FOTOEVIDENCE WOMEN AWARD OPEN FOR ENTRIES
The FotoEvidence Women Award is devoted to engaged women photographers who want to tell their personal stories in the form of a photo book. Through their lenses women can shape the world differently and we want to give them this chance. At this moment, women around the world are seeking equal rights and equal opportunity. FotoEvidence Women will support this global movement.
INTERVIEW WITH SOLMAZ DARYANI
Winner of the 2021 W Award
by SVETLANA BACHEVANOVA
Since 2014, you have been working on a personal story about how the death and revival of Lake Urmia has had consequences on the area and on your family, whose livelihood depended on to the lake. What have you documented?
I documented the impact of the shrinking lake on the people, their livelihoods and the environment around the lake. I photographed migration, loss of jobs, desiccation and damages to agriculture around the lake. I also tried to show how people damaged their environment with excessive use of limited resources and how this mismanagement later impacted their lives.
THE EYES OF EARTH BY SOLMAZ DARYANI
THE EYES OF EARTH tells a deeply personal story about the environmental disaster at Lake Urmia as seen through the eyes of Solmaz Daryani, a self-taught photographer, who grew up on the lake. Her grandfather ran a lakefront hotel in the tourist port of Sharafkhaneh and her uncles were sailors. She spent her childhood summers with her grandparents on the lake and, less than a decade ago, her grandfather hosted dozens of people every day. It was the disappearing lake and faded childhood memories that induce her to take the camera and start documenting what was left of the largest lake in the Middle East and the second largest salt lake on the planet.
The book will contain 128 pages, 50 color photograph and 12 images from the Daryani's family archive.
“In 10 years FotoEvidence has done some incredible work to make a very significant impact. We can use what we've learned to accelerate change and engage more broadly. Taking the picture is only the first step. It's not enough just to shine the light, we have to get these images in front of the right eyes.”
Leaving HRW gave Bouckaert the opportunity to get involved in “healing work.” He is now engaged with two youth empowerment projects, one in London and the other in Madagascar where he lives. Taking up the board member for the FotoEvidence Foundation allows Bouckaert to continue to agitate for change, and to be involved in visual storytelling which he believes is crucial to affecting change
Afghan soldier during an operation against the opposition (from the "Life in War" book)
Black and White photograph
Printed on archival paper
Print size: 8x10 and 16x20 inches
* The prints are produced at Addretouch Lab, Barcelona on the highest Fine Art Paper Matte or Baryta both of them with Digigraphie Quality Certificate.
* FotoEvidence Authentic Stamp on the verso.
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