Roads to Recover: Documentary Photography by Matilde Simas- PETRIe
PARIS PHOTO EXHIBITION
"Faces Behind Atrocity" will be showcased as part of the ATLAS OF HUMANITY Exhibition, 8-10 November 2019 at Paris Photo Off • International Photo Expo
Atlas of Humanity's aim is to showcase the richness and diversity of world's ethnic cultures that form the great mosaic of humanity. The portraits and the daily moments captured- a glimpse into the vanishing cultures of people who are striving to hold onto their heritage in a rapidly-changing world.
Human Trafficking in Kenya: A Nonprofit Takes Aim
Imagine a seven-year-old girl, spending her days not in school, but cooking and cleaning for a family in a wealthy suburb. Or a young mother struggling to make ends meet, lured away from her children by an employment agency and forced into sex work abroad. For millions of people, this is a reality. Written by Jessica Barrett
Thrilled to be featured on Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5 segment on going global for social documentary projects. Watch the episode here as I talk to Anthony Everett WCVB about using Art to provoke conversations about human trafficking and inspire action for the causes I document.
October 16, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) - The International Photography Awards (IPA) announced its 2018 competition finalists. A sister effort of Lucie Foundation, the IPA winners were revealed at The Lucie Awards gala, on Sunday, October 28 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. An international jury of renowned photography experts http://www.photoawards.com/jury/ has selected these outstanding finalists from approximately 16,000 submissions (38,000 images) from over 130 countries. This year, the Lucie Foundation is pleased to declare Matilde Simas was awarded1st place in the Event/ Social Cause category + Honorable Mention for Culture and Traditions categories: "Growing up Female in Maasai Society" and “A Centuries Old Maasai Custom: Female Genital Mutilation."
About IPA: ABOUT LUCIE FOUNDATION - Lucie Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote photography appreciation worldwide. The Lucie Awards ceremony is held annually to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the international photography community, recognizing those whose life's work deserves the highest acclaim. www.luciefoundation.org
EYES in PROGRESS
"Matilde Simas's work on human trafficking is absolutely stunning and is getting a lot of attention.
Wonderful thing when a photographer manages to raise awareness in such a powerful way. You have all our support and admiration Matilde!"
Feature in the Daily News: Photographer's work puts focus on human trafficking
Proud to be featured in the Daily News: Photographer's work puts focus on human trafficking
The Freedom Masquerade Ball 2018 — UnMask the Truth was presented by the nonprofit Freedom Cafe to further its work informing people about human trafficking, enslaved labor products that enter the United States economy and alternative fair labor products.
“She puts a face on the victims of trafficking and makes it real,” Bryan Bessette, president of Freedom Cafe, said of Simas’ photography. “You can see in these women’s eyes their strength and hope and, in the depths, that they have come through some difficult trauma.”
Proud and honored to be featured on the front page of Sunday's The Eagle-Tribune. Thank you to Terry Date for your writing and dedication to this important article.
UMass Lowell professor Sheldon Zhang, chairman of the school of criminology and justice studies said photography that documents human trafficking puts a human face on the problem and can influence people in a way that numbers or academic discussion does not.
"If you have a picture, you immediately see an image of vulnerability, and the vulnerability in the photograph will do a lot more in mobilizing people, stirring up outrage and action," he said.
Journal Tribune: Faces Behind Atrocity Exhibition at the Engine Gallery
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. To raise awareness, I'll be having a gallery show at
The past weeks have been busy for PWB photographer Matilde Simas. Not only has she picked up an award at the Lucie Foundation for her series entitled 'Faces Behind Atrocity,' but the trailer for PWB TV Season 2, Episode 2 was released, featuring her journey to Kenya to document the work of a local organization called HAART (Raising Awareness Against Human Trafficking) Kenya. Read the full article by Danielle Da Silver here:
Avoiding eye contact. Being submissive. Losing the sense of time. Having no freedom to leave or come. Being in poor physical health. Working excessively long hours. These are only some, of the many signs that a person in forced labor conditions could demonstrate or develop. In order to increase consciousness of the problem and to promote and protect the victim's rights, the United Nations chose July 30th as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, by a resolution adopted in December 2013. Read more of this article written by Mariana D'Alberto here: