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Emerging Photographer Fund – 2012 Runner up

 

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EPF 2012 Finalist

 

Simona Ghizzoni

Afterdark. Consequences of War on Women in the Gaza Strip.

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I reached the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the first time in 2010, on assignement with a friend journalist, to document the condition of palestinian women in the Gaza Strip. At that time, we had the access to the Gaza Strip denied by the Israeli Government. To me it was a big surprise, so I decided to spend a couple of months in Jerusalem and the West Bank in order to see and understand more of the social and political situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories. That was the beginning of my long-term project about the consequences of war on women’s lives, Afterdark.
A few months later I got the permission to enter the Gaza Strip, where I stayed as a whole around three months, documenting the aftermath of Cast Lead Operation (ended in 2009) and the life of women in the extremely complex contest of the Strip.
Women in Gaza suffer of a double pressure: the isolation from the outside world imposed by Israeli blockade, with all the economical, physical and psychological consequences, and, on the other hand, the worsening of  women’s human rights conditions under Hamas government, heading towards an effective gender separation.
Through the stories of the women I met, I am trying to understand what actually happens when a military operation is declared a success, how is the return to normality of life, and which normality can be actually restored, in order to avoid to forget the real human toll of any war.
The funding of this project would help me return to the Gaza Strip on a regular basis for the next year, since I’m planning to follow up with the stories of five of the women I met on my first trip, all of them suffering both physically and psychologically from the traumas they experienced during the war. It would also allow me to start the production of a short documentary about their everyday lives in Gaza, related to the development of the social and political situation in the Strip.

 

Bio

Simona Ghizzoni was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1977.
She studied with Giorgia Fiorio in  Reflexions Masterclass and attended the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.
In 2006  she tied for first prize at the FNAC photo contest, with the work “Scars”, an essay on Sarajevo ten years after the end of the war.
From 2006 to 2010 she worked on the project “Odd Days”, about Eating Disoders.
Awarded with  the 3rd  prize single portrait at World Press Photo 2008 and PHotoEspaña Ojodepez Award for Human Values in 2009.
Since 2010 she began a long term project about the consequences of war on women’s lives, working on  Iraqi refugees in Jordan, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and in Western Sahara, thanks to The Aftermath Project.
With the project “Afterdark”, about the condition of female victims of Cast Lead operation in the Gaza Strip, she was awarded with the 3rd  prize Contemporary Isssues at World Press Photo 2012.

 

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First off, just a little piece of news…I’m happy to announce that I’m now part of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent. Reportage by Getty Images is an agency I greatly admire with some of the top names in our industry, such as Eugene Richards, Shaul Schwarz, and Tom Stoddart, as well as plenty of other great photographers,  and I’m proud to be associated with them through the Emerging Talent.  Big thanks to Patrick Di Nola and Aidan Sullivan for making this happen.  You can see my work on the Reportage site here.

To the updates…

New features from National Geographic Magazine’s upcoming May issue…Jonas Bendiksen follows his April 2010  NGM feature, Tibetan Plateau, about melting glaciers with an essay on Bangladeshis adapting to rising sea levels…

Features and Essays – Jonas Bendiksen: Bangladesh (NGM: May 2011) Adapting to rising sea levels

Also from NGM…

Features and Essays – NGM (various photographers): Yosemite Climbing (NGM: May 2011) A new generation of superclimbers is pushing the limits in Yosemite.

