Brazilian Street Girls – Invisible Lives

Brazil is full of paradoxes. How can it be that one of the largest economies and biggest food producers in the world leaves so many starving?

When I decided to photograph the plight of street kids, my aim was to avoid the extremes, to get away from the stereotypes and try to show different sides of their story.

The girls immediately caught my eye. They seemed so confused, sometimes unaware, other times so conscious of their predicament. Having to dress in boyish clothes to hide themselves from potential molesters, they are modest yet proud of their flowering bodies.

I lent them clothes, a mirrors and the opportunity to play.

I couldn’t guess the joyful role-playing that would result from our sessions. I look at this photos now and wonder if that joy has vanished again, whether it has been hidden or banished. But I think that the memory of it will last; if this helps the women cope with the daily hardships they endure I do not know. I hope it does.

Extract from the introduction by Leticia Valverdes

Mapas Abiertos – Fotografia Latino Americana

El Subtitulo de este proyecto contiene dos conceptos,”fotografia” y “Latinoamerica”, que en las ultimas decadas han convocado amplios y contradictories debates,subrayando su inestabilidad como terminus de adscripcion para determinados colectivos y denotando una cierta esquizofrenia respecto a su definision e interpretacion. En este texto veremos como se ha reflexionado al respecto, en este periodo y en los precedents, desde la critica y desde la opinion de los artistas. Trataremos de hacer un panorama de las propuestas surgidas a lo largo de la decada de los noventa a partir de tres argumentos: “Rituales de identidad”, “Escenarios” e “Historias alternatives”, una especie de contenedores tematicos que permiten mostrar a algunos de los autores mas reconocidos y a una nueva y extensa generacion cuya obra se ha hecho visible en este periodo.

Extract from the introduction by Alejandro Castellote

Eyes Wide Open - Photography by the winners of the Ian Parry Scholarship

It was a great tragedy when, at the young age of 24, Ian Parry lost his life covering the Romanian Revolution. His friends and family decided that such a great loss should be remembered with a positive initiative to support other young photographers, and the Ian Parry Scholarship was born.

Over the 15 years that the Scholarship has been in operation, the selected photographers have not only benefited directly from the award, but have become part of a remarkable family. Many previous winners have gone on to distinguish themselves in photojournalism as the best young photographers of a new generation.

Extract from the foreword by Don Mc Cullin CBE, Patron of the Ian Parry Scholarship

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