Jon and Alex
Contemporary Issues, first prize singles
May 18, 2014
Jon and Alex, a gay couple, share an intimate moment at Alex’s home, a small apartment in St Petersburg, Russia. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.
St. Petersburg, Russia
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Mads Nissen was born in Denmark in 1979. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism he moved for two years to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China’s historic economic rise. In 2009, he was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass. After working in China for such publications as Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Stern, he returned to his home country, where he is now based. In Denmark, Nissen worked for Berlingske/Scanpix, and in 2014 joined the daily Politiken as a staff photographer. Nissen’s work has been awarded among others in the World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year contests, as well as receiving 15 awards from the Danish Picture of the Year, including twice both Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year. He has published two books, Amazonas in 2013 by Gyldendal and De Faldne (The Fallen) in 2010 by People’s Press, about the Danish killed in the war in Afghanistan. Mads Nissen is internationally represented by Panos Pictures; in Italy by Prospekt and in Germany by Laif.
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9 December 2016
Interview in Morgenbladet (Norway): "Et kritisk portrett av fred" https://t.co/9VuFLwCMJq via @Morgenbladet
7 December 2016
@politiken launching new website :) https://t.co/SYhtbNKJRI
6 December 2016
“…whether I was inside a cocaine laboratory or the Presidents palace” https://t.co/tARyLkS7TD @NobelPeaceOslo
6 December 2016
2/3 “but basically photography is all about empathy and keeping an open mind…” @NobelPeaceOslo