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Alfredo Bosco is a freelance photographer and contributor to Luz Photo Agency in Milan. Social issues and geopolitical crises are the main focus of his work. In 2010 he reported on Haiti’s earthquake and the cholera outbreak that fol- lowed for the NGO Francesca Rava-NPH Italia, in 2015 he covered criminality and everyday life in Caracas, in 2016 Kyrgyzstan’s heroin racket and in 2017 the Nuit Debout and Justice pour Theo demonstrations in Paris. From 2011 to 2014 he was also contributor to SGP photo agency in Milan working for commercial clients and major fashion labels. Since 2014 he has been working on a long-term project on the civil war in Donbass, Eastern Ukraine. He was awarded the 2011 Fnac TPW Mention for his reportage on Tashkent’s local youth under Karimov’s dictatorship and in 2015 he was selected by Lensculture as one of the world's top 50 emerging talents. He was co-founder and editor of MiCiAp (MilanoCittàAperta), an online journal of urban photography. His works have been published by Italian, French and British magazines.
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Alfredo Bosco

Donbass: No Man's Land


Since 2014 a civil war has torn the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine. On one side pro-Russian separatist forces have formed the unrecognised republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, while on the other, the Ukrainian government has employed its National Guard and paramilitary troops. Regardless of the great human cost, the desire to create the vast, independent and Russian state of Novorossia, an immense geo-political project whose boundaries would stretch from Donbass to Odessa, continues, even though for the past three years expansion hasn’t gone beyond Donetsk, where the cease-fire ruled by the Minsk protocol is violated by both divisions. From an important industrial area of steel plants and coal mines, Donbass has become a vast desolate battlefield. A no man’s land between two enemy lines, between East and West.
Benjamin Filarski is a French/Polish photographer (b.1993) distributed by Hans Lucas since 2015, based in Paris. He studied sociology and political sciences at Paris 8 University. While studying, he started to cover international news such as the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 (1st place at the Grand Prix Paris Match du photoreportage étudiant) and the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 (finalist for the same photo contest). After having completed his bachelor degree, he is henceforth working as an independent photojournalist, both in France and abroad, on social issues and spot news. Nowadays he gives most of his time to long term projects focusing on integration of young Syrian refugees in Germany and labor migration of Nepali youth. Beyond photography as such, Benjamin is above all animated by the subject he is going to address. The fixed image is the best means through which he will be able to witness the human condition by capturing fragments of human life and telling their story.
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Benjamin Filarski

Lallubhai compound


During the last fifteen years, dozen of resettlement colonies have been built around Mumbai as real estate developers buy lands of Mumbai slum areas to upgrade the city center and push the Indian authorities to displace the poor in the outskirts. Lallubhai compound is one of the largest. These 65 low-rise buildings damaged by mould due to low-grade construction materials came out of the ground in 2004. There, almost 8000 families living in dreadful conditions were packed in this new built vertical slum. A decade later, the main concern of the population is still the same: lack of running water, poor education, unemployment and overcrowding. For the population, the so called ”slum rehabilitation” planned by the government is a real nightmare. The slums of yesterday in the center of Mumbai became the ghettos of today in the suburbs.
Christian Werner is a freelance multimedia/photojournalist based in Boitzum, Germany. Chris, born in 1987, studied from 2009 to 2014 photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Hanover. He works as a freelance photojournalist and published his photos and stories, among others, in Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post and many more. From 2012 -2016 Christian Werner was represented by the German reportage agency laif. In late 2016 Chris is represented by Zeitenspiegel. His photographic focus is the processing of social injustice, conflicts and geopolitical issues. His work has been awarded several times and frequently exhibited internationally. In 2015 Chris participated at the World Press Joop Swart Mastercalss in Amsterdam. 2016 Chris has been chosen in the 30 under 30 Europe Forbes List in the Media category. In late summer 2016 he begins working with MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). Chris worked in various countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America.
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Christian Werner

Road to Ruin


Rubble and Delusion A Journey Through Assad's Syria With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country's second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible in the country? A journey through the dictator's rump state.
Born and raised in Germany, I am working as a freelance photojournalist and photo editor out of my hometown Hamburg. In the past 20 years I have gained expert knowledge in the field of photojournalism, working as an executive photo editor in Hamburg and Los Angeles. I am also a member of the Photojournalists Committee of Experts at the German Federation of Journalists (DJV, Deutscher Journalisten Verband). My travel documentaries have brought me to many destinations outside of Europe and the US such as Fiji, Vanuatu and China, where I was honoured with the 'Humanity Photo Award' in the category 'Portrait & Costume' by the China Folklore Photographic Association and UNESCO. Thanks to Humanitarian Projects and work for different NGOs, I have been able to visit many African countries to explore the beauty of Africa's culture and also visually confront the viewer abroad with the social issues of this continent. Many international print magazines such as London Times, People Magazine, GEO Germany, GEO Spain, GEO Russia, Bunte, Stern, View or Bauer Media Group as well as online outlets from all around the world such as Spiegel.de, New York Post, Daily Mail, Paris Match Afrique and many more have published my stories and documentaries.
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Christina Czybik

