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29 photos that will make you think

posted on January 23rd 2015 in Photography & Social with 0 Comments

“The reality is there but you do not notice it. You do not want to see it”. This is how photojournalist Czuko Williams expresses how many times society tries to escape from social issues such as immigration, evictions, homelessness or the rights of children. Williams is one of four finalists in the XVIII edition of International Humanitarian Photography Award Luis Valtueña, organized by Médicos del Mundo, which this year was focused on these four issues.

This edition of the award, organised by the NGO in memory of four cooperators of the organisation killed in Bosnia and Rwanda in 1995 and 1997, has received more than 1,700 images taken by 180 professionals from 25 countries. A selection of 39 of those snapshots are exposed from Wednesday until 1 February in Madrid.

The show, which opened Tuesday, has brought together the four finalists, including the winner José Palazón, who went viral in October with his picture ‘Desolate landscapes’, where a group of immigrants were perched on the fence in Melilla and two golfers were playing the sport, apparently unmoved, on the other side of the fence.

Andres Kudacki, AP photojournalist and first finalist, has participated in this edition with a selection of his work on evictions, ‘Spain. National Housing Crisis. Evictions’. Kudacki, who has been collecting these photos for over two years,portrayed two months ago  the widespread eviction of Carmen. What comes after an eviction, homelessness, is precisely what has portrayed the third finalist, Czuko Williams, with a series captured between Madrid and Barcelona, entitled ‘Hotel of the Stars’.

The second finalist, David Rengel, took the photographs in the other side of the world. This documentary photographer discovered in Cambodia a ‘dirty Tourism’, as he has called his series, related to the absence of rights of children. “I was there at the dump and saw a group of tourists arrived and began to take pictures of children who were working in the landfill, without any respect for them.” he says about the time when he decided to take snapshots. “Their guide told me they were medicine students and had come to see that. They didn’t go to help…” he laments.

Desolated Landscapes series

Picture: José Palazón Osma

Picture: José Palazón Osma.

 

Spain. National Housing Crisis. Evictions

Andres Kudacki claims he makes the photos to "document" but must "muster the strength" to work while people are "about to lose everything." In the image, the police burst into the home of Maria Isabel Rodriguez Romero to evict her and her family in Madrid in September 2013. Romero and six members of his family have been living in an apartment for 24 years and had a debt of 1,200 euros.

Andres Kudacki claims he makes the photos to “document” but must “muster the strength” to work while people are “about to lose everything.” In the image, the police burst into the home of Maria Isabel Rodriguez Romero to evict her and her family in Madrid in September 2013. Romero and six members of his family have been living in an apartment for 24 years and had a debt of 1,200 euros. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

The common denominator Kudacki finds in evictions is that people are asking, "Why me now? Nobody help us because we are in crisis, but the banks themselves were rescued." In the picture, Luisa González weeps at the postponement of eviction from his family and the demolition of his house after a condemnation that, she says, is a result of real estate speculation.

The common denominator Kudacki finds in evictions is that people are asking, “Why me now? Nobody help us because we are in crisis, but the banks themselves were rescued.” In the picture, Luisa González weeps at the postponement of eviction from his family and the demolition of his house after a condemnation that, she says, is a result of real estate speculation. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

Veronica Ariza cries while holding the hand of her husband and locks herself in her apartment during their eviction in Madrid in November 2013. They didn't pay rent to Bankia for 15 months when he lost his job, and now the debt is 12,000 euros.

Veronica Ariza cries while holding the hand of her husband and locks herself in her apartment during their eviction in Madrid in November 2013. They didn’t pay rent to Bankia for 15 months when he lost his job, and now the debt is 12,000 euros. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

Police evict activists trying to prevent the eviction of Susana Montoya in Madrid in July 2013. Montoya and her husband have three children and, from a year ago, occupy one floor of the Municipal Housing unable to afford to pay rent.

Police evict activists trying to prevent the eviction of Susana Montoya in Madrid in July 2013. Montoya and her husband have three children and, from a year ago, occupy one floor of the Municipal Housing unable to afford to pay rent. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

Veronica Labradas stands outside her apartment while helping a man get his things after being evicted in October 2014. Labradas and her family occupied one floor for six months unable to pay rent because of losing their business.

Veronica Labradas stands outside her apartment while helping a man get his things after being evicted in October 2014. Labradas and her family occupied one floor for six months unable to pay rent because of losing their business. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

Maria Isabel Rodriguez Romero cries before the arrival of the police to evict her family in Madrid in September 2013.

Maria Isabel Rodriguez Romero cries before the arrival of the police to evict her family in Madrid in September 2013. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

Carrasquilla Soledad Delgado, 53, unemployed -in the center of the image-receiving help from her daughter -on her right; her sister, on her left; her husband -on the upper left-hand and two members of the Platform Affected by Mortgage (PAH) -on the upper right and bottom of the photo to faint from a panic attack after postponing his eviction and his family in Madrid in October 2013.

Carrasquilla Soledad Delgado, 53, unemployed -in the center of the image-receiving help from her daughter -on her right; her sister, on her left; her husband -on the upper left-hand and two members of the Platform Affected by Mortgage (PAH) -on the upper right and bottom of the photo to faint from a panic attack after postponing his eviction and his family in Madrid in October 2013. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

Friends and activists help Veronica Labradas taking pictures and bags after being evicted by police in Madrid in October 2014.

Friends and activists help Veronica Labradas taking pictures and bags after being evicted by police in Madrid in October 2014. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

Veronica Labradas, in the center of the image remains outside their home with their belongings after being evicted.

