Some of The Best Photographs from Visa Pour l’Image 2007

Some of The Best Photographs from Visa Pour l’Image 2007 [Digital Journalist Magazine]

From Mediastorm:

Images in the gallery represent photographers from all around the world, covering stories from Afghanistan and Iraq to x-rays of weapons of destruction, to polar bears along the Arctic Ice Edge.

Polar Bears

Arctic Ice Edge — Polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles offshore. They are as comfortable in the water as they are on land or the sea ice. But, without sea ice they do not have a platform from which to hunt seals. If we lose sea ice to global warming by the year 2050 as scientists suggest, then ultimately, we will lose polar bears.

Rukia Ibrahim and Ferhla Yahaya, Tanzania

Tanzania — Rukia Ibrahim and Ferhla Yahaya remove poor-quality threads from giant bobbins at the A-Z Textiles Mills LTD, located in Arusha, Tanzania. This special yarn is embedded with insecticide and used for weaving long-lasting mosquito netting that can protect someone from malaria without re-treatment for over five years. This unique program supported by A-Z uses traditional bed netting as window and doorway screen protection in homes where the residents cannot afford modern window and door screens.

Gujiao, Shanxi, China

Gujiao, Shanxi, China — The coal mine in Gujiao. The mingongs, worker-farmers coming from the poor regions of China, go down the mine for 150 Euros per month. Not enought to build a real house around the “hole.” Without any social protection, without security inside the mine, they are the most exposed to risk. The pollution of the factories is also a breathing disease factor. Xiu Yu Jun says, “before we were respected as miners; now we are the last on the social rank.”

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China — She has been working in factories for 15 years. Beyond a certain age, with no qualification, it is impossible to be hired, so she prefers staying in this factory for 1 Euro a day.

Jeremie, Haiti

Jeremie, Haiti — A glimpse of daily life in this seaside town that was once a tourist haven, the only place in Haiti that’s still green with vegetation, but is filthy and poor, with no plumbing or electricity in a majority of the homes. January 2006.