“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.
My project “Crying Meri: Violence against women in Papua New Guinea” is featured in Emaho magazine:
Tomorrow morning I’m going to West Papua in Indonesia. Going to spend 2 weeks in Baliem Valley among real Papuans 🙂 And than couple of days in Jakarta, photographing Ramadan.
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 is home for more than three thousands immigrants from Cape Verde. Most of them are unemployed and live in very bad conditions. Drug trafficking, murders, robbery and prostitution make this area a ghetto. Even police don’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 is 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.
Finally violence-against-woman problem in Papua New Guinea have got an attention of international media. Al Jazeera reports from PNG:
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.
I took this picture in October 2010 during the spiritual ceremony in Machesse village, Central Mozambique, where I went to find 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.