandro Grassani

THE ISLAND OF THE FORGOTTEN WOMEN Ruined by the climate change and shunned by society, this is the sad destiny of the 200 women who live on the island of Banishanta, one of the 14 official brothels in Bangladesh, a Muslim country where prostitution is legal. Abandoned or sold by their fathers and husbands, today they must also reckon with the crisis their clients face, which is brought about by global warming: the rise of the bed of the River Pashur has caused changes in the size of the seaport in Mongla, the second largest in the country, where, up until a few years ago, large trading ships from all over the world docked, and together with their crew represented the best customers for the island. Another threat is due to the waters which risk submerging the brothel during the monsoon season. The prostitutes of Banishanta and their children are living now in absolute poverty: they have practically no work and are shunned by the surrounding villages which consider them to be unclean, according to Muslim precepts. A local ngo with the support of the Italian Mani Tese has just started a project of alternative work to save the prostitutes from misery.

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27 Settembre 2011 The ballet boy Per-anders Pettersson

A Ballet boy jumping high Sikhumbuzo Hhaleni, age 15, is a young boy living in Khayelitsha, a poor township outside Cape Town, South Africa. The township is the second largest in the country with around one million people. Most of them are poor and struggling. They live in shacks mostly but some in small brick houses. Sikhumbuzo is quite unusual among his friends as he dances ballet and he wants to be a professional dancer one day. He lives with his mother Zoleka and sister in a small house. The family is rather poor. The mother works as a domestic worker and she struggles to provide for the family, and for Sikhumbuzo to attend ballet classes as he has to travel in a bus or minis bus taxi to practice. Shoes and clothes are also expensive. His father lives in another city far away and he only comes a few times a year to visit. He has been dancing for about four years after joining a beginners class. Most of his friends play soccer and its very unusual for a boy here to dance. He is sometimes teased by other boys but he is determined to follow his dream. He learned quickly and loves to play characters and leap in the air. "My friends says this is only for girls but they have no idea how exhausting dancing is, he says" Nowadays, nobody laughs at him when the dances in the street. The friends on the street are impressed. He usually practice at home everyday after coming home from school. His dream is to become a professional ballet dancer. Every Saturday he takes the transport to the dance school in Cape Town. He spends about one hour traveling in each direction. At the dance school, the other students are mostly white girls. Many of them from wealthy families in Cape Town, They come from two very different lives. "it was difficult in the beginning" he says. "The girls are now nice to me" Before the classes they warm up, stretch, and the training consists of training different moves and jumps. "I like the jumps the best" he says. The young dancers jump back and forth in the dance studio. Sikhumbuzo jumps high and lands with a big bang. About 90 % of the population in South Africa is black but they still lack the opportunities to do things such as dance. After many years of bad education during the apartheid years, the black children still struggles to have a good education due to recourses and sometimes unmotivated teachers. Sikhumbuzo does his homework on his mothers bed. There's is not much space to move around the house. Al his belongings are in a small soft suitcase. He sometimes practices inside the house but often outside, either in the backyard or in the street. Sikhumbuzo's nickname is "Kola". It means small. He is rather short but he has a strong body. He works hard both in school and dance to reach his dreams. One of many children in South Africa trying to find a way out of poverty.

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03 Agosto 2011 Horn Of Africa - drought

The Horn of Africa's worst drought seen by Per-Anders Pettersson, Robin Hammond and Francesco Zizola

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03 Agosto 2011 Construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961

1961—on photographing the construction of the Berlin Wall excerpt from Shaped By War (Jonathan Cape, London, 2010) Text & Photographs copyright © Don McCullin (Contact Press Images)

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03 Agosto 2011 Carioca Beaches

Every year about two millions of Carioca use to gather on Copacabana beach, to celebrate the New Year's Day. People come to admire the spectacle of fireworks and take the traditional swim auspicious for the new year.

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03 Agosto 2011 Indian Parmesan

ITALY – Indian Parmesan Cheese. The Elephant, Indians and the Parmesan cheese Indians and the Parmesan cheese. According to Cnel (State Institute of Economy and Labour) in the seventh report on the «Indices of integration of immigrants in Italy», Emilia Romagna is the region with the highest potential for integration in Italy. Social conformation in the province of Parma, with particular reference to the dynamics of Indian immigration in the area, is changing at a strong pace, proposing changing scenarios and renewed challenges. The core of this report is one of the D.O.P. products, “made in Italy” par excellence, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, “survives” thanks to the Indian workforce. Multiculturalism, dialogue and reception have become in a space other than the multi-ethnic metropolis, they are shown in an area which interprets the differences and silently translates them into wealth, growth, trade. It is read effortlessly among the gestures of the Indian engaged in the agriculture, stalls and dairy sectors of the place where - over time - they share knowledge of a tradition that belongs to the Parma area, its history and its excellence. Combining a journalistic-social view with the indiscretion of the camera lens, this project aims to tell about a territory in flux: explore moments, faces, everyday life and aspirations of one of the races, the Indian, which is located in a valuable area for the Italian economy, and sees the succession of new generations and the development of previously unseen relations with the scenarios of the place and its inhabitants.

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03 Agosto 2011 Karoshi - Work to Die

“Why do Japanese people work so much? The cause of my depression is defnitely overwork” wrote Naoya Nishigaki, 28, a systems engineer, on his blog about depression. “ I can’t do anything. I don’t feel like doing anything. I just feel irritated, exhausted, and disgusted. I try to suppress these feelings with medication, but I feel like my medication has become less and less effective lately. I’m so worried. What should I do? “ Naoya overdosed on his medication and committed suicide in 2006. He is one of the new faces of karoshi – suicide due to overwork. The word karoshi came into common use around 1990, when Japanese workers began working longer hours in response to competition from overseas and the recession. Despite increased awareness of the dangers of overwork, deregulation and global competition means that the Japanese are working harder than ever.

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10 Luglio 2011 Evolution

North Africa: Filippo Romano, Gabriele Stabile

South Europe: Arianna Arcara, Giuseppe Carotenuto, Gabriele Stabile

Berlusque: Valentino Bellini, Giuseppe Carotenuto, Emanuele Cremaschi, Mattia Insolera, Massimo Mastrorillo, Gabriele Micalizzi, Luca Santese, Daniele Veneri

The Other Family: Nicola Lo Calzo

Notown: Nicolò Minerbi

Camina: Javier Tles


Produced by: LUZphoto

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06 Luglio 2011 Burmese days Alessandro Grassani

Burma, also known as Myanmar, is ruled by a military junta which suppresses all dissent and wields total power in the face of international disapproval and sanctions. I have narrated the daily life of this country travelling for miles around Burma. Burma’s military regime has been in power for almost 50 years but you can’t see any trace of the military junta, almost invisible to foreigners.

