Bronze / 2018 / Portraiture / Culture

Ghost in The shell

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Culture
  • Photographer
    Janusz Daga

Since I moved to Asia, especially in Thailand, where now I live, I was struck by the easy access of plastic surgery by young high school and university students. Since very young, boys and girls dream of changing their face, my photos speak and want to tell about them. They are between 18 and 21 years old. And everyone has already undergone one or more plastic surgery. Nose, mouth, teeth, injections to whiten skin, reduction of ear lobes, silicone in the breast. Invasive interventions that change forever the shape of a body, a face. Surgeries often operated in improvised clinics, outside the official circuits. Because young people have little money and the surgery are expensive. Like the injections to whiten the skin, buy on social media for a few pennies and without any guarantee of safety. I asked them to pose for me, to tell this story. A story that also

I'm a photographer and journalist now based in Asia. From my home base I can follows the -asian- region's main social and environmental issues day by day. Nowadays, my work is focused on the poorest people life, working conditions and daily struggles.
​Usually I shot with my small 35mm lens. I chose this lens because it forces me to get in touch with the people I photograph. Always thinking of the words of Robert Capa: "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough".