Announcing 'Next#05'—The online publication of the 2015 Joop Swart Masterclass

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the online publication of “Next#05,” the latest edition of its Next book series, featuring work produced by the 12 participants of this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass.

The Joop Swart Masterclass is the foundation’s flagship for training and promoting emerging talent in visual journalism. For this year’s edition, the photographers’ work is presented in the online platform, Viewbook.

During the masterclass, the specially selected photographers work with six masters to develop their role as photographers, the technical and visual aspects of their work, as well as discussing the ethical and professional challenges visual journalists face.

During the week they are in Amsterdam, the participants work intensively on the essays featured in the Viewbook. These essays showcase the newcomers’ talent and passion, and provide an insight into the future of documentary storytelling.

The theme of this year's masterclass was ‘Invisible’, and the participants essays cover a wide range of  fascinating topics, from a series about the hidden civil war in Venezuela to a behind-the-scenes look at the French Foreign Legion.

The essays:

  • Alejandro Cegarra’s ‘Our Invisible War’ shows how the mindset of violence infiltrates everyday life in Venezuela. In a culture of conflict, where people are accustomed to violence, Alejandro wishes to provoke people into thinking about the war more deeply.
  • World Press Photo award winner Arash Khamooshi was moved by the story of children injured by landmines. Unexploded ordnance, a legacy of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, today impacts on the lives of many who barely remember, or are not old enough to have witnessed, the conflict.
  • ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is the name of Capucine Granier-Deferre’s essay in which she uses her camera to explore facets of loneliness and intimacy. Her work reveals moments in the life of two women, a generation and many miles apart.
  • German photographer Christian Werner examines the various layers in the Central African Republic conflict, a civil war that has left thousands dead and led to massive displacement of the population, and a story that these days receives little coverage in international media.
  • ‘Patria Nostra’ is a story of brotherhood and individuality, of toughness and fragility. French participant Édouard Elias investigates how 25 strangers from all over the globe, after only a few months of training, come together to form a body of fighters operating as a single unit within the French Foreign Legion.
  • Eman Helal photographed Egypt’s first roller derby team, the CaiRollers. Roller derby offers players more than just exercise and entertainment. In a society where tradition rules, roller derby can be a route to women feeling stronger, liberated, and more independent.
  • What must it be like to leave behind your home country and all you know, and undertake a journey of thousands of kilometers with just a backpack? What must it be like to do this with family members? István Bielik followed people making their way through Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans to seek asylum and a better life in northern Europe. István wanted to reveal the personal dramas and difficulties refugees face on such a journey.
  • In Japan, there are over 100 schools for students of Korean descent, funded by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, also known as North Korea), to which they became affiliated following the division of Korea after World War II. Japanese photographer Noriko Hayashi gives insights into the lives of the students, who form an ‘invisible minority’, indistinguishable by their physical appearance, but nevertheless frequently subject to discrimination.
  • Guy Martin’s photo essay is a multilayered look at the icons, truth and lies during a year in which the foundations of modern Turkey were eroded by powerful, dark and unexplained forces: interest-rate lobbies, spies, media, a not-so-secret civil war with the Kurds, and dark politics with the Islamic State.
  • Enter Evgeny Makarov’s small universe of the dacha: a place in between, neither city nor country, beyond a summer dwelling. The Russian dacha is more than simply a house or a plot of land. Evgeny journeys back into an atmosphere familiar from his childhood to explore the dacha state of mind.
  • Palestinian photographer Wissam Nassar follows Hassan al-Zaanin, born in Gaza following in-vitro fertilization using sperm smuggled out of an Israeli jail, where his father was imprisoned. Wissam wanted to do a story that focused on the beginning of life, rather than death, but one that still reflected the political situation in Gaza.
  • Brazilian photographer Victor Dragonetti set out to photograph the love, pain, desire, loneliness, happiness and sadness, day by day, on the streets of São Paulo in Brazil. This is not literal street photography, but the image of a zeitgeist.

Click the names above to see that participant's story or click here to see the full Next#05 publication. Part of the work of the participants is available for publication, click here to register for a press kit.

The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by Ammodo Foundation and Our worldwide partner Canon also provides each participant with a grant.

The masters:
Claudine Boeglin, France, multimedia creative and founder Dandy Vagabonds Ltd.; Tanya Habjouqa, Jordan, photographer; Meaghan Looram, USA, deputy editor of photography The New York Times; Jonathan Torgovnik, USA/Israel, photographer Getty Images Reportage; Teun van der Heijden, the Netherlands, graphic designer and co-owner Heijdens Karwei, and Donald Weber, Canada, photographer VII Photo Agency.

The photographers are responsible for all aspects of the texts presented in this press release. They do not express the views of the World Press Photo Foundation, which is an independent organization.

Posted November 20 2015

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