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Liz Rubincam May 18, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Sita & Kristen, 2007

Liz Rubicam (b.1978, Canada) came to photography through a Fine Arts degree from Ryerson University in Toronto and, more recently, the Photojournalism and Photo Documentary program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.  While at ICP, she received a Director’s Scholarship and interned with James Nachtwey. The series Day One, documenting childbirth in New York City, has received numerous praises including an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Ian Parry Scholarship.  In 2008, she was selected to participate in the Eddie Adams Workshop XXI. Liz’s work has been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2008 book.  She is a contributing photographer to Getty Images.  Her work has been exhibited in New York, London and throughout Canada.

About the Photograph:

“This image  shows a home prenatal visit in New York City between Sita and her midwife, Kristen and captures the moment when Sita heard the sound of her baby’s heartbeat.  Sita planned to deliver at home in the apartment she shared with husband, Agustin. Home births account for a very small percentage of the overall deliveries in New York City.  Women who want to deliver at home are assessed during pregnancy and if they are categorized low-risk are permitted to have a home birth.  Supporters of home birth say that women who choose this method enjoy added privacy, less medical intervention, and freedom to allow labor to progress naturally.”

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