Katooke Town Council (Kyenjojo District), Uganda - Imelda Gafabusa, 70, falls asleep near her front door while waiting for a rainstorm to end; before the rain she spent four hours working in the field tending to her sweet potato, cassava, and groundnut crops.

Ric Francis

ricfrancis1@gmail.com 250 786 300 571 Rwanda

Topics of Focus

Humanitarian, racism, refugees

Geographic Areas of Focus

East and West Africa

Biography

Born in Harlem, New York. Ric is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda.

City University of New York, January 1989 - Bachelors of Arts Degree, Communications - Media Studies

Ric studied painting before switching to photography (under Media Studies) because of a need to more realistically document his awareness of our shared humanity. The issue of awareness began to come into focus for him as a teenager, while listening as concerned adults often complained of the media's consistent portrayal of blacks and Latinos as "others." These complaints helped him to understand how who we are can shape how we see. 

Despite how we see - experience has taught him - people are the same everywhere: we have similiar fears, cry similiar tears, celebrate loved ones and friends, encounter the sufferings of sickness and old age, and eventually mourn our dead. Such are the universality of issues which bond us as a world community.

Ric is committed to creating a visual journal that speaks of the resilience, normalcy, estrangement and injustice that characterizes the lives of “others,” as he collects evidence of our shared humanity. His photographs are an expression of awareness - a highlight of the evidence he has gathered.

www.ricfrancis.org