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Dan Nelken


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Photograph by Dan Nelken

Image Title: Abur Janet (Age 38) Working In Quarry For 10 Years Breaking Stones To Gravel Size

Paper Dimensions (H x W): 16 x 24

Image Dimensions (H x W): 13.28 x 20

Year Created: 2018

Edition #1 of 10 + 3AP

Image Description: HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda is an ongoing photographic and storytelling project focusing on working women in rural Uganda. Uganda has one of the world's fastest-growing and youngest populations (15.9 years median age). These facts directly impact the lives of women who face increased economic pressure and lack of educational opportunities for their children. I hope that there is recognition of the impact that educational and economic barriers often prevent women from achieving their life goals. Their current status is an actual balancing act.

Photographer's Bio: Dan Nelken was born in Tel Aviv and immigrated to the USA with his family. By the time he was 11-years old, Nelken had lived in four countries where three different native languages were spoken. As a result, he developed an innate understanding of being "the other," who struggle to adapt to new circumstances. He is known for his portrait work of those outside society's mainstream. His portraits aspire to accentuate individuality while acknowledging the importance of group behaviors, habits, and rituals. His ongoing project, HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda, exemplifies his commitment to this theme. He received his BFA degree from Pratt Institute. His work has been published and exhibited internationally and is in several museums as well as private collections.