Archive for June, 2012

Alhambra

Monday, June 25th, 2012

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of the hammam in the Palace of the Alhambra

 

Spain – Grenada – Architectural detail of the Palace at the Alhambra

 

Spain – Grenada – Details of Arabesque columns inside the Alhambra Palace

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of a stone path

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of an arch in the Court of the Lions, Alhambra Palace

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of Arabesque arch, Alhambra Palace

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of Arabesque arch, Alhambra Palace

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of the pool of the Partal in the Alta Alhambra

 

Spain – Grenada – Shadow of roof tiles on a wall at the Alhambra Palace

Greece and the art of getting by – tearsheet

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

 

Here is a spread of my work – text and images – for the German magazine Efillee about the current situation in Athens.

I will post the full 6000 word text to my website shortly.

 

 

Working…

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Two images (thanks to Vivendra’s mobile phone camera) of me at work on an upcoming Conde Nast Traveller story in India.

 

Nothing like being up a ladder in 44 degree heat…

 

 

 

Delhi’s water mafia

Friday, June 15th, 2012

As Delhi labours under relentless 45 degree heat, the availability of water is as ever, a battleground. According to India Today (quoting an investigation by The Mail) reporters have uncovered a nexus of corrupt Delhi Jal Board (the local authority that looks after water in the city) employees and private tanker operators offering water for sale at inflated prices. Delhi, like many Developing World cities has a particularly rickety infrastructure when in comes to water supply. Illegal drilling of underground aquifers and horrendous pollution mean that at the best of times water supply is erratic. Add in seemingly endless low-level corruption and you have a perfect storm. I made a film about Delhi’s water wars a couple of years ago for Channel 4. You can see it here. As I said at the time, for the middle classes, access to water is an expensive and miserable inconvenience but to the poor and the slum dwellers, it is literally a daily fight. As my images show…

 

India – New Delhi – Slum dwellers scramble for water in Jai Hind Camp. The camp is home to perhaps 3000-4000 migrant workers from all over India. It has no water supplies at all so once a day, the Municipal JAL Board truck delivers some water. There is never enough for the expanding population to go around and some are left with nothing.

 

India – New Delhi – Women at the Kusumpur Pahari slum fight for water after a tanker delivery. Built more than thirty years ago the slum has no running water or sewage facilities. The only water supply come from the Municipal JAL Board water trucks that visit several times a day. The deliveries are supposed to be free but in reality, residents must pay bribes to have the water delivered.

 

India – New Delhi – A woman pushes her bike home after filling many cans from a water tanker in Kusumpur Pahari.

 

India – New Delhi – Middle class housewives in the Vasant Kunj area wait for water to be pumped into their water tanks from a JAL Board tanker. Vasant Kunj is one of many places in New Delhi that has frequent loss of mains water and relies on such infrequent tanker deliveries

 

The Independent on Sunday Review tearsheet

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The Independent on Sunday ran a shortened version (just 1000 words out of 6000) of my story The Englishman and the Eel last week. Missed it as I’m away. Here’s the spread…

 

Dart Centre Retreat

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Some weeks ago I was invited by the Dart Centre, an extraordinary resource for journalists who cover trauma in their work, to participate in a long weekend retreat in peaceful hotel the English countryside. The Dart Centre is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School Programme and seeks to promote best practice in the fields of reporting and understanding of trauma, human rights and conflict world wide. I was accompanied by a lovely group of very experienced journalists from amongst others, the BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera, The Sunday Times and The Associated Press. It was an honour to be part of this and my thanks to Dart for inviting me on such an informative and helpful weekend.

My special thanks to my colleague Lefteris Pitarakis who kindly provided an image of me during my presentation talk.

 

Dart Centre Europe weekend retreat in Weymouth, England, Saturday April 27, Sunday April 28, 2012. (Photo ©Lefteris Pitarakis)