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23 Giugno 2011 Iraq Kurdistan Region

Iraq Kurdistan Region: reconstruction and infrastructure in northern Iraq.

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23 Giugno 2011 Medjugorje

Medjugorje. La Regina della Pace. In Medjugorje it's beginning the usual Young's Festival, this year is especially exciting since it will be also celebrate the 30th jubilee of the Holy Mary's first apparition in Medjugorje.

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23 Giugno 2011 People Tech

A great group of VJ, video artist and performers, geeks and hackers coming from all over the world, get together for “Live Performers Meeting 2011” in Rome. Tech lovers, in this sequence of pictures they show instruments, hardware and software, often modified, personalized or even assembled as new to distort the visual contemporary culture, through live videos, multimedia and interactivity. The feeling with technology is not like that with a TV, a close box that can be used only with instruction book, but it’s like more similar to an instrument that you can control, invent or help to improve.

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23 Giugno 2011 Ninja Miners Mongolia

The Great Mongolian Gold Rush: The land of Genghis Khan has the biggest mining find in a very long time. The illegal gold miners in the Southgobi desert of Mongolia are locally called Ninjas . Mostly they have a background in the nomadic culture. In Mongolia more than 70% of foreign currency is generated through the trade of gold in the country. There is no direct buyer of gold in the country and there are no significant quantities of jewelry made. Therefore the prices for gold on the black market are low. The illegal gold must be brought out of the country. Furthermore much of the illegal gold is sold to the major mining companies in Mongolia. But the prices the ninjas get are very bad.Three quarters of the Mongolians live on about $2 a day. Therefore Mongolia belongs one of the poorest countries in the world. Many nomads are hoping to get rich by finding gold. To extract the gold from the rock mercury is used in which the gold completely dissolved, which is an ecological disaster.

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06 Giugno 2011 Environmental migrants: the last illusion Alessandro Grassani

Project. 2008 became the point of no return: for the first time in history there are more people living in cities than in rural areas. Cities will grow even larger due to climate change and to environmental migrants, who are destined to become the new humanitarian emergency of the planet in the next few decades. According to a forecast by the United Nations, in 2050 the Earth will have to face the trauma depicted by 200 million “environmental migrants”: people who, according to the UN, will not “land” in the richer nations, but will look for new ways of livelihood in the urban areas of their home countries, which are already overcrowded and often extremely poor. The consequences are and will also be disastrous from a social, economical and environmental viewpoint for these cities. 90% of this kind of migration will occur literally in less developed countries, with relocation from rural areas to the more degraded areas of the city known as slums. What will happen is that the poorest countries, those who have least contributed to climate change, will be the worse hit by this phenomenon due to the lack of funds invested in alternative development policies in those areas which become inhabitable. The cities in these countries have already become victims of climate change and are destined to expand further due to unemployment, poverty and inhumane social conditions.

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17 Maggio 2011 Idex

IDEX 2011 - The biggest weapon fair in the Middle-East. In february 2011, the biggest weapon fair of the Middle-East took place in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the International De- fense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX). On daily ‘Live Demonstrations’ and ‘Test shows’, the latest armored vehicles, transport vehicles, helicopters and aircrafts are presented to the visitors. Over 900 manufacturers from all over the world are presenting their products n the enormous exhibition halls. Fearing military escalation with Iran and to bed prepared of revolts in their own country, the surrounding states in the Persian Gulf are armoring them- selves with new, modern weapons. 40% of all worldwide oil-shipments are passing by the sea-route to the Strait of Hormuz, between Iran and the United Arab Emirates. When tanker traffic through the Gulf would be upset by any military actions in the region, the Gulf-states are losing one of their biggest incomes. Saudi Arabia will invest 67 billion dollar in new jet hunters, missile defense, helicopters and warships. The United Arab Emirates, Oman and Kuwait will together spend twice as much many on weapons on jet hunters and missile defense. (Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 12.10.2010) This political and geographical situation makes the weapon fair a big suc- cess. In the halls, officers and generals in uniforms of various armed forces, directors from different ‘Private Security’ companies and sheiks in kaftan are meeting each other. They share a common interest in innovative weapon- systems, new developments and profitable business. The ugly word ‘war’ is seldom found, the exhibitors will advertise themselves a lot better with the term ‘defense’

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17 Maggio 2011 The Heart Attack Grill

The Heart Attack Grill: A Restaurant Proud To Make You Fat.
Text by Mimi Rohr - Photos by Frederic Neema. America takes its love affair with the hamburger to new extremes. The Heart Attack Grill just opened its doors in Dallas, Texas, serving up glutinous, lard saturated meals to an eager clientele. “I don’t eat perfectly, do you? Come on down and let’s be sinners together at the Heart Attack Grill,” is founder and owner, Jon Basso’s – known as Dr. Jon - motto. Customers are referred to as patients and given hospital gowns and wrist bands upon entering the premises. Meals are served by waitresses in scantily clad nurse’s garb, and Basso himself is dressed as a doctor. The grill’s menu gives a whole new meaning to fast-food. Meals range from the single by-pass burger all the way to the quadruple by-pass burger, which sports four, one-half pound (230 grams) hamburger patties, two slices of cheese and four slices of bacon per patty, which can be accompanied by an order of flatliner fries, cooked exclusively in lard. Even the milkshakes are made with the highest cream content possible and are topped with an extra slice of butter. Weight watchers beware, the quadruple by-pass burger alone is estimated to be as much as 8,000 calories. There are no diet sodas available in this establishment. Unfiltered cigarettes and beer are also on the menu. Patients over 350 pounds (160 kilograms), on the restaurants scale, eat for free. Those who finish a quadruple by-pass meal have their vitals checked and are wheeled out the establishment in a wheel chair. The sign on the door reads “The Heart Attack Grill, the taste worth dying for.” Basso’s message is clear. “We sell burgers; we sell fries; we sell food for thought.” Americans sharp rise in obesity rates have become a national crisis. But are Americans are sick of being told what is and isn’t good for them? Perhaps they have become fatigued with yoyo dieting. Basso promises “a slow and steady weight gain. “ The Heart Attack Grill serves” high calorie, high cholesterol, and high fun food,” says Geist. “Laughter is what this is all about.” “The American Medical Association may continue to refuse to recognize me and burgerology and that’s o.k. It’s their choice to remain an exclusive boys club. We treat more patients than an actual doctor ever will with our message and reach about nutrition and how we should think about food,” declares Basso. People began lining up at 7 a.m. the day of the grand opening. David Matheny, amongst the first to arrive wants to be “the first patient in Dallas. It’s the American way, and the burgers look awesome…burgers, fries, fried in lard, that’s Texas.” After tasting the double by-pass burger, he declared it was the best he’d ever had. “It’s not good for you,” confesses Basso. “We are guilty as charged. We are blatant panders of junk food.” “Don’t come here every day. If you do, you will die.” © 2011 Mimi Rohr

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17 Maggio 2011 No man's land

Mishka Henner's image collection entitled "No Man's Land" explores the margins of our urban and rural European environment as experienced by what appear to be women soliciting sex, all captured by Google Street View cameras. Occupying liminal spaces in post-industrial and rural settings, the focus on these women also casts a critical eye on the Street View project itself and on photography's indelible link to voyeurism and surveillance.

