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FotoEvidence Women is a new chapter of FotoEvidence Press, a space for free expression, devoted to engaged women photographers who want to tell their stories in the form of a photo book. Through their lenses women can shape the world differently and we want to give them this chance.

At this moment, women around the world are seeking equal rights and equal opportunity.  The FotoEvidence W Award for Personal Story will suppot this movement. It will be granted by a selection committee to one woman  whose work merits a book. The hardbound book will be published by FotoEvidence. Two other photographers will receive honorable mentions. Through their lenses women can shape the world differently and we want to give them this chance.

 

Book signings at Visa Pour L'Image
September 7th at 5 p.m. at La Poudriere in Perpignan

Danielle Villasana, finalist of the  2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press will sign her new book A Light Inside. Joa Pina will be signing his third book 46750. Eglish edition published by FotoEvidence.

 

The 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo Jury
 
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Svetlana Bachevanova (Bulgaria) is a long time photojournalist and the publisher at FotoEvidence, a publishing house and activist organization that supports documentary photography focused on human rights and social justice.

Svetlana became a photojournalist during the transition from dictatorship to democracy in her native Bulgaria. Passionate about social justice she joined the first democratic newspaper “Democrazia,” documenting the end of a long lasting Communist regime. For seven years she served as the chief photographer for the newspaper. In 1997 Svetlana moved on to become the first woman chief photographer for the Bulgarian News Agency.

In 2001, Svetlana moved to New York where she and her partner David Stuart founded FotoEvidence in the tradition of using photography to draw attention to injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. FotoEvidence is now internationally recognized as a premier publisher of documentary photography and an active partner with human rights organizations.

For seven years, the FotoEvidence Book Award recognized one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and, in 2017, FotoEvidence partnered with World Press Photo. The book award was renamed the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The selected project is published by FotoEvidence as part of a series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.

 

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Lars Boering (The Netherlands) was born in Amsterdam in 1969 and studied Communication Science at the University of  Amsterdam.

Beginning in 1998 he was a photo curator and later managing director of the Amsterdam Art Foundation, buying art and photography for their extensive collection. In 2008 Lars became an independent advisor and entrepreneur in photography and founded the Lux Photo Gallery.

As managing director of the Dutch Photographers’ Association, from 2010 to 2014, Lars advised photographers on  copyright   issues and entrepreneurial skills. In 2010 Lars co-founded the ‘Photography masterclass Amsterdam for advanced   storytelling’ where he still teaches.

Lars has advised photographers about funding and their business models and has worked with several partners in the publishing and advertising industries. He has taught at academies throughout the world and has been involved as advisor and curator for festivals, museums, publishing houses and other institutions, and is an experienced keynote speaker and moderator at the highest levels.

Lars was appointed managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation in January 2015. He lives in Amsterdam with his wife, two sons, and a daughter.



 

Peter Bouckaert

Peter Bouckaert (Belgium)  Human Rights Watch’s Emergencies Director and an expert in humanitarian crises, is responsible for coordinating the organization’s response to major wars and other human rights crises. A Belgian-born Stanford Law School graduate specializing in the laws of war, Bouckaert is a veteran of fact-finding missions to Lebanon, Kosovo, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Macedonia, Indonesia, Uganda, and Sierra Leone, among others.
Most recently, Bouckaert has been working on the Mediterranean Refugee crisis, where he has conducted investigations into human rights abuses by European border controls and the difficulties faced by refugees on their journey. Bouckaert is featured in the 2014 documentary film E-Team, which was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2014 Bouckaert was in the Central African Republic, where he conducted investigations into ethnic cleansing and war crimes committed during the current civil war. In 2011 he was in Libya, where he investigated the use of landmines, the execution of prisoners and arbitrary arrests of African migrant workers. He has testified about war crimes before the United States Senate, the Council of Europe, and at the Yugoslav Tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague, and has written opinion pieces for papers around the world. His work has been profiled in Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Stanford Lawyer, and The Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper. Most recently, Bouckaert was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Catholic University of Louvain for his work on human rights.


 

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Sarah Leen (USA) is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Magazine and Partners. Prior to joining the National Geographic staff in 2004 as a Senior Photo Editor she worked as a Nat Geo freelance photographer for twenty years publishing 16 stories and five covers for National Geographic magazine.
Leen supervises all visual content creation and the photography staffs for the National Geographic magazine and NatGeo Traveler.

