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Amanda Vincelli: Regimen

Amanda Vincelli (USA): Regimen

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Regimen reflects on processes and outcomes of diagnosis and normalizing perceptions of health. It asks: what is natural? Who and what can we trust? The project explores these questions through the medicinal regimens of one hundred women, ages 21 to 35 — specifically, the motivations behind their often-changing consumption of (or abstention from) pharmaceuticals, supplements, vitamins, and recreational drugs.

The project is comprised of photographic portraits of each woman, still lifes of the medicines they each consume (if any), and written/audio testimonies explaining their respective motivations. These meetings took place from late 2014 through 2015 in New York, Amsterdam, London, Montreal and Los Angeles.

The project focuses on the medicine consumption of women because this is an area where they face special pressures, particularly around reproductive health and body image. Crucially, the project came into being in urban centers where young professionals tend to be subject to high productivity standards. For as much as Regimen is a project about young women, it reflects on a general pressure in ultra-competitive societies for people to outperform their natural dispositions.

Jennifer Lynn Morse: Black, White & Grey

Jennifer Lynn Morse (USA): Black, White & Grey

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In this series the subjects are John Dugdale and Rey Clarke. John is blind. He is a survivor of the AIDS crisis. He is also a renowned photographer. John and Rey are partners. Rey is John’s visual translator. Rey is also an artist. Rey is sighted.

John is White, Rey is Black. John cannot see Rey.

In the world they have created, the stigma of these things don’t matter. They don’t infringe on their beauty or ability to help each other. This is a story of survivors.

Kristina Syrchikova: Funeral Dress

Kristina Syrchikova (Russia): Funeral Dress

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Cancer problem remains relevant in modern society. According to World Health Organization’s information, every year in the world more than 7.5 million people die of cancer. In Russia at the end of 2012 more than 3.0 million patients were registered at cancer care facilities. Every minute 1 cancer is diagnosed. During the last 10 years the number of cancer patients has increased to 25.5%. In 10 years – if the situation doesn’t change – the number of patients will increase to 15-20% more. In 60% of cases the disease is diagnosed on III-IV stage. Annual economical cancer loss complies more than 90 billion rubles. Continue reading Kristina Syrchikova: Funeral Dress

An-Sofie Kesteleyn: A Lamb named Beauty

An-Sofie Kesteleyn (Belgium): A Lamb named Beauty

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A lamb named Beauty
shows the life of two twin sisters Kimberly and Gwendolyn. The series started in 2007, when the sisters were 10 years old. They live in a Flemish village in Belgium, close to where I grew up. I tried to give a candid impression about how the twins take care of each other, and the many animals that are gathered around them. The twins seem to live in a domain all of their own, taking strength from their love from one another.

The title is named to their lamb ‘Beauty’, who is also grown up today. I got to know the girls when they were ten years old and have continued to photograph them off and on ever since. As the twins grow up, carefree play makes way for increasing self-consciousness.

The Inge Morath Award, 2016 Guidelines

The Inge Morath Award, 2016 Guidelines

The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the 15th annual Inge Morath Award. The Award of $5,000 is given to a female photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. One Award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers and the director of the Inge Morath Foundation.

Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum Photos for nearly fifty years. After her death in 2002, the Inge Morath Foundation was established to manage Morath’s estate and facilitate the study and appreciation of her contribution to photography. Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honor.

TMagnum Foundation Logohe Award is now administered by the Magnum Foundation as part of its mission of supporting the next generation of socially-conscious documentary photographers, in cooperation with the Inge Morath Foundation.

Past winners of the Inge Morath Award include:
Danielle Villasana (US, ’15), for A Light Inside, Shannon Jensen (US, ’14), for A Long Walk; Isadora Kosofsky (US, ’12), for Selections from “TheThree” and “This Existence;” Zhe Chen (China, ’11) for Bees; Lurdes R. Basolí (Spain, ’10) for Caracas, The City of Lost Bullets and Claire Martin (Australia, ’10) for Selections from The Downtown East Side and Slab City; Emily Schiffer (US, ’09) for Cheyenne River; Kathryn Cook (US, ’08) for Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide; Olivia Arthur (UK, ’07) for The Middle Distance; Jessica Dimmock (US, ’06) for The Ninth Floor; Mimi Chakarova (US, ’06) for Sex Trafficking in Eastern Europe; Claudia Guadarrama (MX, ’05) for Beforethe Limit; and Ami Vitale (US, ’02), for Kashmir.

IM Award Guidelines:

  1. All submissions must be made online using the interface at
  2. The Award is given to a female photographer to complete a long-term documentary project. Proposals and accompanying material should present only the project for which the Award is being requested.
  3. All applicants must be under the age of 30 on April 30th, 2016 (in other words, if April 30th is your birthday, and you’re turning 30, then you’re no longer eligible to submit a proposal).
  4. Presentation guidelines and image specifications are given at our page.

Submit here: All IM Award submissions must be received by April 30th, 2016.

Marina Paulenka: The Other Home

Marina Paulenka (Croatia): The Other Home

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The Other Home is documentary photography project in which I show a female prison inmates through the justice system at the penitentiary in Pozega, Croatia, and way of life in it, where I question the issue of freedom, surveillance, home and otherness. Požega Penitentiary is the only female penitentiary in Croatia where over 130 prisoners serve a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months and up.

Given that historical reductive forensic portraits delete all of their representation except criminal identity, my photographs depict the existing scenes of women’s rooms, dorms, cells, bathrooms and ‘private’ and ‘personal’ stuff. Continue reading Marina Paulenka: The Other Home

Sofia Valiente: Miracle Village

Sofia Valiente (USA): Miracle Village
Inge Morath Award Finalist, 2015

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In South Florida, off the coast of Lake Okeechobee, lies a community called Miracle Village. It is home to over 150 sex offenders. The village was founded five years ago by a Christian ministry that seeks to help individuals that have no place to go when they leave prison. The residency restrictions in Florida make it so that sex offenders must live a minimum of 2,500 feet from any school, bus stop, or place where children congregate.

In reality, this is a very difficult restriction to abide by. Before coming to the village many of Miracle Village’s residents were homeless. The village is connected to the small town of Pahokee (population 8,000) and is 40 miles from the medium populated towns of Palm Beach County. The rectangular compound, made up of 52 off-white duplexes on six streets and two roads, is surrounded by sugarcane and cornfields. Continue reading Sofia Valiente: Miracle Village

Danielle Villasana: A Light Inside

Danielle Villasana (USA): A Light Inside
Inge Morath Award Recipient, 2015

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In Peru, a country with a highly machismo, conservative, religious and transphobic culture, transgender women are extremely marginalized and discriminated against in society. Persecution begins early, causing them to abandon their studies and families. With few options or support, many practice sex work where they live in compromised conditions throughout their lives with limited opportunities for social security, higher education or employment outside the streets. With few avenues for upward mobility, they are sequestered in hostile environments characterized by rejection, fear and exploitation.

As sex workers with no legal protections, they are at greater risk of violence and sexual and substance abuse, and are less able to protect their health. In fact, eighty percent of trans homicides worldwide occur in Latin America. Without legal protections or recognition, many cases of violence and death in Peru go undocumented, leaving these human rights violations invisible. Continue reading Danielle Villasana: A Light Inside

2015 Inge Morath Award Announced

2015 Inge Morath Award Winner Announced

The Inge Morath Foundation and The Magnum Foundation are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Inge Morath Award. Each June, the winner of the Inge Morath Award is selected by the membership of Magnum Photos during the annual Magnum meeting. The Award of $5,000 is given by the Magnum Foundation, in cooperation with the IM Foundation, to a woman photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. The recipient of the 2015 Inge Morath Award is Danielle Villasana (US), for her proposal “A Light Inside”. The finalist for the IM Award is Sofia Valiente (US), for her proposal “Miracle Village”.

Born in Texas, Danielle Villasana double-majored in photojournalism and Spanish at the University of Texas, graduating in 2013. In 2014, she co-founded Everyday Latin America on Instagram, which forms part of The Everyday Projects, a movement founded by Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill to combat stereotypes in traditional media. She is an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop, and was an attendee at the 2015 New York Portfolio Review. She is currently based out of Lima, Peru.

For her proposed project for the Inge Morath Award, Villasana writes: “In Peru, a country with a highly machismo, conservative, religious and transphobic culture, transgender women are extremely marginalized and discriminated by society. Persecution begins early at home and school, causing them to abandon their families and studies.” A Light Inside aims to combat stereotypes of transgender women as hyper-sexualized objects, and explores the complexities of gender identity, pain and rejection.

Villasana will use the Inge Morath Award to create more stills and collect interviews for transgender education and community engagement collaborations. “I believe it’s important to work with them not only so that their voices are included but also as a way to empower them through self expression” Villasana writes. Via a low cost pop-up outdoor exhibit in Lima, transwomen will also have an opportunity to speak to majority of Limeños, who may not be able to purchase a book, have access to a gallery or internet. Sofia Valiente is a US photographer, whose “Miracle Village” documents the lives of 12 individuals in a community in South Florida, home to over 150 sex offenders. “Everything in the village is transparent: everyone knows the worst of each other” writes Valiente. Founded five years ago by a Christian ministry, the village seeks to help individuals that have no place to go when they leave prison. The proposals of Danielle Villasana, Sofia Valiente, and selected other applicants will be presented in IM Magazine during 2015/16, launching in September ’15. A total of 81 submissions were presented to the Magnum Foundation, prepared by the Inge Morath Foundation, who also participated in the selection. The winner was selected by the members of Magnum Photos on July 16th, 2015 following the annual Magnum meeting.

Inge Morath – Masquerades at Danziger Gallery


Inge Morath – Masquerades & Enoc Perez – Cut Shapes May 7 – June 13, 2015

Danziger Gallery is pleased to present a two-person show of photographs by Inge Morath and photo collages by Enoc Perez. Created half a century apart, both works share a sense of humor, an interest in concealment, and a delight in cutting and making shapes out of paper.

Inge Morath (1923 – 2002) and artist Saul Steinberg (1914 – 1999) engaged in a unique collaboration by having friends and acquaintances don his paper bags drawn with fantastic faces and then posing them for her photographs. In a delightful series of individual and group portraits taken from 1959 to 1963 the images convey both humor and an unnerving psychological depth. We may not know who is beneath each bag, but we seem to know the type they are playing. Between Morath’s deadpan style and Steinberg’s flights of fantasy they created a veritable encyclopedia of attitudes, postures, and mannerisms. Continue reading Inge Morath – Masquerades at Danziger Gallery