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Annie Tritt September 12, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Jordan.
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Jordanian Wedding Celebration, 2007

Annie Tritt picked up a camera in 2002 after a long hiatus from college where she studied art. She has been working professionally since 2005 and has recently been photographing for The New York Times as her main client. “I want people to see themselves in my photos, to see that those who they perceive as “others” are not so different and perhaps this realization will spur them to care about the “human rights” issues that may seem distant to them.”  “I love the process of developing my skills. I find it is a similar to yoga or mediation but has the added benefit of bringing something new and perhaps beautiful into the world.” Annie had worked in Mexico, Cameroon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Israel and plans to go overseas in the fall.

About the Photograph:

“I had been working on a story about Iraqi Refugees in Jordan. I got very close to one of the families I was photographing and went with them to meet their uncle. When we were walking back to their apartment we came across this celebration before a wedding. The  party was only for men- I was not able to enter the center- and they had fireworks and dancing all night, with pictures of the king gracing the whole event. It was exciting for the children of the family I was with since they had to spend a lot of time indoors because it was dangerous for their parents to be seen outside. We all watched together, a brief moment of relief for the kids as their parents stayed out of sight in the back. That family is now safe in Australia.”

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