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Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Photography from Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, England in the Late 80′s, Craig went on to win The David Hodge Memorial Award Young Photojournalist of the...
I'm off on travels again and back to Israel to work with the fantastic organisation Hand in Hand. I wrote a feature on Hand in Hand a year or so ago for Readers Digest in the UK. The organisation were pleased with the images that I took to accompany my piece for the magazine. So much so that they've kindly asked me to come and document their 5 schools in Israel for their communication purposes. Here's some background to the organisation: Hand Schools were founded in 1998 by Amin Khalay and Lee Gordon, two educators, one Arabic and one Jewish. Observing that the two communities of Arabs and Jews in Israel live segregated and polarize the society, they set out to counter this with the creation of a shared bilingual learning experience for Jewish and Arab children to foster a spirit of national co-existence. Hand in Hand Schools have two teachers in each class conducting all lessons in Hebrew and Arabic. The schools are a 50/50 mix of cultures. Muslim, Jewish, and also Christian religious festivals and holidays are all observed and each cultural traditions and beliefs are given equal weight in the classroom. The Jerusalem campus is their flagship offering education from kindergarten through to graduation. All schools are fully recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Education and students regularly outscore their peers in Israel’s matriculation exams and attain a higher rate of college attendance. They present integrated teams within sporting events and promote adult education programs geared to learning the two community’s languages, customs and traditions. These ex-curricular activities are unique in Israel and aimed at nurturing broader public and social inclusion. Caption for Image: Wadi Ara Hand in Hand teachers Shuli Kelin and Amina Tamne get in the end of year spirit while dancing to Soul Controls song 'Choco, Choco, Cholate." A very popular number with the staff and pupils. Link to Full Shoot on Web Site: http://www.craigstennett.com/hand-in-hand-israel
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will return to the ring on October 28th against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, who is Joshua’s IBF mandatory challenger. Photographed here for the UK publication The Daily Telegraph is the Bulgarian Heavy Weight Boxer Kubrat Pulev at The Bundesleistungszentrum Kienbaum (Kienbaum National Training Centre) in Keinbaum near Berlin, Germany. I found Kubrat a really pleasant man to spend time with. Informed in his views.Unassuming in his character outside the ring and an avid Chess player. He's intending to give half of his purse from the Joshua fight to charities for Orphans in Bulgaria.
I had my writers hat on alongside my photographic duties on a feature in Flanders, Belgium over the last couple of weeks. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Batte of Passchendaele from the First World War. Passchendaele rates alongside Verdun and The Somme as one of the major military exchanges of that bloody and destructive war. However, Passchendaele is often viewed as, with in a war of numerous instances of pointless loss of life, a pinnacle in wasted life. Over a 2 month campaign 8km of land were taken around the Village of Passchendaele at the loss of 250,000 allied soldiers and a slightly less number of defending German troops. This territory was then re-taken over a 2 week period in a counter attack with the trench lines ending up pretty much where they had all started from. The story and images will be out in Novemeber and the attached image is of the Menin Gate in Ypres which is a monument to the 100,000 Commonwealkth soldiers who were killed on the Western Front and whose bodies were never found. Instead buried deep some where with in the Battlefields grounds on Flanders soil.
Been on the Election trail in Germany for the last 3 days for The Daily Telegraph (UK). SPD under Martin Schulz evaluate their chances in the General Election in Germany later this year with the results of the local elections (covering some 18 million Germans) in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Far Right (Der Rechts) congregate at the Hauptbahnhof in Halle for a planned May Day march through the city. Due to the numbers of anti-fascist protesters who turned out in Halle to oppose them the march was halted and abandoned. Instead the far right was corralled and detained in a tight cordon at the HauptBahnhof in Halle, Eastern Germany.
Anti-Fascist protesters from Halle:" These are only the foot soldiers the thugs if you will. The people that really control them and are really frightening are not here. Those are the ones to fear."
An Interview/Story with me on my work over 2 years at the Al Shifa Hospital in the Gaza City, Gaza Strip with the team of transplant Surgeons from Liverpool in the UK. Hope you have time to take a look.
20 year old Paul Eppert and his 18 year old girlfriend Kristin Epples at the Bebelplatz before commencing on the ' March for Europe' to the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. The march marked the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. Tens of thousands of european citizens marched throughout Europes major cities in support of the European Union.
On the 18th of March, 2016 the EU signed its deal with Turkey in an attempt to externalize the European borders, to use the Turkey to stop refugees from travelling on and into EU countries. To mark the anniversary of this deal an International Day of Action took place across the European Union against racism,fascism and austerity. Anti Nazi Demonstrators in Leipzig, Germany organised as an Anti Racist Block met at Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz in Leipzig.
