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TALPAPRIL2017-19
London
By Tom Price
07 Jan 2016

Still photography selection from various assignments and projects.

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TALPAPRIL2017-16
London
By Tom Price
23 Oct 2015

Still photography selection from various assignments and projects.

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TALPAPRIL2017-17
London
By Tom Price
23 Oct 2015

Still photography selection from various assignments and projects.

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Snorkeling
Siquijor Island
By Ralf Falbe
30 Jan 2015

Girl snorkeling at Siquijor Island in the Philippines.

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Yemenis Block-off Main Roads and Burn...
Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
30 Jul 2014

July 30, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

Hundreds of Yemenis blocked off main roads and burned tires, in a number of Yemeni provinces, in protest against the latest price-hike of petroleum products, which came into effect on the third day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

On Wednesday morning the prices of fuel had increased from 2,500 to 4,000 Yemeni riyals ($11.6 to $18.6) for 20 liters. The price of diesel also increased from 2000 to 3,900 riyals.
Yemen is considered to be the poorest country in the Middle East with nearly half of its population living in severe poverty.

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I Am Not Scared of Night
Nepal
By Martushka Fromeast
14 May 2014

Shyabrubesi is a small village situated in the Nepali Himalaya, only 13 km away from the Chinese border. The village is the starting point for the popular Langtang trek. During high season, hundreds of tourists from all over the world pass through the village. However, the village’s shamanistic heritage is a well kept secret. Rituals mostly take place at nights and in private spaces. Shamans perform special healing procedures known as pujas, to keep bad spirits away. During the Janai Purnima holiday, about 1000 local villagers and shamans go for a traditional pilgrimage. In these local communities, shamans are respected leaders.

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Valentine's Day in Syria
Damascus
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

Storyline:

Damascus, Al Salhiye district, Hamra street in central Syria, is a city that has not witnessed the scale of violence in other parts of Syria, due to being under complete control of the government. However, the economic situation there is still dire. Despite this fact, on the eve of February 14, the much-loved Valentine's Day, the streets appear normal and prepared to supply to citizens of Damascus with the traditional surfeit of pink bears, red hearts, and roses in an array of colors. In the country embroiled in a a civil war, shop owners can be seen preparing for the holida, arranging flowers, teddy bears, hearts and chocolates in their windows and stalls. While interviews with one stall owner paints a peaceful picture in the capital, saying, "We are celebrating Valentine's Day as we do each year," adding, "There are people who are falling in love and hopefully things will be fine with the supervision of President Bashar Al-Assad." In contrast, in another interview, another man disagrees that things are normal on February 14. "Love went missing in Syria," he says.

TRANSLATION OF INTERVIEWS

Abu Uday
Despite the war and the bad circumstances of the country, we are celebrating Valentine's Day as we do each year. There are people who are falling in love and hopefully things will be fine with the supervision of President Bashar Al-Assad, and with the protection of the army. As you can see, the situation is safe.

Samar Bilal
People are still living their lives, and as you see, the market is full with the gifts of the day of love. Our love to our country is the best festivity in the world. This flower in my hand, I offer it to the Arabic Syrian Army, my country, my leader, and everything beautiful in my country.

Shady Issa
People have experienced sorrows in their homes, and have suffered from familial and financial crises, so Valentine is bad today. Every year we used to celebrate and party. People used to love each other. Love went missing in Syria.

Shot list :

Various shots of Damascus streets that shows shops selling Valentine gifts

Various shots of shops selling flowers for Valentine

Shots of syrian shops with Valentine decoration

Shots of people buying valentine gifts

Shots of people walking on the streers

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Hasidic Jews
Jerusalem
By Michal Novotný
17 Mar 2014

March 17, 2014 - Jerusalem, Israel : Ultra-Orthodox Jews prepare food in the Great Belz Synagogue in Jerusalem during Jewish holiday Purim. The holiday is celebrated to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Michal Novotny/Polaris)

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Hasidic Jews
Jerusalem
By Michal Novotný
17 Mar 2014

March 17, 2014 - Jerusalem, Israel : Ultra-Orthodox Jews celebrate Jewish holiday Purim in the Great Belz Synagogue. The holiday is celebrated to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Michal Novotny/Polaris)

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Holiday Inn, SarajevoHoliday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
19 Feb 2014

Since the lobby of the hotel was occupied, employees sign each day for the start and end of shifts.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
17 Feb 2014

