Tag Archives: IM Magazine 2015 – 2016

Amanda Vincelli: Regimen

Amanda Vincelli (USA): Regimen

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Regimen reflects on processes and outcomes of diagnosis and normalizing perceptions of health. It asks: what is natural? Who and what can we trust? The project explores these questions through the medicinal regimens of one hundred women, ages 21 to 35 — specifically, the motivations behind their often-changing consumption of (or abstention from) pharmaceuticals, supplements, vitamins, and recreational drugs.

The project is comprised of photographic portraits of each woman, still lifes of the medicines they each consume (if any), and written/audio testimonies explaining their respective motivations. These meetings took place from late 2014 through 2015 in New York, Amsterdam, London, Montreal and Los Angeles.

The project focuses on the medicine consumption of women because this is an area where they face special pressures, particularly around reproductive health and body image. Crucially, the project came into being in urban centers where young professionals tend to be subject to high productivity standards. For as much as Regimen is a project about young women, it reflects on a general pressure in ultra-competitive societies for people to outperform their natural dispositions.

Jennifer Lynn Morse: Black, White & Grey

Jennifer Lynn Morse (USA): Black, White & Grey

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In this series the subjects are John Dugdale and Rey Clarke. John is blind. He is a survivor of the AIDS crisis. He is also a renowned photographer. John and Rey are partners. Rey is John’s visual translator. Rey is also an artist. Rey is sighted.

John is White, Rey is Black. John cannot see Rey.

In the world they have created, the stigma of these things don’t matter. They don’t infringe on their beauty or ability to help each other. This is a story of survivors.

Kristina Syrchikova: Funeral Dress

Kristina Syrchikova (Russia): Funeral Dress

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Cancer problem remains relevant in modern society. According to World Health Organization’s information, every year in the world more than 7.5 million people die of cancer. In Russia at the end of 2012 more than 3.0 million patients were registered at cancer care facilities. Every minute 1 cancer is diagnosed. During the last 10 years the number of cancer patients has increased to 25.5%. In 10 years – if the situation doesn’t change – the number of patients will increase to 15-20% more. In 60% of cases the disease is diagnosed on III-IV stage. Annual economical cancer loss complies more than 90 billion rubles. Continue reading Kristina Syrchikova: Funeral Dress

An-Sofie Kesteleyn: A Lamb named Beauty

An-Sofie Kesteleyn (Belgium): A Lamb named Beauty

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A lamb named Beauty
shows the life of two twin sisters Kimberly and Gwendolyn. The series started in 2007, when the sisters were 10 years old. They live in a Flemish village in Belgium, close to where I grew up. I tried to give a candid impression about how the twins take care of each other, and the many animals that are gathered around them. The twins seem to live in a domain all of their own, taking strength from their love from one another.

The title is named to their lamb ‘Beauty’, who is also grown up today. I got to know the girls when they were ten years old and have continued to photograph them off and on ever since. As the twins grow up, carefree play makes way for increasing self-consciousness.

Marina Paulenka: The Other Home

Marina Paulenka (Croatia): The Other Home

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The Other Home is documentary photography project in which I show a female prison inmates through the justice system at the penitentiary in Pozega, Croatia, and way of life in it, where I question the issue of freedom, surveillance, home and otherness. Požega Penitentiary is the only female penitentiary in Croatia where over 130 prisoners serve a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months and up.

Given that historical reductive forensic portraits delete all of their representation except criminal identity, my photographs depict the existing scenes of women’s rooms, dorms, cells, bathrooms and ‘private’ and ‘personal’ stuff. Continue reading Marina Paulenka: The Other Home

Sofia Valiente: Miracle Village

Sofia Valiente (USA): Miracle Village
Inge Morath Award Finalist, 2015

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In South Florida, off the coast of Lake Okeechobee, lies a community called Miracle Village. It is home to over 150 sex offenders. The village was founded five years ago by a Christian ministry that seeks to help individuals that have no place to go when they leave prison. The residency restrictions in Florida make it so that sex offenders must live a minimum of 2,500 feet from any school, bus stop, or place where children congregate.

In reality, this is a very difficult restriction to abide by. Before coming to the village many of Miracle Village’s residents were homeless. The village is connected to the small town of Pahokee (population 8,000) and is 40 miles from the medium populated towns of Palm Beach County. The rectangular compound, made up of 52 off-white duplexes on six streets and two roads, is surrounded by sugarcane and cornfields. Continue reading Sofia Valiente: Miracle Village

Danielle Villasana: A Light Inside

Danielle Villasana (USA): A Light Inside
Inge Morath Award Recipient, 2015

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In Peru, a country with a highly machismo, conservative, religious and transphobic culture, transgender women are extremely marginalized and discriminated against in society. Persecution begins early, causing them to abandon their studies and families. With few options or support, many practice sex work where they live in compromised conditions throughout their lives with limited opportunities for social security, higher education or employment outside the streets. With few avenues for upward mobility, they are sequestered in hostile environments characterized by rejection, fear and exploitation.

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As sex workers with no legal protections, they are at greater risk of violence and sexual and substance abuse, and are less able to protect their health. In fact, eighty percent of trans homicides worldwide occur in Latin America. Without legal protections or recognition, many cases of violence and death in Peru go undocumented, leaving these human rights violations invisible. Continue reading Danielle Villasana: A Light Inside