“Haiti is a very easy place to go and get a dramatic photo,” says Felipe Jacome. “It has great colors, great light and if you live in New York and you want some photos in a harsh environment you can literally go there for a couple of days, stick your camera in someone’s face and leave. But taking photos mindfully is extremely challenging.”
Photo courtesy of Felipe Jacome/Survivors for Survivors
Jacome, an Ecuadorian photographer, originally went to Haiti as a humanitarian worker a year after the January 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 220,000 people and left about 1.5 million others homeless.
But, frustrated by the periodic invasions of “platoons of journalists” seeking stock images of photogenic desperation and devastation, Jacome set out with his camera to explore a society he had found to be more resilient, resourceful and self-reliant than was typically recognized.