24 April 2008

invited guest: Chris Maluszynski

Migrants in a hospitality house run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the town of Altar. In picture: Maximiliano Triche Reyes

The Mexican town Altar; 60 miles south of the border crossing in Sasabe is a transit point for migrants trying to get into the US. Approximately 3000-4500 migrants cross this border every day in high season.

In the central plaza in front of the Catholic church, each day from late winter through mid-summer, many buses arrive from the south, carrying people who intend to cross the border. They come from all over Mexico and parts of Central America.

The shops around the square sell backpacks and other necessities for the crossing.

Wall at the US-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona

Border patrol at the US-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona

Robin Hoover, a Disciples of Christ pastor and president of Humane Borders

Adri Leonel Perez Gonzalez has crossed the border many times, but has recently been deported from the US.

Chris Maluszynski was born 1975 in Warsaw, Poland. Moved to Sweden at age 7. Studied physics and electrical engineering, history of art, history of photography and visual communication (MA) at the University of Linköping, Sweden, and Sorbonne, Paris.

Began his professional career in 1995 and has since worked for most of the major swedish newspapers including staff positions at Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs-Posten. Also has professional experience as a picture editor.

Has been awarded numerous prizes in photography including first places in the Swedish Picture of The Year in 1999, 2001 and 2003. In 2005 he recieved an award in the Art and Worship World Prize in Iran, in 2006 he was awarded in the multimedia category of NPPA and in 2007 he recieved a prize in the celebrity portrait category in Best of Photojournalism. Maluszynski is based in New York since 2005.

In his book “Systrar” (published in 2003) Maluszynski documents the everyday life of 11 Brigittine sisters in the convent of Saint Birgitta in Vadstena, Sweden. Chris Maluszynski spent two years of photographing with the Brigittine sisters and the result is an impressive set of pictures, depicting the sisters of the convent, following the medieval rule.

Chris Maluszynski is one of eight members of a collectively owned agency for photojournalists called MOMENT. For more of Chris work visit the MOMENT site.

All photos presented here: ©Chris Maluszynski/MOMENT

invited by ulf fågelhammar


Anonymous said...

Fantastic work.

Anonymous said...

Have seen much of chris work before and like it very much and very nice to take part of his work here and hope more from Moment will follow him here ;)

Anonymous said...

yes, I am also fan of your pictures since I've seen first the BW series with the Brigittines, unforgetable series. Colour works of yours are opening another world. Great to see you here. Pozdrawiam :)

Rhonda Boocock said...

Amazing photos...so glad to see them here!

Anonymous said...

fabulous fotos and admire the work of this documentary and the people who provide humanitarian help to the migrants. !!!


Anonymous said...

I have to say the pictures are below his normal standard. Has he lost his touch?