© Estelle Hissler
“I have seen her fern-colored eyes open mornings on a world where the beating of hope’s great wings is scarcely distinct from the other sounds which are those of terror and, upon such a world, I had yet seen eyes do nothing but close.” - André BRETON (Nadja)
Roger BALLEN takes us on a journey through 25 years of his work documenting the marginalised rural communities of South Africa (more videos on the right).
Marco VERNASCHI. Untitled, from the series The Secret Garden (work in progress), 2011
Wendy MARIJNISSEN. A woman’s toes dip into a pool of her own of blood during a miscarriage in Qatar Hospital. Karachi, Pakistan 2010
Pakistan loses one women every 30 minutes to preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth, while about 3,000 cases of obstetric fistula occur each year in the country. One in every eleven children born in Pakistan dies before his or her fifth birthday. It’s estimated that around 52% of women in Pakistan give birth at home, usually without skilled or trained birth attendants. Heartbreakingly, most of the deaths and complications surrounding childbirth are treatable. Young women die because they have no access to sufficiently equipped medical facilities, or because the traditional midwife (dai) doesn’t refer the women in time to the hospitals when complications arise and a caesarean section is needed. In a place where poverty is rife, most families can’t afford the medicine or care they require.
Bob BLACK. Loomings Upon An Horizon
Yannick CORMIER / TRIKAYA PHOTOS. Ganesh baba was seen as very holy man, an incarnation of the elephant god Ganesha. Haridwar, Kumbh Mela, 2010
Derek HUDSON. Exode serie
“Immediately following the end of the war in the Gulf, Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard went on to persecute the Kurdish population in northern Iraq forcing them to flee their homelands. Gathering all the belongings they could carry they fled en masse across the ice covered mountains that separate Iraq from Turkey. Exhausted from the trek on foot many of the thousands died from acute sickness. Those that survived ended up in a barren no man’s land near the town of Isikveren where they camped as best they could while awaiting aid from NGO’s. These photographs depict their plight.”
Rosa VERHOEVE. Salto Vitale
Jessica HINES. My Brother’s War