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Photographer and humanitarian Sarah Fretwell has been called an unreasonable activist. She formed The Truth Told Project to help the girls and women of the Congo share their stories of sexual violence with the world and serve as a catalyst for change. She tells us about the project and with what we can do to help.
The Truth Told

Kavira Kabambi, 15 year old survivor. Photographed by Sarah Fretwell.

The Truth Told Project

One girl or woman is raped every minute in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The rape is not random, as you might think. It is a power play that targets those who are not in a position to fight back. The rebel and military groups use rape as a scare tactic and way to control and destroy local communities. The DRC’s society is so broken rape is now “normalized.” Millions of girls, women and men have been raped. Many more will be raped in the time it takes you to read these few paragraphs. More »

For over a decade, award-winning youth photographer Rebecca Drobis has returned to explore and photograph on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwest Montana. Initially, the impressive mountains of Glacier National Park drew Rebecca to the reservation, but the children living in the shadow of those peaks keep her coming back. Grown Up West: Children of the Blackfeet Reservation documents the lives of the youth living on the reservation. Rebecca tells us a little about her project.

Where the endless plains are abruptly transacted by the dramatic Rocky Mountains lies Blackfeet Country. A small community of people call this place home and this project is about the young people of that community. It is a glimpse into their world as they see and live it. Through my photographs, I want to show the triumphs and struggles that are unique to these youth. This project explores the power of place and illustrates how the natural environment and the challenge of reservation life affect a child’s experience.

These challenges unite the community and further strengthen family and neighborly bonds. In the absence of material excess, the children’s imaginations flourish. Without tightly packed schedules of extracurricular activities or the latest video games, children are drawn outdoors to explore and adventure.

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My goal in this body of work is to honor the enduring strength, resilience and wisdom of these youth. The project speaks to a universal childhood. More »

August 16th, 2012

A New Day Cambodia

Posted by liveBooks

On a visit to Cambodia in 2002 photographer Bill Smith was taken by a driver to the see the Phnom Penh Municipal Garbage Dump.  This dump, located 20 miles outside the capital, was next to a village called Stung Meanchey.  It was at this large garbage dump that Smith witnessed the horrible sight of hundreds of children digging through scraps for anything that could be sold.  The children would go to the dump in the morning and not leave until the evening hours.  They sifted through toxic trash and waded through dirty water to try and earn $10 a month that would help sustain their families.

 

 

The parents of the children had a lifespan of about 40 forty years due to working in the dump and being contaminated by toxins which would lead to TB, lung cancer and other diseases.

Smith and his wife Lauren, were shocked and decided to return to the dump and try and help at least one of these doomed children.  They ended up sponsoring one child and then another and then another.  Smith, his wife and friend Joe O’Neil soon formulated what would become A New Day Cambodia, a non-profit organization providing shelter, food and education to Cambodia’s garbage dump scavenger children.

Today, A New Day Cambodia (ANDC) has opened two centers that house over 100 children.  The children go to school from 7am to 5pm six days a week.  There are 14 full time staffers along with numerous volunteers that help teach English, geography, photography, and many other classes.  The children receive medical care and meals along with exercise and athletic programs.

Please visit www.anewdaycambodia.org where you can see photographs and learn more about this extremely beneficial organization.


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Viena Woodstone is a brave, beautiful, compassionate, gentle little girl who loves to play and dance. Unfortunately she has a life threatening illness.

The formal name for her condition is Cerebellar Seizures which means seizures originating from a lesion in her cerebellum which is also attached to her brain stem. It manifests as hundreds of localized seizures per day and is accompanied by a rapid and critical drop in oxygen. Viena’s condition is exceedingly rare. She is the first known case in Australia, and at last count, only the 12th case in the world. However at 18 months of age , when Viena received her formal diagnosis, she astounded her doctors by being ahead in all her developmental milestones.

