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Whether it was the day the earthquake hit in Haiti, post aftershock or from six months prior to the natural disaster, when looking at images of the island, the abject poverty, despair, and chaos is apparent and abrasive. In the fall of 2008 photographer/reporter team, Bear Guerra and Ruxandra Guidi traveled to Haiti with a International Reporting Project fellowship from Johns Hopkins University to report on the efficacy of aid. With billions of dollars of aid invested into Haiti, the question on their minds was why no concrete and sustainable improvements had been established for the Haitian people. Together, Ruxandra and Bear created a multimedia piece which contains his black and white photographs and poignant interviews with several officials on Haiti.
What makes Bear and Ruxandra’s work so pertinent post-disaster, is the examination of Haiti’s socio-economic background as the root of the destruction that we see today. In one interview, Anne Hastings, Director Fonkoze, Alternative Bank for the Poor which provides aid to Haiti foreshadows current events when she says, “God forbid the day [a hurricane] hits Port-au-Prince head on because it is going to be really disastrous.” In writing, Bear makes the point that, “Haitians have been left out of the discussions about their own destinies for far too long. If the international community is serious about wanting to help the country rebuild, it must first listen to those who are most affected by their policies.” The multimedia piece concludes with a photographic stare down from the Haitian people, allowing no escape from the penetrating glare of people who need help.
Benedicte Kurzen is a co-founder and member of Eve Photographers and part of the VII Mentor Program. Other projects she has been involved in include a video piece with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) called Shattered Lives about victims of sexual violence and the physical and psychological services that are offered at MSF clinics. This Day of Change is an incredible collaboration project that involved the photographs from 132 photographers from around the world and their images from 1.20.09, the day the Barack Obama was became the president of the United States. Benedicte’s personal portfolios looks at politics, violence and culture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as AIDS transmission between mother and child in South Africa.
Lourdes Segade is a Barcelona based photographer whose work appears in newspapers and magazines all over the world. In Spain, Lourdes confronts common modern day issues of AIDS, child obesity and dwarfism through the perspective of motherhood. Internationally, she has documented life after the Chernobyl meltdown, the daily relationship of women and water in Malawai and a glimpse at Nepal and Bhutan. Lourdes is a founding member of Eve Photographers and member of the French collective PictureTank (where you can see over 25 of her portfolios.)
Newsha Tavakolianas was born and raised in Tehran and started working for the Iranian press when she was 16 years old. She has covered stories in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India and Yeman. Newsha’s focus in her own country on personal issues of history, religion, and woman’s rights offers deep and powerful imagery of life in Iran. Newsha is represented by Polaris Images and is a member of Eve Photographers.
Here is a very interesting article in the Digital Journalist which Newsha wrote about photographing the recent earthquake in Pakistan. She ponders the issue that I explore in the affect/effect Series of if photography can create social change for the people that see the images and the people that are in the images.
Justyna Mielnikiewicz was born in Poland and now lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her journalism focuses on issues of politics and war in the South Caucasus by looking at the daily lives of the people and their environment. She also photographs the lives of the Russian Army and the Georgian Army in the process of training, fighting and dying. The depth, contrast and grain of Justyna’s black and white images in the Caucasus and Caspian captures an antiquated sense of life not unaware of the modern era. Justyna is a co-founder and member of Eve Photographers and Sputnick Photos.
Agnes Dherbey is a French born photojournalist now based in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work is mainly focused in Asia and South-East Asia with portfolios examining Khmer sex-workers, Tibetan exiles in Nepal, political turmoil in East Timor and Nepal, Aids in Thailand, and natural disasters in Indonesia. Agnes is part of the VII agency mentor program.
The six women that make up the EVE Photographers, Marizilda Cruppe, Agnes Dherbeys, Benedicte Kurzen, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Lourdes Segade, Newsha Tavakolian are inspiring sources of new work from around the world. While each individual focuses her camera on the vital stories in her region, together the collaboration of their work provides eloquent observations and commentary on profound global topics, such as disease, access to water, and motherhood. By highlighting the different perspectives of each woman in her specific global location, the viewer is able to interpret the world from many angles and glean understanding and compassion.
Over the next week I will highlight each one of the EVE Photographers and her important work. You can also find more information about EVE here and links to each individual’s website. The EVE Photographers website and all of the women’s individual websites are hosted by liveBooks, Inc. Many of the websites are hosted by the liveBooks photojournalism project which offers photojournalist and documentary photographers affordable customized websites as a tool for sharing stories and information with the world.