The Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas (HACAOT), brings a team of 17 doctors and medical professionals from the U.S. to Haiti for a week each November. In 2011, I spent a week with them documenting their efforts. Last month I joined the team for a second time. Based in the northern city of Cap Haitian, each morning the team leaves at dawn, travels to a rural area, and sets up a fully functional health care clinic for the day. They work non-stop until dusk when falling light and lack of electricity dictates closing time. Typically, 250-300 patients are seen each day.
Alain Ferere, Executive Director – Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas, firstname.lastname@example.org, (254) 289-6187
Mary Fargen, Medical Director – Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas, email@example.com, 507-438-4132
Victoria Trabosh, Executive Director – Itafari Foundation, vicky@VictoriaTrabosh.com, (503) 636-3692
I’m a free-lance photojournalist, commercial photographer, and humanitarian based out of Portland, Oregon, for the past 21 years. I believe we all have the ability to make a positive impact on our planet. With my experience as a photographer and small business owner, I’m determined to make a difference.
In October 2007 I traveled to Rwanda for a month, photographing the projects of the Portland, Oregon, based Itafari Foundation. My life perspective was permanently altered. Over the next three years I traveled back to Rwanda for two other month long trips – documenting Rwanda’s recovery and reconstruction from the genocide in 1994, as well as a trip to Kenya to photograph for the Makindu Children’s Center.
In November 2011, I spent a month in Haiti creating a visual record of the Haitian people, and the individuals, non-profit groups, and NGO’s working tirelessly to improve living standards on the island. The first week was spent in villages in rural northern Haiti, documenting a mobile medical team from the non-profit Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas. In one week 1500 patients were treated. From there I traveled to other parts of the island photographing for Mercy Corps, J/P HRO, Foundation L’ Athlitique d’ Haiti, Atis Rezistants of the Grand Rue, and others. In November 2012, I returned to continue my work.
I exhibit and speak nationally about my work, offering a provocative visual and journalistic insight into the recovery and reconstruction of both Rwanda and Haiti. A message of hope, peace, diversity and cultural sensitivity has been enthusiastically received at peace conferences, corporate gatherings, public schools, and universities.
Telling the stories of people who are not very different from you or me, I present a narrative of Rwandans and Haitians as part of the plurality of our common human identity. We all have similar aspirations for comfortable shelter, full stomachs, steady employment, health care, schooling for our children, and happy stable relationships. The biggest difference is that I was lucky enough to be born in the United States. Opening minds to other cultures and showing life in the developing world enriches understanding of ourselves and others, expands gratitude for what we have, and connects us to our common humanity.
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I've also being doing work with Tuality Healthcare, in Hillsboro, Oregon, as a commercial client from 2005 to present. Through this I'm skilled and comfortable in photographing all aspects of modern medical facilities including; state of the art operating rooms, Heart catheterizations, CAT, MRI, ultrasound and other imaging departments, lab areas, maternity suites, rehabilitation facilities, examination rooms, and more.
Clinton Foundation - Rwanda
Glinton Global Initiative - Haiti
Hatian American Caribbean Organization of Texas - Haiti
Itafari Foundation - Rwanda
JP/Human Rights Organization - Haiti
Little Sisters of Saint Therese - Haiti
Makindu Childrens Program - Kenya
Mercy Corps - Haiti
Partners In Health - Rwanda, Haiti
Makindu Childrend Center - Kenya
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Website Haiti: www.portraitsofhaiti.com
Website Rwanda and Kenya: www.bachersblog.com
NGO and Non Profit Work
Clinton Foundation – Rwanda; 2008, 2009
Glinton Global Initiative – Haiti; 2011, 2012
Hatian American Caribbean Organization of Texas – Haiti; 2011, 2012
Itafari Foundation – Rwanda; 2007, 2008, 2009
JP/Human Rights Organization – Haiti; 2011
Little Sisters of Saint Therese – Haiti; 2011
Makindu Childrens Program – Kenya; 2008
Mercy Corps – Haiti; 2011, 2012
Partners In Health - Rwanda, Haiti; 2008, 2009, 2011
Makendu Childrend Center – Kenya; 2008
Lectures and Power Point Presentations
Baker-Prairie Middle School, 5 day lecture series, Haiti After the Earthquake, reconstruction efforts. Spring 2011.
Clinton Foundation, New York office, 2 power-point presentations on foundations Rwanda projects, Sept. 2010, 2011.
