BORDER AGENTS IN TRAINING / December 6, 2017
Anastasia Photo Emerging Photographer Sarah Blesener traveled to Kingsville, Texas and Nogales, Arizona this year to document the Border Patrol Explorers. The program launched in 1973 to train youth in border patrol and American citizenship. Sponsored by the United States Border Patrol, the program also serves as a recruitment tool for the agency, for those students who wish to enter law enforcement. It is one of the most stable career pursuits in the region.
Many of the students Blesener photographed are themselves immigrants from Mexico, or are first generation Americans. The program prompts questions of identity and allegiance amidst a national conversation on immigration reform and citizenship.
War Games: Russia’s Young Cadets on Parade / AUGUST 15, 2017
The Guardian features Sarah Blesener’s ongoing series, Toy Soldiers. Over 200,000 youth are enrolled in cadet clubs that offer a potent mix of patriotism and play fighting. Anastasia Photo's Sarah Blesener captured the students' experience within the clubs in her series Toy Soldiers.
Jonathan Alpeyrie traveled to Mosul, Iraq, in March 2017 to explore the Iraqi army’s advance in recapturing the city from ISIS control.
In 2014, the Islamic State declared its caliphate in Mosul. Iraqi troops have worked over the past year to unseat ISIS from their primary hold in the country. To date, they have reclaimed the east of the city and have been undergoing efforts to expel ISIS in its last bastion of the city. Hundreds of ISIS fights remain entrenched in Mosul in resistance to the Iraqi soldiers, making recent fighting the most brutal since the start of the Iraq's reconquest.
Mosul's civilians have found themselves trapped amidst the conflict. Those who are able attempt to escape. Others have not been as fortunate in making it out alive or unharmed. In several instances, the Iraqi military has imposed lulls in the conflict to allow rescue workers to remove the dead and injured from the area.
Additional work can be found by Jonathan Alpeyrie can be seen in his portfolio, here.
Big Food: George Steinmetz in the New York Times Magazine / October 5, 2016
By 2100, the world’s population is estimated to increase from 7.4 to more than 11 billion people. Between the population surge and increased demand from China and Latin America’s growing wealth, the world will need to double its food supply.
For the United States in particular, the current industrialized food system nourishes more people, at a lower cost, than any comparable system in history. As part of his ongoing project, Big Food, George Steinmetz spent nearly a year traveling the United States for the New York Times Magazine to capture this system and the food producers who make it possible.
See the dizzying scale in The New York Times Magazine’s multimedia piece here.
INTRODUCING: THE CIRCLE / AUGUST 10, 2016
In 2011, Guillermo Cervera was photographing the Libyan Civil War alongside colleagues Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros. He moved aside to take a photograph of a bubbly image of a Pepsi advertisement behind a Libyan fighter. In the split second he had stepped away, his two colleagues were hit by mortar shells. The sight of the Pepsi water image saved his life.
It was that moment that led Guillermo to turn his camera inward for his next adventure and embark on a year long journey at sea.
A seasoned conflict photographer, Guillermo has always been attracted to the sea. His great great grandfather Admiral Pascual Cervera, who confronted the American fleet in the final battle of the Spanish-Cuban War, served as an example for future generations. Guillermo's grandfather also served as an admiral, and his father was a shipbuilding engineer before turning to arms manufacturing for Arab states. The threads of his family history are pervasive throughout Guillermo’s work.
"Perhaps as a result of my situation within my family, the frequent abandonments and traumatic experiences that I’ve endured, I have always tried to reflect on—and reflect in my pictures—how the world self-destructs, how it suffers and moves towards the abyss. Somehow, I felt I had to redress the deep pain that my father caused — and still causes — by selling weaponry. Or perhaps, in a subconscious way, I was trying to prove that what my father used to say was true: that he was selling weapons in order to promote peace.”
Between stints photographing in conflict zones, he has always taken to the sea to find - and photograph - the calming effects of the water and its surf. Guillermo finds solace and liberation when surrounded by water.
