Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Sunday Still: Haiti through a Haitian photographer’s lens

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.

The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell

Haiti through a Haitian photographer’s lens 

Born in Haiti, AP photographer Dieu Nalio Chery grew up learning his craft in his uncle’s photo studio. Today, if an image from Haiti stops you in your tracks, it’s likely it was shot by Chery, a 2015 Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellow. Whether it’s young men learning to swim, commuting families piled on motorcycles or breaking news, Chery has an eye for composition and natural beauty. On June 9, he captured the anger of thousands of Port-au-Prince street protestors demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Mo├»se, who has been implicated in government audits for the misuse of billions of dollars in Venezuelan oil aid given to fight poverty in Haiti. Framed by burning vehicles and chaos in the background, one woman conveys a country’s frustration with its government in her anguished face and outstretched arms.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.