Current Issue

Unsustainable Cruelty

Enough! Enough! Surely enough now. If you are left with no other feeling when reading this edition of the Australian PhotoJournalist, Unsustainable Cruelty, “Enough now” is enough. Enough now of the large transnational food corporations whose irresponsible pursuit of profits threatens survival. Enough now of our mindless complicity in this pursuit and our willingness to risk future generations for cheap cuts of meat on demand.  Enough now of farming practices that destroy environments, rape oceans, create antibiotic resistant super bugs and threaten the health of the ecosystem on which we depend for survival. Enough now of the madness that allows unimaginable cruelty to exist on an inconceivable scale as we feast to obesity.
Enough now, surely enough now. 

Buy your copy of the Unsustainable Cruelty here.

Intended Consequences by Jonathan Torgovnik Intended Consequences by Jonathan TorgovnikDuring the Rwandan genocide in 1994, one million ethnic Tutsi people were slaughtered. Sadly the aftermath left by this devastation goes well beyond the numbers of the dead: it lives on, in the lives of the women who were held captive, raped - and left pregnant. Jonathan Torgovnik’s Intended Consequences tells the stories of some of these women and explores a notion of incredible complexity: how unconditional can a mother’s love be?
Tales from the Dark Valley by Ziyah Gafić Tales from the Dark Valley by Ziyah GafićIn 1995, two years after being designated a United Nations Safe Area, the town of Srebrenica became the scene of the worst massacre in the Bosnian war — where an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered. Ziyah Gafić’s Tales From The Dark Valley shows us that after the violence ceased, after the soldiers left, after the peace treaties were signed, the hell continued for those that remained behind.
Quest for Identity by Ziyah Gafić Quest for Identity by Ziyah GafićQuest for Identity is a record of every item exhumed from the numerous mass graves across the country. These are the items that the victims carried with them on their final journey.
As if Nothing Happened by Dorothee Deiss As if Nothing Happened by Dorothee Deiss20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there are few traces left of the barrier that had such a profound impact on the lives of so many people. Dorothee Deiss traces the walls remnants that today, are nothing more than recreation space, cleared and built upon. As if Nothing Happened tells the stories of those that occupy the former border zone.
Gamma City, Into the Half-Life by Donald Weber Gamma City, Into the Half-Life by Donald WeberDonald Weber’s Gamma City, Into the Half-Life takes us to the small town of Zholtye Vody in Ukraine where the effects of our world’s runaway consumption practices and the increasing need for energy, permeate all aspects of life for locals. Over 60% of its population of 60,000 has been hospitalised due to a variety of radiation related illnesses. While we debate coal vs. nuclear, energy production and sustainability, the damage continues to spread out of control for this town and many like it.
Rubbish Dump 2.0 Andrew McConnell Rubbish Dump 2.0 by Andrew McConnellAndrew McConnell’s Rubbish Dump 2.0 highlights a pending environmental disaster. Between 20 and 50 million tonnes of electronic waste is generated globally each year, 80% of which is not properly recycled and it is the third world that we use as the dumping ground for our waste. McConnell makes us think twice before rushing out to upgrade our ‘old’ technology to the latest ‘must have’ luxuries.
Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky Manufactured Landscapes by Edward BurtynskyVisually seductive, Edward Burtynsky’s Manufactured Landscapes poignantly explores the complex dichotomy between human’s industrial endeavours and the cost to the environment — an environment on which our survival so delicately depends. This devastation is no act of God, nor the result of natural disasters, rather it has resulted from a series of actions, some large and some small, that combined, is making this planet more hostile.
Palestine - Unfortunately it was Paradise by Brigitte Grignet Palestine - Unfortunately it was Paradise by Brigitte GrignetFar from the traditional war photo story, Bridgitte Grignet shows us a Palestine that was once paradise. Palestine - Unfortunately it was Paradise deals with the loss and destruction incurred by the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The scarred, ragged and broken landscapes are a powerful reminder of the limitless cruelty of war on both innocent civilians as well as the planet itself. Grignet asks us to consider our paradise lost.
