A Slideluck Potshow London/DEVELOP Tube creative collaboration. From Alvaro: Mongolia has changed the way I understand photography in a permanent way. I was based there for almost 4 months working along with a small group of gay and transgender people, documenting their daily life, from the crowdy Ulaanbataar to the loneliness of the steppes. Transmongolian is the first step into a long-term project about transgender people living in nomad societies all around the world. I decided to began in Mongolia because I was so interested in documenting transgender way of life in a country that is facing an enormous socio-cultural revolution since they left communism and turn into a capitalism system. This is how I began to search into mongol history and this is how I got to know "The Secret History of the Mongols".
Álvaro Laiz (Spain, 1981): His work conceives photography as a tool to give civil society in post-conflict zones the chance to be heard, exploring the environment, costumes and traditions of those people at risk of exclusion. Master in Visual Arts at Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, his work focuses on realities usually ignored by mass media.
In 2010 he co-founds An-Hua NGO with the aim of producing independent photoessays to generate social changes through photography. Prologued by Henning Mankell, Álvaro Laiz and David Rengel publish the photographic book “Memory Books” to raise funds for HIV victims in Uganda.
Also in 2010 the photoessay about ex-child soldiers from Lord´s Resistance Army in Uganda, “Future Plans”, is granted with Second Prize Ojo de Pez PhotoEspaña de Valores Humanos. In 2011 his work “Transmongolian” obtains the Nuevo Talento de Fotografia FNAC Honor Mention. In 2012 inaugurates the photographic exhibition “Ninja, gold rush in Mongolia” at Fnac Gallerie (Madrid). Also in 2012 Álvaro Laiz inaugurates his project “Transmongolian” at Fúcares Gallery (Madrid) as a part of the International photographic festival PhotoEspaña 2012.
His work has developed between Africa, Asia and South America cooperating with NGO´s and Foundations such us International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders or World Vision. Memory Book project is granted with the International Photography Award Revela 2012. The 100% of the prize is earmarked for the creation of an orphanage to give shelter the HIV victims in Uganda. He is member of International Reportage section Cordon Press Corbis agency.
As part of a creative collaboration between Slideluck Potshow London and DEVELOP Tube, Erica McDonald has made a selection of the stories presented in London in the 2012 SLPS edition, to be spotlighted on DEVELOP Tube. The artists selected are: Alexander Sedelnikov, Cristina de Middel, Luca Sage, Melissa Cacciola, Paul S. Amundsen, Pierfrancesco Celada, Kirsty Mackay, Claudia Mozzillo, Alvaro Laiz.
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This album is part of the DEVELOP Tube Channel which can be found at DEVELOP Tube: Photography to Watch. DEVELOP Tube is an educational resource which features interviews, profiles, lectures & films about photojournalism, fine art photography & documentary photography.