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Benjamin Drummond / Sara Steele July 5, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mozambique.

Editor’s Note: This engaging video about the forgotten topic of eye care in Mozambique is worth checking out. The strong stills and video are well edited, and with the infectious music and lilting Portuguese, the young African characters come to life. Good to see documentary work portraying Africa in a positive light for a change. Love to hear your comments on this piece.

Photographer Benjamin Drummond (b.1979, USA) and producer Sara Joy Steele (b.1978, USA) have been telling stories about people, nature and climate change for almost a decade. They work with a diverse range of editorial, nonprofit and agency clients to tell important stories through photography, video and strategic branding. Benj’s work has appeared in National Geographic, Mother Jones, Orion and PDN and has been exhibited at more than a dozen events and venues including the Houston Center for Photography and the Ansel Adams / Mumm Napa Fine Art Gallery. They are members of Aurora Select and are currently serving as project representatives on Blue Earth’s Board of Directors.

About the Story:

“Joel de Melo Bambamba and Suzete Guina are studying to become two of Mozambique’s first optometrists. After a series of civil wars left their country one of the poorest in the world, the population of almost 24 million is just beginning to recover. Yet, there are zero optometrists in Mozambique, and poverty and blindness are inextricable. The Mozambique Eyecare Project aims to provide a sustainable solution to the problem of avoidable blindness through optometrist education. There are now 56 students enrolled in the project, thanks to a partnership between the Dublin Institute of Technology, Lúrio Univeristy in Mozambique and the International Centre for Eyecare Education.”


1. Peter Herley - July 5, 2012

Wow what a scene with each of these Project
They have wonderful insight thru Photography

2. heather hendricks - July 14, 2012


What a powerful, uplifting, hopeful piece. So elegantly edited and produced. So beautifully photographed and shot. Such a clear telling of an obviously overlooked story.

Thanks for posting this. It’s inspiration.

3. Summer Publications | Blog - Benjamin Drummond / Sara Joy Steele - July 23, 2012

[…] for a feature in the June issue of Smithsonian Magazine. More details in this post. Verve Photo Verve Photo, a blog run by Geoffrey Hiller that’s dedicated to “the new breed of documentary […]

4. Anne Hubka - July 24, 2012

You guys are amazing! Great project, great video!

5. Aoife - July 25, 2012

Thanks for featuring The First Optometrists Sara and Benj’s work has helped to raise International awareness for eyecare in Mozambique and it’s a beautiful piece of art. Aoife Phelan

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