SDN Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT/Number 122, April 2013   


Dear SDN Readers: 


Special Issue SDN is very pleased to announce the premier edition of SDN/Special Issue. This new web-based publication from SDN provides additional context for the visual exhibits on the website.

This first issue, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa, is written by Caterina Clerici, an Italian journalist now working in New York and a recent graduate from the Columbia School of Journalism.  


The photographers in this issue -- Paolo Patruno, Yanina Manilova, Jessica Scranton, and Dominic Chavez -- had all submitted work to the December 2012 SDN Call for Entries for the Photography Fellowship in Africa. Their work is among a strong group of submissions dealing with this important subject and became the inspiration behind this first issue. Ms. Clerici also interviewed two experts on maternal health in Africa for -- Lynn Freedman and Therese McGinn, both from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Stay tuned for future SDN/Special Issues as we explore many of the other themes on the website. Other issues we are considering are the environmental effects of global warming, the Arab Spring, child labor, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, loss of traditional cultures and lifestyles, human trafficking, and many others.


Glenn Ruga
SDN Founder and Director 



Featured Exhibits   


Gabriela Bulisova

Photograph by Gabriela Bulisova. "When I look at the person I used to be, I am inspired by the fact of whom I became," Lashawna says. "I believe there is nothing I cannot do if I really, really want to do it."  


Time Zone: Incarceration and Reentry   

United States
Photographs by Gabriela Bulisova      

Lashawna, a 39-year-old resident of Washington, DC, spent half of her life in prison for the murder of two women. "Time Zone" focuses on her transformation while in prison, her difficult yet highly successful reentry into society, and the conflicts that remain within her and her family. This highly personal account moves beyond stigma and cliché, achieving a deeper awareness of the issues surrounding incarceration and reentry.

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Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos   

Albertina d'Urso
Following the spiral of violence and poverty hitting the Central American nations of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala the number of orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children is constantly increasing. This organization provides a permanent family and home for them. 


Marble Game

Md.Minhaz Ul Islam Nizami
If anyone walks through any village in Bangladesh, surely he/she will see children gathering and playing marbles. For thousands of years marbles have proven itself to be one of the world's most popular, interesting and entertaining games for children. 

Sobieslaw Franczak

Kids of Novatas  

Sobieslaw Franczak
People living in a public cemetery in Navotas, north of Manila. About 600 families sleep, play, cook, eat, and live atop the tombs.  

David Penner

Occupy Wall Street, NYC

David Penner
On Sept 17, protesters gathered at Zucotti Park to protest what they felt were the excesses of Wall Street greed. Many camped out, and were ultimately evicted on November 15, 2011. These are the faces of the Occupation.

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Struggling to Survive 
Childbirth in Sierra Leone
Photographs by Dominic Chavez

Dominic Chavez

Photograph by Dominic Chavez. Little hands with brightly colored bracelets lie listlessly at Ola During Children's Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone while they receive medical attention and treatment for severe diarrhea caused by unclean water and sanitation issues.


In Sierra Leone, women face a one-in-eight chance of dying during childbirth. Even when mothers survive these dangerous odds, many of them take their newborn home to horrifying conditions -- environments filled with mounds of raw sewage and contaminated water that serve as vast magnets for a host of waterborne killer diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, polio and malaria. One-in-five of Sierra Leone's children die before the age of five.


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Light in the Hill
Photographs by Arifur Rahman

Arifur Rahman

Photograph by Arifur Rahman. Two Marma children smile while talking with each other..


Bandarban is a district in south-eastern Bangladesh. There are more than fifteen ethnic minorities living in the district besides the Bengalis, including: the Marma, Mru, Tanchangya, Bawm, Khyang, Tripura, Lushei, Khumi, Chak, Kuki, Chakma, and Rakhine. This is a photographic story that brings us very close to the smells, the colors and the efforts of a people living in extreme conditions.    


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Construction Workers
Photographs by Behnoud Mostafaie     
Behnoud Mostafaie

Photograph by Behnoud Mostafaie. Adel, 32 years old. He has been doing this work for almost 16 years with his two brothers.


Construction workers are making the reinforced concrete structure of a 13-story building.The workers come from surrounding villages to the large city of Tabriz to work. Most of their families live in the village.


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SDN News
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Collaborations for a Cause 2013
April 26-27, 2013 - Portland, Oregon

Collaborations for a Cause Collaborations for Cause brings together photographers, NGOs, activists and communications professionals to discuss the collaborative future of storytelling. Presented by Blue Earth and Ecotrust, this second annual conference builds on Blue Earth's mission to support photography that makes a difference through a combination of in-depth presentations and panel discussions, insightful case studies, and a full day of breakout sessions.


Keynote speaker will be Ed Kashi. Other panelists include Glenn Ruga, SDN Founder; Amy Yenkin, Director of the Documentary Photography Project at the Open Society Foundations; and Spencer Beebe, founder of Ecotrust. 


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Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change   
By Michelle Bogre

Michelle Bogre In 2008, Michelle Bogre, an author, documentary photographer, and associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design and Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, became increasingly concerned about the apathy she witnessed among young Americans about the upcoming Presidential election. She proposed and went on to teach a class about the history of photography and activism from its roots in the mid-1800s to the present day at Lang. The course became the springboard for her recently released, critically acclaimed book Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, published by Focal Press. In the introduction she writes, "this book aims to examine the complexity of activist photography, historically, and as it is currently practiced. In this book, the word activism is interchangeable with advocacy." 

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Call for Entries: Emerging Photojournalist Award
Deadline for Applications, May 1 
Proof PROOF: Media for Social Justice knows that emerging photojournalists want to do meaningful projects related to human rights and social justice issues but oftentimes do not have the funds or connections to do so. For this reason, we're offering an award to help an emerging photojournalist jump-start his or her project by providing funding and support from the media community.

Three awards will be given. First place will receive a $2,500 grant used to finance a photography project that promotes social change and human rights and will be mentored by Ed Kashi from VII The Magazine. Second and third place will receive mentorships from well-known photojournalists. The top three entries' work will be shown at an exhibit in the VII gallery in New York City.


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Present Your Photos to More than 1 Million Visitors This Summer in Brooklyn & Boston
Deadline for Applications, April 15
The Fence After a blockbuster first year, THE FENCE will return this year to Brooklyn Bridge Park, with a 2nd FENCE going up at the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston in partnership with Boston's Flash Forward Festival - offering even more opportunities for visibility for all participating photographers from across the globe!

Submit by April 15 for a chance to be part of this exciting public art exhibit - a co-production of United Photo Industries, Photo District News, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Flash Forward Festival.


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