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Masud Alam Liton

Masud Alam Liton
Requiem for Freedom
For the sex workers of Dauladia Ghat, Rajbari, Bangladesh, freedom is a dichotomy.

Matthew Van Saun

Matthew Van Saun
Toxic Wasteland-Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
Located on 638 acres along the San Francisco Bay, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is a sprawling memory of the Cold War.

Zishaan Akbar Latif

Zishaan Akbar Latif
Kashmir Living
Kashmiris barely survive the daily onslaughts from the militants and the backlash of the Indian army.

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Featured Exhibit /September 21, 2009

Female Prisons: Mothers in Despair
by Luiz Santos

Luiz Santos
A mother waits to meet her son at a prison gate. Brazil. Photograph by Luiz Santos.

Lei do Ventre Livre
- The Free Womb Bill - was the first bill in Brazil linked with the elimination of slavery. Children born after 1871 would be free. More than 100 years later children face living in prison with their convicted mothers, most of them black. These children, who did not commit any crime, are exposed to violence, drug use and poor hygiene. In the State of Bahia, a crèche, administered by a Catholic nun, near the Complexo Penitenciário Feminino, gives support to the families and houses and feeds a number of children and teenagers. But some prisoners have raised accusations of official kidnapping as the children are sometimes prevented from seeing their relatives or risk being given to other families for adoption. The children are also converted to Catholicism.

This project is about women and aims to be an insight in the lives of mothers, children, and grandmothers inside and outside prison walls.

"This project is not only about the incompetence of the State in care for its citizens. It's also about the responsibilities men should take toward their families and, consequently, communities."
                 Luiz Santos

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SDN Announces Call for Entries on Global Recession
Center for Economic and Social Rights Becomes NGO Partner

Call for EntriesSDN announced last week a call for entries on the theme "Crisis & Opportunity: Documenting the Global Recession." We are looking for photo essays that provide insight into how ordinary citizens around the world are coping during these new "hard times" and how individuals, companies, industries, family businesses, communities, and governments are responding to the crisis. We encourage a broad definition of the global recession. (Please add the above graphic to your Facebook page!)

Competition winners will have an exhibition of their work at powerhouse Arena in New York, February 15- March 14,  and be published in an exhibition catalog, in addition to other prizes. Deadline for entries is December 1, 2009.

Click here for complete details on the Call for Entries,

Center for Economic and Social Rights

Center for Economic and Social RightsOur NGO Partner for the Call for Entries and exhibition is the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR). The CESR works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life, the CESR seek to uphold the universal human rights of every human being to education, health, food, water, housing, work, and other economic, social and cultural rights essential to human dignity. See www.cesr.org.

Call for Entries and Exhibition Sponsors
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OSI Documentary Project

Moving Walls 16 Opening Reception

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
September 29, 2009
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

Benjamin LowyThe Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project is hosting an opening reception for Moving Walls 16, featuring the following six bodies of work:

Stefano De Luigi: Liberia's Child Soldiers: Recovering Innocence
Benjamin Lowy: Iraq  |  Perspectives
Eugene Richards: War Is Personal
Tomas van Houtryve: Nepal: A "People's War" Topples the God King
Paolo Woods: Chinafrica
Zalmaï: Promises and Lies: The Human Cost of the War on Terror in Afghanistan

Since its inception in 1998, Moving Walls has featured over 100 photographers whose works address a variety of social justice and human rights issues that coincide with OSI's mission.

The exhibition will be on view through May 21, 2010.

Photo: Benjamin Lowy, from Iraq | Perspectives II

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.