Our Volunteers

Dina Oganova

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Georgian,documentary photographer working on a personal, long term projects mostly in Georgia and Post Soviet Countries ,freelancer . In 2012 won her first Production Grant from Open Society Foundation to Individual photographers from Centraal Asia, The South Caucasus ,Afghanistan, Mongolia and Pakistan and in the same year attend the workshop with Thomas Dworzak (Magnum ),Yuri Kozirev (Noor) ,Adrian Kelterborn and Andrei Polikanov. In 2013 was selected among world 12 best young photographers to attend World Press Photo ‘s Joop Swart Masterclass . It should be noted that Dina was first Georgian photographer who was selected and attended Joop Swart Masterclass ,which is more than 20 years already In 2014 was selected as one of 30 best women photographers under the age of 30 . In 2015 from PDN was named among 30 best emerging photographers to watch under the age of 30 and in the same year was finalist at Wallis Annenberg Prize. Her Long term projects : “ I Am Georgia “, “My Place “ and “Frozen Waves “ was exhibited in: France,Italy,Spain,USA,Poland,Germany,Turkey,Sweden,Denmark,Lithuania,Ukraine, Bangladeh,Cambodia,Ethiopia,Singapore and Georgia . Dina Oganova is an author of the first Georgian handmade limited edition ( 87 ) photo book “My Place”, which is about new generation of Georgia . First generation living after the Soviet Union collapse and raised up in the independent country Book is in the personal collection of several museums ,including the Metropolitan Museum in New York . Now working on a second handmade limited edition book : “Frozen Waves “

Damir Hoyka

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Damir Hoyka is an award winning photographer whose work focuses on advertising (people/portraits) and fine art photography. Hoyka has been a freelance professional photographer since 1985. He was a guest student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. To date he has published thousands of photographs and three photo books, has exhibited at a great many solo and collective shows, put on a number of multimedia projects, and has been a member and president of numerous photo juries. He has also published the award winning SF novel Xavia, which is now available as Amazon eBook as well. He is a founder of the seminar for advanced photography named Fotosofia, giving the participants the opportunity to enhance their photo skills, gain professional experience and promote their work. His work is focused on areas of artistic and applied (commercial) photography. He is a member of artist associations ULUPUH and HZSU. More about Hoyka: www.hoyka.com en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damir_Hoyka

Isabel Colthier

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Isabel Corthier is a freelance documentary photographer who works internationally for humanitarian organizations such as Caritas, Trias, Médecins sans Frontières... With her free work she focuses often on inequality or conflict based on gender, race, ethnicity or religion. Her work was awarded and exhibited multiple times in different countries and was published in National Geographic. Since 2015 she is an official Fujifilm X-Ambassador. She is currently based in Mozambique in Africa.

Ayman Lofty

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Ayman Lotfy was born in Cairo, Egypt on the 30th of August 1968, After his graduation from the faculty of Arts in 1991, he had wasted no time and led his own road into artistic career. Ayman started his career route as a fashion designer. And with his mere devotion and passion to arts and designs, he successfully stepped forward to become a professional Art Director in 1996. In 1998, Ayman Lotfy launched his journey to the world of photography with the aim of enhancing his work as a designer. Since then, Ayman did not leave the camera. His camera was the door to the new world of Modern Art Photography. Ayman Lotfy has a strong interest in people, human emotions and expressions. With full realization of how hard a job it could be to capture a real photo, a photo that reveals a real expression, a one that can be believed by himself as an artist and can be easily delivered to his audience, Ayman’s creativity and persistence wouldn’t surrender before of the challenge. His lens saw deeper into the human souls, and his mind realized the diversity of human feelings, and he was keen to unravel the mysteries of those emotions and reveal them to the audience. Ayman has transformed his photography work into Fine Art Photography. And to produce his masterpieces, Ayman has worked as a director to a scene, setting the mood with lighting, colors and music, yet leaving his characters to each write his own scenario with their feelings Ayman’s creative ambitions did not stop at combining fine art with photography. His determination to communicate more and more of his artistic visions to his audience moved him Into adding video art & Performance to his artistic tools, and integrate it with his photography work. Among his films is “Finding Salvation” that he presented at the Venice Biennale in 2010. With his work participating in many international exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal, USA, Nepal & China, Ayman Lotfy has succeeded in congregating a good collection of international as well as local awards. The most recently of which include The Grand Photography Master Award China Contemporary International Photography Biennale 2008 , The Golden Medal of Excellence in Experimental Photography Austria 2010, Best Photography Award PhotoAsia Biennale 2010, PinHole Award china international photography Biennale 2012, and Honorary Fellow ICS-HON.F.ICS from The Image Colleague Society in the USA in 2013 and future speaker Award in PSA photography conference in New Mexico USA 2014, State Encouragement Award 2016-2017

