A Haitian school girl on her way home, who looks for all the world like the subject of a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post illustration. She is a student at a private Catholic school. Haiti has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, spends precious little on public education - private institutions make up 90 percent or more of the nation's schools, and less than 30 percent of the 67 percent of Hatian children enrolled in primary schools reach the sixth grade.

B. D. Colen

bd@bdcolenphoto.com 617-413-1224 United States

Topics of Focus

Families and their structures, racial and social inequality, isolation of individuals in pubic environments, lost objects, medicine and science, children and their worlds

Geographic Areas of Focus

U.S., Africa, Caribbean, Latin America.


I am a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter and editor for The Washington Post and Newsday, and started photographing as a young teenager. I covered the historic March on Washington for a weekly newspaper the week after I turned 17, and haven't stopped shooting since.

I have taught documentary photography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2001, and have also taught at the Harvard University Extension School, the Maine Media Workshops, and have taught private workshops.

I am the author of 10 books on medically related subjects. My photography has appeared in, among other publications, The Boston Globe, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Baltimore Sun, Newsday, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Christian Science Monitor, and Time Magazine. Some 30 images from my ongoing subway project are included in the permanent collection of the Boston Public Library.