"Shane and Maggie" is an intimate look at domestic violence and its effects before, during, and after an attack.
Domestic Violence, US
This project aims to shed light on the frightening reality of how many murders go unsolved every year in America.
A documentary project about the complex and violent conflicts inside Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the most dangerous place in Europe.
Caucusus, Chechnya, Ossetia, Russia
This project will focus on the affects of mass incarceration on African American communities and families in a “post-racial” America.
Incarceration, African-American, Texas, Crime
Travis belongs to just one family among hundreds affected by a prescription drug epidemic strangling rural Appalachian areas similar to Jackson County. After being in and out of incarceration for the majority of his adult life, at the start of 2011, Travis is now serving out the final six months of his parole before becoming a free man.
Incarceration, Appalachia, West Virginia, Family, Children, USA
The work intensively documents the emotional struggle of young Muslims in the face of negative perception and religious discrimination in the post 9/11 and 7/7 era.
Islam, 9/11, 7/7, USA, UK, London
The Travellers are a group of roughly 36,000 that make up Ireland’s last nomadic society. Though relatively unknown outside of Ireland, they face overwhelming levels of stigma and discrimination within their homeland.
Ireland, Traveller, Children, Family, Tradition, Culture, Discrimination
This project examines the cultural, historical and contemporary significance of Kandahar and its people within the region and the current Afghan state.
Afghanistan, Kandahar, Military, Civilians
As urban populations in South Asia have grown, so too have the numbers of the pavement dwellers. This project documents a group of pavement dwellers in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Kolkata, India: people poor in material wealth, but rich with life, color, humanity and humor, all the while facing problems of criminality, ill health and insecurity.
Homelessness, Migration, Dhaka, Megacity, Kolkata, Bangladesh, India, Urban Migration
These six senior high school girls live in the wealthy town of Skaneateles, N.Y., where the population is 99% white and the median income for a family is over $85,000. With wealth, beauty and age working in their favor, no one would suspect a darker culture in which these high school students grapple with issues related to suicide, depression, betrayal and absent parents.
Youth, Teenagers, USA, New York
This project tells the story of teenager Jacob Rowe as he copes with depression, self-esteem and acne issues, giving a better overall understanding of the matters young adults often have to address.
USA, Youth, Teenager, Depression
The story of the impoverished Hedges family in Ohio's Appalachia, and how the family lives a rich, full, happy life in spite of their situation. It shows that the poverty they cannot escape from does not run their lives.
Appalachia, Ohio, USA, Children, Family
This project documents rural poverty in eastern Kentucky through the eyes of the Shell family, who have lived in Whitesburg, Ky for generations. The project puts a face on rural poverty, shows that the poverty line transcends race and location and raises cultural awareness in a region that most Americans have forgotten about.
Appalachia, Kentucky, USA, Welfare
This project documents the lives of the children and young adults of Uganda, who comprise the majority of the country’s workers, who are used a child soldiers and who often must fend for themselves on the street. The work will raise awareness of a complex culture and an equally complex socioeconomic condition.
Africa, Uganda, Sub-Sahara, Youth
The story examines the dramatic impact of climate change on the people of Shatkhira, Sundarbans, in Bangladesh.
Climate Change, Bangladesh, Agriculture
The project will document life in Sonagachi, Kolkata, India one of the largest red-light slums in South-Asia, which will be largely destroyed within the next two years.
India, Slum, Kolkata, South Asia
Respecting one’s parents and living with them in the same home is one of the integral parts of Bangladesh’s value system. However, nowadays there are more people placing their parents in the homes for the elderly. This project strives to represent the elderly view on our social structure and their expectations from us.
Aging, Bangladesh, Society, Traditions
An ongoing essay on communities in rural Ohio that have been marginalized by poverty as brought about by the extractive industry.
Ohio, Appalachia, Children, USA
A collaborative documentary project, exploring stories of homeless and addiction on the corner of 74th Street + Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, New York City.
New York, USA, Homelessness
During the Cold War, Stalin ordered the Semipalatinsk region in eastern Kazakhstan to become a test site for the atomic bomb. The villagers were used as guinea pigs to monitor the after effects during the testing. As time passed, they became increasingly sick from the high levels of radiation whose effects are still being seen today.
