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Mads Nissen: Brazil in the time of Covid PANOS PICTURES WORLD PRESS WINNER April 27, 2021

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Mads Nissen’s series on the Covid 19 crisis in Brazil from which the World Press Photo of the Year 2021 was selected. Mads talked to us about how he came to take the winning image.

In March 2020, care homes across Brazil closed their doors to all visitors, preventing millions of Brazilians from visiting their elderly relatives, while the home’s carers were ordered to keep all physical contact with their vulnerable residents to an absolute minimum. However, at Viva Bem, an elderly people’s home outside São Paulo, a simple new invention ‘The Hug Curtain’ has enabled families and their elderly relatives to see and hug each other without risking lives. For residents who do not have visitors, volunteers and staff are ready to step in, because, as they say at Viva Bem, “Everyone deserves a good hug”.

Brazil has one of the the world’s highest rates of COVID-19 infections, at over 13,5 million, and a staggering death toll of nearly 355,000 people (by April 2021).

Q: How did you end up covering the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil?

I saw a beautiful people devastated by, not only this horrible virus, but also by the failed and irresponsible policies of their own President. The death toll in Brazil is staggering, more than 355,000 dead by April 2021, which is among the highest for any country in the world. President Bolsonaro has continued to neglect the pandemic which he has described it as a ‘small flu’. He has refused to apply any of the internationally recognised measures to mitigate the damage caused by COVID-19 and protect his own population.

I lived in neighbouring Venezuela when I was 18 years old, I’m married to a Colombian and have made two photographic books on the region, so I felt a really strong urge to go and document the crisis at eye level. From the graveyards to the favelas, the suffering and grief, but also the endurance, hope and warmth that is so vivid in the Brazilian culture. These are some of the emotions I hope my image ‘The First Embrace’ will pass on.

Photojournalist Patrick Brown reports on new Ebola case in Democratic Republic of Congo April 14, 2020

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Cleaners at an Ebola treatment centre on the outskirts of the northern town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo disinfect the premises. Patrick Brown © 2020 UNICEF/Panos

A new case of Ebola virus disease was confirmed today in the city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Earlier this year I was covering the Ebola outbreak for UNICEF and the work they’re doing to help to eradicate the Ebola virus in Beni and the surrounding areas.

Creche hygienist Katembo Achile underwent a month-long battle with Ebola in July 2019 that took the life of his wife and nearly killed his baby daughter. Patrick Brown © 2020 UNICEF/Panos

The news of the confirmed case came minutes after the conclusion of a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in DRC. The Emergency Committee will reconvene next week in order to re-evaluate their recommendations in light of this new information.

Everyone passing through this checkpoint located between Beni and Butembo must wash their hands with a chlorine solution and get their temperatures taken as part of efforts to isolate and stop the spread of Ebola within the province of North Kivu. Patrick Brown © 2020 UNICEF/Panos

Everyone passing through this checkpoint located between Beni and Butembo must wash their hands with a chlorine solution and get their temperatures taken as part of efforts to isolate and stop the spread of Ebola within the province of North Kivu. Patrick Brown © 2020 UNICEF/Panos

Prior to this, the last person who was confirmed to have Ebola in DRC tested negative twice and was discharged from a treatment centre on 3 March 2020.

Everyone passing through this checkpoint located between Beni and Butembo must wash their hands with a chlorine solution and get their temperatures taken as part of efforts to isolate and stop the spread of Ebola within the province of North Kivu. Patrick Brown © 2020 UNICEF/Panos

As of 10 April 2020, 3456 confirmed and probable cases and 2276 deaths have occurred as a result of the outbreak.

Text: World Health Organisation

Patrick Brown’s book Trading to Extinction has been acknowledged by American Photo Magazine April 22, 2015

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Photojournalist Patrick Brown’s amazing book Trading to Extinction has been acknowledged by American Photo Magazine as one of the best 13 photo books of 2013.The book encapsulates an astonishing body of work

Here are the specifics as they appear on his FB post:

It’s a real honour for me that Trading to Extinction has been selected by AmericanPhoto, as one of the 13 best documentary photo-books of 2014.

For the full list of selected books click here

To order your copy of Trading to Extinction standard edition please contact Dewi Lewis Publishing visit their web site

To order a copy of the limited editing please contact my studio: studio@patrickbrownphoto.com

Book specifications

Published February 2014, by Dewi Lewis Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-907893-51-3
300mm x 225mm
168 pages, 115 duotone photographs,
150gsm Gardapat Kiara, a Hardback
Limited edition of 150 copies, with a signed and numbered 8×10 inch fiber base print.

