May 17th, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Here’s a recent tearsheet from the German Magazine Brand Eins Neuland. They commissioned me to interview three former alumni of Jacobs University for a special edition on the city of Bremen. I travelled to Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) and Bangladesh (Dhaka) to write the story and made a brief city reportage as well as the portraits.
May 16th, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Very saddened to read that the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula is now the most violent place on Earth as reported in today’s Guardian.
I remember shooting a small story there about young people trying to leave the gangs in 2001.
Here are a couple of the images that I made …
Honduras – San Pedro Sula – A former gang member shows his tattoos. San Pedro Sula has several criminal gangs (known as ‘Maras’) that sprang up in the region after their members were deported from the US in the 1990′s. The founders of the gangs were typically Central American youngsters whose families had fled to the US to escape civil war. After peace accords were signed, they were sent back to their countries and took the street-gang culture with them.
Honduras – San Pedro Sula – A former gang member with his mother and his home made pistol, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
May 14th, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Recently, researching a new story in Rwanda, I remembered that my translator back in 2005 was a very talented chap called John Tugirimana and that he’d painted a cartoon of me at work…
April 30th, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Following yesterday’s entry with the tearsheet from the Monocle assignment, I thought I’d show some images that I was pleased with but didn’t make the final edit.
Funnily enough, I’d just shot and written another piece about French involvement in India… hundreds of miles away – a strange coïncidence. More on that when it’s published later in the year…
India – Pondicherry – Children play on the Gandhi statue along the Promenade
India – Pondicherry – A woman and her two daughters in school uniform cross a Colonial street
India – Pondicherry – A couple in the Botanical Gardens
India – Pondicherry – A building worker asleep on a break inside the derelict Hotel du Ville that has been saved from demolition by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage)
India – Pondicherry – A French expatriate limbers up just after dawn along the Promenade
India – Pondicherry – Sister Marie Stella at the Embroidery Private House, a Catholic mission that looks after underprivileged women by have them sew exquisite linens
India – Pondicherry – Mr Thrukumaran, a researcher studies ancient palm leaf manuscripts in the library of the Department of Indology at the French Institute
India – Pondicherry – Geraldine Humeaun, manager at the Cafe Maison Rose
April 29th, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Here’s a spread from this month’s Monocle Magazine of a story I shot for them a few weeks ago in Pondicherry, the former French territory in southern India. I’ll post a couple of my favourite images from the set in a day or two.
April 1st, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Glanced out of my window this afternoon and saw this chap…
India – New Delhi – A hawk sits in a tree
March 18th, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Last week I was on assignment for a magazine in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu photographing the French influence on the place.
As you can see, my presence didn’t go unnoticed… The local newspaper decided that me laying on the floor to get a better angle on a military band was front page news… as was the arrest of the poor chap who, slightly worse for wear on the local hooch, chose that moment to have a little dance in front of me and then squared up to the band leader – presumably for not playing his favourite tune…
In any case, I made a frame and clearly gave the local newsroom a laugh.
March 9th, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Working in Bengal. Nice monkeys…
India – Chandanagore – A Langur mother and child on a wall by the river Hooghly
February 15th, 2013 by stuartfreedman
Here’s a recent tearsheet for the German Magazine, Effilee of an article that I wrote and photographed about a particular response to non-native invasive (alien) species – Muntjac Deer, Grey Squirrel and American Crayfish… the German headline has it best – something like, “Who is a stranger here is eaten”. Less sensationally, the piece explores the environmental fallout of introduced species and a discussion about both ‘speciesism’ and, the realization that we now live in an age that may come to be known as the Anthrocene.
Many thanks to the very excellent Crayfish Bob, Fergus Drennan (aka Fergus the Forager) and Mike Robinson