Mary Gelman’s new personal project about fat-shaming and fatphobia in Russia was published on Takie Dela. “Do Not be Ashamed” shares the stories of people of different genders, sexual orientations, and professions who have experienced, or are still experiencing, prejudice due to their weight.
Oli, St. Petersburg, Russia (seen above). “I was always fat and had various problems. It started in kindergarten. There was a girl who set others up against me. At school, they called me “hippo”, “fat” and started fights.
Most of my life I lived with my grandmother. She always said that I was special and life would be hard for me. She asked if I had friends and how others relate to me. I basically only spoke to people on the Internet, because they did not see how I looked, and I felt inferior.
By adolescence, other family members began to pay attention to my weight. Until the age of 16, I was bought clothes that I didn’t like — they were ugly and covered my whole body. I was terribly embarrassed about myself and always walked past the mirrors. I did not love myself, because I could not express myself as I wanted.
Later, at the university, I found a circle of people who did not humiliate or criticize me for the way I look. I photographed myself on the phone and participated in the filming of other photographers, learned about feminism and body positive. My attitude towards myself began to change. People still look askance in my direction, I get a lot of terrible comments on social networks, but now I don’t care.”
On the morning of November 8, 2018, a seemingly small fire broke out in Butte County, California near the town of Paradise. Over the course of a few short hours, the Camp Fire grew into the country’s deadliest wildfire in over a century, killing 85 people and destroying Paradise. Through first-hand footage of the disaster and personal interviews with survivors and emergency responders, “Fire in Paradise” vividly retells the terrifying survival stories from that day.
Lost Rolls America has won in the 2019 New York Archives Week Awards’ “Innovative Use of Archive” category, which recognizes an individual or organization for use of archival material in a meaningful and creative way, making a significant contribution to a community or body of people, and demonstrating the relevance of archival materials to its subject.
Ron Haviv, founder of Lost Rolls America, is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, co-founder of VII Photo Agency and founder of The VII Foundation. Lauren Walsh, Director of Lost Rolls America, is a professor and writer, and the Director of the NYU Gallatin Photojournalism Lab.
Lost Rolls America, while headed up by a photographer and a photo historian, in fact, is a publicly-driven archive that returns to the power of representation to each person who is reflected in this dynamic national repository of photos and memories. Lost Rolls America is presented in partnership with FUJIFILM, PhotoShelter, PhotoWings and The VII Foundation.