Lampedusa

Massimo Mastrorillo

2014-07-23

"Far is this island from the sea, a far sea"

"Far is this island from the sea, a far sea"

Gaza

Gabriele Micalizzi / Cesura

2014-07-23

Reportage from Gaza strip, July 2014 by Gabriele Micalizzi / Cesura

Reportage from Gaza strip, July 2014 by Gabriele Micalizzi / Cesura

Ost Berlin, 25 years later

Calogero Russo

2014-07-23

A reportage in EAST BERLIN 25 years after the fall of the wall by Calogero Russo

A reportage in EAST BERLIN 25 years after the fall of the wall by Calogero Russo<br />

Ukraine

Andy Rocchelli / Cesura

2014-07-23

The last images founded in the cameras of Andy Rocchelli before his tragic death, while he was documenting the war in Ukraine in particular the life in the bunkers.

The last images founded in the cameras of Andy Rocchelli before his tragic death, while he was documenting the war in Ukraine in particular the life in the bunkers.<br />

Stormy Riders: Jockey Kids in Indonesia

Romi Perbawa

2014-06-26

Stormy Riders: Jockey Kids in Indonesia

Without any fear, children aged 5-9 race on horseback at up to 80km per hour. In Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, a horseback racing tradition involves child jockeys. The talent for horseback racing is passed on from generation to generation. Children learn to let go of their fear, even with the very real risk of falling, becoming maimed, or dying during the race. The races have been held at the end of the rice-harvesting season ever...

Stormy Riders: Jockey Kids in Indonesia<br />
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Without any fear, children aged 5-9 race on horseback at up to 80km per hour. In Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, a horseback racing tradition involves child jockeys. The talent for horseback racing is passed on from generation to generation. Children learn to let go of their fear, even with the very real risk of falling, becoming maimed, or dying during the race. The races have been held at the end of the rice-harvesting season ever since anyone can remember. The local government and parents consider this tradition an important part of their culture, which must be preserved. Even with all the risks and dangers involved, no one cares for the safety of these child jockeys. Not even standard safety horse riding gear is provided. They didn&rsquo;t seem to have any worries, just kids enjoying their world Besides safety, there are other concerns for the welfare of these children. Preparation and training for the horse riding races interferes with their education. Each year there are at least ten horse races. Each racing event takes at least ten days. This adds up, and every year these child jockeys are missing 100 days of school. No one views the situation as exploitation of children. The children are paid a small fee for each race of around Rp 20,000 to 50,000 rupiah (two to five USD). But the real money involved is from the betting at each race, which is not monitored or banned by the authorities. The people who live in Sumbawa Island have a horse culture - and use them to transport, children learn to ride at the age of 5 years-old. They have known these horses since they were young and just like friends. Almost all of the families here have horses, but they are not always kept in their homes. The local government of Sumbawa Island provides a large area on the slopes of Mount Tambora for the horses. It is given for free, no need to pay rent for the land and there is no tax on horses. There are thousands of wild horses released by their owners on the slopes. Indonesia photographer, Romi Perbawa dedicates his time during the four years from 2010 &ndash; 2014 to document the event. &quot;These kids are considered heroes, but they are also people who loser,&quot; said Romi Perbawa. &quot;Being a Jockey for the children is also seeking money to help their families economically,&quot; he said. For this project, Romi Perbawa will launch a photography book entitled &quot;Stormy Riders&quot; in mid-May 2014 in Indonesia. He will also be showing off pictures of his in a solo exhibition at ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism - Jakarta. &ldquo; I will continue this ongoing project, I want to document the lives of these kids until they mature later and have a child who will be his successor,&quot; said Romi Perbawa. Photograph by Romi Perbawa

Richness in Sao Paulo

Alessandro Sala / Cesura

2014-06-26

Richness in Sao Paulo. Reportage by ALessandro Sala / Cesura just before the starting of the World Soccer Champiuonship

Richness in Sao Paulo. Reportage by ALessandro Sala /&nbsp;Cesura just before the starting of the World Soccer Champiuonship<br />

“Without Borders”

Guido Gazzilli

2014-06-26

“Without Borders”

Lampedusa is the most Southern Italian island. It is very small, just 6.300 inhabitants. Today the island is one of the most important gate of access to Europe for immigrants coming from the African continent. First time I came to Lampedusa, 3 years ago, I documented the arrival of 20.000 immigrants escaping from their homeland thorn apart by war and riots. What really hit me during my stay was the reaction of locals while they were assisting at...

