Category: VII Mentor Program

Esther Ruth Mbabazi

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Esther Ruth Mbabazi

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Location

Kampala, Uganda

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Esther Ruth Mbabazi is a Ugandan photographer whose work focuses on the social, physical, and emotional aspects of daily life, especially in rural areas and amongst minority groups.

In 2017, she was a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice fellow. The year before, Esther was selected for the 2016 World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa and won the inaugural Young Photographer Award presented by the Uganda Press Photo Award. She has completed assignments for international publications such as TIME Magazine, The Observer and El Pais, and she frequently collaborates with organizations such as Comic Relief, Farm Africa and Let There Be Light International, among others.

Recognized for her nuanced approach to social issues, Esther’s work draws on her own experiences to reflect more varied and underrepresented stories from the African continent and beyond.

Esther is mentored by Nichole Sobecki.

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    Mathias Svold

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    Mathias Svold

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    Location

    Aarhus, Denmark

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    Mathias Svold, born in 1991, is a documentary photographer based in Denmark. Besides pursuing personal long-term projects, he is working as a freelance photojournalist.

    He has a strong interest in the relationship between humans and nature, and his work often investigates how climate, people, and communities affect nature. His stories aim to remind the viewers about our impact on nature as a society and often his work focuses on covering an area or theme telling small stories in a larger context.

    Mathias graduated in 2017 from the Danish School of Media and Journalism’s four-year long photojournalism program where he interned for 18 months at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. His stories have been published in various media outlets such as The Washington Post, Feature Shoot, Politiken and Information.

    In 2017, he was elected College Photographer of the Year and is nominated for the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass. Mathias’ work has been recognized by the PDN Photo Annual, College Photographer of the Year and Pictures of the Year in Denmark. His project “COASTLAND” will be published as a photo book in the fall of 2018 along with several exhibitions.

    Mathias is mentored by Joachim Ladefoged.

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      Valentina Sinis

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      Valentina Sinis

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      Stories / Films / Archive

      Location

      Chengdu, China

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      EyesOnChina contributor Valentina Sinis has lived and worked in China since 2004. Based in the Sichuan province, she has immersed herself in the rich culture of the region, has become fluent in the language, and worked to develop a dynamic network of collaborators. These experiences have shaped her aesthetic sensibility and vastly enriched her practice.  

      Valentina gravitates toward the quirky and unusual. She is attracted to offbeat realities and people existing on the margins. Her photographs illustrate the deep bond she forms with her subjects. She brings to her work a thorough but delicate insight into idiosyncrasies, hidden meanings, and all those subtle gestures that are either taken for granted or sensationalized but rarely investigated.

      Her pictures have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers nationwide. Currently, she is working on a long-term independent project in Asia and Middle East, as well as assignments throughout China. Moving forward, Valentina will continue to deepen her engagement in Chinese culture as she seeks to document cultural movements at every level, from fashion and art to contemporary tattooing and music to ancient traditions.

      Valentina is mentored by Christopher Morris.

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        Sharon Castellanos

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        Sharon Castellanos

        Work

        Stories / Films / Archive

        Location

        Cusco City, Peru

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        Sharon Castellanos was born and raised in Lima, Peru (1989). She worked as a photojournalist for a local newspaper for four years and also as a correspondent in the Cusco region (2014) for one year.

        In 2017, she was part of SMArt programme (FDDM), a three-month artist residency program focused on the challenges of mountain regions in the Canton of Valais (Switzerland). Her photos have been published in The New York Times Lens blog, GEO Magazine, Life Force Magazine, Index Nagykép (Hungary), Walliser Bote, Regional Zeitung (Switzerland) and local media such as Revista h, El Comercio, La República. Her work has been exhibited in Brig (Switzerland), Lima and Cusco city (Peru). Currently, she lives in Cusco city.

        Sharon is mentored by Tomas Van Houtryve.

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          Fabiola Ferrero

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          Fabiola Ferrero

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          Stories / Films / Archive

          Location

          Venezuela / Colombia

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          Fabiola Ferrero, born in Caracas in 1991, is a journalist and photographer currently based between Venezuela and Colombia.

          Her work is the result of growing up in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, which led her to explore how societies act under hostile contexts and to focus on the human condition through writing and photography.

          As well as developing independent investigations in Latin America, she has been published in TIME, M Magazine, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, PH Museum Story of the week, YET Magazine, El País, Yahoo News, The Week, Revista El Malpensante, and others.

          Fabiola is the winner of the Emerging Vision Award 2017 by The Documentary Project Fund and a PH Museum Women Photographers Grant 2017 ‘New Generation Honorable Mention.’ She is also part of the World Press Photo 6×6 Talent Program South America.

          Fabiola is mentored by Maggie Steber.

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            Leonardo Carrato

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            Leonardo Carrato

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            Stories / Films / Archive

            Location

            Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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            Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1983, Leo Carrato threw himself into a photographic journey in 2012 driven by his passion. Nowadays Leo is based in Rio de Janeiro and works as a photographer and filmmaker.

            While working as an independent photographer in 2013, Leo developed the project “The Uprising,” which is an inside view of the riots that drove millions of people out on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, after being inspired by the upcoming World Cup and the Olympics, Leo started the 2-year multimedia project “Article 6 – We Don’t Want to Become a Statistic,” which explores the core of Rio’s social problems. Both projects achieved important visibility and have been exhibited nationwide.

            The desire to connect with his continent’s native culture and the aspiration to build its imagistic spiritual map carried Leo to the Amazon. Since 2015, he has been working on a long-term project about a native Bora shaman deep inside the Peruvian rainforest. Also, to uncover the Amazon’s spiritual beliefs, Leo shot a documentary in 2017 called “Pena e Maracá – A Encantaria do Fundo” about a peculiar natural healing method practiced mainly by women in the exquisite Marajo Island, north of Brazil.

            Leo is mentored by Zackary Canepari.

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              • Maggie Steber
              • John Stanmeyer
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              Mentor Program

              • Ali Arkady
              • Leonardo Carrato
              • Sharon Castellanos
              • Fabiola Ferrero
              • Hector Guerrero
              • Christopher Lee
              • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
              • Valentina Sinis
              • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
              • Mathias Svold
              • Furkan Temir

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