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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.


Portrait of a miner on his way out of work 850-meters underground at the Sosnica-Makoszowy coal mine in Poland in 2009. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)

A miner at work. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)

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.


A man walking through the smoke in downtown Port-au-Prince where people burn trash and sometimes bodies in January 2010. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)

A woman praying outside the destroyed Port-au-Prince Cathedral, known as Cathedral Notre-Dame, that collapsed during the earthquake in January 2010. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)

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.


Kabir, 12, collects trash in Bangladesh in 2013. Driven by poverty, he works eight hours a day collecting garbage to resell. Although the law prohibits child labor, the practice is consistent throughout the region. Enforcement of existing laws is inadequate. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)

Maruf, 13, is seen working in Bangladesh in 2013. He works five-hour shifts every day at the Rajshahi central market. His work entails collecting and delivering vegetables to customers and sellers from one place to another. He earns approximately $1 dollar a day. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)

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.”


Wilmer Sasha, 31, (left) gets dressed with 23-year-old Alberto Lino “Keisy Kawami” (right) in Honduras in 2008. Both are transgender women who are HIV positive and are sex workers. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)

A 12-year-old, who is transgendered and a sex worker is seen in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 2008. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)

Tammy La Close, a drag queen, performs at Site Club in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. (Pep Bonet /NOOR)