The hotel has hosted many famous "international" personalities which descended on Sarajevo with the intention of rebuilding the country. After the international engagement in Bosnia ended the fortunes of the hotel started to change.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Designed by the famous Bosnian architect, Ivan Straus, and built in 1982-1983, the Holiday Inn remains aesthetically and historically the most interesting building in Sarajevo. The building’s exterior became a source of controversy because its yellow-ocher and brown color contrasted markedly with the rest of the surrounding architecture.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Employees remain every day of the occupation to guard areas of the hotel lobby.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Expecting news that seems to never arrive in the Hotel Lobby. The restaurant and bar are temporarily out of management and the only active rooms are the service rooms.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

The kitchens of the hotel are blocked, but supplies of food are still present in refrigerators, ready for a recovery. The accounts and bills of the last orders are still being processed now, put on hold by the protests.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Administrative part of the kitchen at the Holiday Inn. The accounts and bills of the last orders are stopped to the protest of the employees.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Snjezana Bojovic, a graduate in medicine works at the Holiday Inn as head of the bar. She, like many other workers in the hotel, has little hope in an optimal resolution of the privatization problem.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Privatization and the failure to pay salaries has triggered a protest by all employees who once numbered 280, and are now only 140.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Sajma Gugula, Mevlida Bekto and Sefka Topalov are waitresses. All three have worked at the Holiday Inn for about thirty years, and are currently without pay for four months.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Aziz Cosovic, born in 1973, has been employed at the Holiday Inn for about ten years and has gone without pay for four months.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Since the lobby of the hotel was occupied, employees sign each day for the start and end of shifts.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

The iconic hotel was built for the Olympic Games, and has had a front row seat to the tumultuous events that have characterized Bosnia for the last 30 years. Here, the areas of the dining room are seen empty.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
14 Feb 2014

The Holiday Inn Cafe was sold to a third party after the privatization process and therefore does not participate in the protests of the employees, thus remaining open to the public.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
14 Feb 2014

Mario, receptionis of the hotel, shows a photograph made in wartime.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
13 Feb 2014

Some areas of the hotel have been bought by third parties. A casino has taken the place of the hotel's dining room.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
13 Feb 2014

One of the 144 employees at Holiday deceives the time. Waiting for a response from the government.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
12 Feb 2014

Throughout the siege, the hotel has never stopped working to preserve a semblance of normality. "It was hard to be professional in such dangerous circumstances. We did what we could to maintain a decent level of service," says Mario, receptionist at the Hotel.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
12 Feb 2014

In 2003 the property was sold by the Austrian Government to a company 'Alpha Baumanagement' for 22.8 million euro. Through privatization of the Hotel the state has also sold the legal actions of employees (54%), who are awaiting trial at the court of the Canton of Sarajevo for a compensation of about 25 thousand Bosnian marks.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Mario Franjevic lost invested shares during the privatization process with the Austrian company and has been taking part in the protests inside the lobby of the hotel. He does not believe in a resolution to the problem.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

With the end of a war, the entire international engagement in Bosnia was reduced to superficial changes such as privatization, which took place for the Holiday Inn in 2000 as it did for many other companies. This trend destabilized the country and intensified the impact of the global economic crisis that today is crippling the system.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

After occupying the lobby of the hotel stopping service, except for allowing the last remaining customers to complete their stay, the employees demand their past-due wages.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Of its 10 floors, the hotel now counts only 8 active. The others were sold to third parties after privatization.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

In 2013 the hotel lost the license of international chain and became only "Holiday." Despite the name change, for the majority of the citizens of Sarajevo and those who are familiar with the landmarks of the city, it is simply The Holiday Inn.

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Holiday Inn Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Mario Franjevic, 54, was born in Sarajevo has worked at the Holiday Inn for thirty years as a waiter and then as a receptionist. He has not received government grants for three years, and has not received the monthly salary for four months. He is situated on a side of the famous "Sniper Alley," which was stormed during the war years.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

A source of pride for the Sarajeviti, it played an active role in the events related to the war that spread throughout the country between 1992 and 1995 . The difficult bureaucratic apparatus of the Canton of Sarajevo and the privatization of the Hotel led to a protest by employees.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

In the hotel are not executed maintenance work. the skeleton of this hotel counts all the signs of aging.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

“The hotel has a real story and this is what sets us apart from our competitors,” says Mario, the hotel receptionist.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
09 Feb 2014

Since 2013, the Hotel has lost the license of the international chain 'Holiday Inn,' changing its name to only 'Holiday,' and finds itself now faced with an uncertain future in an increasingly competitive market

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 1
Zagorje, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

Coalminers celebrating their holiday on St. Barbara's day