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My 2014

Here I am, as usual at the end of December, trying to understand which pictures and stories marked the year that is ending.

No doubt, 2014 has been a remarkable year for Ruom and I, as I had the chance to collaborate with new clients like CNN Photos, Forbes, INK Global, Virginia Quarterly Review, Mashable, Ocean Quarterly Review (see some of my other publications here) and had several international assignments for humanitarian organisations such as WWF (in Vietnam and Cambodia) and USAID (in Nepal last November and Colombia and El Salvador next February).

I decided to use this blog post to share with you some of my favourite – and most of them unpublished – pictures and pieces of work I produced this year.

Cambodia, a look at change

The year started tragically, with the Cambodian government’s crack down on garment factory workers protesting for a better wage. On Friday 3 January military police fired at the protesters on Veng Sreng Street, in the south of Phnom Penh, killing at least 5 people and injuring more than 20.

 

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One of my picture of the 3rd of January’s clashes on The New York Times

Transgenders in Cambodia

In March, together with Ruom journalist Marta Kasztelan, I started an investigation on the LGBT community in Cambodia, with a special attention to transgenders. We’re still working on the project and we hope to be able to publish some of the material in the first months of 2015. Those below are some of the protagonists of our story.

 

August 08, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Champa is the first openly transgender boxer in Cambodia. Because of the discrimination she endures as a transgender boxer, she was forced to quit her profession and became a sex worker. She now earns her living educating sex workers about their rights and occasionally turning to sex work herself. She was diagnosed with HIV twelve years ago. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 08, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Champa is the first openly transgender boxer in Cambodia. Because of the discrimination she endures as a transgender boxer, she was forced to quit her profession and became a sex worker. She now earns her living educating sex workers about their rights and occasionally turning to sex work herself. She was diagnosed with HIV twelve years ago. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 24, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Roney and her friends get ready for a night out in a local disco. She’s a Cham muslim and since loosing her job at a garment factory, she became a sex workers to sustain her family. Although she’s accepted by her mother and most members of her community, she has been subjected to violence and harassment for years. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 24, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Roney and her friends get ready for a night out in a local disco. She’s a Cham muslim and since loosing her job at a garment factory, she became a sex workers to sustain her family. Although she’s accepted by her mother and most members of her community, she has been subjected to violence and harassment for years. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 12, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Skoal Ros Sneh, "Rolin", is part of the panel of judges for a music TV Show recorded at the CTN Studio, outside Phnom Penh.   © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 12, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Skoal Ros Sneh, “Rolin”, is part of the panel of judges for a music TV Show recorded at the CTN Studio, outside Phnom Penh.
© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

Fever Pitch

Also with Marta, I started a project about Nigerian football players in the Cambodian league.

March 05, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Players from National Police FC on their way to training. Like most football teams in Cambodia, National Police FC does not have its own stadium and often trains outside Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 05, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Players from National Police FC on their way to training. Like most football teams in Cambodia, National Police FC does not have its own stadium and often trains outside Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 11, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Nigerian football player, Samuel Oseika, during football training in Kandal Province. Players train on a daily basis, from 2pm to 4pm, often in extreme weather conditions. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 11, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Nigerian football player, Samuel Oseika, during football training in Kandal Province. Players train on a daily basis, from 2pm to 4pm, often in extreme weather conditions. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 21, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Gabriel Ken Gadaffi sits in his office. He's a member of the Cambodian Olympic Committee, a couch for Western Uni FC and a football journalist. He is recognized for his contribution to sports in Cambodia by both the Nigerian community and the Cambodian authorities. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 21, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Gabriel Ken Gadaffi sits in his office. He’s a member of the Cambodian Olympic Committee, a couch for Western Uni FC and a football journalist. He is recognized for his contribution to sports in Cambodia by both the Nigerian community and the Cambodian authorities. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 13, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Amateur and professional football players from the "San Siro Football Association" play football near Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh. These friendly games take place on a daily basis and are an integral part of the social life of many African men living in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 13, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Amateur and professional football players from the “San Siro Football Association” play football near Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh. These friendly games take place on a daily basis and are an integral part of the social life of many African men living in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
April 02, 2014 - Phnom Penh. 23-year old Nelson Olatunde Oladisi drives in the traffic of Phnom Penh. He left Nigeria for Cambodia in 2009 and he played for four different Cambodian football clubs and most recently for a club in Fiji. Since returning to Cambodia in December 2013, he had turned down offers to play for Cambodian clubs due to the low remuneration offered. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
April 02, 2014 – Phnom Penh. 23-year old Nelson Olatunde Oladisi drives in the traffic of Phnom Penh. He left Nigeria for Cambodia in 2009 and he played for four different Cambodian football clubs and most recently for a club in Fiji. Since returning to Cambodia in December 2013, he had turned down offers to play for Cambodian clubs due to the low remuneration offered. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
April 05, 2014 - Phnom Penh. 34-year old Sammy Daniel Osaghe (right) is a member of the Christ Embassy Church band. Osaghe, who played football professionally in Nigeria for over a decade is a regular at the sermons of Pastor Prince Lenee Lahben. The pastor is known in the Nigerian expat community for his sermons during which he allegedly performs miracles and heals church-goers. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
April 05, 2014 – Phnom Penh. 34-year old Sammy Daniel Osaghe (right) is a member of the Christ Embassy Church band. Osaghe, who played football professionally in Nigeria for over a decade is a regular at the sermons of Pastor Prince Lenee Lahben. The pastor is known in the Nigerian expat community for his sermons during which he allegedly performs miracles and heals church-goers. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 29, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Club-goers during a party at African “Do It All“ club. The venue is known for playing West-African music and for attracting large crowds of men with a passion for dancing. During the day “Do it All“ operates as a restaurant and serves traditional African dishes. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 29, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Club-goers during a party at African “Do It All“ club. The venue is known for playing West-African music and for attracting large crowds of men with a passion for dancing. During the day “Do it All“ operates as a restaurant and serves traditional African dishes. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.

