Hunger

Synopsis

These prosthetics are homemade from wood and shell casings.

The provincial rehabilitation center in siem reap, cambodia, houses and feeds 30-40 landmine victims. They stay for 10 days while a polypropylene prosthetic—which costs about US $50—is made, fitted and worn in. (The prosthetics pictured are homemade from wood and shell casings.) In Cambodia, where landmines kill or maim around 80 people a day, removing a landmine from the ground costs $1,000. There remain 4-6 million unexploded landmines in the country.

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.