Fabian Muir
AUSTRALIA
Fabian Muir is an Australian documentary and fine art photographer, and occasional writer, based in Sydney and Berlin. Originally with a legal background, the principal motivation behind his projects and practice is a focus on humanist issues combined with strong visual storytelling. In addition to extensive experience in documenting the countries and de facto republics of the former Soviet Union, he has recently completed a two-year project on the DPRK (North Korea). His series ‘Intimate Perspectives on North Korea’ was selected as a documentary finalist in the inaugural Magnum Photography Awards, while ‘Searching for North Korea’ has been honoured as finalist in the 2017 FotoEvidence Book Award. ‘Shades of Leisure in North Korea’ was selected as finalist for the 2017 WPA/ZEISS Photography Award, awarded 1st Place in Photojournalism and Grand Prize across all categories for the 2017 PhotogrVphy Magazine Grant and selected as winner of PDN Emerging Photographer 2018 (to be announced). He is represented by Michael Reid Gallery in Sydney and Berlin. He has had major solo and group exhibitions in both Australia and Europe. His work has been acquired by significant collections.
Shades of Leisure in North Korea
Mention of ‘North Korea’ evokes a very specific mental image, dominated by military parades, the leaders, and the famine of the 1990s. Its reputation has deteriorated even further in 2017 with a surge in weapons testing and the tragic death of a detained US tourist. Even so, life in North Korea is far more layered than outsiders might believe and there are many unseen sides that escape mainstream attention. This series of images, compiled across a two-year survey of all corners of the country, explores other sides of North Korea that are rarely shown, in an attempt to go past the cliché and open unexpected yet useful, new perspectives to the viewer. These are relevant now, in a period of unprecedented verbal barrages between the DPRK and the USA, coupled with signs of a nascent rapprochement with South Korea surrounding the Winter Olympics. This is not to say that life in North Korea is one of constant singing, visits to the beach or fun fairs. But nor is it a constant military parade or weapons test. Surprisingly for those who have not been there, street-level North Koreans enjoy many of the same things anyone does, even as they inhabit a truly unique social and political context.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.