jan sochor – hunger and rage

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Jan Sochor

Hunger And Rage

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Although the Caribbean islands are widely considered as a holiday paradise, Haiti a state lying on the Hispaniola island, in the Greater Antilles  evokes a hell and a disaster rather than anything else. The overall situation on Haiti gets worse every year and the extreme, hardly imaginable poverty hits more and more people. The Haitian economics is paralysed, there is no infrastructure, no food supplies, the population suffers from hunger, social and living conditions in Haitian slums (e.g. CitÈ Soleil) are a human tragedy. There seems to be no way out of this misery. Haitian administration is (and always has been) highly corrupted, misappropriation of public funds is common. MINUSTAH (Blue Helmets installed on Haiti by the UN in 2004) substitute the police therefore they are generally not welcomed by the Haitian population. The rage grows and the tension continues with undiminished strength.

 

Music: Manno Charlemagne (“Banm Youn Ti Limye”)

 

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66 Responses to “jan sochor – hunger and rage”


  • this is really like.. in fact i would like to see a much longer essay.. a book.
    the haitian people living in such difficult circumstances day to day needs to be highlighted and as someone who has only really seen imagery on the news or within a news media context i find this work illuminating.
    without wanting to be negative, is there a slightly superficial feel to the essay? it makes me wonder how much time has been dedicated to the shooting – if this is a work in progress or a subject which has been shot on deadline for editorial purposes… a constraint i understand all too well myself.

    i like your work jan, and from your site you have covered a great deal of ground.. are these projects complete or is there an intention to continue over time?

  • Virtually the whole essay can be summed up by image 5 alone.
    If you sent this, out enmasse, as a ‘Wish you were here’ postcard, with donation details on the back….it might well do some good.

  • Beautiful and succint work that manages to convey Haiti very well. An incisive comment on poverty with a unique touch.

  • Jan – really powerful, moving work. Many congratulations.

    I love unevolved neanderthal’s suggestion – might be interesting to see a ‘donate now’ button next to some of these essays with a link to the photographer’s chosen non-profit…

  • Excellent!! I would not have minded 10 more images in the presentation but very well done!

  • Wow! Now this is a good essay. Very strong images. Use of color reminds me a lot of DAH’s Cuban stuff. Excellent.

  • Kerry. Not quite what I had in mind.
    What if…. [damm, looks like im catching elipses] You Mock it up as a postcard. you set up the proper NGO. You get actual people from the affected area to write little ‘wish you were here’ type messages on the back, in real ‘actual’ ink, in their own handwriting. You mail them everywhere you can, schools especially, but everywhere its feasible to. I mean, the internet is one thing, but imagine what might happen given a bit of luck and some humanity in the ‘real’ world. Kids in classes all over the world getting a postcard addressed to ‘their class’ from kids in haiti whos life is ‘this’, saying ‘hi’.
    A bit of NGO blurb on the back as well and…who knows?
    just a weird thursday train of thought. Please ignore if its a stupid idea.
    john :)

  • crushing…..

    as each year passes, and each new photographers tackles Haiti, it becomes more and more difficult to fathom the desperation, the poverty, the inhuman conditions that have befallen that tiny empoverished and ravished country….

    succinct and up-close reporting…I long to hear them speak…..

    gutting….

    as often with the most powerful work of reporting, it makes me want to put down the camera, leave the commenting behind, and focus on what it is we can do, including for the lives around us………

    gutted

  • I don’t like slideshows where I can’t control speed or be able to go to next picture manually.

  • It’s a strong, powerful essay reminiscent of Alex Webb’s treatment of the same subject!
    I do find differences in the two approaches of course, but this is besides the point.
    There are more images in the essay that convey the hunger part and not so many the rage.
    Partly due to the frequent appearance of little kids.
    I also think there is a redundancy in tilted frames. Too many frames structured around the diagonical axis.
    I did try to pick a single, very strong picture. But with no much success, at least for the time being.

