The 2017 FotoEvidence Book Award Is Withdrawn

In 2017 the FotoEvidence Book Award was granted to photographer Poulomi Basu for her work, “Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile.”  After the award was granted and before the book was published, allegations of ethical misconduct on the part of the photographer came to our attention.  Our investigation of the allegations raised doubts about Basu’s account of an incident in question about her conduct during the creation of the work. We concluded that at least one of Basu’s captions contained misleading information.  In consultation with the 2017 jury, FotoEvidence chose to withdraw the 2017 award and halt the publication of the book.

This was a very difficult decision for everyone involved.  FotoEvidence still believes the project, “Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile” has significant value but, because of our commitment to the highest ethical standards in photojournalism, doubts about the validity of any part of the work compel us to abstain from publishing the book. 

Daniella Zalcman wins the Robert Kennedy Award for Photography-International
Daniella Zalcman wins the Robert Kennedy Award for Photography-International with her work "Signs of Your Identity". Last year , Daniella was was granted for the same work with the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award and "Signs of Your Identity" published in a book.

The book is available at Amazon and the FotoEvidence bookstore on line.


2017 FotoEvidence Book Award Jury
Nina Berman

Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, author and educator, whose photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 international venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Portland Art Museum, and Dublin Contemporary.  Her work has been recognized with awards/grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, (NYFA), the Open Society Foundation, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Hasselblad and the Aftermath Project.  She is the author of two monographs: Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, and   which examine the aftermath of war and the militarization of American life.  She is an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a member of the Amsterdam based NOOR photo collective. She lives in her hometown of New York City.

Elisabeth Biondi
Visuals Editor, The New Yorker, 1996-2011
Independent Curator, Writer and Teacher, New York

©Paul Hanna

Elisabeth Biondi was the Visuals Editor of The New Yorker for 15 years until she left in 2011 to work as an independent curator, writer, and teacher. She curated Subjective/Objective and Under the Bridge for the New York PhotoFestival 2011, and New Yorker Fiction/Real Photography at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. In the fall of 2011 her exhibition Beyond Words: Photography in the New Yorker was the season’s opening show at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. An expanded version traveled to the Ullens Center in Beijing in 2012. Her exhibition Widely Different: New York City Panoramas was on view at the Seaport Museum, New York in 2012. Most recently she curated LIFT Off at the Fridman Gallery in New York and REFUGEE is currently on view at the Annenberg Center for Photography in Los Angeles. She teaches at SVA Graduate School for Photography and related Media. Her column Portfolio is published in Photograph magazine. She was a juror for the World Press Photography Awards and the Sony World Photography Awards, in addition to numerous national and international photography juries and she participates in numerous portfolio reviews. She is one of the original founders of The Photography Master Retreat which takes place every year in the south of France. She also advises many up-and-coming photographers and edits their work.

Elisabeth Biondi joined The New Yorker in 1996, shortly after photography was introduced to the magazine. As Visuals Editor she helped shape the look of the publication by establishing a group of staff photographers, commissioning both masters and emerging talent. She built the magazine’s reputation for its use of photography, for which it received numerous awards, including two National Magazine Awards.
Born and educated in Germany, Elisabeth started working with photographers when Geo magazine, often described as a more contemporary and controversial version of National Geographic, launched in the US. The magazine won many awards for photography and design. Subsequently she moved to Vanity Fair, and as Director of Photography, focused on lively, witty portraiture – which became an important element of the magazine’s success. After seven years at Vanity Fair, Elisabeth returned to Germany to work for Stern, one of Germany’s largest newsweeklies. As head of the Photography Department, she explored the fast-paced world of news and reportage photography, and worked with celebrated photographers all around the world. In 1996, she then returned to New York to become Visuals Editor of The New Yorker.

James Colton

James K. Colton is Editor-at-Large at ZUMA Press and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He began his career in 1972 at the Associated Press. Five years later he joined Newsweek and became their Director of Photography before joining Sports Illustrated as their Photography Editor for 15 years. He was the Jury Chairman for the World Press Photo contest in 2005, received an International Photography Awards “Lucie” for Picture Editor of the Year in 2007, was the recipient of the “Focus” award for Lifetime Achievement by the Griffin Museum in 2010 and has been acknowledged as one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo.

Eli Reed

Reed with Magnum since 1983. Professor at University of Texas at Austin since 2005. Harvard Niemen Fellow at 1982/83. Worked for magazines such as National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Life, NY Times Sunday Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Vibe, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar GQ, Ford Foundations, Save The Children, UNICEF, and Doctors Without Borders, covering world news events since 1982.

