Video: Dark Clouds – The hidden side of China’s miracle economy, by Ian Teh

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  Produced by Panos Pictures, with photographs by Ian Teh, this is a journey into some of China’s most industrialised cities, a journey to the other side of the bright shiny facade that is the economy. It is a glimpse of another life and another world that is rarely seen. China’s economy is exploding and behind the scenes of this economic miracle is the industrial revolution powered by the cheap labour that is helping to build and sustain the economy. Coal for power, coal for steel, coal for cement. Coal and labour are the raw materials, the flip side and …

Photo Essay: Charak, a Hindu Ritual, by Anindya Chakraborty

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Synopsis Charak puja is a traditional Bengali festival celebrated mainly in the rural areas. A festival dedicated strictly to penance, Charak puja stands unique in the scenario of Bengali festivals. The groups of men and women, who take up this Brata or the time bound ritual, have to go through a month long fasting from sunrise to sunset, live strictly on fruits & perform daily worship in order to get the blessings of the lord. On the day of the Charak or the Gajan, as it is also called, bamboo stages are made on bamboo poles, the height ranging from 10 to 15 …

Photo Essay: Stories behind the numbers – Bloody Sunday, by Kürşat Bayhan

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Synopsis October 25th of 2009, there were bomb explosions in Bagdad – one at the Justice Department and the other at the city’s county council. 147 lives were lost and hundreds others were wounded. These were the most bloodiest attacks in Iraq since 2007. Newspapers referred to the explosions as “The Bloody Sunday”. Stories behind the numbers: daily reality for the victims of the Iraq War I met Abu Nasr on a narrow street in the Griad Seria district of central Baghdad. A year before, he had lost his fingers and left eye in a suicide attack targeting the Ministry …

WHO CARES? HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, by Masaru Goto

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These images tells a story about the life of HIV/AIDS patients, their families, AIDS orphans, and the struggle of medical staff and how local NGOs work day by day for more HIV/AIDS educational programs in Cambodia. These images were taken mainly in Battambang, Banteay Mean Chey, Siem Reap and in Phnom Penh.  The images are only a small window into the tremendous pain and suffering endured by patients and their families. There is no future for orphans whose parents died from AIDS. My greatest thanks is to those people living with HIV or AIDS, who welcomed me into their lives …

Photo Essay: Family Ties, by Sonny Thakur

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Family Ties is an ongoing project documenting the lives of my family in Manila and Ahmedabad. The images offer an intimate and heart-warming look at the filial bonds, simple joys and comfortable dynamics of my family. It is a family album. Family Ties was part of the open call submission of SIPF 2010 Human:Nature. Photographer: Sonny Thakur | Website: www.sonnythakur.com

Invisible Interview: Stefen Chow

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Stefen Chow is an editorial photographer based in Beijing and Singapore, and one of the brave few to have scaled and photographed some of the highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. A professional photographer sponsored by Nikon, Stefen’s work has been published and awarded by PDN, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal to name a few. In this video edition of our Invisible Interviews, we get up close and personal with Stefen as he shares his extreme adventure photography and his latest social-documentary project ‘The Poverty Line – China’. More work from Stefen on his website: www.stefenchow.com