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Jørn Tomter

Jørn has amassed more than 70 new portraits of healthy, happy school kids in London as part of his community pop up studio.

The photos, now on the I Love Chatsworth Road website, were all taken at a local primary school, which recently changed its kitchen from factory made food to cooking everything from scratch in its own kitchen.

The children help to grow the vegetables, says Jørn.

"Concentration among pupils has also improved and on the global side, the school has drastically reduced its waste, saving the environment and wasted collection fees."

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Jens Görlich

Jens describes the challenges of high altitude shooting in his latest aerial project to snatch some beautiful images over the German Alps.

The helicopter flight kicked off in Ottobrunn, a small community in Bavaria, and travelled towards the German border with Austria.

Jens says they had to fly at the highest legally possible altitude to make sure the background photos would feel right later on, when commercial jets are added to the images, for Lufthansa.

“Of course a jet airliner naturally flies fairly high but we were in a helicopter,” he adds. “And when the door is open, you can’t stay too long at this altitude because the air is so thin.

“So sometimes the pilot made me stop shooting, just when I felt I had the best light, so we could fly lower and catch some oxygen again.”

Noah Sheldon

Noah talks to Tea & Water about his work. He likes showing his vision of the world to people. He is drawn to the idea of a historical record, feeling a little like an archivist and documenting the passing moments of time.

Noah's photos have a purity and clarity that is at once both intense yet honest. Ensuring there is no distortion in his images is important to him – he wants to present things as you see them but still with a heightened sense of incredible detail.

Noah lives between New York and Shanghai, working as a local in each. Like many others in his trade, his life is rich with travels. His commercial work has taken him everywhere from the Arctic to Africa and tiny Indonesian islands.

He says having a camera is the greatest excuse to have the best seat for the most amazing events – for life.

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Jørn Tomter

Jørn shines a light on some invisible Hollywood stars with his latest London exhibition, DUBBERS.

His portraits of the faces behind the German voices given to some of the world's most famous actors, including Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson, are being shown on Thursday, 9 March, at Hackney's newly restored picture palace, The Castle Cinema.

Voice dubbing is still de rigeur in many European countries and Jørn gets behind the scenes of this industry in Germany, to uncover the hidden talent.

Pictured here is Engelbert von Nordhausen, who does the voices of Danny Glover, Gene Hackman and Samuel L Jackson.

The exhibition launched on 9 March and is due to run until 20 April.

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Jesse Burke

A lovely insight into the stories behind Jesse’s Wild & Precious project appears in his latest interview – this time for New England radio station WBUR.

The ARTery, the online arts and culture section of the Boston-based station, has shared a conversation with him that offers some real colour on the transition Jesse made when his photography took him from ‘dude photographer’ down a new path as a father.

Wild & Precious is a photographic, film and book project, which documents a series of road trip wanderings he and his daughter Clover took around America over five years, where he encouraged her to bond with nature and the wild.

“My job as a parent is to raise conscious humans, says Jesse, “the next wave of environmental stewards, kids that will be all loving and embrace all humans and the planet equally.”

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Christopher LaMarca

In another score for Christopher’s documentary film Boone, it has just been shown at one of the world’s leading films festivals – Berlinale.

Described by the Berlin International Film Festival as “haunting and deeply human”, Christopher's directorial debut was screened there last week.

“It’s one of the best film festivals in the world,” he says. “Especially as an American film, to be accepted was a huge honour.”

Boone focuses on three young goat farmers and the endurance needed to work with the land. As a viewer, you feel very close to how tough it is to work on a farm, the harshness of the elements, and the relationship between a farmer and their animals.

The Berlinale, now in its 67th year, includes everything from Hollywood blockbusters to small independent films. “The atmosphere around the festival is electric, artists of all kinds come together around the event,” says Christopher.

He feels the nature of the film attracts a certain kind of audience – “people who feel connected or even disconnected to nature, the elements, their food”.

"More than ever, people seem to be concerned about the environment and finding their personal place in a world that can often feel dystopian,” Christopher adds.

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Jørn Tomter

Jørn is photographing the story behind the sustainable and socially conscious spirit of a great UK project to help quash food waste and poverty.

FoodCycle is a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.

Commissioned by the local council, Jørn has been capturing the initiative in action at its Hackney hub in London with portraits of the people it helps.

“FoodCycle is an amazing initiative and something I really like to support,” says Jørn. He explains that the people it feeds, who he photographed, are usually poor, unemployed, lonely, and have mental problems.