“Every generation must fight the same battles again and again. There’s no final victory and there’s no final defeat”
A conference in Koblenz brought together Alt Right politicians: Frauke Petry (Germany), Marine Le Pen (France), Mateo Salvini (Italy) and Geert Wilders (Holland) plus other Alt right parties from across Europe on saturday the 21st January.
The AfD which is active with in the country i now live,Germany, has in recent times been pushing an adgenda of re evaluating Germany's WW2 past and the rise of Naziism from 1932 till its collapse at the end of WW2.
A speech by Björn Höcke, the AfD’s state leader in Thuringia:" “Germans are the only people in the world who plant a monument of shame in the heart of the capital." A reference to the Holocaust memorial within Berlin: He then went on to say that; (Quote direct from New York Times article) “German history is handled as rotten and made to look ridiculous” — a subtle but clear reference to guilt for the Holocaust and other Nazi war crimes — the crowd responded by chanting, “Deutschland, Deutschland.”
This laid the ground work for the coming together of Europes Far Right (I remember when these organisatins were just referred to as Fascist, maybe we should all return to calling them what they are)and its gathering with in Germany.
Some 3 thousand demonstrators gathered in Koblenz, Germany to protest against the gathering of Europes Far/Alt right political parties at a summit in the city on the 21st of Jan. The demonstrators were drawn from varied political parties and trade unions and church organisations with in Germany.
In these troubling times of the rise of fascism we should do well to remember:
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Its allways dissapointing when an image you've taken and your happy with is overlooked for publication alongside the story you've written. This was the case for me with a piece for Readers Digest Mag (UK) last December. However, it was great to see that it was picked up by the organisation i was reporting on itself and used. The Hand in Hand foundation contacted me after seeing the full shoot on a web page i created for them, so they could see what i'd been up to (visually) while i was working with them. They went on to request one of the images (as shown) and have used it as part of their fund raising campaign in the USA.
52 year old German Forester Peter Wohlleben in a 4000 year old part of his Huemmel Forest in Rhineland Palatnade. Wohlleben has a book called 'Hidden Life of Trees' coming out in the UK on 13th September 2016.
I was very pleased to receive and undertake this portrait assignment as Peter is a fascinating chap, from Wikipedia:
Peter Wohlleben is a German forester and author who writes on ecological themes in popular language.In his 2015 book about natural forests, Das geheime Leben der Bäume, he takes the perspective of the trees, much as Jacques Cousteau took the perspective of the inhabitants of the oceans. He uses storytelling to convey information from the scientific literature in a manner that echoes Nikko Tinbergen's writing on animals, or Carl Sagan's writing and public presentations about astronomy. Among other phenomena, this book introduces for a popular audience the "Wood-Wide Web", through which nutrition and signals are exchanged among trees.
Spent the weekend in Munich for The Sunday/Daily Telegraph. Its not often that i cover Hard News stories these days as I'm more involved in writing and photographing my own features for Readers Digest etc. However, covering the Olympia Shopping Mall shooting where 9 young people were killed and a further 27 wounded took me back to the days of being with in a mass media 'event/news story' as most of the worlds press descended on to Munich for the weekend. The post event analysis on the shooter Ali David Solemnly, who also took his own life at the end of his shooting spree, seems to via towards more gun control and banning of violent video games as some sort of solution to these events. His obsession with the far right assassin Anders Behring Breivik has also been noted as the shootings in Munich took place on the anniversary of the Brevik killings in Oslo and the Island of Utaya. Some how, to me, this seems a bit hollow. The young man was obviously deeply troubled and there is evidence of continual bullying during his school years. I just wonder why as a society we miss or pass by all the warning signs that might indicate someone is going astray or suffering before these things manifest themselves into violent acts. I'm not sure its possible, but to lean on the explanation that he was simply 'mad' seems to abdicate a wider societal involvement in this 'madness'. Just some thoughts.
My full story on the British Kidney Transplant team working in the Gaza Strip at the Al-Shifa Hospital is now up on the Social Documentary Network. Please take a look if you have the time: http://www.socialdocumentary.net/exhibit.php?exhibit_id=3557
Happy to announce that i'll be returning to Jerusalem from next week with a short time also spent in the West bank while on assignment. It will be my forth visit to this city and i'll post a link to my published feature later in the year. Wish me luck. ;0)
"I start from zero with my patients",43 year old Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Ali AlAni explains: "I clean out the wounds and start all over again. It can be very primitive treatment in war zones. There are field hospitals that have to deal with huge numbers of wounded. The ones who manage to get themselves to us here are the lucky ones."
Just an early announcement that my story undertaken in January on the MSF Hospital for Reconstructive Surgery in North East Amman, Jordan will be out next month in the April edition of Readers Digest (UK). The Hospital deals specifically with War wounded from the region-Syria, Iraq, Yemen-etc. I'll update a full picture story and words nearer the date of publication.