I have actually been working on this project "Personalizing the World Health Crisis" for many more than 10 years. Before this project I spent 5 years working on the Global Landmine issue, and before that, for nearly ten years, I documented topics around "War Affected Children".
Documentary photography for me has always been a means to an end, a great way to tell a story. It involves paying attention, inside and out, and getting as close as I can. There is no magic to this. I simply spend a lot of time with the people I’m photographing, and I usually end up photographing my friends.
Good photography moves people not through misrepresenting, but through representing a moment of looking more deeply at the subject than the viewer had previously experienced.
As a documentary photographer my worst nightmare is to take advantage of someone’s suffering. When empathy is overshadowed by the ego all is lost. I am always humbled by my subjects and learn much more about myself than I do about them. Photography is practice in following my heart, and re-specting others”.
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