Zoriah has updated a series he did on the Northern Pakistan Earthquake, also known as the Kashmir Earthquake. I have posted them below with his earlier write-up. Other previous series by Zoriah concerning AIDS, the tsunami that hit Thiland in 2004 and life in Gaza can be viewed here, here, and here.
People often ask me to compare disasters and I find myself struggling to provide them with an answer that feels truthful. In all honesty, after five years of focusing on disasters and humanitarian crisis, I find that everything begins to look the same. Faces, no matter which country or continent they hail from, closely resemble each other when they are framed in rubble and surrounded by smoke. Buildings and trees and landscapes look about the same when they are flattened on the ground, whether the cause was a hijacked airplane, a massive wave or powerful tremor. It is often far too easy for me see a disaster zone as nothing more than a familiar scene, another day of work.
Gaza Medical Crisis: After the cessation of aid from America and EU countries, hospitals in Gaza have literally run out of medicine and supplies. Patients are dying on a daily basis from easily treatable conditions due to lack of supplies, and the hospital medicine stock is often completely gone. Cancer patients are falling out of remission due to lack of chemotherapy treatments. Dialysis patients are running on a limited schedule in the hospitals that have enough supplies to treat them at all. The neonatal ward is full of infants with severe skin infections because doctors do not even have soap and paper towels, much less sterile linens, rubber gloves and other essential antibacterial equipment. The mental hospitals are running extremely low on medication and fear utter chaos when those supplies completely run out. While taking these photographs I listened to people scream and beg doctors for help. I watched an elderly cancer patient slip into a coma and a newborn struggle to breathe through infected lungs. I listened to the stories of doctors and administrators who used up the last of their savings purchasing medicine from private pharmacies to keep their patients alive. As western nations pledge aid and discuss the terms of the sanctions, people are dying painful, unnecessary deaths. These are a few of those people:
New Tsunami Images: Zoriah has uploaded a new interpretation of his series dealing with the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004. Some are re-cut from the previous series, others are new. Interesting what a new crop or a new frame can do. I have posted it in its entirety below along with the original text from the previous series.
Reposted Text: Also, here is a link to a photographic book on the devestation produced by VII. To see some other great series, follow this link, or this one. Go here for a list of more books by great conflict photographers.This backgrounder is provided by the photographer: As an ex disaster specialist I still have many friends working in the field all over the world and in the year following the Asian Tsunami I kept in close contact with them. Just as I expected I soon began to hear stories of how western money coupled with the tourism industry was rebuilding Thailand in record speed while Sri Lanka was still struggling and Banda Aceh was left only with resources for making baby steps. Slightly ahead of the one year anniversary of the Tsunami I decided to return to Thailand and shoot every image taken the year before from the exact same angle. Although I covered the Tsunami from both Thailand and Sri Lanka I was not able to get the funding necessary to return to Sri Lanka to re-capture those images one year later. I think that this is interesting in itself, as I literally had a long list of clients and agencies waiting for the Thailand project. However, a few weeks later John Stanmeyer from VII was able to return to Banda Aceh and shoot a project very similar to mine and it is viewable on the VII website. I find the two projects an interesting visual study in how two countries with very different economic structures recover from a major natural disaster. [Editor's note: Zoriah is currently searching for funding or grants to return to Pakistan and Kashmir at the end of this year to complete an Earthquake Then and Now project. Please contact Zoriah through his website if you are interested or have information.]
UPDATE 3/29/2006: NEW SERIES CAN BE FOUND HERE.
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