Algeria Polaroids

I recently returned from southern Algeria. I ended up doing a side experiment while there, using my old Polaroid Land Camera. 

The boundless desert sands and roaming camels of southern Algeria camouflage the pointed frustration and urgency of the plight of the refugees of “Africa’s Last Colony”. Harsh terrain, fatal sandstorms and 120 degree temperatures is home to over 155,000 Sahrawi refugees and have resided since 1975. The entrenched community of refugees is the UNHCRs second oldest caseload.

 

World Press Photo | Awards Days Recap

I recently returned from a 4 day trip to Amsterdam, in what turned out to be one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The annual World Press Photo Awards Day consists of 3 day's filled with presentation from the World's leading photojournalists, lectures by industry leaders, the exhibition unveiling and dinner hosted by Canon, and finally the Award's night with after-party - not to mention late night collaboration and good times with new and old friends. 

On the final night, settling into my seat at the awards ceremony, lights dimming, sitting amongst photographers I've looked up to for a long time, a wave of emotion hit me; the surrealism I'd been experiencing left and the reality of receiving photojournalisms'  highest honor overwhelmed me. I couldn't get over where I was and what was happening - I don't know if I ever will. 

I did a little interview about the image, you can see it here

Photo © Emin Özmen

Photo © Emin Özmen

Photo © Emin Özmen

Photo © Emin Özmen

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