book, Non Grata
, is an unflinching, unadulterated look into the lives of an unwelcome people, who are discriminated against on a daily basis in many countries. With his keen eye, ability to capture poignant moments, and dedication to photojournalism, Ake's able to take the viewer extremely close to the situation. His stark black-and-white photos strongly bring to focus the harsh realities he's documenting. The book is now available for sale, and works from the book will be exhibited at gallery La Moulinette in Montmatre, Paris from the the 20th of September until the 7th of October.
For over 8 years, I have been documenting the life of the Roma people's daily life across Europe in 18 journeys. I began this project after visiting the southern part of Czech Republic where I witnessed vast discrimination. This moved me so greatly that I committed to photographing this vulnerable community of people. This commitment has taken me on a journey through Czech Republic, France, Sweden, Kosovo, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Switzerland, Spain and Slovakia to bear witness to these shunned societies. I have used photography to show the Roma’s living conditions and how they are deprived of political, economical, cultural and social rights. The other aspect of this project has been to show the difficulties the Roma have everywhere to win political influence and get a voice in the media.
In this long-term photo project, my vision is to continue to shed light on the various facets of the Roma’s life and struggles in Europe today.My genuine hope is that my photo stories can bring a better understanding to the world and help facilitate actions by politicians. My goal is to sustain this project beyond just being another Roma photo story, to dive further into the deeper stories that exist in the shadows of this community. My mission is to show not only show the tragic consequences of the Roma’s reality but also the positive aspects of the Roma being integrated into European life.
You can purchase Ake's book here
In the 100 years the National Park Service has been in existence, they’ve created 58 parks as well as 82 national monuments, providing a place for both recreation and conservation. In this homage to one of our greatest national resources, we explore the magnificent National Park system, which enables some truly spectacular and unique interactions between visitors and nature. Each park has it’s own story, and our photographers embrace them all, from icy glaciers in Alaska to fiery volcanoes in Hawaii.
The Aurora Team receives a "New Images" email every week with the new images that have been added to our web site, auroraphotos.com. Week in and week out, I am consistently astounded at the quality of the work. Aurora, founded in 1993, more than 20 years on still remains a group of individuals who regard excellence with the utmost regard. The photographers who contribute their work to our collection form the foundation on which our brand stands. Even in today's flood of imagery, with it's software filters and digital enhancement, our photographers' work rises to the top through it's authenticity and their dedication to their craft.
It is an honor to represent these photographers and a pleasure to bring you a small representation of what they provide us each and every week.
- Jose Azel, President and Founder, Aurora Photos
Cold. Ice. Snow. Lots of #*&%$! snow. It’s been a record setting winter up here in the northeast corner of the US. Most people are sick and tired of all the snow at this point. Here at Aurora? We love the snow. We embrace the snow. Cold? You betcha. Love it. You know why? No cold, no snow. So rather than curl up in a ball and wait for spring, we’re doubling down on winter in Au Volume 5. It’s about blizzards and frozen beards, airborne snowboards and subzero temps. It’s about Aurora photographers battling against extreme conditions, conquering the cold, and bringing back the best winter shots imaginable. Let it snow.