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    Clary Estes

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  • Location: Moldova
    Nationality: United States of America
    Biography:   Clary Estes is a documentary photographer from Central Kentucky who works internationally on stories about the human condition. Artist Statement:   When I was young, my mother gave me a camera as a means to stave off boredom one... read on

Remember 3-11

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | News

In memory of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 I am sharing "The Hamagurihama Project".

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...



Au lăsat strămoșii să vorbească

Monday, March 6, 2017 | News

A small bit of news from Moldova surrounding, "Those Who Remain".

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?


From Cutting Class to College Grads: Stanton's Revolution

Friday, February 10, 2017 | News | Awards & Features

Anacostia, Washington, DC 20020, USA -
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

The Circle of Life in Rural China

Saturday, August 20, 2016 | News | Awards & Features

YingPanXu, Jiangxi, China -

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 | Awards & Features


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/



Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | News | Awards & Features

After the Soviet ruler banished thousands of “enemies of the state” to the empire’s furthest reaches, the shame and stigma kept most quiet for decades.

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

In the 1940s, two waves of mass deportations were carried out in Moldova by Joseph Stalin, forcing more than 50,000 citizens to relocate to places like Siberia and Kazakhstan. Now, nearly seven decades later, their stories are being told.
Continue reading at The Daily Yonder.

Circuit turistic nou în Moldova: Deceniul deportărilor din Basarabia

Thursday, July 7, 2016 | News | Exhibitions

Interview despre "Cei Care au Ramas"

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.




Friday, June 3, 2016 | News

Had some great work come out on the Feature Shoot group show about Childhood. Curator Alison Zavos, Editor-in-Chief of Feature Shoot, did a great job picking photographs! Take a look!


"Those Who Remain" profiled nationally in Moldova

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | News

Special thanks to the National Paper, Timpul, for the cover story and full cover profile of "Those Who Remain" last Friday. 

We are currently raising funds on Indiegogo and have surpassed our goal and are looking into strech goals for the project! 

Indiegogo Campaign

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!

Timpul Article

The Hamagurihama Project on The Daily Yonder

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.


Those Who Remain on The Photo Brigade

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | News

The Photo Brigade recently covered "Those Who Remain" and our Indiegogo campaign.

Check out the project images and story, along with the campaign at http://thephotobrigade.com/2016/05/those-who-remain-by-clary-estes/
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