USSR, Nuclear testing, Cancer, Kazakhstan, Semipalatinsk, Children, Nuclear, Nuclear Proliferation
For an eclectic group of families, seasonal workers, transients and drug addicts in western Kentucky, home is a room in one of the many “no-star” motels that can be found in and around almost any town in western Kentucky. Yet despite the isolation these motels would seem to provide, the permanency of the residents’ stays creates a sense of community.
Kentucky, Appalachia, Motel, Homelessness
Homeless in Seattle (2006-2008) is a documentary about the diverse and growing homeless community in the photographer's home town of Seattle, Washington.
Homelessness, USA, Seattle, Washington State
Comparing test scores between the white, affluent schools in Central New York, and those of high schools similar to Fowler High School in Syracuse, NY, the achievement gap is undeniable. Our nation is in desperate need of strong educational reforms, but the first step towards this is informing the public, as this story does, by showing the life of one student.
USA, New York, Syracuse, Education, Youth
Afghanistan, a nation shattered by wars, droughts and earthquakes looking for signs of stability amid an uneasy peace.
Afghanistan, Kabul, Islam, Tradition, Recovery, War, Peace
Thousands of women are raped in war zones every year. This project documents the lives of victims in Bukavu, Congo.
Rape, Congo, Africa, Sexual Violence, Rwanda
The Tibetan community in exile in the United States is struggling to preserve its cultural and religious identity and also remain committed to the ongoing political struggle to free Tibet.
Tibet, USA, China, Exile
The March of the Living: Every year on the day before Yom ha-Shoa, the Jewish day of commemoration of the Holocaust, people gather in Auschwitz for the “March of the Living” to remind the world of the atrocities that took place during the Nazi Regime.
Auschwitz, World War II, Germany, Jewish, Nazi, Holocaust, Genocide
This project documents three different latchkey kids producing a photo story on the different effects and the social issues being left home alone constantly has on a child.
USA, Teenagers, Youth, Children, Family
The exploration of the lives of two Muslim women living in Western countries and how they bridge cultural differences within the context of this particular historical moment.
Islam, USA, New York, Hijab
This project examines the issues and experiences of growing older in the Southwest region of the United States, aiming to to humanize and personalize this topic and sharing the wisdom, vivacity, cultural differences and struggles of Arizona's seniors.
Aging, USA, Arizona, Retirees
This project focuses on the new Cuban immigrant, who shares more similarities with other Latin Americans who are motivated to make the journey to the United States by economics, rather than politics. It documents families that are separated because a member has fled Havana to seek a better life in Miami, and shows how this separation affects the family unit.
Cuba, Havana, Miami, Family
The Phoenix Theater, a converted movie house, has opened its doors to area teens for over 15 years. In its currently incarnation, the Phoenix is home to tutoring sessions and health clinics, scrap-wood ramps for skateboards and bikes, local hipsters and live bands every Friday and Saturday night.
Youth, USA, California, Teenagers, Homelessness
Ostracized by both their European fathers, and Khoisah mothers, in 1869 a group of about 90 Baster families migrated north from the Cape Province in search of their own homeland. After years of wandering nomadically, the Basters established the town of Rehoboth, in then South West Africa, where the German colonists allowed them to have their own flag, constitution, and government.
Africa, Namibia, Basters, Apartheid, South Africa
The world's deadliest conflict today is unfolding in the western provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last five years, it has claimed more than 2 million lives through violence, disease and starvation. As is often the case in conflict, children are the ones paying the highest price.
Africa, Congo, DRC, Children, Refugees, Conflict, Militias
A photo-documentary focusing on the Nuba of Sudan, a people noted noted for its tolerance of diversity with different faiths, cultures and languages living together. At the moment that the pieces of the Sudan peace puzzle are being fitted, the Nuba in Sudan could serve as a guide for how the two sides can live together in a new Sudan.
