Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | News | Awards
The grant allows me to continue my long-term project called The Sidi Project (http://thesidiproject.com) that documents the African diaspora of South Asia, the descendants of slaves forcibly brought eastwards by the colonial powers of the Portuguese, French, Dutch and British as part of the Indian Ocean slave trade.
For the next 2 weeks I will be focusing on the tiny and fragile population living on Sri Lanka in scattered and fragmented communities. Thanks to the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) for helping me to make this documentary that see's very little attention in todays media. And to Redux Pictures and photo editor Jeff Campagna at The Smithsonian Magazine for their support.
Sunday, August 27, 2017 | News | Awards
About Musical DNA
Looking at the English spelling of each of the victims name in For Those Who Died Trying— composer Frank Horvat extracted the musical notes (A,E,C etc..). He then used them to compose a 2+ minute composition that he titled, the Musical DNA of that person! How incredible is that?
In the next few months, Frank will be working hard to complete all 35 pieces. Soon after, Frank and I will present a series of exhibitions that combines the photographs and their accompanying music!
We will keep you posted as to when and where these will take place.
For those who haven't seen the project, you can view it, here: http://www.lukeduggleby.com/for-those-who-died-trying
Thursday, August 10, 2017 | News
Monday, July 3, 2017 | News
Feeling extremely proud to be one of two winning recipients for this years South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) reporting fellowship. This grant will allow me to continue The Sidi Project, a project I have been working on and obssessed with for several years that documents the communities of African diaspora that live throughout the peripheries of the Indian Ocean.
Their existence in the countries of South Asia and beyond is largely the result of an eastern movement of slaves from Africa across the Indian Ocean by colonial powers to fuel their expansion east. These eastern slave trade routes are of far greater antiquity to that of the Atlantic but far less documented and the project aims to highlight this tragic and little known history through the lives of their descendants, who still suffer from discrimination and poverty today yet are proud of their African heritage.
Using this grant I will continue my coverage of the tiny and fragile community that lives on Sri Lanka. Thank you to South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) for having faith in my project and Redux Pictures for helping during the application stages.If you would like to see images from my first visit to this community you can here www.lukeduggleby.com.
Monday, June 12, 2017 | News
Thursday, June 8, 2017 | News
Friday, May 26, 2017 | News
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Monday, March 27, 2017 | News
I was born and bred in York but moved to Asia in 2003 to further my career. I will be sharing with you a long-term project that was completed at the end of 2015 and published as a book in Germany, Austria and Switzerland called Salz der Erde by mareVerlag. Translated as Salt of the Earth the project was a collaboration between myself and a Spanish architect called Mikel Landa and documents the most unique and traditional salt making places on every continent from China to Uganda, Indonesia to Peru.
Taken for granted in modern times salt remains one of the most important minerals for human survival. Our bodies demand it. Since we walked this earth humans have searched out salt and for millennia the control of a salt source and its trade provided empires with power and wealth. And why? Because before the development of refrigeration, salt was vital in preserving food, and of course making food taste better. Without salt to preserve meat or fish early explorers and sailors would have had a much harder time during their travels.
Throughout history local people have developed some ingenious and sometimes bizarre ways of extracting salt and this fact alone formed the basis of this book. In remote regions throughout the world, on isolated islands, hidden in remote valleys or high up on mountainous plateaus, people still use the methods of old to produce this vital mineral. But modernization has led to many saltworks being abandoned in industrialized countries, a process that is slowly reaching every traditional saltworks even those in remote regions. Cheap low-quality factory salt has flooded the market and as a result the demand for labour intensive traditional salt, despite its superior quality, declined.
Taking 5 years to complete I will be posting a selection of my favorite images from this project. You can follow me on IG at @lukedugglebyphoto.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | News | Awards
Always an honor to have an image gracing the cover of such an important publication by the human rights NGO Fortify Rights.
The cover image shows members of Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT)–a community-led group advocating for land rights for farmers in Surat Thani Province—mourn the death of four of its members. Mr. Somporn Pattanaphum, Ms. Montha Chukaew, Ms. Pranee Boonrak, and Mr. Chai Boonthonglek are believed to have been killed due to their activities with SPFT. November 28, 2016
The inside image shows Ms. Usa Suwannaphat crying before a portrait of her slain husband, Chai Boonthonglek, a land rights activist and member of the community- based organization Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) killed in February 2015 in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. In November 2016, the Appeals Court upheld the acquittal of the only suspect in the killing of Chai Boonthonglek, citing a lack of evidence. November 28, 2016
I have been working on a long-term project about this community over the course of several years and will be returning next week. If you'd ike to see more pictures you can visit http://www.lukeduggleby.com/a-village-under-sieg
You can download the report on http://www.fortifyrights.org
Saturday, March 4, 2017 | News | Exhibitions
‘For Those Who Died Trying’ presents the photographs of 37 murdered or abducted human rights defenders in Thailand. This project in collaboration with Protection International looks to remember those who died defending human rights and protecting the environment by placing a portrait of the human rights defender, when possible, at the exact place he or she was murdered or abducted.
