March 2021 | MAPS members

CHAGRA educational program

CHAGRA’s objective is to create a network of independent visual narrators, to increase their capacity to depict the consequences of armed conflict, environmental upheavals and migration issues in their own communities and territories.

Educational program organized by the Colombian association Baudó, in collaboration with MAPS, designed for indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.

5 MAPS photographers and creatives took part in a cycle of virtual seminars dedicated to innovation in visual storytelling.

With the interventions of:
João Pina ;
Eefje Ludwig ;
Daniel Berehulak
& Chiqui Garcia.

Mentoring by Nicolas Janowski.

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March 2021 | Matt Stuart

‘Think Like a Street Photographer’ Book release

Street photography may look like luck, but you have to stack the odds in your favour if you want to come back with a ‘keeper’.

From understanding how to be invisible on a busy street, to discovering opportunities in the chaos of a crowd, Matt Stuart reveals the hard-won skills and secrets that have led to his best photographs.

Book available from 11th March 2021.

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March 2021 | Alessandro Penso

Picture of the Year Award

Alessandro Penso is a finalist in the Picture of the Year competition for the World Understanding Award for his long-term project “European Dream”.
He was also a finalist
in the category COVID-19 Personal Expression for his series “Stay Home“.

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March 2021 | MAPS members

Photographs & Glances

The artists, curators, and partners of the EN QUÊTE exhibition, of which the Given Data collective project is a part, share their singular gaze on an exhibited photograph, in short videos produced by the Institut pour la photographie.

With the participations of Laetitia Ganaye, Matthieu Gafsou, Chiqui Garcia & Simona Ghizzoni.

February 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

A Personal Matter

Simona Ghizzoni curated a series of online conversations on documentary photography.

The very first session was with fellow MAPS photographer Dominic Nahr. A second online discussion was held with Justyna Mielnikiewicz.

February 2021 | Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Prince Claus Fund

The first edition of a grant and educative program for female photographers – “How Technology can Improve Women’s Lives”  – was curated by Justyna Mielnikiewicz.

The project was implemented by Tbilisi Photo Festival in a partnership with Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum and is now supported by the Prince Claus Fund for the 3 upcoming years.

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February 2021 | João Pina

The Useful Photographer

Together, Joao Pina and Fred Ritchinconsidered the role of photography moving forward: The Useful Photographer.

Conversation organized by the Arts Arena in partnership with Columbia University’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination and Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

» Re-watch the discussion

February 2021 | Marina Caneve

“The Valley Between Peaks and Stars” book release

Osservatorio Cortina 2021 is an artistic research project in which the territory and the events planned for the 2021 Alpine Ski World Championship in Cortina were examined through photography.
Book by Marina Caneve & Gianpaolo Arena.
More info on the editor’s website
February 2021 | Marina Caneve

”Di roccia, fuochi e avventure sotterranee” book release

Marina Caneve’s book on the metro line that is to connect Athens airport to the port of Piraeus weaves a complex forest of themes, linked to the relationship between the city, contemporary design and historical memory.

Views of the city and the construction site alternate with archaeological finds, cores and elements of excavation machinery.

“Di roccia, fuochi e avventure sotterranee” is a six-volume box set. Six photographic essays – the first five volumes document construction sites in Athens, Oslo, Hanoi, Sydney and Brenner, each by a different photographer. The sixth book brings together a selection of photographs from Ghella’s historical archives.

Published with Quodlibet.

More information here.

January 2021 | MAPS members

Looking back on 2020

As a new year begins, MAPS members reflect on the year gone by.

Photographers and creatives have selected images that represent 2020. In a short video, they describe what they mean to them personally, to their community, or what they evoke of the overall context we live in.

Discover these images of 2020, commented on by MAPS members in short videos.

January 2021 | MAPS members

2020 in pictures

Together or apart. Silent or in a roar. Inside or outside. There will always be moments to capture.

This was 2020.

Best wishes and happy new year from all MAPS members

January 2021 | John Trotter

Trump’s Legacy

Upon his arrival at the White House, Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders to counter Trump’s legacy.
Retrospective on 4 years of demonstrations, through the images of John Trotter.
December 2020 | MAPS members


On the occasion of the International Migration Day, on December 18th, MAPS highlights several photographic works, addressing exoduses, displacements and havens.

Different territories, stories and perspectives, highlighted and linked to grasp one of the most critical issues of this past decade.

