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ARP in Kenya: a Maasai Beauty Pageant

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. This month, I will be taking over the Hatje Cantz Fotoblog. For this post, I’d like to introduce you to 10 fabulous girls I have met on a recent photo assignment for Amref Health Africa. For more of my photography work, you can check out my website.

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In many Maasai communities, female circumcision or ‘female genital mutilation’ (FGM) is a common ritual practice, associated with the transition from a girlhood to adulthood and marriage. ‘The cut’ kills many girls, who can be as young as eight years old when they undergo the ceremonial ceremony. On the eve of an alternative rite of passage (with the festivities, but without the circumcision), I attended a beauty pageant organized to empower the young girls of Maasai tribes surrounding Olentoko, a region in Kenya.

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I asked the girls, filled with self-confidence after their ‘catwalk’ run outside the school building, if I could photograph them in a class room that was used for anti FGM classes earlier that day. The beauty pageant was organized in order to show Maasai girls that they are indeed beautiful, to let them feel appreciated and celebrated by their community. After the beauty pageant, a candle light ceremony was concluded by prayers and blessings from the Maasai elders, completing the first day of ceremonies.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

Kibera Stories by Brian Otieno

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.45.56Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. I’m also the editorial coordinator of MENDO, and Amsterdam-based company that initiates, creates and designs photo books. This month, on the Hatje Cantz Fotoblog, I’ll be sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye. Today, I’d like you introduce you to Brian Otieno, aka Bryan Jaybee, the guy behind ‘Kibera Stories‘.

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To me, Brian is one of Kenya’s leading photo journalists. Not only because of his pictures are brilliant, also because of the fact that he has access to parts that for others, will remain hidden. He was born and raised in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest urban shantytowns. He started the online photo project Kibera Stories in 1993, and has been published a lot since then. Just a month ago, he was rewarded the EAPA 2018 award for the picture below. You can follow Brian on Instagram via Bryan Jaybee, Storitellah and Kibera Stories.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

“How I Ended Up with my Face On a McDonald’s Advert in China – A Cautionary Tale”

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. I’m also the editorial coordinator of MENDO, and Amsterdam-based company that initiates, creates and designs photo books.

As a photographer and photo book editor myself, I know how annoying it can be that people are getting more and more aware of their rights when it comes to photography. Also in African countries, people I’d like to portray often want money if I ask them if I could take a picture. Their reasoning is often: “I’m not sure what you’re going to do with this picture” and “You’re going to make money off this, so you need to pay me as well.”

This can be annoying, because a lot of picture-perfect moments are lost while you are having these kinds of conversations – every spontaneity and realness is gone. At the other hand: of course, these are fair points. Because yes, I sometimes make money off the pictures I sell to magazines and no, you shouldn’t just comply with any stranger that ones to take a picture of you.

So now, every time I’m on an assignment, I’m wearing a lot of consent forms with me for anyone I’d like to photograph. I’ve also worked on big, international photo book publications, for which we could only use pictures that actually came with a rather complicated, signed ‘model release form’. This is also annoying, if you know how much great street photography is out there – 70% of it can’t be used. Afraid for any kind of claim, book publishers rather go for the safer option: we will not publish any portraits, as long as the portrayed haven’t signed a model consent form.

As a photographer or editor, it can be hard to see it from another perspective: the perspective of the portrayed. So when I came across this eye-opening Twitter thread, I had to share it. In short: a South African woman was portrayed for a University photography project, the photographer sold all the (rights of the) pictures to a stock images libary, and now the woman sees her face on hundreds of adverts, websites and even on a Chinese McDonald’s menu. And the most disturbing thing is: she even signed one of these model consent forms! To read her whole, cautionary story, click below or look it up on Twitter.

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The world through the lens of Pie

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. I’m also the editorial coordinator of MENDO, and Amsterdam-based company that initiates, creates and designs photo books. This month, on the Hatje Cantz Fotoblog, I’ll be sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye. Today, I’d like you introduce you to the jaw-dropping pictures of Dutch photographer Pie Aerts.

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I’ve been following Pie for a while now, and I’m not exaggerating if I say that he has developed himself as one of the most talented and leading photographers of the next generation of Dutch photographers. It doesn’t matter if he shoots people, wildlife or landscapes – all images strike me as special.

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Pie quit his job to pursue his dream: telling stories through his photography. He’s currently traveling for his first photo book, which will be created in cooperation with Amsterdam-based photo book makers MENDO. It will be focused on Pie’s second Instagram account: @because.people.matter. If you’d like to read more about Pie, check out this interview or follow him on Instagram.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

Quotes from Jimmy Nelson

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. This month, I will being sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye – here on the Hatje Cantz Fotoblog! This time, I’d like to feature a photographer who I’ve met in Amsterdam: Jimmy Nelson.

For MENDO, I recently interviewed the renowned photographer about his newest photo book, ‘Homage to Humanity’. Here, I’d like to highlight some of the most striking quotes from that interview. If you’d like to read the whole Q&A, you can check it out here on MENDO.nl.

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“The world is becoming homogenous and digitalized – it’s changing much quicker than it ever has before. And as the people of a certain indigenous group develop with us, which they have all the right of doing, it’s important that they don’t abandon their heritage. In the Western world, we’re not necessarily turning the clock back, but we’re beginning to reach a period in time and evolution to realize that perhaps, we made a few wrong turnings.”

