A few weeks ago I was commissioned by NYtimes magazine to work on a story about life expectancy in Australia. Some of the images are in this web gallery with more published in print today ( let me know what you think new york pals) Though it was a real privilege to work on the story it’s jarring that life expectancies of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people lag those of non-Indigenous Australians by more than eight years, and infants and toddlers die at twice the rate. Most of the people I photographed suffer from Rheumatic heart disease which has been eradicated in all of Australia outside of remote communities. The town I photographed is only 45 mins out of Cairns where the community has set up Aboriginal-run healthcare that is making a huge difference but the legacy of colonialism and the government’s incredible justification of racist and dangerous policies ensure the gap in life expectancy remains.
Very nice to have work featured on the brilliant new website Chrono Collective.
In a year of big fat disappointment this means a lot