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Christie by Ryan Strand
Ryan Strand

Camden Backwoods
These black and white portraits from
a homeless encampment in Camden, NJ, take individuals out of demographic context, conveying the struggle of human existence along side unique personalities.

Thomas Roma
Thomas Roma

Dear Knights and Dark Horses
By contrasting images of Army National Guard soldiers preparing for war in Iraq with scenes of what will be left behind, Thomas Roma focuses on the realities of war.

Ren Zhou
Ren Zhou

Remaining Images, Chengdu China
Although the economic boom in Chengdu, China, promises residents a more peaceful, harmonious, and happier lifestyles, farmlands in the villages that were home to pandas are disappearing. Pictures of the scenic lands are all that remain amongst urban development.

Hunter Wolf
Hunter Wolf

In this exhibit Hunter Wolf captures the history of "Jamie's" flea market-in Ohio for over 30 years- through images of the indoor vendors who have witnessed its change.

Ewa Bloniarz
Ewa Bloniarz

Podhale, Poland - a place with a soul
Faced with rapid change brought on by commercial tourism, the Podhale Ewa Bloniarz documents  its rich culture, strong folk traditions, and outstanding natural beauty.
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SPOTLIGHT/ November 20, 2010

In this Spotlight, we feature exhibits from the U.S., Serbia, and Guatemala--all nations at war or recently coming out of war. Alexander Shields and William Eckersley's exhibit on U.S. Route 80 is a panoply of images from a 3,000 mile journey across rural America. One photo features a gigantic billboard telling us Jesus is coming soon. Another is a photo of tanks on a train. Where they are coming from, or going to, is not known. (This week the international press reported that the U.S. is sending armored tanks to Afghanistan for the first time?) Goran Stomenkovic documents rural life in his own country, Serbia, unchanged for generations, and ten years after the NATO-lead war against the Milosevic regime ended. Santiago Billy brings us images from Guatemala of monumentally beautiful kites--a tradition to celebrate "Día de los Muertos" in a country recently recovering from a brutal war. Shields, Eckersley and Ryan Strand (Camden Backwoods) choose large format film cameras for their work, a medium that forces the viewer, photographer, and subjects to look critically at what is easily overlooked as ordinary.

U.S.80 Exotic Country
Photographs by Alexander Shields & William Eckersley

Alexander Shields and William Eckersley
Photo by Alexander Shields and William Eckersley. Coming Soon, Dudley GA.

U.S.80 was the first coast-to-coast highway in America, pre-dating even the fabled Route 66. It spans nearly 3,000 miles and runs between Savannah, Georgia, and San Diego, California, covering an enormous diversity of American landscape and culture.

During three visits between 2008 and 2009, Alexander Shields and William Eckersley traveled U.S.80 several times, building this collection of large format photographs that document the road and its environs.

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Margins of Life
Photographs by Goran Stamenkovic
Goran Stamenkovic
Photo by Goran Stamenkovic. Housewife from the village Topli Do.
Serbian photographer Goran Stamenkovic photographs farmers, house wives, blacksmiths, and others engaged in traditional occupations in rural communities throughout his native country. Using graphic black and white photography, he captures the fabric of life that has existed unchanged for generations. The subjects of Stamenkovic's photographs have far more in common with rural communities throughout eastern Europe than they do with the urban chic in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

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Flying with the Dead
Photographs by Santiago Billy
Santiago Billy
Photo by Santiago Billy. Kites in Guatemala are made from paper, bamboo and cane.
In the midst of violence, Guatemala is a country known for its colors. This post-civil war country and drug trafficking port is home to elaborate traditions including the "Día de los Muertos" on the first of November. In addition to cleaning graves and celebrating with a meal called "fiambre," two towns--Santiago and Sumpango--fly kites to honor the dead, who are believed to be roaming in spirit on All Saints Day. Six weeks are spent preparing the kites made of paper, bamboo, and cane for what has become the biggest fair in the region of Sacatepequez.

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Shiho Fukada, SDN Awardee, Blogs from Baghdad for the New York Times

Photo by Shiho Fukada
Shiho Fukada was honorable mention in SDN's competition on the global recession. She is now the New York Times photographer in Baghdad. In this blog she reports on Iraqis flocking to Al Zawraa Park during Id al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. Click here for the New York Times "At War" blog.

Open Society Documentary Photography Project Announces 2010 Audience Engagement Grant Winners

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project announces the recipients of the 2010 Audience Engagement Grant competition. The goal of the Audience Engagement Grant program is to support innovative projects that use existing bodies of photographic work to actively engage audiences on human rights and social justice issues. This year's grant recipients are: Andrew Agaba , Donna De Cesare, Kunda Dixit , Stephen Ferry, FIERCE, Alit Ambara, Lorena Ros, and Jean-Marie Simon.

Call for Proposals: Production Grant for Photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan
Deadline: Friday, December 3, 2010, 6pm EST

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project and Arts and Culture Program invite documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan to apply for a grant and training opportunity. Approximately 10 cash stipends in the amount of $3,500 each will be awarded to photographers to produce a photo essay on a current human rights or social issue in the region. The program includes two master-level workshops and ongoing mentorship throughout the six-month grant term.

Call for Papers: Fielding Review seeks articles/photographic essays on social justice and diversity issues for premier issue
Deadline: January 15, 2011

The Fielding Review seeks articles addressing social justice and diversity issues based upon scholarly review, synthesis of current research, knowledgeable critiques of current practices or theories, or the advancement of innovative concepts, theories, and practices that improve the human condition. The Fielding Review is an open access online journal.

Photographers should submit an abstract, or brief overview, describing the proposed photo essay/position paper. The abstract should be approved prior to creating the full submission.

Spotlight editor: Glenn Ruga
Associate editor: Jenny Fremlin

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SocialDocumentary.net is a website for photographers, NGOs, journalists, editors, and students to create and explore documentary exhibits 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.