- CANDID OF FACES
The above images were taken using OLYMPUS E510; edited on I-Photo, HP Smart Studio and final framingusing Ilustrator-Adobe
Andy Manuhutu, one of Voorale.com photographers, had the opportunity to accompany Amanda Zevannya to Japan in late Septermber, 2012; and took candid shots of her during her activities as the presenter of KOKORONOTOMO TV program.
KOKORONOTOMO will be aired in Metro TV, Jakarta, starting 3rd of January 2013 @9:00 AM; every Sunday of the week.
Copyright 2012 Andy Eric Manuhutu; Location: Various places in Japan-September 2012
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|Lethal harvest: the photographs of Pieter Hugo|
|Written by news desk - telegraph.co.ukm|
|Friday, 29 June 2012 11:34|
Pieter Hugo's images of teenage gleaners in a toxic technology dump in Ghana have seen him shortlisted for this year's Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
The South African photographer Pieter Hugo stumbled on the story of Ghana's Agbogbloshie dump in National Geographic about four years ago. 'It struck me there was something incredibly interesting about this place where computer monitors and hard drives come to die,' he says.
His series of photographs of the dump, Permanent Error, which has won him a nomination for this year's Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, plunges deep into the demand driving the market for newer and better, faster and sleeker electronic equipment, to which we are all willing contributors.
Agbogbloshie sits on the banks of a lagoon on the outskirts of Ghana's capital, Accra. It is the destination for 6,500 tons of electrical waste that arrives each month from overseas. To one side is a shanty town housing teenagers who have journeyed from rural villages in the north for the lure of two dollars a day to strip the computers and other e-waste items, salvaging what metals and undamaged components they can, before bludgeoning and torching the rest. It is a twisted reversal of the harvest hymn: instead of Courbet's peasants gleaning corn on a sunlit evening landscape, this is a blistered, smoke- and stench-filled plastic horror. This patch of land, two miles square, leaks chemicals so noxious that it will never regain its wetland fertility – that is the permanence in Permanent Error.
There is a distinct hierarchy among those who toil here, which Hugo says reminded him of Lord of the Flies. The older boys handle the burning, to extract the copper. Afterwards, younger, pre-adolescent boys pick up the leftover metal with magnets ripped from the insides of hi-fi speakers. It is all sold to a businessman who sits on the periphery with his scales.
Hugo, 35, took two trips to Agbogbloshie, of two weeks each. 'I would go very early in the morning, and again in the afternoon. The middle of the day was too hot to work, and people sleep on whatever surface they can find – fridge doors, lorry cabs.' He found it 'emotionally and physically exhausting. The sky is never blue, it is always grey. We all got very sick. The lead poisoning makes people aggressive.'
The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 will be on display at the Photographers' Gallery, 16 Ramillies Street, London W1, from July 13 to September 9 (thephotographersgallery.org.uk)
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