  • Amazing work Jan, image number 4 and 5 are fantastically beautiful, but the whole essay is so well narrated and shot. I love your work.

  • it feels like each photo was picked for how well it fit into your ‘hunger and rage’ theme.
    but isn’t that a skewed perspective?
    people who have little are not necessarily wretched.
    it just bothers me sometimes when a photographer manipulates the truth
    to further his/her cause.
    like the people who only photograph and show the misery of homeless people
    when there is also so much love, joy, community and humanness to be portrayed as well.

  • John,
    (may I call you John, or do you prefer ‘unevolved’?) –

    I love your idea — the kids I sponsor through world vision send me letters in ‘real ink’ with ‘real drawings’ occasionally and it makes me want to sign up another each time I get one… the human connection is indeed a powerful one.

    Imagine your postcard project happening AND a ‘donate now’ button next to photo essays like Jan’s so people can act and make a difference right there, in that instant, while their heart is still affected by what they’ve just witnessed. Hmm… wheels are turning.

    Are you familiar with Kids With Cameras? http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/home/ – I love this organization and what it does.

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

  • But Matt you CAN go to individual images simply by clicking on each one. Then you can spend as much time as you like. You’ll need to hit the arrow to start the slideshow first, then choose your images click by click.

    Patricia

  • “Manipulates” ? Well… Is it, once again, a question of “objectivity” ? We all do make choices. Some even defend points of view. Of course you may disagree, specially when you seem to be deeply involved into the question. But this site, the works David proposes us, is about sharing and differences. For what I understood.

    PS : Sorry for my english

  • Beautiful and heartbreaking. Nice work, Jan.

    Katia, I take issue with your suggestion that the truth is being manipulated in these photos to further a “cause”. I have never been to Haiti, but everything I have ever read or seen from depicts a place of horrifying poverty and hunger, perhaps worse than any other place in the world. I’m pretty sure that if you went there you would probably be overwhelmed by the wretchedness of the situation, and it would take a fair bit of “manipulation of the truth” to find images of joy. As for community, love, and humanness, these things are all represented in Jan’s photos. Complaining that a photographer in Haiti is not depicting the “joy” in its people reminds me of the Fox News pundits complaining a few years ago, when the situation in Iraq was at its worst, that the “mainstream media” was only reporting on the “bad” things that were happening in Iraq.

  • Jan, you are a magnificent photographer and this essay displays your talent. But more importantly it shows your heart.

    If I were to dare to offer a suggestion it would be to include more symbolic images like #9. When we are hit in the gut time and time again with raw scenes of utter misery, we quickly become numbed and protect ourselves by tuning out in one way or another.

    I’m reminded of Anton’s decision in “Sugar” to raise awareness of his niece’s diabetes through occasional captions rather than in-your-face photos of her needles and such. Many of us–myself included–objected to that choice, but I’ve come to see its wisdom. Sometimes the most effective way to show the reality of a situation is to distill it to its essence, rather like poetry. I’m not saying to downplay the horrors you see in Haiti, but to find symbols within the day-to-day that tell the story in a more nuanced way.

    I so admire your tackling this horrendous subject and genuinely hope you will continue to explore it in depth. I want to buy the book.

    Patricia

    Patricia

  • Did you know there are captions under each image that you can read if you click on each image by #? I just discovered it myself.

    Patricia

  • chris–

    i think i catch myself doing the same thing sometimes with my work with homeless street youth.
    i will find myself looking for the photos that will elicit sympathy.
    but there is so much love and joy and magic too.
    and i’m not being honest if i don’t include that.
    so, really… i was talking to myself.
    and maybe some others here too.
    can we say we’re truly being honest when we omit realities to elicit attention and sympathy?
    it’s something i must answer for myself.
    and i thought it would be interesting to say it out loud here.

    jan, i like your work.
    4 and 5 are particularly stellar.

    best of luck to you,

    katia

  • I hear you Katia. Even the places of greatest suffering have joy.