Nuba, Religion, Sudan, Islam, Christianity, Peace, Africa, Conflict
Rhonda Snell of the Fort Belknap reservation located in the northeastern part of Montana blames a nearby mine site for many health problems found on the reservation but little information is available to verify the connections. Snell wants the tribal government to thoroughly investigate the problems so it can better handle its sovereign responsibility to guard the health of its people.
Native American, Montana, Reservation, USA, Environment, Pollution, Natural Resources
These forgotten black sharecroppers who migrated to California's Central Valley still live in a version of America that most believe is but a distant memory. This project, by attending to this community's forgotten history, intends to raise awareness of its impoverished present.
Migration, California, Black Okie, Sharecroppers, San Joaquin Valley, USA, Unemployment
One hundred and thirty-five years after the founding of one of America’s largest White Supremacist organizations, the Ku Klux Klan continues to pass the torch to its next generation. The children raised in the Klan know no other world; this is the core of my visual exploration.
USA, Klan, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, White Supremacist
Development of rural areas has recently become such a hot issue that the National Trust of Historic Properties has placed rural landscapes on the endangered list. As older generations pass away in the small African-American town of Littig, Texas, their land sells and new housing developments creep closer from the outskirts of Manor and Elgin, making the future of Littig increasingly uncertain.
Rural America, African-Americans, Texas, Farming, USA
Muncie, Indiana has been the focus of countless social science studies, but the African-American population has consistently been disregarded. This project works with the leaders of the African-American community to create picture essays that document the African-American experience in Muncie.
Muncie, Indiana, USA, Middletown
The following images are from a story about food aid in Southern Sudan, a nation which has been plagued by civil war since 1983. Most of the pictures were taken in the village of Mayandit, where they are experiencing one of the worst droughts in the past ten years, meaning that they are completely reliant upon food aid from World Food Programme.
Africa, Sudan, Starvation, Food, World Food Programme, Famine
The people of East Fayette Street in Syracuse, New York are working to bring about cultural understanding and striving to stop the cycle of violence and ignorance within their community.
Syracuse, New York, Community
Since he was 17, Irvin Smith has trained to be an Olympic boxer. Now 20 years old, Smith funds his boxing by working the night shift at Wal-Mart and finding sponsorships wherever he can. Living with a paralyzed uncle in an impoverished community infamous for crack, crime and prostitution, Smith hopes to make a better life for himself through success in boxing.
Boxing, Florida, Sports, Gainesville, USA
The project documents the gradual transition from war to peace in Sierra Leone, witnessing the change in the general mood and attitude among the Sierra Leoneian population, from the deepest desperation during the war to joy and hope accompanying democratic elections.
Sierra Leone, Africa, Civil War, Diamonds, Displacement, Refugees, Natural Resources
This project is about street children addicted to drugs living in Oaxaca, Mexico, in poverty and exremely hard human conditions and ignored by their own community.
Homelessness, Mexico, Oaxaco, Children
This project documents the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa by photographing a wide spectrum children who were born in 1994, the year apartheid ended, living in and around Johannesburg, to explore how apartheid's end shaped their world and how their lives have been affected.
South Africa, Apartheid
The complexities of living in the New York City Housing Projects are explored. The focus is on families who are working on getting out of the projects.
USA, New York, Housing Projects
The state of Chiapas, Mexico, has been in a state of change since 1994 when, on January 1st, 1994, Indians of Chiapas calling themselves Zapatistas, took over the city of San Cristobol and several other cities in the region. With a change in the government, these is hope for peace, and the people are learning to live their lives outside of war.
Zapatistas, Chiapas, Mexico, Army, Revolution
This project documents the pursuit of faith of America’s diverse youth – be it Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, or simply meditation- and shows a contemporary youth religious movement that promises hope and peace for generations to come.
Religion, Christianity, Ohio, Hare Krishna, Spirituality
Through a combination of in-depth interviews and documentary images of people in all different stages of the post-divorce process, I hope to show how people rebuild their lives after divorce.
USA, Indiana, Divorce
This project documents the strength of Native American women, senior women, young mothers, artists and entrepreneurs, struggling to maintain a sense of their ancient culture, capturing moments in their daily life that convey the essence of their environment, their culture, their isolation, their choices and the aspect that we are not able to see and know through books.