Leen graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1974 from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued with graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. Leen was the College Photographer of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff photographer for both the Topeka Capital Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1988.
Leen has won numerous awards for her photography and photo editing both in the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and the World Press Photos competition. In 2003 her image for the Nat Geo magazine story, “Skin: The Body’s Edge”, received second place in the Science and Technology category by World Press Photos. In 2007 and 2008 she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi and second place in 2011. Her team of photo editors has three times won the Angus MacDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award from the POYi competition.

She has juried numerous contests including Pictures of the Year International, The W. Eugene Smith Grants and the Getty Images Editorial Grants, the World Press Joop Swarts Masterclass, the LensCulture-Magnum Photography Awards and the Carmignac Photojournalism Awards. Leen has presented at and reviewed portfolios at many conferences and festivals including Visa Pour L’Image, Sante Fe Reveiws, the Houston FotoFest, the NY Times Portfolio Reviews, the Eddie Adams Photo Workshops and Photo Lucida.


 

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Muhammed Muheisen (Jordan) is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, a National Geographic Photographer and the founder of Everyday Refugees Foundation.

Muheisen is a Jordanian national who was born in Jerusalem in 1981, graduated with a B.A. degree in journalism and political science. Since 2001 he has covered major events in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the funeral of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the US led -war in Iraq, the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, the Yemeni revolution, the Syrian civil war, as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, France, Greece, Macedonia, Germany, Croatia, Austria, New York, the Netherlands, Serbia, South Africa including the funeral procession of the late president Nelson Mandela.

As the former Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan he covered conflicts across the region as well documented major events around the world, in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States of America. He spent four years in Pakistan as AP’s Chief Photographer for the region, and for the last several years has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe and the Middle East.

He is a member of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award advisory committee at the International Women Media Foundation, the founder and Chairman of Everyday Refugees Foundation and a member of the nominating committee selecting the participants for the annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class.


 

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Sara Terry (USA) is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker, and a member of VII photo agency, best known for her work as a post-conflict storyteller. She won a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for her long-term project, “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” While working on her first long-term post-conflict work, “Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace,” she founded The Aftermath Project in 2003 on the premise that “War is Only Half the Story.” A grant-making, educational non-profit which supports photographers working on post-conflict stories, The Aftermath Project is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a book published by Dewi Lewis and a traveling exhibition. An accomplished speaker on aftermath and visual literacy issues, Terry’s lectures include a TedX talk, “Storytelling in a Post-Journalism Word,” and several appearances at The Annenberg Space for Photography. Terry has also directed and produced two feature-length documentaries, Fambul Tok (2011) and FOLK (2013). Fambul Tok, about a groundbreaking grass-roots forgiveness program in Sierra Leone, premiered at SXSW in 2011, and grew out of her long-term photo project, “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” It was supported by the Sundance Documentary Institute, played at over 100 festivals around the world and was hailed by Paste magazine as one of the best 100 documentaries of all time. Terry became a photographer and filmmaker after a long, award-winning career in print and public radio. She is currently working on her third documentary, “That’s How We Roll,” about mobile home parks and the affordable housing crisis.


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    Josué Rivas wins the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo 


The winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is First Nation photojournalist  Josué Rivas for his project “Standing Strong” about the spiritual awakening that occurred among the people resisting the Dakota Access pipeline.
 
The finalists are Zackery Canepari for “Flint is a Place,” an exploration of the challenges of life in Flint, Michigan, and Danielle Villasana for “The Light Inside” a compelling story about the struggle of trans women in Peru.

Rivas’ work will be published in a hardbound FotoEvidence book to be released this spring.  Rivas, Canepari and Villasana will be exhibited at the World Press Photo exhibit in Amsterdam opening April 14th  and at the FotoEvidence Book Award Exhibit in New York at the Bronx Documentary Center, opening June 2nd.

 

Gary Knight is withdrawing from the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press photo jury to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. 
 











Gary Knight, who was on the jury for the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, is withdrawing from the judging to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Gary learned there were a number of submissions from close associates among the entries and did not feel it was right for him to judge them.
FotoEvidence and World Press Photo understand the reason for Gary's withdrawal. We are sorry to lose his input but appreciate his integrity which is in line with the ethics of the award.

The jury will proceed with five members: Svetlana Bachevanova, Lars Boering, Jen Tse, Peter van Agtmael and Daniella Zalcman.

 


In this testimony to a committee of the European Parliament, photojournalist Mario Cruz tells the story of how he followed a trail of missing children to discover a vast system of modern day slavery under the guise of education in Senegal.

