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SDN Announces
Call for Entries
Call for Entries

Deadline for entries:

May 31, 2011

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SDN begins accepting entries on March 1. Prizes include $1000 to first place winner, exhibition at powerHouse Arena in New York, and other prizes. Click to find out more.  


Other Recently- Added Exhibits 

Ron Fuchs
Ron Fuchs

The Death of Dixie Beer 

Established in 1907, Dixie Beer was the last microbrewery in New Orleans in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the city.
Simon Wedege
Simon Wedege

Anti-Muslim Group Protest Against Danish Mosque

The Danish group 'Stop Islamization of Denmark' called for a Sunni Muslim mosque to be closed because they think they're preaching an extreme version of Islam.

Genšer Yurttas

Hunger Strike, Turkey
In 2000, political inmates were moved to new prisons. The inmates started a hunger strike claiming that they were psychologically and physically at risk. These photographs are exhibited in memory of the 122 people who died during the process.

Tero Leponiemi
Tero Leponiemi

Old age-coming along?
Getting older is often accompanied by deteriorating health, aching joints, and sometimes it grasps one's heart. Despite that, memories and feelings can be as colorful and warm, as earlier days.

Najib Joe Hakim
Najib Joe Hakim

Bedouin Souq Jerusalem

Early each Friday morning, hundreds of local Bedouin, many from the Ta'amreh clan, gather outside the eastern wall of Jerusalem's Old City. They are there to buy and sell sheep, goats, donkeys and horses.These photos were taken on one such morning in 1979.

Anastasios Aggelou
Saikat Mojumder

A trip to immediacy

Most of these pictures were taken in the beautiful area of Rajastan, India, which encompasses the vast inhospitable Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert) and it is bordered by Pakistan to the west of the country.

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SPOTLIGHT/March 1, 2011

Tunisian People's Revolution-January 2011
Photographs by Manuel Meszarovits 

Manuel Meszarovits 

Photo by Manuel Meszarovits. Women protesters.

A revolution similar to the French Revolution is currently taking place in Tunisia. Sparked off by the self-immolation of 26-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi five weeks ago, the masses' protests consumed the lives of more than 100 persons before President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee to Saudi Arabia.

 Click here to view the exhibit.  

The Great Game: Travels in the Former Soviet Union

Photographs by Frank Ward
Frank Ward

Photo by Frank Ward. Guard of the Eternal Flame, Irkutsk, Siberia, 2010.

"The Great Game" was the name given to the 19th century conflict between Britain and Russia for political control of Central Asia. The 20th century resulted in communist domination of the region and their winning "The Great Game." The 21st century offers an ongoing struggle to overcome the multi-layered devastation left by the former Soviet Union. Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are caught between the superpowers of the European Union and the Peoples Republic of China. They face the challenge of rebuilding and restructuring in a rapidly changing world.

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The Men and Women of the Detroit Fire Department

Photographs by Ralph Jones  
Ralph Jones

Photo by Ralph Jones. Detroit Fire Department

The City of Detroit encompasses 143 square miles or 370.4 square kilometers. Detroit's population piqued at 2,000,000 people in the late 1950's, and has steadily declined to a population of 910,920 today. The city's tax base has also eroded and budget cuts have affected the Detroit Fire Department. There are currently 988 firefighters, down from about 1188 in 2004, and that does not include another 100 or so employees in arson, fire inspection, training, communications and community education whose ranks also have been severely cut. There are an estimated 40,000 vacant buildings in Detroit mostly due to the decline in population and that has also taxed the resources of the Fire Department having to respond to arson fires.

Click here to view the exhibit. 

Dutch Coffee Shop

Photographs by Willem Wernsen
Willem Wernsen

Photo by Willem Wernsen. Dutch Coffeeshop

"I made these photos in a coffee shop in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. I use some cannabis for my own illness and pain, so I asked the visitors there over a period of two years if I can make portraits of them. I have 45 pictures now and I am still photographing them today. Fifteen of the coffee shop pictures are published in my new and second book "Timeless" that will be available in March this year."  

 Click here to view the exhibit.  
SDN News

VISION PROJECT - Photography in a Digital World Series: Les Stone

March 3, 2011, 6:30 pm 

Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Ave., Fairfield, CT  


Vision Project is pleased to announce the continuation of our Photography In A Digital World series. Our next presentation will feature Les Stone. Haiti: A History of Crisis


Critically acclaimed photographer, Les Stone, has been photographing Haiti for over twenty years. Since 1987, he has traveled there more than 100 times, documenting the lives, culture and events of a nation struggling to survive. Few have chronicled the country's history with such depth and understanding.  


Wide Angle View - 16 International Award-Winning Photojournalists Exhibit

How do photojournalists decompress from the stress of being in war zones and natural disasters? What do they photograph on their own time? The Wide Angle View exhibit at the Orange County Center of Contemporary Art places 5 assignment images next to 5 personal images from some of the world's best photo and multimedia journalists working today. Exhibit runs through March 26, 2011. http://www.occca.org/exhibitions.html 

Fovea Presents: Nothing Like My Home (The Iraqi Refugee Crisis)
Photographs by Lori Grinker

February 12 - May 8, 2011 


Lori GrinkerFor the past eight years, the Iraqi people have been forced to flee their homes and their country, creating one of the largest exoduses of refugees in the history of the Middle East.

This exhibit looks at the personal and private trauma experienced by a few of these people since the war began in their country, as documented for an extended period by the celebrated photojournalist and SDN advisor Lori Grinker. Visit www.foveaexhibitions.org for more information.

About SocialDocumentary.net
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.  

Spotlight editor: Glenn Ruga

Associate editor: Barbara Ayotte