by Charlotte Scmitz
recipent of the 2019 FotoEvidence W Award.
"When I ﬁrst heard of La Puente, I was 18 years old and living in Machala, banana plantations, a bridge, a compound on the right side, a dusty road leading to it, and suddenly a traﬃc jam. Surprised, I asked surprised for its reason, here outside of the city. "It’s our brothel, the biggest in the province,” answered my male friends laughing. Ever since, I was wondering how the world within the brothel would be. Ten years later, I visited La Puente for the ﬁrst time. Since then, hundreds of Polaroids, interviews and videos were made. I was given bed sheets by the women, which became part of the work and exhibitions. They are the only personal items in the rooms of La Puente, breaking its monotony."
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There are projects that come from you, and others that you are looking for. Omo Change is part of this second case. I was in Ethiopia for another job, when I learned about the construction of the dam on the Omo river. I started to read up and study about it. The more I studied, the more I realized that this was a story that had to be told.
FotoEvidenceLa Puente by Charlotte Scmitz
La Puente is the winner of the 2019 FotoEvidence W Award, given to a woman photographer for a personal project. The project was selected to be published as a book from over 50 entries by an international jury of women photogrpahers and photo editers. The stunning photographs in La Puente were made in a large brothel in Ecuador where over 150 women work.
Each book cover is painted by the photographer with nail polish and becomes a unique piece. In book signings the colors and nails can be chosen individually by the acquirer. The hard cover feels very soft due to its foam under the carefully chosen white gold metallic paper. Titles and names on the cover are Charlotte Schmitz’ personal handwriting, connecting to her notes inside the book, which once were handwritten in La Puente, and now are accompanying the photographs throughout the book.
The edges of the 500 books were painted personally by the photographer with nail polish throughout several days at the printshop.
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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.