Andrew Suryono

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Andrew Suryono is an international award-winning photographer whose works have been exhibited in museums, galleries and major publications in more than 15 countries. His clients include some of the world’s publishers and media company, including National Geographic. He was the first Indonesian photographer to be featured in all National Geographic Fine Art Galleries in the USA and was given the privilege to do exclusive meet and greet sessions in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Besides creating inspirational photographs, he has a strong passion in sharing his photography knowledge. He was given the honor by the Ministry of Tourism in Thailand to conduct photography workshop there to strengthen bonds among ASEAN countries. His teaching style can be described as systematic, practical and fun. He believes that anyone can learn to create great photographs to enrich their lives and others, even with no background in art.

Jason Florio

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Jason Florio, originally from London, based from NYC for 18 years before relocating to The Gambia, West Africa, in 2013. He has produced images and documentaries for clients including The New York Times, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Men’s, Journal, Outside, Bloomberg, Geographical, MIT Technology Review, PepsiCo, Amnesty International and the World Bank. He is a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review. His focus has been towards under-reported stories about people living on the margins of society and human rights. His work has been recognised with a number of awards, including The Magnum Photography Award 2017 for his work on migration. He was the first recipient of the Aperture Foundation grant to produce Aperture’s first ever assigned story, ‘This is Libya’. His work is held in a number of public and private collections and has been presented in solo and joint exhibitions in USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. Florio completed the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia by foot, co-leading with his wife Helen Jones-Florio - a 930km expedition, producing an award-winning series of portraits titled ‘Silafando’. Three years later he co-led, with Helen, the first recorded expedition of River Gambia from its source in Guinea-Conakry to the Atlantic Ocean, in The Gambia - creating a document of the communities that live along its 1130km course before a planned dam is constructed. For his photography based expedition projects, he was made a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society. He currently bases between the UK and West Africa.

Zuzu Valla

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Zuzu Valla is based in Ashford, Kent, originally come from Slovakia. At the age of 37, she is on the verge of defining her very own and recognizable signature photography style, exploring multiple layers of distinct human beauty. Zuzu is excited about capturing the moments, where beauty, sadness and mystery come together. These photographs are creating her unique visual signature. She gets inspired from Renaissance painting, which we can see in her work quite often. She developed special technique for lighting and editing without using Photoshop. Her work was published in many respected online and print magazines such as; Vogue Italia, HUF Magazine, French Fries Magazine, Dark Beauty, Dodho, VOOM, Kent Bride, Artbo, STRKNG.com, Feroce and many more. Zuzu has exhibited her work in Paris, Iran, England this year and she is planning more exhibitions in the UK and Paris next year. Zuzu was brought up in a traditional Slovak family, growing up in the last years of strong communism regime and social transformation of Slovakia (formerly Czechoslovakia). Her father was a multiple boxing champion of Czechoslovakia while her mother was a housewife raising her, sister and brother in a small town. Zuzu’s grandfather was a keen amateur photographer shooting in black and white. Grandmother was using special painting method to colour his photographs. Her interest in photography started almost by accident.After initial disappointments using a mobile phone camera, she reached for her first DSLR camera and she has never looked back. Photography began her favorite hobby.

