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    Transgender woman Loloa Lanzibe, 24, lying on her bed while being dressed in traditional Xhosa women's clothing. Photo by Corinna Kern. George Fowler, 72, a hoarder. Photo by Corinna Kern. A community of squatters near in London, England. Photo by Corinna Kern.

    Continuing our conversations with this year’s Emerging Talent award recipients, this week we talked with Corinna Kern, a German-born photographer now living in South Africa. In 2013, she received a Masters’ in photojournalism from the University of Westminster in London, where she focused on stories about alternative lifestyles from an insider’s perspective. Her candid images give intimate insight into peoples’ lives on the fringes of society. Below is an excerpt of our interview; read the rest on the Getty Images Stories & Trends blog.

    Q) You’re currently working on a story about transgender women in South Africa. What sparked your interest in this topic and what do you hope your photographs will convey about the transgender experience in this country?

     A) I have been interested in non-conforming gender and gender expression for many years. Coming from a background in which people take their gender and sexual orientation for granted, I have been looking to explore the realities of LGBTI people subjected to discrimination and violence, which is particularly prevalent in communities of color. Initially I was considering going to places like Uganda where a new anti-gay bill was passed end of 2013, rendering repeated homosexual acts punishable by life imprisonment. However, when I learned about the challenges LGBTI people are facing in liberal South Africa, despite a constitution being one of the most progressive in the world, this topic became more interesting and relevant to me. Institutionalized homophobia and gender-based violence are common phenomenon contradicting a constitution that outlaws discrimination based on gender, sex or sexual orientation while legalizing same-sex marriages. Especially in townships and rural areas individuals are often forced to perform their gender according to the hetero-patriarchal notions entrenched in African culture. With my photographs I aim to convey gender as an ambiguous and fluid concept opposing the traditional gender binary. By contravening stereotypical gender roles and expressions I intend to challenge the hetero-patriarchal and prejudiced notions on gender, inspiring a shift towards an open-minded view on what African gender identity can be as opposed to what society demands it to be. By sharing individuals’ experiences, I intend to raise awareness about the discrepancy between South Africa’s official acceptance of transgenderism and the unofficial reality shaped by discrimination and persecution. So far I have been working together with a NGO called S.H.E. (Social, Health And Empowerment Feminist Collective Of Transgender And Intersex Women Of Africa) that operates in East London.

    Q) When did you arrive in South Africa and how have you found working there as a journalist, compared to England, where you studied, or Germany, your home country? What have been the primary challenges in working on your transgender story?

     A) When I arrived in South Africa end of May 2014, the primary challenge until now has been the safety issues involved in my work as a photojournalist. Coming from Europe where I was used to work independently and without constraints, I often feel very restricted in South Africa as I cannot just go out wherever and whenever I want, especially since carrying equipment. Particularly in townships and rural areas that my project focuses on, crime rates are high and as a white person I am standing out. Hence, I make sure that someone living in the area I photograph accompanies me. As I prefer to have as few people as possible accompanying me in order to keep all situations as real and uninfluenced as possible, I usually stick to the individuals that I photograph. At first glance it may appear a bit worrying walking as a white person together with a transgender person through a township. However, we make sure that we stay in the communities in which the individuals are widely accepted. Moreover, language barriers are a challenge since in the rural areas and townships people speak Xhosa and many of them little English. Especially when people in communities are talking amongst themselves I often do not understand their conversations, which makes it difficult for me to integrate.

    Read the full interview on the Getty Images Stories & Trends blog. You can also read last week’s interview with Emerging Talent Alejandro Cegarra of Venezuela.

    Photo by Elyor Nematov Photo by Corinna Kern Photo by Maddie McGarvey Photo by Sebastian Montalvo Gray Photo by Antoine Bruy

    'Every industry needs its eager aspirants, a next generation that will bolster, energize , fortify and hopefully challenge the status quo. 'Emerging Talent' describes our program well, a place where our established photojournalists and editors can shine a spotlight on photographers that have impressed and that have the potential to become one of the elite women and men that dedicate themselves to this world.' - Aidan Sullivan, VP, Reportage by Getty Images

    Each year, we invite young photographers to apply for the Getty Images Emerging Talent Award. The entries present a stunning variety of subjects and styles, and help to reaffirm our belief that the future of photojournalism is bright. 

    It was hard to choose, but this year’s winners are (images by them from top to bottom): Elyor Nematov, Corinna Kern, Maddie McGarvey, Sebastian Montalvo Gray, and Antoine Bruy. Each will be featured on our Emerging Talent roster for the next year, along with Alejandro Cegarra, who joins as the winner of the Ian Parry Scholarship.

    Photo by Natalie Naccache/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Natalie Naccache/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Natalie Naccache/Reportage by Getty Images

    Natalie Naccache Joins Reportage

    The Lebanese-British photographer Natalie Naccache, based in Beirut, has joined our roster of featured contributors. She was previously part of Reportage Emerging Talent program and her photographs have been published in places such as The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, The Independent, Marie Claire and more. She also recently participated in this year’s Noor Masterclass.

