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Born and currently based in Naples, Italy. I studied at the “Université Paris VII – Denis Diderot” in Paris thanks to a one-year scholarship. In 2007 I started working as a contributor and a photographer for several Italian newspapers. In 2009 I graduated in Sociology at the “Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II” with a dissertation in journalism, in which I analyzed the different slant between two newspapers: Le Monde (Paris) and Corriere della Sera (Milan). In 2010 I started the MA in photojournalism at the “Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli”, where I got my degree with honors. Some of my works have been exhibited in the PAN-Palazzo Arti Napoli (Italy), Castel dell’ Ovo (Naples, Italy), FotoLoft gallery (Russia), Biennal of Bibbiena (Italy), Palm Spring Photo Festival (California), Tel Aviv Photo Fair (Israel). I regularly publish in the National and International magazines, including Corriere della Sera, Internazionale, la Repubblica, The Guardian, Newsweek, Time and others. My research has been set in Italy, Romania, Tunisia, Egypt, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, France, Estonia, Spain and Malta telling stories related to current issues.
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Alessio Paduano

Fentanyl abuse in Estonia


Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid used in medicine as anesthetic. It has been passed off as drug for about fifteen years in the Estonian streets - European Union member country - being tens times more powerful than heroin and about hundred times more powerful than morphine. For this reason fentanyl has completely replaced all other drugs and in Tallinn, the capital of the country, causing about fifteen overdose cases per day, a huge number in a city counting 400.000 inhabitants. Estonia has the highest number of per capita drug fatalities anywhere in Europe. The European deaths average that could be attributed to drug abuse is of 19.2 deaths per 1 million inhabitants. In Estonia instead there are 113 deaths per 1 million inhabitants.
Anna Miroshnichenko lives and works in Moscow, Russia In 2006, she graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatrical art (GITIS) In 2013, she received a Ph. D. in History of Arts From 2016-2018, she studied photography at the School of Modern Photography DocDocDoc (St. Petersburg, Russia) Awards The Vilnius Photo Circle 2017 – shortlist Grant Photography 2017 – shortlist Hellerau Photography Award 2018 – shortlist Gomma Photography 2018 – Rising Talent Prize Picture of the year 2017 – The first prize, Category – Issue Reporting Picture Story
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Anna Miroshnichenko

Ana loves you


Ana is the short name of anorexia nervosa, a mental illness in with a person deliberately refuses to eat. Common among teenagers, in 50% of cases the disease leads to death according to unofficial data. Young girls are ready, their weight does not exceed 40 kilos. But the main goals is the mark of 30. Anorexia nervosa used to be a disorder of professional models. Today it has become part of the lives of ordinary people, not related to the world of fashion. As a rule, the diet of girl with anorexia is vegetables, fruits and water. No more than 500 calories per day, compared with the usual daily rate of 2000. The next phase disorder – bulimia. Uncontrolled eating in large quantities becomes a daily hell and ends with the stimulation of the cleansing of the stomach up to 5-6 times daily. The fear of gaining extra grams makes it similar to drug addiction.
Christopher Sims was born in Michigan and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He has an undergraduate degree in history from Duke University, a master’s degree in visual communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.F.A. in studio art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and currently is the Undergraduate Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. His recent exhibitions include shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Center for Photography, the Light Factory, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. His project on Guantanamo Bay was featured in The Washington Post, the BBC World Service, Roll Call, and Flavorwire. He was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers in 2010, named one of the "new Superstars of Southern Art by the Oxford American magazine in 2012, and was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize in Photographic Art in 2015.
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Christopher Sims

Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan


For almost ten years, I have been making photographs within fictitious Iraqi and Afghan villages on the training grounds of U.S. Army bases. The villages are situated in the deep forests of North Carolina and Louisiana, and in a great expanse of desert near Death Valley in California. Each base features clusters of villages spread out over thousands of acres, in a pretend country known by a different name at each base: Talatha, Braggistan, or simply ”Iraq.” The villages serve as a strange and poignant way station for people heading off to war and for those who have fled it. U.S. soldiers interact with pretend villagers who are often recent immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, who have now found work in America playing a version of the lives they left behind and who are unexpectedly pioneering a new form of cultural guest work.
Daniel Seiffert was born in 1980. He studied photography at Ostkreuz School for Photography in Berlin. Before he earned a Master’s degree in Political Science, Media Studies, and African Studies from universities in Potsdam, Berlin, and Lisbon. Among others Seiffert won the prestigious C/O Talents Award, Canon Profifoto Förderpreis and was nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Award and the LensCulture Emergin Talents. His self published book Kraftwerk Jugend was shortlisted for the Dummy Award of 5th International Photobook Award and has been shown at Le Bal, Paris and at the Brighton Photo Biennial. As a father of two daugherts he currently lives and works as a freelance photographer and picture editor in Berlin. CV 07.01.1980 born in Berlin 1999 Abitur at 2. Gymnasium Philippe Cousteau Berlin/Treptow 2002-2010 M. A. Political Science, Media- and African Studies, University Potsdam, Humboldt University Berlin, Universidade Nova de Lisboa 2008-2011 Ostkreuz School for Photography Berlin 2011 final thesis and book publishing "Kraftwerk Jugend" supervised by Prof. Ute Mahler since 2012 lives and works as freelance photographer for national and international clients and picture editor (DER FREITAG) based in Berlin Awards / Grants 2015 LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2014 Grant Stiftung Kulturwerk VG Bild-Kunst 2014 Grant HAUS am KLEISTPARK 2013 selected for CIRCULATION(S) Festival de la jeune photographie europeenne, Paris 2012 selected for Emergentes | DST 2012 Award, Festival Encontros da Imagem Braga, Portugal 2012 C/O Berlin Talents 28 Award 2012 Nomination for FOAM Paul Huf Award 2012 Kassel Photobook Dummy Award 2012, Shortlist 2009 Canon Profifoto Förderpreis 1/09 for CTRL - Research Surveillance 2005 ASA working grant, Images Davida, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Exhibitions 2017 Trabanten, Gruppenausstellung Ein Tag in Berlin - 30 Jahre danach, Fotogalerie Friedrichshain 2017 Kraftwerk Jugend, Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie, Quebec/Canada 2017 Trabanten, Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Viseu, Portugal 2017 Keep your eyes peeled, group exhibition, Gallery Weekend Berlin, AFF Gallery, Berlin 2015 Kraftwerk Jugend, European Month of Photography, Goethe Institut, Minsk, Belarus 2015 LensCulture Emerging Talents 2015, San Francisco Camerawork Gallery, USA 2014 Exhibition Photography Grant Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Galerie Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin 2013 Tracks and Traces - C/O Talents, ParisPHOTO, Goethe Institut Paris, France 2013 Uncertain Futures, exhibition of international photography, Gallery of Photography Dublin, Ireland 2013 Groupshow C/O Talents 2012, Abbeye de Neumunster, Luxembourg 2013 Tracks and Traces - C/O Berlin Talents, PHotoEspaña, Goethe Institut Madrid 2013 Screening, CIRCULATION(S), Lodz Fotofestiwal, Poland 2013 CIRCULATION(S) Festival de la jeune photographie europeenne, Parc de Bagatelle, Paris 2012 Tulca Festival of Visual Art Galway, Ireland 2012 Brighton Photo Biennial / Photobookshow 2012 Kraftwerk Jugend, C/O Talents 28, Postfuhramt, Berlin 2012 Kammerspiel, F'Stop Festival, Leipzig 2012 Photobook Dummy Award 2012. F'Stop Festival, Leipzig 2012 Photobook Dummy Award 2012. Le Bal, Paris 2012 5. Jahrgang Ostkreuzschule, Galerie Büchergilde Frankfurt/Main 2012 Kraftwerk Jugend, Galerie Sprechsaal, Berlin 2012 Photo 12 - Werkschau für Fotografie, Screening, Zürich, Schweiz 2011 SCHAU. Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie. Klasse Ute Mahler, Berlin 2011 Das Geheimnis bleibt. Modefotografie von Ute Mahler und Schülern, Halle/Saale 2011 STRG K Choreographie einer Stadt, Forum Factory, Gallery Weekend, Berlin 2011 Klopfzeichen, Unikum, Klagenfurt, Österreich 2010 Trennungen/Seperazione/Locevanje, Villach, Österreich 2010 Canon Profifoto Förderpreis, Visual Gallery, Photokina Köln 2010 Geschichts Codes 2010/Einheitsbild, ARD Hauptstadtstudio, Berlin 2007 Close Up! Junge Fotojournalisten auf der 57. Berlinale, C/O Berlin 2006 Imagens Davida, Hotel Nicacio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
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Daniel Seiffert

