Save the Date
Tuesday, February 16
Exhibit opening and panel discussion
Join SDN photographers, judges and sponsors for an exhibition opening reception and panel discussion on the role of photography in addressing critical issues facing our world. Speakers include Leora Kahn, co-founder of Proof: Media for Social Justice and Tomasz Tomaszewski, Call for Entries First Place Winner.
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Call for Entry Winners /December 20, 2009
It with great honor that I present the winners of the
SocialDocumentary.net Call for Entries Crisis & Opportunity:
Documenting the Global Recession. Our goal with SDN is always to bridge the
gap between photographic representation and the immensely
complex human condition. I have no doubt that these four exhibits have
given us greater insight into how the global recession is affecting
individuals across our world. The judges have chosen winning exhibits from
Poland (Tomasz Tomaszewski), Japan (Shiho Fukada), Bangladesh (Khaled Hasan),
and the United States (Michael McElroy).
"The quality of the work is excellent and I cannot express
strongly enough what SDN has accomplished. This site is a testament against
anyone who echoes that photojournalism is dying or dead. Tell them to just look
here! Bravo and I am humbled and honored to be a small part of this."
-Ed Kashi, Judge and SDN Advisor
I want to thank everyone who has been involved with this
Call for Entries: the Judges, Sponsors, Advisory Committee--but I want to particularly thank all the other photographers who have submitted their
projects. This work has added immensely to the overall wealth of our
documentary project in a very meaningful way, and I hope viewers will take the
time to look at these other exhibits as well.
Glenn Ruga, SDN FounderFirst Place Winner
Photographs by Tomasz Tomaszewski
The Labendy Factory was once a flagship of Polish heavy industry. Today it has lost more than 70% of its workers. Photo by Tomasz Tomaszewski
Specializing in press
photography, Tomasz Tomaszewski has had his photos published in the world's major
magazines appearing in several dozen countries: Stern, Paris Mach, Geo, New York Times, Time, US News & World Report, and numerous others. He has also authored a number of books - including Remnants, The Last Jews of Poland; Gypsies, The Last Once; In Search of America; and has co-illustrated over a
dozen collective works. His numerous individual exhibitions have been held
in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Japan, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Germany,
France, Italy and Poland. He is the winner of Polish and international awards for
photography. For over twenty years, he has been a regular contributor to National
Geographic Magazine, where 18 of his photo essays have been published.
Tomaszewski teaches photography in Poland, the U.S., Germany, and Italy.
This series of photographs, Hades ?, was taken from March
through August 2009. Tomaszewski's pays homage to people
performing hard manual labor, the workers who once were very proud of their
positions and are now losing their jobs due to changes in the global economy from the recession.
Tomaszewski chose Upper Silesia, Poland, where the work
ethos, traditions, and related customs are most alive and colorful. In recent years,
half of the existing coal mines in this region were shut down, as well as 70%
of the heavy industry. Very little is done by the state to help those
who have lost their jobs.
Click here to view the exhibit.
Photographs by Shiho Fukada
End of Labor: Dumping Ground of Old Men in Japan
A man plays pachinko in Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shiho Fukada
"It's a sad tale told with clarity, visual intelligence and
Kashi, Judge and SDN Advisor
Shiho Fukada is a freelance photographer based in Beijing. She is a native of Tokyo with a degree in English literature, and
worked in the fashion and advertising industries in New York before becoming a
photojournalist in 2004. Her work has been featured in numerous publications
internationally. She moved to Beijing in February 2009.
Once a thriving day laborer's town in Osaka, Kamagasaki
today is home to about 25,000 mainly elderly day laborers, with an estimated
1,300 who are homeless. It used to be called a "laborer's town" but now it's
called a "welfare town," a dumping ground of old men. Alcoholism, poverty,
street death, suicide, TB and most of all, loneliness, prevail here. These men don't
have family ties and live and die alone as social outcasts from the mainstream
"salary man" culture. Labor towns, like Kamagasaki, are on the verge of
extinction in Japan. According to the most recent government report, Japan's
economy, the world's second largest, is deteriorating at its worst pace since
the oil crisis of the 1970s, setting off more unemployment among the young and
educated and layoffs among large corporations. It is even more hopeless for
graying men of the construction industry here to find work.
Click here to view the exhibit.
Living Stone: A community losing its life
Photographs by Khaled Hasan
Alfaj Hossain is a stone collector living in Banglabazar,
two and a half kilometers from Jaflong. He either walks or takes a boat ride
from his home to work. Every day he collects three boats full of stones and earns
150 taka ($2.17) per boat. Photo by Khaled Hasan
"[These are] very beautiful images that
bring us to a place most of us will never see, while addressing many of the
issues we are looking at for this contest."
Grinker, Judge and SDN Advisor
Born in 1981, Khaled Hasan began his career as a
photographer in 2001. He is a graduate of the South Asian Institute of
Photography. His goals have always been to document a culture with his
photographs and to be a messenger of the community.
He works as a freelance photographer and has been
published in Sunday Times Magazine, American Photo, National Geographic
Society, Better Photography, Saudi Aramco World Magazine and others. His awards include the 2008 All Roads Photography Program of
National Geographic Society; Alexia Foundation Student Award (Award of
Excellence); 2009, Grand Prix
winner of "Europe and Asia - Dialogue of Cultures" organized by Museum of
Photography (Russia); Mark Grosset Documentary Prize 2009 exhibited in Les
Promenades Photographiques Festival 2009 in France, and others. His photographs
have also been exhibited widely around the world.
According to Hasan, "Photography has the visual power to
educate by allowing us to enter the lives and experiences of others. Through
photography, I hope to help the society to empathize with people affected by adverse social, political, and environmental conditions."
This story is about a hard working community of Jaflong
located on the northeastern part of Bangladesh. At dawn every day, more than a
hundred little boats with laborers enter the Piyain River, buckets and spades
in hand. This is one trade which has a geological limit. The stones that tumble
down the riverbed from India are decreasing in volume and the laborers are
already taking the risk of invading the no-man's land along the Indo-Bangla
border, a contested area between Bangladesh and India. Many laborers
were killed by Indian Border Security Force in that area. More than 5,000 men,
women and child stone-laborers are engaged here. Uncontrolled and unstoppable,
stone extracting and crushing at Jaflong has been posing a serious threat to
public health, and to the environment and agriculture in the area.
Click here to view exhibit.
An American Nightmare
Photographs by Michael McElroy
Michael comforts his wife Sheryl during her monthly chemo treatment.
Photo by Michael McElroy
touching, memorable story that brings the issue of healthcare and the impact of
the recession to the forefront."
Grinker, Judge and SDN Advisor
Michael F. McElroy is a contract photojournalist based in Miami, FL and represented by Zuma and Wonderful Machine. His work encompasses news, portraits, documentary and urban landscapes. McElroy spent 2008 covering the presidential elections and in 2009 he has been working on stories about the economic crisis and how it affects people and the American landscape.
His work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, Monocle, Wallpaper, Revue,The Guardian, Associated Press, Black Enterprise, Ad Week, Esquire, Zoo Weekly and other national and international magazines.
His awards include Pictures of the Year, Ernest Haas Awards, American Photo, Society for News Design Annual Creative Competition, Editor & Publisher, Communication Arts Photo Annual, and Atlanta Photojournalism.
McElroy's winning exhibit, An American Nightmare, focuses on the problem of affordable healthcare in the U.S. and loss of dignity. Across the country more and more people are falling through
the cracks, losing their homes, jobs, and healthcare. There was a time when we
believed in the American dream and the pursuit of a better life. Unfortunately
that dream has become a nightmare for countless families who have seen
everything they've worked so hard for slowly slip away. Howard Mallinger is one of those
Americans whose dream has been shattered. This is his story.
Click here to view exhibit.
People's Choice Award
SDN also awarded two People's Choice Awards to recognize the two exhibits that received the most number of visits.
Carry Me Ohio
Photographs by Matt Eich
Lisa Russel, 20, and other teens hang out on the street corners in Glouster, OH. Photo by Matt Eich.
Photographs by David Wells
Weeds grow in a failed and abandoned housing development in Merced, California, United States. Photo by David Wells.
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.