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Brooklynn Kascel makes visual stories about family, relationship, and conflicts of expression and repression in midwestern culture. She is devoted to documenting those in proximity; focusing on the repetition and familiarity of the human condition. Brooklynn grew up in Marion, Iowa and received BFA degrees in Journalism and Sociology from the University of Iowa. She began her photography career with the Daily Iowan in Iowa City, Iowa. Upon graduation, Brooklynn worked as an assistant for Danny Wilcox Frazier of VII Photo. Her work has been published with the Daily Iowan, the Associated Collegiate Press, BURN Magazine, Les Rencontres de la photographie and exhibited by The Midwest Center for Photography, Photo Workshop New York/Spazio Labo and the Missouri Photo Workshop. She continues to document intimate dialogues existing in the Upper Midwest and beyond.
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Brooklynn Kascel

Anywhere But Here


Born and raised in Mountain Grove, Missouri, along with 60% of the town’s residents, Shawn Lane said he would rather live anywhere but here. Despite the lack of opportunity for employment in his field and activities for a younger generation, the 28-year-old Army Veteran is putting his dreams on hold to raise his two young daughters, Claudia and Natalie. Upon his return from Iraq, where he served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic in the 112th Signal Battalion Special Operations Airborne, he established himself in Texas to pursue a career working on power lines. When his partner’s struggle with addiction began to impact family life, Shawn relocated to his hometown to support his children and provide for them. In a town with an average age of 42, where poverty rates and reports of violent crime reflect higher than the national average, Shawn remains determined to build a future for his family.
Daria Garnik was born in 1986 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In 2009 she graduated from the Ural State University with a bachelor's degree in Art Criticism. Arter she works as photo editor in local media. Since 2013 Daria has been working as a freelance photographer. In 2016 she became a student of Docdocdoc - School of contemporary photography in Saint-Petersburg. In her works Daria is interested in the phenomenon of human memory and memory and changes of the surrounding landscape. Currently she is based in Minsk, Belarus.
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Daria Garnik

Gagarin


The life of Yuri Gagarin, the first person to make a space flight, made him a cult figure in the Soviet mythology. The conquest of outer space was not only a priority of the domestic policy by the USSR, but also an object of rivalry with the United States during the Cold War. The rapid development of science and success in the space race gave the Soviet citizens a reason to be proud of their country and confidence in its greatness. And the figure of Gagarin, born in an ordinary family from the Russian heartland, served as an indisputable proof that ”everything is possible” for a Soviet man. The growth of Gagarin's life history into the space and urban memory of Gagarin-city gives this place a surrealistic vibe of frozen time and nostalgia of the great past.
Daro Sulakauri is a Georgian photojournalist based in Tbilisi. Her work chronicles the social and political issues in Caucasus. She Graduated from the ICP in 2006, where she was awarded the John and Mary Phillips Scholarship and ICP Director's Fund for her work on anti-war movement in New York. Upon completing her studies, she returned to the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia to document a hidden narrative of the Chechen conflict in an outpost of refugees. The project won second place in the Magnum Foundation's Young Photographer in the Caucasus award in 2009. Sulakauri was also awarded first prize for her story on Early Marriages by LensCulture, EU prize for journalism and Human Right House in London. She was included in a list of 30 under 30 Women Photographers and Photo District News' 30 emerging photographers to watch. She is a participant of World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass 2017 and 2018 Reuters Photojournalism grantee. As of 2018, Sulakauri is a official Canon Ambassador. Her work can be seen in publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic, der Spiegel, Forbes Magazine, Reporters without borders, GEO Magazine and other.
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Daro Sulakauri

