We are pleased to present two documentary photographers who have for their extensive careers covered global social issues in longterm committed projects.
Jane Evelyn Atwood (USA) bought her first camera in 1976 and began taking pictures of a group of street prostitutes in Paris. She has since then pursued a number of carefully chosen projects, among them a body of work on blind children, a story on the first person with AIDS in France whom she followed until his death, and in 1989 Atwood started to photograph incarcerated women, eventually managing to gain access to some of the world’s worst penitentiaries and jails, including death row. This monumental ten-year undertaking remains the definitive photographic work on women in prison to date.
Gideon Mendel (ZA) began photographing in the 1980s during the final years of apartheid. In the 1990s he started a longitudinal project on the impact of HIV/AIDS, a photographic odyssey that began in Africa and expanded to numerous other countries during the last twenty years. Since 2007, Mendel has been occupied with Drowning worlds, an art and advocate project about flooding that
is his personal response to climate change.
Both Atwood and Mendel are recipients of many prestigious international awards, including the W. Eugene Smith award and the World Press Photo Prize.
Moderator: Jenny Maria Nilsson