“The weekly food day has changed their life, offered them a healthier approach to eating, enabled them to make new friends, and it helps to develop communities,” adds Jørn.

The portraits will go on a touring exhibition in Hackney to give the project more exposure. This includes at community halls and hopefully Hackney Museum in the autumn.

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Dolly Faibyshev

Dolly talks to Tea & Water about her work. An American photographer born to Russian immigrant parents in Philadelphia, her pictures are brimful of brightness and playful tones, dazzling with a truly inimitable style.

But lightness and fun is just one layer – she strives for juxtaposition and satire, and hopes her work speaks on different levels.

Dolly's projects explore the meaning of the American dream in all its forms, a concept which seems ever more poignant in the U.S. right now.

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Gabriela Herman

The global Women's March day will go down in history and Gabriela’s experience of the protest in the U.S. capital is counted among the powerful images of female photographers taking part.

She was interviewed for American website and magazine Wired.com about her experiences of the worldwide anti-Trump protest on 21 January to protect legislation and policies around human rights and other issues, including women’s rights. Her image gives a glimpse into the demonstration in Washington, which was among hundreds of marches held in cities globally.

“It was important as a woman, as a photographer, but also as a new mother,” says Gabriela. “I wanted to tell my seven-month-old daughter, who I brought with me, that she was there for this historic event.”

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Jesse Burke

The spotlight is on Jesse’s Wild & Precious project again, this time as part of a solo
U.S. exhibition.

Gallery Kayafas, in Boston, is showing Wild & Precious, which documents the adventures and self-discovery made by his young daughter Clover on a series of road trips she took with Jesse to explore forests, beaches and rivers across America.

Jesse is excited to exhibit the project in a solo show for the first time in Boston. “I've had a long relationship with the gallery and it feels great to finally get this project up on the wall in front my local friends and colleagues, especially because there is a bunch of brand new work that my children and I have collaborated on being displayed,” he says.

He adds: “It's a new path for us and I'm really excited to share it. It consists of photographs that are treated with glitter paint as well as cyanotypes that we collectively created, as well as new sculptural pieces.”

As part of the gallery's first Friday reception for Wild & Precious, Jesse will be doing an artist's talk on 3 February from 6.30-7.30pm with Karen Haas, curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the U.S.

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Gabriela Herman

Gabriela has been doing her bit for an environment charity as part of a silent auction of travel photos.

Wanderlust: a silent auction benefit took place online to raise funds for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Her photo Kauai, taken while on assignment for the Travel Channel in Hawaii, was part
of a group of images of emerging and established photographers depicting life through the traveller's lens, shown off at the Wanderlust exhibition in Los Angeles, U.S., on 18 January.

The NRDC is all about building a better future, by working hard to safeguard the earth, its people, plants and animals, and natural systems on which all life depends.

"I was excited to be in such great company for the Wanderlust exhibit and silent auction," says Gabriela. "The NRDC is a vital charity – part of the lifeblood of protecting our world for the future."

Month of Photography Los Angeles ran the online auction fundraiser. Kauai was the second highest sale in the show.

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Christopher LaMarca

Christopher talks to Tea & Water about his work, which he describes as ‘raw’ and ‘visceral’. He is all about being emotionally accurate and truly getting under the skin of a subject over time.

Moving the hairs on people’s arms and making them feel something is far more essential to him than trying to influence their beliefs, though most of his projects are bound up in thought provoking environmental and social justice issues.

These include his career-launching Forest Defenders project, where Christopher documented eco activists over five years fighting to save some of America’s last wildlands from logging. His images always burst with an intimate, honest beauty and when talking to him you can’t help but be moved by his sincerity and spirit, and the importance he places on true long-form storytelling.

At the end of each long project he says he feels so astonished by his life experience and what he was just privy to, and how differently it makes him see the world; an attitude some of us could probably do with a dose of now and then.

Christopher, who lives in Portland, Oregon, is also a director and cinematographer whose two debut documentary films examining vulnerable and hard to reach subjects have gone down a storm.

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Christopher LaMarca

Documentary film Boone, about the heart and soul of rural farming, keeps on garnering attention – with the latest review in Reverse Shot magazine.
An in depth review of Christopher's film, which it calls a ‘sensorial journey’, appears in the Museum of the Moving Image publication.

