Aussie Adam Ferguson, Sony ‘Photographer of the Year’

Australian photojournalist Adam Ferguson has been crowned Photographer of the Yr in the Sony Globe Images Awards 2022 for his collection Migrantes.

The acclaimed photojournalist instructed 9.com.au the selection was an chance to give electricity to the file variety of migrants waiting to cross the US-Mexico border by letting the topics to just take their very own pictures.

“I surrendered handle of the shutter, the minute of seize, to every single migrant to choose their possess photograph,” stated Mr Ferguson.

Stephany Solano, 17, at an casual migrant camp in Reynosa. (Stephanie Solano/Adam Ferguson)
Rosa Arévalo, 25, with her daughter, Kendra, 7, at an casual migrant camp in Reynosa ( Rosa Arévalo Cortez/Adam Ferguson)

“I did that since it felt like this process would give persons in a quite marginalised challenging level in their daily life, some agency in the in the system of the images.”

“Rather of me likely down and pointing a camera at men and women, I took a medium format digital camera and I mounted it on a tripod, and I experienced a lengthy job interview with just about every migrant and a dialogue about how they wanted to be photographed or represented,” he said.

Mr Ferguson did not want to make photos that ended up currently currently being made.

“Everything was this dramatic second of, you know, a migrant acquiring arrested by a US border formal or a police officer or border patrol officer,” he stated.

On arriving at his initially vacation spot in Ciudad Juárez, a Mexican city on the Rio Grande, the overall metropolis had just long gone into a compelled lockdown.

“It made it challenging for me to obtain the migrants for the reason that a ton of the migrant shelters put in incredibly rigorous regulations close to entry.

“They were being seeking to preserve Covid out of their institutions and out of their shelters.”

Edwardo Benavides, Linfir Estuardo López, Victor Roman Castro, and Adam Ferguson self-portrait collection “Migrantes” (Adam Ferguson)

Mr Ferguson labored along facet two Mexican journalists during his time shooting Migrantes, who he reported produced the challenge probable.

“Mexico is the most harmful nation on the planet to work in as a community journalist,” mentioned Mr Ferguson.

“I worked with two quite good journalists in Mexico that actually manufactured my position possible, helping me uncover migrants and translate.”

The collaborative project of black and white portraits was 1st released by the New York Periods in June 2021, and will go on screen at the Sony Planet Images Awards 2022 exhibition at Somerset Dwelling in London from April 13 to May possibly 2.
Carlos Soyos, 34, and his son, Enderson, 8, at the Great Samaritan migrant shelter in Ciudad Juárez (Carlos Soyos/Adam Ferguson)

Mr Ferguson stated the forthcoming exhibition gives the story a rebirth.

“It presents the story a second lifetime,” he explained.

“It builds a even bigger viewers for the migrants story.”

Adam Ferguson was born in Dubbo in regional NSW and has lived in New York Metropolis for the previous 5 yrs.

Mr Ferguson is presently doing the job on a new collection based on the Australian bush, a place he says he holds a deep relationship to.

Kenneth Proto

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