FORCE
The magazine of the photo-essay
September 2017 issue
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
Steven Burton To commission him or to request prints of his work: stevenburtonphotography Steven Burton is a self-taught photographer from the U.K. Following a successful modeling career where he had the opportunity to work with and be inspired by iconic photographers such as Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier and Michael Roberts to name a few. Steven has combined his love of photography with his passion for travel and portraiture, traveling to remote locations around the world, working for various advertising clients and NGOs. Steven now lives in New York City.
Chris Dade To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.chrisjdade.com  Chris studied photography at degree level in The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, with a focus on children and human rights. As he became more passionate about this work, he naturally evolved into doing direct work within NGOs in advocacy and empowerment. He continues to work as both a photographer and a rights worker. His photography focuses on human rights, using the camera as a tool for empowerment to promote positive change and to challenge stereotypes. Currently, he is developing a platform for "Peace Photographers" to balance out the media focus on stories of war and social deprivation by instead depicting stories of resolution, forgiveness and possibility. He states: "These media images become narratives of our lives, both for the photographer and the viewer. By also focusing on
Ogulcan Arslan To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.canarslan.co  Ogulcan Arslan is from Izmir, Turkey. He’s interested in the stories of migration and belonging. Arslan’s work has been published by Iz Magazine and Social Documentary Network among others. He currently lives in Istanbul, attending Marmara University’s Department of Photography and works on immigrant & refugee stories.
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Sandra Mann To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.sandra-mann.de Sandra Mann (1970) received her diploma at the HfG, University of Art & Design Offenbach, Germany under Lewis Baltz and Heiner Blum. Thinking across genres, she relates to several artistic forms of expression such as photography, installation, sculpture and video, conceptually focusing on man’s relation to nature, the environment, animals and gender. She curates various exhibitions since 2009. Within her work she explores the principles of photography, visual language and image perception, which she also teaches. Her works can be seen at the Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, MUCA, Mexico City, Kunsthalle Wien and are represented in the collections of DZ Bank, Kunsthalle Mannheim and Art Collection Deutsche Boerse.
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Andrew Phelps To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.andrew-phelps.com Andrew Phelps is an American photographer who has been living in Europe since 1990. His work is influenced by the cross-cultural lifestyle he now leads, dividing his time between the deserts of Arizona and the Alps of Austria. He works as a curator and board member of the GALERIE FOTOHOF in Salzburg. His personal work is represented by the ROBERT MORAT GALERIE in Hamburg, GALERIE BRUNNHOFER in Linz, GALERIE JO VAN DE LOO in München. Alongside a constant pursuit of new work, Andrew keeps a blog about special edition photography books called BUFFET and is a member of the PIECE OF CAKE project.
Marco Spinner To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.marcospinner.com Marco Spinner was born in 1972 in Offenburg, Germany. He lives and works at lake Ammersee near Munich. Since 2008 his photographic work among other things explores the terrain of interplay between word and image. In 2014 Marco Spinner received the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Prize from the photo  festival of the same name for his series „Opening the Gates of Space“. He published three monographs. „Sol Niger – Dark Night of the Soul“, a journey into an imaginary space, images and words delving into a dark mental state. „Opening
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LIFE
Ruth Kaplan To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.ruthkaplanphoto.com Ruth Kaplan is a Toronto-based photographer whose work explores a variety of  themes such as the social behaviour of bathers in communal hot springs, participants  in rituals of spirituality and most recently, refugee shelters in Canadian/U.S.A. border  cities including Detroit, Buffalo and Fort Erie.  Documentary-based, her images are  subjective offering a personal interpretation.   In “Some Kind of Divine” Kaplan includes video work with still photographs,  incorporating a series of interviews about the nature of faith, with photographs  emphasizing the spectacle of religion.  Continuing to work with video and still photographs for the ongoing project in refugee  shelters, the videos become a signifier of the slow passage time as those seeking  asylum wait for their hearing dates. Videos of views outside shelter windows, the  preparation of meals, ironing, are placed among photographs of objects and room  interiors.
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Soumick Basumallik To commission him or to request prints of his work: email I am 22 years old photographer based on Kolkata. Though an Instrumentation Engineer by profession but very much accustomed with Photography since two years. Travel is my life and has an intense desire to travel around the world. I love to capture culture, food, expression and landscapes.
She has exhibited widely over the past twenty-five years and is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery. Kaplan’s  editorial work can be found in major Canadian and international publications.  She has received numerous Canada  Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council grants and National Magazine Awards, She is a photography instructor  at OCAD University and Ryerson University.
the positive, this gives us a new narrative of hope and possibility for a more evolved humanity." He works globally for NGOs and as a freelance photographer.
