/ 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".

Awards Monochrome Photography Awards 2016. International Black & White Photo Contest.
5 Honorable Mentions in People for my picts
PIRATES IN THE INDONESIAN SUNDA ISLANDS, FAREWELL TO THE KING and THAI DREAM.
International Photography Awards 2016. Honorable Mention in
-Culture PIRATES IN THE INDONESIAN SUNDA ISLANDS
International Photography Awards 2016. 2 Honorable Mention in
-People portrait IN THE FIELDS WITH BUFFALO.
-Culture IN THE FIELDS WITH BUFFALO.