See the selected stories here

December 2020 | Gaël Turine, Simona Ghizzoni

Joint exhibition on pollution

Joint exhibition of Gaël Turine and Simona Ghizzoni, at Géopolis, the center of photojournalism in Brussels, Belgium.
Two visual approaches to address a common theme: the impact of pollution of and human activity on our environment.
The exhibited series are :
Wounded Rivers by Gaël Turine
Rêve Géologique by Simona Ghizzoni
More information here
November 2020 | Dominic Nahr

Book release “I Am Alive”

Dominic Nahr and the children’s rights organization Save The Children came together to produce “I Am Alive”, a photobook presenting the stories of eleven people who experienced and survived war as children.
324 pages. Published by Kerber Verlag (en/de)

Order here

October 2020 | MAPS members

MAPS welcomes new members

We are thrilled to announce that five photographers have joined our group: Daniel Berehulak, Marina Caneve, Nicolas Janowski, João Pina & Ashfika Rahman, as well as a creative : Walé Oyéjidé.
They all share the values and ambitions of MAPS, and with their diverse approaches, backgrounds and experiences, they will contribute to expanding our vision through multidisciplinary collaborations.
See more in this video and read about them in our November newsletter.
October 2020 | Chiquinquira Garcia, Gaël Turine

‘Women’ exhibition

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
On this occasion, the Samusocial Brussels initiated an exhibition, a catalogue and a website dedicated to homeless women.
Women with a life and a journey – often a traumatic one. But most importantly, women with a future, a horizon on which it is still possible to act in a positive way.
Exhibition in the Parlamentarium, the European Parliament‘s visitors’ center, from October 16th to February 28th, 2021.
Photos by Gaël Turine
Texts by Anne-Cécile Huwart
Design and scenography by Chiqui Garcia
October 2020 | MAPS members

“FOR PEACE” print sale with Greenpeace

On the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence, MAPS is launching an online sale of a selection of photographs around the theme of peace and for the benefit of the NGO Greenpeace France.

Eleven different photographs are on sale from 2 to 10 October 2020.

Each print in 8×10 inch / 20×25 cm format, signed by its author, can be purchased for 120€ / 140 USD (postage included), with half of the proceeds from the sale going to Greenpeace France.

See the full gallery here

September 2020 | MAPS members

Given Data

Collective Project

A carte blanche was granted to MAPS by the Institut pour la Photographie, France’s largest photography venue. Six photographers — Elena Anosova, Matthieu Gafsou, Cédric Gerbehaye, Simona Ghizzoni, Christian Lutz, John Vink — and the graphic artist Chiquinquirá García found themselves faced with regional statistical data, which became the starting point for their exploration.

It resulted in the collective project “Given Data” — six photographic essays, a collective exhibition, workshops. Alongside the exhibition, six graphic creations have been created by Chiquinquira Garcia, bringing together the images, their context and the data that were the starting point for the work.

More information on the exhibition

Take a look at the graphic creations

August 2020 | Matthieu Gafsou


Matthieu Gafsou’s ‘H+‘ series is part of  ‘Between Mountains, Hills and Lakes‘, a collective, itinerant exhibition featuring Swiss and Chinese photographers.

Opening August 5th at Design Society, Shenzhen, China.

More info here

July 2020 | Justyna Mielnikiewicz

KazaRusy, Russians in Kazakhstan

While some countries have remained under Russian hegemony after the fall of the Iron Curtain, others, such as Ukraine and Kazakhstan, have tried to regain their identity, to find what makes up their country and their people.

Exhibition at Foto Festival Baden, from July 14th until October 24th 2020.

More info here

See the full project

June 2020 | Cédric Gerbehaye

Congo’s Independence

June 30th 2020 — The Democratic Republic of Congo celebrates the 60 years of its independence from Belgium.

Through the use of photography, video, interviews and sound recordings, Cédric Gerbehaye provides a glimpse of today’s DR Congo. Its diversity, paradoxes, tensions and vitality.

This multidisciplinary work explores the conflicts in the eastern regions, the mining sector of Katanga, Pentecostal churches and Kinshasa’s popular culture.

Watch the video on Vimeo

June 2020 | MAPS members

Summer Newsletter

Book release, latest on the website, publications & news : MAPS’s newsletter of the summer is out.

Read it here

June 2020 | Kitra Cahana

Peabody Award

Kitra Cahana’s documentary “A Different Kind of Force : Policing Mental Illness” co-directed with Ed Ou won a Peabody Award.

This film offers an unflinching look at the crisis in the US mental health system by exploring the complex and often fraught relationship between the mentally ill and law enforcement. It provides background on the deinstitutionalization of the mental health system and the lack of resources for both police and health workers, ultimately creating a societal problem.

