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I failed in identifying a Slovenian photographer for the Photographers World Cup listing, until Yasmina Reggad suggested Manca Juvan. (I also failed with Paraguay, but more on that in time).

Juvan photographed Dob, the oldest and largest prison in Slovenia (built in 1963).

Dob has the unfortunate problems of many large prisons – overcrowding, inadequate sanitation, high-rates of infectious disease, violent & non-violent offenders jointly housed and the intractable hierarchies of prison culture.

Dob prison was built according to a new penology in Slovenia, which prioritised management of – as opposed to rehabilitation from – anti-social behaviour:

” The main goal of Dob prison was and still is the accommodation of a larger “aggregate” of dangerous offenders who have to serve long term sentences. The prison has met the particular security technical standards (high walls, wires, electric current, a buffer area, dogs, etc.). Treatment programs of inmates within the prison exist, and they are implemented, but the clear priorities in Dob prison are the control and security (Brinc and Petrovec, 2001).”

(Source: ‘Overview of Inmates’ Treatment in Slovenia’ by Danijela Frangež & Jerneja Šifrer. VARSTVOSLOVJE, Journal of Criminal, Justice and Security, Year 12, no. 2, pp. 217-234.)

A STORY NEEDING MORE THAN PHOTOGRAPHS

The portfolio is all too brief. Juvan works hard to focus attention on the individual inmates and the activities they choose to fill their time; it is respectful work but I feel the series just falls short. I suspect if Juvan had had longer in Dob prison she could’ve really teased out some more stories.

This is the type of photoessay that would benefit hugely from audio or multimedia components. If it is appropriate/needed, there’s no excuse now for a photographer to not include audio in his or her online portfolio (just ask duckrabbit).

In terms of “presenting photography on a computer”, I think user expectations and internet publishing tools limit the advanced reflexivity Joerg is championing. Between user-demands and web-tools, which will develop most rapidly to force development in the other? It’s time we start demanding more.

MARTIN BATALLES REPRESENTING URUGUAY

LIVIA CORONA REPRESENTING MEXICO

MARCOS LOPEZ REPRESENTING ARGENTINA

Friend of Prison Photography, Emiliano Granado, likes football as much as he rocks at photography.

We pooled our knowledge to pair each country competing in South Africa with a photographer of the same nationality.

GROUP A

FRA France  – JR
MEX Mexico – Livia Corona
RSA South Africa – Mikhael Subotzky
URU Uruguay – Martín Batallés

GROUP B

ARG Argentina – Marcos Lopez
GRE Greece – George Georgiou (Born in London to Greek Cypriot parent)
KOR South Korea – Ye Rin Mok
NGA Nigeria – George Osodi

GROUP C

ALG Algeria – Christian Poveda
ENG England – Stephen Gill
SVN Slovenia – Klavdij Sluban (French of Slovenian origin … I know, I know, but you try to find a Slovenia born photographer!)
USA United States – Bruce Davison

GROUP D

AUS Australia – Stephen Dupont
GER Germany – August Sander
GHA Ghana – Philip Kwame Apagya
SRB Serbia – Boogie

GROUP E

CMR Cameroon – Barthélémy Toguo
DEN Denmark – Henrik Knudsen
JPN Japan – Araki
NED Netherlands – Rineke Dijkstra

GROUP F

ITA Italy – Massimo Vitali
NZL New Zealand – Robin Morrison
PAR Paraguay – ?????
SVK Slovakia – Martin Kollar

GROUP G

BRA Brazil – Sebastiao Selgado
CIV Ivory Coast – Ananias Leki Dago
PRK North Korea – Tomas van Houtryve (it was difficult to find a North Korean photographer)
POR Portugal – Joao Pina

GROUP H

CHI Chile – Sergio Larrain
HON Honduras – Daniel Handal
ESP Spain – Alberto García Alix
SUI Switzerland – Jules Spinatsch

Emiliano has been posting images from each of the photographers and doubled up on a few nations where the talent pool is teeming. You can see them all over on his Tumblr account, A PILE OF GEMS

NOTES

* Don’t even begin arguing about who should represent the USA. It is a never-ending debate.

* I’ll be honest, finding photographers for the African nations was tricky, even for a web-search-dork like myself. But then we knew about the shortcomings of distribution and promotion within the industry, didn’t we?

* For Chile, we had to look to the past legend Larrain. I’ll be grateful if someone suggest a living practitioner.

* North Korean photographer, by name, anyone? We had to fall back on van Houtryve because he got inside the DPR.

* Rineke Dijkstra was one of approximately 4 thousand-trillion dutch photographers who are everywhere.

* Araki was the easy choice. Ill admit – I know next to nothing about Japanese photography (Marc, help?)

* I wanted a few more political photographers in there, while Emiliano goes for arty stuff. I think we found a nice balance overall.

* And, SERIOUSLY, name me a Paraguayan photographer! PLEASE.

AUGUST SANDER REPRESENTING GERMANY

JULES SPINATSCH REPRESENTING SWITZERLAND

PHILIP KWAME APAGYA REPRESENTING GHANA

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