    How many people show only slums and suffering when they photograph India?
    It seems some photographers prefer to focus only on suffering and some do the opposite, making life look like a Hallmark card when that is not the truth either.

    We’ve discussed this quite a bit on road trips already but you have a good point.

  • As photographers, I think it is so important to know what story you want to tell..
    Of course, there is room for all the wonderful surprises,
    but ultimately, I think a photographer needs to look within..
    and focus on what it is they are exploring…
    there is always the good/bad, yin/yang in EVERYTHING
    some capture both,
    while others focus on one or the other..
    I think it depends on the comfort level of a photographer..
    and editing the photos to tell the story you want to tell..
    Jan’s photo essay is powerful..
    sad…
    it is sitting with me..
    and I don’t quite know what to do with it….
    makes me want to get involved somehow..
    **

  • Jan,

    Very nice story telling, very nice essay, strong images!! I second some of the above thoughts… like to see more of this develop into a long term project.

    Numbers 4, 12, and 16 really strike me for different reasons!

    David,

    Thank you for the email, we’ll catch up next time. I am excited to hear about the “evolution” of your family project!

    Cheers, Jeremy

  • I featured this piece on The 37th Frame earlier this year. I loved it then and still love it. Would love to see more one day!

  • Jan,

    Haiti is a place that has inspired many great photographers before you and that have touched me very much. I have discovered several years ago the work that Alex Webb did there in the late 80s during the brief period after the departure of its dictator Jean Claude Duvalier. Alex’s book “Under a grudging sun” is one of my all time favourites and his images showed magnificently the horrifying and violent chaos that enveloped Haiti at the time. I also cherish the book of Maggie Steber “Dancing on Fire” done at about he same time and who I believe was with Alex on the island…. More recently, I am sure you must have seen the great book that Jane Evelyn Atwood has done on Haiti. I was fortunate to see her very impactful exhibit in Arles last year (in Perpignan the year before) together with Audrey.

    For reasons I find hard to explain, I have a clear fascination for this island with its sensuous colour amid desperate powerty. This island has clearly had a tumultuous history, history often steeped in bloody violence. Unfortunately, the chaos there seems to have no end in sight as your essay also suggests. From a photographic standpoint, the environment seems to be prone to very strong photographs with the vivid colors, the struggles of the daily life, the mystery and magacical beauty of some voodoo rituals…

    With all the powerful photographs that have been done already on that island, it is no small task really to create your own vision, to raise up to the standards already established by these great photographers. I have really enjoyed your essay overall but the key question for me, beyond the message that you have shared with us which is important, is to know if you have brought up something new and different, something that brings a novel side to a story that has been covered quite extensively. I remember David sharing similar guidance to many of us who were working essays on topics magnificiently covered by previous masters… You have got to create something even more powerful, great but different. Again, easier said than done :):):). Lance who is covering Rodeo cowboys, a subject done very well by Allard in the past is facing a similar challenge..I presume the same is true of me when I get into boxing, a topic done by so many previously….

    Now, I say this because I have rewally liked many of your images. The essay brought me back to Haiti, to this fascinating island if which I love the colors, island that is moving me by the extreme poverty but, when I close your essay, which of your images will I remember, which would I say are uniquely yours or are bringing a different angle…. not as easy… My advice for what it is worth maybe to fcous a bit more on some of your closer portraits that I found the best. I love your opening image, images number 4, 7, 9, 14… Some of the other pictures are good as well but in my view do not raise up to what I have seen done by Alex, or Atwood… To me, the portraits I refer to seem to be more your voice….I would deepen this direction if you carry one working this as a longer term project….

    Others may clearly have a different pov….but this is my 2c advice…. You have great images no doubt. Keep pushing by further developing your unique vision….

    Cheers,

    Eric

  • Katia,

    I know what you mean…. Tough question this question of being honest. Should we always aim at showing all sides pf a story or situation or focus on a particular message or point of view. When Nachtwey covers a war, I think that he will show the drama to wake up our conscience instead of the moments of joy that I am sure can still be present even during the worse times… I think he is still being honest but has chosen to focus on one important message.