Boone, which comes without voiceover or interaction between Christopher and his subjects, invites viewers into the lives of three young farmers in Oregon, the U.S., whose way of life is gradually disappearing; threatened by economic development.

The review hones in on some of the intimate detail, including the graphic opening, where a baby goat is being delivered by a farmer.

Reviewer Ohad Landesman, a film scholar and critic, says Boone “redefines the familiar structure of a nature documentary”.

It plunges viewers into sensual aesthetics of what it’s like to be on the farm doing those daily activities, he adds. “When it is heavily snowing, an intimate soundscape gives the impression that chilly snowflakes are landing on our faces, and when the farmers stir pots to prepare goat cheese, tactile cinematography almost simulates taste.”

The museum, based in New York, screened Boone on 8 January, with Christopher appearing in person, as part of its First Look 2017, an annual festival for innovative new cinema which focuses on films that expand the art form. It was joined by works from more than 19 other countries.

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Noah Sheldon

Noah has had the chance to document the workers responsible for the construction of China's tallest tower, with his stunning images also picked up by the prestigious Financial Times.

Standing at an enormous 632m high, the skyscraper adds to the already impressive Shanghai skyline and continues to create a nod towards China's progress to the future. Gensler, the U.S. builders of Shanghai Tower, invited Noah to record its construction from an architectural perspective.

While documenting the build, Noah took the opportunity to document the people responsible for putting the 127-storey tower together. Like many big Chinese construction projects, Shanghai Tower was built by migrant workers from the provincial cities and rural areas.

Noah says he was struck by the pride and physical courage the workers displayed working at such extreme heights. "They're proud of the work, and we tapped into that," he adds. "The way I approached the workers was to say, 'You should be documented in the same way the building is'."

Shanghai Tower claims to be the world's greenest skyscraper, having been awarded an LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Jens Görlich

Jens talks to Tea & Water from his self-built home outside Frankfurt, an almost Bauhaus-style oasis of quiet. He has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years, though his beginnings stretch back to good fortune in some defining apprenticeships.

Jens focuses on people, landscapes and transportation. His wanderings have taken him to more than 50 countries and up in the skies to shoot haunting, almost other worldly desertscapes. But he would resist being pigeon holed as he always tries to stay open and follow his heart; not planning life too much. Jens still regards his job to this day as educational travel. Broaden your horizons, listen to people and remember to turn around. The better picture might literally be just behind you, he says

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Jørn Tomter

The fifth issue of Jørn's magazine chronicling the lives of his east London community has been published and marked with a launch party.

Norwegian born Jørn has turned his ongoing photographic project I Love Chatsworth Road into a regular self-published magazine with contribution from talented local designers and writers.

His project charts the unstoppable change in the neighbourhood brought on by gentrification and growth. But it is also a way of building bridges between local people and reminding newer parts of the community of its history and heritage.

“I would love for those who have been here for a long time to be friends with – or at least try – and connect with people who have just moved in,” says Jørn.

“Initially the magazine wasn’t the plan, but the streets became my studio. I had so many pictures that I thought I needed to get this out in print,” he adds. “That is kind of how the magazine started.”

The fifth issue was out on 1 December, with the launch party on 30 November in Hackney, London.

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Dolly Faibyshev

Dolly shows it’s not easy being Santa when she captured a grandfather’s transformation for his festive gig in Brooklyn for the New York Times.

She tracked 70-year-old John Gebbie from the start of his journey at his Long Island home to his appearance in Brooklyn, in a heartening and humorous tale for the newspaper.

“I really loved this story,” says Dolly. “He was so enthusiastic and took his job very seriously, wanting to make sure the kids really believed the magic. His story was so heartwarming, I almost believed he was the real Santa!”

John even enrolled in Santa school to make sure he got things just right, which includes how to talk to children.

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Christopher LaMarca

Documentary film The Pearl on the struggles of a group of transgender women grappling with transition has landed co-director Christopher with screenings at the renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

The film is due to be shown twice this weekend (17 and 18 December) as part of the 11th annual Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You series, which the museum describes as an “invaluable resource for any cinephile who wants to catch the newest talent in American filmmaking on the big screen”. “This is a huge honour for us,” says Christopher.

MoMA describes The Pearl as an intimate portrait of four women supporting and sustaining each other while occasionally arguing over generational and political fault lines. It says the film “observes but never judges, creating a safe space via careful – but never over-aestheticised – camerawork that belies the directors' shared background as photographers”.

Screenings are ticketed and will be followed by a Q&A with Christopher and co-director Jessica Dimmock.