Trabanten - Beyond Concrete and Sun. A visual portrait of Berlin's infamous satellite city Gropiusstadt. It was planned Utopia by Bauhaus founder Walther Gropius.


„Gropiusstadt“ - skyscrapers for 45.000 people, green lawn and shopping malls. From far away it all appeared new and very cared of. However, if you have been inside, everywhere it smelt like piss and shit. That came from the many dogs and children, who lived there. The most it stunk in the hallway.“ (”We children from Bahnhof Zoo”) My work TRABANTEN deals with general questions about outer perception versus inner reality of so called satellite cities. I would describe my photographic approach as poetic documentary. With my pictures I try to look beyond the brutal concrete facades and to focus on the inhabitants I met out there in this very special visual surrounding. Is there beauty and how can it be discovered? What is it that makes a place - despite of its bad reputation - alive and enjoyable? What I have found is delicate traces of beauty and humanity beyond the concrete facades.
Dimitriy Bakhtadze, was born 1975 in Leningrad in the USSR. In school days I studied in Zugdidi, Georgia. There was the first acquaintance to the photo. Then I have moved to live to St. Petersburg. In 2013 I have ended two years' training at photofaculty (http://photofaculty.ru) in St. Petersburg. Such photographers as Yana Romanova, Ayar Kuo and Sergey Maksimishin were my teachers. I participated in reporting photo exhibitions of photofaculty in 2012 and 2013. A personal photo exhibition in 2014 to Olonets, Karelia. Since 2017 I live in Tbilisi.
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Dimitri Bakhtadze

Rope jumping as freedom drink.


Rope jumping new extreme sport. Jumps with a rope from a high object. This photoproject was created within a year in 2013-2014 in St. Petersburg with the team of jumpers ”23Block”. The ”23Block” team did jumps for people who wanted to feel freedom drink. For jumps the old abandoned high-rise buildings were used.
Federico Vespignani is an Italian photographer born and raised in Venice. He studied visual arts at IED in Rome, Upon graduation, he begun working as a freelance photographer for editorial and corporate clients. His latest works resolve about the relationship between the individual and his fear, mainly in Central America and Mexico. He participated at the XXX Eddie Adams Workshop in 2017. He is also a recipient of the Reporter Day by Il Giornale for developing a long-term project in Central America.
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Federico Vespignani