Aging, USA, Navajo, Native American, Women
As China achieves its goal of absorbing Tibet, a growing number of Tibetan families are making a desperate sacrifice, sending their children away to be raised in exile in India. I propose to tell the story of this displaced generation, who represents a people’s hope that their distinct culture and national identity not be lost.
Migration, Refugees, Monks, Tibet, Dali Lama, Nepal, Buddhism, Tibetan, Exile, Culture
Over the last few years, the debate over whether or not gays and lesbians would be fit to marry their partners and/or raise children had sparked national attention. I am interested in photographing both sides of this debate, hoping to prove that one’s sexual orientation does not determine the ability to be a fit parent.
Sexual Orientation, Adoption, Family, Florida, USA, LBGTA, Lesbian, Gay
This photographic documentary offers a glimpse into the lives of East Asians and the challenges they face in culturally integrating to European surroundings: the purpose being to increase understanding of minorities within western countries.
Migration, East Asia, Immigrants, London, Vietnam, UK, China, Tradition
Carmela, a 65-year-old missionary nun, was the organizer behind the original construction of Integral Promotional Center for Women (CEPIM) and now directs the center located in Comite del Pueblo, at the northern tip of Quito, one of Ecuador's poorest neighborhoods. The center provides a daycare, senior center, cafeteria, kindergarten and health clinic for people of the neighborhood.
Latin America, Ecuador, Quito, Religion
For some thirty years most Americans lived their lives at a peaceful distance from an advancing string of attacks in places like Beirut, Lockerbie, Kenya and Yemen but for many, September 11th was a direct hit which awakened an intense blend of fear, pride, anger, patriotism and sorrow. The sites of the attacks, particularly the World Trade Center site, became the focus of pilgrimage for those seeking to understand, to grieve communally, or simply to see history with their own eyes.
9/11, Sept. 11, New York, USA, Patriotism, Terrorism
The rugged Caucasian mountains is a magnificent treasure box of different faiths, languages and cultures but it is also a tinderbox which exploded into war seven times in the past seven years since the fall of the Soviet Union. I believe I must keep on documenting this strategic, turbulent region because I can help erode cultural misunderstandings by shedding light onto the roots of the conflict buried deep in its tortured history.
Caucuses, Oil, Natural Resources, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Abkhazia, Chechnya, Soviet Union, Refugees
Generations of heart-felt passions and enduring pain on both sides are bundled into the folds of the Confederate Battle Flag that flies above the South Carolina State House. This photographic essay will record the people behind the intense debate over whether it should remain flying; those who have suffered long under acts of oppression, and the descendants of soldiers who fought for the preservation of a way of life they held dear.
South, South Carolina, Confederate, Civil War, Flag, NAACP, USA, Civil Rights
In Spring, Texas, the drugs of choice among students have changed from beer and marijuana to crack, cocaine, and heroin. Heavy drugs that were thought to be only a inner city problem are now affecting the high school youth of middle class America.
USA, Texas, drugs, heroin, high school, teenagers
Photography of everyday life on the streets and in bazaars—life that reveals the traditions and customs of the Iranian people in a non-judgmental manner. My purpose was to reveal an essence and spirit that Americans can relate to.
Iran, Culture, Youth, Tehran, Muslim
The Palestinian town of Qalqilyah sits cut off from the outside world, completely encircled by the Israeli Security Wall constructed in 2003 which affects this small community dramatically and created a tremendous the isolation for the Palestinians in the town.
Israel, Gaza, West Bank, Palestine
This project documents the working conditions and the daily life of foreign workers in Israel and the difficulties that they face because of their status.
Migration, Israel, Philippines, Tel Aviv, Undocumented, Turkey
Iran has a very negative image in the West where it is thought to be controlled by fundamentalism but traveling there on assignment I have found this not to be the truth. This project aims to show the country in a more positive way, though not overlooking its problems.
Iran, Youth, Persian, Islam, Women's Rights, Democracy, Youth
The children of the old city of Jerusalem grow up divided into 4 communities, each with their own schools, leaders and religions. Their futures will be conflict; for some children, the front lines are a dream come true, for others a distant but inevitable nightmare.