Viena is going to undergo surgery on May 1st, 2012 at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Her surgery itself is free, however their family and friends are raising money to cover the significant expenses incurred during their six week stay in Melbourne. Expenses include travel, accommodations and extra child care. They believe subsequent surgeries are likely but won’t know for sure until after the surgery on May 1st.

Please visit Viena’s website and to learn more about her story and how you can donate.

Website: www.vienasstory.com.au

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I have always been a liveBooks fan since setting up my first professional site with them three years ago. Working with them to improve the strength of our project was a no-brainer. The site is clean, classy and professionally designed, and very is easy for visitors to use. It provides an incredible tool for us to show our visual credentials and share information as we develop funding for the project. The number of tools available for us to use present a number of interesting possibilities in making the site more usable and interesting as the project evolves. Once the project is complete, this same site becomes a great place to present our photo essays to the world in an equally classy, elegant manner and tell the stories of these incredible organizations.

Rick D’Elia, Photojournalist and Humanitarian

Website: www.pixelsofmercy.org
Pixels of Mercy is a team of photographers that will be creating a photo essay examining the important work of six grassroots development organizations working in central Uganda improving the quality of life for the rural and the urban poor through healthcare, education, clean water, orphan care and other basic needs. By blending the styles and storytelling perspectives of four photographers we’ll create a rich, dynamic narrative for print and electronic publication and, budget permitting, for exhibition. You can support their cause by visiting their website clicking on donate.

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The Faces of Ground Zero, Portraits of the Heroes of September 11, 2001 Collection, consist of 246 Giant Polaroids photographed by Joe McNally. These compelling, life-sized photos were shot during a three week period shortly after September 11, 2001, with additional images shot in 2002 on the garage-size, unique Giant Polaroid camera at Moby C Studio near Ground Zero in New York City. They represent a pictorial, emotional cross section of largely ordinary people who rose up to the challenges of that awful day, and did extraordinary things.

These pictures traveled to numerous cities, became a book, and proved to be a powerfully moving tribute to the collective heroism displayed on 9/11. This collection in its entirety has helped raise over two million dollars for the 9/11 relief effort. If you are interested in making a donation click here.

 

Website: www.facesofgroundzero.com

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August 5th, 2011

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

Posted by liveBooks

Foundry Photojournalism Workshops was started five years ago with a simple mission in mind: to provide some of the best training in visual storytelling to those who normally cannot afford it, so they could then tell their own stories, of their own communities. It was never easy; from locating world class faculty who would volunteer their time, to working on a shoestring budget, through logistics problems from hell, we persevered, believing in our mission above all else: aiding in the formation of emerging photographers who are and will change the way we see the world.

Throughout it all, we have chosen to remain independent, without any major underwriter or corporate support. Our sponsors, all small core supporters of the photography industry, have changed each year, with the whims of the industry – with one exception. liveBooks has been there from day one, sharing our core beliefs and mission.

Since our first year in Mexico City, liveBooks has been with us. Supporting new and emerging photojournalists by providing both full tuition scholarships for students from divergent economies who struggle just to make ends meet, to awarding a multitude of websites to the best and brightest of local and regional students at the end of each years workshop, to interviewing and featuring new talent on their RESOLVE blog – liveBooks has been our core ally in helping make our mission come alive.

liveBooks has and continues to show unending support for emerging photographers and photojournalists by offering the best websites at the best possible prices combined with the best support. If their product wasn’t the best, over half of our own world renowned faculty of award-winning photojournalists wouldn’t be using liveBooks sites for their own personal and agency work.

Simply put, whether a new voice or an old hand, liveBooks websites do what exactly what a photography website should do – they WORK, hard, to beautifully showcase a shooters vision, to help in promotion, support, and developing a robust web presence, to helping in sales and back end archive security. All for one purpose – to get the images that can change the world out to the world. From stills to the newest multimedia projects, liveBooks websites can handle it. And after five years of continual support and belief in our mission – indeed, they have coupled their own mission with ours – we couldn’t think of a better partner for bringing the world important, powerful and compelling visual stories.