Freed - Faces of Guantanamo by Alfonso Moral Freed - Faces of Guantanamo by Alfonso MoralThe American prison in Guantanamo Bay remains open over two years after the deadline Barack Obama originally ordered for it’s closure and continues to house those accused of committing acts of terrorism. Since January 2002, more than one thousand detainees have passed through this detention centre, with almost half being released without charge. Alfonso Moral’s Freed - Faces of Guantanamo tells only a small number of the many stories of those individuals caught up in this ‘War on Terror’.
Dress Rehearsal by Ashley Gilbertson Dress Rehearsal by Ashley GilbertsonLocated in Fort Polk’s Military Base, Louisiana ‘The Box’ is a unique training area which prepares 5,000 soldiers a month for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the dress rehearsal for war in which Hollywood set designers are called in to create a realistic Middle Eastern village set and local Louisianans are employed as actors to play village residents. After 10 years of continuous war and continuous coverage, Ashley Gilbertson’s Dress Rehearsal takes a fresh approach to documenting the conflict.
The Last Days of W by Alec Soth The Last Days of W by Alec Soth“During these last days of the administration, what is the point of protest, satire or any other sort of rabble rousing? In assembling this collection of pictures I’ve made over the last eight years, I guess I’m not really trying to accomplish much at all. But as President Bush once said, ‘One of the great things about books is, sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.’” — Alec Soth. Through The Last Days of W, Soth looks inward at an uncertain nation and its bewildered people.
Soldier by Suzanne Opton Soldier by Suzanne OptonSuzanne Opton’s Soldier presents an unconventional representation of U.S troops who have returned from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. She seeks to reveal the psychological consequences of war through these highly intimate portraits. What these eyes have witnessed we may never know. We are left feeling they have not returned the same as they left.
Crossfire by Shahidul Alam Crossfire by Shahidul AlamThe motto of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion reads ‘Bangladesh is My Pride’. Yet for more than 1000 people, this ‘pride’ has resulted in their death. Crossfire shows perhaps the last scenes glimpsed by the victims and Shahidul Alam reminds us that in a democratic country each of us should expect protection under law. When those we entrust with power forget this, each of us is at risk.
Money Power Respect by Brenda Ann Kenneally Money Power Respect by Brenda Ann KenneallyFor 15 years, Brenda Ann Kenneally has documented the stories of families in her Brooklyn neighbourhood. Her photos bear witness to the struggle of Andy, a young boy caught up in the cycle of poverty, drugs and prison. Money, Power, Respect: Pictures of My Neighborhood paints a confronting picture of the depths and complexities of family life in inner-city communities, at once hopeful for a better life and aware that they are trapped in a lifestyle of limited opportunities.
Living with Crime by Ilan Godfrey Living with Crime by Ilan GodfreySouth Africa is cited as the country with the highest homicide rates and as the most dangerous country in the world that is not at war. In post-apartheid South Africa, crime has grown at an exponential rate and spawned a private security industry that is now estimated at over US$1 billion annually. Ilan Godfrey has recognised how uncontrollable crime has become and Living With Crime documents those lives affected by this monstrous growth.
A Mother’s Will by Melanie Burford A Mother’s Will by Melanie BurfordWhen Juli’s daughter Michelle was four, she was raped. A Mother’s Will by Melanie Burford is a story of a mother, her child and of a mother’s will to protect that child no matter what the costs. We see that the damage from such a traumatic incident goes well beyond the ordeal itself.
Raised by Wolves by Jim Goldberg Raised by Wolves by Jim GoldbergBetween 1987 and 1993, Jim Goldberg documented the lives and relationships of teenage runaways living on the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Raised by Wolves was an intimate and passionate story that gave a voice to those on the fringes of society. The question is, 20 years on — have we listened?
Still Human, Still Here by Abbie Trayler-Smith Still Human, Still Here by Abbie Trayler-SmithIn the UK, there are currently over 300,000 refugees who have been refused asylum by the British Government after fleeing their home countries for fear of persecution, torture and even death. Rather than finding sanctuary, these people are instead enduring a new kind of torment – destitution. Abbie Trayler-Smith’s Still Here, Still Human shares these forgotten people’s stories and in doing so, highlights the callous disregard, lack of compassion and fundamental inhumanity of our society who too quickly cast aside those in need.

empty test block