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Standing Rock’s Arvol Looking Horse Speaks in Buffalo: Photo Essay

on the peaceful encampment in Standing Rock thousands of Water Protectors are gathered to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. A press conference was followed by a talk attended by over 200 people on November 28, 2016 at the Network of Religious Communities in Buffalo, NY.

November 30, 2016
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Drag queen blows bubbles at members of the Westboro Baptist Church. One of the members use the sign for bubble defense.  Photo: Langelle

Resisting Homophobic Hate

VT - Drag queen blows bubbles at members of the Westboro Baptist Church. One of the members use a sign for bubble defense. NY- Following that is a photo essay from the Buffalo Pride Parade on 5 June 2016, exactly one week before the mass murder at a LGBT club in Orlando, FL. The death toll so far is 49 shot dead and over 50 people wounded.

May 1, 2016
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Cree Elder Woman 
Whapmagoostui, Quebec, Canada. (1993)

Environmental Portraits

Photographs from around the Earth depicting peoples' challenges, struggles, resistance and wisdom such as Cree Helen Atkinson: “Cree culture has a lot to offer in the area of nature, which is something very much needed in the world. In western society, everything is segregated. That is what is ruining the world. People have to think more holistically about their actions. Everything comes down to ‘how much money can I make from this.’ Until this changes, all this talk of environmental protection is bullshit.”

March 24, 2013
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Ayoreo People of the Chaco

I visited and photographed the Ayoreo indigenous community of Campo Lorro (Parrot Field) in the Chaco region of Paraguay. The photos in this essay were taken in early 2009 of a community and people struggling for survival. I was invited by the Ayoreo people to take photographs in a project called “Sharing the Eye.” An elder leader walked with me through their lands, village, houses and workplaces–sharing his vision with me.

October 24, 2012
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A shelter in the Campo Lorro Ayoreo settlement.

The Pillaging of Paraguay Photo Essay and Analysis

"All signs show that Paraguay, both its territory and its population, are under attack by conquerors, but conquerors of a new sort. These new ‘conquistadors’ are racing to seize all available arable land and, in the process, are destroying peoples’ cultures and the country’s biodiversity — just as they are in many other parts of the planet...Every single foot of land is in their crosshairs. Powerful elites do not recognize rural populations as having any right to land at all.” – Dr. Miguel Lovera

December 23, 2014
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Globalization Issues

Globalization enables some people to become vastly richer while many more are made poorer. Not only are people are being exploited; they are losing their lands and often their entire communities while the resources they depend on are stolen and exported--often irreversibly depleted from the Earth--contributing to climate change and in turn threatening all life support systems on this planet. Immanuel Wallerstein says that the current "ideological celebration of so-called globalization is in reality the swan song of our historical system."

September 8, 2014
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Peter Seeger sings and his banjo states: THIS MACHINE SURROUNDS HATE AND FORCES IT TO SURRENDER

Memorial Photo Tribute for Pete Seeger’s 95th Birthday

For Pete - ¡Pete Seeger Presente! Born: 3 May 1919, New York City, NY - Died: 27 January 2014, New York City, NY - I released these photos last year after this performance in Buffalo, NY. I believe this was the second to last performance by Pete Seeger. I thought it would be appropriate to re-release them in remembrance of what would have been his 95th birthday on Saturday, 3 May 2014. Photos taken at the Western NY Peace Center’s 46th Annual Dinner.

April 29, 2014
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At the World Social Forum, Belem, Brazil 2009 - 11 x 14 inches matted and mounted 16 x 20

Photo Reportage

This online gallery provides many examples of my photographic work, since 2003. I have extensive images prior to that and am in the process of cataloguing them. Every photo on this page represents a photo series documenting the events listed. In the future I aim to present most of the photos featured in documentary essays that stand alone.

May 2, 2016
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Chiapas, Mexico: From Living in the jungle to ‘existing’ in “little houses made of ticky-tacky…”

Jeff Conant and I took an investigative trip to Chiapas in March 2011. We were invited by the people of Amador Hernandez–an indigenous village in the Lacandon jungle (Selva Lacandona)–to visit, document and learn of the plans of the government to possibly forcibly relocate them from their homes. What we uncovered was another battle in the ongoing war between a simpler or good way of life (buen vivir) vs. the neoliberal development model.

October 15, 2012
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Vermont: Recovery from Hurricane Irene

Anne Petermann: Orin Langelle and I toured a portion of our (then) home state of Vermont on Tuesday, 30 August to witness and document some of the destruction that Hurricane Irene had left in its wake. Though it was downgraded to a “tropical storm” by the time it reached Vermont, its torrential rains wreaked havoc around the state. During our travels, however, we witnessed the resiliency of Vermonters, who tackled their own loss or the loss of their neighbors, not only with fortitude, but also with humor and a very New England-like matter of fact-ness.

October 12, 2012