RED FLAG BY COVID LATAM WINS THE 2021 FOTOEVIDENCE BOOK AWARD WITH WORLD PRESS PHOTO
COVID LATAM is a collective of photojournalists covering the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic in Latin America. Eighteen photographers, nine men and nine women, covering 14 Latin American countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, who are documenting the daily and intimate aspects of life during the pandemic, making visible the most vulnerable communities, their collateral crisis and the deepening of social inequality in the region.
PETER BOUCKAERT AND DARCY PADILLA ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCH OF THE FOTOEVIDENCE ASSOCIATION IN FRANCE
Co-presidents Peter Bouckaert and Darcy Padilla announced the launch of the FotoEvidence Association to support and expand the work of FotoEvidence, a publishing house established in 2010, dedicated to documentary photography focused on human rights and social and ecological justice. Originally based in Brooklyn, New York, FotoEvidence now operates from the village of Marseillan in Herault, France.
With the launch of the FotoEvidence Association, Bouckaert and Padilla aim to marshal support to build on the work of the last ten years and expand the reach and influence of FotoEvidence. Bouckaert worked as the emergencies director for Human Rights Watch for 20 years, and co-president Darcy Padilla is an American photojournalist and professor of photojournalism at the University of Wisconsin. Padilla and Bouckaert have assembled an international board with members from France, Belgium, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Ireland and the United States.
“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 co-chair 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
Interview with Solmaz Daryani 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.
In this book, 19 photographers from 14 countries in the region have captured the impact of coronavirus from intimate moments in quarantine with family to raging fires in the Brazilian Amazon. The photographers have witnessed floods, riots, and funerals and watched their parents, children, and siblings struggle with isolation, loneliness, anxiety. The photos, like the red flag, tell a story of desperation and hope – one in which we recognize the role of community and the human desire for connection.
Last prayer at camp. Oceti Sakowin Camp, Cannon Ball, ND, USA. December 2016
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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The photojournalist collective from Latin America COVID LATAM wins the 2021 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo and that a book of their work,RED FLAG will be published by FotoEvidence this year and released in Amsterdam, during the World Press Photo Festival and in New York at the Bronx Documentary Center.