‘Living On A Dollar A Day’ wins IPA’s best documentary book for 2014

One in six people in the world live at or below the poverty threshold of one dollar a day. At a time of great social and economic disruption in the world, people on the brink of survival can be easily pushed over the edge, or just as easily pulled back to safety. The people who generously shared their stories in Living On A Dollar A Day inspire us to change lives for the better.

Living On A Dollar A Day, (Text by Thomas A. Nazario, Photographs by Renée C. Byer and Foreword by the 14th Dalai Lama), is a passionate call to action, presenting 348 pages filled with over 200 color photographs, profiles, explanatory charts and graphics that deliver an unprecedented and thought-provoking examination of global poverty, and how it impacts the poor and the rest of the world community. Most striking, the book offers innovative ways to transform lives through individual action large or small. Grassroots organizations are profiled as potential models and at the end of each chapter A Way To Help lists nonprofit organizations that focus on problems such as child labor and lack of access to healthcare, among other issues. We are shown how change is possible.

To create her work for Living On A Dollar A Day (The Quantuck Lane Press; 2014), one of the most powerful and important photo books of the year, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer traveled to ten countries on four continents to illuminate the human faces of poverty. With support from The Forgotten International, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that works to alleviate poverty in the U.S. and worldwide, Byer sought out people who live on the brink of survival – on a dollar a day. Her searing and tender photographs along with the personal stories Byer gathered, give a voice to those who would not otherwise be heard. (The Quantuck Lane Press; 2014)

Byer was recently named the 1st place recipient for her photographic work in Living On A Dollar A Day for The 2014 International Photography Award for Best Documentary Book.

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This stunningly stylish video, shot on March 16, 2015 at the annual Hamdan International Photography Award show in Dubai, shows an awesome projection-mapped multimedia performance by French contemporary dance company Compagnie Hybride. A dancer engages in a dramatic battle with and then alongside his own shadow. Blurring the lines between reality and fiction, using light and shadow as weapons; it’s a dazzling and innovative performance.

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Nadia Wicker is a makeup artist and a self-taught photographer from Paris, France. She is a master in the art of transporting oneself into their own visual universe. NUWA is a series of imaginary characters and got 4 honorables mentions at International Photography Awards. She’s actually published in Absurde Magazine.

My fascination for the clothing extravagance, the painting and the movement, led me to create this album of heroines, warriors and fanciful queens.

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In Papua New Guinea, boys jump from trees into Lake Murray on a late-afternoon family outing. Time for one more turn before the sun sets.

Reportage photographer Brent Stirton received 2nd prize in the “Happiness” category of this year’s Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA), for an image of boys leaping into a lake in Papua New Guinea.

The photo was taken on Lake Murray, a very remote and pristine “area that was under tremendous threat from Malaysian loggers,” says Brent. After a decade-long battle, the local population chased out the loggers.

“So when you see these kids jumping out of this tree, these are the children from the families who fought against these loggers and have reclaimed this pristine area for themselves,” added Brent. “And now they practice very sustainable logging, only when it’s required. They don’t do anything for mass profit. They believe in living in complete harmony with the environment. They never take more from the forest than they need. I think it’s quite a remarkable lesson. This picture always reminds me of what’s possible when we don’t let greed triumph over what we actually need.”

The HIPA competition, founded by the Crown Price of Dubai, is one of the richest purses in photography, with a total of $400,000 across 5 categories. See all the winners, including the $120,000 grand-prize winner, on the HIPA website.


ICP Announces 2016 Infinity Award Winners

The International Center of Photography (ICP) announces the 2016 honorees of its annual Infinity Awards, to be held in New York City on Monday, April 11, 2016.  Widely considered the leading honor for excellence in the field, the Infinity Awards is ICP’s largest annual fundraiser, supporting all of its programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach.

“The Infinity Awards is a very special night each year at which we celebrate the achievements of remarkable talent across photography and visual arts,” said ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. “ICP is proud to recognize and celebrate this outstanding group of individuals making an impact on the world of visual culture.”

The 2016 honorees were chosen by an esteemed selection committee including Charlotte Cotton, Curator in Residence and Director of Programming for ICP’s new museum at 250 Bowery (opening this summer); Teju Cole, Photography Critic for The New York Times Magazine; and Brian Sholis, Curator of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Lifetime Achievement honoree was selected by ICP’s Board of Trustees and senior staff.

2016 Recipients


David Bailey


Walid Raad


Matthew Connors, Fire in Cairo


Jonathan Harris and Gregor Hochmuth for Network Effect


Zanele Muholi


Susan Schuppli

Time LightBox showcases moving photos, by Reportage photographer Brent Stirton, of blind sisters having their sight restored:

Anita and Sonia Singh were born into darkness. Like millions of people around the world, the two girls came into the world with congenital cataracts, robbing them of all but the faintest awareness of light and dark. In a congenital cataract, the lens of the eye is clouded from the moment of birth, leaving the pupil a milky white or gray. A person with the condition—if left untreated—will be blind for life.

See the rest of the story on LightBox.

Brent is a senior staff photographer for Reportage by Getty Images, based in Los Angeles, Calif. Brent’s work has been published by National Geographic Magazine, TIME, GEO and many other respected international titles, and he has been a long-time photographer for Human Rights Watch and The World Wide Fund for Nature. He has been honored several times by World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, among other major photography awards. He remains committed to issues relating to global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.