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Jens Görlich

An aerial shoot showing the endless expanse of the Namib desert in southern Africa is the subject of Jens' newest project.

The images, almost otherworldly or apocalyptic in appearance, offer a glimpse at the Namib’s relentlessly moving gravel plains and dunes that stretch along the entire coastline.

“I’ve been interested in shooting landscapes ever since I spent a lot of time location-scouting for famous photographers as a transition process from being an assistant to becoming a photographer myself,” says Jens.

He explains how he came across spectacular landscapes so the idea developed for a series about lonely, remote landscapes, with just a little hint at civilisation.

“That view on the world still fascinates me today,” adds Jens. “With this Namibia project, the view from the air allowed for very interesting angles. I’ve often had the chance to shoot landscapes from the sky, and I think it is a very revealing view from up there.”

“You can easily see where humans leave their footprint, or where nature is completely untouched (or has taken the land back).”

Gabriela Herman

Gabriela has photographed one of today’s leading literary figures for The New York Times.

Her portrait of British novelist Zadie Smith appeared in The New York Times this month, to illustrate an interview about the writer’s latest book, Swing Time.

“I’ve been shooting more portraits for The New York Times recently,” says Gabriela. “These are usually quick assignments where you really have to think on your toes and stretch those photo muscles.”

The shoots are a great opportunity to meet smart and talented people, she adds.

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Jesse Burke

The complex relationship between man and nature is explored in Jesse's Wild & Precious photobook and film project.

Wild & Precious brings together treasures from a series of road trips over five years by the photographer and his daughter Clover to delve into the natural world.

“I want my children to genuinely understand how magical the world we inhabit is and how we, as humans, are an integral part of the system,” says Jesse. “I want them to feel a deep connection to every aspect of their surroundings.”

Together, the duo chronicled the routes they drove, landscapes discovered, creatures encountered, and even the roadside motels where they slept.

The goal of Wild & Precious, which also examines a father’s paternal love, is to encourage parents and children to spend time together connecting with the natural world.

A monograph version of their adventures, exploring everywhere from New England and the Pacific Northwest to Arizona and Florida, is published by Daylight Books and the film and photos are also available online.

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Dolly Faibyshev

Activists, actors and artists were among those attending a fashion party in New York photographed by Dolly to celebrate the glittering career of designer Carolina Herrera.

Dolly snapped the guests as they gathered in New York City to honour the famed designer, who has more than 15 million Twitter followers and a cool 11 million on Instagram.

Last month’s party was hosted to celebrate Carolina Herrera: 35 Years of Fashion, a heavy tome published by Rizzoli commemorating images and events on

her work.

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Christopher LaMarca

An intimate documentary about transgender women landed co-director Christopher on the shortlist for one of the world’s top nonfiction awards.

The Pearl, which explores the raw emotional and physical experience of being an older transgender woman in post-industrial logging towns in the Pacific Northwest of America, was nominated for the spotlight award in New York's Cinema Eye Honors.

It was up against five other films for the accolade but lost out last week at the final hurdle. “The nomination is such an honour and to be part of this amazing group of filmmakers is pretty special," says Christopher. “The film is intimate, raw and visceral – worth seeing on the big screen.”

Following four women who were reared and successful as men, the film tracks them for nearly three years as they grapple with varying degrees of transition. It took an entire year just to gain initial access, adds Christopher.

It first premiered this year at top documentary showcase TRUE/FALSE and also won the grand jury prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. The Pearl’s New York premiere was on 11 November.

An awards ceremony took place on 11 January 2017 at the Museum of the Moving Image, in Queens.

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Christopher LaMarca

Experiential documentary Boone shot by Christopher has won best debut feature film at the Ourense International Film Festival in Spain.

Boone tells the story of three young goat farmers, as they battle with the seasons, and with the resilience needed to survive in close connection with the land.

“You understand what it takes to live that way; to keep going no matter what,” Christopher says of his time filming.

Film critic and professor José Manuel López says the beauty of Boone comes from “the epic of those who have reached a destination and decide to stay, from the vérité of their everyday gestures, from their deep relationship with the land and cattle … from their committed (and unrealistic) resistance against extensive farming and the laws that favour it”.

Every year, the festival presents a selection of the most innovative films and audiovisual productions.

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Jesse Burke

The wilderness wanderings of Jesse and his daughter on their U.S. road trips have been featured in environmental publication Orion Magazine.

