Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | News
Please follow along from today till October 30, 2016. Guest curating is a fun and daunting task, i must choose my favorite images from among the Everyday Projects feeds and all of the #everyday hashtags. Hard to choose one per day. But, I have created a visual limitation for my curation, each image I post has to have a hint of yellow in itand make me happy . There is still plenty of time to tag your work on Instagram with the #everydayeverywhere hashtag.
Monday, September 19, 2016 | News
This week on the @opensocietyfoundations Instagram, Nana Kofi Acquah @africashowboy is taking-over the feed looking at life after Ebola in Sierra Leone and how people are recovering after the world's attention to the epidemic wanes.
Despite the World Health Organization declaring Sierra Leone Ebola-free in March 2016, the country still has a long way to go to rebuild after it left close to 4,000 dead and decimated an already-weak healthcare system.
Please follow along this week on our Instagram feed and join us at Photoville Wednesday September 21-Sunday September 25, 2016 where we have an exhibition of photography from Ebola Through the Lens, a photo competition produced by Open Society Institute for West Africa.
Philippines based Jes Aznar documenting the execution of alleged drug offenders by vigilantes and the state
Thursday, September 1, 2016 | News
Follow @opensocietyfoundations on Instagram, where each week a new photographer takes-over the account to share personal photo projects from around the world. Projects explore different aspects of human rights and the human condition with a focus on justice and equality. We are always looking for new photographers to takeover and we provide a $500 stipend.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | News
Visura Guild member Erika P. Rodriguez continues her ongoing work exploring life in Puerto Rico by taking over the Open Society Foundations' Instagram account this week. She is sharing stories of the people whose lives, livlihoods, and health are at risk. Schools have been closing while hospitals declare bankruptcy. People see loosing their retirement and pensions completely.
Please follow along.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | News
The U.S. and Canadian governments began to try to control First Nations culture by criminalizing dances, ceremonies, spirituality, and language. Residential schools were an extension of that attempt to diminish and whitewash First Nations identity that continued until nearly the close of the 20th century.
Follow @opensocietyfoundations on Instagram, where each week a new photographer takes-over the account to share personal photo projects from around the world. Projects explore different aspects of human rights and the human condition with a focus on justice and equality. We are always looking for new photographers to takeover the account. We pay a stipend as a way to help support these important projects.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 | News
Every week the Open Society Foundations Instagram account is taken-over by a different photographer, sharing photo essays that explore some aspect of human rights, equality, or justice.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | News
Scottish photographer and Visura member, Emily Macinnes, is taking-over the Open Society Foundations' Instagram this week with her smart and emotional documentary and portrait work, sharing the voices of some of the 11,500 refugees and migrants currently stuck in Idomeni, a small village on the Greek-Macedonia border. Please follow along!
Amina, 36, a Yazidi Kurd from the Sinjar province in Iraq, sits in the middle of the road during a protest where dozens of people blocked the highway between Idomeni and Thessaloniki. Although it is evident the protests will not directly open the border it remains one of the few ways that those stranded in Idomeni feel their voices can be heard - desperate that Europe does not forget about them.
Amina was on her way to meet her husband, who has already applied for asylum in Germany, when Macedonia (FYROM) officially closed its border. Now she is worried that she will be returned to Turkey – a country which has repressed the political and cultural rights of the Kurdish people since the Turkish War of Independence and who continue to persecute, torture and murder Kurds within its borders.
In direct response to the EU-Turkey deal struck on March 20th Greece has already began the deportation of hundreds of refugees from the islands of Lesvos and Chios back to Turkey. -Emily MacinnesFollow @opensocietyfoundations on Instagram, where each week a new photographer takes-over the account to share personal photo projects from around the world. Projects explore different aspects of human rights and the human condition with a focus on justice and equality. We are always looking for new photographers to takeover the account. We pay a stipend as a way to help support these important projects.
Friday, April 1, 2016 | News
“Well, when I was at a walking, talking age, I started feeling like this, like I was a girl. I used to dress up in my mum's clothes secretly. I wanted to start ballet because it was a way in which I could wear pink clothes. I knew that I was a girl but no one could see it because of how I looked on the outside,”- Willa.
Friday, March 4, 2016 | News
This week on the @opensocietyfoundations Instagram feed, photographers Kelly Lynn Lunde and Elian Hadj-Hamdi are sharing images and stories about police brutality against migrants and refugees in "The Jungle," an informal refugee camp in Calais, France, where people attempt to cross to England. Currently the camp is being bulldozed, further challenging the thousands who have been stuck there.
