Thursday, June 15, 2017 | News
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 | News
Hundreds of thousands of people from a corner of eastern Europe were forcibly deported as political exiles during two waves of Soviet repression in the 1940s. Many of them died during the journey or in exile. Others returned home with shattered lives. Only a few survive today.
“Those Who Remain” tells their stories. The Stalinist regime devised the deportation program to identify and exile political dissidents from what is now the Republic of Moldova. Those selected, often for reasons having nothing to do with politics, were killed or exiled with their families to remote regions of Kazakhstan and Siberia. Those who survived had to wait years to be liberated. If they managed to return home, they were systematically silenced and shamed by the Soviet and post-Soviet societies. Only recently, long after most of them died, have they been free to speak publicly about their ordeals.
“Those Who Remain” gives voice to these former deportees, and to their children and grandchildren. It bears witness to a profoundly important historical event that is little known by the rest of the world. These survivors have been waiting decades to tell their stories, which are shocking and harrowing, but also inspiring. See their faces. Listen to their voices. Some are still with us, those who remain.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | News
The Colonialism of Photojournalism
"We are not bad photojournalist when we unwittingly benefit from a flawed system. However, we become bad photojournalists when we manipulate that flawed system to our own benefit, instead of highlighting the problems that are crippling the foundations of the industry we care so much about. We are better when we accept our mistakes and try to grow from them. We are going to make mistakes, it is just part of life, the point is to not make them again. We are worst when we become defensive and let our ego take over. I have often said that ego is the last thing that belongs in photojournalism, but unfortunately, it is usually the first place you find it."
Monday, April 24, 2017 | News | Highlights
The resilience of the human spirit is a powerful thing, capable of withstanding a great deal of adversity and grief. In Soviet Eastern Europe, where hundreds of thousands were deported from their homes amid the state-sponsored terror campaigns of the mid-20th century, victims had few other options but to persevere. Many died along the way, but others later returned to their homelands and struggled to piece together the lives they knew before their suffering began. In modern-day Moldova, photojournalist Clary Estes came to know the now-elderly victims of these Soviet crimes. Her deeply moving photographs provide a voice to the former deportees in an attempt to keep their stories alive.
Check out the full story of Viewfind at https://viewfind.com/story/those-who-remain
Friday, April 14, 2017 | News
I wanted to humbly share our Indiegogo Campaign for "Those Who Remain". We are working to complete our shooting in Moldova so that we can go on to work in Siberia and Kazakhstan in the coming months. If you have enjoyed the project or know someone who might be interested in it, please consider contributing or sharing.
If you are interested in seeing some of this images, you can see them here - http://www.claryestes.com/those-who-remain
This has been a massive project with the help of a lot of people. We are very excited to close the Moldova chapter in order to move on to a whole new chapter in Siberia and Kazakhstan!
Indiegogo Link - https://igg.me/at/thosewhoremainstage2/x/13309114
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | News
Our first stop was he small village of Vadeni. My short doc, "Life on a Thread" is a simple profile of a local man from Vadeni who makes traditional clothes with his wife. Give a look!
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | News
The Hamagurihama Project came about as a result of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Kameyama Sensei, resident of the village started to project as a way to save the village from falling into obscurity. Now, instead of a site reflecting of the disaster, Hamagurihama is a place people can come to reflect on the event and their lives, as well as a learn and practice the old ways of Japan. The Hamagurihama Project is a beautiful story of the...
Monday, March 6, 2017 | News
For me, being a photographer means paying it forward. In Moldova we held a workshop about oral histories and developing the community around them. How can we include and teach younger generations? And what is being done now?
Friday, February 10, 2017 | News | Highlights
There was a time at Stanton Elementary, a school nestled in Washington DC’s Anacostia neighborhood, where the teachers were afraid to go to class. The school’s limited resources and lack of support fueled a dejected attitude among the students, many of whom had difficult backgrounds and no healthy outlets to express their emotions. Some teachers even reported being kicked or punched in the halls, citing an overall culture of negativity and despair. As one administrator put it, “There was a sense that if you went here, you were coming because you could go nowhere else.”...
Read More at https://viewfind.com/story/second-to-none
Saturday, August 20, 2016 | News | Highlights
In the wake of China’s rapid industrialization, many people are flocking to cities for greater opportunities.
To observe how this exodus was affecting local communities, photojournalist Clary Estes traveled to Yingpanxu, a provincial mountain town in eastern Jiangxi.
To Read More - http://viewfind.com/story/left-behind2
Thursday, August 11, 2016 | News | Highlights
PHOTOS DOCUMENT LIFE FOR THE ELDERLY AND VERY YOUNG IN CHINA’S RURAL COMMUNITIES
What does it mean to be left behind? This is the question that American photographer Clary Estes began with in her latest project out of China. The largest internal migration in human history has seen nearly 160 million able-bodied Chinese move from the countryside to the booming economies of the east coast since 1978. Estes’ Left Behind project documents this historical event from the other side of the coin, from the perspective of the elderly and very young in China’s rural communities who remained behind.
