Újezd 19, Praha 1 - Malá Strana

19. 10–27. 11. 2013 WE ARE ONE FAMILY – AMI VITALE

© Ami Vitale: Hungary has long been renowned for its health spas and thermal springs but recently it has been discovered that many of these springs are connected underground by a huge thermal lake. Hungary, Budapest© Ami Vitale: Indian Border Security Force patrol the picturesque Dal Lake in the capital of the Indian held state, Kashmir, India
© Ami Vitale: Ramla Sharif roast coffee in her home in the village of Choche. The region is home to the largest pool of genetic diversity in the world of coffee. Africa, Ethiopia© Ami Vitale: Abi Taco Balde cleans a school. Guinea Bissau is one of the poorest countries in the world. More than two-thirds of the population live bellow the poverty line, Africa, Guinea Bissau
© Ami Vitale: Alio Balde scrubs his body in front of a small pond where bricks were originally made. Africa, Guinea Bissau© Ami Vitale:Boys play soccer underneath an enormous Bontang tree. Though the Fulani are a Muslim tribe, they also believe that this tree has a spirit. Africa, Guinea Bissau
© Ami Vitale: Jasmin (wearing red) and Manisha Singh stand inside an old step well in Jaipur. India© Ami Vitale: Thousands of villagers mourn the death of five people who were killed along with 48 who were injured when a grenade exploded in the hands of an extortionist. India, Kashmir
© Ami Vitale: Villagers fetch water from a polluted hole in northern Kenya. Many people are suffering from diarrhoea, cholera and malaria. Around 15 million people are at risk. Africa, Kenya, May 2006© Ami Vitale: Indian men practice the three thousand year old sport known as Kushti, a form of traditional wrestling. India, Kolhapur
© Ami Vitale: Madagascar, island located off the southeastern coast of Africa is the fourth-largest in the world. Most of its mammals, half of its birds, and many of its plants exist nowhere else on earth. The river basin area stretches about 12,435 square kilometres and ensures the fertility of the land© Ami Vitale: Adema Balde washes near her family‘s rice fields in the village of Dembel Jumpora. She died as a teenager later that year after trying to escape an arranged marriage. Africa, Guinea Bissau

“Like many young photojournalists, I began my career covering some of the world’s most horrific conflicts. I travelled to Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Kashmir and other places. The aim of my work was to expose to the public all the horrible things I experienced. I photographed one war after another and I gradually realised that I have an obligation to show not only what divides us but also what we have in common.
At the beginning of my journalistic career I went to the centre of Gaza during a time of increased tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Together with other photographers I documented the same gruesome scene and found myself wondering whether we were telling the whole story. In the same places other extraordinary things were taking place - such as the Palestinian wedding I stumbled upon.
That wedding, and countless other activities like it, have reminded me that those caught up in the horrific events, are people just like you and me and if I dig beneath the headlines, I am able to discover the universal truth that we are all far more alike than we are different.
Early in my career, I had an opportunity to visit Guinea Bissau, a country in West Africa. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. My sister was working there in the Peace Corps and instead of a short visit I stayed for six months. Without the pressure of a deadline I learned the importance of taking time to tell a story. What I encountered was not an Africa of wars and famines, nor was it the idealised world of safaris and exotic animals. I spent my time carrying water, gathering firewood and experiencing life of the local people. When food supplies ran low, we all went hungry... On my last evening I sat with a group of children beneath a sea of stars. One of the children, Alio, asked me if we had a moon in America. Whenever there is a full moon today, I still think of him. He believed America was so far away it was impossible for us to share the same moon. That was a turning point in my life - when I realised that I wanted to spend my life working to highlight the things we have in common rather than our differences.”
Ami Vitale

© NIKON spol. s r.o., 2013