A young girl passes the body of a man assassinated in Cucuta, Colombia. The city has suffered a wave of killings at the hands of the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC), a right-wing paramilitary group. The killings continue even months after the AUC supposedly disarmed in the Cucuta region as part of peace negotiations with the Colombian government. 9 March 2005. © Stephen Ferry (via WPP)

Stephen Ferry Artist Statement (via National Geographic):

Since the late 1980s, he has covered major historical processes and events, such as the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the rise of radical Islam in Northern Africa, the destruction of rain forests in Brazil and the United States, and the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City, along with stories in nearly every Latin American country.

He is currently focused on documenting, over a period of years, Colombia‘s ongoing civil war. His work there is supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Knight International Press Fellowship, and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship.

Recognized as a distinguished teacher of documentary photography, Ferry is on the faculty of the Fundación para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (founded by Gabriel García Márquez in 1995 in Cartagena, Colombia) and of the International Center of Photography in New York. In 2005, he received the prestigious Howard Chapnick Grant and a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant to help a group of indigenous leaders from Colombia use photography in defense of their land.

He is a winner of the First Bill Hetherington Grant from WPP & HRW.

Stephen Ferry was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

VIOLENTOLOGY:

This video shows a presentation of the Violentology project as a potential model of grassroots journalism and an alternative to commercial media. In Spanish. Held at the TEDxCeiba x=independently organized TED event, July 31, 2011, at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá:

The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, and is supported by Tim’s parents. The grant is intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme. The application process was open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2011.

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