A crowd of people look at two men who were caught stealing and were bound and shot on Delmas Road in Port au Prince, Haiti 17 January 2010. The man in the yellow shirt was still alive after being shot through the head but neither the Haitian national Police nor the general public expressed any concern. EPA / Shawn Thew

Chay soti sout tet, tonbe sou zepol.

The load goes from the head to the shoulder.

(Problems go from bad to worse.)

Haitian Proverb.


First things first …


My early enthusiasm for Andy Levin’s proposed wider view of Haiti is now thoroughly tempered. In 100Eyes first statement, Andy made no mention of money. I presumed he was redirecting already committed attendees and resources, but he has extended the venture to new takers and at $1,500, the issue of money-flows (not to mention the obvious dangers and liabilities) makes it seem and sound like a bad idea … for reasons mentioned here and here.

And, I didn’t think Andy’s response was adequate.


Immediately, let’s us not confuse our value. We know it sits in our wallets and purses. GIVE.

Here is a list of organizations which have been highly rated by the American Institute of Philanthropy through which you can aid those in need in Haiti:



I also want to add that Paul Farmer’s Partner’s in Health has been doing increible work in Haiti for more than two decades. Money donated to his organization will be very well spent. http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti (Thanks Chris)

Possibly the most important and startling initiatives I have found all week …

The Young Haitian Documentary Photographers Group of the St.Marc region of Haiti in March of 2006. “This was the first time these young photographers had used cameras. Their work is ongoing. For more information about this unique group please visit the Haiti page.” (found via Manchester Photography)

Zanmi Lakay is an NGO that offers among its many educational opportunities, photography workshop for Haitian Street Children.

Zanmi Lakay is also Andy Levin/100Eye’s partner in Haiti, which complicates judgement on 100Eyes workshop, no? Maybe, maybe not.

© The Young Haitian Documentary Photographers Group

If you want to contribute while consuming art …

Haiti Benefit Sale was brought to my attention via the The 20×200 Blog.

William Greiner is auctioning an exhibition print & monograph book.

Aline brought to our attention a new Flickr Charity Print Auction. It isn’t exclusively for Haiti, but no doubt, Haiti will dominate current donations.

And, of course there is the Onè Respe Magazine at MagCloud with photos by Chet Gordon, Kari Hartmann, Mary Ellen Mark, Peter Pereira, Lindsay Stark.

@jeffantebi has made limited editions from Haiti available stolen space to benefit Oxfam and MSF.

Singular pieces of photography coming out of Haiti

American Red Cross Flickr Photostream.

Jonathon Torgovnik photos Anderson Cooper picking up a bloodied boy off the street.

Two photo essays from the Prospekt collective.

Flickr: Catherine Laine photographs for the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group.

David Levene for the Guardian.

Jan Grarup and once again for Noor

Panos by Jeroen Oerlemans and Moises Saman.

Redux showcases Emiliano Larizza.

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala.

Not photography, possibly more important than photography, worth reading

“Stop treating these people like savages” by Andy Kershaw of The Independent, “An unbelievable 10,000 charities were already working in Haiti when the earthquake rocked the island, most of them tiny independent organisations. Humanitarian aid is, almost by definition, never where it is needed when natural disasters strike. But, in Haiti, what’s needed has been flown in with impressive speed. Yet the combined concern of all those organisations – many of them regarding fellow charities as professional rivals – has so far been unable to get that assistance a ride from the airport. Too much energy in the last week has been expended on bickering about procedure and the fetish about “security”.”

Interactive map of Haiti to report incidents.

From the BBCHaiti earthquake: Aid workers’ diaries.

Bizarre turn of events when an American cruise company chose to find a Haitian berth only 100 miles from Port-au-Prince but then to soften the blow offered to donate sun loungers to a Haiti makeshift hospital.

Poynter Online offers welcome perspective on photography in Haiti by focusing on Patrick Farrell’s Pulitzer winning work from last year.

Colin Pantall‘s Junot Diaz, Trujillo and The Dominican Republic looks obliquely at Haiti’s historical relationship with its neighbour.

Charlie Beckett of POLIS argues that when the major networks leave Haiti social networking and blogging must take over in sustaining the focus, testimony and support.

Philip Gourevitch makes a modest proposal; “Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase should give a billion dollars apiece to Haiti relief and reconstruction efforts—and they should do it swiftly and without hesitation.”

Also, from the New Yorker, Earthquakes and Journalism Steve Coll offers some insight, “I learned something about journalism while covering my first earthquake, in northwest Iran, in June, 1990.”

Saturated in the Image

LENSblog (Maggie Steber, Damon Winter, James Estrin) have been leading the way with classy and sensitive coverage  diluting images with interviews .. and even dipping into the Archive: Haiti, Alive.

