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“For centuries, Cuba’s greatest resource has been its people,” writes Pico Iyer in an extended essay on the Caribbean nation in this week’s magazine. In the twilight of the Castro era, Cubans are finding that change brings both hope and anxiety.
To pair with Iyer’s tome, TIME called upon Danish photographer Joakim Eskildsen. Eskildsen, who previously photographed a large portfolio for TIME on the state of poverty in America, traveled to Cuba for ten days, photographing urban housing projects in Havana and rural settlements across the countryside. With the help of local journalist Abel Gonzalez Alayon, Eskildsen photographed tobacco plantations, roadside fruit vendors, migrant workers and beachfront resorts — capturing all in the vibrant saturation of medium-format color film.
“I immediately fell in awe with the complexity of this country,” says Eskildsen. “The more you learn about the situation and how people are living, the more difficult it becomes to understand. It was like learning to view the world form a Cuban angle that kept surprising and inspiring me.”
Abel Gonzalez Alayon is a journalist based in Cuba. Follow him on Twitter @abelcuba.
Photos from Washington, Chile, Iran and Afghanistan.
Photos from Afghanistan, Lebanon, Brazil and India.
Work seen at Photolucida
Pasab ©Dima Gavrysh
Dima Gavrysh just celebrated the birth of his first child, a wonderful milestone after years of focusing his lens on the difficult subject matter of war. He has approached this subject in a variety of mediums and produced a number of compelling series in collaboration with charitable organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. Dima has also been embedded with the US Army in Afghanistan numerous times creating projects such as Soldiers of Zerok and Inshallah (which went on to receive Top 50 honors in Critical Mass , 2010). The body of work that he brought to Photolucida was all captured in stunning black and white using a mobile phone. Dima has a remarkable ability to capture the tension and charged experience of war with an artist's eye.
Dima received his
MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in June 2012.
He obtained his first degree in Kiev, Ukraine in 2000 as a Director of
Photography in Motion Picture Imaging. For the past 12
years Dima has worked as a documentary photographer with major publications and
news agencies such as New York Times, Associated Press, and Bloomberg News. Dima was been the recipient of numerous awards and recently has a solo exhibition of this work at the Pictura Gallery. He is currently working on publishing his first book.
Inshallah (God willing in Arabic) is a project that explores the Soviet and American occupations of Afghanistan, and draws on my childhood fantasies that romanticize the military and intertwine with my past and present personal conflicts.
Zerok #1©Dima Gavrysh
Ambush ©Dima Gavrysh
I create a dark fairytale filled with my fears and dreams, based on my fascination with the army’s strength and order, set on the front lines of what has become America’s longest running war in history. Mesmerized by the complexity of the Afghan chaos, I strive to better comprehend my personal relationship to these wars: two empires, two mentalities, same battlefield, twelve years apart.
Finch ©Dima Gavrysh
IED ©Dima Gavrysh
Suicide Bomber ©Dima Gavrysh
Khost #3 ©Dima Gavrysh
Kandahar #2 ©Dima Gavrysh
Paktika #2©Dima Gavrysh
Kandahar #1 ©Dima Gavrysh
Zerok#2 ©Dima Gavrysh
BAF ©Dima Gavrysh
Emerging Photographer Fund – 2013 Recipient
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EPF 2013 Runner-up
Under the Skin. Photographs from Brzeska Street
The inhabitants of Warsaw consider Brzeska Street, the very core of North Praga, the most neglected and dangerous district in the city (in my opinion the greatest local problem is stigmatization of the people living in the area). I would like to present you portraits of the street’s residents, my neighbors, acquaintances, friends, people among whom I lived for so many years. The pictures taken in this place constitute the vast majority of my photographic work so far.
I only photograph people who I stay in close touch with. The pictures are a result of the long process where the release of the shutter is essentially an element of little meaning.
The protagonists of my photographs possess something unusual: they have faces. I could risk and state that today almost nobody shows their face and there are only a few people who still have them. The face disappears under layers of masks, which are adjusted to the roles that we are forced to play. We change our masks as easily as we change our identities. In public, we only present the image that we shape according to our needs. Our contacts stop being direct. Sometimes we communicate with each other but we are not able to encounter. I like thinking of my pictures as testimonies of the encounters and I count on them to convey a particle of the experience I took part in.
A graduate of the screenwriting course at the State Academy of Film, TV and Theatre in Lodz. Works as a screenwriter. The winner of prizes and awards on Polish and international photography competitions, among others: 2nd Prize at BZ WBK Press Foto 2006 (category: society), 1st Prize at ‘Warsaw Autumn of Photography’ 2007, 1st prize in the category of Photojournalism Non-Pro-People/Personality at PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2008 Photo Competition, 2nd prize at BZ WBK Press Foto 2010 (category: portrait), Stockholm Photography Week 2012 – The prize for the best portfolio.
For a few years he has been working on a photographical documentary project concerning the inhabitants of the area of Praga in Warsaw.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which concluded on June 15th, awarded its Cristal prize for feature to the Brazilian film, Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury. The festival’s Cristal for short film went to the NFB short Subconscious Password, a CG/pixilation effort by Oscar-winner Chris Landreth (Ryan).
The complete list of winners is below:
The Cristal for best feature
Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury
Directed by Luiz Bolognesi (Brazil)
The Cristal for best short
Directed by Chris Landreth (Canada)
The Cristal for best TV production
Room on the Broom
Directed by Jan Lachauer and Max Lang (Great Britain)
The Cristal for best commissioned film
Dumb Ways to Die
Directed by Julian Frost (Australia)
Feature Films: Special Distinction
My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill
Directed by Marc Boréal and Thibaut Chatel (France/Luxembourg)
Feature Films: Audience Award
Directed by Fernando Cortizo Rodriguez (Spain)
Short Films: Special Jury Award
Directed by Anna Budanova (Russia)
Short Films: Distinction for a first film
Directed by Paul Wenninger (Austria)
Short Films: Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a first film
Directed by Robbe Vervaeke (Belgium)
Short Films: Special Distinction
The Triangle Affair
Directed by Andres Tenusaar (Estonia)
Short Films: Sacem Award for original music
Directed by Rosto (The Netherlands)
Short Films: Junior Jury Award
Directed by Daniel Sousa (USA)
Short Films: Audience Award
Lettres de femmes
Directed by Augusto Zanovello (France)
TV: Special Award for a TV series
Tom & The Queen Bee
Directed by Andreas Hykade (Germany)
TV: Award for best TV special
Poppety in the Fall
Directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux (France)
Commissioned films: Special Jury Award
Benjamin Scheuer: “The Lion”
Directed by Peter Baynton (Great Britain)
Graduation Films: Award for best graduation film
Directed by Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi (Poland)
Graduation Films: Special Jury Award
I Am Tom Moody
Directed by Ainslie Henderson (Great Britain)
Graduation Films: Special Distinction
Directed by Matus Vizar (Slovakia)
Graduation Films: Junior Jury Award
Rabbit and Deer
Directed by Peter Vacz (Hungary)
Because I’m a Girl
Directed by Raj Yagnik, Mary Matheson, and Hamilton Shona (Great Britain)
Directed by Theodore Ushev (Canada)
Fipresci Special Distinction
Directed by Daniel Sousa (USA)
“CANAL+ creative aid” Award for a short film
Autour du lac
Directed by Carl Roosens and Noémie Marsily (Belgium)
Festivals Connexion Award – Région Rhône-Alpes with Lumières Numériques
Directed by Daniel Sousa (USA)
The Funniest Film according to the Annecy Public
KJFG No 5
Directed by Alexey Alekseev (Hungary)