Posts Tagged ‘Haiti’

Shoot For Haiti


Philadelphia-based non-profit, Shoot For A Cause, is hosting a benefit called Shoot For Haiti on Saturday, February 6th to help raise money for the earthquake victims of Haiti. “During the Shoot for Haiti benefit, participants are offered a photoshoot session for the low cost of $50 per session.  Each session will include either a family/group portrait or one outfit personal shoot.  Professional makeup services will also be offered and are included in the $50 session.  Such packages are usually valued at over $300,” according to Shoot For A Cause.

The American Red Cross will be co-hosting the event and will be receiving 100% of all donations.  A growing list of sponsors include Glamourville, Paragon Creative Group, Jasen Hudson Photography, Robin Lynette Professional Makeup Artist, Blu Lotus Public Relations and EMG STUDIOS.” For more information, visit


Onè Respe: Photographic Magazine Benefit for Haiti


Last week I posted about the book “A Thousand Words,” created in two years for International Medical Corps after culling more than 10,000 photos. This week I bring you word of “Onè Respe, A Photographic Benefit for the Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake,” a magazine created in less than 48 hours and thanks to Lane Hartwell, a Bay area photojournalist with a passion, plus her partner and friends who contributed.

The pictures in Onè Respe are not of tragedy, but of beautiful Haitians enjoying themselves fishing, eating, playing, and laughing. This is what the aid to Haiti is meant to restore.

Noted photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark and photographers Chet Gordon, Kari Hartmann, Peter Pereira, and Lindsay Stark, donated their work. The title “Onè Respe” comes from a traditional Haitian greeting meaning honor and respect. This seemed to be shared among Hartwell’s team, as well.

“We did it so fast because we had a great team,” says Hartwell, clearly amazed at the process. “It had a life of its own. I got the idea the morning of the 13th and contacted Derek Powazek at MagCloud and he got back to me right away. He said he had time the next day to lay it out.”

In the meantime Lane and her partner Michael Biven began brainstorming.

“I chose Peter Pereira’s essay about village life, but we didn’t have a theme until I saw the old Kodachromes from Chet Gordon. So we began looking for pre-quake images.” As she scrambled to contact photographers and get images, Hartwell thought, “What the heck have I gotten myself into? I was supposed to get all the images to Derek to lay it out and I didn’t have it!”

Miraculously, everything came together the next morning and in two hours the layout was done.

Hartwell had a good lesson in not listening to the naysayers.  “Some said I shouldn’t do it and some photographers said they could get us images in a few days.” But she needed them that night. “We knew we had to get it (the magazine) out fast. Now we have these historic images, and they’re hopeful.”

They used social media to spread the word. “Michael’s company paid for a press release and a friend put one together for us. Everybody did what they were good at and delivered. We tweeted and put it on Facebook.”

A friend checked the analytics and Hartwell said that in 50 tweets they reached about 70,000 people.”Bloggers and new media picked up on it more than old media.”

And there’s an advantage to just sending the Red Cross a few dollars. “With this you have something to discuss with your kids and family for just $12 and postage. All proceeds go to the Red Cross and you’re getting a beautiful print-on-demand 40-page publication on high-quality FSC-certified paper.

Even better, says Hartwell, “Anybody can do this. With print-on-demand you don’t need money up front.” So, yes, there may be a follow-up issue, after some time passes.  

“The media is going to be leaving soon. I would be interested in seeing what it’s like there in a few months,” says Hartwell.

Derek Powazek of Magcloud designed the issue, which is available at or directly at Magcloud is also covering the printing costs.


A Thousand Words

Special Envoy for Haiti Gives Interview Outside Haiti Hospital

Photo caption: William J. Clinton (background, centre), United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti and former President of the United States of America, gives an interview outside the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince as a child badly injured in Haiti’s earthquake (forefront) takes a nap.
18/Jan/2010. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi. 


While the aftershocks continue to rock the rolled and crush Haiti, the International Medical Corps will remain long after the world public moves on to another crisis, having arrived there just 23 hours after the 7.0 quake hit. I learned about this group at Photo LA because of a book recently published called “A Thousand Words, Photos from the Field.”

Edward Robinson, associate curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Dept. at LACMA, moderated a panel featuring author/editor Stacy Twilley, six-time Picture of the Year International winner Colin Finlay, photojournalist Sara Terry, and Stacey Freeman from IMC, along with stunning images from the book, published in 2009. The current horror in Haiti hung in the air, underscoring the urgency and importance of IMC’s work.

Twilley discovered 25 years of photos in the files of the Santa Monica-based humanitarian organization that trains locals in basic medical care while she was a volunteer. From 10,000 photographs taken by pro photographers and aid workers, she, with the help of notable collectors including Richard Gere and Anjelica Huston, and museum curators, culled the collection to the most powerful, disturbing and haunting images that told the stories of 21 countries in crisis.

“I realized that I had stumbled onto an unprecedented account of history,” says Twilley. “I knew that more people needed to see these photos to understand the tremendously important work International Medical Corps was doing.”

Emotion won the vote, not who shot it. So the two-year labor of love melded the work of pros and aid workers with one-third shot by pro photographers and two-thirds by volunteer workers. The book traces the paths “from war, genocide, conflict, and devastation, to compassion, healing, resilience, and hope.” 

Colin Finlay’s passion is palpable in the darkened room as his heart-wrenching images appear on screen. His voice nearly quivers as he speaks about his volunteer missions.  “It’s all about building awareness. We’re not there for the money or a job. This is the job of being witness, to convey emotion, show empathy, compassion. And I wonder, am I going to be given a photograph? A person has to allow me, share that soul agreement, permission, to take the photo. That’s an essential energetic element, the engagement process. I kneeled before this starving man and he allowed me, without words, to take this photo.”  


Read more at International Medical Corps or WorldFocus.

A Thousand Words: Photos from the Field” is available on Amazon



Hell in Haiti

Billtacular on Flickr


Because we are being barraged with mages of Haiti I was not going to add to it here. But I have to. On Flickr I found Billtacular’s image of Haiti from last summer, assembled into a collage. And he is using this in a unique way to raise money for relief efforts. See his offer below and challenge below.

“Please check out my Haiti photos: For every 10 Flickr comments in that set (either on an individual photo or on the set itself) I will donate $1 to relief efforts (up to $20).

“We visited Haiti last summer and the people there are truly suffering. It was an eye-opening and culturally shocking experience. The recent earthquake only puts more pressure on this country and it’s people to survive.

“I know $20 isn’t going to rebuild schools and hospitals, but if enough people donate a small amount, it will add up. I know that’s cliche, but it’s true and I don’t think a clever spin needs to be put on it.

“I encourage everyone to share this and RT if you’re on Twitter:

“If you have photos or anything else from Haiti, I would suggest using a similar idea to help raise money and awareness (or come up with your own ideas)!

Thanks everyone for reading and commenting.”

The Red Cross has raised over a million dollars through a text message campaign. What could Flickr and other photo sites contribute?