    I tell you, I have been asking myself the same question as you on the work that I am doing. Many of the kids I have been following show moments of despair, deep sadness confronted in the tough life of the streets… now at other times, they are just behaving like kids, having fun and messing around with joy and fun like my own kids… Should I also show that….not sure… Right or wrong, I opted recently to focus more on the aspects of their lives that is moving me…this darker side is only one side clearly… but this is the story that I wanted to tell and show everyone…

    Sometimes, you have to decide on what you want to tell and focus on that while saying it with honesty and even if this is only one vision and truth…

    Eric

  • Eric, I can certainly tell you have learned from DAH how to view an essay, what questions to ask, and what suggestions to make. I too was most touched by Jan’s close-up portraits. He has an extraordinary eye and unique POV in many of those shots. The images that provide context are good but not as unique as the portraits. When I look into the eyes of the children and adults Jan has focused on, I see all that they have lived. Now, a book of his Haitian portraits would be a significant addition to our world.

    Patricia

  • Yep, me too, wish there were more. I mainly appreciated that the images were strong in their depiction of everyday’s life, but at the same very simple (as everyday is), and potent thru their seeming “artlessness” (meant as a compliment) giving us the feeling this is exactly what anyone would witness without having to stray too far from one’s safe grounds (airport, hotel, the sort) if in haiti.

    One have to think of Alex Webb’s own journey (“Under a grudging sun”) first to see that nothing has changed, but also that simplicity of means, and acuity of sight, mindfulness to sum up, can do as potent a job. Thanks, Jan.

  • Hi Jan,

    I know your essay, I like it and I also like the music.

    I read an article yesterday on the Haitians who would pass illegally in Dominican Republic to escape misery and to work in the plantations of sugar cane or on the dominican construction sites, they would be the target of massacres ” 300 haitiens followed by Dominicans greedy for revenge after the death of one of theirs, must have taken refuge in a military camping… Situation is such as it can come out on on a disaster not to say a massacre – ethnic…. ” Courrier international n°951/ Haîtien en marche, Port-au-Prince

    audrey

  • from Haiti….

    Trahison

    Ce coeur obsédant, qui ne correspond
    Pas à mon langage ou à mes costumes
    Et sur lequel mordent, comme un crampon,
    Des sentiments d’emprunt et des coutumes
    D’Europe, sentez-vous cette souffrance
    Et ce désespoir à nul autre égal
    D’apprivoiser, avec des mots de France,
    Ce coeur qui m’est venu du Sénégal?

    —Léon Laleau

  • ooops, sorry, the translation

    Betrayal

    This unrelenting heart, whose rhythm suits
    Neither my language nor my clothing
    And into which bite, like jaws of a trap,
    Borrowed sentiments and European
    Customs—Do you feel this suffering
    This despair unlike any other
    Of domesticating, with words from France,
    This heart that came to me from Senegal?

  • for me, some of the most poignant photos are when you can see/feel/taste the circumstance, but the spirit radiates beyond..for example http://www.magnumphotos.com/CorexDoc/MAG/Media/TR3/F/W/7/X/PAR45089.jpg

  • yes, erica, yesss! brilliant..

  • Wonderful documentary. First image very powerful. The music was soulful and brought out the sadness of the situation. What comes across at first go thru is the anger, the the desperation, the resolution of the Haitians to this sad sad situation and then the apathy.

  • Pete,

    I knew I had already seen this somewhere… :))

  • I agree with much of what you said, Katia, though I might express it a little differently. I don’t think the perspective is skewed because the photos don’t show love or joy in the slums, but I do think the ones in this series all hit the same note — they just show the degrading conditions of poverty. As a viewer, I would be more interested in a more varied and nuanced story about poverty in Haiti and less in photos that simply show me that there is poverty in Haiti. In other words, these photos are not really a story — perhaps they are not meant to be, and I don’t wish to criticize them for being something Jan did not set out to create. But I already know that Haitians are poor; I have seen Alex Webb’s photos and plenty of others about the Cite Soleil. I admire a lot of them, and many of Jan’s in this selection will stand beside the best of them.

