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Wasted, weary and wary: The ‘wildlife’ of Shoreditch

“The satire just staggers up the street,” says Dougie Wallace of his latest collection documenting the revellers and the casualties, the trendsetters and the fashion victims, and other assorted human wildlife stalking the concrete jungle of Shoreditch.

'Shoreditch Wildlife' captures diversity and contradictions on the streets of East London [Photo courtesy Dougie Wallace]

‘Shoreditch Wildlife’ captures diversity and contradictions on the streets of East London [Photo courtesy Dougie Wallace]

The East London neighbourhood has long been synonymous with hedonistic nightlife, gritty urban authenticity and hipster colonisation.

The Scottish photographer, who specialises in expressive social documentary, arrived there from Glasgow 15 years ago and has been on safari at the parties and on the streets ever since.

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Empowering Haiti’s rape survivors

“Haiti is a very easy place to go and get a dramatic photo,” says Felipe Jacome. “It has great colors, great light and if you live in New York and you want some photos in a harsh environment you can literally go there for a couple of days, stick your camera in someone’s face and leave. But taking photos mindfully is extremely challenging.”

Photo courtesy of Felipe Jacome/Survivors for Survivors

Photo courtesy of Felipe Jacome/Survivors for Survivors

Jacome, an Ecuadorian photographer, originally went to Haiti as a humanitarian worker a year after the January 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 220,000 people and left about 1.5 million others homeless.

But, frustrated by the periodic invasions of “platoons of journalists” seeking stock images of photogenic desperation and devastation, Jacome set out with his camera to explore a society he had found to be more resilient, resourceful and self-reliant than was typically recognized.

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