Dima Gavrysh June 8, 2009Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Niger.
Dima Gavrysh (b.1978, Ukraine) began photographing in 1995. He worked in the United States in 2002 with the Courier – Journal in Louisville, KY and Deseret Morning News in Utah and returned to Europe to document the Orange Revolution in Kiev. Upon returning to U.S. in January of 2005, Dima settled in New York City and started working with Gamma-Press USA and attended the Eddie Adams Workshop. He currently works for AP, The New York Times, and Bloomberg News. Dima has also worked on various humanitarian projects in Uganda, Senegal, and Niger with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and the United Nations Population Fund. His work has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Time, Paris Match, Marie Clair, Popular Photography.
About the Photograph:
“The woman in this photograph was lucky in many ways. In spite of developing and suffering from an obstetric fistula, her baby survived the birth, and she has been successfully treated. Obstetric fistula is a devastating birth-related condition that affects an estimated 50,000-100,000 women each year. Obstetric fistula is a condition that often develops during labor, when a woman cannot get proper medical help. If the obstruction is not interrupted in a timely manner, the prolonged pressure of the baby’s head against the mother’s pelvis cuts off the blood supply to the soft tissues surrounding her bladder, vagina, and rectum, leading to tissue necrosis and incontinence. Usually, the baby dies in the process as well. Incontinence and other health complications are associated with significant social stigma, often leading to the abandonment of the woman by her husband and family.”