BY DAVID WALKER
NGOs frequently use photojournalistic
images of human suffering to tug at the
heartstrings of donors, but Oxfam took
a different approach to raise funds for
its projects in drought-stricken Kenya by
commissioning cinematic photographer
Alejandro Chaskielberg to shoot nighttime
portraits. The Argentine photographer
describes the commission, and the challenges
of working with an uncooperative moon.
Interview by David Walker
PDN: How did this project for Oxfam
come about, and when did you shoot it?
ALEJANDRO CHASKIELBERG: They
called me after having seen my work
in the Brighton Photo Biennial. We
had a meeting in London where we
discussed what the assignment would
be. We traveled to [Kenya] between
October 11 and 21, 2011.
PDN: What was the assignment, and
how is Oxfam using the photographs?
AC: They needed to illustrate some
projects they’re developing in Northern
Kenya, in the province of Turkana, to
promote the work they’re doing in the
region and to bring in new donations.
We traveled six months after the declaration of the famine in the region and
portrayed several projects, including
a camel restocking program (to help
livestock owners adapt to drought and
other changing conditions); a fishing
project (to help those who have lost
their livestock continue to feed themselves); and a gardening project (
providing implements and seeds to help
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