Reed’s personal work include "Beirut, City of Regrets” 1988, “Black in America” 1997 (preface Gordon Parks), “I Grandi Fotografi Eli Reed” 2007, and award winning retrospective, “Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home” 2015, intro Paul Theroux included in three “Best Books of the Year,” venues.
Awards include W. Eugene Smith Grant 1992, Pulitzer Prize Finalist 1981, AP Mark Twain 1981, POY World Understanding 1983, Overseas Press Club 1983, Leica Medal of Excellence 1988, World Press Photo 1988, Kodak World Image for Fine Art Photography, film “Getting Out”, (Detroit gangs) honored by Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame International Independent Film and Video Competition 1996.

Reed is a Sony Global Imaging Ambassador. Has worked extensively in film industry. Films : A Beautiful Mind, Kansas City (Collaboration Robert Altman), Rosewood, The Jackal, One True Thing, Ghosts of Mississippi, 8 Mile, Two Weeks Notice, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and The Missing.
Lectured at Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway 2009, Lucie Foundation Award for Documentary Photography 2011, 2014 Huston-Tillitson University W.E.B. Dubois lecture, 2015 Visa Pour L’Image Festival Du Photoreportage in Perpignan, France, Schomburg Center in NYC ("Visually Speaking" series), and 2016 keynote speaker at annual National Geographic Magazine Photography Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Reed has judged major photographic competitions. Inaugural International board member of the POY International sponsored by Missouri School of Journalism. Member of the Afro American photo cooperative, Kamoinge.
Currently involved in various ongoing film production, lectures, writing and photography book projects.

Molly Roberts

Molly Roberts is currently a Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic Magazine, prior to that she was Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian Magazine. For the last 25 years, in magazines, newspapers, books, websites, and apps and on gallery walls, she has advocated for visual storytelling and promoted photography’s powerful ability to communicate effectively and to convey emotion. Working with photographers and images to create great impact that has the potential to stir ideas and opinions, is a life long passion.

John Stanmeyer

Photo: Rob Becker

John Stanmeyer is a humanist, photojournalist, Emmy nominated filmmaker and field recordist dedicated to social and political issues that define our times.

Over the last decade, John has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic magazine, producing over 14 stories for the magazine and resulting in 10 covers. Between 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, during which time he photographed
hundreds of stories for the magazine including the war in Afghanistan, the fight for independence in East Timor, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, and other significant world news events. His years with Time resulted in 18 covers of the magazine.

In January 2015, Stanmeyer joined National Geographic Creative, bringing his ten years of stories with National Geographic to the Society for representation.

Prior to joining National Geographic Creative, in 2001, he cofound with six of the world’s leading photojournalists the VII Photo agency. By 2005 VII was listed in third position in American Photo’s “100 Most Important People in Photography.” He remains a Distinguished Member and Emeritus with his historic archive of war and conflict at VII.

He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa award (Overseas Press Club), POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year (three times), and numerous World Press, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards. In 2008, his National Geographic cover story on global malaria received the National Magazine Award. In 2012 was nominated for an Emmy with the documentary film series, Starved for Attention and in 2014 was the recipient of the World Press Photo award for his photograph from Djibouti titled, Signal.

John has published a number of books including Island of the Spirits, a journalistic/anthropologic look at Balinese culture documented during the five years he lived on the island.

In 2013, John opened Stanmeyer Gallery & Shaker Dam Coffeehouse in West Stockbridge, Mass, combining photography and education around his passion for brilliant coffee, wrapping the two around ethically procured, human rights-based direct trade coffee with the socials issues represented in his photographs.

A lecturer and educator, Stanmeyer lives on a farm with many fireflies over summer, blanketed quietly in deep snow for pondering walks in winter, in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Svetlana Bachevanova- Publisher at FotoEvidence Press

Book launch of "Talibes Modern Day Slaves" by Mario Cruz in Lisbon attended by the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

October 1st at 18 p.m. at the FNAC Chiado bookstore, Lisbon.

In Lisbon, on October 1st, Mario Cruz will be releasing his new book "Talibes Modern Day Slaves, published by FotoEvidence. The work, which won recognition from World Press Photo and traveled around the world, is being used in public education brochures distributed by the government in Senegal, as it begins a campaign to register all daaras (koranic schools) and remove talibes from the streets of Dakar, in a direct response to Mario's photos and their international reception.

The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo da Sousa, will attend the book release, where noted journalist Fernando Alves will discuss the work.

The book is available in our bookstore on line.


Andrea Star Reese is a the recipient of the 9th Julia Cameron Award

Andrea Star Reese is  selected as a recipient of the 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for her work  Disorder and Urban Cave. Urban Cave was published by FotoEvidence last year. The book is available at Amazon and the FotoEvidence bookstore on line.

Two Hundred Square Meters of "The Dream"

Two hundred square meters of photographs from Fabio Bucciarelli's book The Dream were printed and installed in the underpasses to the beach in Pineto, a small town in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Why Pineto? was my first question to Fabio. “Pineto is the place where my roots are. Where my father is from. It’s the place where I came back in January this year to start editing The Dream book. It is the place I come every time when I’m back from a conflict zone to recharge. Most of the people here are far from what is going on outside of the region. This is exactly what helps me to come back to reality after covering wars."

