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Leslie Alsheimer

Leslie Alsheimer
Dignity Around the World: Regardless of Circumstances
In Uganda, as both a malaria and HIV/AIDS pandemic rages, Ugandans embody an irrepressible spirit of optimism, courage, and love.

Kemal Vural Tarla

Kemal Vural Tarlan
Newroz as celebrated by Kurds in Amed
In Turkey, the revival of the Newroz celebration has become a symbol of Kurdish resurrection.

Andrew Biraj

Andrew Biraj
State Excluded: Bihari refugees in Bangladesh
A community forced to live as refugees as retribution for supporting Pakistan, during the independence of Bangladesh.

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Featured Exhibit/June 25, 2009

Human Trafficking in Argentina by Ron Nicolaysen

This exhibit is the winner of the SocialDocumentary.net Award for Documentary Photography in association with the Center for Fine Art Photography's Documentary Contest.

Ron Nicolaysen
From Human Trafficking by Ron Nicolaysen "I was offered a job in a bar and promised more money."

"Violence against women is an issue that cannot wait. A brief look at the statistics makes it clear. At least one out of three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime". 
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
November 2008

In November 2008, Ron Nicolaysen participated in a United Nations project aimed at eliminating violence against women. He was asked by the UN to go to Argentina and take photos of recovering victims of sexual violence. He found that women and girls in Argentina are subject to kidnapping, drugging, rape, and forced prostitution. Many are sold to brothels. Some become pregnant or contracted HIV.  These photos were displayed at the UN in November 2008 and March 2009.

Ron Nicolaysen

Nicolaysen pursued photography at Beloit College in Wisconsin and later at the International Center for Photography and the NY Institute of Photography, where he studied with Harry Callahan, Lee Friedlander, Duane Michaels and Ansel Adams. In the early 1980s, he began commercial fashion photography in Paris and Milan for Vogue (American and Italian), Glamour, Mademoiselle, Self, Bazaar (American and Italian), Votre Beauté, linea, Graziá and Cosmopolitan. In the late 1990s, he returned to New York and shifted toward fine art and documentary photography. In 2002, he spent two months on a research vessel in the Southern Ocean off of Antarctica documenting a research project for the National Science Foundation. His book Mediterranean Profiles was published in 2007 by Skira.
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