Estes photographed the day-to-day life of the Huang family, a family living in Yingpanxu, a rural village in the verdant mountains of Jiangxi province. She met them during her time teaching a month-long photojournalism workshop. While out shooting in the countryside with her students they came upon the mother of the Huang clan tending to her field and struck up a conversation. Estes returned a few times to shoot the family after that. “Then suddenly the patriarch Huang Jingming died. This got me very close with the family and I shot the wake and funeral. I continued coming back throughout the year to shoot them and their story,” she says.
Estes captured intimate and sometimes painful moments during her time with the Huangs. A widow weeping during a funeral. A mother in pain following an emergency C-section. A young daughter crying in a bout of frustration. These are images that could only be taken by someone whom this family trusted and was okay with letting in to some of their most vulnerable experiences. Estes’ photographs reveal in haunting clarity what it means to be left behind.Read more http://www.featureshoot.com/2015/02/left-behind-photos-document-life-for-the-elderly-and-very-young-in-chinas-rural-communities/
STALIN EXILED THESE TWO SISTERS TO KAZAKHSTAN. A LIFETIME LATER, THEY’RE FINALLY BREAKING THEIR SILENCE.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | News | Highlights
The first wave of deportations began in 1941.
Josef Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, ordered his forces to deport tens of thousands of Moldovans from their homes. Moldova, a small (now independent) country in between the Ukraine and Romania, became a Soviet Socialist Republic in 1940. Stalin deported legions of people deemed “anti-Soviet,” seeking to fend off trouble and unrest in his ever-expanding Soviet Union. Another wave of deportations in 1949 and lasted until the early 1950s.
They were sent to Kazakhstan and Siberia, far away from home, split from their families. Among them were the women of the Graur family, who were deported to Kazakhstan in 1951. Their father was an “enemy of the state” who fled to escape Stalin’s forces in the middle of the night; their brother joined the Soviet Army, the same military that was oppressing his family. In Kazakhstan, the Graur women, Ana, Pasha, Maria and their mother, Marusca, had to fend for themselves while hearing of dire conditions at home in Moldova.
“In 1953, after the death of the tyrant Stalin, we were not so harshly punished anymore,” says Pasha. The Graur women longed to return home to Moldova, to leave behind the harsh and stark landscape of Kazakh winters and summers and their impoverished life. But they had no money. In 1953, the principal at Pasha’s school urged her to train to become a lab technician, and gave her enough money to return home to Moldova to continue her training. Two years later, Ana, Maria and their mother saved enough money to return home. Like many others, they long kept silent about their history as deportees. To speak about one’s deportation was to call attention to the fact that you were, or had been, considered an enemy of the state. Hiding their former-deportee status allowed them to find work and return to some sense of normalcy.
Now in the twilight of their lives, Ana, 74, and Pasha, 78, share their story, along with archival family photos from the Soviet occupation and their return home. The sisters, after staying silent for so long fearing punishment if they spoke, want the history of this time to finally be heard.Read More here http://narrative.ly/stalin-exiled-these-two-sisters-to-kazakhstan-a-lifetime-later-theyre-finally-breaking-their-silence/
Monday, July 18, 2016 | News
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Thursday, July 7, 2016 | News | Exhibitions
Cu ocazia implinirii a 75 de ani de la primul val si 67 de ani de la cel dea-l doilea val de deportari, în Republica Moldova a fost lansat un circuit turistic tematic, numit: „Deceniul deportărilor din Basarabia”.
Pe data de 06 iulie 2016 a fost organizat primul tur pentru presă, iar pe data de 09 si 10.07.16 vor fi organizate excursii pentru turiști. Acest circuit este organizat pentru a scoate din umbră evenimentele tragice, care au avut loc în acea perioadă, deportarile și foametea. Echipa care se ocupă de acest proiect este formată din istorici cu renume în tematica deportarilor, precum Viorica Olaru – Cemîrtan, Alexandru Moraru, Mihail Tașcă. „Noi nu încercăm să refacem traseul deportărilor. Noi încercăm să prezentăm de ce şi în ce mod erau basarabenii ridicaţi din casele lor, aduşi la gările de tren şi deportaţi în Siberia. Ținem mult să scoatem la lumină informaţiile ascunse din dosarele secrete şi mărturiile celor care au resimţit pe propria piele furia represiunilor politice”, a declarat Irina Milos Ciurea, inițiatoarea acestui proiect.http://www.allmoldova.com/ro/news/circuit-turistic-nou-in-moldova-deceniul-deportarilor-din-basarabia
Friday, June 3, 2016 | News
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | News
We are currently raising funds on Indiegogo and have surpassed our goal and are looking into strech goals for the project!
The article was recently added to Timpul's website, it is in Romanian but the images are also highlighted. We are very much looking forward to an exciting summer of shooting and growing the project so much more over the next few years!
Friday, May 27, 2016 | News
The Japanese village of Hamagurihama was decimated by the 2011 Tohoku tsunami. But the power of place and people have created a second chance. Multimedia journalist Clary Estes shares her "sense of awe" in a video documentary about the village's rebirth.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | News
Check out the project images and story, along with the campaign at http://thephotobrigade.com/2016/05/those-who-remain-by-clary-estes/