Jerusalem, Palestine, Israel, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Armenian
Land has always been at the root of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Small parcels of land are being seized from Arab peasant farmers for use by Israelis. This project documents Arab families after their homes are taken, and show how their lives are affected by the seizure.
Palestine, Israel, Judaism, Islam, Children
This picture story emphasizes the contention between custom and change in two Maasai communities: Oloirowua and Talek. It shows the impact of the new on the foundations of the old and how the local Maasai are making an effort to adjust to transforming realities and illuminates how both realities can exist together in the same space and among the same people.
Westernization, Cultural Heritage, Africa, Maasai, Kenya, Maasailand, Tradition
CitiHope International, based in Andes, N.Y., began a mission in 1986 to bring both spiritual and medical hope to the children of Chernobyl. This project focuses on the volunteer's efforts in Belarus.
Cancer, Chernobyl, NGO, Children, Belarus
In the jungle of Dublin's high rise public housing complexes, teenagers bypass wheeled transport in favor of horses, riding bareback down city streets and through patchy fields. For these young boys, the bond between horse and rider reflects an escape from the poverty and drug use that surrounds them.
Ireland, Dublin, Horses, Housing Projects
War, West Virginia is a historic mining town, population 1,000, nestled in the hills of Appalachia at the southern tip of the state. Since the mining industry pull-out in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the town and its people have struggled for economic survival.
Welfare, West Virginia, USA, Mining
Vietnam and especially Ho Chi Minh City, is booming economically. A large contingency of the poor, like Duong, a 13 year-old-boy, live off the charity of others.
Homelessness, Migration, Youth, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Children, Megacity, Urban Migration
This project aims to document the lives of six immigrant or refugee families who are recent arrivals to Austin, Texas. Through photographs of their daily lives, I will put local names and personalities behind anonymous evening-news masses.
Migration, Texas, USA, Refugee
Images of inhabitants of a retirement home in London.
Aging, London, UK, Retirement, Old-age
Mooda Robinson-Rashad's parents had no idea how sick she was when they adopted her at birth. Health problems piled on, but her family persevered. Then came the worst – diseases they could neither fathom nor cure. Now their love and faith keep them going as they fight for the 18-year-old's life.
Cancer, New Mexico, USA, Adoption, Children, AIDS
A long term documentary project on the family structure within a drug environment. More importantly, how this lifestyle is reinforced and passed onto the next generation.
USA, Children, Youth
Life goes on for the majority of the Chernobyl children visiting Cuba for medical treatment or observation. Teachers accompany the groups traveling to Tarara and school is a daily activity, except on weekends, of course.
Cancer, Chernobyl, Healthcare, Children, Cuba
Germany and the Czech Republic have a very long and close history together with each side alternately oppressing or expelling the other. I am to show both sides of the story, looking for what has kept these people apart for nearly 60 years.
Czech Republic, Germany, World War II, Communism, Velvet Revolution
Americans are angry about crime and want to see the criminals locked up. They have less interest in reforming those criminals although no young person is beyond rehabilitation if he has the will to change. Jeremy Busby is one such young person who had the will to change.
Incarceration, Reform, Texas, USA, Crime
The Transbay Terminal is San Francisco's primary mass-transportation depot. Because it is one of the few public buildings downtown, homeless people go there to pass time or sleep.
Homelessness, San Francisco, Bay Area, Train Station, California, USA
This project continues my efforts at photographing Harlem, focusing on the life of one child, so people can see, feel and understand what kind of hell these bright, young children have to grow up in.
Harlem, USA, New York, Inner City
Like many Asian immigrant women, Lily Chen's life consists of two cultures. Though she is raised by traditional Chinese parents, Lily, 17, is also heavily influenced by the American environment outside of her home in San Francisco, California.
Migration, San Francisco, Tradition, Culture, China
After centuries of living off the richness of the land, much of the state’s reservation population exists in the poverty normally endured by third world peoples. This project documents the problems that gambling creates in South Dakota’s casino communities.
Gambling, USA, South Dakota, Poverty, Native American
These two Missouri families share problems with all small farmers, but are also threatened by racism, both historical and current, because both are black farmers.
