We loved our new members shout-outs series last year, so of course we’re back to continue it this year – new year, new members, new inspiration. Check out the work of a few talented photographers below to see the remote villages they’ve traveled to meet people and tell their stories, the way they capture light in a perfectly curated space, and the important issues they are bringing up about our world.
PhotoShelter template: Downtown
Location: Copenhagen and around the world
Specialty and background: My main focus is telling stories of how humans around the world are affected by climate change, conflict, disaster and crisis through documentary photography. I have been educated as a photojournalist from The School of Journalism, Denmark in 1998. I have worked as a photo editor and photographer at the daily newspaper “Dagbladet Information” and “Berlingske Tidende” in Denmark, and I now work as a photojournalist for different newspapers, magazines and NGO’s. I also make exhibitions about the impact of climate change among other stories. I have received awards from World Press Photo, Picture of the Year International (POYi), Picture of the Year Denmark and the International EISA award for a photo documentary about the impacts of climate change in Ethiopia.
“Every day I have to walk out to my flooded water pump four times, to fetch water for my family. The water is getting more salty from the flooded seawater, but still okay to drink”, tells Nazmul Islam (65) as he continues walking through the water.
PhotoShelter template: Downtown
Specialty and background: I’m a London-based photographer with a background in news agencies, having spent the better part of a decade working as a photo editor for The Associated Press. I now work for a wide variety of clients, ranging from editorial outlets such as The New York Times and Cyclist magazine to humanitarian organizations such as UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency).
Story behind the photo (below): In March 2014, I was sent on assignment to Kiev by the Associated Press to cover the aftermath of the revolution which had led to the ouster of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych. This photograph was taken near Independence Square on the day I arrived. The ground was black with soot and the acrid smell of burned tires hung in the air as men and women walked listlessly among the barricades and encampments on the square. Hardly anyone spoke. Weeks before, more than a hundred protestors – known as the “heavenly hundred” – were shot and killed by snipers in a brazen attack. Among the thousands of mourners who laid carnations at makeshift memorials, stood men and women dressed in military rags, the so-called self defense volunteers. They had come from all over Ukraine to fight against the repressive government. The scenes I came across were overwhelming on that first day – it all felt a little surreal. But the expression on this particular gentleman’s face, framed by the blue curtains and the drops of water on the window, seems to encapsulate the anguish many felt. Within days, Russia annexed Crimea.
PhotoShelter template: Horizon
Location: Accra, Ghana
Specialty and background: Nana Kofi Acquah (@africashowboy) fuses his journalism and advertising past into his work across Africa, with the hope to help re-position the continent through new visual imagery and discourse. He is a member of the Instagram group @EverydayAfrica, an assignment photographer for Getty Images, and the first recipient of the Tim Hetherington and World Press Photo Fellowship.
Nana lives in a tiny village on the hem of Accra’s North Atlantic Ocean with his wife Gloria, their 3 children and 2 dogs. He shoots across the continent for such clients as The Global Fund, Americares, Facebook, Nike, BBC, The Financial Times, BASF, Novartis Foundation, ActionAid, WaterAid, Hershey’s, AfDB, Standard Bank among many others.
Current projects: His recent exhibition in Accra, his first at home, was entitled: “Don’t Call Me Beautiful” and was dedicated to raising social and political consciousness on the deliberate suppression and frustration of women in the culture.
PhotoShelter template: East
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Specialty and background: Meagan Larsen is a Utah-based photographer who specializes in shooting interiors and architecture. She enjoys working in a wide variety of spaces and creatively tackling the unique challenges that each one presents. Meagan’s goal with every shoot is to capture the space in its best light and to showcase it in a way that reflects the designer’s intent. Clients identify her work as being clean, modern, and full of light.
PhotoShelter template: Shuffle
Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Specialty and background: Will Ladson is a travel photographer, who spends most of his time abroad – exploring and traveling off the beaten path. His passion for photography revolves mostly around people, and he focuses on portraiture and documentary photography.
Current project: Much of his work is based on ‘Disappearing cultures’, a personal project, which he spends a great deal of his time on. Traveling deep into the jungles of Borneo, the far corners of Myanmar and the mountains of the Northern Philippines, he has tracked down cultures that are on the verge of vanishing to meet the people, hear their stories, and document their existence.
Story behind the photo (below): Whilst in the Philippines, working on a project with the Kalinga people, I met 91 year-old Guanto Gaymen.
Guanto lives in a small village in the Northern Philippines with his wife. Their home is a tin dwelling without power or water. His English was good, and he was happy to talk with me. He related memories of WWII where he fought hand combat against the Japanese, he told me of when he was mayor of the region and stories of his life. Meeting Guanto was one of the highlights of this project and he is to this date, one of the most interesting people I was fortunate to meet whilst working in this region.