Sep 062011
 

I love the Autumn, it feels like the next chapter.

With the ‘Summer’ over, the arrival of Autumn provides a brief chance for reflection on the year so far, before knuckling down to the winter months ahead.

In the lead up to a break at the end of August, I enjoyed a very busy time in the studio.

I was very excited to work with Andrew McConnell once again, this time for a show in Dubai (regular visitors may remember my previous post when printing Andrew’s Congo images).

Excited, not least now that Andrew has been crowned a winner of the hallowed World Press Photo contest.

Winning 1st prize in the Singles category, Andrew also won 1st Prize in the Stories category with his series The Last Colony.

Andrew McConnell, The Last Colony, World Press Photo Winner

Soldier of the Polisario Front | Tifariti | Polisario Controlled Western Sahara

Andrew describes the project in more detail:

“Having lived and worked in Africa for a number of years, I was intrigued by Western Sahara as it was always the country on that continent that I heard the least about. So I read the history and was shocked to learn that the conflict there had never been resolved and that tens of thousands of indigenous Saharawi were still languishing in Algerian refugee camps. I thought it was a story that simply had to be told.

The style of photography came about because I wanted the images to have a strong message: to relate to the outside world the Saharawi issue and the injustice. I wanted to give a sense that this is one long night for the Saharawis, one lasting 35 years. To show very little of the land emphasizes that they are landless, and very simply by lighting them in the darkness I was saying, “Look! These people are here!” Finally I wanted the viewer to see what I had seen; a people utterly forgotten, abandoned, out of the world’s consciousness: a people as ghosts.”

Andrew McConnell, The Last Colony, World Press Photo Winner

Bedouin Woman at Her Home | Tifariti | Polisario Controlled Western Sahara

The A1 and A2 prints looked stunning ahead of their shipment to Dubai, utilising one of my all-time favourite combinations—HP’s Vivera Pigment Ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm paper.

For now, I shall leave you with more images to enjoy from The Last Colony series…

Andrew McConnell, The Last Colony, World Press Photo Winner

Journalist | Tifariti | Polisario Controlled Western Sahara

Andrew McConnell, The Last Colony, World Press Photo Winner

Government Statistician | Smara Refugee Camp | Algeria

Andrew McConnell, The Last Colony, World Press Photo Winner

Camel Worker Near the Saharawi Refugee Camps

Andrew McConnell, The Last Colony, World Press Photo Winner

Friend of the Camel | The Desert Near Tifariti | Polisario Controlled Western Sahara

Andrew McConnell, The Last Colony, World Press Photo Winner

Print Detail | HP Vivera Pigment Inkset | Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

  4 Responses to “Andrew McConnell’s Last Colony”

  1. Beautiful and inspiring images that no doubt look even better in print, stunning work.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to comment with such kind words, Philip.

    This really is a beautiful series of work and, by coincidence, it’s great to be printing the winning Singles image (a woman playing the cello) to A1 size for the first time today…

    JL

  3. Any chance these will be shown here Jack? They are so beautiful, would love to see the actual prints!

  4. Hi Julia,

    Good to hear from you…! I’m not sure, maybe use the link to Andrew’s site and drop him a line?

    Best,

    JL

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