NPPA's most prestigious honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, has been presented this year to two of the industry’s most likable and significant trailblazers, longtime photojournalist Charles W. “Chick” Harrity, retired from U.S. News & World Report Magazine, and Dennis Dimick, the executive environment editor and the interim director of photography for National Geographic Magazine.
Israeli born and based photographer Michal Chelbin fostered connections along the way that gained her rare access to the prisoners. Her portrait sittings sometimes lasted for hours, Chelbin never asking about the crime committed until after the portrait was finished
Michal Chelbin's latest body of photography, shot in seven prisons in the Ukraine and Russia over the past six years, explores what it means to be locked and constantly watched—and to be looking back at such a person in this surreal world within a world
In her latest body of work, Sailboats and Swans, Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin challenges viewers to re-imagine the answer to this question. Working with her husband and co-producer, Oded Plotnizki, Chelbin spent three years photographing prisons in Ukraine and Russia from 2008 to 2010.
Last month the New Yorker Photobooth ran a sneak preview of Michal Chelbin‘s tentatively titled Locked series. At the time, I responded with some personal frustration that her portraits didn’t tell me enough of the subject’s experience. Having invited Chelbin to answer a few questions it is clear she uses ambiguity and mystery as tactics in her photography.