“There’s something wrong with human nature” (Gary Clail 1991), but judging by the entries to this year’s AnthropoGraphia awards, there’s nothing wrong with the state of human rights photography. With stories from every corner of the globe we should be thankful so many photographers are willing to devote their time and energy to reporting human rights abuses wherever they are. In turn, AnthropoGraphia should be praised for providing a much-needed platform for their work.
In a chance symmetry, AnthropoGraphia’s two winners – Liu Jie and Francois Pesant – shine a light on stories from the world’s two superpowers, China and the USA. In Liu Jie’s case, he takes a familiar issue and presents it in a powerful and original way that makes us feel as if we are seeing the story for the first time. The missing chairs in his photographs bring home to us the human impact of …... Read More