Over the next year, he’ll sail around six continents. Guillermo and his crew will also venture on land to motorcycle from Thailand to Kazakhstan and back, revisiting some of the countries that have had the greatest impact on his life and career.
Follow Guillermo with us, delve into the rich history of the countries he'll be visiting, and learn more about the man himself and what led him to this unconventional profession.
"The Renovation Generation" - New Work by Dina Litovsky / May 5, 2016
Vietnam’s current median age is just under 30. With half the country born in a period of economic growth and prosperity following the 1986 Renovation policy, the ‘Renovation Generation’ is experiencing a unique youth culture. Western culture and the digital revolution presents new forms of engagement with Vietnam’s traditional values. Consequently, a rift has emerged between the youth and their parents’ generation as the Renovation Generation continues to strive for engagement with the wider world.
Dina Litovsky’s new work explores this curious generation and its focus on personal freedoms of daily behavior, consumer goods and the entertainment industry.
Dina plans to return for a third trip to continue this ongoing project.
Today, there are more refugees and internally displaced people than at any other time since World War II.
Unable to simply watch as a bystander, Roger LeMoyne spent two weeks covering the mass exodus from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq on the island of Lesbos in Greece and Macedonia.
Roger comments: "There’s a profound dissonance between the situation and the type of people who are refugees and who, as such, have come to embody the region’s instability. During the two weeks that I spent in Lesbos and traveling with migrants to the Macedonian border, I encountered members of an educated middle-class, graphic designers, doctors, entrepreneurs. I wondered: ‘How can someone who’s informed, who’s well-read, who has access to technology and who has some financial means be reduced to putting his life in peril crossing a sea on a dinghy, walking through inhospitable lands, waiting, like cattle, at border control centers and boarding trains that are reminiscent of another tragedy?"
Roger’s new work visualizes the geopolitical divides at the source of this crisis and explores the changing shape of the asylum landscape. In a recently published interview, Roger speaks further on the crisis and his visual response alongside the commentary by Dr. Jen Bagelman, who studies questions of asylum and citizenship, Christopher Tidey from UNICEF, and Sonja Kuiten, a volunteer.
We are pleased to introduce Tomas van Houtryve to our roster of represented photographers.
Tomas is an artist, photographer and author whose work engages critical contemporary issues around the world. His imagery explores contemporary warfare and the modern State through issues such as drones, electronic surveillance, nuclear testing and Cold War ideology.
In 2015, Tomas received the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award - among many other accolades - for Blue Sky Days, a longterm project thats mission is to “bring the drone war home.” Blue Sky Days applies the concepts of surveillance and foreign drone strikes in public spaces to similar situations across the United States. His eye is drawn to situations that mirror surveillance activity under military gaze; a group practicing yoga outdoors is easily mistaken for a group praying, a playground compared to those that were caught in numerous drone strikes. Each black and white image is accompanied by detailed captions that outline the similarities between his drone’s photograph and the view from its military counterpart.
Tomas is currently in production of a second installation to Blue Sky Days. A book will be released in Fall 2016 and the work will be exhibited in an upcoming show at the gallery.
THE GEOGRAPHY OF POVERTY: GREYHOUND / March 5, 2016
Matt Black is back on the road. On the heels of his cross-country road trip across the four corners of the United States, Matt is now halfway through his journey by Greyhound bus across the center of the country. Since 2000, the number of communities of “concentrated poverty” has doubled. More than 45 million Americans fall below the poverty line, and the widening gap between the rich and poor continues to cripple communities across the nation. The new installment of the Geography of Poverty puts a face and voice to these communities based on the conversations he has with fellow passengers from Bangor, Maine to Calexico, California.
Follow along on Instagram here.
Holiday Lights Around New York City by Natan Dvir / December 16, 2015
For the second year, The New York Times T Magazine displays Natan Dvir’s images of New York City’s holiday transformation. From Fifth Avenue to Dyker Heights (dubbed “Dyker Lights”), Natan captures the city’s shift into the holiday season.