To have a sneak preview in the book please visit Vimeo


Patrick Brown Endangered Species Emphas.is February 1, 2012

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Former Perth Photographer Patrick Brown is a stubborn man. Now based in Bangkok he has been working on his Endangered Species Series for many years. In 2006 he exhibited his work at Foto Freo in a monumental exhibition in Fremantle Prison. James Estrin from New York Times Lens has posted of his latest attempt to gain a book publishing deal. On the eve of Foto Freo 2012 it is Emphas.is, the crowd sourcing operation that has given him hope of finally achieving his goal. This gives  Australian photographers and the Australian public an opportunity  to support Patrick and his book ‘Trading to Extinction‘.
“Undeterred by beatings, police detentions or exotic illnesses, he has spent most of the past decade obsessively documenting the illegal trade of endangered species.
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Almost as great a task, however, has been trying to sell his project, “Trading in Extinction,” to book publishers on four continents. Many turned him down because of what they perceived as unpalatable subject matter. Others just demanded he pay for the privilege of being published.

“One publisher didn’t even want to see the work,” he said. “He just wanted to know if I had $30,000. I didn’t have it, because I spent my entire life savings producing this body of work.”’

The experience left him frustrated and demoralized — but still determined.

His luck changed when Emphas.is, the photography crowd-sourcing Web site, invited him to participate in its book publishing venture which began Monday. The photographers Peter Dench and William Daniels are also featured.

The founders of Emphas.is Publishing — Karim Ben Khelifa, Tina Ahrens, Walter Tjantele and Fanuel Dewever — are trying to fill a void for photographers trying to publish documentary and photojournalism projects.

“The publishing world today is not really sympathetic to photojournalists and probably with good reason,” Mr. Ben Khelifa said. “I think publishers do what they can, but photojournalism is a small niche. And that makes it hard for them to get the return.”” words by James Estrin


Patrick Brown/Panos Pictures A large bull elephant in Chitwan National Park with its leg chained. The 50-year-old animal was restrained after having killed five mahouts (handlers) in its lifetime.

The goal of Emphas.is Publishing is to help photographers produce books affordably while retaining full editorial and design control. Emphas.is will assist in financing, printing, shipping, warehousing, distribution and promotion.

All production costs will be raised in advance by pre-selling 100 limited-edition signed volumes, packaged with an archival photographic print, for $100. Larger prints and other services, like workshops, may also be used to defray production costs. Printed in Italy, a typical press run would be 1,000 copies. The remaining 900 books will also be pre-sold or made available through bookstores, social networks and the Emphas.is Web site.

Mr. Brown, who is represented by Panos Pictures and won a World Press Award in 2004, does not see himself as an animal activist. He wears leather shoes and enjoys a good steak. But the story of the exotic animal trade was not being told when he started a decade ago. The profits were enormous — for the smugglers, not for him — with rhinoceros horns selling for more per ounce than gold.

If enough people pre-order Mr. Brown’s book, he will have completed what he set out to do 10 years ago: expose the devastating effects of the trade on endangered animal species. Much more attention has been paid to the issue since he started, and he said he hopes that as enforcement increases, smugglers will look elsewhere.

“A smuggler is a smuggler,” Mr. Brown said. “He doesn’t care whether it’s half a tiger, guns or heroin. At the end of the day, it’s all about making a profit.”

Exodus: Images Chris de Bode Panos Pictures December 26, 2011

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Richard Wainwright Perth based photojournalist connected me with a multimedia piece from Panos Pictures by Chris de Bode.

Chris de Bode has photographed an exodus, a line of people on the move from a place in which they could no longer stay to a destination unknown. To cover the spectacle of the mass departure of Bangladeshi migrant workers from Libya, he took nearly 500 photos in a single day and formed an artistic strategy that highlighted the statistics involved in the exodus of people worldwide. His metaphor for refugees has been wonderfully edited by Panos Pictures to highlight the trauma of political and economic instability in the world we live in.


Photos Chris de Bode
Photos Chris de Bode

Panos Pictures September 18, 2011

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Panos Pictures has added six new photographers to its stable after a call for submissions.  There were more than 400 submissions from 40 different countries. The successful contributers were Ivor Prickett, Guy Martin, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Shiho Fukuda, Kacper Kowalski and Mads Nissen.