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17 Maggio 2011 Morgante Nicola Lo Calzo

« Morgante » narra le storie private di individui legati tra loro da un comune denominatore : l’essere nani. « Morgante », soprannominato ironicamente il Gigante nell'omonimo poema di Luigi Pulci, era il piuÌ€ celebrato dei cinque nani della corte medicea a Palazzo Pitti. Fu sempre rappresentato secondo il gusto e la cultura dell’epoca come un “monstrum”. Passando per le tele del Bronzino e le sculture del Giambologna, il nano Morgante, disumanizzato e spogliato della sua individualitaÌ€, diventa progressivamente un’idea, un archetipo, la lente attraverso la quale la « famiglia umana » continua a guardare la diversitaÌ€ nei secoli. A partire da questa corrispondenza letteraria e iconografica, l’Africa centrale rappresenta per il fotografo l’occasione per offrire un’inedita galleria di ritratti sull’universo dei nani, una categoria di persone completamente emarginate in alcuni paesi africani. Spesso associati alla stregoneria, le persone affette da nanismo vivono in uno stato di semiclandestinitaÌ€, confrontati quotidianamente a ogni genere di violenza psicologica.

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17 Maggio 2011 Karen Guerrilla

Karen Guerrilla: living in the longest ongoing war Liberated areas in Burma, Karen State. In the aftermath of Burma's presidential election on 7 November, the political internal situation has changed, the relationships between ethnic groups have become stronger, and the armed conflicts between the SPDC (State Peace and Development Council, the official name of the military regime in Burma) and the Karen Army have increased. About 40% of Burma's population belongs to ethnic groups. The Karen are roughly 7% of Burmese population, approximately 50 million of people. Karen ethnic group lives primarily in southern and southeastern part of Burma, the most of them on Thai-Burmese border. Karen people are represented by Karen National Union (KNU), a political organisation with an armed wing, Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), that has been fighting the Burmese government since 1949 in the world longest ongoing conflict. In 1994 a group of Karen buddhist soldiers broke away from the KNLA, because it was under control of Christians, to form a new force, the Democratic Karen Bhuddist Army (DKBA). After that they closely allied with the Myanmar government and start fighting against KNLA. In autumn 2010 SPDC asked DKBA to leave their military group and join the Burma's official army. The majority of DKBA group refused to surrender. Only on 17 November 2010, after 15 years oF internal wars, the KNLA and the DKBA soldiers have celebrated the reunification. The union has been well accepted by all Karen community, because people from the same ethnic group have stopped fighting each other and joined forces to struggle against Burmese government. After the celebration of Karen guerrilla's union, all Burmese ethnic groups are forming an alliance to fight against the Than Shwe dictatorship. This can be a turning point in the war for the democracy in Burma.

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17 Maggio 2011 Meme

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. Come si trasmette un’idea? Un meme è un’unità di informazione riconoscibile e relativa alla cultura umana, replicabile da una mente o da un supporto di memoria ad un altro. Un’entità di evoluzione culturale che si propaga automaticamente ed evolve, analoga a ciò che è il gene per la genetica. La parola Meme è stata coniata da Richard Dawkins nel libro “The selfish gene” (1978). Un concetto simile è stato affrontato da William Burroughs che sosteneva che parole e immagini potessero essere considerate virus. Un meme dunque è un’idea, una melodia, una forma, qualsiasi cosa possa essere imparata e trasmessa ad altri. Come nella genetica anche l’evoluzione memetica è accompagnata da mutazioni, e di queste solo le più adatte continuano a replicarsi e a evolvere. Internet è un luogo Internet è un luogo in cui la trasmissione delle idee avviene molto rapidamente, un terreno molto fertile. Questa caratteristica lo rende un luogo ideale per l’evoluzione dei meme. Ho scelto come spazio di ricerca youtube e ho fotografato alcuni video che hanno avuto una diffusione e una evoluzione sorprendente. Ho scelto meme la cui replicazione è stata automatica e autentica. Non mi stupisce che un video di Madonna abbia 10 milioni di spettatori, trovo invece molto interessante che il video di un panda che starnutisce ne abbia 50 milioni. Ognuna di queste foto rappresenta un’icona della mitologia di Internet. Personaggi leggendari come Techno Viking o Star Wars Kid, bestie rare come Sneezing Panda o Surprised Cat, eventi misteriosi come il Double Rainbow. Attraverso il monitor Per fotografare questi video, la cui risoluzione è spesso molto bassa, ho utilizzato una tecnica che va oltre il pixel. Quando queste foto sono viste da una certa distanza appaiono come normali immagini al computer, quando sono viste da vicino (o stampate molto grandi) appare la divisione dei pixel nei tre colori fondamentali (Rosso, Verde, Blu) e questo è quello che vediamo quando osserviamo una foto al computer.

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28 Aprile 2011 Sleeping soldiers

A few days after the death of Tim Hetherington, photoreporter and videomaker killed in Libya, LUZ wants to pay a tribute to him, publishing his work Sleeping Soldiers. Realized in 2007/2008, it describes the nightmares of american soldiers in Afghanistan. Hetherington lived with a marines platoon in action in the Korengal valley, in the north east of the country. The result shows a closeness between soldiers and photographer, achieved in really hard conditions. For the first time on the web, the uncut version of Sleeping Soldiers gathers together both topics of the author's life: War and Man.

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14 Aprile 2011 The Battle for Libya

A refugee carries all his belongings on his head as he makes his way from the Ras Ajdir border to a refugee camp. Low cost workers from Bangladesh are increasingly getting desperate. Most of them did not receive a couple of months wages when they left Libya. Also, once at the border nobody takes care of them. In recent days an estimated 70,000 refugees have crossed the Tunisian border fleeing the hostilities in Libya. On 17 February 2011 Libya saw the beginnings of a revolution against the 41 year regime of Col Muammar Gaddafi.

