The Human Condition

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The photographer’s lens alone can’t solve conflicts or feed the poor. But as an unwavering eye focused squarely on a reality we too often ignore, the lens becomes a call to consciousness and an invitation to action.

In India and Bangladesh, segments of society are confined to a culture of caste discrimination that defines their work and determines their fate. Similarly, in Middle America the failure of local industry has created communities of perpetual unemployment and poverty that have bred a generation of undereducated and despondent teens with few prospects for their future.

Health care in marginalized countries continues to be ill-equipped and under-staffed. Hospitals and institutions serve as little more than warehouses for suffering. The mentally disabled are often abandoned in overcrowded and filthy sanatoriums. Natural disasters like Hurricane Ike in Haiti, one of the poorest nations on Earth, inevitably leave behind a staggering death toll, widespread infection, and even greater scarcity. All the while in the U.S., one of the world’s richest nations, scores of uninsured working poor wait each week for the chance to see a doctor.

The photographer’s lens alone can’t solve conflicts or feed the poor. But as an unwavering eye focused squarely on a reality we too often ignore, the lens becomes a call to consciousness and an invitation to action.

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