Missouri, Farming, Rural, Community
This project intends to document the prison system in Texas and to look at some of the more successful programs in other states to act as positive propaganda for the alternative to the traditional approach of incarceration.
Incarceration, Prison, Texas, USA, Crime
The development of two teenage boys, one Catholic and one Protestant, growing up in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland, Religion, Children, Youth
Darlene Dockhorn, 35, is a single mother who works as a data entry worker earning $6.50 an hour in Grand Island, Nebraska. During the course of the documentary, Darlene marries, although the finances remain tight.
USA, Nebraska, Marriage, Children, Family
Hope Baird is a female farm hand in Cross Plains, Tennessee. Although she acts like one of the boys, she is treated like an outsider - a female. Hope works, drinks and cusses like the men, buy she is still thought of as an after-work sexual opportunity to the men.
Farming, USA, Tennessee
Young girls globally are often forced into marriage by their families, culture and economic situation. This practice destroys their chance at education, often leading to lifelong abuse and health issues.
India, Children, South Asia, Youth, Child Marriage
This documentary project examines the status quo of women and children's education in Guizhou province, the most impoverished area in China.
The past five years has seen a steady increase in the number of North Korean defectors living in South Korea. With a population of over 8,000, this growing minority group faces numerous challenges on a daily basis, from difficulty finding employment and discrimination in the workplace, to cultural tensions inherent in adjusting to a new society.
North Korea, South Korea, Assimilation, Migration, Refugees
This project explores the repercussions women who transgress gender boundaries face by going shot for shot, competing at the beer pong table and doing keg stands with men. It documents the moments female binge drinkers choose to discard or painfully reinterpret through language.
Drinking, Alcohol, College, USA
A photographic documentary of the adoption and transition of Vladimir Lankenau from an orphanage in Russia to a home in Texas.
Adoption, Russia, USA, Texas, Orphanage, Orphan, Children
A documentary project on Kettleman City, California, where a preponderance of environmental toxins result in severe birth defects.
pollution, contamination, toxic waste, industry, waste, USA, California
This story shows a woman who has devoted her life to helping the homeless people of Rochester. Through documenting this mission I furthered my ideas of photography promoting awareness, understanding and activism.
Homelessness, African-American, USA, Charity, Faith, Religion, New York
Effects of oil exploration in a world where it is increasingly the catalyst of conflict, exploitation and global pollution. Tribes in Africa are being flushed out of their natural environments and communities
Oil, Congo, Petroleum, Africa, Central Africa, Chad, Cameroon, Justice, Pollution, Natural Resources
Chrissie Moore, 18, and her fiancé Kevin Green, 19, marry while Kevin is serving a five year sentence for drugs and burglary at Boonville Correctional Center in Boonville, Missouri.
Incarceration, Marriage, Crime, Jail, Missouri, USA
This work explores the aftermath of the 'denied' 1915 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey, and the reality of living as an Armenian in Turkey today.
Turkey, Armenia, Genocide
A gritty, character-driven narrative about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, where an inter-agency, victim-centric approach is making Seattle a leader in anti-human trafficking.
Cambodia, Prostitution, Sex Trade, Human Trafficking, Violence Against Women, Youth
This project documents individuals in the AIDS ward at the state prison in Vacaville, CA, where even healthy but HIV-positive inmates are isolated from fellow prisoners - society's most isolated members cast even further from the realm of human contact.
Incarceration, USA, California, Prison, HIV, AIDS
The practice of sex-selective abortion is the result of cultural norms that value male children over female children which causes the non-birth of almost 7,000 girls per day in India. This project examines the consequences of selective-sex abortion in the northern districts of Punjab and Haryana, where fewer than 800 girls are born to every 1000 boys.
India, Punjab, Haryana, Women, Violence against women, Selective-sex abortion, Undesired
The story follows the path of Destiny, the young daughter of a mother addicted to crack cocaine.
Children, Youth, Substance Abuse, Drugs, US
The work aims to depict a portrait of the daily lives of Iranian youth who dream of living "a free life." It attempts to to introduce Iranian youth to the world and narrate their stories and problems through this story.
