JJ Colony: New Delhi: 2013
A young girl rests from the 45°C heat in a hut at the JJ Colony Slum on the edge of New Delhi. Her entire family were moved here as part of the Delhi City Beautification Process, a process that has left many homeless and jobless and pushed the poorest people out of the city to the edge of the city state.
I’m thrilled to announce that the Open Society Foundations are making available to the public an expansive documentary photography collection chronicling some of the most pressing human rights and social issues of our times.
The website houses a searchable archive of our Moving Walls exhibition series, which provides evidence of human rights abuses, puts a human face to conflict, and documents the struggles and defiance of marginalized people. The series has included more than 170 photographers over a span of 15 years.
Director, Documentary Photography Project
New Firefly NGO Video - Nazdeek:
Harrowing Testimony Documenting Brutal Beating of Woman by Delhi Police: Time to Demand More
Hear directly from community members and activists on the brutal beating of three innocent civilians, including one woman, by the Delhi police in a jhuggi cluster in Baljeet Nagar, Delhi. Bite marks, a fractured foot, and, intensive chest beatings caused severe harm, with Preeti, a mother of 3, rendered temporarily unconscious, and left to suffer seizures, shortness of breath, and intense chest pain several days after the violent incident.
Please share the video and join the fight to end police brutality. Together we’ll be working with the Baljeet Nagar community to demand a more accountable, gender-sensitive police force.
Kate Nolan has spent the last 4 years documenting women in Kaliningrad after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Please take a moment to read more about the project and head to the Indiegogo video to see how she bringing this work to life with Dutch designer Sybren Kuiper.
The view of this faded garden explodes my mind and I get paralyzed, I have no clue how to move two legs, let alone a thousand. – Natasha
Neither is an exploration into the hearts of young women in Kaliningrad. The first generation to have grown up after the collapse of the Soviet Union, they look to define their identity in this small ‘island’ within Europe. The women I have been living with and sharing with have generously opened up their homes and their minds to allow me to better understand this link between place, identity and history.
This project that has been such a large part of my life over the last few years is now at its final stage. Having changed and grown with the support of many, I finally feel like I’m getting a chance to give a voice to the amazing women that I spent so much time with bringing me into their homes, telling me of their dreams and fears. Over the last six months I have been working with the internationally renowned Dutch designer -SYB- to create the book. Using eyewitness accounts of women who first arrived in Kaliningrad in 1945, and handwritten diary entries of contemporary women, the book works to establish their voices within this project. These personal stories in conjunction with my images, do not seek to answer any questions but rather give a voice to their experiences.
Pic from a project I’m currently working on, used for a story in The Hindu paper:
A mother and daughter pose in their home at JJ Colony in Bawana. Part of my on-going project on slum resettlements in Delhi.
Some faces from Holi 2013 in New Delhi
Nothing like a car exploding right outside your house to keep you on your toes