    But I don’t think it is enough, as a photographer or journalist, simply to take pictures of the ambient conditions. It’s an easy trap to fall into, photographing a phenomenon and not the individuals who struggle in it. What’s the story that the photographer (any photographer) wishes to tell? I know that people in Haiti struggle for food, that there are orphans and AIDS victims, that they suffer from violence, lawlessness, and the neglect of the international community. But who are these people? What do they have to say for themselves? Why should I care about them as individuals — parents and children? What angle has the photographer explored that allows me to make better sense of this situation?

    Again, this is not so much a criticism of Jan’s work as a comment on our (myself included) humanistic and humbling drive to photograph people whose lives are wildly different from our own. I have wandered through slums in Africa and Asia, both aghast and enticed by the conditions there. But I think that anyone (and again I include myself) who has the personal, professional, and creative resources to work in some of the world’s most degraded places has the obligation to move the narrative beyond simply stating the obvious. People learn from stories, not surveys, and the photos will have a greater (presumably positive) impact if they show something that has not been seen before, open up new ways of understanding, and focus on individuals.

    In Jan’s series, any one of those photos could be expanded into a story on its own. Who’s the guy in the opening frame and why is he angry (not why are Haitians angry generally)? In other words, this guy will be a better representative of Haitian anger if I as a viewer knew more about him and his life. Where does he live? What does he do? Does he have a family? How does he feed them? If I understand him, I can understand Haiti.

  • Very thought through and to the point comment! Thank you!

  • This is an interesting discussion. Katia, I do hear what you are saying, and in reference to your own work I can see where showing the joy is very important. What makes your stuff compelling is that you really get the sense that you know the characters, and you get drawn into their struggles, mischief, and sense of community.

    I think Jan has a different intent, and that is to show the absolute dire situation of hunger and poverty in Haiti. It is not pretty and it is not joyful. Certainly there are moments of joy here and there, but probably few and far between; and regardless, what would be the point of showing them? In this world of information overload, you’ve only got a few seconds to make your point. Why dilute the impact of the story with happy, smiling Hatians, kicking back and enjoying their good fortune to be alive? Would that make us somehow feel better about the whole thing? And should we, in any way, feel good about what has been going on in Haiti for years and years?

    To my mind, the distance I feel between myself and the people in Jan’s images is poignant and powerful. I do not need to know, or to think, that they experience joy and community and love. What I do need to know is that they are living in abject, sub-human conditions, and that there is little happiness where there is chronic hunger and disease.

    Jan, in addition to the very constructive comments by Eric and others, my main hope is that you get this work out there and find more humanitarian outlets for your work. You may be doing this already, I don’t know. But when I see work like this my first reaction is “what can be done?”v Unevolved’s idea of a donation campaign, or something like that…I don’t know, something…if there could be a pipeline directly from work such as this to sources of aid and political action, then the work is not just about good photography, it is about, as hackneyed as the term is, helping to make a difference. Which is, at least karmically speaking, more important than “saying” something different than Alex Webb or others who have documented Haiti…

    Perhaps, in the evolution of BURN, we can develop a humanitarian wing, where stories like these can be linked to funding, NGO’s, and political action to further the causes the photographers are undertaking…and also provide funding for the photographers to continue their work…

  • …hmmm,
    old recipe, old school natgeo style,old used techniques “tried” on time,,,
    safe, “success prone”, typical wide angles,
    another story on poverty… the western photog… the desperate 3rd worlders…
    no involvement , no engagement, no self exposure… nothing new, old tested
    GRANDMA RECIPES… enough with the “i need to fit” or the “i need to get paid” mentality…
    A story for the average mind, a story for the masses, a story for that yellow mag
    that fits so well on my dentist’s desk….
    a story for the average consumer with the two kids, the SUV and the picket fence…
    no wonder 80% ( maybe more ) of the viewers loved it…
    :-(

  • … on the other side…
    this is a story that could do “good”…
    as “unevoled n” & Kerry mentioned above,
    a story like this can provide some kinda
    financial help , attention to their “issues”…
    positive exposure, so the rest of the world will witness
    and hopefully gets involved… yes… yes, the rich
    should eventually help the poor… i really see the
    activism on the photogs part… and the desire to “help”….

