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Robert McPherson Metaphor Images: A finalist in the Jacob Riis 5th Documentary award March 3, 2017

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Congratulations are due to Robert McPherson.

Robert McPherson/ Metaphor Images: Robert is a finalist in the Jacob Riis 5th Documentary award
A short series from Robert McPherson’s latest trip to Nepal from a  brick factory Kathmandu. 
Title: BRICK BY BRICK.

Photos Robert McPherson/Metaphor Images

Story description: 

600,000 homes were destroyed by the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015. The demand for bricks to rebuild new houses increased, and child labour is involved in rebuilding the country.

In Nepal 28,000 children are engaged in child labour.

Children who work at brick factories breathe in dangerous red dust that circulates in the air.

One consequence is chronic bronchitis.

Children die yearly in relation to accidents in the workplace.

Besides long hours and heavy work, the brick factories have consistently poor sanitation facilities that also lead to other diseases.

http://www.thegalaawards.co.uk/anncmt-5th-j-riis.html

THE WINNER OF THE JACOB RIIS DOCUMENTARY AWARD (5th Edition):

FAUSTO PODAVINI  (Rome, Italy), for his Series MiRelLa.

Australia’s INGETJE TADROS  (Broome, Australia)

was a finalist

for her Series Kennedy Hill

Robert McPherson Metaphor Images interview on World Photo.org June 11, 2015

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We are all connected and integrated. We all have a job in life to be true to real human values
Robert McPherson

fotovisura member Robert McPherson (b.1982, Norway) began freelancing for Norway’s Aftenposten national newspaper in 2011. His main client internationally is Sipa Press. He is a member of Metaphor Images, an international documentary photographer`s collective based in Australia. Robert has been awarded national and international prizes for his documentary work. We spoke to him to find out more about his approach to photography.

You began your career freelancing for Norway’s Aftenposten National newspaper in 2011 – how do you think this on-the-job training affected your approach to new projects, whether client-led or personal?
Work experience has had a great impact on the way I work as a photojournalist today, and how my career has developed. While completing my honors degree at Edith Cowan University in documentary photography I travelled to Kyrgyzstan. The country was fascinating,  untouched by tourism and a way of life I had never seen before. The traditional way of life of the nomads was of special interest. I decided then, that my future commitment for a long term documentary project would be to investigate the faith and future of nomads in Asia.

To study in Australia was a nice beginning for me as a photojournalist, and the fact that I was included early in my career into Metaphor Images, an international documentary photographer`s collective based in Australia was especially valuable. My mentor Bohdan Warchomij, who is the founder of Metaphor Images, introduced me to the largest photojournalism festival in the world; Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan. At the festival I learned how important networking is, and was introduced to high quality photojournalism at an international level. Attending the festival also gave me work opportunities in Norway for Aftenposten national newspaper and Sipa Press in France.

http://www.worldphoto.org/community/blogs/valuing-humanity-robert-mcpherson-fotovisura/

Nepalese Prime Minister Surya Bahada Thapa dies: Robert McPherson Metaphor Images covers the funeral April 24, 2015

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Maoist supreme leader Pushpakamal Dahal at the funeral of former Prime Minister of Nepal Surya Bahadur Thapa Photo Robert McPherson

The  ex prime minister of Nepal Surya Bahadur Thapa has been buried in a ceremony in Katmandu. His service was attended by the Maoist supreme leader Pushpakamal Dahal.

Robert McPherson/Metaphor Images photo essay winner in PDNs World in Focus Contest February 17, 2015

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The World in Focus contest was published this week for the February issue of PDN. One of the category winners is Robert McPherson/ Metaphor Images with his story on Dukha nomads in Mongolia who are battling to survive.  They published several pages from the contest in the Magazine. 25 000 readers +online readers. The complete story has been published online. Congratulations Robert McPherson.

http://worldinfocuscontest.com/gallery/winners2015/

Robert McPherson/Metaphor Images Dukha Nomads story published in Vi Menn Magazine December 15, 2014

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Metaphor Images’ Robert McPherson’s expedition in Mongolia has been published in Vi Menn magazine . A five page spread in the magazine about his journey covering the Dukha people (reindeer nomads) in Mongolia. Issue week 51.