While we have grown and learned much along this journey, from Mexico City to India to Istanbul, Buenos Aires and now to Thailand in 2012, one thing has and will stay the same – liveBooks will be our partner, no matter how the technological landscape changes.

Eric Beecroft, Director, Photographer and liveBooks user Foundry Photojournalism Workshops

Website: www.foundryphotoworkshop.org
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop provides a community where getting into the field, producing real reportage, getting honest, real feedback, and making new friends and developing contacts are first and foremost. Through generous support of sponsors and photographers they have succeeded at creating a workshop the students and those from developing nations could afford. We at liveBooks are honored to work with Foundry year after year.

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The All Roads Photography Program recognizes and supports talented indigenous and minority-culture photographic storeytellers from around the world who are documenting their changing culture and community through photography. liveBooks supported this program by supplying websites to the winners and providing a presentation on best marketing practices by our CEO, Andy Patrick. Each year up to four photographers are awarded, and their photo essays are exhibited at the All Roads Film Festival and other cities around the world.
Website: http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/all-roads/all-roads-photography-program

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We are so pleased with our well designed liveBooks website for the Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program. We proudly direct potential donors and volunteers to the site. We routinely include the link to the site in publications about our work in Cambodia and in talks at meetings of microbiologists. The liveBooks editSuite makes it easy to update the site with fresh photos and videos and information about recent events in the microbiology laboratories where we work. The diagnostic microbiology laboratories which the DMDP have implemented in Cambodia have recently been isolating Streptococcus suis, an emerging bacterial pathogen. Posting this information on our liveBooks website will attract the attention of microbiologists interested in using the laboratories for research on this important pathogen.

Jim McLaughlin, Ph.D, Co-founder and President of DMDP

Website: www.dmdp.org

The mission of the Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program is to build capacity for reliable infectious diseases diagnosis by strengthening the infrastructure and technical capabilities of technicians and clinical microbiologists in resource-poor countries. They accomplish this work with the assistance of many partners including volunteer clinical microbiologists willing to provide long term hands-on bench training in diagnostic microbiology.

DMDP was created in 2008 and to date have implemented microbiology laboratories in three provincial hospitals in Cambodia an provided technical assistance to the microbiology laboratory in the National Pediatric Hospital in Phnom Penh. To learn more about their amazing work go to their website or read the latest entry in their blog.

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August 12th, 2010

Sexy Backs for Autism

Posted by liveBooks

For Sexy Backs for Autism Awareness, liveBooks is the perfect product. liveBooks provides our audience with a positive viewing experience, and is an easy and supportive environment for visitors to navigate.

‘Sexy Backs’ and its junior project ‘Baby Backs’ were developed to raise awareness of Autism after my youngest son was diagnosed in 2008. The images are our interest point, but the real difference is made when people see or hear the word Autism… For those who know what Autism is, they share, and for those who don’t know what Autism is, they ask. Our liveBooks website has been an incredibly important part of our awareness project, and we can quite honestly say that we would not have had our success without liveBooks. I know thats a big statement, but if you visit our website you won’t see a lot of words, but you will see real people turning their backs FOR autism, not turning their backs on autism… and thats the key… liveBooks allows you too see!

In the latest series of photographs, Sexy Backs uses organic images, so there is no retouching. liveBooks reproduces these images beautifully. We can’t thank the team enough for producing and sponsoring a product that allows us to just be us!

James Price, Photographer and Founder of Sexy Backs for Autism

Website: jamesprice.sites.livebooks.com
Sexy Backs for Autism was started by Creative Portrait Photographer, James Price. James started to think about ways to raise awareness of Autism when his youngest child, Tyler, was diagnosed at the age of 4. James realized that Autism was not a condition that people liked to talk about or face up to and decided to highlight that by asking people to be photographed turning their back for Autism. The idea was born.He called the concept ‘Sexy Backs’ and set out to produce simple black and white portraits, showing naked backs, that are cheeky and fun. James focused on the the essence of something we all have.

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