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Erin Mulvehill, b.1988, was raised in Rochester NY and received her degree with Honors in Photography from Syracuse University in 2009.

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he is the founder of the international non-profit project, The Camera Project, which facilitates and encourages children around the world to photograph their everyday environment and reflect on their lives. She currently lives in New York City where she works as a photographer, photo editor, and writer.

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PETER GORDON

PETER GORDON LIFE & DEATH: THE TEMPLE

Located in the starkly beautiful setting of the Black Rock Desert, the Burning Man festival attracts some of the most interesting and extraordinary people, art and activities you are ever likely to find in one place. Burning Man transcends traditional interpretations of what a festival is. It has its own identity, its own peculiar and astounding nuances. It represents more than just a week in the desert: It represents a way of life. A central feature of the festival is the building and burning of a temple.

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he Temple in many ways is the spiritual hub of the festival. People visit and write messages for departed loved one’s on its walls and meditate in its centre. They grieve. They marry. They party. The festivals climax see’s the Temple being burnt and with it the grief that people have shared within its walls. These Burning Man photos are a documentary in pictures of a week at the Temple that share the narrative behind its construct, its being and its ultimate destruction..

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DINA OGANOVA

DINA OGANOVA FIVE MINUTES Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I´m Dina Oganova (Aka DIKARKA) what means “wild girl” in Russian.. Freelance documentary photographer . I was born and grew up in Tbilisi / Georgia (Former USSR) Its amazing country with amazing people around. Im 26 and im ill with photography . How did you get interested in photography?

I always have very boring answer to this question. Since my childhood I always wanted to be a film director, even when I finished school I moved to Russia to study there, but something change and I had to come back in Georgia. Absolutely by chance I met my first teacher Yuri Mechitov ( He is very famous photographer in old USSR Countries. He was a student and private photographer of famous film director Sergey Parajanov) and after that my life changes. I realized that photography have some magic and was totally in love with it and still continue to do it.

Have any artist/photographer inspired your art?

I think a lot of people and a lot of things inspired me and will inspire all the time, because without it…its impossible to be. When I seeing Andrei Tarkovsky’s movies ,when Im reading Dostoevsky, when Im looking at Vermeer- Modigliani’s paintings, when Im with my people, I want to do, I want to do something more when Im doing now and its super feeling.

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Could you please tell us anything about your technique and creating process?

It depends what u are interesting of …Technique….I always use nature light. I love film, but its very expansive and even in Georgia u cant find it anymore, that’s why its big problem for me , my friends brings it for me from other countries or when im abroad im buying it. But I also take digital. It depends on the project, it depends on mood ,I always try to change something. Sometimes I don’t want to go out, im sitting at home reading or watching something and immediately something changes in u. U understand that u have to go out because some frame are looking for u and u have to meet it and when its “done” I always make fun of it and saying “Taken with love”. Its very strange and I really cant explain with words..U have to be in love. Describe your ideal photographic situation

Interesting question. I never think about ideal situation, because I have no idea what “ideal” mean. At this moment will be very simple..Morning sun and all my lovely people around.

How much preparation do you put into taking a photography?

Its up to project and my personal feelings…Sometimes I need some hours, sometimes one day and sometimes I need a lot of months . If I’ll speak about my last project in which Im working now…it was more than one year.

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What’s your useable-to-unusable ratio when you review images from a shoot?

I never delete something, im just “sending” them to archive, because sometimes u can find amazing photos after years. What quick advice do you have for someone who wants to improve his or her photography skills?

Read a lot of books and not only about photography, watch a lot movies, listen music, spend time with people u are interesting of, travel a lot . Look to classic photographers works all the time, watch what new interesting young generation photographers are doing and never, never try to meet your favorite photographer and just be in Love!. From time to time many photographers find themselves in a creative rut or uninspired to shoot. Does this ever happen to you and if so how do you overcome these phases? Maybe im too young now for it, to have such “problems”.

What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?

Im doing handmade books with limited addition of my last project about new generation in Georgia “My Place” and working now on a very serious, sensitive and hard project . I really have no idea when I’ll finish it… its very important for me and for my main characters ,that’s why at this moment ,this is the only one project about what my mind can think but one day ( hope it will come )) ) I want to do project about my family, my personal project, but now im not ready for it ,I don’t want people to know my story.

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RYOTA KAJITA

RYOTA KAJITA ICE FORMATIONS This series, Ice Formations, captured ice patterns appearing on ponds, lakes and river in the beginning of winter around Fairbanks, Alaska. The photographs were taken over the past four years with a medium format ďŹ lm camera, which allows me to capture delicate details of the ice, and this is an ongoing project. Many of these are frozen bubbles of gases like methane or carbon dioxide trapped under ice. When lake and river water freezes, it turns into ice slowly from the surface and traps the gases.