Julie O’yang & Filip Naudts

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Julie O’yang is a Europe-based writer/artist. She grew up in China. She left for London in the 1990’s and has lived in free exile since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. She draws inspiration from her multicultural and interdisciplinary background and creates an imaginative world. She is known for her bold, edgy and stunning approach toward her subjects. Julie currently works from The Netherlands and Denmark. Filip Naudts is a Flemish press photographer and photography artist. His photography has been applauded by the media as well as the general audience. Today Filip Naudts is a household name with a strong artist’s signature. In his creative process, he is fascinated by beauty as well as its relativity. His art reflects an aesthetic sensibility characterized by intimacy and a sense of humour.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

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American photographer, author, writer born into a long line of sugar cane field migrant farm workers in the town of Guayama, Puerto Rico. He is the oldest of ten children and is best known for his social documentary photography of the living conditions people under bridges and in slums and less developed areas of the world. Rivera-Ortiz grew up poor in a barrio on the shores of the Caribbean just outside Guayama where his family lived hand-to-mouth in poorly built corrugated tin shacks with no running water and usually on dirt floors. Rivera-Ortiz’s father, like his father before him, worked the plantations throughout southern Puerto Rico especially those of Central Machete and Central Aguirre. It was the 1960’s and 1970s, the beginning of the decline of the once vast Puerto Rican sugar industry, and the rise of greater need for government subsidy programs such as La PRERA (the Puerto Rico Emergency Relief Administration); a program born out of the Great Depression of 1933 under then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. La PRERA was an early version of welfare for the Island, a necessary first step toward keeping many of the Islands hungry poor fed including Rivera-Ortiz’ own family. “I was six-years-old when Mamá y Papá took me to La PRERA,” he recalls. “We stood in line with other mothers, fathers, and children circling the block from the old courthouse (la corte de la Municipalidad de Guayama) in the unbearable dry heat for a little box of rations, two if you were lucky depending on how many children you had. In the box were these giant silver cans stamped in bold black USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). One can of sweet peas, one of peanut butter, another of fruit, sometimes we'd get bread—a couple of small bags Sello Rojo rice sewn shut at the top with cheap cotton string. If you were early, you even got a box of powdered milk and sometimes a large can of crackers; sugar and salt and anything else you had to buy yourself from the big factory in nearby Aguirre." Rivera-Ortiz is today also President & Founder of The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation in Arles, France. His humble beginning’s color the way he sees his Foundation, life, everything around him.Fondation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz 18 rue de la Calade, 13200 Arles, France mrofoundation.org

Akintunde Akinleye

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Akintunde Akinleye received an M.A. in Film Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa with a specialization in African Studies. Before going to Carleton, he had worked as a photojournalist in Nigeria for nearly two decades, traveling West and Central Africa for Reuters news agency, after a few years of working at a local news media organization. A recipient of 1st prize at the World Press Photo contest in 2007 for spot news and a fellow of Thami Mnyele Arts Foundation in Amsterdam, Akintunde’s scholarly research work focuses on how archival films and other visual materiality communicate black representation in popular culture, examining their impacts on post-modernist construction of Afro-centrism. Akintunde had earlier studied for two Master’s degrees in Mass Communication and Educational Technology at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, and he is presently conducting a doctoral research at Carleton University in the Anthropology of oracular religion in West Africa. His work had been exhibited globally at major photography biennials including the Bamako Encounter and La Gacilly photo festival in France. www.akintundeakinleye.com

Bragi Thor

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Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1961. Graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, in 1986, worked for a while in New York studios and has worked as a freelance photographer in his home country of Iceland since 1987, mainly doing editorial, interior and documentary work for various local and international clients. One man exhibitions include shows at Kjarvalsstadir museum in Iceland, Reykjavik museum of photography, Reykjanesbær Art Museum and Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York City. Also participated in many group exhibitions in Iceland and abroad and is one of founding members of FÍSL, The Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association as well as being chairman of the Icelandic Professional Photographers Association in 1995 until 1998. Photo books include Reykjavik - inside out, published 2008 and Iceland Defense Force, published 2015.

