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Justin Maxon April 13, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Vietnam.
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Agent Orange Victim, Vietnam

Justin Maxon, (b. 1983) is finishing his degree at San Francisco State University. He is interested in pursuing documentary projects that focus on the issues of poverty and social injustice. He discovered his passion for documentary photography while working on a project in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, a neighborhood notorious for its poverty and homeless epidemic. Justin’s awards include first prize from World Press Photo and College Photographer of the Year (2007). He is represented by Aurora Photos.

About the Photograph:

During the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed an estimated 17 million gallons of chemicals on Vietnam. As a result, since the war ended, 1.5 million Vietnamese people are believed to be victims of Agent Orange poisoning, with many of them living in extreme pain and isolation with debilitating symptoms. Those who are significantly affected are in need of constant care. Their lives are a brutal example of the misery that war creates even decades after it occurs.