Hunger

Synopsis

Sanjit, 9, Makwanpur, Nepal

Bankariya fry and eat wild red ants, forage for tubers, and gather wild asparagus to barter for cereals in nearby villages.
Nepal Office of the German NGO Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Benetton commissioned me to photograph some of the 17 million people that the World Food Program (WFP) feeds. The images from the famine in Ethiopia in the early 80’s had a big affect on me while growing up, but since then we seem to have become desensitized to images of poverty- their worlds seem so far away from ours in the west.

I decided to take my mobile studio- and take away the exotic backdrops and present them as people. Also interested in how the WFP uses food to get people to change their lives, I traveled to Sierra Lione, Afghanistan and Cambodia.