Cargo Cult in “Sacvoyage” magazine (Russia)

“Cargo Cult” story from Vanuatu is published in August issue of the Russian magazine “Sacvoyage” (“The Suitcase”), which is distributed in all Russian trains, from Kaliningrad in the West of the country to Vladivostok in the Far East.

The editor’s choice of the images for the publication is very different from mine. My selection of the same story you can find on my web-site.

Sydney Harbour Bridge in VOKRUG SVETA magazine

My photos from Sydney in August issue of the Russian travel magazine “Vokrug Sveta” (Around the World)






“Crying Meri” in Emaho Magazine

My project “Crying Meri: Violence against women in Papua New Guinea” is featured in Emaho magazine:

An old woman on the street of Lae, the second largest city of Papua New Guinea. The level of crime in Lae is only inferior to Mount Hagen, the third largest city of PNG.

Heading to West Papua

Tomorrow morningĀ I’m going to West Papua in Indonesia. Going to spend 2 weeks in Baliem Valley among real Papuans šŸ™‚ And than couple of days in Jakarta, photographing Ramadan.

Anton (Muslihuddin) Kura, 49-year-old PNG muslim in front of the mosque in Waigar village, Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea.

Santa Filomena slum

In 2009-2010 I have worked on a social photo-story about Bairro de Santa Filomena – a slum in the outskirts of Lisbon. This neighborhood isĀ home for more than three thousands immigrants from Cape Verde. Most of them are unemployed and live in very bad conditions.Ā Drug trafficking, murders, robbery and prostitution make this area a ghetto. Even police donā€™t patrol the slum and taxi drivers never bring there passengers after the sunset.

I was building a trust of over several visits and managed to get a permission of the local drug-traffickers to come to the slum with my camera.

Today I want to share with you some images from this story.

A woman cooks food on fire to sell it to the slum residents.

Kids play on a street of Santa Filomena slum. The writing on the wall in Portuguese slang means: “Death to the cops!” In the past few years two policemen were killed in this slum. Several more were injured during gunfights with the gang members.

A man inside his barrack in Santa Filomena. Almost all the residents of the slum have similar living conditions.

A hand of a slum’s drug trafficker. On the tattoo is portrayed a hero of the local youth Ze Pequeno (Little Jose), a fictitious gang chief from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazilian popular movie “The City of God”.

A “guard” on the entrance of the Santa Filomena slum. Almost all the entrances and exits of the slum are protected by such guards. They are helpers of the drug-dialers and notify the gang leaders about the appearance of the police or strangers in the neighborhood. It iĀ€Ā™s almost impossible to enter into Santa Filomena without criminals been warned.

The authorities of the city of Amadora (Lisbon’s satellite town), where Santa Filomena is situated, plan the total demolition of the slum in few years. However, there are many other problematic neighborhoods around Lisbon, where people live with the same problems and in the same conditions.

Al Jazeera reports on violence against women in PNG

Finally violence-against-woman problem in Papua New Guinea have got an attention of international media. Al Jazeera reports from PNG:

Opera House

Boys in skeleton costumes in front of the Sydney Opera House.

Legio Maria

Woman prays in the cathedral of Legio Maria Church (Makongeni settlement, Nairobi, Kenya). Members of this church believe in Black Jesus, who came again from Heaven to Earth in 20th century to save only black population of Africa.

Nyau dancers from Machesse village

Today I was reviewing my photo-archive and found this picture of Nyau dancers from Machesse village in Mozambique. I didn’t include it to my project Nyau. Gule Wamkulu – The Great Dancers, but probably I should. Really like this photo.

Nyau dancers wear “mukuta” – the feather masks. Machesse village, Tete province, Mozambique.
Nyau is a spiritual society of the Chewa people, who are well known because of their masquerade dances, called Gule Wamkulu – The Great Dance. They appear in the villages during public holidays, anniversaries and funerals and dance the night away.
Since 2005 the Nyau culture is protected by UNESCO. This Chewa tradition exists only in the Tete Province of Mozambique, Malawi and in Mozambican border areas with Zambia and Zimbabwe.

I took this picture in October 2010 during the spiritual ceremony in Machesse village, Central Mozambique, where I went to find Ā out how to document life of this secret community. They were ok with photographing their dances, but denied my presence in their sacred places, even without my camera. Later I decided to join the group and became Nyau myself. But it took me much more time until the People of Mask started to trust my camera and allowed me to photograph their sacred rituals.

Mozambican witchdoctors in French magazine

Some of my photos from the story about Mozambican Traditional Healers (project “The Spirits of Mozambique”) have been published in French magazine “LeĀ Monde des Religions” in July-August issue.