Documentary Photography

Documentary photography is a vital tool to communicate an injustice, a social problem, or other current issues.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Uganda Journalists under Attack

Journalists’ cameras and notebooks were confiscated by security agents as they sought to recently stop peaceful demonstrations in Uganda. An estimated 20 journalists and bloggers are on bail facing different criminal charges and risk attending to their charges while in jail if the recent proposal by the president to amend the constitution to ensure that journalists and other suspects thought to be enemies of the state do not receive bail for six months after arrest. Recently police raided the offices of a local newspaper; Ggwanga, and arrested four employees allegedly for filming the police and military while brutally breaking a peaceful demonstration and President Yoweri Museveni publicly singled out Al-Jazeera, the BBC, NTV and the Daily Monitor as the "the enemies of Uganda’s recovery” for their consistent coverage of State atrocities.

ARTICLE 19 has over the past years been concerned about the deteriorating freedom of expression situation in Uganda including attacks on the media.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

"Ambassador for Peace"

March 29, 2011, I was in Washington DC and awarded "Ambassador for Peace" by the "International Federation for Peace" for 15 years of humanitarian work.  90% done with my own money, I saved working as a wedding photographer.  This was a great honor, a day I will NEVER forget, and I will live up to the standards of the  "International Federation for Peace." I want to thank Olga Crupper for her support from the Human Relief Organization, a mentor and amazing women.  I am now the International Advisor for the Human Relief Organization.  Meaning I am their Documentary Photographer, will travel to all 23 countries document situations of extreme importance, and facilitate support groups in these countries. My first journey will being in August 2011 to Guatemala to document the struggles of Latin American Indian Women.  I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service and help make the world a better place for as many people as I can in my lifetime.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day!!!!

Happy International Women's Day to all women around the world!!!!
International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In most countries, International Women's Day is a national holiday.

Why is this important; Old pioneers of women's rights activists (Formerly known as Suffragettes) campaigned for women's right to vote, and they achieved it. Our generation has successfully campaigned for the right for equality, and we’re making progress. Our Children are constantly campaigning for the right for freedom, and they will not achieve it without our support. The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911, This day honors the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds us that inequities still exist and MUST be redressed.

Happy International Women's Day: Today marks 100 years of struggle and success.

Educate a woman you educate a NATION!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Briefing on the UN Mapping Report at US Congress in DC

Rayburn House Building, US Capitol, Washington DC

A panel of several non-profit organizations, human rights and advocacy groups briefed an audience made of US congressional staffers, Congolese-Americans, members of catholic clergy.... Congolese and Rwandan diplomats in Washington, Congolese - US residents, the press, college interns and students...on the importance of the UN Mapping Report in order for Congress to make a plea to the Obama cabinet to press the Congo's leadership, along Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and many other states, to establish responsibilities on the aftermath of the massive rape, invasion of Congo's territory and the genocide. This Panel "called for Justice" in the face of violations of human rights and crimes against humanity committed, as reported, between 1993 and 2003. Next step, a hearing will be called by Congress where members of this panel will testify before Congress... (to be continued) 
Mr. Claude Gatebuke, on the panel lived the tragedy and survived the genocide. 
What an honor to be among other like minded people taking ACTION for humanity and JUSTICE!!!!