Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 21st July, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Valentyn Odnoviun’s Surveillance, the annual Swan Upping on the Thames, Monique Jaques Gaza Girls to become a book, and the winners of the Magnum Photography Awards are announced.

Photo Essay: 

Valentyn Odnoviun – Surveillance

Ukrainian photographer Valentyn Odnoviun, who is based in Vilnius, Lithuania, has spent the past few years creating images of the spy holes in the prison cell doors and the solitary walking yards of former prisoners of the KGB. 
It’s an intriguing series that leaves much to the imagination of the viewer, which is Odnoviun’s objective: “to create a more concrete communication with the help of interpretation and conceptual thinking”. 
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(C) All images Valentyn Odnoviun
What’s Swan Upping you might ask?

(C) Leon Neal
This week the annual count of the Queen’s swans began on the Thames. Known as Swan Upping this is perhaps one of the more quaint and quirky of the British royals’ rituals, but it makes for a fabulous photo opportunity. 
(C) Peter Macdiarmid
(C) Dan Kitwood
(C) Dan Kitwood

(C) Dan Kitwood

Monique Jaques – Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip 

Over the past five years photojournalist Monique Jaques has travelled to the Gaza Strip to document what she describes as the “strength, creativity and vibrancy of Palestinian girls and young women”.

Now she has partnered with FotoEvidence to publish a book of her photographs. “Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip” is a collection of photographic essays and written accounts of women coming of age in a place we more readily associate with war and conflict. It is intended to highlight the challenges of daily life, as well as moments of joy found in a complicated existence. 
(C) All photos Monique Jaques
To find out more check out the project at Kickstarter

Magnum Photography Awards 2017 

This week the annual Magnum Photography Award winners were announced. Congratulations to all who won and a special shout out to Nick Hannes who has been featured on Photojournalism Now in the past with his Mediterranean and the Continuity of Man series. This week Nick took out the Documentary Series award for his brilliant Bread and Circuses, a photo essay on Dubai’s elite. You can see all the winners on the Lensculture site.
All photos (C) Nick Hannes

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