International photojournalism

Japan
A phenomenal ethnic mix
By Nadia Shira Cohen and Paulo Siqueira

Although made up of two of the most opposing cultures, Japanese Brazilians are a phenomenal ethnic mix, which manifested in the beginning of the 20th century when Brazil abolished slavery and searched eagerly for migrant workers to fill their places. In 1907 an accord was signed between the governme
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Turkey
Mother, am I a Barbarian?

This sentence from a poem by Lale Muldur was the title of the latest art biennial that started in Istanbul in September, 2013. A theme that wanted to bring art out of the galleries and talk to people, to the 'excluded' from the new economic relations between rich and poor and from the wild capitalis
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Burkina Faso
Albinism in Africa

Albinism is a hereditary anomaly that occurs when the body is unable to produce melanin, a natural substance giving color to the hair, skin and iris. The melanin pigment acts as a photo-protective pigment absorbing ultraviolet rays, acting as prevention of skin damage and involved in the eyesight de
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South Korea
Seoul, plastic mania

South Korea's face is changing. Literally. Seoul is the city with the highest per-capita number of cosmetic surgery clinics, and here one woman out of five has undergone plastic surgery at least once in her life. In Korea, beauty is an obsession, and a scalpel the easiest way to obtain it. So much s
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Italy
A hidden paradise
Wild horses in Sardinia

The cuaddeddu, or Giara horse, ranks among the last wild horses in Europe. There are about five hundreds left, and they live in a plateau in Southern Sardinia called the Giara. These horses are quite mysterious: how they reached the middle of the Mediterranean area is not clear yet - probably they w
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Italy
The venomous city

The Ilva in Taranto is one of the biggest steel processing industries in Europe. The plant, more than twice the size of the city of Taranto, has been built next to the Tamburi neighborhood, few kilometers from the city centre. Since the early 1980s the WHO has defined Taranto as a city exposed to hi
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Egypt
The never ending revolution

Among the thousands of young people who are protesting in the Egyptian squares today, demanding for a radical change to the Egyptian regime, there are also many artists. Just like the others, they are fed up with a political system which has been systematically erasing people's freedom. These artist
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Morocco
Art generation

Politics and its relationship to religion, the role of women and the scourge of illiteracy, the contradiction between economic development and the growing fear of religious fundamentalism. Twenty-eight Moroccan artists of two generations (17 men and 9 women) reflect about the future of the Arab soci
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Brazil
At the end of the River

The recent Brazilian expansion is contrasting with the global tendency and the global economic crisis. As the country wealth is rising, new infrastructures are needed to support the new Brazilian growth. The Belo Monte dam, on the Xingu River, is one of them. The dam, which will be the world's third
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Democratic Republic of Congo
The coltan war

The hills of Rubaya, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are full of manganese and coltan. Coltan is an invaluable mineral for the world's technological industry. Rubaya miners call unrefined sand "mangano", but they do not know what is used for and what can be obtained from it. Until few months ag
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Brazil
Red earth of no one

By Nadia Shira Cohen and Paulo Siqueira

In October, 2012, the Guarani-Kaiowa indigenous tribe of Brazilian state Mato Grosso Do Sul vowed to fight to their death in a dispute over the land of their ancestors. The community of 50 men, 50 women and 70 children wrote a chilling letter to the Bra
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Philippines
Little Manila

The midget community of Manila is composed by roughly one hundred people. Still the object of a widespread prejudice, most of them can't find any other job than restaurant waiter or attraction in the red light district bars, where patrons are entertained with midget boxing matches, a tradition born
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Ethiopia
Harenna, last coffee collectors

In 2012 Harenna coffee was recognized as one among the five best coffees in the whole of Africa. The Harenna forest is in the Bale National Park at an altitude of 2000 metres. Harenna coffee grows spontaneously and is still collected by the small local community - approximately 5000 people - that wa
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The Netherlands
The wonderful world of Lize
March 21 is the World Down Syndrome Day
It is an international event seized by a UN resolution with the aim to spread more awareness about this syndrome. Today with the prenatal screening some nations have declared that they will soon be Down free. "It's immoral to give birth to a son with Down syndrome" are the shocking words of the Brit
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Italy
Gibellina artists

Gibellina Nuova was created in contrada Salinella, Salemi, 20 km from the old town of Gibellina, destroyed by the Belice earthquake in January 1968. Senator Ludovico Corrao, former mayor of Gibellina, asked several artists to install works of art in the town. Alberto Burri, Pietro Consagra, Mimmo Pa
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Italy
Living barefoot

There are dozens of them in Italy, hundreds or perhaps thousands all around the world. They have made a radical decision: living without shoes, at home and outdoors, when it's sunny and when it snows. These people go barefoot to work and to the supermarket, they take the subway and get on a plane ba
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International photojournalism