Watch the documentary on Youtube

June 2020 | Matt Stuart

Into the Fire photobook

“Into the Fire” is Matt Stuart’s second photobook, published by Setanta Books.

It documents the daily lives of people who live in Slab City, an off-grid community based on a former military base in the Sonoran desert, just north of the Mexican border. Slab City invites travellers, dog lovers, thieves, addicts, military veterans, artists to come as they are. Most Slabbers struggled in a world of paying rent and small talk, disadvantaged by their lack of social conformity. The Slabs provide refuge.

Release and shipping on July 20th 2020.
Order it here

See the full project

June 2020 | Alessandro Penso

Pandemic and Climate

Alessandro Penso will participate in a talk on the pandemic and the climate, at the Festival Sabir — on June 12th at 5pm CET, over Zoom.

“My biggest fear is the long term impact the pandemic will have on communities that have traditionally been underserved already.”

More information here

June 2020 | Cédric Gerbehaye, Gaël Turine, John Vink, Loïc Delvaulx

Black Lives Matter protest in Brussels

The death of George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman in the USA led to a wave of Black Lives Matter, antiracist protests around the world.

On June 7th, in Brussels, more than 10,000 people gathered in his honour, as well as to demonstrate against Belgium’s own police brutality and to denounce the racism still present in this country of colonial past. ⠀

Cédric Gerbehaye, Gaël Turine and John Vink photographed this major event. Video : Loïc Delvaulx.

Watch their video

May 2020 | Hannah Reyes Morales

Inclusive Photography

Hannah Reyes Morales wrote an essay on photographing the Global South in the Guide to Inclusive Photography — a joint initiative from PhotoShelter and Authority Collective.

“Historically, the mainstream documentary photography canon has featured people from the Global South as ‘subjects.’ We have rarely enjoyed the privilege of being the canon’s author. This work involves redefining what the canons are in photography — redefining standards that were made by people who will never experience the world as we do.”

Read the Guide

May 2020 | Christian Lutz

Grand Prix ISEM 2020

Christian Lutz is the laureate of the Grand Prix ISEM, awarded by the ImageSingulières festival, Mediapart and ETPA – École de Photographie & de Game Design.

He was awarded the prize for his “Citizens” ongoing photographic essay conducted in Hungary, the UK, France, Poland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland — in places whose municipalities are in the hands of right-wing populist parties and some of which are already sliding towards fascism.

Learn more

May 2020 | MAPS members

“Coping” collective project

“Coping” is a collective project which offers an insight into the lives of authors as caregivers, parents and community members, as they spent weeks on lockdown, one of the measures taken by many countries to face the COVID-19 pandemic..

See its first chapter, “Roots” 

The second chapter, “Suspended Time”

And the third chapter, “Uncertainty”

May 2020 | Simona Ghizzoni

Simona Ghizzoni lecture

Simona Ghizzoni participated in an online talk organized by the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Canon Europe and the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX).


March 2020 | Hannah Reyes Morales

Infinity Award 2020

Hannah Reyes Morales is the recipient of the Infinity Award 2020 in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, delivered by The ICP – International Center of Photography. Their awards honor outstanding achievements in photography and visual arts.

Watch the ICP’s short film on Hannah Reyes Morales

February 2020 | Simona Ghizzoni

UNCUT Exhibition

Simona Ghizzoni’s ‘UNCUT’ is exhibited at Espace des Femmes, in Paris, France from from February 6th to 29th.

This photographic series and documentary movie investigate the topic of female genital mutilations, narrating how in three African countries – Somaliland, Kenya and Ethiopia – women have been uniting to eradicate this harmful practice.

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January 2020 | MAPS members

Arab Spring in Egypt

On January 25th 2011, nine years ago, thousands of Egyptians protested in response to the deteriorating political, economic and social situation in the country, and against the policies of the Ministry of Interior. This was the very first uprising of the Arab spring in Egypt.

MAPS photographers Dominic Nahr and Massimo Berruti photographed the early years of this revolution. On the occasion of the ninth anniversary of this historic event, we looked back at the unfolding situation in Egypt, captured by these photographers.

Watch the video

January 2020 | Christian Lutz

Christian Lutz named Swiss Photographer of the Year

On Friday January 10th, the Swiss Photo Academy named Christian Lutz as Photographer of the Year. With his images, the Genevan consistently pursues the theme of power.