And this…not really my kinda thing usually, but enjoyed this, especially slide 5…

Features and Essays – Abelardo Morell:  Camera Obscura (NGM: May 2011)

Dominic Nahr’s Japan work done on an assignment for TIME magazine, now on Magnum Photos… The photos look better on the Magnum site to me for some reason than they did on Lightbox…eventhough they are smaller…weird…maybe it’s the grey background which makes them pop out…

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: The Wave (Magnum: April 2011) The Wave documents the local populations within tsunami landscape in Japan

Stunning work…

Features and Essays – Ed Ou: In Libya, ‘Life Goes On in Its Own Way’ (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Quality…

Features and Essays - Robert Nickelsberg: Parris Island Marines (Reportage by Getty Images: April 2011)

Great stories…

Articles / Features and Essays – Guardian: The photographic collection of John G Morris (Guardian: April 2011)

Photo: Pieter Hugo

Articles / Interviews – Guardian: Under South Africa’s skin: contemporary photography at V&A – audio slideshow (Guardian: April 2011) South African photographers Jodi Bieber, Pieter Hugo and Graeme Williams discuss their work, which features in a vibrant new exhibition at the V&A, Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography

Features and Essays - Richard Barnes: Photos of a New Kazakhstan (New Yorker Photo Booth: April 2011)

Features and Essays – David Guttenfelder: Conveying the Sadness in Japan’s Stoicism (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Features and Essays – David Guttenfelder: Japan Earthquake Abandoned Community (Oregonlive.com: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jake Price: One month after the tsunami (BBC: April 2011)

Hipsta feature on Newsweek…

Features and Essays - Teru Kuwayama: Inside Francis Fukuyama’s Mind and Home (Newsweek: April 2011)

Also from Newsweek…

Features and Essays - Michael Zumstein: Ivory Coast Civil War: On the Streets (Newsweek: April 2011)

Ben Lowy’s hipstas from Libya were featured on PDN Photo of they Day…

Features and Essays – Ben Lowy: Libya (PDN Photo of the day: April 2011) iPhone photos

Features and Essays - Franco Pagetti: The Rebels (VII Magazine: April 2011) Libya

Also from VII Magazine…multimedia… The Cult of Gaddafi by Christopher Morris

Angelos Tzortzinis got in touch..He has updated his website with recent work from Libya.

Panos Pictures have Tom Pilston’s The Sunday Times Magazine 13 March 2011 cover feature about Al Jazeera on their website…

Features and Essays - Tom Pilston: Qatar’s Calling (Panos: April 2011) The rise of Al Jazeera

Features and Essays – Andew McConnell: The Faces and Voices of Western Sahara (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Bryan Denton seems to in Libya for NYT at the moment, but I noticed WSJ DoP Jack Van Antwerp tweet a link to this Aghanistan feature by Bryan from early April…

Features and Essays – Bryan Denton: Marines Rally Around Friend (WSJ: April 2011) Afghanistan

Features and Essays - Kendrick Brinson: Amortality (TIME: April 2011) TIME commissioned Kendrick Brinson to visit Cenegenics, an age management practice in Las Vegas, and spend the weekend with residents in retirement communities Sun City, AZ and Sun City Shadow Hills, CA .

Features and Essays - Joel Meyerowitz: Wild City: NYC’s Surprising Parks (Life.com: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Peter Power: The trials of Nunavut: Lament for an Arctic nation (Globe and Mail: April 2011) Article | Power’s website

Features and Essays - Gregg Segal: Why They Fight: Civil War Re-enactors and the Battle over Historic Sites (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Gerd Ludwig: Chernobyl Tourism (Institute: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Hin Chua: Ephemeral Paradise, in Medium Format (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Kael Alford: After the BP spill (FT: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Susan Falzone: The Life And Death Of A Connecticut Community (NPR Picture Show: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Julie Turkewitz: In Mississippi, Scarred But Strong (Housingworks.org: 2011) For people living with HIV in Mississippi, the stigma surrounding the disease is often more frightening than the disease itself.

Features and Essays – Quinn Mattingly: Ben San Leprosy Center, Vietnam (Photographer’s website: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jim Lo Scalzo: Salton Sea (NYT Lens: April 2011)

David Alan Harvey interviews Alec Soth on Burn Magazine…

InterviewsAlec Soth (burn: April 2011)

“You don’t understand. This is history. I have to photograph it now. Later is too late.” – Lynsey Addario

Interviews - Lynsey Addario : Back From the Brink (American Society of Cinematographers Blog: April 2011)

Interviews – Dan Winters part 1 | part 2 | part 3 (A Photo Editor: April 2011)

Two photographers who went to Fukushima….

