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Personal Project – “Non Grata”

Ake Ericson’s 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.

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2/2-2014 Kosice,Slovakia. Outside Kosice many Roma people are displaced in some small villages up in the mountains.
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Outside Kosice many Roma people are displaced in some small villages up in the mountains.
6/28-2013.Lunik IX,Kosice,Slovakia.A childrens game in the ghetto.Juraj Mizigor doing a backflip.
6/28-2013.Lunik IX,Kosice,Slovakia.A childrens game in the ghetto.Juraj Mizigor doing a backflip.
12/22-20154 Stockholm.Sweden. Many Roma from Romania sleeping out in the string Lyla at Olof Palmes gata in Stockholm.Cirka 500 Roma people are homeless in the center of Stockholm.
12/22-20154 Stockholm.Sweden.
Many Roma from Romania sleeping out in the string Lyla at Olof Palmes gata in Stockholm.Cirka 500 Roma people are homeless in the center of Stockholm.

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More Than A Sport: Baseball in DR

In the Dominican Republic baseball is not just a sport – it’s a way of life, a religion, and a ticket out of poverty. In fact, baseball has gained such a strong force there that Seattle-based photographer Michael Hanson traveled to the small Caribbean country to shoot an article which recently ran in The New York Times.

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The Republic of Baseball is the story of how one game has become big business in a poor country where signing a major league contract can transform a family’s life trajectory. No other country in the world, besides the United States, produces as many MLB players as the Dominican Republic. Hanson’s photo essay provides an innocent, yet jarring, look at this pervading culture.

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Hanson says,

“I started this project in 2011 as a personal series on a topic I was interested in. I returned in 2012 and 2016. I never cared much about an outlet instead just focusing on making good images and ones that I felt proud of.

To see a spread in the NYTimes, especially one that large, is a big honor. The team at the Times was great and super patient and diligent in getting all the details in line. I can’t imagine a better outlet.

I love this topic. People might dismiss it as just a series about a sport but it’s more than that. A huge percentage of young men in the Dominican Republic drop out of school and dedicate their adolescence to the goal of signing a professional contract. The ramifications of this are far-reaching in my opinion. And, not just negatively. These kids have been the most honest, respectful and disciplined kids I’ve ever worked with.”

Read the full story here.

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To see much more of Hanson’s outdoor, travel and active lifestyle photography check out his Aurora lightbox.

About Michael Hanson

Michael Hanson’s two passions, baseball and photography, overlapped for a single season while playing for the Atlanta Braves. As his batting average dropped, his interest in photography increased, and he’s been shooting ever since. He completed his first book, a project documenting urban farming in America, titled Breaking Through Concrete in 2010 and recently finished his first documentary film, Who Owns Water, about a river in his native South. Michael’s awards include PDN30, America’s Top Travel Photographers, and Images of the Year for Portraiture, along with others from National Geographic, PDN, Banff, Rangefinder, FYI Folio and the American Advertising Federation.

For even more info, read our Q & A with Michael.

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