In the summer of 2012, I accompanied a medical student performing check-ups at orphanages in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In this city, it has been especially difficult to maintain sufficient resources for the orphans, especially with conditions intensifying post-earthquake. Many of them actually have parents that simply cannot provide. The orphanages I visited have done their best to take in these children.
The situations I saw were extremely moving. There were many cases of children with tiny rocks stuck in their ears- a result of play. A girl with a severe burn on her leg was using toothpaste as an ointment. Headaches, de-hydration, and hernias were all frequent problems. The older kids took on responsibility of caring for the infants, and the infants seemed to form attachments with their surrogate siblings. Even with the helpfulness of the orphans, the sheer number of them elevated the caretakers to superhero status.
I wanted to photograph the strength of these kids, who despite the medical issues, poverty and displacement, are resilient. I saw strength in their kindness, wish to learn and fearless desire to interact.
Bess Adler is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BFA for Photography and Imaging from New York University in 2008. Bess contributes to publications such as The Brooklyn Paper, Courier Life Publications, Eater New York, and The Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Engineering News Record and Visura Magazine as the spotlight photographer. In addition to working with publications, she has worked with Operation Groundswell in Haiti. In 2009, she attended an independent study residency in photography at the Tou Scene in Stavanger, Norway. Bess continues to work on personal projects and is available for assignment.
To license this work for editorial, creative, or other uses, click on the OZMO logo above.
This will take you to the Ozmo website where you can review the cost and license for the photographs in this exhibit.
You will need to create an account with both Amazon payments and with the Ozmo website as described on the Ozmo website.