This installment of In Sight’s series, “PHOTOGRAPHERS edit PHOTOGRAPHERS,” pairs Francesco Zizola and Pep Bonet from the international photo agency NOOR. Italian photographer Zizola has selected images from Spanish photographer Bonet’s extensive archive of projects.
Zizola opens his selection with Bonet’s contribution to the NOOR series “Consequences,” a multiyear group project on issues related to the rise of global temperatures.
“His story on Polish coal plants is a firm point in the narrative of the entire project,” Zizola wrote. Bonet’s images show how dirty the production of energy still is and how it damages not only the environment but also the humans who produce it, Zizola added.
Next are Bonet’s images from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Bonet’s work shows us “the dramatic boundary between life and death, light and shadow, pain and joy,” Zizola wrote.
In 2013, Bonet followed children at work in Bangladesh. “Modern slavery is a topic that many of us have followed in recent years because of globalization,” Zizola wrote. “Bonet’s images here are sharp, precise and show us how painful innocent lives can be,” he said.
Lastly, Zizola chose images related to gender and sex. One of Bonet’s projects included in the selection is “Forced Identity,” which portrays the lives of transgender people in Honduras. “Again, the lens is pointed on human beings, often on their darker side,” Zizola wrote, “But Pep was able to skip any vulgarity and give the viewer a look into the lives of people who are forced to sell their bodies in order to survive.”