Photo Ivor Prickett EGYPT
Photo Ivor Prickett EGYPT

Photo Chloe Dewe Mathews
Photo Chloe Dewe Mathews

Photo Guy Martin
Photo Guy Martin

Photo Kacper Kowalski
Photo Kacper Kowalski

Photo Mads Nissen
Photo Mads Nissen

Photo Shiho Fukuda
Photo Shiho Fukuda

WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS- A Special Insight June 18, 2011

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Photo Ami Vitale Panos Pictures
Photo Ami Vitale Panos Pictures

Features the work and reactions of Adam Ferguson, Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, Lynsey Adario, Joao Silva, Tom Stoddart, Greg Marinovich, Gary Knight, Shaul Shwartz, Eric Bouvet, Mads Nissen, Adam Dean, John D McHugh, Marco di Lauro, John Stanmeyer, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Julie Jacobson and Ami Vitale.


Ami Vitale records her experience:

I was photographing a funeral, and having spent most of the day with the women, I went to see the body being taken in. A man in the procession started screaming, “CIA agent” and pointing at me. I was surrounded by hundreds of angry men, screaming in my face, grabbing me. I was terrified, and thought, “This is it. I am going to die.” Suddenly I understood a mob. There’s no thinking, just passion.

A woman I’d spent the day with managed to pull me away. When I got home, I sat and cried and cried – she had saved my life. I stayed on in Palestine, but was much more cautious after that; have been ever since. That moment changed my perspective. No picture is worth it.

Panos Pictures Call for Submissions November 25, 2010

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Panos Pictures today announced its first annual call for submissions, inviting photographers to apply to join the agency.

The deadline for submissions is 1st March 2011. Click here for full details on how to apply.

Adrian Evans, Director of Panos Pictures,  decided to send out the call and indicates what he hopes to see from applicants.

How has the recruitment process changed over the years?

‘It used to be fairly ad hoc. Before the web took over it wasn’t so easy to discover who was out there, especially outside the UK. Festivals like Perpignan had a far greater role to play in bringing photographers to our attention. Some of our best photographers actually walked in unannounced off the street. It was never something we encouraged but I would always see them just in case they had something special.’

Nowadays we are far more strategic about where we want to get to, but in saying that it is still possible to be surprised – I can still get the wow factor of discovering a photographer’s work for the first time.

On average we receive half a dozen enquiries a day from prospective photographers. It’s incredible. I thought photojournalism was supposed to be on its last legs! The problem is that it is time consuming dealing with so many enquiries and we don’t have time to give each the attention it deserves. An annual call makes the whole process much more transparent. The photographer knows when to apply and what it is that we are looking for and we are able to focus our energies on reviewing the submissions.’

What makes a photographer stand out to you?

‘Put bluntly someone who can explain why they take photographs, what they are trying to say in their photography and who they are trying to say it to. In other words photographers who think about their practice and their audience. It is incredible how few photographers do this.

I’m looking for photographers who can interpret the world around them, rather than just illustrate it – Panos isn’t a wire agency. A photographer should have their own vision and aesthetic.’

‘Equally important is the ability to tell new stories or to tell existing stories in new ways. There is nothing more refreshing than seeing a story or subject I haven’t seen photographed before. Too many photographers forget about the importance of identifying and researching stories. Think before you shoot. I recently came across a quote by Tod Papageorge on David Campbell’s excellent blog. He said “If your pictures aren’t good enough then you’re not reading enough.” That sums it up for me.’

How many photographers will you take on?

‘We don’t have a target. It could be anything from none to half a dozen. And we don’t have a set form of representation. It is unlikely though not impossible that we would take someone straight into the Profile group. The Network is where we can get to know the photographer and they in turn can get to know us.

We’re pretty flexible in the way we work with photographers, though we’re not interested if somebody says to us “Can you just rep me in the UK market?”, because so many of our sales are in the US and around the world.

We know what we are looking for, the question is whether there is anyone out there who fits. Given the nature of what we do, we believe it is important to increase our representation in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. But that doesn’t exclude photographers from other parts of the world. For instance we have a gap in our North American representation. Ultimately it is about the work and not who you are or where you are based.’

Australian photojournalist Patrick Brown,  is a member of Panos Pictures and is based in Bangkok.  His work on the live animal trade Black Market keeps resurfacing. Below is the link to a PDF spread that appeared in  German GEO recently.


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