Jessica Nolte is a photographer and documentarian journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. Has been working with Baboon Films (www.baboon.com.br) since 2010, where she produced and photographed more than 20 documentaries. Jessica has passed 30 days in Mongolia registering the nomadic life. Unveiled the slave labor in the silver mines of Potosí, for which she was a finalist in Brazil’s biggest media and journalism awards “Prêmio ESSO”. Also got two honorable mentions, one at the human rights award (ANAMATRA) and the other for her photograph “Silver Widows” on the Latin-American Photography award. In Uganda she revealed child sacrifice for magic rituals, for which she also was a finalist at “Prêmio ESSO”. During the last 4 years, she has been very passionately dedicating her life to Patagonia. In 2015 she founded Fitzroya Media House, a creative company based in Chilean Patagonia in which she is a partner and director. You can see more of her work on these websites: www.jessicanolte.com www.baboon.com.br www.fitzroyamediahouse.com
LIVING IN THE PAST. The Mennonite religion was formed during the Protestant Reformation in Europe around the sixteenth century. Anabaptist and pacifist believe that they will only reach paradise living a simple life. Due to their beliefs, they were persecuted throughout their existence, causing them to migrate from Switzerland to Russia, Canada and then to South America. Today there are thousands of colonies spread across countries such as Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia, where they live the same way they lived almost 500 years ago. With few luxuries, they lead a simple and quiet life, away from cars, music or any other kind of technology.
EAGLE HUNTERS. Fleeing tribal warfare, a small group of Kazakhs settled in the isolated Altai Mountains of Mongolia. Until this day they have kept their language and cultural traditions alive. Eagle hunting is a tradition that dates back about 2000 years, and the skills of the hunt have been passed down through many generations.
KORANIC VOICES. A group of boys sitting in the dirt of Timbuktu’s streets, each with a wooden board in hand reciting the words of the Koran… this is a very common sight all over Mali, in western Africa.
Asado Patagonico. Typical Patagonian barbecue.
A little hut deeply hidden in the middle of Patagonian mountains.
Preparing for an expedition thru the unexplored valleys of "El Azul" in the region of "Patagonia Verde" (Northern Chilean Patagonia).
Futaleufu, Chilean Patagonia.
DOGON. Stretched over the 200 kilometers of the Bandiagara Cliffs in southern Mali, you will find hundreds of houses embedded into the mountains. That is where the Dogon people have been living for over a thousand years. Scattered in numerous small villages, the Dogon have preserved their culture and way of living like few others have.
GO OUTSIDE MAGAZINE. Story about the region of Futaleufu, chilean Patagonia.
UNDERGROUND LIVING. Ukraine has suffered an economic downturn and a change in values since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. For this reason, many people have been forced to seek a livelihood in the streets. Today in Odessa, an estimated 11,000 people are homeless. Among them are young people who live hidden in the underground city, and engage in illicit actions and high drug use. This combination makes the country have one of the world’s fastest growing HIV epidemics. Every day, 57 new cases of HIV positive are discovered.
THE HELL OF POTOSI. The infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico have been the source to half of the world’s silver. Today there are only crumbs left. But the slave labor conditions that prevailed in the sixteenth century, unfortunately still overrule.
MALI SOLDIERS. During a planned trip to Timbuktu on the year of 2011, we were surprised by a series of Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Magreb attacks, which changed the focus of our visit completely. Accompanied by an armed escort, we entered the city to investigate the occurrences. This is one of a series of portraits of the soldiers who accompanied us.
NOMADIC CYCLE. In 2011 I spent a month documenting the life of nomads in Mongolia, one of the last places on earth where nomadic culture still prevails. The pastoral way of life they have adopted during their 3000 years of history, keeps them moving at least 2 times a year to find better pastures and campsites. With approximately 50 percent of it’s population still living on the steppes, the economic and social changes are forcing many to leave their traditional way of life behind and migrate to the cities with the illusion of finding a better life.