Chloé Kritharas Devienne

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The Greek-French photographer Chloe Kritharas Devienne was born in Paris, in 1988. In 2006, she attended the University of Fine Arts, Paris, and a few years later she completed her photography studies in Leica Academy, Athens. She has worked both with French and Greek media. Through the years, she has covered various social issues, Greek traditional feast, and she has exhibited parts of her projects, both in Greece and France. Her work is characterized by an emphasis in humanity. Important exhibitions : 2015 - "Stained", festival against trafficking, "Break the Chains", in Technopolis (Athens). 2016 - "The Journey, people on the move" in Benaki Museum(Athens). - Athens Photo Festival 2016 in Benaki Museum. 2017 - Photo-drawing project " My dream is ... " in collaboration with the Kurdish artist Mhamad Nakam, at the Art Factory (Athens). 2018 - "Greek Chronicle", Thessalonique΄s Documentary festival. - "The Journey, people on the move", Gallery Lighthouse, (Glasgow), UK.

Chilala Moco

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Born in Caála, Huambo, in 1977. Studied International Relations at ISCSP (The Institute for Social Sciences and Politics), in Lisbon, where he later came to graduate in photography at ETIC (Technical School of Image and Communication). Still in Portugal, he was part of the team that produced and carried out the project "TV Mundo Melhor", of the first edition of ROCK IN RIO LISBOA (2004). That same year, he published his first series of photographs in the magazine CAIS - Circle of Support for the Integration of the Homeless. Already based in Luanda, Angola, and as a 'freelancer', he collaborated with almost every reputed publication that have been emerging since 2005. He exhibited in the first two Triennials of Luanda, 2006 and 2010 respectively. In 2009 he won the National Journalism Prize, in the Photojournalism category, of the Ministry of Social Communication of the Republic of Angola, and was several times nominated for the Maboque Journalism Prize, in the same category, in the following years. He was a jury in the 'BESA Foto' award 2009, a partnership between "World Press Photo" and then Banco BESA. Among a group of prominent Angolan artists, he was invited by the Sindika Dokolo Foundation to exhibit at the Biennale de Bordeaux, France (Bordeaux Evento 2009). In 2017 he participated in the collective exhibitions "The Representation of the Human Figure in the Art in Angola", in the Gallery of the Banco Economico, and "Vidrul Fotografía - 2017 - Mais Angola", respectively. Also in September of the same year, he exhibited individually at XYAMI KILAMBA his set of works entitled "Kilamba Generation". He collaborated with artist Tiago Borges at the Bienal Hacer Noche 2018/2019, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Since 2008, Chilala Moco is photographer and deputy managing director for photography of the dally newspaper O PAÍS, and the economy magazine EXAME-Angola, publications of the private media group Medianova.

Achraf Baznani

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Born in Marrakesh/Morocco got started in photography by chance. He received a Kodak Ektra compact 250 camera for his birthday as a teen. Baznani is self-taught and has never taken photography classes. The unique stories Baznani’s works tell seem to have no limits. His portfolio opens the doors of his own imagination, creating a sweet, surreal universe for spectators to admire. When taking photographs, the artists uses a popular method in contemporary photography called, “staging.” Baznani is clever & strategic, producing works that clearly depict his expert level skill set & mastery of techniques such as overprints, collages and retouching. He has been awarded the International Colosseo Award in Italy and the "Kunst Heute" Award in Germany. His work has been exhibited in Germany, USA, France, Morocco,

