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Alain Schroeder is a Belgian photojournalist born in 1955. In 1989 he founded Reporters (http://www.reporters.be), a well-known photo agency in Belgium. He has illustrated over thirty books dedicated to China, Persia, the Renaissance, Ancient Rome, the Gardens of Europe, Thailand, Tuscany, Crete, Vietnam, Budapest, Venice, the Abbeys of Europe, Natural Sites of Europe, etc.  Belgian titles include, « Le Carnaval de Binche vu par 30 Photographes », and « Processions de Foi, Les Marches de l’Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse ». Publications include National Geographic, Geo, Paris-Match,… He has won many international awards and participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He is represented in Paris by the photo agency HEMIS.
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Alain Schroeder

Living for Death


In Toraja (Indonesia), the rituals associated with death are complex and expensive. Therefore, when a person dies, it can take weeks, months even years for the family to organize the funeral.  In the region of Pangala, the Ma' Nene, or cleaning of the corpses, ceremony takes place after the rice harvest. Coffins are removed from their burial sites and opened. The mummies are cleaned, dried in the sun and given a change of clothes. Expressions of sadness are mixed with the overall happy atmosphere surrounding these moments of bonding with loved ones and honoring ancestors.
Antoine Bruy (1986) is a french photographer graduated from the Vevey School of Photography in Switzerland in 2011. His work studies people and their relationship to privacy, their physical environment, and to the economic and intellectual conditions that determine them. His work has been shown in group shows internationally – Los Angeles, New-York, Paris, Dhaka, Barcelona, Seoul, Angkor. Bruy has been awarded LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards, Getty Images Emerging Talent Awards, Critical Mass 2014 and PDN's 30 in 2015. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications worldwide including The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, WIRED, Slate, The Huffington Post and Le Monde. He is currently based in Lille, France.
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Antoine Bruy

Outback Mythologies - The White Man’s Hole


Today in Coober Pedy, the work is secluded. Climatic conditions almost unbearable. Each prospecting gives place to an uninterrupted broom of machines of all kinds and noises coming to populate the emptiness of the land. In an iterative way, men dig white mountains to draw most of the time only a few precious dust. The Australian town of opal is isolated on the edge of the red lands of the Outback. The hamlet experienced the golden age of rock mining in the 60s to 80s, when the price of diesel was cheap. Today, the mining enclave seems totally disaster-stricken. And yet, some of its inhabitants have taken up residence underground, in artifact concretions called dug-out. The population is the guardian of myriad holes like as many thousand stories. It is estimated that around 750,000 to 3 million holes have been dug around the city.
Arne Piepke (1991) studies photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany focussing on documentary photography. He deals with different aspects of home and his personal relation to it. Recently he worked on social-documentaries in Georgia and Kosovo. He took part in group exhibitions in Dortmund and two of his photobook-dummies were shown at the Frankfurt book fair in 2015 and at the Miss Read 2016 in Berlin. In December 2016 he took part at the portfoliowalk of the DFA (Deutsche Fotografische Akademie) in Augsburg.
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Arne Piepke

Water Without Salt


ARNE PIEPKE & INGMAR B. NOLTING. Kura (georgian: Mtkwari) is with its 1,515 kilometres the longest river in the Caucasus region. It rises in Turkey, crosses Georgia and drains into the caspian sea in Azerbaijan. With their work “Water without Salt” Arne Piepke and Ingmar Björn Nolting documented their journey along the river in Georgia – along the undefined borders of Asia and Europe. Their photographs tell stories about the daily life, the cultural and ethnical differences along the river and their personal encounters. They met farmers, unemployed people, former refugees, pensioners and an Imam - common people telling them about their life, their stories and dreams along Kura.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Astrid Schulz spent 23 years in London. She started working as a professional photographer over 13 years ago and specializes in portraiture and documentary imagery. Influenced by her background as a designer for Film & TV as well as her passion for storytelling, her pictures are described as well composed still live images from a movie set. Astrid is interested in learning about human histories, her approach is to open up informative windows into people’s lives. She frequently travels abroad for long-term assignments. In recent years she has been invited to undertake 2 artist residencies, for which she stayed in Vietnam and in Senegal. In addition she has been commissioned to take pictures for 5 photo books, 4 of them in cities of Vietnam and one about Phnom Penh. Those images have been nominated for 3 awards, including the LensCulture Exposure Award in 2016.
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Astrid Schulz

