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I am very happy and proud that I got invited (among Ed Kashi, Jonas Bendiksen, Benjamin Lowy, Simon Norfolk, Brent Stirton) to The Other Hundred project.
The idea is that 100 photographers is assigned to photograph 100 people/families/societies from all over the world to show both the hardships and the triumphs of the extraordinary people left off the front pages. Photo album will be published in October, synchronized with World Powerty Day. It’s goal is to take readers on a visual journey into the lives of the people who make up the majority of our world’s population and tell the stories behind the statistics.

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A global collaborative photography project designed to provoke thought and discussion about the future of economic progress, the root causes of the grinding poverty experienced by so many, and the inspirational stories of people from around the world whose lives are incredibly rich and worth celebrating.
Check out www.theotherhundred.com for submission details!

Antonin Kratochvil

(not so short bio from his website)

Antonin is a founder of the VII photo agency.

As photojournalists go, Antonin Kratochvil has sunk his teeth into his fair share of upheaval and human catastrophes whilst going about his documentation of the time in which he lives. As people go, Kratochvil’s own refugee life has been much in the way the same as what he has rendered on film. Kratochvil’s unique style of photography is the product of personal experience, intimate conditioning and not privileged voyeurism. Over the years his fluid and unconventional work has been sought by numerous publications stretching across widely differing interests. From shooting Mongolia’s street children for the magazine published by the Museum of Natural History to a portrait session with David Bowie for Detour, from covering the war in Iraq for Fortune Magazine to shooting Deborah Harry for a national advertising campaign for the American Civil Liberties Union, Kratochvil’s ability to see through and into his subjects and show immutable truth has made his pictures not facsimiles but uncensored visions. And yet, what set his kind apart from the many is his consistency and struggle to carry on.

For Kratochvil this fact comes in the form of his numerous awards, grants and honorable mentions dating back to 1975. The latest of these are his two, first place prizes at the 2002 World Press Photo Awards in the categories of general news and nature and the environment. The next is the 2004 grant from Aperture publishing for Kratochvil’s study on the fractious relationship between American civil liberties and the newly formed Homeland Security since the World Trade Center bombings. In addition, Kratochvil’s fifth book Vanishing was presented in April 2005 and marks another significant milestone for the craft to which he belongs. Vanishing represents a collection of natural and human phenomena that on the verge of extinction. What makes this book so innovative is the twenty years it has taken to produce, making it not only historical from the onset, but a labor of love and a commitment to one man’s conscience.

Here is short interview made by Canon



There is also some very good interview about his life and photography http://www.radio.cz/

and finally probably something most interesting…

….Antonin’s story on Metallica  and Motley Crue

One more video “Making off” Ray Ban

Yesterday I met with Constantin and his girlfriend Andreea. I got from them very nice gift – LOVE ISSUE.

LOVE ISSUE was first edited in January 2011 as an online photo-magazine, a satellite for website http://www.oitzarisme.ro/  where Constantin Nimigean publish inspirational photographic projects.
My work was published there in Love Issue #4

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LOVE ISSUE #7 © Aga Luczakowska

After six online issues Constantin decided to have a printed one. He came up with the idea to collect money for the print. He started an online campaign and he managed to sell 500 magazines before the printing. These 500 pre-sales helped him to print 1000 copies of Love Issue #7.

Love Issue #7 is on paper and you can order it from http://www.love-issue.com/

Alexia Foundation

Inspired by the death of their daughter Alexia Tsairis who was innocently killed at the age of 20 during the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the Tsairis family started the Alexia Foundation to support the work of photojournalists and their powerful ability to communicate through images.

The Alexia Foundation is seeking to increase the impact of photojournalists and the stories they tell through targeted grant opportunities and partnerships with non-profit organizations that will enable the images created by Alexia photojournalists to bring awareness to problems, give voice to those who have gone unheard, and move people to take action. If you would like to learn more about the Alexia Foundation, make a donation, or apply for a grant, please visit their website at www.alexiafoundation.org.