Marta Kochanek

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Marta Kochanek is a multi – award winning creative individual whose background lies in Commercial / Advertising Photography and Production. Marta’s analytical talents were firstly expressed in managing productions for photography and video shots until she took the camera and started taking photographs on her own. Over the last decade Marta coordinated, art directed and produced advertising and commercial campaigns for clients directly or through advertising agencies across the UK and beyond. Marta had been trained by one of the most influential photographers in the world. It is where her dedication and attention to detail have been appreciated for the first time. She joined Annie Leibovitz, the American photographer in New York and learned all industry’s aspects with preciseness. Joining Annie Leibovitz’s Production Team have had a great impact on Marta’s later career, as it was a live changing lesson and experience that involved work for the most demanding clients in the world. Her Fine Art projects appeared in numerous publications, national and international professionals awarded her works through the most important and prestigious photographic competitions like: London Association of Photographers Awards, Px3 Paris, International Aperture Awards, (IPA) International Photography Awards as well as Creative Pool. Marta was awarded with Art Grants in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to deliver photography projects. In 2012 and 2015 Marta was invited to exhibit during Daegu Biennial in South Korea. In August 2016 her Cognitive Bodies series won her an entrance to Berlin Photo Biennale. www.martakochanek.com

Sebastian Gil Miranda

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Sebastian Gil Miranda is an international award-winning Franco-Argentine photographer and documentalist focused on humanitarian, social and environmental issues. Founding member of Photographers for Change. He collaborates with Getty Reportage. His work has been published by many of the big world medias, including BBC, The Guardian, CNN, National Geographic, The Atlantic, Vice News, Le Nouvel Observateur, Geo, Bild, Photo, Le Monde, Media Part, Marie Claire, O Globo, Gramma among others. Has been recognized in important international awards such as Sony World Photography Award, POY Latam, Photoville New York, Humanity Photo Award, among others. He gave workshops, individual and collective exhibitions in various countries of the world: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, France, England, Netherlands, Japan, China, United States and others. Director of international collectives photo projects about the social side of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup. He supports social projects in various parts of the world and provides photography workshops for children in vulnerable contexts. His TED talk "Photography as a social weapon" has been highlighted as one of the best of the year in spanish in 2018. www.sebastiangilmiranda.com

Cássio Vasconcellos

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Cássio Campos Vasconcellos (São Paulo, SP, 1965) – Photographer since 1981. Vasconcellos has had his images exhibited over 200 times in twenty countries. His series “Nocturnes São Paulo” can be admired along with today’s renowned professionals in the craft in the pages of “The World Atlas of Street Photography” (Thames & Hudson, England / Yale University Press, USA, 2014). Some of his recent exhibitions are “Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo”, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, curatorship by Vanessa Davidson and Cauê Alves (2017); “Collectives”, Today Art Museum (TAM), Beijing (2013); “Itinerant Languages of Photography”, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey (2013); and “The Vertigo Praise: Itaú Photography Collection”, Maison Européenne de La Photographie (MEP), Paris (2012). The Brazilian photographer has six books published: Brasil Visto do Céu (Editora Brasileira, 2017), Aeroporto (2015), Aéreas do Brasil (BEI, 2014) Panorâmicas (DBA, 2012), Aéreas (Terra Virgem, 2010) and Noturnos São Paulo (2002). His awards include Conrado Wessel of Art (2011); Paulista Association of Art Critics (APCA – 2002) for best photography exhibition of the year with “Noturnos São Paulo”; Porto Seguro Prize of Photography (2001); and National Art Foundation (Funarte) (1995). The artist’s photographs are in Brazil’s main private collections as well in museums such as the MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil), and abroad in the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, France) and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH, Houston, US).