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14 Aprile 2011 The last border Emanuele Cremaschi

Italy, Ventimiglia (IM), march 2011; They arrived in Lampedusa, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea and the southernmost point in Italy but their destination and dream is called France. Hundreds out of thousands of Tunisian immigrants, once transferred into temporary centers on the mainland, simply flee and gather in small groups in order to reach the French-Italian border in Ventimiglia, where friends, family, a brand new life are waiting for them. "The Italian police do not bother us, they let us go" everybody says. Indeed, it's the French Gendarmerie to patrol the railway and road borders, blocking the clandestines and sending them back to Italy, just a few meters back. In the picture: a tunisian immigrant stranded on a bench at the railway station in Ventimiglia.

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14 Aprile 2011 Anti-nuclear protest in Tokyo Jeremie Souteyrat

Tokyo, April 10 2011 - Huge protest (around 10 000 people) against nuclear energy in Koenji, one month after the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku.

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14 Aprile 2011 Temporary? Landscapes Massimo Mastrorillo

L'Aquila. Abruzzo earthquake aftermath.

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14 Aprile 2011 Faces Olivier Culmann

From the series "Faces", (self-portraits). France. 10/23/2008

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14 Aprile 2011 Persian Politicking

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's diminutive president since 2005, is no stranger to controversy. He famously called for the State of Israel to be "wiped off the map" and has shown remarkable truculence in the face of international condemnation of the country's nuclear ambitions, forging ahead with an ambitious uranium enrichment programme. But Iran's economy, largely dependent on oil exports, has been flagging of late, and a growing anti-government movement, violently suppressed after disputed elections in 2009, has shown up deep social fissures in the Islamic Republic. Yet despite these blips in Ahmadinejad's recent political career, his poor background and modest lifestyle combined with his unwavering criticism of American foreign policy has made him a formidable powerbroker in the region and Iran a fulcrum of regional geopolitics.

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14 Aprile 2011 Totnes, transition town Ed Thompson

Totnes, Devon, England. Just over 23 thousands inhabitants, is the most ecologically developed city in the world. According to the good authority of “Observer”. Exactly, Totnes is the first of Transition Towns. This project was devised years ago by Rob Hopkins, perfect applied in the green Devon, and repeated all over the world in 35 communities. In Italy something similar is in Prato allo Stelvio. Solar panels on the roofs, chimneys and wood stoves, vegetable gardens in the house gardens, fruit trees on the sidewalks, advanced (and respected) waste recycling’s schedule, electric public transports, electric cars, electric bicycles. These are the strong points of Transition Towns, that, besides environmental sustainability, let save a lot of money. Today Totnes is a technological artistic and unique laboratory in the world as well a model that should be assumed in all.

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12 Marzo 2011 Volontari

Chi sono i volontari? chi è questa gente che si adopera per gli altri? cosa li spinge, perché in un momento come questo, dove c'è poco per tutti c'è chi si dedica agli altri per nulla in cambio se non un appagamento emotivo? Un viaggio all'interno di una delle associazioni più attive sul territorio milanese dà nome e cognome ai volontari che sono a contatto reale con i i più bisognosi che vagano per le strade, le stazioni e i parchi di Milano. Persone normali che lavorano in banca, insegnano a scuola sono pensionati oppure professionisti, medici o imprenditori. Sono persone come noi, che hanno una vita normale, ma che dedicano alcune ore della loro settimana agli altri, a chi non ha più nessuno, a chi ha solo la strada.

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12 Marzo 2011 Les echangistes Flore-Ael Surun

Swingers party at a man's place in the parisian suburbs. It the first time he organised such a party at his home. France.

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12 Marzo 2011 Pope John Paul II: His Remarkable Journey

To the United Nations General Assembly, October 2, 1979: I wish above all to send my greetings to all the men and women living on this planet ... You are all representatives of men and women, of practically all the people of the world, individual men and women, communities and peoples who are living the present phase of their own history and who are also part of the history of humanity as a whole, each of them a subject endowed with dignity as a human person with his or her own culture, expe- riences and aspirations, tensions and sufferings, and legitimate expectations. This relationship is what provides the reason for all politcal activity, whether national or international, for in the final analysis this activity comes from man, is exercised by man and is for man ... In reality what justifies the existence of any political activity is service to man, concerned and responsible attention to the essential problems and duties of his earthly existence in its social dimension and significance, on which also the good of each person depends.

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12 Marzo 2011 Eastern Libya

Libyan revolution. Eastern Libya: February 27 ... March 5, 2011

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12 Marzo 2011 Telespectateurs Olivier Culmann

Watching TV / Olivier Culmann Shot between 2004 and 2008, in Morocco, India, USA, Mexico, Nigeria, United Kingdom, China and France, Watching TV is a series about Tv-viewer's attitudes and the place he gives to television in his intimacy. The book Watching TV, published by Textuel, will be out on March 30, 2011. The series will be exhibited in paris from April 1st to June 11th. World Press Photo 2008, 3rd Prize, category contemporary issues.

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04 Marzo 2011 Divjak

Jovan Divjak, ex generale dell'esercito bosniaco e figura di spicco della resistenza dell'assedio di Sarajevo nel conflitto jugoslavo '92, è stato arrestato giovedì 3 marzo all'aeroporto di Vienna, in Austria su mandato di cattura della Serbia che lo accusa di crimini di guerra. Divjak è accusato di essere uno dei responsabili di un attacco contro una colonna dell'allora esercito jugoslavo che, a Sarajevo, nel '92 costò la vita a decine di soldati. L'arresto dell'ex generale ha creato un caso diplomatico tra Serbia e Bosnia: il ministero degli esteri bosniaco ha inviato alla Serbia una nota di protesta definendo il fermo "un atto politico per relativizzare le colpe della Serbia nella guerra in Bosnia" mentre il ministero della Giustizia serbo ha fatto sapere che chiederà alle autorità austriache l'estradizione dell'ex ufficiale. A Sarajevo, intanto, alcune centinaia di persone hanno organizzato cortei di protesta.

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21 Febbraio 2011 Johannesburg Fashion Week Per-anders Pettersson

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY: The event was held at the Rand Club, A former private all male club during the Apartheid era. Here, the wealthy industrialists of the country networked, wined and dined. The club now allows female members. To see newly wealthy black people in the club is a sign on the new South Africa.

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21 Febbraio 2011 Sapphic Love Annette Schreyer

Today, lesbian love is officially no longer a taboo, on the contrary: currently, it seems to have turned into some kind of trend in our cultural production. Programs such as popular US TV series The L Word, and, most recently, The Kids Are Alright, to name just a few, offer discourse on a public level which presents the issue to a mass and mainstream audience—to the point of normalization—far from its sheltered existence in independent films and rep theatres.