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he bubbles create unique geometric patterns. The actual diameter of the ice formations in my series is about 10-30 inches (25-75cm). Because methane gas is considered as one of the fundamental causes of greenhouse effects, scientists in Alaska are researching these frozen bubbles in relation to the global climate change. The window to find the ice pattern is short, because the ice is quickly covered once the snow falls. The water also shows other beautiful patterns in fall and winter. Snow falls on lakes and rivers, freezes, melts, refreezes and creates unique organic patterns on ice. The vapor in the air freezes as frost and grows intricate ice crystals. I want to capture the beauty and the dynamic changes of water in nature. The photographs are black and white with slight tint of colors. By minimizing colors, viewers can focus on the elegance of the forms and shading created by clear transparent ice and white frost.

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NICOLAS EVARISTE

NICOLAS EVARISTE AGAINST WIND AND TIDE

Nicolas Evariste, a 28-year-old photographer from the Granville region, in the Manche department, Lower Normandy.

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started out as a photographer in 2006. From the beginning, I have preferred to work in black and white and in square format, in the quest for minimalistic aesthetic beauty.

I see photography as a means of expression, an escape, with pictures saying more than words. In my photos, I do not necessarily seek to show things as they are, but rather to share a personal, artistic vision of the world around us. Nature is a recurrent theme in most of my series of photos, but I am also keen on exploring new avenues. A wide variety of photos are displayed in my gallery.

Graphic designer and webmaster by trade, I opened my own exhibition gallery in 2013, in Montmartin sur mer (a small village in France), to present my work.

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JAVIER ARCENILLAS

JAVIER ARCENILLAS CITIZENS OF DESPAIR

The most atrocious conditions you can imagine, when living under a military tyranny ruling the country, as in Burma –a country closed to foreign journalists– can be seen at Kutupalong refugee camp.

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e are talking about the Burmese group most crushed, the victims of the worst injustice, about all the suffering inhabitants of that beautiful and sinister country. They are named the Rohingyas and the fact that they consider worth the effort and the risk to flee to Kutupalong says it all. First, because Bangladesh is not exactly El Dorado.

It is such a densely populated country and so poor, that were UK to similar economic conditions, it should have a population of 550 million and an average income not half of which a english has today –during the worst recession in living memory– but the twentieth part. Secondly, because Kutupalong camp is a kind of limbo of homelessness, particularly for the major segment of its inhabitants, who –for political reasons difficult to rationalize– do not have the support of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. People here exist but do not live. They breathe, sleep, eat but they lack the concept of a better future and the human dignity that the concept involves.

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DANIEL ALI

DANIEL ALI SUMO SCHOOL

Earlier this year I travelled to a sleepy fishing town called Nou on the north coast of Japan to learn about sumo culture and the training it takes to become a champion in Japan’s most notorious martial art. With the journey taking me across country through the Japanese Alps exchanging modern bullet trains for clunky local trains it felt as if I couldn’t be any further from the dazzling lights on the streets of Tokyo.

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he origins of sumo wrestling date back over 2000 years with it’s rituals and traditions firmly rooted in Shintoism and with Japanese mythology accrediting the existence of Japan to the outcome of a sumo bout between gods. Sumo champions are huge celebrities in Japan and are given the upmost honour and respect. A daily rigorous lifestyle must be upheld in order to prepare oneself for bouts that can be won or lost in seconds.

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TEMA STAUFFER

TEMA STAUFFER PATERSON

Paterson (2009 – 2014), documents residents of a post-industrial city in New Jersey during the years following the economic crisis. Paterson is a historic city near the Great Falls of the Passaic River, once prosperous from its mills and silk manufacturing industry. Founded in 1791 by Alexander Hamilton and others and envisioned as the nation’s first planned industrial city, Paterson offered jobs and opportunity to an immigrant labor force in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and it was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

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he city is the setting of novels by John Updike and Junot Diaz, and has inspired the poetry of William Carlos Williams and Allen Ginsberg, as well as the architectural photography of George Tice. The third largest city in New Jersey, Paterson began to decline economically during the 1960s and 70s, and has continued to face high rates of unemployment since the recession. The portraits focus on the self-expression of working-class and economically marginalized Americans of the diverse racial and ethnic groups comprising Paterson’s population. Shot in natural light on the streets with a mediumformat camera, each image explores the psychology of an individual who reveals him or herself willingly to the camera’s gaze. The minimal backgrounds suggest the urban environments these subjects occupy; however, these straightforward, realist, and classically composed photographs concentrate on faces and the depth of human experience that is spoken through them. These portraits contribute to a contemporary dialogue about the current economic reality and the experiences of Americans who exist on our ever-widening margins.

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