As a publication focusing on nature, the environment and culture, the American magazine’s founding values “that humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature”, sit well with the ethos behind Jesse's father-daughter Wild & Precious travels.

Jesse says he used the adventures to encourage a connection between his child and nature and to "give her an education that he considers essential; one that develops appreciation, respect, conservation, and self-confidence".

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Dolly Faibyshev

Some of Dolly’s latest kaleidoscopic portraits give an insight into what one woman learnt while raving with her grandmother at a music festival in the U.S.

Dolly's photographs have appeared in fashion, style and beauty website Refinery29. In her typical bright and bold style, she captures the wonderment shared between writer Lily Di Constanzo and her 82 year old grandmother at Beyond Wonderland, one of America’s biggest electronic dance music festivals.

"It reminded me how important it is to never stop exploring," says Dolly, of photographing the pair together. "She [the granny] enlightened us all that day."

Wanting to re connect to the virginal joy of her past festival-going days, Di Constanzo felt that taking first timer ‘Grammy Annette’ would open her eyes again.

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Christopher LaMarca

Christopher’s portraits of a teenage environmentalist fighting to push action on climate change since the age of six have appeared in Time magazine.

Sixteen year old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez’s conservation message, rooted in his Native American indigenous heritage, and his hip hop performance talents, have made him a phenomenon among climate activists, according to Time.

The article says he has already travelled the world to speak and perform in front of everyone from schoolchildren to the United Nations, trying to focus on inspiring young people to take action themselves.

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Jesse Burke

A shoot for digital media website Mashable has put Jesse inside the heart of globally conscious businesses in Boston,

the U.S.

Jesse's photographs help to illustrate the stories behind 10 socially responsible companies, including an organic toy store, rooftop farm and eco-friendly hotel, deemed to go the extra mile to promote ethical and sustainable commerce.

They include running clothes maker Janji, which donates part of its proceeds to non-government organisations (NGOs) trying to boost access to clean water around the world.

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Jesse Burke

America’s first offshore wind farm is the subject of a recent shoot by Jesse.

Jesse travelled 20 miles south of Rhode Island to photograph Block Island Wind Farm’s towering 50-storey monoliths for Gizmodo, a design, technology and science fiction website.

Developer Deepwater Wind is behind the project to make local, clean and reliable energy a reality. There are roughly 2500 wind turbines spinning in the ocean off the coast of Europe today but none until now in

the U.S.

Deepwater Wind says it partnered with environmental advocates, conservationists and scientists to protect endangered whales and other marine mammals during pre-construction and construction.

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Christopher LaMarca

Filmmaker and photographer Christopher and his mastery of “making rarely seen moments beautiful” were the subject of an interview by online magazine Willamette Week.

The article focuses on his lauded documentaries Boone, about rural Oregon goat farmers, and The Pearl, which follows four transgender women from the Pacific Northwest and their struggles with transition.

Illustrated by a striking close-up of one of The Pearl women, the interview calls him Portland's next top documentarian and says “his command of light leaves you gobsmacked”.

"At the end of the day, that's the most important thing," says Christopher,"that it's almost a physical experience for the audience."

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Jesse Burke

An interview for American magazine Aint-Bad has shone a spotlight on Jesse’s Wild & Precious project again.

Aint Bad, which describes itself as a collective dedicated to publishing new photographic art to support a progressive community of global artists, probed Jesse about his work.

This included the experience and insight gained through Wild & Precious, which chronicles in film and photographs a series of American road trips with his daughter Clover. They were aimed at allowing his children to feel a “deep connection and love for nature”, like he does.

In the interview, Jesse, recently named one of Time magazine’s top 50 U.S. photographers to follow on Instagram, says he hoped his children “will grow up to be sensitive environmental stewards”.

He also says the collaborative family nature of the Wild & Precious project has shifted his complete concept of how photography should be approached. “I’m a much more collaborative artist in general now and I thank my daughter for teaching me this,” explains Jesse.

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Jesse Burke

Photographs, prints and drawings from Jesse’s startlingly beautiful Wild & Precious project have been exhibited at the RISD Museum in his home state of Rhode Island.

His landscapes, portraiture and still life photography were on display at the museum, in Providence, for most of 2016.

The exhibition celebrated the release of Jesse’s book, also titled Wild & Precious, and a gift of artwork from the series to the RISD Museum.
If you missed the show, you can view the photos on Jesse’s site.

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