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09 Febbraio 2011 The Knacker's Yard Piotr Malecki

Ireland is famous for its love of horses and the thoroughbreds raised on its verdant hills. During the boom years, when high-tech companies flocked to the “Celtic Tiger” and the construction industry overdosed on cheap loans, pet horses became a popular luxury item. Tens of thousands were purchased for anything from steeplechases, hunts or other equestrian events. For many people a horse was a sign of affluence, akin to an expensive car or a boat. But the financial crisis in 2008 caused the Irish economy to contract by a spectacular 15%. Many of these horses have now been abandoned. Malnurished and without shelter they roam small towns and are often adopted by local youths. Piotr Malecki shot and edited this multimedia.

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01 Febbraio 2011 Greenland, Climate change tourism

Climate Change Tourism. Greenland, one of the world’s most inaccessible destinations, is quickly becoming one of the last frontiers of the tourist industry, providing people with the chance to witness first-hand the melting polar ice caps. There’s something inherently ironic about ferrying visitors to and around Greenland - by plane, boat and automobile - to view its natural wonders, whilst simultaneously accelerating their demise.

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01 Febbraio 2011 The other family Nicola Lo Calzo

"The Other Family" is a autobiographical and personal project, focusing on the idea of diversity and the wider human family. This is a gallery of portraits of men, women and children that the photographer has gradually added to his entourage and which today is his intimate and personal universe . With reference to the tradition of portraiture, ranging from Diane Arbus to Mary Ellen Mark, but also to Italian Neorealism, to the universe Fellini and to Pasolini's work, Lo Calzo offers a representation of the diversity as a a fundamental value of the person. From a biographical approach, the photographer wishes to question the value of diversity in our society, whatever it is, social, cultural, ethnic or genetic. For Nicola Lo Calzo is the dignity of the subject which guarantees the legitimacy of the photograp. His subjects are held as if all this is a ritual. The portraits of Ulrich of Vyva or Elie, like all the other protagonists of this series are a testimony of a multifaceted and complex reality, where the normality means to be different.

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01 Febbraio 2011 Past Perfect

'He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.' George Orwell. The museum, an institution to preserve and interpret the material evidence of the human race, has a long history springing from an innate human desire to collect and interpret the world around us. By deciding how the past is presented and memorialized, museums not only preserve the past, they also play an important role in the construction of our ideologies, identities and the understanding and interpretation of ourselves.

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01 Febbraio 2011 Love and Tango

Love and Tango. Karla Gachet & Ivan Kashinsky. It wasn't clear if they were lovers or just friends. I don't think they even knew. They had a chemistry that radiated from their intertwined bodies and spread over the crowd in tangible waves. Ceci and Meme were like yin and yang. Ceci was a storm of uncontrollable, violent passion. Meme was the anchor that grounded her and kept her from flying off the stage into the crowd. Dancing the tango was their life. They danced all day for tourists and then all night at milongas, or tango events, scattered throughout the sleepless city of Buenos Aires. 'I'll sleep when I'm dead', Meme told me.

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31 Gennaio 2011 What I Eat Peter Menzel

“What I Eat” è un viaggio in ogni angolo della terra, alla scoperta delle abitudini alimentari della popolazione mondiale: il giro del mondo in 80 pasti. Peter Menzel ha fotografato ottanta testimonial e tutto ciò che mangiano in una giornata tipo, calcolando al dettaglio le calorie assunte da ogni uomo quotidianamente. Questo lavoro socio-fotografico, realizzato in cinque anni, permette di analizzare statisticamente analogie e differenze sul consumo di cibo nei cinque continenti: dalle 800 calorie consumate in Kenya da un guerriero Masai, alle 12.300 assunte in Gran Bretagna da una casalinga.

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14 Gennaio 2011 Southern Sudan Fernando Moleres

SOUTHERN SUDAN. The new country in AFRICA In one of the roundabouts of Juba town, there is a clock tower with a countdown to the 9th of January. On that day, South Sudan will start voting on a referendum to decide whether they stay united to the north or they separate and create the newest State in the world. The referendum is part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that, in 2005, ended a civil war the north and the south had been fighting since 1983. About 2 million people died in this conflict and more than 4 million became displaced. This was just the last of a series of conflicts that began between the two sides in 1955, one year before the independence of Sudan from Egypt and the UK in 1955. The north, mostly Arab and muslim, has always wanted to dominate the south, made up of black Africans with traditional beliefs mixed with christianism, and which has more fertile lands and is rich in oil resources. The north keeps defending unity but almost every Southerner will vote for separation and everybody is taking for granted that, unless there is a new war, South Sudan will become the youngest country in the world with Juba as the newest capital. At the end of the war, Juba was destroyed and an empty place. Today, is a city of contrasts. People in suits do business and prepare to build the new country in banks and hotels in modern buildings made of glass. While at the same time and on the same road, cabins and shacks are home to most locals and to little businessess where you can buy overpriced basic goods that must be imported or charge your phone battery for 1 Sudanese pound. Most of the city has no power and there is no running water, but one of the restaurants offers ridiculously expensive sushi and there are two swimming pools where expats and rich Sudanese can take refuge from the scorching sun. Independence will be full of challenges for Southern Sudan, which will automatically become one of the poorest and lest developed countries in the world. After 22 years of civil war, maternal mortality is the highest in the world and the infant mortality is among the highest, whilst most of the population cannot write or read. With almost no roads in the country, the between 8 to 10 million Southern Sudanese make up about 500 tribes who speak over 100 languages and are spread all over an area bigger than France. There is no clear national conscience apart from the oppostion against the north and conflicts between tribles, often armed, are common. From the 9th of January, all the answers and history in the making in South Sudan.

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13 Gennaio 2011 Solutions Pep Bonet

"steamland" - geothermal energy in iceland Iceland, August 2010. Due to the unique geological location of Iceland, the high concentration of volcanoes in the area is often an advantage for generating geothermal energy, heating and electricity. 100% of Iceland’s electricity comes from clean sources and the government plans within 30 years to become the first country to abandon the use of fossil fuels. Geothermal activity in the Hengill area is connected by three volcanic systems, which cover 112 square kilometers and form one of the most extensive geothermal areas in Iceland. Geothermal energy is heat energy that occurs naturally in the earth, and is recovered from the earth’s core. In nature, geothermal heat shows up in the form of volcanoes, hot springs and geysers. When this energy is higher than 150°C/302°F, it is considered hot enough to be used to generate electricity and heat in Iceland. Geothermal heat is one of Iceland's greatest natural resources and is mostly used to heat fresh water which can be utilized directly for central heating. 89% of all homes in Iceland are heated this way, making central heating and warm water rather inexpensive. But the geothermal water is also used in many other ways, such as in swimming pools, greenhouses, for soil warming, fish farming, drying timber and wool, animal husbandry, etc. People have used naturally occurring hot springs for bathing for thousands of years but using geothermal energy to generate electricity and to provide heat for homes and industries is a more recent development. It is a versatile and reliable source of heat and electricity which generally produces none of the greenhouse gases associated with the combustion of fossil fuels. The Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater spa is a part of an eco-cycle where nature and science work in harmony. Geothermal seawater comes into contact with cooling magmatic intrusions and captures the earth’s minerals, resulting in this unique natural spring known for its healing power. The water’s temperature is 37-39°C/98-102°F. The lagoon holds six million liters of geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours. The readers of Condé Nast Traveller voted Blue Lagoon as the best medical spa worldwide. For five consecutive years, Blue Lagoon has been awarded the Blue Flag environmental recognition for natural beaches and marinas.

