This Photographer Helps Others Find Therapy with the Art of Photography

Nina Robinson’s phototherapy program harnesses photography’s innate ability to bring about healing and inspiration both for her and her elderly students.

As a documentary photographer, Minneapolis-based Nina Robinson draws inspiration from both the people she has interviewed and fellow photographers whose works explore transformation, family, social issues, and solution-focused journalism. But as an educator, she didn’t realize how the Phototherapy program she helped develop would also cultivate a passion for teaching senior citizens.

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This Photographer Found Herself in the Most Important 37 Hours of Her Life

Generation T.B.D. is a documentary photography project that invites us into the life of Travis, a 25-year old black male struggling to make ends meet while trying to make something of himself. An educated creative, Travis is one of many young Americans finding it hard to capitalize on his skills and talent.

“I’m showcasing to the world that this young black man [Travis] was a person with a whole story and background that led to his precarious state of employment,” says Melissa “Bunni” Elian, a photojournalist based in New York. “I get to show people that individuals like him are valuable members of society and they are indeed trying their best.” In 2014 The Ground Truth Project assigned Bunni the task of reporting on economic hardship, with the focus centered around young people from the Bronx. The assignment allowed her to work on something that aligned with her photographic voice. Hardship, struggle, oppression, and people of color are the main components of her visual storytelling; a focus shaped heavily by her own experience, Bunni has been able to use photography to bring changes to her own life and to those who struggle all too often to fulfill their potential.

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The Acquaintance: Esther Mbabazi’s Photo Essay of Birth in Rural Uganda

The Acquaintance is a photo-documentary of the life of Masa, an 81-year old Traditional Birth Assistant (TBA) in Uganda. It also looks at the changes that have happened in the East African nation since it outlawed the use of TBAs for expectant mothers in 2010.

“The Acquaintance” centers around photojournalist Esther Mbabazi’s chronicles in Bududa on the slopes of Mountain Elgon. Bududa has a hilly landscape that presents geographical challenges. Naturally, this complicates movement, especially for pregnant mothers. Walking long distances up and down hills to get to the hospital can prove to be a challenge–so pregnant women often opt for working with TBAs instead. As a documentary photographer, Esther uses storytelling and photojournalism to address issues in her society. Coming from a humble background, her work explores changing conditions on the African continent, with a focus on the social, economic, physical and emotional aspects of daily life, especially in rural areas and minority groups. Esther is driven to bring to light issues in society that are too often overlooked.

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