Interviews –  Athit Perawongmetha documents the ghost town left behind by the nuclear crisis in Japan. What he found was a “time stop.” (CNN: April 2011)

InterviewsDonald Weber :  Images from the ‘exclusion zone’ surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plan (Globe and Mail: April 2011)

InterviewsAndrea Morales (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Nuru Project are organising an auction to benefit Japan quake communities

FundraisingWa Photography Auction (Nuru Project: April 2011) :  Auction featured on TIME Lightbox : Auction page on FB

InterviewsJoe Raedle : Captured photographer to UM students: You must have passion to tell the story (Miami Herald: April 2011)

InterviewsMarvi Lacar (Ny1.com: April 2011)

Articles – PDN: Miroslav Tichy, Subversive Photographer and Voyeur, Dies at 84 (PDN: April 2011)

Crowd funding – Emphas.is: $50K pledged, 2 projects funded in Emphas.is’ first month (Emphas.is: April 2011)

Articles – TIME: Emphas.is Crowdfunding for Photojournalists: From the Series Photojournalism at the Crossroads (TIME LB: April 2011)

GrantsGetty Images to offer $100,000 in editorial grants

AwardsCanon/AFJ Female Photojournalist Award

AwardsThe Emerging Photographer Bursary Award (for UK residents)

Articles – BJP: Matt Cardy, a Getty Images photographer, has won Photographer of the Year at the 2010 Press Awards (BJP: April 2011)

Articles – PDN: Aftermath Project Announces Winners of Special Grant (PDN: April 2011)

Features and Essays/ Exhibitions – FT: The Rolling Stones in pictures (FT: April 2011) An exhibition of photographs, ‘The Rolling Stones Come to NW3’ is at the Zebra One Gallery, 1 Perrins Court, London NW3, May 1-14

Articles / Exhibitions – Guardian: Kander’s camera: the work of Nadav Kander (Guardian: April 2011) As a major exhibition of his work opens at The Lowry, Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, introduces some of Nadav Kander’s most breathtaking images

The Guardian Guide, which is a little A5 size Saturday supplement to the newspaper, about current exhibitions; theatre, cinema, and TV listings, mentioned National Media Museum’s show The Lives of Great Photographers, which “aims to tell the life stories of some of the most renowned photographers of all time” (read it here)…one of the photographers featured is Weegee, and they even printed a photo of him taken by Richard Sadler…I found it fascinating, as I had never seen how Weegee looked like…

Agencies - NOOR April 2011 newsletter

Articles – Salon: How I almost lost my marriage in a war zone (Salon: April 2011)

Articles – Neiman Lab: Photoshop, journalism, and forensics: Why skepticism may be the best filter for photojournalism (Neiman Lab: April 2011)

Articles - David Campbell: Thinking Images v.14: Looking for agents not victims in Congo (DC blog: April 2011)

Exhibitions – Call for submissions : Open Show London : April 30 : Somerset House, Strand

Events / TalksSelf Publishing and Visual Storytelling with Photographers Zed Nelson, Simon Norfolk and Rob Hornstra : London : May 14-15 (Institute U)

Events – Roof Unit : Simon Roberts talk : May 25 : London

Is there anybody, who hasn’t written about Vivian Maier?

