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Photos: What does trust look like?

Updated 1:20 PM ET, Sat October 13, 2012
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World Press Photo annually hosts the Joop Swart Masterclass, giving up-and-coming photographers the chance to be mentored by prominent experts in the industry. A book, "Next#02," focusing on the theme "trust" will feature essays from the 12 student photographers and will be available in bookstores in November. Seen here is "Cave Albino" by Turkish photographer Cemil Batur Gökçeer. "Caves, associated in mythology with freedom of soul, resurrection, and contemplation, have in many places been transformed into tourist spectacles. The photographer considered this transformation, and the way that culture and landscape have been packaged to become products for global tourism, in a way that affected not only his choice of subject matter, but his technique in developing the images," according to a press release from World Press Photo. Cemil Batur Gökçeer
"River Valley Vernacular" by Swedish photographer Maja Daniels. "Even in the remote Swedish region of Älvdalen, globalization and urbanization have an impact on youth. They know what the wider world can offer, and struggle with the scant opportunities at home. Yet it is they who are entrusted with keeping traditions alive. The photographer focused on the relationship between generations in a changing social climate, and on attempts to preserve a local dialect," the press release said. Maja Daniels
"In Between" by Bieke Depoorter of Egypt. "At a time of great political change in Egypt, the photographer focused not so much on events occurring out on the streets, but instead turned her attention indoors. She asked people she met during chance encounters whether she could spend a night at their house. This required a great deal of trust, in both directions, and led to transient, but powerful, shared moments," the press release explained. Bieke Depoorter
"The Fog of War" by Ilkin Huseynov of Azerbaijan. "A long period of conflict in the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. The photographer documented the lives of refugees living in border villages in Azerbaijan, where daily life still presents dangers. Trying to arrange access was difficult, and gave him the feeling he was entangled in a web of mistrust," according to the press release. Ilkin Huseynov
"Daniel" by Russian photographer Tatiana Ilina. "The photographer met Daniel in Paris, and was immediately drawn to his inner power and vibrancy. In the following days they spent almost every hour together, as he showed her another Paris, gave her a new view on life. Along the way, she photographed him, to convey the way she saw him, allowing others to look at him through her eyes," World Press Photo said. Tatiana Ilina
"Love on the Assembly Line" by Jia Dai Teng Fei of China. "A wedding photo set in beautiful scenery, with a lovely blue sky, is the dream of many young couples. But such portraits are expensive in China, and beyond the reach of large numbers of workers who come from rural areas to seek their fortunes in cities. The photographer decided to give a few of them the opportunity of a different sort of wedding picture - set against the backdrop of their workplace," the press release stated. Jia Dai Teng Fei
"Traces" by Japanese photographer Hajime Kimura. "In Japan in 2007, there was a succession of reports about old people discovered in their apartments long after they had died. The photographer was shocked by that, and thought of his own father, who also lived alone. When he learned his father that was dying of cancer, he began to take photos of him, feeling that these records became a proof of the old man's existence. The experience led to a new sort of trust growing between them." Hajime Kimura
"Swingers" by Sofie Amalie Klougart of Denmark. "Swinging is sexual activity that can involve partner-swapping, group sex, or sex with your own partner in other people's presence. Visiting a number of swinger clubs in Denmark, the photographer explored the way in which swingers have to be aware of whom they trust, in order to give in to their desires, and of how couples who swing have to trust each other," according to World Press Photo. Sofie Amalie Klougart
"Strangers" by Indian photographer Dhruv Malhotra. "Increasing urban migration in India has led to fundamental changes in old ways of life. People often no longer know their neighbors. The photographer knocked on the doors of complete strangers in Jaipur, and asked to photograph them. Building an immediate trusting relationship was essential to this process, but the photographer pushed his own boundaries, too, as intimate portrait photography was a new direction for him," according to the press release. Dhruv Malhotra
"Alhamdulillah" (Praise to God), by Muhammed Muheisen from Jordan. "In recent years, Pakistan has been rocked by hundreds of attacks on civilians. Yet in this majority Muslim country, many of the devout embrace such tragedies as their particular fate - as an expression of Allah's will, in which they trust. The photographer traveled to different cities to meet survivors face to face, and to hear their stories," World Press Photo stated. Muhammed Muheisen
"Prepared to Flee" by Ilvy Njiokiktjien of the Netherlands. "Suidlanders, a group of white South Africans, believe that their country is nearing anarchy and that they may soon become targets of violent attack. They plan to flee to safe havens in the hinterland. The Suidlanders' faith in God and in their organization inspired the photographer to document their preparations for a departure that might never happen," the press release said. Ilvy Njiokiktjien
"Elatma" by Russian photographer Anastasia Rudenko. "Elatma is a small town, some 300 kilometers east of Moscow, that is home to six institutions for the mentally disabled. The photographer wanted to portray the everyday lives of the mentally disabled people there, and to explore the degree of trust she could build up with them. Getting access was difficult, and in the end she was permitted to work in only two of the institutions," according to the press release. Anastasia Rudenko