Dreaming Singapore

At the end of April I flew to Jakarta and started to work on our fourth Ruom collective project together with Nicolas Axelrod and Micheal Malay.

Dreaming Singapore’ investigates the movement of migrants from Indonesia to Singapore, one of the busiest migratory pathways in Southeast Asia.
It follows three different women at various stages of their journey: from training centres in Indonesia, to daily life in Singapore, and finally the return home.

This multimedia project is enriched with in-depth interviews, video reportage, and photographs taken over a five month period. It weaves the experience of migrant workers with the people they meet during their journeys: social workers, employers, recruiting agencies, and government officials.

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Iran

In June I was able to spend one month in Iran. There I met extraordinary people and I visited some incredible places, a really memorable experience.

During the trip I documented the growing consumerism culture in the country and the photo essay I produced has been published on Al Jazeera, Mashable and recently on CNN Photos.

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Those are a very small selection of some of the travel pictures I took during my stay.

June 13, 2014 - Tehran (Iran). Female polo players are awarded after winning the 83rd Federation of the International Polo Ambassadors’ Cup, organised in a field located in the south of Tehran. Among the participants, Morgan Ru (wearing a yellow cap), the first American woman to play polo in Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 13, 2014 – Tehran (Iran). Female polo players are awarded after winning the 83rd Federation of the International Polo Ambassadors’ Cup, organised in a field located in the south of Tehran. Among the participants, Morgan Ru (wearing a yellow cap), the first American woman to play polo in Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 21, 2014 - Yazd (Iran). Locals watch a World Cup match Iran vs Argentina in a kebab restaurant of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 21, 2014 – Yazd (Iran). Locals watch a World Cup match Iran vs Argentina in a kebab restaurant of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 8, 2014 - Urmia (Iran). A sheperd with his sheeps around Urmia lake. Today, the lake is a shadow of its former self. Decades of poor water management, aggressive agricultural policies and drought have rendered it almost completely dried up. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 8, 2014 – Urmia (Iran). A sheperd with his sheeps around Urmia lake. Today, the lake is a shadow of its former self. Decades of poor water management, aggressive agricultural policies and drought have rendered it almost completely dried up. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 20, 2014 - Yazd (Iran). Locals drive a 4x4 on the sand dunes of Mardabad in the outskirts of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 20, 2014 – Yazd (Iran). Locals drive a 4×4 on the sand dunes of Mardabad in the outskirts of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 11, 2014 - Qom, Iran. A kid swims in a fountain close to the holy shrine of Qom, in central Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 11, 2014 – Qom, Iran. A kid swims in a fountain close to the holy shrine of Qom, in central Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 12, 2014 - Tehran (Iran). A woman walks in front of a light decoration installed to celebrate the birthday of Imam Mahdi. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 12, 2014 – Tehran (Iran). A woman walks in front of a light decoration installed to celebrate the birthday of Imam Mahdi. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2014 - Yazd (Iran). Locals gathered at Jame Mosque of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2014 – Yazd (Iran). Locals gathered at Jame Mosque of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

Ha Giang

In September I spent a couple of weeks in the north of Vietnam, visiting one of the most remote and mountainous region of the country: Ha Giang.

I didn’t have the opportunity to publish this pictures (I’ll do it in the next weeks), yet, so here’s a brief preview.

 

September 18, 2014 - Yen Minh (Vietnam). The stunning view from the road between Tam Son and Yen Minh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 18, 2014 – Yen Minh (Vietnam). The stunning view from the road between Tam Son and Yen Minh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 18, 2014 - Yen Minh (Vietnam). Kids cut grass in a field outside Yen Minh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 18, 2014 – Yen Minh (Vietnam). Kids cut grass in a field outside Yen Minh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

September 19, 2014 - Don Vang (Vietnam). A girl waits in a hairdresser in the center of Don Vang. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 19, 2014 – Don Vang (Vietnam). A girl waits in a hairdresser in the center of Don Vang. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

September 20, 2014 - Don Vang (Vietnam). A sheperd poses for a portrait on the road between Don Vang and Lung Cu, considered the northern point of Vietnam. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 20, 2014 – Don Vang (Vietnam). A sheperd poses for a portrait on the road between Don Vang and Lung Cu, considered the northern point of Vietnam. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

September 21, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). Kids walk back home after school, crossing the Ma Pi Leng Pass, between Dong Van and Meo Vac. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 21, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). Kids walk back home after school, crossing the Ma Pi Leng Pass, between Dong Van and Meo Vac. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 21, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals at the weekly market of Meo Vac. Each Sunday hundreds of people flock into town from the surrounding valleys walking for kilometers to sell and buy local products. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 21, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals at the weekly market of Meo Vac. Each Sunday hundreds of people flock into town from the surrounding valleys walking for kilometers to sell and buy local products. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals harvest a rice field in the outskirts of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals harvest a rice field in the outskirts of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). A dentist operates a patient in the small village of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). A dentist operates a patient in the small village of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

Namaste Nepal

I then flew to Kathmandu for a week assignment for USAID (I hope to publish some of the material I produced soon).

In my brief stay to Nepal I wasn’t able to visit much, but I was really amazed by the few things I saw.

 

November 20, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Young monks play outside a monastery near the Swayambunath Stupa, better known as "Monkey Temple" in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Young monks play outside a monastery near the Swayambunath Stupa, better known as “Monkey Temple” in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom