Sam Spickett is a professional photographic consultant to the humanitarian sector. Currently living in India, Sam’s interests lie in the developing world. He hopes his work will be instrumental in change by bringing contemporary issues, such as marginalisation, poverty and associated health risks, to a global audience.
The media is oversaturated with clichéd images of starving children in Africa, casualties of war and victims of the global AIDS epidemic. Sam’s objective is to move beyond the portrayal of those in need as helpless victims of disaster or conflict. To achieve this he aims to take photographs that show a balance between resilience and vulnerability and that also represent the determination and fortitude of survivors.
Sam’s involvement in and approach to photo-documentation in the humanitarian environment aims to be as participatory as possible so as to meet the needs of the people his work aims to serve.
Communications at the grass roots level is vital to ascertain how host communities wish to be represented and how their views are documented. A secondary aim of this approach is to dispel biases commonly associated with poorly managed projects.
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