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“There will always be criticism. And the criticism is interesting – it’s good to be kept on your toes, that you are given a counter perspective. A lot of criticism was based on the title of the first book, which was perhaps childishly naive, but at the same time deliberately provocative. It was meant to cause a discussion. The criticism was based on the idea of creating a visual perception of the other. The pictures in the two books are beautifully uncomfortable. My work is a mirror of who we are and who we could be. People say that the situations “can’t be this beautiful”, that the pictures are staged and fake. But it’s a hundred percent real.”

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Read the whole interview here. You can follow Jimmy Nelson on Instagram.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

Jetzt verfügbar: Depart

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. I’m also the editorial coordinator of MENDO, and Amsterdam-based company that initiates, creates and designs photo books. This November, I’ll be sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye.

Today, I’d like to focus on one of the first books I worked on for MENDO, which is now available in Germany! What I think is really interesting about this book, is that it makes the leap from the online medium of Instagram, to the offline of photo books. The book boasts over 25 talented, young and ‘new’ photographers, that offer a new perspective on contemporary photography.

For ‘Depart’, I’m responsible for every word that’s in the book, including the introduction. There is also an eight page chapter in Depart, that features photos I took on a trip to Israel, Jordan and Palestine.

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Fredrik Lerneryd’s Slum Ballet

10Slum+BalletHi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. This month on the Hatje Cantz Fotoblog, I will being sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye. Today, I’d like to feature a photographer who I’ve met in Nairobi, Kenya: Fredrik Lerneryd.

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Fredrik is a photojournalist based in Kenya, who has been working for several international media and NGOs over the last couple of years. Fredrik’s best-known project yet is his Slum Ballet series, which you can see featured here as well.

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For over two years, the photographer followed these boys and girls from Kibera in Nairobi, Africa’s biggest urban slum. In collaboration with a fancy ballet studio in the upperclass Karen area, ballet classed are held to give young dancers the opportunity to be part of national ballet productions.

Follow Fredrik on Instagram to see more of his work.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s  blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

“Let’s make art an investment in humanity”

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. I’m also the editorial coordinator of MENDO, and Amsterdam-based company that initiates, creates and designs photo books. Today, I’ll be sharing an interesting Dutch photography project called ‘Eye for All’.

In less than three days, auction site catawiki.com and NGO WarChild will set up a photo auction called ‘Eye for All’. From 9 to 16 November, you’ll be able to get your hands on fine art prints of 75 of the best photographers of The Netherlands. I’ll feature some of the auctioned work here in this blog post.

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All yields will go to WarChild’s ‘Safe Spaces’ project, which creates safe environments where children can process their negative experience, often caused by war. Children who haven’t gone to school for a longer period of time, are getting further training, focused on catching up and entering the regular education system again.

The Eye for All photo auction is an initiative of Annet de Graaf, commissioned by Catawiki. For this project, Annet approached 75 Dutch top photographers, such as Kadir van Lohuizen, Elspeth Diederix, Corbino, Nick van Tiem, Eddy van Wessel, Raymond Rutting, Jimmy Nelson and Brooks Kraft. One of my pictures (which is also visible here) is also for sale – the starting price for this print will be 250 euros.

To find out more about the photo auction, check out this Facebook page, this WarChild web page or the event page of venue Melkweg Amsterdam.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

Sam Vox’s Zanzibar

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. I’m also the editorial coordinator of MENDO, and Amsterdam-based company that initiates, creates and designs photo books. I’m super excited to take over the Hatje Cantz photo blog, this November. I’ll be sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye. This time, I’d like you introduce you to the vivid Stone Town pictures of Sam Vox.

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I’ve been following Sam on Instagram for some time now. When my girlfriend and I decided to swap The Netherlands for Eastern Africa, one of the first images that came to mind were the vibrant pictures of Sam Vox. Although we’ve been traveling around for the better part of a year, I still haven’t found time to visit Sam’s home base: Zanzibar.

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The tropical island of Zanzibar runs on mass tourism, but the biggest city of Zanzibar is supposedly quite something else. Sam takes you by the hand through ‘his’ Stone Town, taking a lot of pictures at the water front and in the water itself. Specialized in documentary photography, his personal photos often show Tanzanian boys, jumping in the water from Stone Town’s quays when the sun sets. It’s the crossroad where Stone Town’s city life meets Zanzibar’s island vibes.

Follow Sam on Instagram.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

“Marie Ulmer” by Candace Karch

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Hi, this is Andrea for This Aint Art School, an online photography platform and community.TAAS is always on the lookout for new and interesting projects to feature, and I’ve been sharing some of our most popular with you over the last month. For my final feature, I’m happy to share the work of Candace Karch.

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Candace Karch (@sugarbeam on instagram) has been taking photos since before the invention of Instagram. In her early days, she shot film. In her mid-days, she discovered digital photography. Now in her mid to late days she is using an IPhone, a point and shoot and occasionally reuniting with “Madame” her Mamiya C330.

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Karch describes the subject of one of her recent photographic series, Marie Ulmer, as “a 101-year-old artist who rose to viral “fame” in 2015 when the series “Ms Ulmer” took third place in the lensculture portrait awards. She has made a piece of artwork every day for the last 95 years. Her work, which spans over eight decades, includes a wide variety of styles and mediums. Some of the most striking works for me have been her self-portraits. She used herself as a model primarily because, as she put it, “I drew who was available.” She never married and never had children. She has often expressed that a man might have interfered with her work. In the “Ms Ulmer” series she was able to discover a personality, she never explored, in front of my camera to become my muse. Marie Ulmer has spent a lifetime devoting herself to art, her constant companion. I have great admiration for her focus and dedication to her one true love, art.”

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