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11 Gennaio 2011 The Local Piotr Malecki

Public House An establishment providing alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises. The traditional pub is an establishment found primarily in Britain and regions of British influence. English common law early imposed social responsibilities for the well-being of travellers upon the inns and taverns, declaring them to be public houses which must receive all travellers in reasonable condition who were willing to pay the price for food, drink, and lodging. Encyclopædia Britannica The local pub, long relied upon as a place of refuge, is under threat. Britain’s pubs are closing at the rate of 39 each week, according to figures from the British Beer and Pub Association. More than half of the country’s small villages are now publess. If one day there are no pubs left, where are we to go to drown our sorrows?

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10 Gennaio 2011 Invisibles

Rome. In the centre of Rome on the doorstep to historical Porta Pia in a district between diplomatic bases and billionaire houses, live in a complete state of humanitarian emergency 140 somali people, for whom Italian Government has recognize a sort of international protection. Their night shelter is in the building of ex Somali embassy in via Villini, 9 where they live without drinkable water, without heating, electricity between mouses and foulness.

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23 Dicembre 2010 Casta Diva Emanuele Cremaschi

Since some thirty years ago, with the coming of the commercial television and the loss of the neo-pedagogical one, we are witnessing a specific phenomenon on italian screens: the codification of a single female model that schedules the annulment of the personality, the plastic surgery of the body, the must of appearing young and healthy. Recently this (sub)culture has become a forced media dictatorship, in which women are continually judged by their looks, under a clear sexual androcentrism. This cultural involution has a specific effect: the manipulation and the cancellation of women's identity. According to statistics, 80% of Italians inform and entertain themselves solely by television, which - as it is known - influences behaviors, choices and lifestyles of people, who are - even before being audience - consumers. Celebrity worship becomes a desperate quest for a way to success, as the only option to reach an ultimate happiness. Casta Diva is a journey through some minor beauty pageants, in the rich and bored italian province, where are to be found the penetration of the power of the image and the (dis)values conveyed by commercial television, pressing on people's dream of fame. In an ideal food chain of powers, media and popularity, we find young girls - not yet mature in their bodies - showing tattoos and thongs, or mothers whose faded beauty clings to a scalpel, but also well aged, half-naked women playing in a show that hardly differs comic and drama, but it is a cross section of our society.

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22 Dicembre 2010 To Hell and Back

Edison Peña has been to hell and back and he has the photographs to prove it. Edison, an Elvis fan and fanatical runner, was one of 33 miners trapped 700 metres underground at the San Jose mine in Chile. He ran down pitch-black tunnels on every one of his 69 days of incarceration to beat what he saw as a malevolent mountain trying to crush his spirit. Writer Dan McDougall and photographer Adam Patterson spent weeks with Edison's family before he was rescued and began corresponding with Edison by letter.

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22 Dicembre 2010 Born Again Christians - Sexually Pure

Purity Balls are an initiative of the Clearinghouse Abstinence Organisation in South Dakota, and represent one of the concrete examples of sexual abstinence among American youth. The balls are exclusively reserved for young girls escorted by their fathers. During the ceremony, the father commits to being the protector and guardian of his daughter's virginity, with the Christian community, his daughter and God as his witness. His daughter makes her own commitment - that of staying pure until God puts on her path the husband he has chosen for her.

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22 Dicembre 2010 Consequences

From the frontiers of climate change comes "Consequences by NOOR": a showcase for creativity in photography and an eyewitness record of the devastating effects of climate change around the globe. Produced last year's autumn, these visual reportages show not what might happen in the future but what is happening today, emphasizing the urgency of addressing the issues at stake. NOOR is continuing the project this autumn with a encompassing visual project investigating what is and can be done to slow down or reverse climate changes. Human stories about alternative power sources, renewable energies, and attempts to alleviate, adjust or cope with the rise of global temperatures. The biggest challenge our world has ever faced. The Consequences by NOOR project was first launched during the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 - see below project launch - and is now on tour with a series of worldwide exhibitions, both in- and outdoors. Consequences by NOOR is available for bookings. Contact the Noor office for information and availability.

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21 Dicembre 2010 Afghanistan Guy Calaf

Amercian military basis on the front line in Afghanistan.

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19 Dicembre 2010 Living Historians Ed Thompson

Living Historians aim to replicate points in history through the use of uniforms, equipment and character acting; their meticulous attention to detail creating an almost complete simulation of the era. A past-time that is growing in popularity, particularly in the UK and America, the Americans have access to all manner of machine guns and firepower, where as the UK historians have much easier access to original uniforms and vehicles. Some Living Historians aim to create an overall impression/feel, while others seek out real life infantry groups and then become one particular member of that unit. Some go as far as to wear the vintage uniform and medals that were specific to a real person whilst simultaneously studying their back story to add to their ability character act that individual. Although sometimes perceived as controversial or racist, most Living Historians are geeky collectors at heart, true racists no longer where Nazi uniforms.

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01 Dicembre 2010 Rape of a Nation Robin Hammond

As many as half a million women and children have been raped during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s bloody war. As if the sex attacks aren’t enough, many women are also subjected to horrendous violence, impregnated with their rapist’s babies, and cast out by their communities. Sexual violence against women has become part of modern warfare. In 2008 the United Nations officially recognised rape and sexual violence as a weapon used by armies against civilians. According to UN Special Representative Margot Wallström, rape is not simply committed randomly by soldiers in 'the fog of war', but is often a deliberate and orchestrated policy during conflict 'aimed to destroy not only people, but their sense of being a people'.