House Divided


What does it feel like when you are living on the edge, to be perpetually on the edge of losing, say, a part of your house? How about waking up to find that your house is divided by territorial lines, with your living room still in your own country, but your kitchen now residing within enemy-occupied territory? Inhabitants of South Ossetian villages must prepare for this reality, while other are already experiencing this as their new reality. Following a brief war in 2008, Georgia lost another portion of its territory to Russian occupation, in which South Ossetia became a de facto ‘breakaway’ region. Since those conflicts occurred, occupying Russian forces continue to play psychological games with nearby Georgian citizens, including this phenomenon of ‘creeping borders,’ which change without notice and little-to-no attention from the international community.
David Verberckt is an independent reportage photographer currently living in Budapest, Hungary. He has studied photography at “le 75” in Brussels, and afterwards pursued studies in International Development at Bioforce in France. After exhibiting his first documentary reportages in the early nineties, David has turned to the aid agencies and has spent twenty years working worldwide in humanitarian emergency and development with Médecins Sans Frontières and the EU. In early 2013, David left the ordinary offices to devote his professional career fully to photography. He is keeping his photographic work close to people, their destinies, hence David’s reportages portray peculiarities of an often deprived civil society affected by latent, bygone or current conflict. David has since been working on several projects and exhibited his work at numerous festivals and programmes worldwide, mainly relating to social documentary issues. Recently, he is working on subjects depicting and documenting statelessness and struggle of Rohingya.
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David Verberckt

Serving the Unseen - the Edhi foundation


The Edhi Foundation, Karachi, is a large organizational set-up running a wide range of social services in Pakistan by guiding and supporting the most deprived through hardships of life. It is providing free shelter and care for mental health patients, destitute, drug addicts, orphans and abandoned children in neglected areas. There are several hundred thousands of drug addicts in Karachi where a dose of heroin is easily available, affordable and often cheaper than a meal. The opium from which the heroin is made is grown in neighbouring Afghanistan along the border areas. Edhi does a remarkable job in providing support through their homes to the most vulnerable with very limited resources. Unfortunately the needs are so immense in terms of mental health care and addiction rehabilitation that larger multi disciplinary involvement is essential.
2004: VG Bild Stipendium für "1000 Bhopals" 2005: Berufung in die DFA (Deutsche Fotografische Akademie) 2007: World Press Photo 3. Preis Sport Feature Series (Fussball-Fans bei der WM 2006) 2010: VG Bild Stipendium für das Foto-Project "Hard Work" 2011: Hasselblad Award Semi-Finalist Shortlisted für DZ Bank Preis 2012: Deutscher Preis für Wissenschaftsfotografie 1. Preis Reportage 2015: VG Bild Stipendium für da Fotoprojekt "Auroville I Das letzte Utopia" 2017: Kolga Tbilisi Photo: 1. Preis Conceptual Photography "The Last Utopia" Robert-Bosch Stiftung: Grenzgänger Stipendium 2019: Rückblende 2018, Preis für politische Fotografie: 1. Preis Serie "Der Kampf um den Forst"
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David Klammer

A Life in Trees I Climate Activists in the Hambach Forest


Since 2012 the Hambach Forest is occupied by climate activists, who protect the forest from clearing by living in treehouses, that are build upto 28 meters high. Next to the Hambach Forest is a big browncoal open mine, run by RWE corp., that is digging away the forest, but now had to stop due to the occupation and a judgement to stop the clearing. Regulary the treehouses get evicted and destroyed, but the activists keep coming back.
Elena Khovanskaya is a documentary photographer from St. Petersburg, Russia. Elena has studied scenography at St. Petersburg’s Theatre Academy and worked several years at various places in Russia, Poland as well as Germany. In 2016-2018, she received training at the School of Modern Photography “Docdocdoc” on the programme of “Documentary Photography and Photojournalism”. Publications in Lenta.ru, Russia beyond the headlines, Humanistischer Pressedienst (hpd), Bird In Flight. Vestnik Evropy, The calvert journal, Zapovednik, Russian Life Magazine, REGNUM. Elena lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
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Elena Khovanskaya

