Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cambodia Mental Health Therapy Photojournalism By Victor Luengo Del Ama Now On Gaia Photos



A schizophrenic patient is being treated at the Soviet Friendship Hospital. Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2009 after several suicide attempts.

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Cambodia: Therapy Against Poverty is a new photo story now appearing on Gaia Photos. As photojournalist Victor Luengo Del Ama explains,

"In Cambodia today, there is an increasing number of emotionally disturbed persons. Traditionally the emotionally disturbed in Cambodia have suffered from the trauma caused by the historical tragedy of the  Khmers Rouges, who killed one third of the population and virtually enslaved the rest. But now, according to  Psychologists in Phnom Penh, we have to deal with contemporary psychosocial problems like poverty, lack of work, future and the new drug markets."

Please view the entire story about Cambodia and its mental health challenges on Gaia Photos.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Born in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1973, Victor started his carrier as painter. later he studied for a MA in Fine Arts in Madrid and a postgraduate course in Kassel, Germany. In 2004 he studied for an MA in Photography in London. His work is more related with conceptual discourses rather than social matters.

A year later he started working at Contacto, a journalism photo agency and a partner of Magnum and VII Photos agency among others. At the same time he began working as photographer for Contacto, Radial and Europa Press in Madrid he decided to become more engaged with social photojournalism.

In 2008 Victor went to Madagascar to make promo videos and photos for aguadecoco foundation and Media Resources in Antananarivo. Meanwhile he traveled around the country to report the about everyday life of the Malgacheswhich included life in east Madagascar, child labor, the vulnerability of women and the the sapphire business in the Ihosy Valley region.

In 2009 he went freelance and became involved in different projects with several NGO's. besides visiting Cambodia to do personal work. Currently he is preparing himself for a long journey to work for the NGO Educacion sin Fronteras and to report about life conditions of small communities in south Peru and Bolivia.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Photography & Photojournalism In Vietnam By Aaron Joel Santos Now On Gaia Photos



Farmer Nguyen Van Duoc pauses to look out over his farmlands in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Vietnam: Urban Farmers In Hanoi is a new photo story now appearing on Gaia Photos. As photojournalist Aaron Joel Santos explains,

"Vietnam’s capital is at a critical junction, balanced precariously between its past and present, trying to maintain a certain sense of culture and identity while integrating further into the global economy. Rice fields and farmlands are being overtaken by new highways, skyscrapers and industrial areas. The lakes and rivers for which the city was once known are drying up and suffering from increased levels of pollution. And urban farmers who have relied on their families’ lands for generations are being slowly edged off their fields in the name of progress."

Please view the entire story about urban farmers coping with modernity in Vietnam on Gaia Photos.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aaron Joel Santos grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from schools in San Francisco and Boston before moving to Vietnam in 2007. These days, Aaron is an editorial and documentary photographer based out of Hanoi and working for clients across Southeast Asia. He is represented by Wonderful Machine in the United States & Invision Images across Europe and Japan. Aaron's work has been shown in a number of international magazines and publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, as well as in galleries in the US, Malaysia and Vietnam. He's a fan of warm weather, cheap beer and friendly people.

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