For Iranian Fathers & Daughters, photographer Nafise Motlaq enters the homes of families in Iran, capturing the diverse bonds that tie young women and their dads. Her own relationship with her father changed when he fell into a coma while she was living in Malaysia. After he recovered from a life-threatening illness, Motlaq explains that the two of them became closer, and on her first trip back to Iran in over seven years, she was inspired to seek out other father-daughter pairings that defied the stereotypes she encountered abroad.
Given the brief time she had to execute the project, Motlaq chose to keep it strikingly simple. She met her subjects through a network of friends and family and photographed them in intimate household settings, allowing the daughter’s words about her father to serve as the caption for each image. Like all father-daughter relationships, each is colored by its own ambiguous joys and frustrations, connections and strains.
Residents of the “Tower of David,” a building in Caracas, Venezuela, that was abandoned during its construction and became a makeshift home for several thousand people. (Photos by Alejandro Cegarra)
Over the next several weeks we will be profiling this year’s new Reportage Emerging Talent roster. The first is Alejandro Cegarra, from Caracas, Venezuela. Alejandro originally took up photography as a hobby while studying publicity at Alejandro de Humboldt University in Caracas. After working for a year at an advertising agency, he quit to pursue photography as a fulltime profession. He has worked for Venezuela’s largest newspaper, Ultimas Noticias, as well as freelanced in his country for the Associated Press. Earlier this year, he was recognized in Magnum Photo Agency’s 30 Under 30 contest and was the first-prize winner of the Ian Parry scholarship. We asked Alejandro a few questions about his work and burgeoning career as a photographer.
Q) Your winning portfolio for the Ian Parry Scholarship was a story about Caracas’ Torre de David, an unfinished skyscraper that was turned into a makeshift community of squatters. Where did they predominantly come from, and what is life like for the families who live there?
A) In 2007, around 2000 people moved into the building: many were families with no place to live; others arrived because they were tired of the insecurity where they lived, etc. Mostly, the people who live in the tower come from the slums of Caracas, which form a ring of poverty around the city. Life in the tower is not easy: you have water one day per week; if you live in the high floors, you have to carry everything on your shoulders (beds, refrigerators, furniture). The garbage system is to throw everything out the window. They have problems with plumbing and other basic services. Also, they are prone to fall into the void [a large shaft in the center of the tower]. The tower has a lot of places that are dangerous to walk near. Two days ago, a pipe fell from one of the higher floors and hit a kid in the head. The kid later died.
Q) The fate of the building’s residents remains unclear. What is the most likely future for the building and its occupants?
A) The government has started moving out the squatters to new houses outside Caracas. They are going by their own will and mostly they are happy with the new apartments. Meanwhile, other inhabitants do not want to leave Caracas, and want new apartments in the city. I expect that, by the end of the year, the tower will be empty.
Read the rest of the interview on Getty Images’ Stories & Trends blog.
In French they say ‘l’argent n’a pas d’odeur’ (money has no odour)… Really?
Six villagers from Oral and Thnong in Kompong Speu province whose lives were heavily impacted by the 8,343-hectare sugar cane plantation Phnom Penh Sugar, owned by ruling party Senator Ly Yong Phat, which was financed with a loan by ANZ Royal Bank, demonstrated in front of the bank’s main office. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were prevented by the police from leaving their province to join the demonstration in the capital.
UPDATE: Some 100 villagers finally managed to join the 6 protesting in front of the bank. I added 9 more photographs…
See also THIS, at a time when it was not clear yet that this village was involved in the same issues as Oral.
Last year marked the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, a notable and significant battle in the American Civil War. Some 10,000 individuals participated in the official Gettysburg Battle Re-enactment, the annual event where men and women dress up as opposing sides to recreate the fateful day. Re-enactment is a strangely prolific hobby, the many participants taking their role quite seriously as they pretend to be soldiers in horrific battles from long ago. Photographer Eliot Dudik captures these volunteer actors as they lie sprawled out upon the battlefield, feigning death to honor the dead in Still Lives.
I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.
You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.
Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.
A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.
On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.
So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.
As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.
Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.
First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.
Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.
You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.
I had no idea :(
I literally just saw this one the news but they werent too big on explaining why people are protesting, just talking about how big the protests were and stuff..
PLEASE SPREAD THIS LIKE WILD FIRE
Shit happened to Ferguson is happening in Hong Kong right now!
Students were just protesting peacefully for genuine democracy around Admiralty and Central, yet the police forced used pepper spray, tear gas and violence to disperse the crowd. According to the protesters, the police even raided a first aid booth with pepper spray.
George Clooney, flanked by his wife Amal Alamuddin, waves from a water-taxi after leaving the city hall in Venice, Italy –– A man showing symptoms of Ebola waits to be granted entrance at a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia –– A calm and tranquil North Sea laps against the art installation, “The Couple” by artist Sean Henery just off the coast at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, in north east England –– Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attends a wreath laying ceremony at the monument for the victims of the Nazi massacre in Babiy Yar, Kiev –– A Pakistani man pushes his son to go and play with a goat displayed for sale in preparation for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice”, on a roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan… are just a few of the photos of the day for September 29, 2014.
(Photos by AP Photo/Luigi Costantini, AP Photo/Jerome Delay, AP Photo/PA, Owen Humphreys, EPA/Roman Pilipey AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
"Since the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China, the semi-autonomous city has operated under a "one country, two systems" formula, allowing a limited democracy. In August, the Chinese government announced plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong’s 2017 elections, virtually assuring only pro-Beijing politicians would be on the ballots. Student groups and pro-democracy supporters have taken to the streets in recent days to protest the limitations and to demand universal suffrage. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have occupied Hong Kong’s Central District, bringing parts of the city to a standstill. The protests are one of the largest political challenges to Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Chinese officials have scolded protesters and warned against any foreign interference."