Life after Ebola


Small glimpses of daily life in the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone, show the daily struggle of people to survive in a society that is recovering from the Ebola virus that hit the country and it's neighbours in 2014. There is this blur in the picture that just won’t focus clearly on the person in between all the noise of a chaotic and overcrowded place, that is drowning in plastic trash. ”Ebola stops with you” is written on many walls around Freetown. Awareness and education about hygiene and cultural handling with the deceased is key to stop this epidemic. Without YOU there is no US. Everything is on the move in the Slums, everybody is trying to go somewhere, trying to sell something, trying to make a living. Some are leaving their businesses behind, abandoning their hope for a better future to become a number in a statistic as an economic migrant.
Fabian Ritter was born 1992 in Offenbach am Main, Germany. Growing up between a franconian small town, austrian mountains and german „No-Go Areas“, he is interested in artistic and documentary approaches to photography. Fabian studies photography at Fachhochschule Dortmund since Autumn 2014 and is about to finish his Bachelor Degree this year. In his documentary work, he focuses mostly on social issues and tensions while he has a wide range of topics in more artistic approaches to photography.
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Fabian Ritter

Tamera Healing Biotope


Tamera – a place, a community, a concrete utopia. Fabian visited the community, that after struggles in Germany, found a new home in the south of Portugal since 1995 . Over 170 inhabitants live here constantly – on the search for free love, worldpeace and a life in harmony with nature. Many of the inhabitants have german roots and live in the community for more than half of their lives. Some are even born in the settlement and don’t have a too big experience with life outside of Tamera. The „Tamerians“ themselves call this special place ”healing biotope”.
Federico Vespignani is an Italian photographer born and raised in Venice. He studied visual arts at IED in Rome, Upon graduation, he begun working as a freelance photographer for editorial and corporate clients. His latest works resolve about the relationship between the individual and his fear, mainly in Central America and Mexico. He participated at the XXX Eddie Adams Workshop in 2017. He is also a recipient of the Reporter Day by Il Giornale for developing a long-term project in Central America.
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Federico Vespignani

Blue Echoes


“It might happen, but you’ll never know when. I came to understand this when my brother never came back. On that day, I made peace with fear.” So says Reyes Cosio Rosas, a shark hunter from El Sargento, a small fishing village in Baja, California. Every night he faces the dark waters of the Sea of Cortez for a living. Due to this overfishing in the Sea of Cortez, the community of shark fishermen—or “Tiburoneros”—from El Sargento were forced to migrate to the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula more than ten years ago. This means that they spend most of their lives away from their families on abandoned islands, which are little more than outposts at the edge of the world. Blue Echoes follows the relationship between these men and the powerful (and dangerous) nature that surrounds them. They are guests in this capricious, aquatic environment; what keeps you alive can also kill you.
Giulio Di Sturco is an Italian photographer based between London and Bangkok, with over 15 years of experience working internationally as a professional photographer; he currently works primarily throughout Asia and Africa. Twice the first prize winner of the World Press Photo Awards, Sony World Photo Awards and the British Journal of Photography among other awards and recognitions. Giulio continues to push the boundaries of documentary photography by constantly refining his aesthetic and expanding his visual vocabulary through new and old mediums. Much of his personal work focuses on human adversity in climates of environmental and technological evolution.
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Giulio Di Sturco

More than a woman


Thailand has long been a strong hold for medical tourism in Asia, cashing in over $4 billion every year from patients from all over the world who come to seek treatment from leading specialists and doctors offering experimental and new procedures on the forefront of science and medicine. In cutting edge hospitals patients take advantage of new medical technologies in the lap of luxury where the comforts of Thai hospitality beckon them. Thailand is also blooming in a niche market fast becoming a leading gender-reassignment destination for many transgender people from all corners of the world. From small back end clinics to grand hospitals that look more like 5 star hotels, gender-affirming procedures are available to everyone on any budget. They say in Thailand, it is not about wanting to become beautiful it is a matter of saving someone’s life.
Irakli Dzneladze was born on November 11, 1986, in Batumi, Georgia. After finishing the local theological gymnasium, he entered Rerich School of Arts, Fine art faculty in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. It was a place, where he had been interested in photography and journalism for the first time. Irakli's got profession of artist-restorer and returned to Batumi in 2004. He had been studying journalism at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University for 4 years. Since then photography became an integral part of his life. In 2012-2013 participated in the program Eurodyssee in Paris. For the one year, he had been working in the sphere of documentary photography. Irakli had seven personal exhibitions and more than 20 group exhibitions. He is the author of the projects: “Historical photo: inhabitants of Batumi”, "Door". Also, Irakli Dzneladze is the Artists' Club F/11 founder in Georgia. One of the founders and manager of the Contemporary art space Batumi. Since 2014 he co-organized Photo-festival Odessa // Batumi Photo Days.
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Irakli Dzneladze

Tragedy in the hotel Leogrand


A five-star hotel Leogrand was opened on June 7, 2015. 35 million USD was invested in the hotel. On November 24, 2017 at 8 p.m. the fire broke out in the hotel. Fire brigades were fighting with the fire for 4 hours. According to official information, 11 people died, among them 10 citizens of Georgia and 1 citizen of Iran. 21 were hospitalized. The victims all died from inhaling fumes at the 22-storey Leogrand Hotel and casino. More than 100 people were evacuated from the hotel by emergency services. Until nowadays no one is punished. Every victims family was given $50 000. Hotel Leogrand was sold and will be open under the new name this Spring.