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01 Novembre 2010 Last Space Shuttles

LUZ tells about the end of Space Shuttle. After thirty years the programme American Space Shuttle has definitively closed down. Started in february 1981, the programme has planned its last launch on the 27th february 2011, for a mission of Endeavour’s Shuttle 2 week lasting through the Internaztional space station. The great photographer David Burnett realized a story about the end of this Shuttle’s programme and the magnificent Nasa space campaign during later 3 decades. David Burnett is represented in Italy by LUZphoto.

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01 Novembre 2010 18 portraits for the Woolrich 180th anniversary Douglas Kirkland

The 180th Woolrich’s jubilee celebrated with 18 famous show star’s portrait. On exhibition at WP Store in Milan since 27th september.

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01 Novembre 2010 Gaza, Ansar prison

On the Wings of Nothing, Gaza's own Death Row Gaza is a game of Chinese boxes. One box contains another. On my first day in the strip I had heard that during Operation Cast Lead The Israeli Army had bombed the prison too, and many inmates had had the chance to escape. After a few weeks on the run the vast majority of them had followed Hamas officials invitation To go back to prison. And in fact they all got back in. This little tale of desperation only adds up to the living anthology of similar stories that Gaza represents. I wanted to meet these men, some of whom have been sentenced to death only after getting back to prison on their own legs, by their own choice. Hamas promised earlier this month to start the executions soon, these would be the first sentences to be executed in the strip, just, let's say, to add a little salt to an open wound. It's people I photographed, human beings, on the brink of losing the nothing they already live with.

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01 Novembre 2010 It.tuareg

Since 2000 Tuareg are present in Italy, they come from Agadez’s region in Niger. In Pordenone’s area there is the largest community of Tuareg in Europe. They are 50 people and for they living in the same city is an important element that helping their to keep alive culture and traditions. They are very tied to their culture although they are open and spend it time for spread and show their tradition, trough tea tradition festivals, school lessons or meeting whit work colleague in Pordenone. They are Muslim, take respect of religion and tradition like the Ramadan but they aren’t fundamentalist; the women are the only Muslim female that don’t wear the veil, only tunics colored. The society is matriarchal type. In their land women hold the family together while the men breeding flocks in the desert, here in Friuli the tradition doesn’t change.

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01 Ottobre 2010 No town Nicolo' Minerbi

Detroit had many nick names in its history: Motor City, the most known; then Motown. Since the beginning of the economic crisis, Detroit became “No Town”. The Mid Term election are getting closer and this appointment, for Detroit, has a special meaning. It is not just a political issue, it is more like: to be or not to be.

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01 Ottobre 2010 As I see it Robin Hammond

Robin Hammond worked with the National Autistic Society on As I See It, an exhibition exploring how people with autism view the world. Robin took portraits of ten people with autism, and his subjects took photographs themselves to illustrate places, objects and people that are important in their lives.

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01 Settembre 2010 Ethiopia, Ambo Michel Temteme

Ethiopia – Ambo, the first big adv campaign.
The Ethiopian mineral water AMBO realized the first big advertising campaign in the history of Ethiopia and asked to the photographer Michel Temteme to realize.

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01 Settembre 2010 Brasserie Gerard Uferas

Gerard Uferas, Brasserie ADV campaign.

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01 Settembre 2010 Charlie Chaplin circle

India - The Great Imitator of Charlie Chaplin.
In 1973, Dr. Aswani formed the Charlie Circle, a society dedicated to the appreciation of Charlie Chaplin. He became an Ayurvedic practitioner, handing out free Chaplin DVDs to patients as part of his holistic remedies. Over time the Charlie circle has grown. More than 100 people gathered in 2010 for the most recent celebration of Charlie Chaplin's birthday. There were girls and boys, men and women, all parading through the streets of Adipur dressed up like Chaplin's legendary tramp character - toothbrush moustache, bowler hat, scruffy black suit, cane and that familiar gait, so lovingly taught to members of the Circle by Dr. Aswani. Mrs. Aswani says how people refer to her husband simply as 'The Charlie doctor'. 'He loves Charlie, he gets up and it’s all Charlie. He never tries to be Charlie. It's just in him.'

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01 Settembre 2010 At the five star hotel for dogs Nicolo' Minerbi

At the five star hotel for dogs.
This is the very first hotel for dogs, ever. Guests (both cats and dogs) are dropped off every day for their leisure day: walk on the roof, jump into the pool, enjoy the grooming time, bark with friends and, eventually, rest in the suite, in front of the favorite movie on the flat screen television (that every suite is provided with). And if you miss your puppy so much, you can watch him on your laptop, wherever you are, thanks to the webcam in his suite (and to an extra charge on you). All the suites for kitties face a peaceful aquarium.

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01 Settembre 2010 Fashion World Gerard Uferas

The Fashion World seen by Uferas

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01 Agosto 2010 Nike Campaign USA

Boogie ADV for NIKE

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01 Luglio 2010 Zuritel campaign Nicolo' Minerbi

Funny especially when happended to others. The claim of Zuritel’s advertising campaign signed by Nicolò Minerbi.

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01 Giugno 2010 Discipuli Fidei

To become a priest you must spend five years in the seminary: a community of young people of different age, united by faith in God and the dictates of Catholic doctrine. The path that has led them in this place is full of sacrifices and binding decisions. A life of material solitude, compensated by spiritual confidence and generosity for others people. This is a radical choice of life aimed at shaping a essential figure of Italian society, the priest.

Per diventare un prete bisogna trascorrere cinque anni in seminario: una comunita' di giovani di eta' differente, accomunati dalla fede in Dio e dai dettami della dottrina cattolica. Il percorso che li ha condotti in questo luogo e' denso di sacrifici e decisioni vincolanti. Una vita di solitudine materiale, compensata dalla fiducia spirituale e dalla generosita' per il prossimo Si tratta di una scelta di vita radicale volta a plasmare una figura cardine della societa' italiana, il sacerdote

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01 Giugno 2010 ADV for LEE

Boogie ADV for LEE

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01 Maggio 2010 Statale 106 Filippo Romano

Route 106 is going to be part of the collective exhibition Ailati in the italian pavilion of the 2010 Architecture Biennal in Venice.

Like a road movie the couple Romano/Frapiccini has explored one of the most dangerous and in ruin  route in the south of Italy. The Ruote 106 is 491km road where  the signes  of the local Mafia's arrogance and as well the sense of abbandon left by a very corrupted administration are like opens wounds in a sublime natural landscape.

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01 Maggio 2010 Nollywood Guy Calaf

Lagos, Nigeria. Nhollywood is the second movie industry in the world for number of productions. The local movie tradition is very far from our way to intend the narration. Here a movie last four hours minimum.