Daughter and father


At the beginning of the 20th century, the statement about the benefits of sports practices and training for women was a cause of controversy and resistance. Today, despite the popularization of martial arts among women, in the modern world there is still a common stereotype that ”Women and combat sports are incompatible.” Sambo, boxing, karate are for men. Women should keep being women, so there are more ”appropriate” sports for them. ”Daughter and father” is a portrait series of young athletes involved in various martial arts and combat sports. Participants of the project are not selected due to the same age group and sports achievements. What unites them is that they all train under their fathers. The project was created in sports facilities where fathers and daughters train. Each family is a unique world of the relationship between a coach and an athlete, mutual understanding and trust between daughter and father. Life in sports is not only about physical education, it is also about inner self-development. A lot of the participants have already experienced a critical period, accompanied by the process of maturation. What role does a father-coach play in shaping the character, achieving the desired outcomes, the freedom of choice of his daughter-athlete? There’s an opinion in society that mothers play a much greater role in raising daughters than fathers. Scientists express a different assumption in this regard. In most cases, it is the emotional bond between daughter and father that forms the girl's concept of masculinity and femininity and affects her outlook as an adult, her self-esteem and the ability of self-realization.
Fausto Podavini was born in Rome, where he currently lives and works. He began his photographic journey first as an assistant and studio photographer, to approach gradually to photo-reportage. Podavini has also been part of MIFAV Tor Vergata University, where got to know and been in contact with many photographers. After abandoning studio photography to devote himself exclusively to reportage, he then embarked himself as a freelance, working with various non-profit organization for the realization of reports in Italy, Peru, Kenya and Ethiopia, where he currently is pursuing some personal photo projects. In 2009 he began a collaboration with the Collective WSP, joined permanently in 2010, where, in addition to work as a photographer in collective projects, he works as a professor of Photojournalism. In addition to his various reports in Africa, South America and India, Podavini has carried out important work on the Italian territory such as a report on sport for disabled, a report in a juvenile prison and a work on Alzheimer's disease, with whom he won the Daily Life section of the World Press Photo 2013. His works have won international awards such as The World Press Photo in 2013 and 2018, Il Poy in 2016 and 2018, Sony, Yves Rocher Grant and have been published in the most important international magazines such as 6Mois, LeVie / LeMonde, GEO ES, Stern, Internzainale, Donna Moderna, Nathional Geographic, Days Japan and has exhibited in major cities such as New York, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome.
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Fausto Podavini

AND I WILL MAKE THE RIVERS DRY


Lake Turkana has been declared ”World Heritage in Danger” by UNESCO. This was decided by the United Nations World Heritage Committee during the recent congress in Manama, Bahrain 2018. The Turkana Lake, is the biggest permanent lake in a desert landscape, and it’s also the biggest alkaline lake in the whole world. As it’s a closed dock, all the water that flows into it evaporates due to the high temperatures present in the area. The Turkana County, where the lake is located, it’s one of the poorest of Kenya. In the last decades, data from the Kenyan government show a clear tendency to increase the average temperatures in the whole Country and in the County of Turkana. It’s in this context that the Turkana population had to look for alternatives to live: first shepherds, over the years, had to adapt to become fishermen.
Felix Kleymann, born 1984 in Recklinghausen, Germany. He completed his studies in communication-design with focus on photography in 2013 at the 'Fachhochschule Dortmund'. In his diploma thesis he dealt with the pacification process "Pacificação" in Rio de Janeiro. After graduation, he returned to photography after a break and accompanied refugees from Syria to Germany in his series "Escaping Death". As a freelance photographer he deals with topics around the globe.
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Felix Kleymann

Improving Reality


For years, in focus of the world press, Qatar proves itelf as a Gallic village for its neighbors. Allegations of a 'bought' decision of the Football World Cup 2022 or the support of Terrorist groups leave the emirate cold. Also the imposed sanctions of the Gulf Cooperation Council only let the country shine in new strength. The richest country in the world, measured by GDP (about $ 130,000), is investing intelligently, with the Agenda 2030 it wants to free itself from the dependence of gas and gas Oil revenues. Billions are being invested in health care and education. Does all that serve pure pleasure or persecutes the emirate a strict plan to establish itself as a 'global player'? In his photographic documentary ”Qatar - Improving Reality” the photographer Felix Kleymann travels the world 11.000km2 small country and shows the splits between tradition and present.