As you know, I normally don't do (features) Journals.
The exception goes to those photographers that had some historical importance in the photography World, those that influence(d) me, those that I believe can move others like they moved me, humanitarian photographers, and that normally live in the shadows of the same old Features and references.
So, today I bring you Javier Acenillas. He is a Spanish freelance photographer and a psychologist at the Complutense University of Madrid. He describes himself as a humanist, and develops humanitarian essays.
He has won a number of international prizes, including: The Arts Press Award, Kodak Young Photographer, European Social Fund Grant, Euro Press of Fujifilm, INJUVE, Foto Press Third Prize, Luis Valtueña of Médicos del Mundo, Journalism Doñana´s prize, Luis Ksado, Make History, UNICEF, World Photography of the Year, Fotoevidence, Finalist of the Leica Prize 2009 and Antropography 2010.
He is a member of Gea Photowords.
Still working on his last essay: Sicarios. The Sicario, or contract killer, is one of the most popular and respected professions in Latin America. Throughout Guatemala, Salvador and Mexico the quantity of Sicarios are frighteningly high despite the variability of compensation, with each assassination bringing in as little as 15 and as high as 10,000.
Javier focuses on humanitarian stories, having completed photographic essays on such topics as refugees in Bangladesh, Marijuana traffickers in Jamaica and rubbish dump settlements in Central America, carrying his Canon EOS 5D Mark II and two wide-angle Canon EF primes.
He has my respect.
Here are some examples of his work, which contains some elements of violence and might be disturbing for some viewers, even though I selected carefully.
Javier Acenillas can be found here[link]