In The Dream Fabio Bucciarelli has followed the story of refugees fleeing the revolutions and wars that followed the 'Arab Spring' since they began in 2011.
From his first encounters with refugees in Libya in 2011, Bucciarelli has dedicated himself to documenting the causes and consequences of this stream of humanity fleeing conflict.  His work has taken him from Sicily to Syria, Libya, Turkey, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Serbia, Macedonia and to the small Greek island of Lesbos where refugees arrived from Turkey by the boatload every day. And now The Dream is in Pineto.
The large-scale photographs are plastered on the walls of the city and give the impression that the migrants from his images are part of the life in Pineto. The town still doesn’t have any migrants but is preparing to host them in hotels, as in nearby areas the refugees, primarily from Africa, are settling in and looking for work.

Photo@Fabio Bucciarelli

Fabio chose the underpasses to the beach because they are forgotten places, places where people are just passing through, a metaphor for the places refugees are passing through along their journey.
People’s reaction…. In a little village like Pineto, where everybody knows everybody, in less than a day the installation of The Dream provoked debate. There were people happy and ready to debate on the refugee crisis in a constructive and positive way. Others were upset and frightened by the prospect that migrants could reach the village. In less than two days, some of the photos were destroyed. This brought discussions and powerful debates among the population. Five days after the installation, with the help of the municipality, Fabio and others held an open forum to discuss the different points of view about the refugee’s crisis. 

The Dream is available in USA at Amazon and in Europe at Fabio's web site.
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Daniella Zalcman Wins the 2016 Inge Morath Award For Her Work "Signs of Your Identity" 


Daniella Zalcman wins the 2016 Inge Morath Award for her work "Signs of Your Identity". The same project was recently awarded with the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award and a book with the same title was published.

Kristen Lubben, Executive DIrector of the Magnum Foundation, says “Zalcman’s multiple exposure black-and-white portraits of native Canadian survivors of residential schools are layered with images that evoke the dislocation and cultural and physical violence of their shared past. We are pleased to be able to recognize Zalcman’s creative approach to addressing memory and trauma, and to support her in expanding this thoughtful and distinctive project. We join the membership of Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation in honoring Inge’s legacy through this award.”
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The 5th Anniversary of Tohoku Tsunami: Japan 2011

March 11 mark the 5th anniversary of Tohoku tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011 and destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. James Whitlow Delano traveled to the region immediately following the tsunami and again months later to document the conditions faced by survivors. "Black Tsunami: Japan 2011" is a beautiful and powerful book revealing what he found. It is available Amazon and at the FotoEvidence bookstore online.
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Daniella Zalcman is the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award winner

Photographer Daniella Zalcman wins the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award with Signs of Your Identity.
This year finalists for the award are: Narciso Contreras with "Yemen:The Forgotten War", Mario Cruz with " Talibes: Modern Day Slaves", Ingetje Tadros with "This is My Country" and Hossein Fatemi with "An Iranian Journey". Congratulations to all.

The jury: Jean Francois Leroy Kelli Grant Alison Stieven-Taylor Robert Nickelsberg.
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Talibes Modern Day Slaves by Mario Cruz wins the  World Prss Photo Contemporary Issues

Talibes, Modern Day Slaves by Mario Cruz  wins first prize stories Contemporary Issues. Mario Cruz is a finalist of the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award.
The book published by FotoEvidence Press is available here.
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This photograph from the book The Dream by Fabio Bucciarelli/ FotoEvidence wins the First Place in the Exodus category at POY.
The book is available at the FotoEvidence bookstore on line.

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Occupied Pleasures among the best books of 2015


Occupied Pleasures, book  by Tanya Habjouqa is selected by 24 global experts as one of the best photo books of 2015.

2015 FotoEvidence Book Award exhibit and book launch

December 17th at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York,  opening reception for 2015 FotoEvidence Book Award exhibit and book launch of : The Unravelling by Marcus Bleasdale. The book will be available at the opening. The exhibit features the work of finalists Jan Grarup, Matt Black, Fabio Bucciarelli and Daniele Volpe.
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The Unravelling by Marcus Bleasdale in the Mother's Jones list of best books

"The Unravelling" by Marcus Bleasdale published as the winner of the 2015 FotoEvidence Book Award has been selected by  Mark Murrmann of Mother Jones as one of the memorable books of the year.
The book is available in the FotoEvidence book store on line and Amazon.
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Smithsonian magazine Molly Roberts selected the book "Occupied Pleasures" by Tanya Habjouqa as one of the best Photography books of 2015.

The book is available at Amazon

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Sicarios by Javier Arcenillas selected as one of the Best Books by Photo-eye


Melanie McWhorter of Photo-eye selected Sicarios as one of the best books of 2011. Read here.
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