Atlantic Coast Pipeline Halted: Photo Reportage Snapshots

After six long years the $6 billion 600 mile Atlantic Coast pipeline has been shelved. It was environmentally devastating and blatantly racist. The Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice determined the pipeline had “disproportionate impacts for people of color and for low-income populations.”

July 8, 2020

Goodbye Peter Beard – “The End of the Game”

To me Peter was not only a great documentary photographer and artist, but also an ecologist who understood the connections of life and death. I learned much from Peter's photography and ecological perspectives that have helped shaped my work in photography and how I have come to understand Earth with a greater depth. For this I will always be grateful. Safe and wild journey's Peter. - Orin Langelle The following are the photographs from that exhibit...

April 20, 2020

A16 – Twenty Years On Photo Essay

On 16 April 2000, over 20,000 anti-corporate globalization activists greeted the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on the early morning streets of Washington, DC during their annual spring meetings. Demonstrators locked down in intersections and blockaded many parts of the city. This was a heady time for the globalization movement with this protest only three and a half months after the dramatic “Battle of Seattle” where activist shut down the World Trade Organization.

April 16, 2020

PHOTO ESSAY: Chileans Take to the Streets on Day 50 of the People’s Uprising

So the #climatemarch in Santiago was about more than "climate action." It was about diving deep into the economic and political roots of the crisis, challenging and denouncing the false solutions, and joining with a burgeoning popular movement. This movement is creating a people's way forward that encompasses the rights of Indigenous Peoples, an end to free-market ravaging of the environment and an just economic and political pathway forward that includes everyone.

December 7, 2019

Photo Essay of an Exhibition Opening

These photos were taken during the #notwhite collective’s Opening Reception, Friday, April 5, 2019 for their Buffalo, NY Premier Exhibit In Between the Middle held at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art. The #notwhite collective is a group of thirteen women artists elevating the stories of the others. They are based in Pittsburgh, PA.

June 6, 2019

Remembering Examples: Three Decades of Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico – REDUX

Photo of the Month - The photographs and words presented in this sketch remember an example. It is a brief sketch and as with anything there is much more to every story. As Leslie Marmon Silko says in her book Ceremony, “…as long as you remember what you have seen, then nothing is gone. As long as you remember, it is part of this story we have together.”

February 26, 2019

Hurricane Mitch, Climate Change and Assassination 20 Years On

Hurricane Mitch exposed in Nicaragua what has been present for many years. Decades of land abuse and environmental neglect magnified the hurricane's devastating toll in death and damage. A combination of many social, political and economic factors caused the environmental degradation that exacerbated the tragedy. Another major factor was Climate Change.

February 12, 2019

Photo Essay: Belém to Davos – 10 years on…

[This photo essay, re-published on 23 January 2019, finds the WEF meeting occurring as usual in Davos; while Brazil has a new right-wing fascist president, Jair Bolsonaro, the antithesis of everything the WSF stands.] Over 100,000 people from around the world participated in the World Social Forum held in Belém, Brazil from January 27 to February 1, 2009. Belém sits at the mouth of the Amazon River.

January 23, 2019

Black Panther Party for Self Defense: 50 + 2

The "All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50" exhibition explored stories of human achievement and struggle to support the needs of the oppressed. It also delved into aspects of the Party that are not often told, such as its survival programs, the presence of women and rank and file members, its use of media and art, and its founding Ten Point Program that continues to inform and inspire contemporary movements of change today.

October 15, 2018

Remembering Examples: Three Decades of Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico

“…the ancestral thought of the Zapatistas who declare without shame or fear that the place of knowledge, the source of word and the truth is in the heart. Modern death verses ancestral life. Neoliberalism against neozapitismo. Why do they fear us? Why so much death for those so small and so few? Because we have challenged them, and the worst thing about a challenge is that it tends to become an example.” – Subcomandante Marcos, La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico (1996)

October 9, 2018

Chiapas, Mexico: From Living in the jungle to ‘existing’ in “little houses made of ticky-tacky…” – Denouncing carbon offsets

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 because of a forest offset scheme between Chiapas and California. 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.

August 15, 2018

Los Fuegos Devastadores de Chile en 2017 – El Legado de Pinochet Continúa

¿Fueron los de la industria maderera quienes iniciaron los incendios forestales? Aprendimos que las plantaciones de pino estaban infestadas por el insecto avispa taladradora: Sirex Noctilio. El insecto excavaba dentro de los árboles, causando que el valor comercial de los árboles disminuyera. La industria maderera no tenía póliza de seguro contra infestaciones de insectos, pero si lo tenía contra incendios.

June 2, 2017

Chile’s 2017 Devastating Fires – The Legacy of Pinochet Continues

An international delegation from the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees arrived in Sanitago, Chile on 20 March 2017 to document the social and ecological impacts of industrial tree plantations in the country, and their link to the recent wildfires that were the worst in Chile’s history. The fires started in January 2017. It is estimated that eleven people were killed, 1500 houses destroyed, thousands displaced and over 700,000 acres decimated

May 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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