St Brieuc Photoreporter

Moldovan twins. "We like everything the same, we share the same dreams and love to watch Korean movies together. Five years ago we lost our older sister, we grieve for her and miss her, but now she is our guarding angel". Karina and Michaela Dumitrashuk don't see any future in Moldova. They share the same dream of a better life in Italy. This is from my latest project in Moldova on assignment for Festival Photoreporter in cooperation with World Press Photo.  On Thursday I will be on my way to St Brieuc for the yearly Photoreporter Festival in St Brieuc. The Moldovan twins is one of 16 images that I will exhibit at the festival, together with 9 other great photojournalists. Each photographer will share their own individual stories from all over the world. 

Moldovan twins. "We like everything the same, we share the same dreams and love to watch Korean movies together. Five years ago we lost our older sister, we grieve for her and miss her, but now she is our guarding angel". Karina and Michaela Dumitrashuk don't see any future in Moldova. They share the same dream of a better life in Italy. This is from my latest project in Moldova on assignment for Festival Photoreporter in cooperation with World Press Photo. 

On Thursday I will be on my way to St Brieuc for the yearly Photoreporter Festival in St Brieuc. The Moldovan twins is one of 16 images that I will exhibit at the festival, together with 9 other great photojournalists. Each photographer will share their own individual stories from all over the world. 

St Brieuc Photoreporter Festival 2015

I´m honored to be one of the photographers selected to exhibit at the St Brieuc Photoreporter Festival later this year. So far renowned photographers like Carla Kogelman (South Africa), Arianna Sanesi (Italy), Kieran Dodds (GB), Majid Saeedi (Iran) and Ruth Macdowall (NZ) are among the selected photojournalists.

I received a grant from St Brieuc in collaboration with World Press Photo to continue my photographic journey in Moldova. The project "Silent Land" will be a monumental journey of silent portraits through a forgotten corner of Europe. I will document children sleeping in the fields guarding the crops and travel along the Dnietsr river that separates Moldova from Transnistria. In addition to the frozen conflict that characterizes the area around the Dnietsr river, Dniestr is also a haven for the Moldovans, a place were you go on vacation and young people party in the summer. I will work on the project in July, and hopefully I will blog and instagram when I have access to wifi.

 

Amsterdam and World Press Photo 15

World Press Photo Award days

L-R: Darcy Padilla, Ben C. Solomon, Glenna Gordon, Malin Fezehai, me and Turi Calafato Photo: Tim Matsui

L-R: Darcy Padilla, Ben C. Solomon, Glenna Gordon, Malin Fezehai, me and Turi Calafato Photo: Tim Matsui

photo: world press photo

photo: world press photo

Photo: Lars Dareberg

Photo: Lars Dareberg

Being in Amsterdam for the World Press Photo Award was really inspiring but also overwhelming. Each photographer had 10 minutes to present their excellent work and all photographers were deeply versed into their topics. Really strong and important stories were told along with working conditions. Photographers and the audience were sometimes crying and sometimes laughing. 

Seeing all this important work made me forget that photojournalism is in crisis. It brings back hope to photojournalism and the impact it has on life. The final speech at the award ceremony by Mads Nissen was eloquent and truly  inspiring, read his speech on World Press Photo website.

Except from long days of lectures, there was also time for networking and some really good fun with amazing people.