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Martin Trabalik is a Czech photographer and videographer based in Prague. In his work, he is focused on social and humanitarian issues. He studied Humanities at Charles University in Prague, but soon left to Japan, where he studied Japanese culture, Martial Arts and Physical Education. After his return to Prague, he worked for Czech NGO Nautis. In January 2016 he left to volunteer in European Refugee Crisis on the island of Lesbos. He spent half a year in Greece and Balkans, becoming interested in photography in the process. Since then he has worked on several projects, traveling to Spain, Armenia, Poland and recently Bangladesh. Martin frequently works with reporter Ariadna Garcia Chas with whom they form documentary duo Drowned in Venice.
Joined 29 June 2018

Shubaik sits during his testimony, he is still unable to stand. He just went to visit his father who was an imam of the village, when he was caught in the middle of an attack of Myanmar's army. Two of the bullets found him and he was carried unconscious into Bangladesh. He will never see his father again…

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Refugee children make kites out of the tents broken by the strong wind coming down from Macedonian mountains. Taken in Idomeni, Greece 2016.

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A tent in a refugee camp. Taken in Idomeni, Greece 2016.

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"You have to love the clay like a woman" says Maris when asked about his craft. On the picture he is burning moulded pots, an event, that is always closely watched by the community. Pottery is one of the traditional arts in Latgale.

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A woman walks through a refugee camp. Taken in Idomeni, 2016

idomeni #refugee #fence

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Refugees talk to each other after the storm. In dire conditions of refugee camps, simple natural events like rain have much more serious consequences.

refugee #camp #idomeni2016

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Simon, the old sailor from Faroe Islands. The sea separates Faroe Islands from the land and sailors connect them again with vast reaches of oceans that surround them and bringing exotic flavors of foreign countries back with them. #faroe

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Father and daughter. Idomeni refugee camp, Greece 2016

refugee #syrian #humanitarian #crisis

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A tent in Idomeni refugee camp, Greece 2016

refugee #camp #tent #documentary

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Kopalnia Wujek in Katowice. Mining used to strongly define Silesian culture. Today it is slowly declining, but new industries are emerging instead.

silesia #mining #mine #katowice #industrial

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Faroe Islands, one of the Europe's secluded paradises. They belong to Denmark, but there is a strong support for indepence.

drownedinvenice #documentary #faroeislands

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A boy brings water for his family in refugee camp Kutupalong in the south of Bangladesh. Right now, Kutupalong might be the biggest refugee camp in the world.

rohingya #refugee #bangladesh

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Goat and destruction. Donetsk, Kievkyi District. War in Ukraine has claimed over 10 000 lives.

documentary #donetsk #ukraine #russia

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Idomeni Madona - mother in refugee camp Idomeni contemplates future of her newborn son. Taken in Greece, spring 2016

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Remember #refugees Taken in Idomeni refugee camp in the spring of 2016

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In Donetsk People's Republic the nostalgy after collapsed Soviet Union is often visible.

donetsk #documentary #ukraine #russia

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Faroe Islands. From the series Beyond Catalonia exploring developing identities of various regions in Europe.

Drowned in Venice Production

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Rohingya refugees are waiting in rain for humanitarian assistance. This picture was taken in October 2017. At the time, rain season was just finishing. Now it started again, with unexpected violence…

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