About Iva Zimova

I'm not a reporter who courageously records conflicts wherever they occur; in fact, I'm always scared before a trip. I never know what the trip will be like, who I meet or where I will sleep.

I always carry my camera with me in my backpack. The pack becomes a part of my body and if I don't have it on me I feel like I'missing something. To have my camera with me at all times gives me opportunities to photograph anything interesting, anytime.

I like to stay with the people of the region I am visiting; live with them, eat with them, work with them. I just can't jump into their lives, take the photos and leave. I must become comfortable with them - I need to be accepted by the community or by the family I stay with. Then I can take the pictures.

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