This week is the start of "ForeMost" Exhibition, where my photographic work Philippines: Girls as a Commodity on cyber sex trafficking and my series on MAASAI: FGM will be exhibited in Okinawa, Japan from the 16th to the 30th January, 2020.
The Tokyo International Foto Awards has announced the winners of its 2019 Photography competition. I am pleased to share my series on human trafficking in the Philippines made with the aid organization, Voice of the Free - VF Foundation, Inc., has received Silver 2019 Editorial / Personality. The series has also been chosen to exhibit as part of the 2020 ForeMost TIFA Winners Exhibition in Okinawa, Japan from the 16th to the 30th January.
Honored to be one of the winners of the UNICEF “Photo of the Year” awards for my pictures with Voice of the Free - VF Foundation, Inc. This feels like the biggest accomplishment. I'm truly thankful to everyone at Voice of the Free for opening up their organization to me in order for me to learn about human trafficking in their country. More than that, I'm thankful to the strength and bravery of these young girls.
I’m proud and honored to be awarded an International Photography Awards for “Growing up with Albinism In Tanzania" last night. By sharing Pendo’s experiences and increasing awareness this series aims to break prejudicial boundaries about Albinism.
Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5 with Anthony Everett
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.
The International Photography Awards (IPA) announced its 2018 competition finalists 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 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 awarded 1st 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."
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.
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.”
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
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:
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: