Tent Life: Haiti takes the viewer inside the tents where over a million Haitians lived in the aftermath of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010.
Two months after the disaster, photographer Wyatt Gallery and five fellow artists traveled to Port-au-Prince to volunteer with Healing Haiti and to document the disaster-stricken city.
Gallery returned again seven months later and continued to photograph the living conditions in the massive tent cities that had become Port-au-Prince’s new settlements. Although people were frustrated, they kept hope alive and, moreover, did their best to recreate a normal way of life. Residents opened beauty salons, markets, and other small businesses within their tents. They organized and arranged their few remaining belongings, hanging towels and shirts on clotheslines, placing hooks on the walls for purses, and creating makeshift vanities for their toiletries.
Although Gallery found sadness and suffering among the ruins, his photographs are a testament to the strength and dignity of the Haitian people.
Tent Life: Haiti was published by Umbrage Editions. All royalties are donated to Jenkins/Penn HRO, Healing Haiti, and The Global Syndicate, organizations working to support the people of Haiti. The book is a tribute to the Haitian people.”
Wyatt Gallery, a person not a place, received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of The Arts. He’s a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, PDN 30 & Rising Stars, 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers and his photographs are in major collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House, and were featured in Moving Walls 19 at George Soros’ Open Society. His work has been featured in Esquire, Mother Jones, The New York Times, amongst others. His books raise awareness and donate 100% royalties to communities affected by natural disasters. Gallery is currently working on his next book Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean. www.wyattgallery.com
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