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Events celebrating and protesting LGBT rights took place in many parts of the world in the last several months. Pride parades were met with violence or intimidation in Russia, Georgia, and Albania while other places saw wild street parties. Three million people celebrated on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, often considered the biggest Pride event in the world. Activists in Uganda and Chile sought to change laws, while in the United States Barack Obama became the first American president to endorse same-sex marriage. Gathered here are pictures from events related to gay rights issues, LGBT Pride celebrations, and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. -- Lane Turner (39 photos total)
Mark Wilson carries a rainbow flag during San Francisco's 42nd annual gay pride parade on June 24, 2012. Organizers said more than 200 floats, vehicles and groups of marchers took part in the parade. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

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Based in Nantes, France, the street theatre company Royal de Luxe performs around the world, primarily using gigantic, elaborate marionettes to tell stories that take place over several days and wind through entire cities. Puppeteers maneuver the huge marionettes -- some as tall as 12 meters (40 ft) -- through streets, parks, and waterways, performing their story along the way. Gathered here are images of several recent Royal de Luxe performances, from Belgium, Mexico, Germany, Chile, and England. [38 photos]

A giant marionette, operated by performers, walks in Berlin, Germany, on October 2, 2009. The French marionette street theatre company Royal de Luxe gave open air performances around the Day of German Unity in Berlin. The artists used the giant puppets to tell the story of separation and recovery to commemorate the fall of Berlin Wall 20 years earlier. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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Since October 14, more than 6,000 athletes have been participating in the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The athletes, who hail from 42 nations in North and South America, are competing in traditional categories such as diving, fencing, and wrestling, but there are also newer sports on the program, including roller skating, BMX biking, and waterskiing. Collected here is a small set of images from the past two weeks in Guadalajara. The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday. [50 photos]

Fireworks light up the Omnilife Stadium during opening ceremonies for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 14, 2011.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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An Occupy Oakland protester spraypaints the side of a building during a march on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Except for a couple incidents of graffiti and minor confrontations with police officers, the protesters, who numbered about 1000, remained lawful. Relatives of an earthquake victim are led away from ruins by a Policeman, [...]

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Two Red Deer stags ‘rut’ in the early morning mist in Richmond Park on October 15, 2011 in London, England. Autumn sees the start of the ‘Rutting’ season where the large Red Deer stags can be heard roaring and barking in an attempt to attract females known as bucks. The larger males can also be [...]

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FLOATING ALONG
FLOATING ALONG: A man floated in water as sandbags protected a section of Pathum Thani Province, Thailand, Thursday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Thailand is in crisis as the government struggles to cope with the worst floods in half a century. (Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF
SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF: Ariel Hsing of the U.S. competed in a table tennis match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

OPEN WIDE
OPEN WIDE: A new recruit of the Indian paramilitary Border Security Force participated in a ceremony on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Thursday. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

BRIDGE DWELLERS
BRIDGE DWELLERS: A boy checked on food being cooked as his family and neighbors waited in a makeshift home built under a busy bridge in Parañaque, Philippines, Thursday. (John Javellana/Reuters)

MAN ON FIRE
MAN ON FIRE: Police assisted a colleague who was attacked with a molotov cocktail in Athens Thursday. At least one protester died and dozens of people were injured during anti-austerity demonstrations. Despite the unrest, Greek Parliament approved legislation enacting new austerity measures. (Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press)

IN A BOG
IN A BOG: Workers harvested cranberries at a state farm in the village of Selishche, near Minsk, Belarus, Thursday. (Viktor Drachev/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SHOE MANIA
SHOE MANIA: A cobbler fixed the sole of a shoe in a shop in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)

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FLOATING ALONG
FLOATING ALONG: A man floated in water as sandbags protected a section of Pathum Thani Province, Thailand, Thursday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Thailand is in crisis as the government struggles to cope with the worst floods in half a century. (Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF
SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF: Ariel Hsing of the U.S. competed in a table tennis match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

OPEN WIDE
OPEN WIDE: A new recruit of the Indian paramilitary Border Security Force participated in a ceremony on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Thursday. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

BRIDGE DWELLERS
BRIDGE DWELLERS: A boy checked on food being cooked as his family and neighbors waited in a makeshift home built under a busy bridge in Parañaque, Philippines, Thursday. (John Javellana/Reuters)

MAN ON FIRE
MAN ON FIRE: Police assisted a colleague who was attacked with a molotov cocktail in Athens Thursday. At least one protester died and dozens of people were injured during anti-austerity demonstrations. Despite the unrest, Greek Parliament approved legislation enacting new austerity measures. (Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press)

IN A BOG
IN A BOG: Workers harvested cranberries at a state farm in the village of Selishche, near Minsk, Belarus, Thursday. (Viktor Drachev/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SHOE MANIA
SHOE MANIA: A cobbler fixed the sole of a shoe in a shop in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)

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Ana Galan

Viv(r)e la Vie!

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Viv(r)e la vie! is a photography series in process, consisting of photographs of couples in profile with a landscape of a countryside in the background, snapshots which evoke the Diptych of the Duchess and Duke of Urbino by Piero Della Francesca.

The concept depicts the two contrary principles, masculine and feminine, which are found in an embrace as a symbol of the partnership, the unit and belonging, the union of two planets which find themselves in the same line of gravitation. In this movement, we discover the meaning of life. As well in its coniferous landscapes, the series recreates the representation of the power of vital force, of immortality.

Viv(r)e la vie! consists of 15 photographs, of 15 couples which meet in order to dance every Sunday in a community center. This series pays homage to those people who continue to live in the moment.

I began the series Viv(r)e la Vie! in Guadalajara, Spain, with the idea of putting together a set of series of 15 couples in different cities around the world, between 1 and 5 series in each continent and subcontinent. Couples of a certain age, people barely seen socially, but who have not stopped living life fully and whose close relation is photographed in the Sunday outing dances of the community centers of their area.

The photographs give visibility to people which, for a certain time, have lacked such visibility. This series, at the same time, documents the cultural diversity that exists between different cities and countries. All of this is seen through the behaviors and gestures of the dancing couples, in the relationships between man and woman and in the roles assumed by each of them, they also narrate each selected territory.

The second series of Viv(r)e la Vie! was developed in the American city of Philadelphia from June 7 to 27, 2011 thanks to an artist residency I have been granted by the Philadelphia Arts Hotel.

Bio

Ana Galán was born in Madrid in 1969. After receiving her degree in Economics, she completed an International MBA, which entailed studying in three different cities: Oxford, Madrid and Paris. In the last two courses, she wrote a thesis addressing “Speculation in Plastic Art”.

Since 1993 she has combined her passion for photography with her profession, attending various courses and workshops in Paris and Madrid, such as EFTI’s Master of Fine Arts in Photography, and since then has participated in several collective exhibits and photography projects.

She works as the marketing director for a magazine in Madrid, and lives between Guadalajara and Paris.

 

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