We are very excited to announce that one of our favorite photographers, VII Photo Agency member and acclaimed photojournalist Donald Weber, will be exhibiting his latest project at this edition of DokuPhoto. Coordinated by Kosovar photographer Ferdi Limani, the exhibition ‘Barricade: The EuroMaidan Revolt’ collects Donald Weber’s composite portraits of the people he met on the street, a collection of molotov cocktails that have been the weapon of choice for the EuroMaidan protestors in Kiev and President Viktor Yanukovich’s personal multi million belongings found in his luxury residence in Mezhigiriya.
DokuPhoto will open on Friday, August 15th at the Saraqët street, in between of Hammam Museum and the cultural center in Prizren, with Donald Weber in attendance. The photos will remain on display until August 24th. DokuFest will also host a masterclass with Donald Weber on storytelling and constructing visual narratives through photographs. In addition, Weber will be part of a portfolio review session, directed at emerging professional photographers who wish to obtain feedback about their work and explore their documentary practice. More info on the master class and portfolio viewing session will follow soon.
About DONALD WEBER:
Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with urban theorist Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has since devoted himself to the study of how Power deploys an all-encompassing theater for its subjects; what he records is its secret collaboration with both masters and victims.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards, PDN’s 30 and was named an Emerging Photo Pioneer by American Photo. His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide including the United Nations, Museum of the Army at Les Invalides in Paris, the Portland Museum of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum. He is a dedicated teacher and is noted for his ongoing series of lectures and workshops and a frequent trainer with World Press Photo.
Agron Dragaj is a Kosova born photographer currently based in Nouakchott, Mauritania. He graduated from Prishtina University in 1992 and New York Institute of Photography (NYIP). Passion for photography led him to become a versatile, extrovert and independent photographer.
Five years of work in Sri Lanka went into the documentary “Portraits of Displacement”, which portrays the displacement and humanitarian relief efforts of UN agencies and I/NGOs – due not only to two decades of civil war but also the displacement of people after the Tsunami which hit the Sri Lankan coast on 26 December 2004.
Some of his work appeared in:
Time, Geo, the Guardian, der Spiegel, CNN Traveler, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Businessweek magazine, Le Figaro, Daily news, Internacionale,Silver Kris, Etihad inflight magazine, Amana magazine, JPG magazine, Sky magazine, UNICEF, UNHCR web publications and news.
Born in Prizren, Kosovo in 1982. His first interest to photography began with the war in Kosovo. His first work, documenting the remains of the war made him decide to stay in photography, especially in photojournalism. After learning the technical side of darkroom and processing studied journalism in Prishtina and followed photojournalism workshop with VII Photo in Provence / France.
He was one of the first photographers in Express daily newspaper in Prishtina followed by Lajm daily newspaper and agency work for World Picture News and the Associated Press. His work has been published in Marie Claire, Le Journal De Dimanche, New York Times, The Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Yo Dona, The Guardian and contributed to Spanish documentary photography magazine “Ojo De Pez” with his long term project on the Missing Persons from Kosovo.
In 2007 he was awarded with the Ex-Changes” photography grant from the German Government for his project on pollution in Kosovo. He is one of the founding members of Agence Le Journal in Istanbul where he is based.
Jodi Hilton is an American photojournalist and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Her work focuses on themes of marginalized people and societies.
Between 1999 and 2000 she photographed rural life in an Italian village. “Return to Eboli,” based on the novel by Carlo Levi “Christ Stopped at Eboli,” was published by National Geographic Italy in 2001.
In Honduras she did a story about the ultra-violent Mara gangs. In Pakistan she photographed the nearly-extinct indigenous Kalash People and the forced repatriation of Afghan refugees.
Since 2005 she has been following the stories of Syrian refugees, in particular those who sought asylum in Bulgaria.
In 2013 and 2014 she followed the Gezi Park protests and photographed the lives of homeless youth in Bucharest. Recently, she has been working in the Balkans, reporting on political discontent and Roma communities in Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia.
Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Vocativ, Amica, GlobalPost, Vice (France) and Mashable.
Since 2004 she has been based in Istanbul, Turkey and Sofia, Bulgaria.
To access the application for portfolio review please click here.