&ldquo;Without Borders&rdquo;<br />
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Lampedusa is the most Southern Italian island. It is very small, just 6.300 inhabitants. Today the island is one of the most important gate of access to Europe for immigrants coming from the African continent.  First time I came to Lampedusa, 3 years ago, I documented the arrival of 20.000 immigrants escaping from their homeland thorn apart by war and riots.   What really hit me during my stay was the reaction of locals while they were assisting at this invasion. These people,  during the  past 20 years, have been welcoming  desperate human beings in search for a better life with solidarity and silence.  Lampedusa inhabitants are a small community that showed me great respect for human dignity and how it is possible to pursue  pacific cohabitation.  These islanders are simple people, with souls deep as their sea, that fronted the desperation of the immigrants not with fear, but with an helping hand.  That's why Lampedusa has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Price, a fair recognition of their long time effort . So many stories should be told, stories of hope, stories of love, most of them truly tragic.  This time my focus was on on islanders and on Lampedusa as a border territory. The following images are the diary of the people I met during these years, places I visited, houses I entered and of what Lampedusa  and its inhabitants mean to me.  This work is my small contribution to give back to people who has been giving so much for years without nothing in exchange.  This documentary project aims to investigate human connections- without borders. The living conditions of the people of Lampedusa are unique, making them an incomparable subject for such a study.

ORDINARY PEOPLE: HIV in Indonesia

Adhi Kusumo / Panjalu Images

2014-06-26

ORDINARY PEOPLE: HIV/AIDS in Indonesia

ORDINARY PEOPLE is a series of portrait about people who live and work normally in our society. There is only one thing that makes them different from common people; they are HIV/AIDS positives. This is a photo project about the importance of identity for everyone, including people with HIV/AIDS. Identity may be defined as the distinctive characteristic belonging to any given individual, and the face is one of the most personal identity and...

ORDINARY PEOPLE: HIV/AIDS in Indonesia<br />
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ORDINARY PEOPLE is a series of portrait about people who live and work normally in our society. There is only one thing that makes them different from common people; they are HIV/AIDS positives. This is a photo project about the importance of identity for everyone, including people with HIV/AIDS. Identity may be defined as the distinctive characteristic belonging to any given individual, and the face is one of the most personal identity and important for someone in social life. Our face mounted on ID card as proof of identity that we become a part of social life and state. The face is also a marker for people to get to know us as friends, neighbors, or family. But in this photo project, I cover up my subject's face, to reinforce my message that is very important of the face as a personal identity, so it can be have negative effects for people with HIV/AIDS, if they disclose and declaring their status as a HIV/AIDS positive. They will be imposed social sanction and estranged from the society. According of the sociologist Erving Goffman (1963), popular images of people with HIV/AIDS often invoke a 'triple stigma' : the biological mark of illness, the 'blemish of individual character', and the 'tribal stigma' of being associated with groups already 'assumed to be particularly prone to infection' (homosexuals, drug users, and prostitutes). In a developing country such as Indonesia which still upholds religion and norm, people living with HIV/AIDS are estranged from their own neighborhood. Many people to react with fear and have a negative stigma towards anyone who tests positive. People also have the thoughts that people living with HIV/AIDS are useless, weak, and they just wait for their death. I picked some anonymous photo subjects of people with HIV/AIDS from various backgrounds for my photo project. That is to show that anyone can be infected with HIV/AIDS now. The latest fact shows that the spread of HIV/AIDS nowadays is more difficult to be detected, since it is not only occurred among sex workers, homosexuals, or IDU (Injection Drug Users), but also has approached into ordinary people in society and to the nearest people among us. I make a portrait about people with HIV/AIDS without the face, but still bringing the character of each subject. I closed their faces to cover their identities with their personal belongings which are identical with their characters and stories, so my subject could tell they stories fearless and the audience don&rsquo;t have to know who they really are in the picture. Photo and Text: Adhi Kusumo Adhi Kusumo is photographer based in Indonesia. His work represented by Panjalu Images.