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A Journal of Photography and Culture
The Quiet American
Photograph Copyright by Natela Grigalashvili
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 posed 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/
Fabio Sgroi is a photographer based in Palermo, Italy. His website is: www.fabiosgroiphoto.com/
Md Shahnewaz Khan is a freelance documentary photographer who 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. He thinks photography is similar to writing and seeks to tell stories which will help to shape history, as well as influence our collective humanity.
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.
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."
"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
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.
George Nickels is a photojournalist with Nurphoto/Corbis based in Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia.
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.
You can see more of Ignacio Conese's work at his website: www.iconese.net
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.
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.
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.
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
James Williamson, now living in England, is a writer,
curator, and editor of The Quiet American.
You can reach him directly at: email@example.com
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