Claire Martin, 1980, Australia, is a documentary photographer with a focus on marginalised communities. In 2007 and 2008 she concentrated on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Even though Vancouver is a city that was twice voted “the worlds most liveable”, the residents of this part live below the poverty line. The suburb has an estimated AIDS rate of 30% and the leading cause of death is overdose. In 2009 she visited Slab City where she focused on the permanent residents of this community in the Colorado desert. It “is a place for the broken and desperate and for the fierce defenders of freedom from tyranny.” In 2010 and 2011 she went to Haiti to document the aftermath of the earthquake. “Every spare piece of land has turned into a tent city and whole suburbs and major infrastructure lay demolished, essentially turning and entire city into a slum.” Claire has exhibited her work in solo shows in Australia and has been in various group exhibitions around the world. In 2010 she won the Magnum Foundation Inge Morath award for female photographers under the age of 30. She is a member of the prestigious Australian photo collective Oculi. The following images come from the series Petionville – Life in Haiti’s Tent Cities, Slab City and Downtown East Side.
Mark Marchesi was born in a suburb of NYC. He studied photography at Maine College of Art and graduated with a BFA in 1999. Mark's work has been exhibited in group exhibitions across the US and abroad. His most recent solo show was in April/May 2011 at Space Gallery in Portland, ME. Mark has been awarded two Maine Arts Commission grants to support efforts in photography. He currently resides in South Portland with his wife and two daughters.
I’ve updated my series Chalet Porteño with work from this year and last. I’ve been meaning to do this for almost a year, ever since my Chalet 2010 post last December. Taking new pictures for the series has been haphazard this year and, indeed, there’s only one house that I shot this year that I’m including in the edit. It’s one of my favorites, though, and the only one with a person.
Chalet Porteño in the neighborhood of Boedo
Here’s another one that didn’t make the edit. It’s from the unfortunately named suburb of Morón. I’ve been more interested in Chalets in an urban setting but, perhaps, this photo could be the start of a further exploration of the Chalet-style form in Argentina.
Gert Jochems, 1969, Belgium, first studied sociology and international relations before studying photography at the school of fine arts in Ghent. Between 2001 and 2005 he traveled to the far corners of Russia. In Siberia he documented the people in the post communist region. In 2005 the series Rus was released as a book. In Gaza Gert made compositions of three images, each time with a wall in the middle. He also focused on Dampremie, a suburb of Charleroi in Belgium, which suffers from high unemployent and poverty. Currently he is concentrating on the theme sex, not the stylized version, but the gritty amateur world of sex and the imperfect imagery. The following images come from the series about sex that is still in progress and the series Rus and Dampremie.