His work about talibés won recognition from World Press Photo and FotoEvidence published his book, “Talibés Modern Day Slaves.”  The international exhibition of his work and the long-form documentation provided by the book, with texts in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic, prodded the President of Senegal to order the registration of all daaras (private schools) in the country. In the initial weeks after the President's order, more than 3,000 young boys were removed from the streets of Dakar and placed in shelters or sent home, if their home could be determined. This is a small percentage of the more than 50,000 talibés that Human Rights Watch estimates suffer exploitation and abuse in some of Dakar's daaras, but it represents a first step in a long process to address the institutionalized abuse of children in Senegal.   

In bringing this issue to the European Parliament Cruz continues his advocacy on behalf of Senegal's talibés.   The European Parliament responded by declaring their intention to urgently investigate the issue and bring further pressure on Senegal to dismantle the illegitimate daaras that abuse children.
 


 FotoEvidence Book Award and the World Press Photo Foundation announce a new collaboration


 
FotoEvidence Book Award and the World Press Photo Foundation announce a new collaboration. The annual FotoEvidence Book Award that recognizes one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and publishes  the selected project in a book now will be known as the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The collaboration will mean that the winner and two other selected finalists will be exhibited during the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 in Amsterdam in conjunction with the launch of the winner’s book. The book will also be shown during the World Press Photo Exhibition in many of the 100 cities worldwide to which it travels each year.

FotoEvidence will also exhibit the work of the winner and finalists at 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award exhibit in New York in the fall of 2018. The award winner will be invited to New York to participate in EXPOSE, a one-day workshop that will connect students with the winner to learn from his or her experience and to receive feedback on their long-term projects.  

The 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is now open for submissions. 

The deadline is December 15, 2017. Please go to FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo for details. 

Winners of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo will be announced on February 7, 2018.

 
The 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo Jury.


 

Peter van Agtmael


Photo: Kathy Ryan
 
Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale, graduating with distinction in 2003.

His work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, empire, power, race and class. He has worked extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine. He has been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Fellowship as well as multiple awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News.

His book, 'Disco Night Sept 11,' on America at war in the post-9/11 era was released in 2014. Disco Night Sept 11 was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award and was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue,
American Photo and Photo Eye.

"Buzzing at the Sill," a book about America in the shadow of the wars, was released in the Spring of 2017. Upon pre-release, it was named one of Time’s “Photo Books of the Year” for 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 Rencontres D’Arles Author Book Award.

He is a founder and partner of Red Hook Editions, a publishing company based in Brooklyn. He is a mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Program in Beirut.

Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013. He currently serves on the board of Magnum Photos Inc. and the Magnum Foundation.

Lars Boering



Lars Boering 
was born 1969 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and studied Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. From 1998 he was curator and later managing director of the Amsterdam Art Foundation, buying photography for their large collection. In 2008 Boering became an independent advisor and entrepreneur in photography and founded Lux Photo Gallery. He has advised photographers about funding and business opportunities, and has worked with several partners in the publishing and advertising industries. In 2010 Boering co-founded the ‘Photography masterclass Amsterdam for advanced storytelling’ where he still teaches. He has taught at masterclasses and academies throughout the world, and has been involved as curator for festivals, museums, publishing houses and other institutions, producing artwork and exhibitions for them. As managing director of the Dutch Photographers’ association (FotografenFederatie) from 2010 to 2014, Boering advised photographers on copyright issues and entrepreneurial skills. He was appointed managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation in January 2015. Lars Boering lives in Amsterdam with his wife, two sons and a daughter.


Svetlana Bachevanova



Svetlana Bahchevanova is a publisher and co-founder of FotoEvidence.


Gary Knight


Photo by Alizé Le Maoult

Inspired by the journalism from Vietnam and Cambodia during the American wars of the 1960’s and 70’s Gary Knight travelled to Indochina in the late 1980’s to build a career as a photographer. He subsequently worked for Newsweek Magazine as a contract photographer covering wars and human rights stories all over the world for the following two decades. He is co-founder and principal architect of the VII Photo Agency and of
The VII Foundation and the founding Director of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University where he teaches a course in non-fiction storytelling. He was a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University in 2009 and a Fellow at the Logan Non-Fiction Program at the Carey Institute in 2017.

Gary is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frontline Club, London; co-founder and Board member of The GroundTruth Project, Boston; twice Chair and President of the World Press Photo Award.


Jen Tse



Jen Tse is Newsweek's Photo Editor, based in New York. Prior to Newsweek, she worked for TIME Magazine, NOOR Images, and 500px.


Daniella Zalcman




Daniella Zalcman (b. 1986) is a documentary photographer based in London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective. She is also the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative to elevate the voices of female and nonbinary visual journalists.

Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of Indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project Signs of Your Identity has been recognized with the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a 2017 RFK Journalism Award, the 2016 Magnum Foundation Inge Morath Award, and the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award.

Daniella’s work regularly appears in The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, the BBC, and CNN, among others. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.

 
The 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is open for submissions.
The deadline is December 15, 2017


 
The 2017 FotoEvidence Book Award Is Withdrawn
 
In 2017 the FotoEvidence Book Award was granted to photographer Poulomi Basu for her work, “Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile.”  After the award was granted and before the book was published, allegations of ethical misconduct on the part of the photographer came to our attention.  Our investigation of the allegations raised doubts about Basu’s account of an incident in question about her conduct during the creation of the work. We concluded that at least one of Basu’s captions contained misleading information.  In consultation with the 2017 jury, FotoEvidence chose to withdraw the 2017 award and halt the publication of the book.

This was a very difficult decision for everyone involved.  FotoEvidence still believes the project, “Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile” has significant value but, because of our commitment to the highest ethical standards in photojournalism, doubts about the validity of any part of the work compel us to abstain from publishing the book. 
  
Daniella Zalcman wins the Robert Kennedy Award for Photography-International
 
Daniella Zalcman wins the Robert Kennedy Award for Photography-International with her work "Signs of Your Identity". Last year , Daniella was was granted for the same work with the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award and "Signs of Your Identity" published in a book.

The book is available at Amazon and the FotoEvidence bookstore on line.


 
 

    

Anatomy of a Photobook: Fabio Bucciarelli’s ‘The Dream’ by Olivier Laurent


The Dream is available at the FotoEvidence bookstore on line.
 
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Princess to Slave: a photo book by Anahit Hayrapetyan
Domestic Violence in Armenia: Covering the Crimes That Go Unreported by James Estrin.

 
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Laurence Cornet interviewed Daniela Zalcman, winner of the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award about her winning project Signs of Your Identity for Blink Network.
 
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A fine review of Anahit Hayrapetyan 's Princess to Slave boo by Alison Stieven-Taylor of Photojournalism Now about violence against women in Armenia in this week's Photojournalism Now. An important book by a courageous photographer. Published by FotoEvidence Press. Photo editor is Régina Monfort.
The book is available at FotoEvidence bookstore on line.
 
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A Photographer Captures Joy in Gaza
Interview with Tanya Habjouqa about her work "Occupied Pleasures", published as a book by FotoEvidence Press

 
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Photographing Life, Love and Laughter in Palestine by Jen Tse
 
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Crying Meri: Q&A with Vlad Sokhin by Pauline Elferman
 
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Robin Hammond's "Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis"

 
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"Condemned" by Robin Hammond
Mentally ill Shackled and Neglected in Africa's Crisis Regions by Victoria Fleischer
 
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Joseph Rodriguez: A Look Inside Romania

"Romania" by Joseph Rodriguez is available as an electronic book at the iTunes store.
 
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Recalling Romania's Revolution by Andrew Boryga
 
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James Whitlow Delano, "Black Tsunami- Japan 2011"

"Black Tsunami- Japan 2011" is available as an electronic book at the iTunes store


 
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What The Ku Klux Klan Looks Like Today by Harrison Jacobs

 
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The Photo Book White Pride: Confronting the Dangers of Blanket Characterization  by K. J. Wetherholt

 
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A Toxic Tragedy in Bhopal by Alex Masi
 
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A Day in the Life of the Ku Klux Klan, Uncensored  by David Resenberg

The book White Pride by Anthony Karen is available at iTunes.

 
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Seeking Evidence Trough Photography by Kerri McDonald
 
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A Lens On Life For Boys In The Bronx by Calire O'Neill
 
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Coming of Age on the Streets of the Bronx by Rebecca Horne
 
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Stephen Shames- Bronx Boys

 
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Fotoevidence Announces Publication of Bronx Boys Photographs by Stephen Shames.
 

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Stephen Shames’ photographs document coming of age in the Bronx by Alison Zavos

 
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Bronx Boys: A Digital Monograph by Stephen Shames

TIME
calls FotoEvidence’s book Bronx Boys, “one of the first true digital photo-monographs that can be downloaded to your computer.” Paul Moakley, Time.com, August 16, 2011.

Bronx Boys is an intimate photo essay about the lives of young people in the Bronx during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Shot over two decades by photojournalist Stephen Shames, Bronx Boys takes the viewer inside the lives of young people living at the epicenter of a crack cocaine epidemic that devastated their community. The story tracks their childhood on the streets, their loves and losses. It includes a powerful first person narrative by Martin Dones, one of the young men Shames followed and who survived life on the streets.
 

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