    One of Natalie’s longstanding interests has been Lebanese high society. Her recent photoessay, titled “Paris of the East,” examines debutante balls and other extravagant events that serve as escapes from the harsher realities of life in Lebanon. But Natalie’s photos pose the question: Is the party over soon? See more of this work on the Reportage Web site.

    (Photos by Natalie Naccache/Reportage by Getty Images)

    'In a globalised world, it has become “much easier than before to consume Western products, therefore an increasing number of Arab parents worry that their children are getting too Westernised. This creates a demand for businesses that adapt Westernised products to their values, and it has been taking place across the Middle East – in television programmes, hip-hop music, comic books and ‘Arabised’ Barbie dolls called Fulla dolls.” A Fulla doll is, in essence, a Barbie doll that is “loving, caring, honest, and respecting of her mother and father”, say the doll’s creators.'

    With all of the issues roiling the Middle East, the cultural characteristics of everyday life often get overlooked. But for Natalie Naccache, a former member of Reportage Emerging Talent, the nuances of youth culture in the region can be especially telling. “I wanted to take a deeper look into how young people in the Middle East are growing up, who they look up to, and what moulds their beliefs.”

    Read more about Natalie’s project in British Journal of Photography.

    Photo by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz Photo by Alex Tomazatos Photo by Matic Zorman Photo by Alicia Vera Photo by Armando Sanchez Photo by Natalie Keyssar Photo by Matteo Bastianelli

    Announcing Our New Emerging Talent

    Reportage by Getty Images is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Emerging Talent Award. These seven photographers were selected for demonstrating great talent and dedication to their craft, and we hope that the guidance and support of the Reportage team will help them develop their talents at this early stage of their careers. Please click the names below to read more about each photographer and view samples of their work:

    Alex Tomazatos (Bucharest, Romania)
    Armando Sanchez (Chicago, Illinois)
    Natalie Keyssar (New York, New York)
    Sara Naomi Lewkowicz (New York, New York)
    Matic Zorman (Slovenia/Gaza Strip)
    Matteo Bastianelli (Italy/Bosnia Herzegovina)
    Alicia Vera (Mexico City)

    We look forward to showcasing current and future work by these photographers over the next year. Young photographers interested in applying for the award can visit gettyimages.com/grants for more information. In addition to the Emerging Talent Award, one place on the roster is also reserved for the winner of the Ian Parry Scholarship.

    Reportage would also like to announce that former Emerging Talent members Shannon Jensen and Diana Markosian will be joining our roster of Featured Contributors. We’re excited to see what they do next.

    Credits (clockwise from top): Sara Naomi Lewkowicz; Matic Zorman; Armando Sanchez; Matteo Bastianelli; Natalie Keyssar; Alicia Vera and Alex Tomazatos. Copyright belongs to the artists.

    Reportage Emerging Talent Adrian Fussell collaborated with fellow International Center of Photography alumni on the second issue of the photo mag Jay Peg’s. This issue’s theme is the continuing Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. Visit the link below to see the whole magazine online.

    On the cover: Walls are stripped to prevent mold in the home of Heather Kramer, on Beach 112th street, Rockaway Park, NY. (Photo by Adrian Fussell)

    jaypegsphotopub:

    I present to you Jay Peg’s Photo Pub’s second issue:

    Hurricane Sandy Revisited.

    http://www.jay-pegs.com/

    Featuring: Adrian FussellAndre MalerbaCassandra Giraldo,Cory SchwartzDaniel TepperGaia SquarciJohnny Milano, Josh Raab, Vittoria Mentasti

    Juan Arredondo Joins Reportage Emerging Talent

    Juan grew up in Colombia and currently divides his time between Medellin and New York.  In one of his projects, he documents Barrio Triste (Sad Neighborhood), a once-residential Medellin neighborhood that is now dominated by mechanical shops during the day, and by drug addicts and sex workers at night.

    Sending out a warm welcome to Maria Turchenkova, the newest member of Reportage Emerging Talent.  A former radio journalist, Maria now spends much of her time in the Republic of Dagestan working on her long term project Hidden War in the Land of Mountains (see more here).

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    More than 70 years of Soviet rule, followed by two decades of frequent warfare, inflicted a heavy toll on Chechnya, a small, mostly Muslim republic in southern Russia.

    Russia has effectively crushed the rebel movement in Chechnya; the main city, Grozny, has been rebuilt; and the Chechen government has embarked on a campaign to promote Islam.

    Today, alcohol is all but banned, polygamy encouraged, and single-sex hair salons and gyms are becoming the norm. Some Chechen women say their rights are being curtailed.

    100 Words: Chechen Girls And The Rise of Islam

    Photo Credit: Diana Markosian

    (via lookatthisstory)

    Youth is a stage of life for personal development and social placement, which is enabled through social measures and necessary through social structural problems - Harry Friebel

    Photographer Fabian Weiss’s new book, Wolfskinder, explores the adolescent welfare system in Germany.

    The most important question for me was: What makes these kids get into the care of the youth welfare service? Which factors lead, in the eyes of an bureaucrat, to an unstable path? Are there any repetitive causes? 

    The title, Wolfskinder (wolf children)…alludes to the common practice of sending troubled teenagers to remote areas in the countryside to get them away from their mostly urban backgrounds.

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