The Boston Globe started the trend for newspaper’s to post them large. It has had three monster galleries thus far: Earthquake in Haiti, 48 Hours Later and Haiti Six Days Later.

Plethora of disaster from the NJ Star-Ledger.

The Denver Post has two offerings: One Week Later Photos and Earthquake in Haiti Photos.

The Los Angeles Times goes Hi-Res with Carolyn Cole, Rick Loomis and Brian Vander Brug.

The Wall Street Journal has led the charge with mammoth galleries daily, ominously titled WSJ Photographers Document Chaos. Here’s the last three days, they go back further:

WSJ Photographers Document Chaos in Haiti: January 17, 2010.

WSJ Photographers Document Chaos in Haiti: January 18, 2010.

WSJ Photographers Document Chaos in Haiti: January 19, 2010.

The Sacramento Bee has also been offering the large scrolling wide web galleries. They used images by Logan Abassi and The Red Cross to take an aerial view. Here’s the SacBee’s latest, Haiti One Week Later.

Interview with Melissa Lyttle & gallery of Melissa’s images from St. Petersburg Times.

NPR Picture Show has been offering constant Haiti coverage from the ground.

Photographers in Haiti

Here’s the scoop from Lightstalkers: Is anyone on the ground in Haiti?

Zoriah‘s found his way in.

And finally, PDN ran this: Photographers in Haiti Face Shortages of Fuel, Water, Housing, and Food, which may be true but the headline is hardly tactful.

How many photographers does it take to photograph a humanitarian disaster?

Juan Barreto / AFP / Getty Images
Bruno Stevens / Cosmos
John W. Poole / NPR
David Gilkey / NPR
Ramon Espinosa / AP
Luis Acosta / AFP / Getty Images
Jae C. Hong / AP
Minustah / Logan Abassi / AP
Julie Jacobson / AP
Francois Mori / AP
Chris Hondros / Getty Images
Win McNamee / Getty Images
Ariana Cubillos / AP
Ricardo Arduengo / AP
Olivier Laban Mattei / AFP / Getty Images
Sophia Paris / Getty Images / UN / Minustah
Gerald Herbert / AP
Uriel Sinai / Getty Images
Patrick Farrell / AP / The Miami Herald
Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald / MCT
Carl Juste / AP / The Miami Herald
Melissa Lyttle / St. Petersburg Times
Dominic Nahr / The Wall Street Journal
Julie Platner / The Wall Street Journal
Ron Haviv / New York Times / VII
Heather L Rohan / NJ Star & Ledger
Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images
Gregory Bull / AP
Michael S. Wirtz / Philadelphia Inquirer
Federico Gambarini / EPA
Orlando Barria / EPA
David Fernandez / EPA
Juan Barreto / AFP Getty Images
Shawn Thew / EPA
Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty
Thony Belizaire / AFP / Getty
Julie Remy / AP / MSF
Julien Tack / AFP / Getty
Michael Laughlin, Sun-Sentinel / AP
Francois Mori / AP
Julie Jacobson / AP
Jewel Samad / Getty Images
Paul J. Richards / Getty Images
Joe Raedle / Getty Images
Mario Tama / Getty Images
Martin Oeser / Getty Images
Jody Amiet / AFP / Getty
Logan Abassi / AFP / Getty
Marco Dormino / AP / United Nations
Frederic Dupoux / Getty Images
Eduardo Munoz / Reuters
Cris Bierrenbach / AP
Jorge Cruz / AP
Maggie Steber / The New York Times
Tequila Minsky / The New York Times
Damon Winter / New York Times
Michael Appleton / The New York Times
Erika Santelices / Getty Images
Jonathan Torgovnik
Boots Levinson
Alvaro Ybarra Zavala / Getty
Jan Grarup / Time
Jeroen Oerlemans / Panos
Moises Saman / Panos
Carolyn Cole / LA Times
Rick Loomis  / LA Times
Brian Vander Brug  / LA Times
Nick Kozak
Jason Henry / Wall Street Journal
David Levene / Guardian
Francesco Giusti / prospekt
Samuele Pellecchia / prospekt
Emiliano Larizza / Contrasto / Redux
Carol Guzy / Washington Post
Lisandro Suero / AFP / Getty
Clarens Renois / AFP / Getty Images
Kena Betancur / Reuters
Ivanoh Demers / AP / Montreal La Presse
Sam Yeh / AFP / Getty
Gus Ruelas / Reuters
Carlos Barria / Reuters
Jess Hurd
Axel Oberg
Jorge Silva / Reuters
Carlos Garcia-Rawlins
Andy Levin
Robert Larson

(List not exhaustive)


Special mention must go to Daniel Morel (AFP / Getty Images) who has photographed Haiti all his working life and holds the nation and its people close to his heart.

See a slideshow of his work here at The New York Times Lensblog