Iva Zimova (39) More files...
Czech and Canadian b.1956

I first developed my photographic eye in Montreal, where I studied photography at Dawson College. But Dawson Collage teaches commercial photography, and in any case I found that I was more comfortable wandering the streets with my camera than being locked up in a studio.

Montreal's streets were not enough for me, however, so I started to travel to different places. I became resolved to document the lives of people who are persecuted or neglected. In 1998, during the war in Kosovo, I encountered the Czech NGO, People in Need, and since then I have contributed to their efforts with my work.

It's very important for me to be involved in the environment that I am photographing. To be accepted by the people I photograph and to become one of them is a part of what I do.

A woman plasters a wall as she builds herself a new house with the aid of...
Children playing on a balcony of the former Kartli Sanatorium. Their parents...
A woman begging in front of Michaylovski Cathedral.
A child holds a Ukrainian flag at a rally held in Kyiv on the last day of...
A communist woman celebrates May Day in Kiev.
Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is surrounded by journalists and supporters...
An elderly woman in her Montreal apartment.
A motorised canoe speeds along the Great Whale River behind an Inuit woman...
Men in a bar
A naan seller carries his bread, wrapped to stay fresh, on his head.
An Afghan National policeman stands with a rifle slung over his shoulder.
A husband and wife stand together in a glade of trees.
A man ventures out to collect water during the harshest winter Afghanistan had...
Dr. Reshad, of Kabul's University Eye Hospital (UEH), situated in Kabul...
A woman in a burqa in the midst of a group of boys playing football.
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