For the past eight years, PDN has teamed up with Parsons The New School for Design to
award students and emerging professionals the MAr Ty ForScHEr FEllo WSHIP FuND for
outstanding achievements in humanistic photography. congratulations to professional award
winner Antonio Bolfo, who will receive a $2,700 cash prize, and student award winner Tobin
Jones, who will receive a $1,500 cash prize.
Michelle Bogre is a photographer, writer, and lawyer
specializing in copyright and media law. She is the former
chair of the photography department at Parsons The New
School for Design and is currently an associate professor.
Peter B. KaPlan has been a photographer for more than 30 years,
and his photographs have appeared in countless publications. Kaplan
documented the Statue of liberty’s historic restoration beginning in
1982 and currently has the most extensive story on the statue.
© antonio bolfo
A child prepares to sift through burning garbage in search of scraps to recycle and sell. serious
burn injuries are very common due to the burning trash falling on people while they search.
Antonio Bolfe was born and raised in New
york city to Korean and Italian immigrants. He
grew up drawing and painting, and attended
the rhode Island School of Design and the
International center of Photography. His work
has been published in The New York Times,
TIME, Newsweek, American Photography and
Communication Arts, among others. He is based in New york
city and is represented by reportage by Getty Images. Bolfo
has won this award for his series titled “Survival in cite Soleil,”
which documents the mass dumps in cite Soleil, an extremely
impoverished and densely populated commune located in the
Port-au-Prince metropolitan area of Haiti.
Tobin Jones is a photographer of English and
American descent. He has spent much of his life
living in Africa, which he now considers home.
Born in Botswana in 1986, Jones spent most of
his childhood growing up in Malawi and Kenya.
With his experience in Africa and in international
development, Jones hopes to use his photography
to capture stories on the continent that might otherwise be
overlooked. This will entail subjects that have to do with African
society’s entrance into the modern world and the inevitable
clash that it so often creates. He has won this award for his work
documenting prostitution in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums.
The prostitutes in the series can be bought for as little as $1. For
this they risk getting HIV, unwanted pregnancies and violent
abuse from their customers.
© tobin jones
A sex worker waits in a bar for customers. sexual inequality is still a huge problem in Kibera,
with men almost always having authority over women in the slum. Combined with alcohol,
this makes for an atmosphere in which women can rarely say “no” to a man.