Articles- Telegraph: Vivian Maier: the nanny with a flair for photography (Telegraph: April 2011) To those who knew her, Vivian Maier was a loving if eccentric nanny. But now this mysterious Mary Poppins figure has been exposed as a photographic great

ServicesRobin Bell Photographic Printer : London

GalleriesLucy Bell : UK

Anastasia Taylor-Lind has updated her website with new stories, portraits and tearsheets… check it out…

PhotographersAnastasia Taylor-Lind

PhotographersKurt Wilberding

PhotographersCaroline Edge

PhotographersClayton Hauck

BlogsCity Visual

Interviews - Cheryl Newman on Editing (Professional Magazine: 2009)

Telegraph on Saturday Magazine DoP @cherylnewman1 is now on Twitter….One of her first tweets was about Naomi Harris (@mapledipped) and her website… Had  to check it out… Safe to say, Harris’ website looks nothing like any other photographer’s…None that I have seen anyway…You have to go and see it yourself…I’ll post here the front page… Hopefully she doesn’t mind…

PhotographersNaomi Harris 

@foto8 and @simoncroberts tweeted a link to the below Antonio Olmos photo printed in Guardian Eyewitness the other day…Compelling photograph indeed…

Blogs – Guardian Eyewitness: Antonio Olmos: Paying Tribute (Guardian: April 2011) Olmos’ website

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BROKEN APART
BROKEN APART: People walked on a destroyed road in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday. Heavy rains caused a hilltop to collapse in a poor neighborhood of the Bolivian capital Sunday, cracking roads, destroying at least 400 homes and burying people’s belongings under mud and debris. (David Mercado/Reuters)

ON GADHAFI
ON GADHAFI: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday. She said Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his allies have ‘lost the legitimacy to govern’ by reportedly executing soldiers who refused to turn their guns on civilians. (Valentin Flauraud/Reuters)

YEMEN UPHEAVAL
YEMEN UPHEAVAL: Protesters demanded the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen, Monday. Mr. Saleh’s offer to form a unity government with opponents who want him out of office—provided protests against him stop—was swiftly rejected. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

CALLING OUT
CALLING OUT: A Bahraini Shi’ite woman shouted antigovernment slogans at the gate of Parliament in the Bahraini capital, Manama, Monday. Antigovernment protesters temporarily blocked access to the building and amassed outside the state-owned broadcaster. (Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters)

HARD AT WORK
HARD AT WORK: Children took the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education examination in Calcutta, India, Monday. Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presented a budget Monday for the fiscal year starting April 1, 2011, and announced a 24% increase in funding for education. (Bikas Das/Associated Press)

NOT HOME
NOT HOME: African migrants stood outside an immigration center in Valletta, Malta, Monday. (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)

TAKING A REST
TAKING A REST: Mohammad Hanif, 80, held his two-year-old grandson, Wasif, as he sat on a railway line near their home in a Karachi, Pakistan, slum. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

DOWN TO THE RIVER
DOWN TO THE RIVER: One of the Chilean miners rescued from last year’s mine collapse was baptized in the Jordan River at the Yardenit baptism site in northern Israel Monday. Israel’s tourism ministry sponsored the eight-day trip. (Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press)

SECOND PLACE
SECOND PLACE: Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland sat on the snow after placing second in the women’s 10-kilometer individual cross-country skiing competition at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Oslo, Norway, Monday. (Patrick Seeger/DPA/Zuma Press)

PARADE TRAGEDY
PARADE TRAGEDY: Mourners attended the funeral Monday of 16 people killed during a parade in Bandeira do Sul in southeastern Brazil. The victims were electrocuted when a power line fell atop a packed pre-Carnival street parade Sunday, police said. (Zuma Press)

CROPPING UP
CROPPING UP: A farmer checked wheat seedlings in a snow-covered field in Chenzhuang village in China’s Shandong Province Monday. Widespread rain and snow in northern China over the weekend brought relief to drought-stricken wheat-producing areas in China, official media said. (Zhang Zhenxiang/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

TAKING SHELTER
TAKING SHELTER: Smoke rose from the chimneys of tents at a refugee camp during a snowstorm in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. (Musadeq Sadeq/Associated Press)

DESTROYING DESTROYERS
DESTROYING DESTROYERS: A man looked at land mines waiting to disposed of near the Western Sahara village of Tifariti Monday. (Arturo Rodriguez/Associated Press)

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