Andrew Testa

London, United Kingdom

Biography

British, 1965

Andrew began his photographic career in the early 1990s, working as a freelancer for the Guardian and Observer newspapers. Throughout the decade he documented growing environmental protests and animal rights movements. In 1999 he shifted his attention to the Balkans covering the war in Kosovo. At the end of 1999 he moved to Kosovo, which he used as a base to cover events throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. In 2005 he moved to New York where he was based for five years. He now lives in London with his wife and two children.

Andrew is a regular contributor to the New York Times and his work has been widely published in magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Stern, GEO, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, The Sunday Times Magazine, Mother Jones, MARE and Granta.

He has won numerous awards for his work ranging from three World Press Photo prizes (1994, 2002 and 2006), the Getty Grant for Editorial Photography (2006) to NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards (2006, 2008), Amnesty Media Awards Photojournalist of the Year (1999 and 2007) and POYi Awards (2001, 2005 and 2006).

Andrew's work has been exhibited all over the world - at Angkor Photo Festival (Siem Reap, 2005), Visa pour l'Image (Perpignan, France, 2006), Noorderlicht (2007), Arte Foto Festival (Ancona, Italy, 2008) and the Yangon Photo Festival (2012).

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Among the many complex issues facing negotiators from the UK and the EU trying to hammer out an agreement that will define the United Kingdom’s relationship with the bloc after March 2019 when the UK is due to exit, the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic has become the most intractable.


The red phone box, or Kiosk No.


The wars that swept across the Balkans in the early 1990s as former Yugoslavia imploded, pitted former compatriots against each other along ethnic and sectarian lines.


Global shipping is in flux, with Europe staring recession in the face and China’s stratospheric growth of years gone by now slowing markedly.


‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ – it’s the maxim of many a stock broker and company executive.


In the Arabian desert, the camel is highly prized for its endurance in extreme temperatures and its ability to go for days without a drink of water.


From its alleged beginnings as a clean and speedy way of eating meals devised by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was loath to stop playing cards in order to feed himself, to the highly evolved luxury (and often somewhat overpowering) American deli sandwich of New York fame, the concept of consuming a meal contained within a bread framework has conquered much of the industrialised world.


The ecstatic mood that accompanied the declaration of independence in February 2008 has all but dissipated and the hope for a better, European future has turned to despair on the street of Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, the only country which NATO went to war to bring into existence.


In the five days following 11 July 1995, at the height of the civil war in Bosnia, over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered by members of the ethnic Serb Army of Republika Srpska, under the command of Radko Mladic, aided by a Serbian paramilitary unit known as the ‘Scorpions’.


For almost 200 years, since its inception in 1829, the famous and quintessentially British ‘Boat Race’ where rowing teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities compete against each other on the River Thames has been a very male affair.


As the UK prepared for a general election on May 6th widely seen as the most important in a generation, party leaders criss-crossed the country in search of votes.


For minorities in the new Kosovo, the future is uncertain.


The Moken, a nomadic tribe of sea gypsies who live on the Surin Islands off the western coast of Thailand, survived the South Asian tsunami thanks to a low-tech ‘early warning system’ based on wisdom passed down through the generations.


In the space of six days in July 1995, almost 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred by Serb forces in and around the town of Srebrenica.


In July 2007 Andrew Testa won the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism for his story on the victims of acid attacks in Bangladesh.


At the end of the Kosovo war in June 1999, 5,206 people were reported missing by their families.


As Kosovo moves towards statehood, Andrew Testa has embarked on a new project.


The Kosovo conflict was played out during the final throes of Slobodan Milosevic’s reign.


All orthodox Jews who live according to the Torah and Talmud should eat kosher food.


Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on the 17th of February 2008, thus completing a long and difficult journey towards statehood.


Louisiana’s Angola state penitentiary, once described as ‘the bloodiest prison in America’ by Time magazine, is an unlikely setting for a rodeo.


‘Babies, guns, Jesus.


At fourteen, Tom Hanley had a part alongside Marlon Brando in ‘On the Waterfront’.


On November 4th 2008, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States.


Controversial tactics used by London’s Metropolitan Police during demonstrations are to be reviewed following the G20 summit held in the city in April 2009.


‘It’s easy to hide successfully when nobody wants to find you,’ an associate of Radovan Karadzic explained with a wry smile.


The highlight of every English summer, Wimbledon has become a draw for tens of thousands of spectators over a bustling two weeks in June and July.


London-based artist Ben Wilson (47) has chosen a most unusual space to be his atelier, come rain or shine: the city’s streets.


The photographs shown here were taken over the course of 18 months from the windows of Andrew Testa’s apartment in Muswell Hill, a leafy north London suburb.


The horrendous wars during the breakup of Yugoslavia made the Balkans a byword for ethnic fragmentation and inter-communal strife.


According to an Icelandic saga, Erik Thorvaldsson, a man who had been exiled from Iceland for murder around the year 982 AD, sailed West with his family and a small band of followers and established a settlement on a large island in the sea to the northwest.


Iceland is an odd place in many ways.


When international teams competing in the languid sport of curling gather in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast in February, they are highly likely to be sliding curling stones (or rocks) across the ice (or curling sheet) which were quarried and produced in Scotland.


Though his exploits take him all over the globe and to some of the most dangerous places on earth, James Bond (or 007 as he’s known to his handlers back at MI6) always returns back to London to debrief, recoup, unwind and receive a new set of gadgets to help him in his indefatigable fight to strike at global wrongdoers.


On Canada’s exposed and windswept Novia Scotia coast in small fishing communities like the town of Sambro, a few experienced fishermen are keeping alive the waning craft of fishing for swordfish using harpoons.


In the country where he served two and a half terms as prime minister, it is hard to find anyone who has a good thing to say about him.