Iva Zimova

Czech and Canadian b.1956~~I first developed my photographic eye in Montreal, where I studied photography at Dawson College. But Dawson Collage teaches commercial photography, and in any case I found that I was more comfortable wandering the streets with my camera than being locked up in a studio.~~Montreal’s streets were not enough for me, however, so I started to travel to different places. I became resolved to document the lives of people who are persecuted or neglected. In 1998, during the war in Kosovo, I encountered the Czech NGO, People in Need, and since then I have contributed to their efforts with my work.~~It’s very important for me to be involved in the environment that I am photographing. To be accepted by the people I photograph and to become one of them is a part of what I do.

This takes time, but it allows me to be a privileged witness of social occasions and rituals that would otherwise be off-limits: births, baptisms, spiritual ceremonies, weddings and funerals.~~I always carry my cameras (one digital and one film camera) with me in my backpack. The pack becomes a part of my body and if I don't have it on me, I feel like I'm missing something. To have my cameras with me at all times gives me the opportunity to photograph anything that I find interesting, at anytime.~~~

 

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    PAKISTAN

    A woman plasters a wall as she builds herself a new...

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    GEORGIA

    Children playing on a balcony of the former Kartli...

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    UKRAINE

    A woman begging in front of Michaylovski Cathedral.

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    UKRAINE

    A child holds a Ukrainian flag at a rally held in...

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    UKRAINE

    A communist woman celebrates May Day in Kiev.

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    UKRAINE

    Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is surrounded by...

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    CANADA

    An elderly woman in her Montreal apartment.

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    CANADA

    A motorised canoe speeds along the Great Whale River...

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    Dominican Republic

    Men in a bar

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    AFGHANISTAN

    A naan seller carries his bread, wrapped to stay...

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    AFGHANISTAN

    An Afghan National policeman stands with a rifle...

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    AFGHANISTAN

    A husband and wife stand together in a glade of trees.

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    AFGHANISTAN

    A man ventures out to collect water during the...

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    AFGHANISTAN

    Dr. Reshad, of Kabul's University Eye Hospital (UEH),...

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    AFGHANISTAN

    A woman in a burqa in the midst of a group of boys...

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    AFGHANISTAN

    IDPs on their way home to their villages, after the...

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    AFGHANISTAN

    A woman wearing a burqa holds an ice cream cone on a...

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    AFGHANISTAN

    Empty tank shells are used to hold up the goalposts...

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    JORDAN

    Ahmed is sixteen years old. He has been working since...

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    JORDAN

    Women wait to vote on election day in Amman.

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    JORDAN

    Stickers and posters for parlimentary candidates...

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    JORDAN

    A woman in a Niqab stands in front of a mural of King...

    © Iva Zimova

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    ISRAEL (PALESTINE)

    A stencil drawing of Mohammed Muflih, a young boy...

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    ETHIOPIA

    Supporters of the opposition party CUD (Coalition for...

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    ETHIOPIA

    A man builds a school's wall from clay and adobe.

    © Iva Zimova

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    ETHIOPIA

    A man explains to voters how to fill in their ballots...

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    ETHIOPIA

    A girl on her way to collect water from a pond.

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    GEORGIA

    Two women wait for customers in currency exchange...

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    AZERBAIJAN

    An Azeri woman dressed up for a night out leaves the...

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    PERU

    Two men walk through the town of Cusco.

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    RUSSIA

    Women celebrate the International Women's Day in...

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    MEXICO

    A man is carried on a cross during a Passion Play, a...

    © Iva Zimova

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    MEXICO

    A newly wed bride is carried across the threshold of...

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    MEXICO

    Men and women chat outside a bar.

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    KAZAKHSTAN

    A man leads his camel across arid terrain against...

    © Iva Zimova

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    KYRGYZSTAN

    Young love and rock and roll.

    © Iva Zimova

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