To date, we have invited four photographers to contribute images to The Humanity Initiative. They generously have agreed to do so. Below are their bios and links to their work.
Please note that we currently are working on the optimum way to directly credit each photo throughout the site. Also, the photos and quotations throughout the site are run on a randomizer, so the combination of photo and quote is always up to the gods!
Lisa Kristine is a San Francisco based photographer specializing in images of remote indigenous peoples. Initially spending nearly five years in Asia, she immersed herself in world philosophies and religions. Upon her return in 1988, she showed her first body of photographic work. For over 23 years, Lisa has documented in over 60 countries on six continents throughout the world and has been active in publications, galleries, foundations, museums and educational venues.
Lisa’s intuition and passion, coupled with a strong attention to technical detail make for stunning prints which boast crisp, sharp grain and sensual color saturation. The work, both inspiring and evocative, draws a connection between the beholder and the engaging subjects of the photographs. As haunting as the images are thought provoking, the artist wishes to open a dialogue about the diversity, beauty and hardship of our interlocking world.
After spending ten years at the Jesuit boarding school Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, England, Jimmy set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot. It was 1988 and he was 19 years old. During this journey he discovered his passion for photography. On his return, his uniquely revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet were published to wide acclaim.
In 1994, Jimmy and his Dutch wife Ashkaine were commissioned by Shell Oil to produce the book ‘Literary Portraits of China’. Upon it’s successful completion two years later, they moved to Amsterdam. Today, using both Amsterdam and Ibiza as his bases, he, his wife and three children work and travel all over the world. Jimmy is now recognized as one of the most talented Art photographers of his generation.
In Luke’s own words, “It is important for those living in the industrial world to develop an appreciation for cultures that are sustainable, to learn to see beauty and survival in a world where people walk, live in daily contact with animals, raise their own food, pray, and live in families. Such people have as much to teach us as we have to teach them.”
Luke was raised in North Carolina; he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969. While at Yale Divinity School he took painting under Bernard Chaet. He then spent twelve years traveling in Asia and Europe. He devoted hundreds of hours studying and making small drawings in the Louvre in the early 1980’s. From 1973-82 Powell worked in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East building sets of photographs. In 1983 he settled in Vermont and began to learn to print for himself with the legendary dye transfer process, a fine color printing method he used until 1997.
When a book of his work was published in Paris the press dubbed him a “peace photographer,” because of the serene nature of his images, and because these were often taken in lands now associated with violence. Powell has had over one hundred one-person shows across the globe, from major museums like the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery and the Royal Ontario Museum to small art centers. His work has been shown in Russia at Manesh Hall, in Germany at the Fotographie Forum Frankfurt, and at the United Nations in Geneva. In 2003 his work was shown in the Foreign Ministry in Kabul for celebrations in honor of Afghanistan’s signing the international treaty banning landmines.
Bryan Watt and his wife Leila Srour, a pediatrician, have been living and working in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) since 2002. Bryan believes that a socially responsible photographer leaves with a part of the soul of each person he photographs and that in return he must give back by helping those in need.
Bryan helps to arrange medical care at the local, provincial and national level in Laos. He has helped Lao children to travel overseas for heart surgery and facial-reconstructive surgery and donates all the proceeds from his photography to the children in Laos through the Health Frontiers Outreach Fund.
He graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography and was presented with the Achievement Award - the highest award presented by the Brooks Institute.