Earlier this month my photograph “A boy from the crowd” photographed in Liberia, was exhibited at the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Xposure is a leading photo festival and an official imagery and educational platform that combines a range of photography events including exhibitions, workshops, seminars, screenings, focus groups, competitions, photo walks, and hosts a dedicated photographic and video production trade show. According to Xposure, the photography on show is “selected from highly acclaimed International Photographers, professional institutes and galleries representing Photographers from around the world.” The event and exhibition were attended by H.E. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.
My good friend and Founder of the Siena International Photography Awards, Luca Venturi, photographed my picture, which was part of the SIPA Awards selection exhibition.
My portrait of Desiré Lemoupa, a survivor of Torture from Cameroon, is a finalist in the prestigious Lucie Foundation “Portrait Project”. This is the third “Open Call” Awards, in partnership with Sony and supporting World Central Kitchen.
My photograph along with all the other winners work can be seen in an online exhibition at
The portrait is one from a series that is a personal project and collaboration with TASSC. The portraits feature survivors of Torture from around the world who fled their home countries seeking safety, recovery, and political asylum. Most were persecuted for standing up for freedom of speech & tortured by repressive governments.
Survivors are the strongest and most effective voice in the campaign to abolish torture.
Not all survivors want to be recognised for fear of repercussions to their friends & family. Each survivor selected a photograph that was significant to them. The photograph was then projected over the individual, sometimes obscuring their identity as per their request.
The Lucie Foundation was set up to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography around the world.