First Voices Indigenous Radio

I was thrilled and honored to be a guest on WBAI’s First Voices Indigenous Radio this morning with John Kane.

You can hear the program here:
http://www.wbai.org/server-archive.html
Click “Play” or “Download” next to the First Voices Indigenous Radio program on Thursday, April 10th at 9am.

It was wonderful to speak with John, who is so passionate about not only preserving ancient traditions, but seeing traditional societies adapt to our rapidly changing world.

Why We Photograph

Originally posted on In Flow:

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There is hardly anyone today that doesn’t take photos. Modern cell phones, if nothing else, has opened up for almost the whole world to be able to capture important moments in each and everyone’s lives. Even when I travel to developing countries I see an abundance of cell phones and I see people of all social strata taking pictures. Of course there are still many, many people that cannot afford a cell phone let alone a camera, but never before has so many pictures been taken every moment of a day as today. As I wrote in my post Too Much of Nothing, we snap as many pictures today, every two minutes, as were taken in the entire 19th century, another boom time for photography.

I would think most people take photos as a means for storing memories. For them it’s just fun to have pictures from the last…

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Explorer Wade Davis on Vanishing Cultures

There’s a tendency for those of us in the dominant Western culture to view traditional people—even when we’re sympathetic to their plight—as quaint and colorful, but reduced to the sidelines of history, while the real world, which of course is our world, continues moving forward. We see these societies as failed attempts at modernity, as if they’re destined to fade away by some natural law, as if they can’t cope with change. That’s simply not true. Change is the one constant in history. All societies in all times and in all places constantly adapt to new possibilities for life.”
Wade Davis

The Suri Tribe in the Omo Valley

The Suri Tribe in the Omo Valley

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Traveling in the Omo Valley

“Some people say: “What does it matter if these cultures fade away.” The answer is simple. When asked the meaning of being human, all the diverse cultures of the world respond with 10,000 different voices. Distinct cultures represent unique visions of life itself, morally inspired and inherently right. And those different voices become part of the overall repertoire of humanity for coping with challenges confronting us in the future. As we drift toward a blandly amorphous, generic world, as cultures disappear and life becomes more uniform, we as a people and a species, and Earth itself, will be deeply impoverished.”
Wade Davis

In the Omo Valley, Ethiopia

In the Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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6th Edition of the Pollux Awards – Culture And Daily life – Category Winner

Some good news news for me today. I was a category winner in the prestigious 6th Pollux Award – CULTURE AND DAILY LIFE with two of my new images from Ethiopia. SECOND PRIZE: “Suri Woman of the Omo Valley”, “Hamar Family in the Omo Valley” and I will be invited to Spain to exhibit at the 3rd International Biennial of Documentary and Fine Art Photography to be held in Malaga Spain at the Municipal Museum, opening on September 18th, 2014.
I was amazed by what I saw In the Omo Valley- the mixture of customs – beautiful and brutal in equal measure and am so happy to have the work recognized.

Suri Women Of The Omo

Suri Women Of The Omo


Hamar Family in the Omo

Hamar Family in the Omo