VII Mentor Program photographer Valentina Sinis’ new story “DollMates” is featured in this week’s newsletter. In “DollMates,” Valentina explores the market and culture surrounding silicone dolls in China.
“The DollMates market in China is segmented into three main groups: those who buy silicone dolls purely for sexual use, those who buy them because they want a life partner – someone to love and take care of without the economic and mental pressure of human-to-human relationships – and those who buy them to dress them up and take pictures for use on social media.”
Ilvy Njiokiktjien attended the opening of UNICEF’s Every Child ALIVE exhibition at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The exhibition showcases 16 newborn portraits taken by Ilvy on assignment for UNICEF, along with the amazing stories of these babies who have overcome newborn mortality in Mali, Mongolia, Peru, and Bangladesh.
The exhibition, on view through June 6, aims to highlight stories of how practical solutions can make a lifesaving difference and bring us closer to ending preventable newborn mortality. Each story includes a hand-shot portrait taken in a mobile studio (inspired by a newborn photography style popular in high-income countries), and a wider “contextual” portrait showing the mother, the baby, and the solutions that helped the baby survive.
To learn more about the Every Child ALIVE campaign, click here.
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