Christopher Thomas To commission him or to request prints of his work: christopher-thomas.de Christopher Thomas, born in 1961 in Munich and a graduate from the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Fotografie, has received a number of international awards as a commercial photographer. His photoreportages have appeared in magazines such as Geo, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Stern, and Merian. In the 1990s, Thomas also worked as a photographer for aid organizations such as Nepra e.V. and DAHW (German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Organization) on numerous trips to Nepal, India, and Ethiopia for which he received the World Press Award and the Epica Award (both 1995) and the Gold Medal (1995) at the New York Festival. Between 2012 and 2016 he accompanied an international group of female plastic surgeons on their trips to India and Bangladesh documenting their work. As an artist, Christopher Thomas has established a reputation above all through his city portraits. The first of these was Münchner Elegien, which was exhibited at the
Münchner Stadtmuseum in 2005 (published by Schirmer / Mosel, 2005). This was followed by the series New York Sleeps, which he worked on between 2001 and 2009. The companion publication, New York Sleeps, was published by Prestel in 2009 (7th ed., 2016) and was awarded the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis (German Photobook Prize). In 2010, Christopher Thomas photographed amateur actors during rehearsals for the Passion Play in Oberammergau. The result was a cycle of fifty-six portraits reminiscent of paintings by Old Masters that exude the spirit of the work. The volume Passion was published by Prestel at the same time. Christopher Thomas received several awards for this cycle including the Silver Medal of the Art Directors Club of Germany (2011) and the German Design Award (2013). The Bayerische Nationalmuseum in Munich exhibited a wide selection of photos from this body of work from October 2011 to April 2012 in its magnificent Gothic Hall. The following two volumes of photographs were also published by Prestel Verlag: Venice in Solitude (2012) and Paris: City of Light (2014). The book Engadin was presented in conjunction with two exhibitions in St. Moritz in 2015. In 2016, the publication Female, dedicated to the aid organization WomenforWomen International, came out, featuring burned and acid-attacked women. His latest book, Leitzachtal, in cooperation with Gerhard Polt, was launched in spring 2017. In fall 2017 the book Lost in L.A. (Prestel 2017) will be published. The L.A. series will be showcased at Hamiltons Gallery, London in September 2017 and at Paris Photo Fair in conjunction with a book presentation. Ira Stehmann Fine Art will feature the series at Munich Highlights Art Fair in October. Works by Christopher Thomas can be seen around the world in well-known photography galleries and at trade fairs as well as in major private and institutional collections such as the Francois Pinault Collection, the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, and the German Bundestag Art Collection.
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Taha Ahmad To commission him or to request prints of his work: email Taha Ahmad is a documentary photographer based in Delhi, India. He was born in Lucknow, in 1994. He developed an interest in Documentary photography while pursuing his bachelor’s degree. He feels photography has a strong influence in creating and developing discourse for the future. His photographs are framed in a way that preserves their reality, which he feels is undergoing an everlasting change. Taha Ahmad has been the recipient of the Neel Dongre Grant/Award for Excellence in Photography 2016-17, organized by the India Photo Archive Foundation. He has worked with WWF over the DST Core Project and has been a part of a travelling photo exhibition organized by Girl Count, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and UN India. His work has been exhibited in various galleries across India and has been published by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), Better Photography Magazine, Platform Magazine, Fountain Ink Magazine, Asian Age, The Sunday Guardian,
Times Of India, Millennium Post, 121clicks.com, The Quint, Art Arcade, Reveu Camera, Business Standard, Asian News International (ANI), Mojarto NDTV, News Nation Channel, Travel Secrets Magazine, Edge of Humanity, Photo Mail, Dodho Magazine, IZ fotografevi magazine, Black+White Photography Magazine, Neocha Magazine, The Diplomat, etc. His work "Swan Song of the Badlas" has been selected for the Indian Photo Festival (IPF) Hyderabad 2017, Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival North Carolina, United States of America 2018, Photography Festival Maribor, Slovenia, Europe 2017 and has also been screened at the Lostgen Contemporary Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur as part of the show 'Realities' showcasing the works of Asian Photographers. Currently, Taha is pursuing his Masters in Fine Arts from Jamia Milllia Islamia University, India and has been mentored by Delhi based photographer Sandeep Biswas. He is also being guided by AFP Photographer Joseph Eid, Turkey based photographer Tahir Un and Delhi based photographer Sharbendu De.
the Gates to Space“, fragmentary images exploring the experience at a Buddhist retreat center in the mountains of Colorado. „A Madman’s Tale“, a photographic stream of consciousness  out of the hermetic world of a closed psychiatric ward.
Yael Ben-Zion To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.yaelbenzion.com Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based artist whose work often considers the relationship of the personal to the political. Yael was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s General Studies Program. Prior to taking up photography, Yael had a diverse legal career which included pursuing LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees at the Yale Law School. It was at Yale that she took her first formal photography class. Yael’s work has been exhibited in the United States and in Europe. In 2007, her photograph Crash was selected for the cover of American Photography 23. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. Intermarried, her second monograph with Kehrer, was selected for American Photography 30 and featured, among others, in the NY Times Sunday Review, PDN Magazine and the Forward.
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Britta Strohschen To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.britta-strohschen.de Britta Strohschen lives in Rösrath/ Cologne in Germany. She is a graduated biologist having studied at the University of Bonn/ Germany and at Macquarie University in Sydney/ Australia where she lived for four years. Back to Germany she worked with an internal consulting group for a number of years. However, photography was always on her mind and became a major part of her life: She completed her studies at the Fotoakademie Cologne and joined the Masterclass of Wolfgang Zurborn, photographer and member of the steering committee of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie. Britta Strohschen is member of  Freelens e.V.  and of VG Bild-Kunst. Her photographs were shown in several single and collective exhibitions, among others at Galerie fiftyfifty in Düsseldorf www.fiftyfifty-galerie.de/galerie/ , at Kunst für Obdach - E.ON, at ART.FAIR KÖLN and with Freelens. In 2017 she is
exhibiting in several cities in Germany showing her photographs directly related to her book ALARM- Adrenalin und Seele, as a tribute to the great job rescue people are doing day by day for our societies. Published books are: ALARM – Adrenalin und Seele, IECP Verlag, Rösrath 2016 Samba Brazil Love, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg 2014 (German Photo Book Prize – Nominated 2015) Gen 1:26, Asphalt Verlag, Düsseldorf: fiftyfifty edition, 2013.
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