Do you want to dance?

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Do you know that in Teatralnaya Metro station, Kiev, a group of people who don’t have a free place to dance anymore meet every Sunday?

Naftalan

A patient baths in crude oil at 40°C. © 2013 Jacob Balzani Lööv. All rights reserved.

Long before the invention of the combustion engine, industrial revolution and climate change, the crude oil of Naftalan, a little town in the plains of Azerbaijan, was used as a remedy for numerous skin diseases and rheumatism. The heavy oil  is … Continue reading

Unsustainable.

A worker from Bangladesh in Tilafushi island. © 2013 Jacob Balzani Lööv. All rights reserved.

The original idea I had before traveling to the Maldives was to do an environmental story but I soon realized it was not as easy to do as I was expecting in the short time I was there (so I did … Continue reading

I work for Vivienne Westwood

Steven in Kibera, near his foundry. © 2013 Jacob Balzani Lööv. All rights reserved.

While working on my latest assignment for a NGO in Narobi, Kenya, I had to visit few times Kibera, considered to be the largest African slum. A recent article from The Economist says that “to equate slums with idleness and misery is to … Continue reading

Blod

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I asked my father which was his favorite trail and, since he cannot walk properly anymore, I did it alone today. The mountain is called Helags, the highest mountain in Häriedalen (1.797 m asl.), the swedish province from where my father … Continue reading

Journalists (V): Yoani Sanchez

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I particularly like this picture of Yoani Sanchez and her Gioconda’s subtle smile, during the Journalism Festival in Perugia. I just sneaked out from my seat and reached the stage with an unappropriate 35mm lens, while she was contested by … Continue reading

Forca Shqipëri!

On the top of the abandoned Palace of Culture in the centre of Tirana. The graffiti says, in Italian: "Altro che Europa." "Other than Europe." © 2013 Jacob Balzani Lööv. All rights reserved.

(scroll below the text for the pictures) Albania two decades since its transition to democracy from the Stalinist rule of late dictator Enver Hoxha, according to international monitors, has yet to hold a free and fair election. Although Albania has … Continue reading

Solo. Sole. Sicilia.

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I am just back from few days in Sicily and already I have to move to the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. Then to Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro but, this time, for a relaxing trekking. I went to Sicily to … Continue reading

The Mystery of Valgrande

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Every year I organize, together with Mr. JJ Valbusa, a giant party in the mountains and the next one, in October, will be the edition number ten. It is a great occasion to take some portraits of friends. There are … Continue reading

Reuse, regrowth

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Last summer I had the luck to visit Villa Rosa Lancia above Verbania, a beautiful town on Lago Maggiore, in Northern Italy, and I took few test shots with my Rolleiflex with the idea of developing a longer term project. … Continue reading

Gul’sary

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Because of a cold, I am just spending time renewing my website, remembering the past and dreaming to be outside soon. I remember that quick sun after the storm and this group of men arriving by horses to meet some … Continue reading

The ploughing

Orto_001 © 2013 Jacob Balzani Lööv. All rights reserved.

Tens of people came to give an hand for the annual ploughing of the social garden “Gino Girolomoni”, above Verbania in Northern Italy. Profiting from the first spring-like weekend of the seasons the event was a good reason to party … Continue reading