La Distancia


“If we do not find her at the end of the day she will be lost forever, I’m sorry for her mum,” says the forensic anthropologist and criminologist Israel Ticas, while looking at the thick vegetation around him. He is digging into the woods in a remote area controlled by the street gang the Mara Salvatrucha to find Reina Isabella Sanchez, a 20 years old girl who disappeared in 2013. She was the girlfriend of a policeman. Reina will never be located. In the Northern Triangle, between El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in the last forty years, violence has become part of life. Beyond the average murder rate of a war zone, nowadays people are not just being killed, but they are actually vanishing. The only Criminologist in El Salvador, mothers who can’t find their loved ones and Sicarios become the chorus of a painful melody revealing a grey area, where resilience, love, and dignity lay.
Ferit Kuyas was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1955. Living and working near Zurich, Switzerland, Ferit commited himself to photography in the 1980s after graduating from law school. He is an artist, freelance photographer, teacher and curator. His work has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals. Recent shows include City of Ambition, Sol Mednick Gallery, Philadelphia PA (2016); Relics, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA (2014); The City is my Frankenstein, Knoerle & Baettig Contemporary, Winterthur, Switzerland (2014); Aurora, Art Galerie Siegen, Siegen, Germany (2013); City of Ambition, Ellipsis Gallery, Istanbul (2011); and Miasto Ambicji, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2010). Ferit's photographs are represented in numerous private, corporate and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX; Musèe de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; and Portland Museum of Arts, Portland OR. He has received a number of awards, among them the Kodak Photobook-Award and the Hasselblad Masters. Besides many publications in magazines, anthologies and catalogues, his work has also been published in monographs including Industrial Interiors, Edition Stemmle, Thalwil/Zurich and New York 1999; Chongqing - City of Ambition, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam 2009; Aurora - Guatemala City Habitat, Ars Victoria Verlag, Siegen, Germany 2013; and A Quintology of Diaries, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport 2016. Ferit's main subject during the last 20 years has been photographing large cities and their inhabitants. A Quintology of Diaries shows us a very different approach to society and is his most personal body of work so far.
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Ferit Kuyas

Astana


Large cities are the center of my photographic practice for more than 20 years. As since 2011 more than half the world population lives in urban areas, I am interested in cities that might reshape society and economy in our near future. I discovered Astana in a TV documentary about the Sir Norman Foster who built in the new capital of Kazakhstan. The city is a symbol for a nation on the search of their identity. Having formerly been part of the Soviet Union, the Kazakh were stripped of a great part of their ethnic identity. Today however, they are on the verge of a complete change. In October 2017 I found a modern city in the middle of nowhere with hundreds of kilometers of step around it. Where in the old days nomadic Kazakhs would set up their camps, today Astana resembles a petrified mirage in the flatland. And the Kazakh culture that used to be based on horses, is now based on cars.
Filippo Venturi is an Italian documentary photographer working on editorial, corporate, commercial assignments and personal projects. His works have been published in different newspapers and magazines such as The Washington Post, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Internazionale, La Stampa, Geo, Marie Claire, Die Zeit, Gente, D di Repubblica, Io Donna/Corriere della Sera. He cooperates with several agencies in Italy and abroad for advertisement projects. He also pursues many personal stories and projects on the critical issues that he finds interesting. His last work, "Made in Korea" about South Korea, has been hosted at the Italian Center for Fine Art Photography in Bibbiena, at Modena's Foro Boario as New Talent selected by the Modena Foundation Photography, at Rome's Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) as selected Emerging Talent and at Somerset House in London by the Sony World Photography Awards. In 2017 he was the photographer sent by Vanity Fair in North Korea.
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Filippo Venturi

Korean Dream


North Korea is a totalitarian dictatorship based on the cult of the Kim dynasty. It's one of the most secluded countries in the world. Pyongyang, the capital, is the centre of all the resources and the country's ambition to boast a strong and modern façade. The incessant propaganda against the USA portraits the South Korean population as a victim of the American invasion; young generations live in a constant alert state as if the USA could attack any day. At the same time the propaganda aims at instilling a great sense of pride for the country's technical progression, fueled by the Supreme Leader and culminating in the atomic bomb and the subsequent tests. Pyongyang youngsters have been educated to be learned and knowledgeable people, especially in the scientific field, to foster the development of armaments and technology, chasing the dream of reuniting Korea in a whole and free state.