"Two out of the eleven months Mohammed has been living in Calais were spent in a French prison. After trying to sneak onto a Eurotunnel train, he was arrested and recalls his time incarcerated with a grimace. “The police there, they don’t talk to you, they just hit you,” he says. The 27-year-old was born in a refugee camp in Darfur, Sudan and lived in Germany for one year but could not obtain papers to stay. A few times a week he tries to sneak onto lorries bound for UK ferries and trains but has not managed to make it past police, who consistently beat him leaving his hands injured. "Europe is good. But this is scheisse [German: shit]. Police hate refugees.”
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | News
On the Open Society Foundations Instagram feed this week:
Love From Manenberg is a long-term personal project by Brooklyn, NY based Sarah Stacke. She shows daily life in Cape Flats in a beautiful, personal way through images and quotes revolving around one family. "Love From Manenberg is not about gangs, poverty, or substance abuse, even though all of those things exist in Manenberg, it is about relationships and the understanding that nobody is perfect -- or any one thing -- all the time, it is what is in the heart that binds us.”
Monday, January 4, 2016 | News
"In the Ghanaian context queen mothers are traditional female leaders, drawn from relevant chiefly lineages, who are responsible for the welfare of women and children in particular. After being sidelined during the colonial era, their role is being revived and is increasingly seen as a force for development - an ancient institution brought to bear on modern problems." -Nyani Quarmyne
Follow Open Society Foundations on Instagram, where each week a new photographer takes over the account to share personal photo projects from around the world. Projects explore different aspects of human rights and the human condition with a focus on justice and equality. We are always looking for new photographers to takeover the account. We pay a stipend as a way to help support these important projects and photographers.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 | News
Please check out the story on Instagram now through Sunday.
Elena Perlino is a documentary photographer based in Paris. Her recent reportages have been focusing on migration, human trafficking and gender issues.
Friday, October 16, 2015 | News
"The fact is, being a refugee is a lot like being in a war. You spend so much time stuck in “hurry up and wait.” There’s the ceaseless boredom, the detachment, the being treated like a pariah because you happened to be from a war-torn country. For children especially, you can sense a lot of fear." -Amanda Rivkin
Thursday, October 15, 2015 | News
“Meet Lucy Sosa. As a reporter for El Diario, the newspaper in Ciudad Juárez, right across the border from El Paso, Texas, she had covered more than 8,000 murders by her own count over the last 27 years. Much of her reporting is on the drug cartels operating in and around Juárez. Chapo Guzman’s infamous Sinaloa Cartel wanted her dead because of her reporting. They sent her death threats and eventually the cartel sent a hit squad to try to finish her off. But as luck would have it, a change in her schedule that day saved her: they were waiting for her at work at a specific time but she was away. It had eventually become too dangerous for Lucy to work, so her editors took her off the crime beat for two years. Once the threats had subsided, she was back to work where she felt she belonged. And this single mother of two has no intention to cease her reporting on crime nor on leaving Juárez.”
JA Mortram shares stories that reflect on social exclusion this week on the @opensocietyfoundations Instagram account.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | News
Friday, October 2, 2015 | News
This week on the @opensocietyfoundations Instagram: Photographer Amanda Rivkin follows the route refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq are taking starting in Turkey and continuing through the Western Balkans, and on finally to integration in Germany. She is doing an amazing job. By starting in Turkey at the border with Syria in 2012, she shows how the waves of asylum seekers escaping Syria didn't begin a month ago, but rather has been building for several years. I am so impressed with her storytelling and successful use of a week-long take over to beautifully give a history lesson that cuts through the noise and the nullifies the inacurate portrayal of this as a 'crisis.'OpenSocietyFoundations on Instagram
Bio: Amanda Rivkin is an American photographer whose work has been published in most of the major global news magazines and newspapers. She holds degrees from the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Sarah Lawrence College. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish, but can get by in Azeri/Turkish, Bosnian/Serbo-Croat, Catalan, Russian and Slovak, and she reads French. Her work has been recognized with awards and honors from the American Council on Germany, American Photography, the Fulbright Program, the National Geographic Society, and elsewhere.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | News
Ending mass incarceration is suddenly the hottest topic on the presidential campaign trail. Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for 2016, made it the centerpiece of her first major policy address since officially declaring her candidacy in a speech Wednesday at Columbia University in New York City.