1. My name is Anastasia Bogomolova. I’m from Ural town Kasli in Russia. Fifteen years ago I moved with my family from Kazakhstan to this town and found myself in seventh class of high school. It was the firing line. Lessons, sports, dramatics, academic competitions... Without rest our class existed up to the graduation from the school. We always had to be with the best results. But we suffered a complete defeat in personal relationships. Exactly ten years after graduation I went back to my school and tried to cope with these memories. The starting point for me was another seventh class. The only cadet class in Kasli. The first in everything. Called 'Vanguard'.

    See the photostory at:
    viewbookphotostory.com/2012/07/17/vanguard/
    Photography and voice: Anastasia Bogomolova

    Viewbook Photostory is an international competition that focuses on the narrative aspects of the photographic art form. In 2009 and 2010, Photostory focused on the big picture. This year’s edition will concentrate on the theme “Small Stories.” That doesn't mean we're looking for thin, simplistic, or insignificant stories. The focus will be on photographic series with a personal view, or stories from a "small" or intimate perspective.
    The winner will receive a personalized award in the form of a book publication, a travelling exhibition kit, and exposure on a variety of channels. To learn more and submit your series, visit viewbookphotostory.com.

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  2. My name is Yang and I was born in Shanghai, China. The series "Bridge Back Home" is taken here within my family. It was at first intended to be a document of my grandparents’ daily life, but as the project grows, I find it is really a way to connect me and my family. In our culture obedience is more important than communication and affection within the family, so I always feel not understood. Now my grandma got dementia, was in hospital for a while and then sent to a nursery house. I take photos in every stage and every time we visit her and teaches my mum to do so. In this process my mum begin to understand what I try to do and what I feel.

    See the photostory at:
    viewbookphotostory.com/2012/07/14/bridge-back-home
    Photography and voice: Yang Zhou

    Viewbook Photostory is an international competition that focuses on the narrative aspects of the photographic art form. In 2009 and 2010, Photostory focused on the big picture. This year’s edition will concentrate on the theme “Small Stories.” That doesn't mean we're looking for thin, simplistic, or insignificant stories. The focus will be on photographic series with a personal view, or stories from a "small" or intimate perspective.
    The winner will receive a personalized award in the form of a book publication, a travelling exhibition kit, and exposure on a variety of channels. To learn more and submit your series, visit viewbookphotostory.com.

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  3. Viewbook Photostory is an international competition that focuses on the narrative aspects of the photographic art form. In 2009 and 2010, Photostory focused on the big picture. This year’s edition will concentrate on the theme “Small Stories.” That doesn't mean we're looking for thin, simplistic, or insignificant stories. The focus will be on photographic series with a personal view, or stories from a "small" or intimate perspective.
    The winner will receive a personalized award in the form of a book publication, a travelling exhibition kit, and exposure on a variety of channels. To learn more and submit your series, visit viewbookphotostory.com

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  4. Viewbook Photostory is an international competition that focuses on the narrative aspects of the photographic art form. In 2009 and 2010, Photostory focused on the big picture. This year’s edition will concentrate on the theme “Small Stories.” The focus will be on photographic series with a personal view, or stories from a "small" or intimate perspective. The winner will receive a personalized award in the form of a book publication, a travelling exhibition kit, and exposure on a variety of channels. To learn more and submit your work, visit viewbookphotostory.com

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  5. See the full series at: viewbookphotostory.com/2012/10/01/hulks-toys/

    This is the story of a man and his self-made toys.

    It’s a project on the life and art of Franco Bellucci, a poetic tale of his past and present, an examination of his creations in their ambiguity of works of art, toys and creative expressions, documenting a humane alternative to institutionalization of mental problems.

    Franco Bellucci lived for four decades, since his childhood, detained in an asylum in Volterra, Italy, due to his compulsive destructivity towards objects. For fifteen years, he was constantly tied to his bed, as a means of containing his great force, until, in 1978, a reform inspired by psychiatrist Franco Basaglia closed down all asylums.

    Franco had to live in the limbo of a decaying asylum, before an alternative to confinement was found: in 1998, he was finally accepted in an open facility in Livorno, for institutionalized people that, like him, could not take care of themselves anymore. At first, they called him Hulk, but there, finally, his condition was respected and his creativity encouraged. Instead of destroying, he started re-creating, making strange objects by tying together all kinds of materials into powerful works of art, that he considers his toys. Since then, his compulsive destructivity has almost ended.

    The project is ideally divided in three parts: the first one, in b/w, is about Franco's everyday life in the health facility, his brother, his toys. The second one is a collection of colour still life photographs where I examined his toys in their ambiguity of works of art, toys and creative personal expressions. The third part, in b/w, is a short collection of pictures taken in the ex-asylum of Volterra where he lived for fourty years, now abandoned.

    The closing picture is a photograph of the ex-asylum in Trieste, where Franco Basaglia, as the director of the mental institution, together with his staff, first started the long haul for the recognition of rights of the patients as persons, by opening the gates and letting the patients make their peaceful demonstration in the streets. That was the first public act that eventually lead to the promulgation of the reform bearing his name, in 1978.

    The question that came after this law was "outside, but where?". Once freed from the tragedy of asylums, new forms of care have to be re-invented for the people affected by mental problems. The question has been only partially resolved, more than thirty years after, and still has to find appropriate answers. My personal opinion is that taking the exceptional story of Franco Bellucci as a positive example, the solution may start only from the fundamentals of humanity, in being humans among humans.

    Quotes from Franco Basaglia writings on psychiatry and the situation of the asylums in Italy constitute the theoretical and cultural background for this project. Indeed, without a revolutionary law like the one inspired by Basaglia, Franco’s story would not have been possible, as he would still be tied to his bed in an asylum, dreaming of his toys.

    One can survive his own and others' madness, and taste a better life, only when finally receiving a little humanity, a chance to express freely, and to be considered someone altogether different from the mental sufferings endured, a person before a patient, a human being before his disease.

    - Tommaso Barsali

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The Viewbook Photostory is an international competition that focuses on the narrative aspects of the photographic art form. In 2009 and 2010, Photostory focused on the big picture. This year’s edition will concentrate on the theme “Small Stories.” That doesn’t mean we’re looking for thin, simplistic, or insignificant stories. The focus will be on photographic series with a personal view, or stories from a “small” or intimate perspective. Read more and submit your work at viewbookphotostory.com/the-contest/

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