Charlotte Schmitz wins the First FotoEvidence W Award for her work La Puente
Photographer Charlotte Schmitz is the winner of the First FotoEvidence W Award for a personal project from a woman photographer for her work La Puente about women in one of the largest brothel in Ecuador. La Puente will be published in a book by FotoEvidence.
Schmitz describes her project as participatory photography. Working with Polaroids, Schmitz engages the women she photographs in selecting their own images and then working on the images with nail polish, both to provide anonymity and to enhance or decorate the photographs as they wished. In this process, the usual depiction of prostitutes, through a man’s lens and the male gaze, is shattered, as the women manipulate their photographs to create beautiful and provocative images that reflect their own sense of identity.
Honorable mentions where awarded to: Hannah Kozak for her work He Trew the Last Punch Too Hard and Stacy Kranitz for her work Fulcrum of Malise.
Read her interview with Charlotte Schmitz at FotoWitness to hear the whole story of the project.
by Patrick Brown
receipent of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the crackdown in Rakhine State, Burma, “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. There is nothing clean about Ethnic cleansing – up close and on the ground, it’s murder, it’s rape, it’s people being slaughtered in the most systematic and barbaric way. It’s people. While euphemisms and diplomatic language can obscure the true horror inflicted by oppressive regimes, photography cuts through all the cold clinical terminology. Through photographs we’re forced to confront the cruel reality of what ethnic cleansing really looks like.
Almas Khatun, 40, survived the massacre at her Tula Toli village in Myanmar. She says a soldier held her arms behind her back and forced her to watch as other soldiers killed her seven children, her husband and two brothers. She came alone to Bangladesh.
14 December 2017
Photo: Patrick Brown © 2019 Panos/UNICEF
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"Most of my male friends went to La Puente. Sometimes maybe just to look at women, but they went. And this was probably the point, when I realized that girls and women are not as free as boys and men in our societies, but also in developing our own sexualities. Since childhood I had a keen sense of justice, and fighting for more equality, diversity and justice has become essential in every of my works and is my personal motivation to be an artist. La Puente is very much connected to my time in Ecuador, as an 18-year old girl, but also now as a woman, aspiring for change to a more equal society.." Photo: Maria Fritz
Read to interview here.
FotoEvidenceNo Place on Earth by Patrick Brown
Since 2017, photographer Patrick Brown has documented the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and one of the most rapid human outflows in recent history. Risking death at sea or on foot, more than 700,000 Rohingya fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine State of Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh. Arriving at the makeshift camps, most refugees reported harrowingly consistent stories of murder and rape, all of which testify to a deliberate campaign of eradication. “No Place On Earth” provides an intimate portrait of the survivors of the recent persecution and their bleak conditions in overcrowded refugee camps.
Order the book here.
World Press Photo
Photojournalist Patrick Brown and human rights activist Mathew Smith, with photographers Mikael Owunna and Mario Cruz at the FotoEvidence presentation at World Press Photo in Amsterdam, April 13, 2019.
The book “No Place On Earth"
by 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo winner Patrick Brown about the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar was released at the festival.
The discussion focused on the ethics of photographing during a humanitarian crisis and the way in which photographers can challenge oppression and champion human rights.