The Native and Everyday Projects Mentorship Program 2018-2020 - The Mentees:
The inaugural class of The Native and Everyday Projects are emerging photographers from 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Amrita Chandradas is a Singaporean documentary photographer, currently based between Singapore and other regions of Southeast Asia. She was amongst Magnum Photo’s 30 under 30 documentary photographers in 2014. Amrita was chosen to participate in the 2016 Angkor Photography Workshop and selected as a finalist for the 2017 Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase. Her work has been featured in New York Times, Financial Times, BBC World, Dagbladet Information, among others. Amrita aspires to explore the intersection of changing environments and its inhabitants. She hopes to bring forth the less discussed issues of displacement and struggles through on-the-ground personal insights. She recently completed a hostile environment training and first aid course sponsored by the Frontline Freelance Register, IWMF, ACOS Alliance and RPS Register.
Ángela Ponce is a documentary photographer with much of her work dealing with memory issues with a heavy social burden, which seek to show the diversity of spaces, cultures and realities. She currently works as a staff photojournalist for Correo and Ojo. She has received awards such as first place in the Classic Lima contest of House of Vans (Peru/New York, 2015), First place in the National Documentary Photography Space-Time Contest (Peru, 2016), International Women's Media Foundation scholarship for Native Agency’s inaugural Festival of Documentary Photography (Ecuador, 2017), and the Visa d'Or Humanitaire by the International Committee of the Red Cross (France, 2017).
Her most recent work "Ayacucho" documents the search for justice of women from the communities of Nazareth de Uchu, Accomarca, Lucanamarca, and Cayara - all affected by the violence in Peru during the years of conflict. This project illustrates the restoration of remains, burials of victims, and the faces of women who search for family members that have been missing for more than 30 years. Parts of this series have been published in different international media outlets and exhibited at Le Palais des Corts during the photojournalism festival Visa pour l'image in France.
Barry Christianson is from Cape Town, South Africa. He is a Web Developer by day and works as a street and documentary photographer for the remainder of his time. He is the founder of @therealcityofcapetown, an Instagram account documenting everyday life in Cape Town, and
has co-curated two of their exhibitions. His work has appeared in print in Everyday Africa: 30
Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent by The Everyday Projects, “Equal Treatment” by the
Treatment Action Campaign, “Movements: Cape Town” By The City, and “The Real City Zine” by
Biko Wesa is a Kenyan artist and documentary photographer currently living and working in Kenya. His work focuses on issues related to identity, culture and communities in his country. He started his career in photography in 2012 and later started pursuing personal projects. In 2015, he attended a week-long Canon workshop with Gary Knight which drew him into visual storytelling and documentary photography. Biko was selected by the World Press Photo as a participant of the East Africa Masterclass in 2016 and was recently among 150 photographers worldwide who attended the 2017 New York Times Portfolio Review in New York. His work has been published in Christina Angell Anderson’s book ‘After 5: A Photographic Journey in Kenya’. His work has also been exhibited in the Museum of Drug Policy in New York and the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He's a member of Native.
Born in Cairo, Egypt to a German mother and an Egyptian father, Christina Rizk was raised in an international community speaking English, German, Arabic and some French. With an interest in storytelling, visual media, and social issues Christina pursued further studies in
the United States, graduating with an Associate of Arts in Photojournalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Journalism. Following her studies and some work experience abroad, she returned to Cairo at the end of 2010. Soon after, she bore witness to drastic changes in her home country as the Arab Uprising gained momentum, sweeping the region with political turmoil. She began photographing professionally in 2009 and has since been working as a freelance photographer. Her photographic work focuses on editorial features, daily life, and long-term documentary projects.
In 2016, she moved from Egypt to Germany to seek new opportunities and explore other social and cultural aspects of her identity as a dual citizen. In Germany, she volunteers with an organization helping refugees resettle and while simultaneously working as a translator in the photo department at DPA (Deutsche Presse Agentur). She soon began working as a full-time photo editor for DPA in Egypt, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. She is now pursuing a Masters of Arts in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin while living and freelancing in Cairo, Egypt.
Cinthya Santos Briones
Cinthya Santos Briones is a Mexican documentary photographer currently based in New York City. She studied Anthropology and Ethnohistory and her interest in documentary photography emerged through the ethnographic work she did as an anthropologist in indigenous communities in Mexico, where she documented ceremonial and healing rituals, immigration, and their transnational lives in New York. Since then, her work has been influenced by the struggle for human rights, focusing on issues of migration, gender, and identity. Her images explore the relationship between space, memory, time and culture.
Cinthya is a recent graduate of the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice Program at the International Center Of Photography in New York City. She received a fellowship through the Magnum Foundation in 2016 and the En Foco Fellowship in 2017. Her work has been published in the New York Times, PDN, La Jornada, Vogue, Open Society Foundations, Buzzfeed, among others.
