The following exhibit is part of the application to the Management Sciences for Health photography Fellowship in Africa. The featured photographs document several communities and their struggle for human rights: including healthcare, freedom from oppression, political asylum, and access to food and clean water to name a few. These struggles exist globally and are growing exponentially with growing populations and dwindling resources. It is imperative that we continue to assist communities in need and create awareness about our plight in a continued effort to bring about more justice in the world.
As a photographer and filmmaker I am committed to exploring and expanding human rights for all people. Between 2007 and 2012 I visited Bedouin communities in the Negev and Sinai deserts, exploring through film the issues that confront these indigenous groups in an age of globalization. Living in Tel Aviv I documented the difficult realities facing communities of African refugees in the city, and I traveled to the West Bank to film and photograph Palestinian political protests. After the devastating earthquake in Haiti I visited the villages at the epicenter in Leo Gan and photographed the daily life and struggles of the Haitians.
During this period I worked as a photographer and media consultant/ producer for various organizations involved in community development and committed to human rights. In 2008-10 I worked with Physicians for Human Rights, traveling through Israel and Palestine and documenting many activities throughout the region. I am sensitive to the ways in which the camera can be intrusive, and I consciously work to build and foster community respect. Believing that the presence of a camera usually protects and encourages free speech, I have helped distribute cameras and develop media education with communities that lacked these resources.
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Physicians for Human rights
Tevel B' Tsedek
Dukium: Negev Coexistence Forum
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