CONDEMNED wins FotoEvidence Book Award

Posted on February 20, 2013 by admin

The 2013 FotoEvidence Book Award brought projects from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas documenting assaults on human dignity from around the world. There is no shortage of people living under conditions of great injustice but the work submitted for the 2013 FotoEvidence Book Award shows that dedicated photographers everywhere are working to bring this to light and inspire change. We are proud to publish and disseminate the selected projects, which we feel demonstrate the courage and commitment of documentary photographers in pursuit of social justice.

The treatment of the mentally ill in Africa; the problem of homelessness in the United States; dysfunction, corruption and poverty in Pakistan;  massive Central American immigration through Mexico to the United States and back; and the Syrian civil war: challenges to justice that seem intractable.  Still, as 2013 FotoEvidence jury member Maggie Steber has said, “Photographers are driven to cover these issues because they never go away. The challenge before us…is to make people stop and think and realize that very fact: these issues do not go away. But photographers are eternal optimists… we just don’t give up.  Photographers may not be heroes but we can make heroic images and a heroic effort to make the world a better place.”

The selected projects are on view in the Book Award Galleries and an exhibit of all the projects will be mounted in New York at the VII Photo Agency Gallery in October of 2013 in conjunction with the release of Robin Hammond’s book, “Condemned,” about the treatment of the mentally ill in Africa.

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