Meridith Kohut is an award-winning American photojournalist based in Caracas, Venezuela, where she has worked covering Latin America for the foreign press since 2007. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Meridith has produced in-depth photo essays about the rise and collapse of Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution in Venezuela, the drug trade in Bolivia, Cuba’s transition, gang violence in El Salvador, refugee and migration issues in Central America, labor rights and cholera outbreaks in Haiti, prostitution in Colombia, illegal gold mines and human rights abuses in Venezuela, and prison overcrowding in El Salvador, among others.
When it is the photojournalist’s job to document the world’s news events? What happens when a new, deadly disease spreads across the world and threatens nearly everyone and everything—including the photographer?
What should photojournalists say with their cameras during a time of unprecedented uncertainty and crisis? Do they look outwards or inwards? How does living in increasing isolation impact the work that they make? For photographers whose work is deeply rooted in connection to shared human experiences, what does sensitive storytelling look like in the era of Covid-19?
Over the last nine years, the Chris Hondros Fund (CHF) has awarded grants and fellowships to photojournalists who have compassionately documented some of the most important stories of our time, from Venezuela’s unrest and Liberia’s Ebola crisis, to environmental issues in the United States and China. In 2020 and beyond, the story is how we pick up the pieces from a global pandemic that has left the world with a dramatic loss of life and livelihood.
CHF posed these two questions to three photojournalists: In 2020, what did you see? Where do we go from here?
Kiana Hayeri (b.1988) grew up in Tehran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. Her projects often explore complex topics such as migration, adolescence, identity, and sexuality in war-ridden countries. While she has covered the front line and the dramatic events of war on assignments, she stays behind when she can, to capture a different, and alternative narrative of war.
Kiana is a Senior TED fellow, and a regular contributor to The New York Times from Afghanistan. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine,Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, The Globe, and the Daily Mail, among others.
She is currently based out of Kabul, Afghanistan, covering the region.
César Rodríguez is a Mexican photographer and filmmaker who focuses on human rights issues, migration, and climate change.
Chris Hondros Fund
The Chris Hondros Fund was established to honor two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Getty Images photojournalist Chris Hondros, killed on April 20, 2011 while on assignment in Misurata, Libya. The fund’s purpose is to honor Hondros’s legacy by highlighting the ways in which photojournalism brings to light shared human experiences which might otherwise go unreported or unnoticed. As part of the fund’s Education and Awareness program, we support photography and visual education for youth—particularly in underserved communities in New York City. We support individual photographers, students of photography, and nonprofits.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Featuring: Kiana Hayeri Meridith Kohut César Rodríguez
Curated by: Christina Piaia Ryan Christopher JonesView Location Details Number 11 on the official photoville map Click to download this year's map Brooklyn Bridge Park – Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn
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