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01 Maggio 2010 Polisario

Western Sahara is Africa's last open file at the United Nations Decolonisation Committee. Morroco invaded the territory in 1975 and forced colonial power Spain to withdraw without holding a UN sanctioned referendum on the future of the state. With Franco on his deathbed Spain had little desire for confrontation and so divided the land between Morocco and Mauritania, ignoring the pleas of the indigenous Saharawi people and a ruling by the International Court of Justice which found neither country had any sovereignty over the territory. A Saharawi rebel group, the Polisario Front, which had formed a few years earlier to fight the Spanish occupation, declared the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on 27 February 1976 and began an all out guerrilla war against the new occupiers. With heavy backing from Algeria the Polisario had a number of early successes, forcing the withdrawal of Mauritania in 1979. Morocco then took control of the entire country and the war continued into the 1980s. Thousands of Saharawis fled the invasion and set up refugee camps across the border in neighbouring Algeria where they remain to this day, their numbers having grown to some 170,000. Polisario's gains were hampered in the mid-eighties with the building of a heavily mined 1600 kilometre sand wall by Morocco, dividing Western Sahara in two and keeping the Polisario mostly confined to the inland desert. A ceasefire was signed in 1991 with the agreement that a referendum on self-determination would be held the following year. But the results of the UN identification process on who could vote were not to Morocco's liking and nineteen years later that referendum has yet to take place, while for the Saharawi people a sense of injustice, hopelessness, and anger grows ever stronger.

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01 Maggio 2010 Sex Workers Gmb Akash

The Bitterest Pill 800 women and girls live and work inside the fortress-like brothel in Faridpur, central Bangladesh. Many of them are underage, and most receive no pay because they are chhukri - bonded workers. That girls as young as 12 should be condemned to a life of sex slavery is bad enough, but they also face a new horror, one that could snuff out any chance of a future they might have had. The horror is a steroid called Oradexon, a drug identical to one used to fatten cattle for market. The girls are given Oradexon by their madams in order to make them look older and more attractive to prospective clients. One of its side effects is water retention, oedema, which can result in a 'plump' look that is considered attractive by some Bangladeshi men.

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01 Maggio 2010 Australian faces Douglas Kirkland

Australian Faces.
Douglas Kirkland, known for his portraits to celebrities, turns the Aborigenal common people into stars of its own world.

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01 Aprile 2010 The city

The city offers closeness and creates anonymity. The city is everything and ist opposite at the same time, in the same place. The city holds the future of the world. With this claim the German photographic Agency Ostkreuz present The City Becoming and Decaying. The Ostkreuz photographers show us their point of view on the contemporary cities around the world, through 17 stories.

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01 Aprile 2010 MALACARNE - Married to the Mob Alberto Giuliani

A portrait of the Italian biggest mafias. 'Ndrangheta, Camorra, Cosa Nostra. Investigating on their business, trying to understand their culture, following their drug trafficking. The work is published in a book by EDEL Germany. Issued in the Italian edition next June. The book contains exclusive text by Roberto Saviano, Nicola Gratteri, Pino Corrias, Rita Borsellino, Andrea Amato, Francesco La Licata.

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01 Aprile 2010 Paris d'amour Gerard Uferas

With the eye of the photographer, Gerard Uferas shares 70 weddings or civil partnerships celebrated and feted in the city of Paris. He offers all lovers a vision full of optimism. Through more than a hundred photographs, in colour and black white.

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01 Marzo 2010 Journey to Iran Alessandro Grassani

Journey through Iran, world's first Muslim superpower. Images from the Country that is destabilizing the Middle Eastern equilibriums, taken to try and free the mind from the western stereotypes built up about this country. Iran is not just a fondamentalism and propaganda. It's a varied Country, populated by a multitude of ethnic groups and minorities silently against the regime.Contrary to the widespread opinion, the population is friendly and welcoming, recognizes the limits of the society in which they lives, and young people, 70 % of the popolation, look to the West as a model to follow.

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01 Marzo 2010 Refugee Hotel

The Refugee Hotels are today's Ellis Islands. Places of temporary lodging on refugees journeys from where ever there was to wherever in America they end up. For this photo essay I've been only concerned with that moment on the cusp between the port of entry and the place that becomes home, my intention was to document the moments between two kinds of uncertainty. Refugees come fleeing hunger, they come from forced exile, they come escaping certain death. Some spend years in camps waiting for their ballot to be cast. I spoke to one person who'd waited seven years to talk to me in an anonymous hotel room in Newark, New Jersey. The resettlement process, even with all its difficulties and challenges, must be light years away from the harsh realities of life in a refugee camp. Still, I don't know what to make of the establishing shot we start their American stories with: standardized hotel chains and neondrowned food courts. The first signs of our civilization are Pardon Our Dust and the ads by the freeway, designed to appeal to our middle managers, while from the windows of the Refugee Hotel, in the distance, are our cities, our homes, our lives. So close and so far.

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01 Marzo 2010 Fashion Week's Tribe

The metrosexual movement was born in London and New York as a young under-culture. Journalistic category at first, metrosexuals are young men, inhabitants of western metropolis, between 15 and 35 of age. Most of all they aspire entering the world of fashion, of runways and luxury. And, trying to extremise their belonging to that environment, they refuse or simply ignore the core: if fashion means ostentation, then they shall appear. In the metrosexual movement there isn't a written rule. There isn't a discographic production, literature, or a cinematographic genre that pulls metrosexuals together. What pulls these people together is only the life style, the obsessive nourishment of their body, the beauty you see on magazines, the pursuit of being as who actually belongs to the fashion world. Over all there is the certainty of being perfectionists, admirers of an industrial kind of beauty, commercial, productive. Nonetheless: "I'm handsome, therefore I exist".

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01 Marzo 2010 Zanzibar

During the last ten years of his life, Arthur Rimbaud, who was exiled between Aden and Harar, never stopped dreaming of this idyllic land. He saw the island in a magical light as somewhere better, a little further, he had searched for in vain all his life. However, Rimbaud never lay a foot on Zanzibar. This series is a tribute to this unfulfilled existential quest, a journey into the heart of Rimbaud's eternity, where the sea merges with the sun.

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01 Marzo 2010 Limbo Mattia Insolera

The world economic crisis has triggered a 30% reduction in cargo operations and the bankruptcy of many naval companies. As a consequence there has been a raise of cases of cargo ship crews abandoned by their shipowners all over the world. The International Transport Federation defines the crew abandoned when they do not receive salary for over 3 months and the shipowner has disappeared and can no longer be found. The seamen remain on board for months, sometimes years, waiting for the long process that leads to the ship's sale to end; hoping with the revenue to pay the overdue salaries. Once diesel -used for electricity- and food have run out they survive thank to the aid of the ITF and Ngos. The frustration of not being able to provide for their families at home leads to depression and cases of suicide.