Claudio Edinger

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Claudio Edinger (b. 1952) Brazilian photographer, writer, professor, curator and art director. He has authored 18 books, many of which have won international awards. He has worked with photo series for over 40 years. He lived and photographed a community of orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, New York (1976-77), in the Chelsea Hotel, also in New York (1978-1983), in Venice Beach, California (1984) and in a mental institution in São Paulo (1989-1990). Edinger has participated in 80 solo and group exhibitions. In 2000, he begins working with a 4x5 camera, initiating his studies with selective focus in his images, with black-and-white photos of Rio de Janeiro. He spends seven years photographing the backlands of Bahia, Brazil for the book, “De Bom Jesus a Milagres.” He writes: “Photography is synthesis and selective focus, in addition to working with antagonistic elements (focus and blur) present in every instant of our lives, creates synthesis within synthesis.” “In paradoxes we are also to deepen our subjects. Between night and day there's marvelous light for taking pictures.” “The question of the post-production in images is irrelevant. It's as if we were going out on a tour of Paris, and we were more concerned with looking around inside the bus that we're riding on.” “Photography is like a spirit that is only fully manifested in a body. The body of the photograph is paper. Of course virtual photography is important, but it comes to life on paper.” “Reality doesn't exist. There are snippets, interpretations. Any photograph is proof of this.” “It is necessary to understand that photography is a force of Nature, as important, essential and powerful as hurricanes, earthquakes or storms. If we ally ourselves with it, the universe conspires in our favor.” “The artist is interested in images that go beyond the facts, images that reveal an extraordinary and mysterious world, which is private for each individual.”

Alex Niragira

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Alex is a Creative Entrepreneur based in Kigali, Rwanda Known for his passion at creating awesome visual solutions for any communication issues. He believes in the balance of effectively conveying a message through professional visuals as well as keeping the artistic integrity.

Irina Werning

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina 1976. Irina grew up in Buenos Aires. She studied a BA in Economics and an MA in History. She began to travel in Asia and Middle East and ended up in London where she studied an MA in Photojournalism and lived for 7 years. She’s now back in Buenos Aires and focuses on personal long term projects. She loves to build sets and invent stages for her subjects. She can spend hours in a tool shop. Her work focuses on daily life. Among the pieces the celebrated Back to the Future stands out. Here, she recreates, years later moment's taken from her subject's childhood photographs. Her work was awarded and exhibited multiple times in different countries and was published in National Geographic, Rolling Stone and Time Magazin.

Swarup Chatterjee

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Swarup Chatterjee is an award winning photographer and instructor based in Mumbai, India. He came to photography as an already accomplished painter, and it's this blending of two visions that has created his distinct, evocative style. "My journey towards photography began when I first picked up a painting brush as a child. Ever since I have been passionate about trying to express the inexpressible. Initially there was no particular ‘art form’ that I could consciously opt for. My expressions have all shaped up in the form of watercolors, crafts, caricatures and often cartoons and finally culminated into this wonderful world of clicks, light and lenses. What I could learn was a discovery. Any creativity whether on paper or on a sensor is an outcome of ‘light’ irrespective of whether one is able to feel or see it, whether it’s from and exterior or inner source. What culminates in creativity is a synergy of one’s vision and ability to channelize that light into an outcome. To a large extent it is immaterial whether you do it with your brushes/paints or with the help of shutter/aperture control. Ever since my journey began, my goal was always undefined but I could always feel the urge to visualize. From dry leaves to a crow about to fly – from an angry passerby’s expression to a crying beggar sitting in a corner to a child leaving for the nearby morning school or colors of freshness after a monsoon downpour – My role has always been quite like that of a blotting paper ever-ready for more and trying to absorb every movement, expression, color or action around me. It’s an unending and effortless attempt to listen to the sound within. For me that’s art – that’s painting and that’s photography."

Daniel Allender Ripka

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Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1981. He is a self-taught photographer and works as a freelance since 2011. His work mostly focuses on fine art and surreal photography. Ripka's creations require accurate planning and precise photographing for the realistic effect. He is able to create everything, what's imaginable owing to his expert level skills set such as foresight and retouching. He is passionate to draw attention to the issues of humanity, and from time to time creates unique campaigns. www.danielallender.com

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