  • Hey Panos, you are correct – with both of your posts! This essay really annoys me: not because of the photography but because; in spite of numerous essays on the subject, each equally worthy, NOTHING happens to help the people of Haiti. It must be a nightmare to live there.

    Why is it allowed to continue? I suppose the glib answer is that there is no oil in Haiti. If ANY population of Planet Earth were willing to accept International aid then surely it would be Haiti. So where is it? As for donating money: to whom would you entrust it?

    Speaking Of Nat Geo, I believe that satellite photographs of Hispaniola show the boarder between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in stark contrast: very few trees in Haiti; all cut down for fuel.

    How much longer must the people of Haiti endure? How many Albert Einstein’s or Louis Pasteur’s etc. must we waste?

  • Hey Mike,
    “As for donating money: to whom would you entrust it?”
    (no answer on this one…Mike ..)

    “Speaking Of Nat Geo, I believe that satellite photographs of Hispaniola show the boarder between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in stark contrast: very few trees in Haiti; all cut down for fuel.”
    (fact:natgeo is not always as bad as i present it…laughing)

    “How much longer must the people of Haiti endure? How many Albert Einstein’s or Louis Pasteur’s etc. must we waste?”
    (sorry Mike but this world looking for the next “American Idol”, the next “Superbowl”, the next Donald Trump not necessarily for an “Albert E.” or a “Louis P.”…sad )
    peace & hugs

  • Mike U see.. i dont wanna be destructive towards the photog…
    i would love a different approach… choose a family in Haiti..
    LIVE WITH THAT FAMILY… or a girlfriend or a drug dealer or a pastor
    or a whore or …. get close , be the insider,
    show us from the “inside”…the “unseen”, the “unheard of”…
    it wont probably be as “strong” or “obvious” as this essay… with
    strong “fancy” poverty photos … maybe it would make the lazy viewer like me
    to get involved a little more or quit…. A person(viewer ) that dont care
    will quit sooner or later…”obvious” photos no matter how strong do not always
    bring “obvious” results… I think that “obvious” photos are “overrated”…
    This is a beautiful, well executed essay , very “straight”, very “obvious”though…
    and like i said, yes it can “please” the eye,
    but honestly,
    can “straight” photography help “Haiti”??????
    i doubted it because
    just like “republican” governments love starting wars all over the world,
    same way, “straight” eyed Fox News viewers love and hold on to their money…
    In other words i dont know how much the average consumer can get convinced to
    put their hand in the pocket to reach that wallet…and help
    Haiti or any Haiti that is hurting right now…
    Are we all ready to help?
    Am I??? i dont even know…

  • Chris Bickford, if i understand you correctly, if a photographer wants to incite change they should focus their communication on aspects of life they think should be changed. When they capture images they should seek visual evidence of the issue and not waste time on images that distract from the injustice. Maybe when they edit the message they should drop parts of the story to amplify the suffering? Most subscribe to this recipe for issue-photography.

    so is it ok to carve into the whole story to create a strong dose of only a part? Key to your reasoning is the short attention span of the audience. Ironically, this reasoning exactly causes the short attention span of an audience. For the same reason you can’t pull a single leg out of a three-legged stool and expect it to bear weight, you can’t exclude aspects of the human condition and expect it to resemble a story. Without a story you have barely a few seconds of attention, but with a story you can hold court for hours.

    how important is story to humans with regards to paradigm shifts? As i type this i think of a true story from 1839 that led to a fairly authentic movie and even a few Oscar nominations. It was about a slave ship where one of the slaves managed to get free and lead a take over of the ship, but still managed to be taken into custody by the US Navy.

    a long trial ensued and while the case seemed to be purely a battle of who could take ownership of the slaves: the US Navy based on salvage law of the time or the Spaniards based on original ownership, another more noble result emerged entirely propagated by a story told by John Quincy Adams, a story that captivated the court and suggested the men in the open sea were not property, but captives and while still captives they owned themselves and therefore were released to go home as free men and the leader a hero.

