At the crossroads of street photography and photojournalism, this photograph captures poetry and joy in spite of the social challenges faced by LGBTQ people.
Materials: Pigment inkjet printed on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper (305g)
Size: 30 x 40 cm
Style: Documentary, Street, Fine Art Photography
Subject: gender, empowerment
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Paola is a photojournalist and documentary photographer who spends her life between Canada and France. She is a member of the photographers' collective and press agency Hans Lucas and of the Association of Independent Journalists of Quebec (AJIQ).
Paola's interest for the urban environment and how it shapes lives, was born out of her studies in political science and urban development, at Science Po in Paris. From this, stemmed an enduring interest for urban landscapes, and how lives are shaped within it. With a keen eye for street photography, Paola carefully composes her shots, by observing human interactions in busy places.
Paola's career began in the public development sector, which inspired her to start documenting social justice and environmental causes. Over the last ten years, Paola has reported on the use of waste management as a development tool in Benin, the plight of undocumented Afghan refugees in Canada, the cult of ancestors in the Voodoo religion, and the impact of community sports following the pandemic.
Paola's approach to visual journalism speaks to global issues through the lens of local, personal stories. She aims to identify and bring to life the myriads of narratives she witnesses, as they unfold around her.
Pursuing a career in photojournalism has been a steep challenge but also a rewarding experience for Paola. Without formal training in photography, she is self-taught and has had to overcome many hurdles to assert her place. From learning technical skills to how to develop her network and hone her practice, she has committed herself to pursuing her passion, without compromise.
In 2022, she was selected as part of the Pic for Change contest, and was exhibited at the Polka Factory in Paris, and prior to this, won two honourable mentions at the Paris Photography Awards.
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