Photography that makes a difference.™
This project examines the consequences of greed and neglect in relation to both the loss of vital wetlands in the lower coastal parishes of Louisiana and the health of people living in close proximity to oil refineries along the Mississippi River. The foremost factor compromising the welfare of these regions and their citizens remains our insatiable demand for petroleum products and the irresponsible methods by which that demand is satisfied.
My intention is to create a comprehensive portrait of each of the coastal parishes containing threatened wetland areas. In so doing, I hope to expand the dialog regarding our dependence on oil while honoring the dignity of individuals photographed.
In many instances, the communities I am focusing on have been so jeopardized that demise is all but inevitable. What is the value of acknowledging this loss and how might attention to the privation of former homelands be of interest to future generations?
Terri Garland received both BFA and MFA degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute. She teaches photography at San Jose City College.
As a graduate student, she began an examination of white supremacist culture that spanned over two decades, photographing individuals within various self-professed racist organizations.
Since the storms of 2005, she has divided her time between Louisiana and Mississippi, photographing communities that are imperiled and often overlooked by those in positions of power.
Her photographs are held in numerous collections and she has received a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship, a Silicon Valley Arts Council Grant and a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
Lágrimas do Rio Doce
Tears of the Sweet River
Photographer: Leonardo Merçon
The project Lágrimas do Rio Doce (Translation: Tears of the Sweet River) is an independent photographic-audiovisual production aiming to show the real consequences of this tragedy for biodiversity, local populations and traditional communities that depend on the river to survive. The river is rooted in the culture of fishermen, native americans (índios) and riverside populations. Through this project, these communities will be given a voice.
Photographer: Mustafah Abdulaziz
Initiated in 2011, “Water” is a fifteen-year photographic project. Water and humanity are moving towards a crisis. We live in a time when 650 million people have no access to safe drinking water; when our rivers, basins and lakes are affected by decades of industry; when rising sea levels are placing Pacific Islanders in the cross-hairs of becoming the first climate refugees. The complexity of our relationship with water reflects our greater behavior towards our environment, which we’re beginning to understand has a defining impact on our planet.
Breaking the Cycle
a documentary film
Photographer: Dan Lamont and Sara Finkelstein
The facts are startling: the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country on Earth. Those who fill the jails often come from fractured families with pernicious, multigenerational histories of poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. Kids from such environments too often get in trouble. Incarcerated youth have a 75 percent chance of reoffending as adults and the cycle continues. It is a terrible tragedy and a colossal waste of human lives and social resources.