Big Food: George Steinmetz The New York Times Magazine
See more images in an interactive article, here.
GEORGE STEINMETZ IN THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE'S 'VOYAGES' ISSUE/OCTOBER 14, 2015
George Steinmetz photographs Venezuela’s Angel Falls in The New York Times Magazine’s ‘Voyages’ issue.
The Magazine asked five photographers for their visual journeys in destinations seldom frequented in the travel photographer sphere.
Along with his son John Steinmetz, George flew from New York to Caracas and into the tepuisin the Cessna. The two bush pilots he hired treated the aircrafts as though they were dancers, granting both mystical scenes and aerial photography opportunities.
See the full series here.
Cecil the Lion / June 30, 2015
The loss of Cecil, a 13-year-old "protected” lion who was senselessly slaughtered and skinned, is not only a universal loss, but a personal one for us at Anastasia Photo. The gallery endows all its exhibitions with a related philanthropic organization. In September 2013 we paired our Michael "Nick" Nichols show with Brent Stapelkamp's Long Shields Lion Guardians Organization.
We began our relationship as a supporter of Brent Stapelkamp helping him to purchase equipment for his organization. Brent has been a researcher and supervisor of Cecil since 2008. As this murder has struck us for both its horrendous and unethical approach as well as its personal connection, we wanted to take the opportunity to both raise attention to the wider situation as well as offer an opportunity for those interested in engaging further.
Cecil's murder was not an isolated incident. More than 500 lions were legally killed last year, out of an estimated remaining 30,000 wild lions worldwide. When a male lion is killed, his entire family is put in danger, which often results in another five to twelve lion deaths. Lions are on track to be rapidly extinct, and despite their quickly dwindling numbers, lions remain unrecognized in international funds protecting against endangered species.
Cecil's death is an opportunity for the international community to take note and take action. While lion hunting unfortunately remains largely legal, it is by no means ethical. When American dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil, he claimed he believed to be acting within the rules of the law. After all, he paid roughly $50,000 for an almost guaranteed killing of his trophy prize - yet there was no permit for the hunt, he illegally operated at night, and his team lured Cecil off protected land in order to evade legal sanctions. Unfortunately, lion hunting is big business for nearly risk-free and sure-fire results. Their
slaughter is carefully calculated, and those arranging the kill are able to reap in hundreds of thousands of dollars almost effortlessly.
We encourage you to educate yourselves on the ethical practice of lion hunting and the truly despicable acts that are being taken continuously against lions' depleting population.
Concerned readers should urge the United States to recognize lions as "threatened" and stop trophy imports by writing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service here. You can also donate to Born Free USA, who works tirelessly to bring animal rights to the surface of legislation, litigation and international education.
GEORGE STEINMETZ FEATURED IN TIME / APRIL 22, 2015
George Steinmetz hitched a ride aboard a helicopter over Holland’s fields of tulips, his images are featured in Time Lightbox.
Tulips blooming in fields between Amsterdam and Leiden, The Netherlands.
JONATHAN ALPEYRIE REPORTING FROM DEBALTSEVE, UKRAINE / FEBRUARY 14, 2015
Refugees from Debaltseve are escaping the battle zone on foot while Grad missile systems are heading to the front.
Fighting continues between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in and around the important railway hub of Debaltseve. The humanitarian situation in the town has become catastrophic as thousands have fled, while many more are trapped in the heavily shelled town. Locals each day try to flee the battle zone using cars, trucks or buses driven by volunteers making the round trip multiple times a day.
The battle of the railway hub of Debaltseve has reached a breaking point. Only an estimated 3 thousand locals are still present within the city out of its original 25 thousand. Pro-Russian forces have been attempting to encircle the city from the North, shelling heavily the area while making slow progress towards their goal.
Watch New York City landmarks light up for the holidays in an interactive feature by T Magazine featuring images shot by Natan Dvir.