100 Faces of Vietnam


The series ‘100 Faces of Vietnam’ represents a society, which is on the brink of change; it shows the people from a developing country caught between tradition and modernity. Vietnam is still a communist country, but it has opened its doors to the West and it is developing fast. Its cities are almost unrecognizable from how they looked 10 years ago. With this in mind, I was wondering, ”What is going on behind doors?”. I wanted to take a closer look behind the facade and explore how people use their personal spaces at home or at work. From 2013 to 2016 I photographed 150 people in Vietnam's major cities. The result provides an intimate look into the diversity of Hanoi (North Vietnam), Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An (Central Vietnam) and Ho Chi Ming City (South Vietnam) and offer an insight into private lives and concerns. Some of them may appear familiar; others are quite unexpected.
Iam a photographer based in Paris. Part of the Hans Lucas agency, i travel and work French and international medias. My work has been published in CNN, Al Jazzira, Le Parisien Magazine, Sept info, Stern, the Weather chanel, L’Obs, Le Monde, 24H01, Animan magazine, Rhythms Monthly Tapei, La Croix, Genti di Fotografia, The Guardian. 2017. Exhibition of my series «PYONGYANG PARIS » «8ème Promenades photographiques en Condroz». Belgium 2017. Collective exhibition Rossini magazine Nothing, Paris. 2017. Exhibition of my series «PYONGYANG PARIS » «Phot’Aix Regards Croisés at the Loft gallery Brussels 2016. Exhibition of my series «PYONGYANG PARIS » «Phot’Aix Regards Croisés. 2016. Shortlisted « Bourse du Talent paysages, Paris» « Aral dreams» 2016. Projection «Turquie Today » «Voix Off Arles» 2016. Projection of my series «PYONGYANG PARIS » «Docfield festival Barcelona» 2016. First price « Voir ailleurs si j’y suis » organised by Fisheyes & «les Rencontres d’Arles» 2016. Exhibition and first price « Made in France » «MAP» 2016. Public price. Session 2 prix Mentor. «PYONGYANG PARIS » 2016. Shortlisted « Athens photo festival » « SNIPEshots » 2016. Collective exhibition at the Rivière gallery. Claudine Doury workshop 2015. Collective exhibition «FOTONOVIEMBRE 2015» «Chapters» 2015. Collective exhibition «Cortona on the move off festival» «A route of melancholy» 2015. Projection of my series «People is my god» «Nuits photographiques de Pierre vert» 2015. Finalist «Fuji experience regard double program» 2015. Shortlisted « Asia-Europe Foundation » 2015. Finalist «Sienna International photo awards» 2015. Collective exhibition «Kolga Tbilisi festival» 2015. Collective exhibition «festival des photographes voyageurs» «A route of melancholy» 2015. Shortlisted «Athens photo festival» «A route of melancholy» 2014. Collective exhibition. «Kaunas festival» «Mona should be proud» 2014. Shortlisted «Prix Roger Pic» «A route of melancholy» 2 014. Exhibition WAM Publicis gallery «A route of melancholy» 2013. Exhibition at the Paris Russian cultural center «A route of melancholy» 2012. Projection of my series «People is my god» Brooklyn slide-luck 2012. Projection of my series «People is my god» Washington slide-luck
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Bizet Didier