Veronica Labradas, in the center of the image remains outside their home with their belongings after being evicted. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

Efren Gonzalez, 68, coverz her granddaughter, sleeping on the street after being evicted in Madrid in September 2013. Efren Rodriguez Gonzalez and six members of his family lived in an apartment  for 24 years and their debt amounted to 1,200 euros.

Efren Gonzalez, 68, coverz her granddaughter, sleeping on the street after being evicted in Madrid in September 2013. Efren Rodriguez Gonzalez and six members of his family lived in an apartment for 24 years and their debt amounted to 1,200 euros. Picture: Andres Kudacki.

 

Dirty Tourism series

A truckload of waste reaches the dustbin of Siem Reap (Cambodia). It is estimated that in this place about 20 children work with their families. Picture: David Rengel Borreguero

A truckload of waste reaches the dustbin of Siem Reap (Cambodia). It is estimated that in this place about 20 children work with their families.
Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

Visit to the dump in a tourist stop. In the picture, a Japanese tourist covers her mouth and nose for the strong smell that landfill gases Siem Reap (Cambodia) cap. Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

Visit to the dump in a tourist stop. In the picture, a Japanese tourist covers her mouth and nose for the strong smell that landfill gases Siem Reap (Cambodia) cap.
Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

Kon Mai, 15, on top of a mountain of garbage. He began working at the dump with 12 years and had to leave school because their parents continually needed to go from one place to another looking for work. They also work at the dump. He has five brothers, all underage. At home there are problems of domestic violence and he wants to leave as soon as possible. He has future plans to work in construction. Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

Kon Mai, 15, on top of a mountain of garbage. He began working at the dump with 12 years and had to leave school because their parents continually needed to go from one place to another looking for work. They also work at the dump. He has five brothers, all underage. At home there are problems of domestic violence and he wants to leave as soon as possible. He has future plans to work in construction.
Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

A Japanese tourist taking pictures with children working in the dump. Tourists take pictures and give candies to children. The city has the landfill as a tourist attraction. Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

A Japanese tourist taking pictures with children working in the dump. Tourists take pictures and give candies to children. The city has the landfill as a tourist attraction.
Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

Sueun Chany, 14, began working with 11 in the landfill. Her family consists of seven people. In the future she would like to be a teacher. Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

Sueun Chany, 14, began working with 11 in the landfill. Her family consists of seven people. In the future she would like to be a teacher.
Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

A Japanese tourist covered with a mask takes photos of children working in the dump. Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

A Japanese tourist covered with a mask takes photos of children working in the dump.
Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

Hael Kemra is 15 and in the future would like to be an English teacher. She began working at the dump with 10. It was her mother who brought her there to earn money. Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

Hael Kemra is 15 and in the future would like to be an English teacher. She began working at the dump with 10. It was her mother who brought her there to earn money.
Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

The tourist bus departs leaving behind children with the candies and the photos that have been made. Korean, English and Japanese tourists usually visit the dustbin of Siem Reap (Cambodia). Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

The tourist bus departs leaving behind children with the candies and the photos that have been made. Korean, English and Japanese tourists usually visit the dustbin of Siem Reap (Cambodia).
Picture: David Rengel Borreguero.

 

The stars hotel series

Czuko Williams, who got the prize for "Hotel of the Stars", recalls how a homeless person named the set of his photographs: "A man who had been security guard told me the first time the police stopped him and asked for his address, he said: 'The hotel of the stars'. When the agent asked where was it, he replied: 'Well, here, there, in the opposite corner ...' responded ". In the image, the Suite "Benetton" on the street Gran Via, 41 (Madrid). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Czuko Williams, who got the prize for “Hotel of the Stars”, recalls how a homeless person named the set of his photographs: “A man who had been security guard told me the first time the police stopped him and asked for his address, he said: ‘The hotel of the stars’. When the agent asked where was it, he replied: ‘Well, here, there, in the opposite corner …’ responded “. In the image, the Suite “Benetton” on the street Gran Via, 41 (Madrid).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "El Corte Inglés", in Princess Street, 1 (Madrid). "People see these people but not actually see them, they do not exist," complains Williams. Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “El Corte Inglés”, in Princess Street, 1 (Madrid). “People see these people but not actually see them, they do not exist,” complains Williams.
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "El Raval". Carrer de Ferlandina, 25. Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “El Raval”. Carrer de Ferlandina, 25. Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "Music Palace". Calle Gran Via, 35 (Madrid). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “Music Palace”. Calle Gran Via, 35 (Madrid).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "Music Palace". Calle Gran Via, 35 (Madrid). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “Music Palace”. Calle Gran Via, 35 (Madrid).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "Bankia". Calle Gran Via, 44 (Madrid). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “Bankia”. Calle Gran Via, 44 (Madrid).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "Capitol". Calle Gran Via, 43 (Madrid). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “Capitol”. Calle Gran Via, 43 (Madrid).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "Nadisar". Calle Alcalá, 94 (Madrid). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “Nadisar”. Calle Alcalá, 94 (Madrid).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "The Park". Parque de la Fuente del Berro (Madrid). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “The Park”. Parque de la Fuente del Berro (Madrid).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite "Benetton". Ephemeral Memorial to Lourdes Vilches (Madrid). Picture: Czuko Williams.

Suite “Benetton”. Ephemeral Memorial to Lourdes Vilches (Madrid).
Picture: Czuko Williams.

Source: Premio Luis Valtueña.

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