Matt Black’s “Geography of Poverty” featured in MSNBC

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Matt Black’s photos from the second part of MSNBC’s Geography of Poverty depict the correlation between poverty, environmental pollution, and illness. In the article “Cancer Alley: Big Industry, Big Problems,” Black’s black and white images are bold and haunting as they depict the tolls of systemic racism and the effects of proximity to toxic dangers such as petrochemical processing plants.
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Dinara Sagatova Documents the Lasting Effects of Soviet Weapons Testing

Emshek Ebralinov is one of the five children who live with their father Dusenkhan just a few kilometers from the Polygon. Six years ago Dusenkhan, whose wife died of cancer, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Unable to fight the disease, Dusenkhan has been laying in bed for over a year. Dinara Sagatova/Alexia Foundation

Dinara Sagatova received a student award of excellence in 2008 for her project, “Nuclear Warfare: Lasting Effects of Soviet Weapons Testing.” During the Cold War, Stalin ordered that the Semipalatinsk region in eastern Kazakhstan become a test site for the … Continue reading

Alexia Foundation Photo of Today – Laura Kleinhenz

Joanna Kuchiryabaya, 22-months-old, is held up in the air as her mother, Stefania, makes her way up the stairs of their house in Tarara, Cuba. They arrived in Cuba in late January to have a tumor the size of her head removed from Joanna's bottom. They are from Hmielnitsky, Ukraine, which is close to Chernobyl. Although there is no direct link to the disaster, doctors are fairly certain that such a tumor is associated with the Chernobyl toxins still present in the environment. Laura M. Kleinhenz/Alexia Foundation

Today’s photo is from Laura Kleinhenz’s 1995 winning student project, “Chernobyl Children’s Center, Tarara, Cuba.” The Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine happened in 1986. It is considered the worst nuclear accident ever. In this story, 9 years later, the effects … Continue reading