Indonesia, Bali, Singaraja 16. April 2013 - Komang, 26 years old is chained by her family in a hut in the jungle near Singaraja for 8 years. The family says Komang could not handle her divorce. She strayed aimlessly and naked through the village, as the family decidided to put her in chains. The only support that families receive from the state for their mentally ill family members, is a concrete shack which is built to lock away the “possessed”.

Christian Werner 004915252499021 Germany


 Christian Werner is a freelance photographer based in Nordstemmen, Germany.
As a teenager he developed his interest in photography while travelling to foreign countries.
Since 2009 he’s studying photojournalism at the University of Applied Sciences in Hannover.
His main interests are social diversity and global political issues. The areas of interest is mainly
the arabic world and culture.
Chris worked in various countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America.
His work has been exhibited internationally. He welcomes assignments local and overseas.
Since 2012 Christian is represented by agency laif.

1987 – born in Hannover
2007 – final secondary-school examinations
2008 – seven-month practical course at the photography department of the newspaper „Neue Presse“, Hannover
2009 – begin of photojournalism study at the University of Applied Sciences in Hannover
2012 – represented by agency laif
2012 – four-month practical course at the photography and multimedia department of the magazine „DER SPIEGEL“, Hamburg
2012, “BEST PORTFOLIO”- competition, 3rd , Freundeskreis des Hauses der Photographie e.V.
2012, Unicef Photo of the Year, Honorable Mention, Unicef
2013, Canon ProfiFoto Award 13/1, winner, Profifoto
2013, PDN photo annual, winner, Pdn photo annual
2013, px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, gold medal, px3
2013, brennpunkt AWARD, winner, brennpunkt
2013, American Aperture Awards, 2 x winner, ax3
2013, dpa news talent, 2nd, dpa news talent
2013, Axel-Springer-Preis, finalist, Axel-Springer-Preis
2013, Alexia Foundation Professional Grant, finalist, Alexia Foundation
2013, Eugene Smith Grant, finalist, Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
2013, Kindernothilfe Medienpreis, winner, Kindernothilfe
2013, Felix Schoeller Photo Award, nominated, FSPA
2013, JGS Photography Contest, runner-up, Forward Thinking Museum
2013, 68th College Photographer of the Year, gold + bronze medal, CPOY
2013, Fellowship 14, Commendation Award, Silver Eye Center for Photography
2014, Sony World Photography Award, shortlisted, WPO
2014, CNN Journalist Award, nominated, CNN Journalist Award