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Allison Shelley April 5, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Haiti.

Church of the Immaculate Conception. Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2010.

Allison Shelley (b. 1972, USA) is a freelance photographer based in Washington D.C.  Most recently a staff photographer at the Washington Times newspaper, she is now represented by Polaris Images and covers the White House, Capitol Hill and international humanitarian issues.  Assignments have taken her from the research stations of Antarctica to the U.S. Presidential campaign trail. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone and TIME.  She has received numerous awards from the White House News Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association and is co-founder and co-director of the Women Photojournalists of Washington.  Allison is in Haiti until mid-April working on a project about child amputees.

About the Photograph:

“Even more than a month after the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, it seemed that everywhere I walked in the city I stumbled onto a church service.  Far from ceasing operations after being flattened, churches were inundated with worshipers, who knelt outside among the rubble to be led in prayer.  At this particular service, outside of a Catholic chapel on the grounds of the General Hospital complex in downtown Port-au-Prince, this woman made a particularly tragic impression on me.  Elderly, alone, but in a perfectly pressed summer dress.  I could imagine how hard the tile must have felt on her knees and how difficult it probably was for her to keep her bandages clean.”

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