Daouda Corera is a photographer based in Mauritania. He earned his degree in Systems Engineering and Computer Networks , then found his voice in photography in 2012 after winning a prize from Sahel Production for the best photography in Mauritania. His work has been exhibited at the Institut Français Mauritanie, the Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain/ Dak’Art OFF, LOOK3 Festival, Addis FotoFest and others. He was one of the first fashion photographers in Mauritania and his style is based on his models’ interaction with African textiles. His work is also inspired by everyday life and his images have been published by UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration, the World Food Program, and by publications such as Jeune Afrique Magazine, Takepart Magazine and The New York Times Lens Blog.
Enayat Asadi is a documentary photographer from Bandar Abbas, Iran. Having originally studied electrical engineering, he was drawn to photography as a means to document Middle Eastern life and culture and has been working professionally since 2009. His work focuses on social issues, violence, human rights, poverty, and social injustice and discrimination. He has worked with various photographic agencies, such as Getty Images and United Press International.
Fabiola Ferrero is a freelance writer and photographer based between Venezuela and Colombia. Her work is the result of growing up in one of the most dangerous capitals in the world: Caracas, where witnessing injustice became the starting point of a life of searching for answers. She started as a radio correspondent, then worked as a reporter, and finally began photographing for international media outlets and independent investigations. Her interest lies in exploring human behavior in hostile contexts. Her work has been exhibited in England, Germany, United States, The Netherlands and Venezuela. She was awarded The Emerging Vision by The Documentary Project Fund in 2017. She was also Honorable Mention for the New Generation Prize by the PH Museum’s inaugural Women Photographers Grant in 2017 and a Fundación Carolina Scholarship for an Armed Conflict Expert Program in Madrid, 2017.
Fabiola has had her work published in TIME, M Magazine, Le Monde, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, PH Museum Story of the week, El País, Yahoo
News, 10x10 photobooks, European Press Agency, The Week, Don Juan
Magazine, Revista El Malpensante, and others. She's a member of Native.
Girma Berta is a dynamic young artist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia whose work infuses street photography with fine art. Born in Addis Ababa in 1990, Berta studied Information Technology, graduating in 2009. As a self-taught artist, his drive is to tell the everyday stories of his community. His most distinctive style is demonstrated in the Moving Shadows Series, where cutouts of street laborers and ordinary people are set against a backdrop of colour, illustrating his mastery of capturing poignant moments of everyday life and offering an imagined interpretation of everyday situations is the winning project on Getty images Instagram Grant 2016.
Heba Khamis is an Egyptian storyteller whose work concentrates on social issues that are often ignored, bringing more visibility and awareness. In 2017 Heba participated in the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo, was awarded the PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant, and the Ian Parry award.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in painting, Heba made a career shift and worked as a staff photojournalist for El Tahrir, an Egyptian daily newspaper, and as a freelancer for international news agencies such as AP, EPA and Xinhuanet covering the revolutions in Egypt and their aftermath. After volunteering in Uganda, Heba's style developed from hard news to documentary photography and she began focusing on the social and humanitarian issues in Africa. More recently, Heba has been working on projects about breast ironing in Cameroon, refugees, and gay prostitution in Germany.
In 2016, Heba received her degree in Photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. In 2017, she received a second degree in photojournalism from Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She is working on mixing her artistic skills and photojournalistic experience to develop her own style of documentation.
Johis Alarcon is an Ecuadorian photographer and designer based in Quito. She studied at the Metropolitan Design Institute and is currently a member of Niru Visual Photographic Collective and of Native. She was awarded first place in “Premio Fotoperiodismo por la Paz” Juan Antonio Serrano in 2016 and was honorable mention in RM Photobook Contest in 2016 with “The 3x8” Collective photo documentary project with Edu Leon. She was nominated for the World Press Masterclass in 2017, is a member of Photographic Museum of Humanity, and was a youth TEDx speaker in 2015. Her work has been published in various independent Latin American media outlets and exhibited at “Museo de la Ciudad”, “Centro Cultural Metropolitano” and Collective Exposition Ciudades Visibles in FLUZ, a photographic festival in Quito.
Ley Uwera is a Congolese photographer currently based in East Africa. She has a degree in Journalism from the Université de Cepromad and uses photography to document the social and cultural evolution of the eastern part of the African continent, with a focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo. She became an independent photographer in 2012 and has worked for various humanitarian NGOs in the Eastern Congo. Her work has been published in Departures, Huck Magazine, The New York Times Lens Blog, Upworthy, Vantage, and Vrij Nederland, among others. Her work has been exhibited in Fes, Istanbul and at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA, USA.
Manuel Seoane is a Bolivian documentary photographer working for Qamasa, a small local newspaper, covering migrant communities. In 2017, he was shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship for emerging photographers, selected as a finalist for the IILA-Fotografía award, part of the FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma, and received a nominee award at the Photography Grant contest. He was also selected as a participant in Native Agency’s inaugural Documentary Festival (Quito, Ecuador) and Festival Errante (Montevideo, Uruguay).
He is the founder and active member of the collective Fotografía Sinmotivo and has contributed to the collective’s photo books Ensayos Fotográficos (2011), Sobre la ciudad y la mirada (2012) and Cotidiano (2016). In 2011, he participated in the documentary project The Journey to Heart of Bolivia, organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), a project which later won the Elizabeth Neuffer International Prize for Journalism, awarded by the UN in New York. In 2016, he won Eduardo Abaroa National Prize of Arts and Freddy Alborta Municipal Contest, one of the biggest photography contests in Bolivia.
