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A series of portraits found in the trash bin of the "Gulu Real Art Studio", the oldest photographic studio in Gulu, Northern Uganda. - The studio only has a machine that makes four ID images at a time, a number that most clients cannot afford, so the photographer takes single analog pictures, punches out the head with a special device, and discards the rest. In these faceless prints, one's focus shifts to the subjects individual posture and clothing, forming a typological portrayal of a community. Martina Bacigalupo also interviewed clients of Gulu, and their stories, many deeply moving, describe the political, economic, and social conditions common to contemporary East Africa. (mg/vu)


THE JONES FAMILY (2013) by LIZ HINGLEY - For 3.9 million children across the UK, severe poverty is a fact of life. During a brief assignment sponsored by the charity Save the Children I became aware of the need to understand the intergenerational cycle of poverty in the developed world. | In 2010 I began working with the Jones family - two parents and seven children - in order to mutually create a body of work, which speaks about the meaning and the experience of deprivation within the context of a wealthy country. | The Jones family lives in a three-bedroom council house in the industrial city of Wolverhampton, UK. This is the first house that the family has lived in for three generations; the mother and father were brought up in caravans, as were their parents. The house is precious to the family and holds many memories for them, to the point that despite its extremely limited size they refuse to move into larger council accommodation. I chose to focus on the Jones's house to unravel the meanings embedded in the material qualities of the environment; the decoration and objects they cherish, as well as the everyday rituals, practices and interactions in which each family member finds personal expression and a sense of autonomy. | The three boys and four girls have high aspirations for their future but they are aware of the financial and emotional difficulties they face in leaving the family home. Gary, the eldest son was the first in the family to ever go to University. After studying animation he set up his own business company from the bedroom, which he shares with his two other brothers. Michelle of 21, was the first to move out when she met Alex in the local playground and fell in love. Alex was born in the Congo as the youngest of nine children and studies film at Wolverhampton University. Di Bronchi Jones Bondele was born to Michelle Jones on the 11th of August 2012. (Liz Hingley)

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