You can see the full series here http://www.lukeduggleby.com/for-those-who-died-trying
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | News | Exhibitions
For Those Who Died Trying looks to remember Thai environmental activists and human rights defenders who were killed fighting for what's right. A photograph of each person is placed on the exact location, or as close to as possible, where the person was killed or disappeared.
Research by NGO Protection Intermational says that over 50 people have been murdered or abducted in the last 20 years.
35 large prints representing 37 people will be shown at the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre from January 31st to February 5th. After that it will be show at the Chiang Mai Photo Festival for the rest of February.
To read more about this documentary you can visit www.lukeduggleby.com.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | News
In 2015 I shot a small project using long exposures and portable lighting to try to illustrate this issue and will share a series of images from that set.
On the outskirts of Bangkok in a scruffy suburb is a car crash depository. Dubbed ‘the car cemetery’ by locals it was where many of Bangkok’s damaged wrecks would end up if no-one else wanted to them. But the site has also taken on another reputation; that of being one of the most haunted places in the city, third to be precise according to a local TV station. Thai’s are very superstitious people and most believe in ghosts or spirits. Here it was believed that the spirits of those killed in the crashes remained with the vehicles they died in. Many a passerby or taxi driver have stories of people in and around the compound who then simply vanishing.
With most crashed cars now being bought at auctions the car cemetery doesn’t receive new vehicles anymore but many of the old ones remain surrounded by weeds and covered in rust. Grotesque relics and unwanted wrecks in a country where far to many people die unnecessarily on the road.
Whether you believe in spirits or not this ghostly reminder shows that people's driving habits must change. 478 is far too many!
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | News | Exhibitions
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | News | Awards
My colleague and co-producer of Salz der Erde Mikel Landa wrote the accompanying article about the way traditional salt production changes the visual landscape.
The salt project was a 5 year collaboration completed at the end of 2015 between myself and the Spanish architect and photographer Mikel Landa. We documented the world's most fascinating and unique traditional salt making sites - from China to Bolivia, Senegal to Denmark. The result was a book published by mareVerlag in Germany.
You can see more images from this project on www.lukeduggleby.com.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | News
Friday, December 9, 2016 | News | Awards
Thursday, December 8, 2016 | News | Exhibitions
Selected pieces of “For Those Who Died Trying” are featured at the official residence of H.E. Ms Donica Pottie the ambassador of Canada in Thailand for the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender violence” campaign and Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
The photos will also be displayed during a lunch for women human rights defenders event to mark International Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at the official residence of the ambassador of Canada.For more information visit www.protectioninternational.org
Monday, December 5, 2016 | Awards
Salz der Erde in the Book; Nature category (www.photoawards.com)
A Village Under Siege in the Editorial; Environmental category (www.photoawards.com)
The End of the Enclaves in the Editorial; Political category (www.photoawards.com).
A nice start to the week! ;)
Friday, December 2, 2016 | News
Monday, October 17, 2016 | News
Taken for granted in modern times salt remains one of the most important minerals for human survival. Our bodies demand it. Since we walked this earth humans have searched out salt and for millennia the control of a salt source and its trade provided empires with power and wealth. And why? Because before the development of refrigeration, salt was vital in preserving food, and ofcourse making food taste better. Without salt to preserve meat or fish early explorers and sailors would have had a much harder time during their travels.
Throughout history local people have developed some ingenious and sometimes bizarre ways of extracting salt and this fact alone formed the basis of this book. In remote regions throughout the world, on isolated islands, hidden in remote valleys or high up on mountainous plateaus, people still use the methods of old to produce this vital mineral.
Salz der Erde is the result of 5 years of work and collaboration between architect Mikel Landa and photographer Luke Duggleby. The aim was to document and illustrate some of the worlds most unique and special traditional salt producing places. Covering 29 places in total, which were divided in two between Luke and Mikel, on four continents they aimed to show the sheer diversity of salt production and the communities that still rely on it for their livelihood.
But modernization has led to many saltworks being abdandoned in industrialized countries, a process that is slowly reaching every traditional saltworks even those in remote regions. Cheap low-quality factory salt has flooded the market and as a result the demand for labour intensive traditional salt, despite its superior quality, declined. However, there is one factor that could save these disappearing traditional salt making sites and that is quality. Handmade salt is vastly superior in quality and it is this fact that has lead to the preservation and renewal of several sites across Europe and America. It is thick fact that the authors want to remind the reader so that we can help preserve those sites that still remainThe book features 30 locations from across the globe such as Peru, Thailand, Denmark, U.S.A, Senegal, China, India, Azerbaijan and Pakistan as well as essays on the subject by world experts. 348 pages. ISBN 978-3-86648-224-1. To see more of my images you can visit my website www.lukeduggleby.com
Saturday, October 15, 2016 | News | Exhibitions
This is the 3rd location in Europe this year for the exhibition, which is supported by Protection International, after the Palais de Nations at the UN HQ in Geneva and inside the European Parliament in Brussels last month.
‘For Those Who Died Trying’ presents the photographs of 37 murdered or abducted human rights defenders in Thailand. It looks to remember those who died defending human rights and protecting the environment by placing a portrait of the human rights defender, when possible, at the exact place he or she was murdered or abducted.
For more information: www.protectioninternational.org.