By Pol Artola @artolariera
May 03, 2017

The outcome of the first round of the French presidential election confirmed that the nation’s political system has been completely turned upside down. Conservatives and socialists, the two parties that traditionally exchanged the presidency, have been wiped out of the second round and Emmanuel Macron, a centre-right, liberal former banker and Economy Minister under Hollande’s cabinet, represents the only obstacle to prevent the populist Marine Le Pen to secure the presidency in the second and definitive round of a pivotal election for the future of Europe.

A series of major jihadist terrorist attacks…

After spending the last 25 years travelling and working across the globe, Stuart Freedman turns his focus to his native London to document a cultural heritage of generations of working-class Londoners, the Eel, Pie and Mash shops.

All pictures © Stuart Freedman, from the Englishman and the Eel

After spending a long time working mostly abroad and focusing on dark subjects such as violence, poverty and famine, Stuart Freedman spend the last couple of years re-discovering the places where he comes from. His second book, The Englishman and the Eel (Dewi Lewis), is a portrait of London’s most traditional eateries, the Eel, Pie and Mash shops, their food, their historical architecture and, most importantly, their people. “I think that it’s in reality far easier to focus on what’s alien, the unfamiliar, different cultures and lives. …

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Incoming: The Collateral Damage of Conceptual Documentary

Lewis K. Bush on Witness: Lewis K. Bush ellaborates on the issues that can arise when the merging of documentary and art is used inadvisedly through Incoming, Richard Mosse’s controversial installation, in which the Irish photographer documents Europe’s refugee crisis with a high-resolution thermographic camera. “Mosse is, I think, being disingenuous to suggest the root of this dehumanization is in the technology when it is also very clearly in his choices as an artist.”

Woman’s Work: The twisted reality of an Italian freelancer in Syria

From the Columbia Journalism Review: Francesca Borri, who has spent 10 years immersed in wars, first as a human rights…

Tom Sponheim, an American from Seattle, bought an envelope with unauthored pictures for $3.5 while on a summer vacation in Barcelona. Back home, he couldn’t believe what was inside.

All pictures © Milagros Caturla, courtesy of Tom Sponheim Collection.

By Pol Artola @artolariera
March 31, 2017

It all started in 2001. Tom Sponheim, an American from Seattle, was in Barcelona for a few days, accompanied by his wife on a summer vacation. They were walking from a metro station to La Sagrada Familia when they happened across ‘Els Encants’, a popular flea market in the Catalan capital.

“We looked around and I saw a stack of negatives lying on a table. I opened one envelope and determined that the negatives were well exposed, so I asked the vendor how much she wanted for them. She told me some price…

Belgian photographer Kevin Faingnaert won the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award for “Føroyar”, a stunning photography series about life on remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands.

© Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, 1st Place, ZEISS Photography Award. House in Gásadalur, Faroe Islands, 2016. Population: 16

Talking about his winning series “Føroyar”, Faingnaert comments: “Føroyar is a series about life in remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between Scotland and Iceland. In February 2016 I immersed myself within the Faroese community, I couch-surfed and hitch-hiked my way across the islands, finding doors opening to me everywhere I went. Here, across swathes of snow-veiled landscapes and bordered by dramatic coastline, villages are slowly dropping into decline as more and more of their inhabitants are emigrating from the islands in pursuit of greater opportunities. Though at times lonely and perpetually freezing, I learned to appreciate the small, simple comforts of life — listening to stories told in the welcoming warmth of Faroese homes, the sound of songs against the roaring backdrop of the sea, and my memorable encounter with a message-in-a-bottle collector on the beach. In these clear and pristine landscapes, where villages with populations as low as ten huddle together on the edge of cliffs, I tried to reveal a community hanging on firmly to their roots and traditions, while underlining that one day these villages must inevitably disappear.”

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In this year’s World Press Photo, only 15% of entrants and 11% of prizewinners were women. Just one out of 45 awarded photographers was African, 3 were from South-America, 3 from Asia and 5 from the Middle East.

By Pol Artola @artolariera / March 5, 2017

Only 15.5% of World Press Photo 2017 contest entrants were women, according to a technical report released yesterday by the organisation. Their share among the winning photographers was 11%. The figure follows the trend of previous years’ editions, in which the proportion has been quite similar. In the last three editions (2014, 2015 and…

With ‘Foreigner: Migration Into Europe 2015–1016‘, Daniel Castro Garcia puts a face to the individuals caught up in the largest migrant crisis since World War II from a humanist and empathetic stance. His portraits accomplish what photography at its best does: to offer an emotional connection with those depicted, to make us dig and think a little deeper, driving us to explore outside the frame.

Madia, Catania, Sicily, Italy, November 2015. All pictures © Daniel Castro Garcia, courtesy of John Radcliffe Studio.

By Pol Artola Riera @artolariera / March 3, 2017

On April 2015, two of the deadliest incidents of the so-called European migrant crisis took place in the Mediterranean Sea. In just one week, two overcrowded…

The Sony World Photography Awards shortlist has just been announced. 227,596 images from 183 countries were submitted to the 10th edition of the contest. The overall winners will be revealed on April 20, 2017. Winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, on April 21 — May 7, 2017. View more shortlisted photographs on our website.

Battle for Mosul © Ivor Prickett, Ireland, Shortlist, Professional, Current Affairs & News, 2017

“At the end, when it comes to World Press Photo, whatever the awarded image is; the resulting debate is often the real winner”. #WPPh17

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