July 2021 | MAPS members

MSF x MAPS collective exhibition

More than a photo — 50 years of medical aid

For half a century, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has been caring for people in emergency situations. In these five decades, the world has changed. And MSF with it.

MAPS photographers captured some of MSF’s actions throughout these years. The NGO asked Dominic Nahr to take a look into the analog and digital photo archives of 8 of our photographers, who have accompanied MSF in their operations.

Each image is accompanied by a video interview of the photographer, as well as archives, contact sheets and explanatory texts — all gathered on a dedicated website. (DE)

» Exhibition at the photoSCHWEIZ festival, Zürich, Switzerland, from July 2nd to 11th.

July 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Unfamiliar exhibition

The constant reduction of ecosystems creates new geographies of disorientation, in which human and animal now seem to coexist only in an imaginary space, a rêverie. Simona Ghizzoni interprets this uprooted humanity in ‘Unfamiliar’.

Exhibition at the Images Gibellina festival in Gibellina, Italy. From July 30th to August 29th.

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July 2021 | Nicolas Janowski

‘La Inteligencia de la Flores’ exhibition

The humanizing process of cannabis has given rise to an alternative current that proposes to distance itself from this anthropization of the cannabis landscape. What is proposed accordingly is a gesture of return to a more organic, natural and binding way with the environment of which we are all part of.

Exhibition in La guerra fallida, Centro de la Imagem, Mexico. From June 10th to September 12th 2021.

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July 2021 | Hannah Reyes Morales

Living Lullabies exhibition

Living Lullabies sheds light on the role of lullabies and the critical issues faced by women and children through multidisciplinary narratives of family nighttime rituals.

The series will be exhibited during the Cortona On The Move festival in Cortona, Italy. From July 15th to October 3rd.

More information

Discover the photo galery

July 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Le Fotografe TV show

This new Sky Original series is the first documentary series dedicated to Italian women photographers and their own unique processes. Each episode is dedicated to a specific theme, from love to sexuality, from the role of women in society to body positivity.

Simona Ghizzoni will recount her artistic journey that begins with self-portraiture as a search for the self and adresses her interest in performing arts and reportage, as well as her commitment to women’s civil rights.

The episode “Everything speaks of me” featuring Simona Ghizzoni, will air on July 5th at 9.15 pm, on Sky Arte.

» See the trailer

June 2021 | Collective project

Les Veilleuses

Night Lights

The collective project ‘Les Veilleuses’ (Night Lights) was born from the desire to evoke fundamental gestures.

The gestures of men and women who watch over us. They take care of the sick, the old, the wounded, the dying, and the newly born. They are nurses, doctors, stretcher-bearers, physiotherapists, and other roles which sometimes have no name. They are all around us, day and night, when the earth trembles or the world is falling apart, but also when the sun rises.

Three photographic series, produced in three different countries highlight the daily work of health workers.
Joint project by Hôpital Erasme – Cliniques universitaires de Bruxelles – ULB and MAPS, supported by Takeda Clinical Trials.

Discover the entire project here

May 2021 | MAPS members

RESET collective exhibition

The ‘Reset’ photographic exhibition brings together the photographs and film of 18 MAPS members, exploring the transformations that are emerging from the turmoil our modern societies face.

45 photographs and a short film by MAPS members, accompanied by 6 multimedia productions by students of the Ecole Nationale des Arts de la Cambre, create a dialogue to address central issues of our time: the conditions of women and democratic crises, as well as the solace found in communities and the resetting of our relationship with the living.

From May 13th to June 4th 2021.
De Markten, Brussels

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May 2021 | John Vink

Tour de France 1987

The Tour de France is a mythical bicycle race, made of blood, sweat and mostly tarmac. Each year it attracts millions of spectators, scattered along the roads of France to see their heroes pass by in a whizzing flash.

@ L’oeil urbain, Corbeil-Essonnes, France. From May 27th to July 4th 2021.

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May 2021 | Caroline Lamarche, Chiquinquira Garcia, Gaël Turine, Loïc Delvaulx

Traces book release

Traces : marks and imprints left by the whirlwind passage of coronavirus through the Iris Sud Hospitals in Brussels in the spring of 2020.

Traces that deserve to be preserved so that nothing will be forgotten of the courage and the abnegation, the dread and the professionalism of the nurses, doctors, ancillary healthcare workers and logistical teams who faced something that had never been seen before.

» Discover the dedicated website

Loïc Delvaux shot & directed the book’s making of, interviewing the people involved in its making.

» See the video

May 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Self-portrait as Myself

A series of conversations on self-portraiture and autobiographical narratives, followed by an exchange of ideas and practices, exploring the motivations and stories of women artists who engage with this particular genre.

In partnership with Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Collezione Donata Pizzi, Centro di ricerca Fotografia Arte e Femminismo (Università di Bologna ).

Next meetings (in Italian), live on Facebook :
May 19th with Alessandra Matia Calò
June 9th with Paola Mattioli
Late June with Federica Muzzarelli

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May 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Quaderni di un mammifero

Man’s first pictorial subjects were animals. The first material used for painting was probably the very blood of animals.

The metamorphic relationship of man who sees in the animal his alter ego has faded, but it remains fundamental to the understanding of the self. A mammal’s journal is a Manifesto of belonging to the natural world

@ MLB Maria Livia Brunelli Gallery, Ferrara, Italy. Until May 15th 2021.

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May 2021 | Marina Caneve

Are They Rocks or Clouds?

The project analyzes the territory of the Dolomites – an area deeply wounded by the hydrogeological disaster of 1966 – to further research about the climate crisis that is undermining our planet.

The series is featured in the collective exhibition “Not Only History, But Our Memories” by Podbielski Contemporary.

@ Podbielski Contemporary, Milano, Italy. From April 28th.

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May 2021 | Cédric Gerbehaye, John Vink

71 / 21

To mark the 50th anniversary of Médecins Sans Frontières, the organization, in partnership with the SNCF, is hosting the 71|21 exhibition, which retraces the key events in its history through a series of emblematic photos taken by committed photographers.

MAPS members Cédric Gerbehaye and John Vink are among them.

@ Gare de Lyon, Paris, from April 30 to June 30.

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May 2021 | Hannah Reyes Morales

Award – Living Lullabies

Hannah Reyes Morales’ “Living Lullabies” project won first place for the Cultural Practices category for Pictures of the Year Asia.

In cultures around the world, the songs that coax kids to sleep are windows into parents’ hopes, fears, and dreams for the future.

» See the full story, published on National Geographic

April 2021 | Dominic Nahr

Fukushima 10 years Anniversary

Dominic Nahr was in Fukushima shortly after the 2011 nuclear disaster. His photos show the silence and devastation, in the immediate aftermath and years later.

Interview on the Swiss TV channel SRF.

April 2021 | MAPS members

Earth Day

On the occasion of Earth Day, on April 22nd, MAPS highlights several photographic works addressing current climate issues.
Climate change, environmental disasters and local solutions or global democratic protests – our photographers have documented different aspects of the single most important issue of our generation.

See the Instagram Guide here

April 2021 | Ashfika Rahman

Files of the Disappeard

The “COLLABORATION > CONTROL” exhibition explores engaged collaboration as a potential strategy for both complicating and seeking to overcome photography’s intrinsic position as a tool of power, control and historically, domination.

Ashfika Rahman’s “Files of the Disappeared” portrays victims of political injustice in Bangladesh.

@ Format, online photography festival. From March 21st 2021 to March 5th 2023.

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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.

Order the book

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“.

More information

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.

More information

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 | 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.

Learn more

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