Youth in Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

This series is one part of the complementary photo project on youth in Northern Ireland by Toby Binder & Jens Schwarz but as an independent unit represents a coherent body of work by itself. It can also be seen as part of the project ›Youth of the UK‹ Toby has been working on since 2005 and which shows the daily life of a generation in a moment of rapid change in economy and politics triggered by UK’s Brexit decision.

Youth of the UK

United Kingdom

The young are the future. But young people suffer higher rates in unemployment, injustice and violence than all other groups in their society. Especially deprived neighbourhoods of former industrial cities within the UK had huge problems with drug abuse, gang fights and teenage pregnancies at a disproportionately high level compared to the rest of Europe.

From the Favelas to the Olympics

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Silva sisters Raquel and Rafaela grew up in a poor neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. As kids they started Judo because there were no other sports available in their area and it was helpful to protect themselves from the dangers in the streets of Rio. The talented girls quickly became successful and made it into the Brazilian national team.

Beto at the Friedensdorf

Oberhausen, Germany

Refugees and wars forcing people to leave their home countries have been a main topic of international media within the last two years. It almost gets into oblivion that there always have been wars and a majority of the people just doesn’t have the chance to flee because they are too poor, too old, too weak or just too young. And therefore stood invisible in Europe for a long time.

The „new law“ & Child labour in Bolivia

La Paz, El Alto & Potosi, Bolivia

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labour, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10 last summer. Supporters of the legislation said that the law guarantees legal protections and fair wages for children, who have been working regardless of laws against it.

Conflict-free mining in Eastern Congo

Kivu, DR Congo

The mineral trade in Eastern Congo has been singled out as a source of finance for armed conflict. An initiative, proposed by the industry, NGOs and national and international government organisations, has launched a pilot project intended to break that link.

One year, one club, one photographer

Stuttgart, Germany

Documentary about the whole season 2012/13 of German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart. Having a look behind the scenes on the pitch. Being close to the team, the supporters and the staff. The work is part of the trilogy that has been published by Piper.

Friedensdorf and its children

Oberhausen, Germany

For many young victims of war and crisis situations, medical treatment in Europe is often their last chance for survival. German NGO „Peace Village International“ provides medical treatment to sick and wounded children who can no longer be cared for in their native countries.

„Child-witches“ of Nigeria seek refuge

Eket, Nigeria

Evangelical pastors are helping to create a terrible new campaign of violence against young Nigerians. Children branded as evil are being abused, abandoned and even murdered while the preachers make money out of the fear of their parents and their communities. „So many people here believe that children can be possessed by demons that there is rarely any action taken against those who claim to deliver the children in violent exorcisms“, says Sam Itauma, of the Child's Right and Rehabilitation Network. His organisation is looking after 160 children who have been abandoned or abused after being accused of being witches.

The secret of Bibimbap

Seoul, Korea

The most traditional food of Korea is the rice meal Bibimbap. You can get it in a shabby street kitchen as well as in a top class  restaurant. "Bibim" means to mix and "Bap" rice and every Bibimbap should contain all five colours black, yellow, green, blue and red.

Maternal Mortality

Kailahun, Sierra Leone

"You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream." – Psalm 90,5

Maternal Mortality is one of the biggest problems in Africa – for a woman it‘s even more dangerous to get a baby than suffering from diseases or war. Sierra Leone counts among the countries with the highest maternal mortality rate worldwide, which is partly owed to the many years enduring civil war. In the country one in eight women risk dying during pregnancy or childbirth compared to a one in 76 average in the rest of the developing world and one in 8.000 in the developed world.

Janina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Despite many left wing governments in Latin American countries the gulf between rich and poor seems to have widened within the past few decades and poverty has become accepted accepted as "normal" by many Argentinians. Janina, who lives a hand to mouth existence in the streets of Buenos Aires with her three siblings and her parents Roque and Hilda, faces much discrimination and persecution.

Violence and social exclusion

Tátarszentgyörgy & Sajókaza, Hungary

Roma people in Hungary don‘t only suffer from poverty and social exclusion since the right-wing extremists party Jobbik entered the Hungarian government as Coalitionist of Prime Minister Viktor Orbáns Fidesz party this April. And even violent attacks have been reported before. But Jobbik croped the seed of underlying racism sowed by Fidesz and carried it into the centre of Hungarian society, and daily life will definitely not become easier for 700.000 Roma people in the country.

Biedaszyby of Walbrzych

Walbrzych, Poland

The woods of Walbrzych are drawn through Biedaszyby, the "drifts of the poor", how the self digged holes for coal mining are called. The people started this activity in the 90s when the compensation for miners has been exhausted and chances for a legal job rarely existed in this region close to the border of Czech Republic. The big coal mines have been shut down one after the other and 15.000 people have been unemployed overnight. In this time of need the miners produce the coal illegally. Reminiscent of the 17. century, tunnels are driven into the soil with only a pick axe, a shovel and sometimes even barehanded.

Salt and Oil

Baku, Azerbaijan

Many contrast of politics, culture and religion clash in Azerbaijan. So it's no surprise that the two worlds of black oil, which is produced with old Soviet technology on the fields of Bibi-Eibat  and the white salt which is quarried on lake Masazyrgol are just 18 kilometers apart. Solmas, Zöhra and Gülafat don‘t look like people being suspected to work on an oil field - but the three women are responsible to separate about 120 tons of raw oil a day from groundwater for the Azerbaijan company Azneft. While British Petroleum is drilling offshore with high-tech equipment and tough scottish guys gaining good money the three women have to struggle with bad working conditions for not even 250$ a month.

Josie

Tübingen, Germany

Worldwide, more than 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Today most cases of childhood cancer can be cured. However, in about 20 percent of cases children suffer a recurrence of the cancer following therapy and they ultimately succumb to the disease. Reportage about Josies daily life at the University Children’s Hospital Tübingen.

Bottom Hospital

Lilongwe, Malawi

Malawi counts among the poorest economies of the world, and thus occupies almost inevitably the first place in the sad statistics of maternal mortality among all countries not involved in wars. In the capital of Lilongwe, three obstetricians care for four million women and yearly help 12,000 children into this world. This dearth of personnel, unthinkable in the Northern Hemisphere, together with the low status of girls and women in African society, is responsible for the fact that out of 100,000 pregnant women 1,800 do not survive giving birth (based on estimates of the World Health Organization WHO). In present-day Germany, just 9 out of 100,000 die at delivery. The current figure from Malawi lies appallingly close to the one prevalent in Europe of the Middle Ages.

Estación Constitución

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Estación Constitución is one of the three big train stations of Argentina's Capital Buenos Aires, located in the South of the City and probably one of the most interesting train stations in Latin America. Commuters from the poor Southern suburbs mingle with beggars, prostitutes, street vendors, workers, homeless and business people.

Kick it like Mc

Scotland

Documentary about the social influence of Football on the whole Scottish nation throughout all religious groups or social layers. Although Scottish Football was never really successful internationally everybody seems to be addicted to the game, that is often more than that. There is no other nation in Europe suffering a larger gap between by passion created expectations on the one hand and really achieved success – or better failure – on the other hand. As result arose a portrait of a nation with cultural and social aspects couldn't be shown more focused than in their way to handle this game.

American Poets

New York City, USA

"People are strange when you‘re a stranger, faces look ugly when you‘re alone. Women seem wicked wheny ou‘re unwanted, streets are uneven when you‘re down. When you‘re strange, faces come out of the rain." – The Doors