Marissa Chen is a writer and self-taught photographer who divides her time between the UK and southeast Asia. She is currently working on two long-term photographic series: "Of the Sea", about disappearing freediving communities in Japan and another that explores leisure and recreation in North Korea
Miora Rajaonary is an independent documentary photographer based between South Africa and Madagascar, her home country. Through her pictures, Miora focuses on social issues and questions of identity in contemporary Africa. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue US, Roads and Kingdoms, Woz die Wochenzeitung, Kehitys Magazine, the Africa Report/Jeune Afrique Group, among others, and exhibited by the Alliance Francaise Southern Africa Network in five cities of South Africa and at Stanford University, CA. In October 2016, Miora was selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa, the second in the World Press Photo Foundation’s series of satellite masterclasses and the first one in Africa. She was also selected to be one of 22 mentees in the inaugural Women Photograph Mentorship Program. Miora is a member of Native Agency, a platform aiming at representing local photographers visual storytellers from under-represented regions and connecting them to a global audience.
Néha Hirve is an Indian documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Stockholm, Sweden, with an interest in man’s relationship to and impact on the natural environment. Her work been published both in Sweden and internationally.
Thana Faroq is a Yemeni documentary photographer based in the Netherlands. She pursued an M.A. in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster in London. Thana has collaborated with various international organizations, such as Care, Oxfam, the British Council, and UN women to tell the stories of women, children, and internally displaced people in Yemen. Her work has been featured in several prominent media outlets, such as Al-Jazeera, CNN Arabia, the Huffington Post, BBC, World Press Photo, and others.
Tom Saater is a documentary photographer and short-filmmaker from Nigeria. He is a regular contributor to Everyday Africa and his work has been exhibited internationally, including in the 2015 Venice Biennale, at the University of Oxford UK, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, at the LOOK3 Festival in 2016, Addis Foto Festival, among others. He has been commissioned and published by media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, Huffington Post,The Telegraph UK, Japan Times, Bloomberg, BBC, Human Rights Watch, Mercedes Benz, WFP, UN/OCHA, Oxfam, and others. In 2015 he was nominated for the Magnum Emergency Fund. When Tom is not on assignment, he is on the street shooting or going on road trips/travelling.
Victor Zea Diaz
Victor Zea Diaz is a freelance photographer based in Cusco, Peru focusing on street and Peruvian Hip Hop community. He has worked for three years in national media as a photojournalist and his work has been published in outlets such as El Comercio, La República, PuntoEdu, Suplemento Domingo, and Somos y Contigo.
Awards and Exhibitions:
2017 Selected Participant / Portfolio Review Festival Errante organized by NatGeo (EEUU)
2017 Selected Participant / The New York Times Portfolio Review (EEUU)
2017 Collective Exhibition “Confluencias” por los 10 años de Trasatlántica (Sao Paulo)
2017 Collective Exhibition “Confluencias” Festival PhotoEspaña .
2017 Publication at Fototazo
2016 Third Place / Concurso de fotografía documental Espacio y Tiempo (Perú)
2016 Selected Participant / Portfolio Review Trasatlántica PhotoEspaña
2013 Finalist / Concurso Latinoamericano de Fotografía documental Espacio y los días (Colombia)
Yagazie Emezi is a documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria. She began her journey as a self-taught photographer in early 2015 and has since been commissioned by Al-Jazeera, The New York Times, Vogue, Refinery29, The Everyday Projects, and UNFPA. She has also been featured on The Huffington Post, Nieman Reports, The New York Times, Mashable, Newsweek, and Buzzfeed. In 2017, she was a participant of the World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa and is a contributor to Everyday Africa. Her ongoing project Relearning Bodies is based in West Africa and documents how trauma survivors left with significant scarring adapt to their new bodies, as well as the role their socioeconomic class and community plays in this adjustment. After ten months in Liberia working on a project around education for girls in at-risk communities, Yagazie is currently travelling for work. She is represented by Native Agency.
Zied Ben Romdhane
Zied Ben Romdhane started his career as a commercial photographer in 2011 and shifted into the documentary and photojournalism. His recent exhibitions include Views of Tunisia (Arles, France, 2013), After the Revolution (White Box, NY, USA, 2013), Zones d’Attente (Clark House, Bombay, 2013), Kushti (La Fondation de la Maison de Tunisie, Paris, 2013), FotoFest Biennial at the Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX, USA, 2014), Sahel (1×1 Gallery, Dubai, 2014), Trace (MUCEM, Marseille, France, 2015). He won the POPCAP award (Afric Image, Basel, 2015). His work has been featured in Irada and Dégage. He was the Director of Photography and producer of Sabaa Chicken (2010), and Fallega (2011), a documentary film about the Arab Spring in Tunisia. Ben Romdhane was a participant in World Press Photo’s 2013 Reporting Change initiative. He's a member of Native.