Tent Life: Haiti

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Arriving in Haiti in the tumultuous aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Wyatt Gallery photographed the tent communities that are now synonymous with the areas surrounding Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While their homes have been destroyed, Gallery’s subjects remain hopeful and resilient within the larger context of housing and water issues that challenge their country today. All royalties from the book go towards Healing Haiti and other Haitian charities.

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Overview

Arriving in Haiti in the tumultuous aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Wyatt Gallery photographed the tent communities that are now synonymous with the areas surrounding Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While their homes have been destroyed, Gallery’s subjects remain hopeful and resilient within the larger context of housing and water issues that challenge their country today. All royalties from the book go towards Healing Haiti and other Haitian charities.

Wyatt Gallery is an award-winning photographer who has been published in The New York Times, Esquire, Mother Jones, Newsweek, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In more than 70 striking color photographs, photojournalist Gallery offers an unvarnished look at the temporary tent cities of postearthquake Port-au-Prince, rendering a stark yet hopeful portrait of life after devastating disaster. More than a year after 200,000 died and millions were left homeless, Gallery’s pictures and descriptive journal entries capture the resilient spirit of people living in a “spontaneous and lasting community,” as described by novelist Danticat. Published to raise funds for the ongoing crisis, the images single out space, public and private: the vast patchwork vista of flat-topped tarpaulins, the destroyed buildings, the brightly colored trash heaps, the makeshift beauty parlor, the shady tents, the carefully packed suitcases, the immaculately made beds—and show how Haitians are finding comfort, creating normalcy, and continuing to endure, exemplifying the words of the traditional folk song reprinted in the book: “I am a leaf/ Look at me on my branch/ A terrible storm/ came and knocked me off/ The day you see me fall/ Is not the day I die.” (Apr.)
Library Journal
Award-winning American photographer Gallery traveled to Haiti three months after the January 2010 earthquake to document the widespread devastation. After his initial round of photos, he departed but returned in September, finding little improvement in six months. Here, he collects 74 of his color photos and includes captions to chronicle the daily existence of countless Haitians living in squalor in makeshift cities. Some consist of tents while others are no more than tarps thrown over anything to provide shelter. Water and food are shipped in, there's little—if any—sanitation, and thievery and rape are common. Yet beyond the garbage and the rubble, what shines through in these photos is the spirit of hope of a people who've suffered unimaginable hardship and loss but haven't been defeated. With an essay by Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat, a historical time line, and a reading list about Haiti. VERDICT Gallery offers a timely reminder that thousands of Haitians are still suffering and needy a year after the headlines and international sympathy have disappeared. All royalties from this volume will go to charities aiding Haiti. Photojournalism fans and those with a social conscience will benefit from this book.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884167478
  • Publisher: Umbrage Editions
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning photographer (PDN30, Fulbright Fellowship) whose work is in collections such as The George Eastman House, MFA Houston, American Express. He teaches at University of Pennsylvania, and has published in the New York Times, Esquire, Mother Jones, Newsweek and more and worked commercially for international clients like Converse, Puma, Pepsi.

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