31 March 2011
This is the photo that won the Image Award at the recent Swedish International News Picture of the Year Awards. In the picture the fifteen Cherisma Fabienne who was killed by police on the afternoon of January 19, 2010 while running away after making a small theft. We are in a single week since the terrible earthquake that destroyed Haiti.
This image once again brings up the ethical dilemma about the profession of reporter, who shall tell what happens in such difficult situations.
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15 March 2011
Naked Las Vegas is the manifestation of my desire to document the various types of people who exist within the city of Las Vegas. I am fueled by a sincere desire to further understand people, their roles in society, and their essential existence. I am concerned with identity. I am curious how someone’s occupation may or may not define them within the larger American culture. I believe that clothing is an important hint into what a person may represent, but of course this may be altered according to how an individual would like to appear to the world. I see nakedness as a great equalizer. When naked, the subject is pure and without our expectations or labels. However it is interesting to note that now, even when people are naked, we can gain insight into that individual through their choices like fake breasts, plastic surgery, body jewelry, tattoos, and pubic grooming. I found it very interesting that most of the women (and some men as well) had no pubic hair. This is was a major shift from 1995 when I photographed Naked New York and most folks were “au natural.”
I chose Las Vegas as my last “naked” city for good reason. Las Vegas is a culture of artifice and excess: huge buffets, enormous garish casinos, huge Hummer limos, oversized bling, and huge fake breasts. It is a crude, slick version of the American dream, an air conditioned, man-made paradise. The Strip is all about raw capitalism that offers a fabricated bliss for those who choose to indulge. Everyone is trying to realize their dreams in Las Vegas, the American dream of making it, living the high life, and being worth lots of money. I have never seen a place where the assumptions of ecstasy and pain, life and death, and winning and losing are so evident and in your face.
08 March 2011
“The FARC are one of the oldest guerrilla movements in the world, existing for 46 years. A few months ago I had the luck to be accepted for a few days by a group of FARC guerrillas with a friend in the mountains of Cauca. I say lucky because it is exceptional to be allowed to meet the guerrillas. The new President, former Minister of Defense had just been elected, partially on the ground that he had defeated the movement during his posting. It was good timing for the FARC to show they were still around and able to create trouble. Fighting in this region occurs daily and military spy planes and “Black Hawk” helicopters provided by the US fly around regularly searching for guerrillas. This group of 25 soldiers maintain pressure on army positions by attacking them regularly. For security reasons, they sleep in the field on plastic sheeting and never stay more than one night in the same place, walking in the dark, hiding under trees during the day. Some of those men have lived this way for decades.”
Read the article on verve photo
Large gallery on Boris Heger website