Youth, Culture, Iran, Repression
"Lingering Scars" tells the story of
women who are the victims of acid and kerosene burns in Bangladesh as they try to rebuild
their lives in a society where violence against women is on the rise and is sanctioned by
both society and the state.
Bangladesh, Domestic Violence
Photographic documentation of the first year of resettlement for a refugee family as they come to America and settle in Rochester, New York.
US, Immigration, Children, Refugee
Despite the fall of military rule and the restoration of democracy, the statistics show that in the last two decades crime rates have soared considerably, making Latin America the world’s most violent region. This work looks to to create a visual map of the new culture of violence in Latin America so that the public can gain a better understanding of the new forms and dimensions that violence is taking on in the region.
Drug War, Violence, Gun Violence, Youth
“Call Me Heena” explores the different responses Bangladesh and India have to Transgender Identity of the Hijra, a South Asian term referring to an individual born male, but who identifies as female, and eventually adopts the feminine gender roles. It will look at the lives of Hijra who have left Bangladesh, seeking the greater inclusion India offers.
Transgender Rights, Hijra, India, Bangladesh
A documentation of the continuous threat fire and other disasters present for the working class communities of Dhaka, Bangladesh in basti (slums), garment factories and shopping malls. In the rapidly growing city, lack of fire safety precautions is omnipresent, and is particularly visible in the garment industry, Bangladesh’s most successful industry.
Bangladesh, Fire, Factories, Manufacturing, Unsafe Working Conditions, Slums
A young group of aspiring hip-hop artists try to make it as rappers by night, while struggling to provide for their families by day.
USA, Hip Hop, Drugs
Camden, NJ, is one of most dangerous cities in America. Last year, the city reached a record number of murders in 2012, with 67 victims, giving the city the highest murder rate in the country. This project will document the violence, and the physical and emotional toll placed on families living in the area.
Gun Crisis, US, New Jersey, Crime
From 1992 to 1995 during the Bosnian war, more than 30,000 people were killed, and of those, 3,000 were killed in Visegrad. Approximately 800 bodies were thrown in Lake Perucac. The project documents the exhumation of the victims by family members from this lake, which flooded because the search ended.
Genocide, Bosnia, Serbia
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness Temple was founded in 1966 in New York City by a man named A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. What sets this young Portland temple apart from larger Krishna temples is its friendly, casual atmosphere.
Hare Krishna, Portland, Oregon, USA
Less than three years earlier, post-election violence surrounding the rigged presidential elections left 1,200 dead and 600,000 displaced in Kenya. Yet, over the last two years, various grassroots initiatives led by the youth have begun to improve the quality of life for those in the direst of conditions.
Africa, Kenya, Nairobi, Kibera, Boxing, Youth
Behind the well-known narrative of cartels and crime lies a less covered story of Mexico’s drug war: the innocent victims.
The Fulani, who once crisscrossed the continent of Africa tending their precious herds of cattle, was a civilization known for its constant movement. In the West African country of Guinea Bissau, the former nomads have settled in a village, become farmers and now struggle to adapt to a world that has rudely intruded upon them.
Westernization, Tradition, Education, Child Marriage, West Africa, Africa, Women, Female Circumcision, Rural, Farming
Paul Jean-Louis, his wife, Therese, and five of their seven children fled their home in Haiti on July 21, 1994 for a new life and political asylum in the United States. By documenting the struggles and joys of this family as they assimilate into American society, greater appreciation of the importance of cultural understanding on the local level can be gained.
Haiti, USA, Virginia, Asylum, Migration, Refugees
The West Bank is an Israeli-occupied, Palestinian territory that is home to approximately 17,000 Bedouin tribespeople. The Bedouin endure crippling poverty and degradation. They are now facing a breakdown of their traditional nomadic and agro-pastoralist culture and simply have nowhere left to go.
Palestine, Israel, Bedouin, West Bank
This project will capture the range of people affected by sexual abuse and trauma. By photographing the intimate lives of a diverse array of survivors, I believe my photographs will demonstrate the scale and scope of people affected and in turn, can help alleviate potential misconceptions about who the victims of sexual violence actually are.
Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, US, Relationships