Summer in Crimea


On the 18th March 2014, it was announced that the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea would unify with the Russian Federation after a winning “yes” vote in the referendum. Since then, tourism in Crimea has collapsed. In two years, the number of visitors has dropped from six million to less than three million, according to western medias. Meanwhile, local press states that more than 6 million tourists have visited the area this year alone. For Ukrainians and the Crimean Tatars, the tourism industry is now a thing of the past. Vladimir Putin has moved to restart tourism in Crimea by introducing financial aid to the Russian community, and by offering cheap, all-inclusive holiday packages to Russians tourists. Sixty two years after Crimea was transferred to the Ukraine, the Russian community can be found relaxing along the Lenin Embankment in Yalta.
Camillo Pasquarelli was born in Rome in 1988. Only after completing his studies in political science and anthropology decides to devote himself entirely to the reportage. With a strong training in visual anthropology, he attend several schools and workshop in Italy and abroad. Nowadays, he deals with documentary photography through the combination of the anthropological approach and the photographic medium. In 2015 he spend five months in the valley of Kashmir for an anthropological research about the indo-pakistan conflict and separatist kashmiri political sentiments. In 2016 he covered the anti-indian uprising.
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Camillo Pasquarelli

The Endless Winter of Kashmir


Since the end of the british dominion, the kashmiri struggle for azadi – freedom – has gone through different chapters: an armed insurgency during the nineties was crushed by indian troops pitilessly, and now the generation grown up during that period has decided to fight with stones. For this young boys there is no doubt: India is carrying out an unlawful occupation, only possible thanks to the 600.000 troops that make Kashmir one of the most militarized zone in the world. A new summer of clashes, curfew, martyrs and repression came after the killing of Burhan Wani, the commander of a kashmiri armed group, by the security forces on july 2016. Despite this fresh anger, the people of Kashmir are trapped into an endless winter of suffering lives hoping to see one day flourishing the spring of azadi.
Dato Koridze is a documentary photographer and a journalist based in Tbilisi, Georgia. My first encounter with photography was in my childhood. I remember my summer holidays in a village, and a photographer, the only one in that region. At the age of 19 I started photographing more consciously. I didn’t have a camera and there was no one to explain some basics to me. I did it on my own. I kept on looking through a lot of websites of famous photographers, their stories, watched some movies. Actually, it last till now. So, for me, documentary photography is the best way of telling stories, that are happening around me. I work for RFE/RL Tbilisi. I’m a host at the morning show. Also, I’m teaching photography to youngsters at Nata Buachidze’s Studio.
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Dato Koridze

Lelo


During Easter, in a village named Shukhuti, Guria region, locals celebrate Lelo. Inhabitants of upper and lower Shukhuti are competing each-other. The ball is made of leather, filled with sand and sawdust and weights 16 kilos. Preparations start in the morning. Local priest puts his blessings on the ball and all the participants. The ball is kept in the church until beginning of the game. In the evening the road is closed, police and ambulance is mobilized also. This time the game took three hours and the lower Shukhuti was the one to place Lelo. In the end the ball was placed on a grave of ”Bulua” (Otar Imnaishvili) who died the year before during the game.
David Arribas González ( 1978, Spain ) Freelance and Documentary photographer based in Madrid. Spain. Interested in anthropological-social reporting. I seek to document the life forms of the environment around me that interest and inspire me. I finished my studies of photography and reportage in 2015. Later I realized several workshops with different photographers like Manu Brabo and Susana Girón. In 2015 I was awarded with one of the scholarships of the Festival of Photography and Journalism of Albarracín (Spain). In adittion, in 2016 I won the second prize at the International Photo Awards (IPA) in the “Editorial essay” category. In 2017, I won International Photographer of the Year ( IPOTY), Third Place Open Category Pothojournalism Story. At the moment, I dedicate myself to the accomplishment of photographic works of long route related with social projects and of human character.
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David Arribas Gonzalez

SCARS / CICATRICES.


Spain is one of the few countries where the hunting with greyhounds is a legal activity. What was a way of survival for the familiar core on rural areas, now (when it is not a vital activity anymore) has been reinvented and turned into a sport, preserving is practice into the tradicional cultureof the country. At the ending of the hunting season, on February, the dogs that are not useful either by injuries, lack of competivity or by the age, are abandoned or, on the worst of cases, are deleted using practices highly agresive such as being hung. Dogs shelters and houses of reception try to give a dignified life to the higher quantity of this abandoned hounds, touching unfortunate conditions of over poblation. The spanish laws, that are not strict concerning animal rights, keep this situation going on each year.