Copyright text and pictures by Robert McPherson

Blue Frame Journal: Photographer Contact Sheets: Robert McPherson Mongolia October 3, 2014

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Robert McPherson from Metaphor Images has had an image from his Mongolian nomad documentation posted on Arthur Bondar’s project Blue Frame Journal. Great concept with some great photographers on board.

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Picture of the Year Awards Norway 3rd Place Robert McPherson Metaphor Images May 31, 2014

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Photo Robert McPherson Cottesloe Beach Perth Wesern Australia

Picture Of The Year Awards 2013, Norway. Robert McPherson who freelances for Aftenposten was recently awarded 3rd place for the above photo. The Category  was “People”.

These two fragile women are friends who  swim together in the early morning at Cottesloe Beach Perth Western Australia throughout the year.

Robert McPherson post in VERVE March 11, 2014

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Kazakhs building a Ger in Mongolia, 2012

Robert McPherson (b.1982, Norway) began freelancing for Norway’s Aftenposten national newspaper in 2011. He is a member of Metaphor Images, an international documentary photographer`s collective based in Australia. Robert studied for a Bachelor of Communications at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He graduated in 2006 with an honours degree focusing on documentary photography. During his studies he traveled to Kyrgyzstan and has since continued his long term documentary project on nomads in Central Asia. His work from the Kibera slum in Nairobi Kenya was part of an exhibition at Visa Pour l`Image in 2011. He has been nominated for the Picture of the Year Award in Norway for 2013 .

About the Photograph:

“During summertime nomads move camp more frequently in order to find pasture land for their animals. During wintertime they live in houses built of mud and wood. This image shows a moment during the set up of a new camp in summer. When I turned around I was struck by this Kazakh girl entering the unfinished Yurt (Ger) while her parents were taking a  break from construction. Kazakhs are descendants of Turkic and Mongol tribes and are pastoral nomads of the steppes of Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Most of the vast expanses of these countries are semi-arid land that is desolate and frozen in the winter and turns to lush, green meadow in mid-spring. The steppes are invaluable pastureland for the sheep, horses, cattle, and camels that are essential to the Kazakh people.
The ancestors of modern-day Kazakhs were nomadic or semi-nomadic, and many of their customs reflect that lifestyle. Nowadays, people live mostly in cities and villages, although some still lead an agricultural life. The nomadic culture is under threat from these changes in priorities.”

 

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Norwegian Protest Photo Robert McPherson Metaphor Images March 10, 2014

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Of fifty protesters in Norway outside the Russian Embassy with issues regarding Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine three were international students from Russia.

Robert McPherson, freelancer for Aftenposten, photographed this girl and her message.

Photo Robert McPherson for Aftenposten, Norway

Postcards to Norway: Robert McPherson shooting in Australia January 15, 2013

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Robert McPherson studied photojournalism at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and works as a freelance photojournalist for  Aftenposten,    Norway’s largest newspaper. It is based in Oslo.  The morning edition, which is distributed across all of Norway, had a circulation of 239,831 in 2010. In addition, the evening edition, which is only distributed to the populous central eastern part of Norway has a circulation of 105,012. Aftenposten has a long tradition of serious journalism, and is by many considered to be the leading Norwegian newspaper. Robert has been working in Budapest, Hungary on stories dealing with the rise of right wing extremism in Europe.

He is currently in Australia, photographing Australia’s beach culture and it’s fascination with the rising menace of shark attacks. Here are some images from a new series called Postcards to Norway, a country in the grip of a European winter. The images from the series can be seen on Metaphor Images: www.metaphorimages.com

Postcards to Norway Photo Robert McPherson: Children on a groyne run from a wave during a Perth Beach shark alarm

 

Postcards to Norway Photo Robert McPherson: A dog and its owner on a daily swim at Leighton Beach in Perth

 

Postcards to Norway Photo Robert McPherson: Two early morning swimmers at Cottesloe Beach in Perth

 

Postcards to Norway Photo Robert McPherson: Crayfishermen working at the remote squatter’s settlement in Wedge Island, 150 km north of Perth

 

Postcards to Norway Photo Robert McPherson: A nudist suns himself on Perth’s nudist beach at Swanbourne