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YOUTH 06

Welcome to YOUTH 06

In a world where everyone has a whopper camera in their pocket all the time AND their own online gallery space with an audience of hundreds, thousands or maybe even millions, what it means to be a successful photographer, and how you gain recognition has changed dramatically. In this issue of YOUTH, we chat with some shit hot snappers from around the world and find out why they stand out from the rest.

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10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MARGHERITA LOBA AMADIO

1. Margherita left high school for a few months in 2009 and worked as a post-production assistant. Later she went back to school and went on to college, but kept working as a personal assistant, retoucher and photographer.

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KEVIN GOSS-ROSS - WORDS AND PICTURES

Thinkhouse Art Director and Photographer Kevin Goss-Ross hails from the high plateaus of South Africa, but moved to Ireland in 2012, “When the Celtic Tiger’s corpse was still decomposing and the stink was thick in the air.” Clearly a fan of a tasty metaphor, Kevin’s style plays a lot on humour and storytelling.

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“We have the tools to play God!” - From posting on Instagram to shooting for Adidas in less than five years

From humble beginnings, posting images on Instagram, Elise Swopes built up a following of a quarter of a million followers and now works with some of the biggest brands in the world.

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10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ANDREW NUDING

1. Andrew Nuding’s favourite series is 'There’s Life in it Yet', which looks at the lives of those separate from society and the phenomenon of ‘hoarding’.

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CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHER HAILUN MA IS CHALLENGING EASTERN AND WESTERN GENDER NORMS

What does it mean to be ‘like a girl’? Why is ‘manning up’ all about being tough? These are the types of gender norms Chinese photographer Hailun Ma seeks to explore, understand and challenge through her work.

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“When capturing people you just need to be sensitive to their story” - South African Leeroy Jason on instilling pride through photography

Born in the small community of Montana in Cape Town, Leeroy Jason grew up people watching. He moved his people watching skills behind the lense at 11 years old, and now, at 33, he is taking South Africa by storm, using photography to ‘instill pride and a new perspective’ to the subjects he captures in an attempt to give back to his community. Our Art Director Kevin Goss-Ross sat down with Leeroy Jason to discuss what being a photographer in South Africa means to him.

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