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Radhika Chalasani November 16, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.
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Algodones, Mexico, 2005

Radhika Chalasani (b. 1966, USA) spent six years living in Asia where she covered Vietnam as it emerged from years of isolation. Then later moved to Kenya to cover news events including the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, the beginning of the civil war in Zaire, and famine in Sudan. Radhika’s work from Africa was shown at the Visa Pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, France and received four awards in the POY competition in the U.S. She received the “Prix Special du Jury” at the Festival International du Scoop et Journalism in Angers, France for her images of famine in Sudan. Her work has also been selected twice for The Communication Arts Photography Annual as well as exhibited in several group shows. Her most recent work on Indian widows, and Hurricane Graffiti received recognition in the 2007 International Photography Awards with ASMP.

About the Photograph:

“I thought this photo perfectly illustrated what was going on in that tiny town with over twenty pharmacies and two hundred dentists. U.S. Customs estimates that one million seniors cross at that point each day in the winter months mostly to buy medications that are cheaper than in the U.S. even with medicare. It’s actually illegal to bring the medications into the U.S. but the customs people let it all go through. I assume because they don’t want to be seen throwing seniors in jail. The irony was that my first day there I was the only one who got called aside for questioning because they’d never seen an American passport with so many stamps and extra pages added in. I was probably the only person not bringing illegal imports in! Most of the seniors go there every year and had nothing but good things to say about the quality of care they received or the quality of medications they purchased.”

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