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Ryan Carter September 2, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in DR Congo.

Selling shirts in Goma, Eastern DR Congo, 2008

Ryan Carter (b. 1981, Toronto, Canada) is based in the United Arab Emirates where he divides his time between assignments and personal projects that explore the connections between people and their environments. In 2009 Ryan received recognition from Applied Arts, Communication Arts, and the National Press Photographers Association of America. His work will be included in the Foto 8 Summer Show, the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2009 book / exhibition and the Gallery 44 Emergence book. Ryan has recently completed assignments for the Canadian International Development Agency, the Crown Princes Court of Abu Dhabi, the International Herald Tribune, Monocle and the New York Times Magazine.

About the Photograph:

In 2008 I found myself on assignment for The National newspaper in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the course of two trips I spent five weeks doing a number of small specific assignments for the foreign pages of the paper. In my down time I would walk the streets exploring, looking for images of daily life. The scene in this image is a common one, a young man walking the dusty, dirty streets of Goma, selling shirts. Life in eastern DR Congo is extremely difficult, poverty is rampant, and the civil war continues to destabilize the region making the survival a constant struggle.”

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1. Nisha - September 3, 2009

Beautiful contrast between the clean red shirt and the dirty grey ground.

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