January 2020 | Simona Ghizzoni

Unfamiliar/Familiar – Finding Intimacy

Often when looking for a subject in photography, we tend to look for distant, extraordinary, unfamiliar subjects. This workshop is instead, an invitation to look close to ourselves, to what we really have around us and who we really are.
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, February 1st.

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January 2020 | Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Workshop with Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Justyna Mielnikiewicz teaches a workshop at the Fort Institute of Photography on January 25th, which accompanies her solo show ‘Ukraine Runs Through It’.

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December 2019 | Cédric Gerbehaye

The Rush for White Gold

Cédric Gerbehaye’s ”The Rush for White Gold” images are featured in National Geographic’s best photos of 2019.

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December 2019 | Dominic Nahr

After the Fallout at Sundance

After The Fallout” VR film by Dominic Nahr and Sam Wolson will be featured in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, in the New Frontier category. ⠀

In March 2011, an earthquake caused a #tsunami and a meltdown at the Daiichi nuclear power plant. The devastating consequences filled the communities in Fukushima with fear of the intangible and split Japan in a distinct before and after. ⠀

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November 2019 | Elena Anosova

Out of the Way exhibition

“Out of the Way” exhibition at Salut au Monde! in Porto. From November 23rd to January 11th.

This project depicts the far away territories of the Extreme North of Russia, where her father’s family still lives surrounded with pristine wilderness.

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November 2019 | Kitra Cahana

Women Photographers Grant – PHMuseum

Kitra Cahana has been awarded the 2019 Women Photographers Grant 2nd Prize by the Photographic Museum of Humanity for her series “Caravana Migrante, Tijuana”.

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November 2019 | Cédric Gerbehaye

Cerro Rico exhibition

Exhibition of “Cerro Rico” the first chapter of Cédric Gerbehaye’s work on the extraction of natural resources in South America.

Galerie de La Scam, from November 21st until February 7th 2020.

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November 2019 | Matthieu Gafsou

Sacré exhibition

“Sacré”, by Matthieu Gafsou, is exhibited at the GALERIE SATOR in Paris from November 7th to January 11th. Opening tonight at 6pm.
“Sacré” is a subjective, formally rigorous documentary investigation of the Catholic Church.

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October 2019 | Dominic Nahr

Save the Children exhibition

The exhibition ‘I live – Ten children, ten wars, ten decades – and a baby’ features ten portraits shot by Dominic Nahr – ten people who experienced and survived war as children. From the famines of the First World War to the horrors of the Korean War or life in a refugee camp in Lebanon.
It is shown at the German Federal Foreign Office until November 29, to mark the 100th anniversary of the NGO Save the Children and the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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October 2019 | Matthieu Gafsou

H+ at Foto/Industria

H+, Matthieu Gafsou’s project on transhumanism, is shown at the Foto/Industria Biennal of Photography until November 24.

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October 2019 | Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Aperture – Paris Photo First PhotoBook Award

Justyna Mielnikiewicz’s book ”Ukraine Runs Through It” was shortlisted for the Photo Book Awards by the Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo. It stands among 20 books in the “First Book Award” category.
Starting from the Maidan Revolution in 2014, the project documents Ukraine and its divisions by using the Dniepr River as a metaphorical line of reference.

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October 2019 | Education

MAPS launches its first Masterclass

MAPS’ first Masterclass is going to take place in Rome, starting mid-January 2020. Supervised by Italian MAPS’ photographers Massimo Berruti, Simona Ghizzoni and Alessandro Penso, this creative laboratory allows participants to work on their project with the constructive contributions of different professional figures such as photo-editors, curators or book designers, invited to participate throughout the year.

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October 2019 | Cédric Gerbehaye

Leica Masterclass with Cédric Gerbehaye

Cédric Gerbehaye’s mentoring with Leica aims to support and accompany participants in the development of personal photographic projects over a year-long period. 8 week-ends from October 2019 to October 2020.

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August 2019 | MAPS members

MAPS event at the Tbilisi Photo Festival

MAPS members Alessandro Penso, Chiquinquira Garcia, Christian Lutz, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Dominic Nahr, John Trotter and John Vink will be giving a lecture on the theme “Focus on transmission”, on September 14 in Tbilisi, during the Tbilisi Photo Festival.

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August 2019 | MAPS members

Screenings at Visa pour l’Image

“Life on the edge : migrants in Italy” by Alessandro Penso and “Marawi, Philippines” by Hannah Reyes Morales will be shown at the evening screenings at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, respectively on Wednesday, September 4 and Saturday, September 7, 2019.

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