    How good of a story must that have been? Do you think anything was left out, even the murder of the captain? This story reminds me of the extent we are moved by stories verses facts and reasoning.

    Can it work with still images? Maybe not purely still images, but surely with still images at the core i think it can. i’d be willing to bet that most people that start watching This Essay will spend the entire twenty minutes watching it to its conclusion, and i suspect it will provide a paradigm shift in the way of thinking about this topic and the sentiment.. ‘let’s give everyone a lifestyle like we have.’ conviction. i think this largely has to do with the spirit of story verses issue-photography.

    i also don’t think we all need to be as exceptional of Oliver to captivate an audience and produce a paradigm shift, but i do think we need to learn to be storytelling photographers. We need to introduce the people we want our audience to care about, and not sensationalise the situation they are in, and definitely not in such a poloarised way. i just don’t think anyone is going to change the world with some killer images, but they can help us to better feel it by introducing us to stories of the people that are living it.

    i recently discovered evidence of this approach from a member of Burn. This person is exploring the concept of homeless kids… If someone told you they were covering this topic you would immediately start sighing.. but because this person is doing this entirely through story you feel captivated by it. Ultimately I’d like to meet more people through stories and ultimately get my meaningful happenings of the world through stories, i’m certain i’m most moved by them.

  • yes..
    its all in the story telling…
    oh… yes…..
    ‘still images at the core’
    I like that…
    ***

  • I thought images 13 and 15 were good examples of how commercial logos originally promoting, “cool” trickle their way to third-world provinces. It reminds me of a story in Time about T-shirts that were made for losing super-bowl teams being donated to Nicaragua. All in all I liked your whole set of images, it left me wanting more yet that in itself still left me feeling satisfied with what I saw.

  • i just saw this comment, Preston i couldn’t agree with you more, expecially these simple words..

    People learn from stories, not surveys..

  • When Nachtwey covers a war…

    Eric when Nachtwey covers anything this seems to be the case, and we always ‘know’ about the issue, but it doesn’t always make us want to do something about…

    you can find 120 comments that explore this exact dilemma with this exact story approach with this exact person here..

    http://blog.magnumphotos.com/2008/10/does_photojournalism_make_you_verklempt.html

  • KATIA….

    every photographer makes a choice in what aspect of a “story” they want to tell…i do not see Jan manipulating the truth…in my mind, he has simply chosen one aspect of life today in Haiti to tell…that of hunger…just one truth, not all truths….surely , there are other stories to tell….

    knowing you and your work , you would have seen Haiti in a totally different light..you would have seen the individual humanity and relationships that exist despite harsh conditions….Maggie Steber and Alex Webb chose more political themes…Bruce Gilden went for the irony of Haitian life …..Antonin Kratochvil depicted the almost always conflict….all five of you would have seen in Haiti something quite different and all “true”…

    i think i know what does frustrate you overall…and it does me too….and that is when certain photographer’s, out to make a name for themselves so to speak, will choose graphic subject matter for it’s own sake….will go to certain “hot spots” just to appear journalistic…or to win a prize…how many of them actually care?? how many photographers have “used” people in strife of one sort or another for their own benefit?? this is an issue which i think we could discuss at some length…

    i do not know Jan Sochor…but, as i tend to do with most people , i assume good unless i find out bad….let’s give Jan the “benefit of the doubt” and see where he takes us next…fair enough??

    cheers, david

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