Bosnia - July 2013 - I have began following a family of Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina. For now, I have concentrate my attention to Sarajevo and around. I want to be part of their way of living. European people I have met so far, for the most of them, really don't have a positive opinion the Roma, complaining on their agressive attitude. So I decide for the coming year, to spend some time with Roma family in Bosnia to try to have abetter understanding of them. I'm planning to go back on late fall 2013 to continue my investigation.
I have begin taking photos at the age of 11, taking my father’s Brownie Super 27 camera to shoot people throwing stones at soldiers in the street of Montreal, during the 1970 October crisis. I found out early that I was lot more attract by story than simply shooting for the sake of it. But I never took it seriously until a friend ask me in the 80s to make a road trip style of photos of him and his band in between Montreal and the city of Chibougamau (far north east of Quebec). Since then, I produce different documentary mainly about social or humanitarian issues. What motivate me is helping group of people who suffer from injustice to gain media attention so their story can be known. So I have done photo story for NGO like Groupe L’Itinéraire, St-James center, Canadian Cancer society, Compassion club, MSF, etc.
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Sri Utami, Photojournalist from Indonesia