The following images are a progression of moments captured of the courageous women I lived among, provided care to, and became an advocate for while a resident in The Democratic Republic of Congo from Spring 2009 through Summer 2012. The roles I had the privilege to play over the course of three years submersed in their culture—Rehabilitation Coordinator at HEAL Africa, clinician, educator and photographer—provided me with a lens of another kind. I developed a deep understanding that the women I was photographing are severely misunderstood both within their societies and throughout the world. These images are my way of telling their rich and diverse stories; of who they are, what they’ve endured and ultimately, all that they deserve.
Loran Hollander the photographer emerged from over a decade spent as a physical therapist and community educator in under-resourced communities of developing nations. The women Loran views through her camera’s lens are not seen just with her eyes. Submersed as a resident in The Democratic Republic of Congo community of Goma for three years, healing as a clinician to women including those suffering from obstetric fistula, and training care providers as the Rehabilitation Coordinator at HEAL Africa Hospital there all factor in to what Loran captures artistically. With a deep understanding that the women she photographs are misunderstood both within their societies and throughout the world, she owns the obligation to tell their diverse stories through her images; of who they are, what they’ve courageously endured and ultimately, all that they deserve.
A full time physical therapist at Laguna Honda Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco, Loran is also photographer and physical therapist for the humanitarian organization Women’s ACTION Initiative. As part of the team’s current project based in DR Congo she’s creating a documentary project that promotes training and education on obstetric fistula and the critical role of rehabilitation
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