I have had to keep a lot of my work over the past year silent, until now. I am very excited to share this amazing new project with all of you, it's called Dollar Street. It is very different from what I normally do but equally challenging and fascinating.
About a year and a half ago I was contacted by Anna Rosling Rönnlund at the Gapminder. Gapminder has an interesting mission statement that you can read but personally I like how they sum up their work as "We are a modern museum that helps make the world more understandable..."
Anna had this great idea about making a website that would allow anyone in the world to look at photos that would help them understand how others live around the world. Basically an intimate look inside other people's homes to show how they eat, sleep and solve other problems of comfort and survival. It fit in perfectly with why I began photojournalism in the first place, in order to show people what it really looks like to struggle in difficult places and impossible situations around the world.
Last spring I took off for Malawi, the first of ten countries I would work in during the first year of this project. I was equipped with my camera gear and a list of 130 household items that I would photograph in each home. Gapminder provided me with statistical data that I would use to identify families living in the lowest level of poverty. I would then spend a day with each family photographing the interior of their homes...items such as a toothbrush, bed, roof, meal and other details that tell the stories of their lives.
I am posting the first public information about the Gapminder Dollar Street project below. It is a TEDx talk that Anna did two weeks ago in Stockholm. They are working hard on a website for the photos and I will post that as soon as it is ready, but building a platform like this may take a while.