Anna Filipova is a documentary photographer based in Paris. She has worked for the International New York Times and has been published in Dazed & Confused and The Guardian, amongst others. For the past few years, she has been focusing on the northern parts of the world, where she explores social and environmental topics based in remote and inaccessible areas.
Anna’s project, “Euthanasia Tourism” will look at the pro-euthanasia movement. The term comes from the groups that organizes trips for potential suicide candidates to the place where euthanasia is permitted. The phenomenon of suicide tourism is unique to Switzerland, and is the only place in the world where a person seeking an assisted suicide can be helped to die.
Switzerland has legislatively permitted assisted suicide since 1942. There, it is not punishable, compared to other countries where euthanasia has been legalized, but generally remains as a criminal homicide such as in Belgium and The Netherlands. Anna will be documenting patients, physicians and others who run organizations that offer suicide assistance. Her project will include photographs, interviews and video.
Anna’s submitted portfolio, Mines in the Arctic, looked at Svalbard, home of the northernmost coal mines in the world. She says of the work, “It is a place trapped in the past, not much has changed since it was build. Being a community traditionally based on mining, Svalbard is still a male dominated society. Nowadays most of Svalbard residents are transient. After all Svalbard is more or less a workplace.”