An airline in need of a lift

We’re looking back at our judges’ favourite images from the CR Photography Annual 2014. Here, Gemma Fletcher of Getty Images explains why she chose NIck Ballon’s Ezekiel 36:36 documentary series on Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB), one of the world’s oldest surviving airlines

With entries now open for the 2015 Creative Review Photography Annual, we are looking back at the big winners from last year. Nick Ballon‘s poignant Ezekiel 36:36 series on Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano tells the story of an airline in dire need of investment.

Captain Zabalaga’s crew went on strike in late 2012, demanding salaries that were owed to them but which couldn’t be paid due to the airline’s growing financial troubles. Captain Zabalaga handed in his resignation days later.
Captain Zabalaga’s crew went on strike in late 2012, demanding salaries that were owed to them but which couldn’t be paid due to the airline’s growing financial troubles. Captain Zabalaga handed in his resignation days later.

Art director Gemma Fletcher, one of our judges last year, explains why she chose it as one of our Best in Books: “Every time I return to these pictures, something new is revealed. The multi-layered narrative of the project plays with the paradox of loss and optimism.

Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano continues to wait, with resolve and conviction, having endured a long struggle for LAB’s survival. Like the phoenix LAB can rise up from the ashes and have new life.
Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano continues to wait, with resolve and conviction, having endured a long struggle for LAB’s survival. Like the phoenix LAB can rise up from the ashes and have new life.

“Each image is its own unique tragedy, captured with a delicate use of colour and light bringing hope and beauty to the struggles of the people and places that make up Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano. The surreal portraits of employees, torn between their past, present and imagined future have a quiet beauty, both haunting and captivating.”

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From Nick Ballon’s Ezekiel 36:36 project, winner of Best in Book in the CR Photography Annual 2014
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From Nick Ballon’s Ezekiel 36:36 project, winner of Best in Book in the CR Photography Annual 2014
Waiting has become an impotant part of the struggle for LAB’s remaining employees. Worker shold the fort as a symbol ofcompanionship. Their presenceis also needed to fend off closureor occupation by government and tax officials.
Waiting has become an important part of the struggle for LAB’s remaining employees. Workers hold the fort as a symbol of companionship. Their presence is also needed to fend off closure or occupation by government and tax officials.

You can see all the work that was entered into the CR Photography Annual last year at our entry showcase here.

For full information about how to enter this year’s CR Photography Annual, go here

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