In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. He called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace. President John F. Kennedy echoed that sentiment when he said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” On this Veterans Day, we honor the commitment American veterans have shown to the cause of freedom and the progress of peace.
All too often, the world is a brutal place. I cannot close my eyes to what goes on in the rest of the world. The moments I capture with my lens allow me to tell the stories that might otherwise go untold. As a documentary photographer with a commitment to social justice, I see the dignity of every person and every animal I photograph; I hope to open eyes and hearts to devastating situations around the world ranging from the poaching of elephants in Africa to the impact of poverty, displacement, or disease on children.
I contribute a portion of proceeds from each exhibit to the following organizations that benefit the subject of the exhibits, and I encourage my visitors to learn about these groups to understand the important work they do around the world. “Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.” ― Elie Wiesel, Night