martinschoeller, DIVEM, diversidad cultural

Una imagen vale más que mil palabras

“Una imagen vale más que mil palabras”, y estos fotógrafos lo saben. Lo interesante de su trabajo es que han apostado por reflejar la diversidad cultural de la sociedad actual. Vivimos en una sociedad plural y diversa, donde convivimos personas de múltiples perfiles, orígenes y culturas, pero muchas veces estas quedan “ocultas” o escondidas.

Darle voz y relevancia a todas las personas que reflejan esta diversidad cotidiana es la apuesta del trabajo de Martin Schoeller, un fotógrafo alemán con una amplia trayectoria profesional que ha trabajado con grandes fotógrafos de la talla de Annie Leibovitz o Richard Avedon. Especializado en retratos, su trabajo recoge desde gemelos idénticos (Identical) a numerosos personajes conocidos (Portraits). Queremos destacar las fotografías de personas de diferentes religiones y credos que viven en EEUU y que reflejan la pluralidad religiosa existente en ese país. Muy recomendable ver su perfil de instagram

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Religion: Sunni Islam . Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid: I was born in the segregated south. My family was and still is predominantly Baptist. I moved to New York as a young child and just around the time I was graduating from high school, I became curious about other expressions of faith and started doing independent comparative religious studies. At the age of twenty I was guided to Islam and became a Muslim. I'm sixty-six years old now and am the leader of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem. I worship by striving for sincerity. And through the things that are common particularly in the Abrahamic tradition, you know fasting, prayer, charity, pilgrimage. Those are our primary though not only duties of worship. In Islam, we are striving to be obedient to Almighty God. We try to lead what I once heard a Catholic priest describe as a worshipful existence. And I love that, when I heard him say that, I said yeah, I relate to that. The holy Koran, is a book of laws as well as a book of faith. The central message is to have reverence for Almighty God. My predominantly Christian family respects my faith. Friends of mine who are religious leaders have said to me that most people are nominally whatever. If they're Christian, they are nominally Christian, nominally Jewish. My family is no exception to that, so they respect anybody who is trying to be religious. Years ago I spoke at the United Nations with a Shia, a scholar, and he said during his lecture that there is less difference between a religiously observant Sunni and a religiously observant Shia than there is between a Catholic and a Protestant. I once heard former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speak and he said that most global conflicts that appear to be religious in nature, in actuality have very little to do with religion. It's just groups of people who might have different religions, but are really fighting over the usual things, political influence, economic power, stability, natural resources…I believe that and that's what I have found during the course of my life.

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Martin: "What is your name?" Dezzie: "I go by Dezzie." M: "Where are you from?" D: “Alaska." M: "What brings you here?" D: “I don’t know. I guess I kinda just..a lot of drama happened so I just wanted to go somewhere I’d wanna be for good." M: "You wanted to get away from family?" D: “Yeah." M: "Did you grow up with your parents?" D: “Yeah. I was home schooled." M: "How long have you been in in LA now?" D: “A few years." M: "Ever been back home?" D: “Not yet, not yet." M: "And your parents….?" D: “I don’t know. I haven’t gotten in contact with my dad and my mom passed away. That’s why I left." M: "I’m sorry to hear that." D: “Yeah." M: "What’s your goal in life? Your dream job?" D: “A singer or comedian." M: "Where do you sleep at night ?" D: “I mean like wherever is safe and doesn’t come with extra bullshit attached." M: "All by yourself?" D: “I moved here with my friend but she didn’t like it here. She didn’t like California very much so she left, she went back to Alaska?" . Please support the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition to help people like Dezzie get back on their feet. Donate or volunteer today @gwhfc. Link and details in bio. . . #martinschoeller #portraits #sycamoreandromaine #street #photography #streetphotography #feedthehungry #fighthunger #GWHFC #volunteer #give #giveback #nonprofit #losangeles #westhollywood #hollywood #communityservice #community #activism #homeless #makeadifference #filmphotography #filmisnotdead

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Brock Elbank es otro fotógrafo que tiene un trabajo muy diferente. Después de hacer una serie sobre hombres con barba y personas con pecas o albinos, su último trabajo es sobre personas –y animales, porque recoge un perro que la ha desarrollado- con vitíligo, una enfermedad que provoca que la piel no desarrolle pigmentación en zonas limitadas.

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Thirty of the incredible faces that have sat for their own Close Up for the #Vitiligo Portrait series to date. People have kindly travelled from as far-a-field as South America to take part which in turn adds so much weight to the ongoing work. I’m looking to shoot another 21-30 subjects before I complete the series, so please keep suggesting people, keep tagging me, direct message or to apply email Vitiligo@Mrelbank.com for information. You people make the series what they are… #Mrelbank #Beauty #Portrait #Skin #London @hasselblad @profotoglobal @livingdappled @thevitiligosociety @vrfoundation_ @vitiligo.beauty @girlswithvitiligo @cantcuredopeskin @thevitiligoman @bambailie @haiderhar @evakhynesam @msroch88 @gdmaycole @amitai_erman @aprilcmitchell @vitiligo_and_me @mary_aquino_ @bianca_rosemarie @ddv_vdv @nilegoodlad @nancypowe11 @j.stewart2506 @emmaljoy @sofietusnelda @keirawalcott @esse.bi.79 @1hapa2quapas @leonie_timothy @georgiatrodd @xena_solanki @juliandesai @myspots_mystory @da_unsigned_artist @bxsqvi @tara_46me @mpty92

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Su perfil de instagram está actualizado con sus diferentes trabajos, ¡muy aconsejable no perdérselo!