Rodeo Girls is an ongoing portrait project about young girls from Texas who compete in rodeos.
These individuals have a fundamentally different idea about their femininity and a contrasting attitude towards gender roles. They are engaged in activities that traditionally were reserved for men; they possess great physical strength and demonstrate their dominance over animals.
I am interested in the limitation these girls face in expressing their femininity and the transference of it onto animals.
— Ilona Szwarc
The photographer collaborates with his grandparents to create a loving, playful portrait series that pulls together elements of time, place and mixed cultural heritage.
An award-winning photobook, The Pigs echoes the design and form of "The Economist" to deliver photoessays of real situations in four countries suffering in economic crisis in the EU: Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain — referred to by the financial press with the disparaging acronym PIGS.
Some animals are "manufactured" as food, while others are pampered as pets — it's an uncomfortable contradiction that most people prefer to ignore, but the conflicting realities are examined directly with this photo project commissioned in the Netherlands.