Photograph Copyright 2017-2021 by Nina Ai-Artyan
A Journal of Photography, Culture and Empire
The Quiet American
Photograph Copyright by Natela Grigalashvili
"Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art."
— Susan Sontag
Natela Grigalashvili was born in Khashuri in 1965. She has traveled throughout Georgia's remote provinces to capture the life of the people living there; and while geographic isolation and government neglect pose challenges for the residents, Natela was not only inspired by the country's natural beauty, but also by the way it was interwoven with the Doukhobors' unique culture.
"During the last 20 years Georgia has been through three wars. This is a country with almost half a million refugees, an uneven social environment and unemployment. There is an especially hard situation in the villages. But despite this, the people who live there carry on their traditions with kindness and simplicity. They live simply, plant and garden, fall in love, get married and never lose hope."
Ali Agharabi was born in 1975 in Tehran. He began his passion for photography in 1991 and started working professionally in the press in Iran in 1997. He went to work as a photographic reporter for various Iranian newspapers and in cooperation with the Iranian News Agency. From 2009 until the present, he has worked as a freelance photographer. You can see more of Ali's work at: www.phmuseum.com/aliagharabi
Nina Ai-Artyan is a photographer from Moscow. She graduated from Moscow State Textile Academy as an artist/designer and, for the 2 to 3 years that followed, worked in her field of training. In 2003, the camera became her primary mode of expression, photography her passion and, since then, she has only been able to concentrate on these. You can see more of her work at: www.nin-a.com/
Dipu Malakar is a native of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His photographs have been published in the Daily Star, Prothom Alo, the Independent, Dhaka Tribune, Daily Janakantha and the Daily Bangladesh Protidin among others. He is currently a staff photojournalist with www.en.banglanews24.com/.
You can see more of Dipu's work at: dipumalakar.wordpress.com/
Md Shahnewaz Khan is a freelance documentary photographer who, having originally dreamed of becoming a writer, photography instead, especially due to his gift for it, became his mode of expression. But he believes that good photography is similar to good writing and seeks to tell stories which will help to shape history, as well as influence our collective humanity. He has exhibited across Europe, from London to Switzerland, and at the UN in New York. His work has been published in the Smithsonian Magazine and CNN.com. He is managing director of VOHH Gallery and Institute, which is the first of its kind based in Chittagong that teaches documentary photography.
Fabio Sgroi is a photographer based in Palermo, Italy.
His website is: www.fabiosgroiphoto.com/
Currently working as a senior diagnostic radiographer, fine art photographer Mohd Azlan possesses a set of steadfast principles about life and death and the role of the artist in society, which are enunciated in his photographs. Passionate about his concepts and craft, his commitment to them translates directly, and with immediacy, into his work.
Faranak Rezaee was born in Khorramshahr in southern Iran. Originally trained as an artist, she began to experiment with photography as a natural extension of her talent for visual expression. She now works as a freelance photographer for an assortment of newspapers and news agencies. You can also see more of her unique work on her personal Facebook page.
Rajesh Kr Singh is a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker from Bokaro Steel City in Jharkhand, India. He thinks of his photographs as "physical meditations" on the present, ideally free of past regret and future anxiety, and which might beneficially incite action, activism, and a positive intention to create awareness beyond those "facades of human nature," as he puts it—that are usually overlooked or ignored. The untold stories of differently-abled children are one of his primary concerns, with the aim of helping to bring them back "into the fold of society."
David Kraus is a respected composer and guitarist in classical, jazz, world fusion, and film. He is also a teacher and scholar whose knowledge well surpasses the realms of music and art, although these would be enough. Having spent a considerable length of time in India and Nepal opened up a world for him not only creatively and culturally, but deeply affected his concern for human welfare, values, and dignity.
"After 25 years of false democracy, I am the witness of a world haunted by the ghosts of communism here in my Romania: corruption, manipulation of the mind by the media, subculture and illiteracy. Superficiality and ignorance are as present today as the air. There are many photographs burnt into my soul, ones that will never assume a shape. These are the very dark ones, which come along with me everywhere I go. But I’m able to see beauty in a smile, a gesture, in the wind blowing, in the snow, in a sound, and, of course, in the light."
— Nicoleta Gabor
Naila Claudia Schulte, in addition to being a first-rate poet, is a poetry educator, former English/ESL teacher, singer/songwriter and editor. In her poems and songs, Schulte explores the conflicts, emotions, ironies, and metaphysical clues that arise naturally during the process of deftly examining a troubled world.
You can see more of Naila's work as a writer, editor, and educator at her website: www.languagepossibilities.com/
Born in Palermo, Massimiliano Gaglio moved to Northern Italy a few years ago, where he now works as a school teacher alongside his passionate and considerable talent for photography.
Nimal Dunuhinga is a poet and freelance writer. He was a seaman for 15 years. Originally from Sri Lanka, he currently resides in the United States.
Mamta Agarwal works as a freelance writer, journalist, editor and critic. Her first anthology of poems titled ‘Rhythms of Life’ was published in 2008, and was soon followed by her second book, ‘Voices of autumn and other short poems,' which came out in August of 2010. Her most recent anthology, titled 'An Untold Story of a Pebble,' was published in 2013. Her poems have been published in major print and online journals in India and abroad.
George Nickels is a photojournalist with Nurphoto/Corbis based in Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia.
Sam Herron's current work is centred on a project with Dr Maorong Jiang, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Asian World Center at Creighton University. Together, they hope to spread awareness regarding homelessness issues in Omaha.
Anik Rahman is a Dhaka-based photojournalist represented by NurPhoto Agency, located in Italy, and Redux Pictures in New York.
Mushfiqul Alam is a freelance photojournalist based on Dhaka, Bangladesh. His photographic journey began in 2012. Since then, he loves to tell stories through his photographs, generally covering contemporary issues and daily life. His photographs have already been exhibited in notable galleries in Dhaka.
Richard McManus is retired from the US Army where he worked in military intelligence from 1981 to 2001, and as a paramedic from 1968 to 1971 in South Vietnam during the war. During his 20 years in military intelligence, he spent a lot of time studying military history.
Jelena Paunović is a journalist and animal welfare activist in Sarajevo. As a child, she survived two wars and, after, as a refugee. You can find out more about the work she does with Journalists For Animals at: www.journalistsforanimals.wordpress.com/
You can see more of Ignacio Conese's work at his website:
Probal Rashid is a documentary photographer and photojournalist who works for Zuma Press, USA. He's also the co-founder of Absurd Photos Bangladesh.
You can see more of his work on his website at:www.probalrashid.com
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