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Other exhibits featured this week

Jiro Ose

Jiro Ose
Desperate Measures: Somalis Cross Gulf of Aden into Yemen
True human tragedy continues in the dark of night on pristine beaches of Yemen's southern coast.

Justin Ide

Justin Ide
Quinceañera: Coming of age ceremony
The Quinceañera is a young Latina woman's celebration of her fifteenth birthday.

Mark mathew braunstein

Mark Mathew Braunstein
Good Girls on Bad Drugs

"It is easy to condemn and demonize these girls, whereas it requires effort to try to understand and humanize them. "

Ralph Thompson

Ralph Thompson
Thingyan--April Water Festival in Burma

"Water-throwing or dousing one another... is the distinguishing feature of this festival"

Joseph Boltrukiewicz

Joseph Boltrukiewicz
Festival People

"In the world of war, hate, hypocrisy, lies and deception, people have time to have fun while displaying their true colours."

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Featured Exhibit/April 28, 2009

Homeless in Kyrgyzstan
Photographs by George Hsia

George Hsia

Zhana, Kyrgyzstan. Photo by George Hsia

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the transition from a socialist to a democratic system of governance with a free market economy has been difficult throughout the former Soviet republics. Especially concerning is the growth of the homeless population and declining health status and access to health care.


Kyrgyzstan is among the poorest countries in the world, and the second poorest in Central Asia. Many homeless simply cannot survive its harsh winters. To escape the cold many hide under manholes. Those who do not live in manholes often lose limbs due to frostbite.

A World Bank report in September 2007 showed that 43.1 percent of Kyrgyzstan's people lived in poverty in 2005, of which 11 percent were deemed to be living in extreme poverty. It is estimated that food prices rose 25 percent from January to September 2008.

A correspondent for the newspaper "Vecherniy Bishkek" reports that among the homeless throughout Kyrgyzstan, 10 people are dying every few days. At 5 soms ($0.12), for less than the price of bread, you can stay in a warm shelter, but that is still too expensive for some.

Hsia, currently traveling around the world, worked in Silicon Valley for 12 years before quitting his job to pursue a career using photography to fight social injustice issues. In addition to Kyrgyzstan, he has worked in Afghanistan, South Africa, and Turkey. View the Exhibit.

SDN Exhibits Result in Print Sales
SDN is pleased to report that photographer Frank Ward has sold five prints of his work to a buyer from England who first saw his work on SDN.Diana Castillo, a photographer from Mexico, was able to secure two highly successful exhibitions as a result of her exhibit on SDN. Please send us your success stories if you have sold or licensed your work through SDN. Send your success stories to info@socialdocumentary.net.

New York Photo Festival, May 13-19

New York Photo FestivalSDN is proud to be a media sponsor of the New York Photo Festival, curated by William A. Ewing, Chris Boot, Jody Quon, and Jon Levy. These world-renowned curators all bring their personal visions in contemporary photography to the main pavilions of the 2009 edition of The New York Photo Festival. More information.

Portfolio Review
The NYPH'09 Portfolio Review will be the centerpiece of the new Review Pavilion. It is a platform for all levels of aspiring and professional photographers to present their body of work for review and critique by leading experts in the fields of photography, art, media, and advertising and to receive guidance and mentorship for future artistic and commercial career development. The portfolio review will be run by photography book publisher powerHouse Books.

For more information, visit the website at www.nyphotofestival.com

About SocialDocumentary.net
SocialDocumentary.net is a new website for photographers, NGOs, journalists, editors, and students to create and explore documentary websites investigating critical issues facing the world today. Recent exhibits have explored oil workers in the Niger River Delta, male sex workers in India, Central American immigrant women during their journey north, and Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Greece. Click here to view all of the exhibits.