Lane Peace Conference, Eugene, OR, 5-29-2010, Rwanda - Return to Peace
Rwanda. Cardozo School of Law, NY, Healing the Wounds: Speech, Identity, and Reconciliation in March, 2009
Kingstad Gallery, Way of Peace, awards ceremony, March 2009, Rwanda: Return to Peace, keynote presentation.
Providence Health Center, Minority Education Seminar, Portland, OR June 2009, Rwanda - From Genocide to Recovery.
Portland Public Schools, Oregon, 2007 to present. A Day in the Life of a Rwandan School Child, Power point / class participation presentations.
Patronage of Wilderness Symposium - “Photography and Preservation of Wilderness,” Lewis and Cark College, Feb. 2006
Lewis and Clark College - Lecture Series - “Wilderness in the Western United States,” January 2006
The Nature Conservancy – Oregon Chapter Awards Banquet, March 2004.
Mazama Club: Climbing education conservation, Portland, Oregon, 10/2006 10/2005, 10/2004, 10/2003, 6/2002, 5/2001
World Forestry Center, Oregon. Panel member, Ansel Adams lecture series - “The Environment.” January 2003.
World Forestry Center, Oregon. Panel member, Ansel Adams lecture series - “The Man.” November 2002.
Awards and Residencies
IndieGoGo, $5700 successful online fundraising campaign for November 2011, Haiti photo-journalism trip.
Itafrai Foundation, Five-thousand dollar grant to photograph the genocide recovery in Rwanda. September 25th to October 21st, 2007
Caldera Professional Artist Retreat Program, December 2005 - Artist residency at Caldera Professional Artist Retreat Program, Sisters, Oregon
Yosemite Renaissance - Merit Award, Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, California, March 2006 – May 2006.
Akerman Gallery, Canby, Oregon, April – June 2010
Rwanda – Return to Peace exhibit, 15 piece exhibit, and three part lecture series on reconstruction efforts in Rwanda.
Camerawork Gallery, Portland, Oregon, December 2008
Summits and Solitude – A Retrospective: Wilderness images from the western United States.
World Forestry Center – Discovery Museum, Portland, Oregon. June 26th – September 3rd, 2008
Thirty piece exhibit of photography from Rwanda.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Oregon, Exhibit May 29 – July 27, 2008.
Eighteen piece exhibit from six wilderness areas in six western states.
Gottlieb Gallery, Portland, Oregon. March 29 – May 1, 2008
Thirty-two piece exhibit of photography from Rwanda taken September and October 2007.
Portland City Hall
Portland, Oregon, City Hall Exhibit.
Twenty piece exhibit of current and past works, May - July, 2005
Foyer Gallery - Current Works
Montinore Estate, Forest Grove, Oregon.
Eighteen piece exhibit of current works, May - June 2005
Permanent Installation: Silver Falls State Park Conference Center
Fourteen piece installation at conference center, hung December 2003
Photographs from the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area
World Forestry Center Museum, Portland, Oregon. October 2002 - May 2003.
Twenty-eight images from the mountains of the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area in California’s Sierra Nevada.
Seasons at Silver Falls
Opening exhibit commemorating renovation of lodge, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. February 2002 - February 2003.
Eighteen images of waterfalls photographed from similar vantage points at different seasons of the year.
Summits and Solitude
World Forestry Center Museum, Portland, Oregon, May 2001 - January 2002.
Twenty-seven images from treeline and above in the wilderness areas of the western United States.
‘Tis the Season
Oregon State Capitol Building – Governor’s Gallery, November 2000 - February 2001.
Twenty autumn and winter images of Silver Falls State Park, Oregon.
Seasons and Summits
World Forestry Center Museum, Portland, Oregon, November 1999 - May 2000.
Thirty images of the waterfalls from Silver Falls State Park, and mountain photographs from the western United States.
Sitka 2008 Art Invitational
Five pieces in group exhibit at World Forestry Center – Miller Hall, November 10 – 16, 2008.
Ansel Adams John Muir Trail Exhibit
Mumm Napa Winery Gallery, California (Presented by the Ansel Adams Gallery), September 2006 – March 2007.
Two pieces in a group show including thirty rare vintage Ansel Adams prints.
Oregon Literary Review
Seven pieces in online collection of literature, hypertext, art, music, and hypermedia Winter/Spring 2007
Yosemite Renaissance - Merit Award
Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, California, March 2006 – May 2006.
Elmo’s Peak and Royce Lakes Basin. Piece traveled in northern California with group exhibit through March 2007