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Cinq, a OneShot production
Cinq, a OneShot production

"I try to tell what's happening, but I try to be considerate, and also make poetic and beautiful images. It's important to be sensitive, and acknowledge the complexity of what's going on." That's how Italian photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli of the Contrasto agency recently described his work to the British Journal of Photography.

A long-term project focused on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen just earned him the 2019 World Press Photo award for General News, Stories.

Tugnoli recounted the stories behind five of his most powerful images from Yemen for this OneShot: Cinq video production.

Yemen Crisis — © Lorenzo Tugnoli / Contrasto for the Washington Post / OneShot​​

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Return To Clay: Why An Ancient Building Material Is Back In Fashion

Concrete and glass are often thought of as the only building materials of modern architecture. But Francis Diébédo Kéré, the first African winner of a prestigious Pritzker architecture prize, works with clay, whose sustainability is not the only benefit.

Francis Diébédo Kéré extended the primary school in the village of Gando, Burkina Faso

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"Clay is fascinating. It has this unique grain and is both beautiful and soft. It soothes; it contributes to well-being..."

Francis Diébédo Kéré, the first African to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize last March, is paying tribute to clay. It's a material that he adores, which has too often been shunned and attributed to modest constructions and peasant houses. Diébédo Kéré has always wanted to celebrate "earthen architecture”: buildings made out of clay. It's a technique that has been used for at least 10,000 years, which draws on this telluric element, known as dried mud, beaten earth, rammed earth, cob or adobe.

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