Links, Photography

Photojournalism: “China: Undercurrents” by Ian Teh.

“Several times Ian Teh made a 1000 km road trip through small cities, major industrial sites and neighboring corners of the Chinese border between Russia and North Korea in order to create this photo-journalistic series entitled China: Undercurrents.” via My Modern Met

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“Stanley Greene worked in Jabal al-Zawiya in northwest Syria in March and in Aleppo in April. There he found a war that had pushed people almost beyond the limits of sanity. Civilians, including mothers and children, were forced into hiding, even inside tombs, hunting for scraps of food and targeted by snipers when they dared to emerge.

Others fled the country, with more certain to follow, Greene said. Over 2 million Syrians have already sought refuge in neighbouring states.”

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Interview and filming: Claudine Boeglin
Multimedia producer: Mariagrazia Petito Di Leo
Design: Ye Li

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Perttu Saksa: A Kind of You (2013)

Perttu Saksa: A Kind of You (2013)

“‘A Kind of You’ is a documentary work of an uncanny asian tradition, where monkeys are trained and dressed to act humanlike in order to ask money from the bypassers. Modern city culture has turned the old tradition in to eerie and haunting act of cruel street theatre where animals become something else, never able to reach our expectations.” - Perttu Saksa

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In this talk, Iwan Baan shows how communities all over the world, manage to adapt to their environment, come up with all sorts of solutions in response to their various needs, and create homes in an organic and intuitive way.

‘Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many of the great international architects, documenting their work and observing how their designs have the capacity to influence the cities in which they sit. [•••] But what I find really fascinating is what happens when architects and planners leave and these places become appropriated by people…’

‘In all these places I’ve talked about today, what I do find fascinating is that there’s really no such thing as normal, and it proves that people are able to adapt to any kind of situation.’

‘Today, you see these large residential development projects which offer cookie-cutter housing solutions to massive amounts of people. From China to Brazil, these projects attempt to provide as many houses as possible, but they’re completely generic and simply do not work as an answer to the individual needs of the people.’

- Iwan Baan.

Photography, Quotes

“If you want to be a photographer, particularly a photojournalist, you want to learn about the world. You want to learn about yourself. And you want to find things that you genuinely care about, because that will be the source of your greatest work.”

- Ed Kashi

Some wise words reported by Mélanie-Jane Frey. Thanks!

“If you want to be a photographer…

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Life, Photography, Quotes

“Never make your home in a place…

Leaving Paris V. © Ruoxiang Chau, all rights reserved.

Leaving Paris V.
© Ruoxiang Chau, all rights reserved.

“Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.”

- Tad Williams

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