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TEDx OC speaker Lisa Kristine Humanitarian Photographer | Modern Day Slavery

TEDx OC speaker Lisa Kristine Humanitarian Photographer | Modern Day Slavery

Oct 1, 2013

Lisa Kristine acclaimed humanitarian photographer uses photography to expose deeply human stories creating more than images but a connection of who she sees and to inspire change. For more than twenty-five years she has traveled the world in more than 100 countries on 6 continents, documenting indigenous cultures looking for the peoples and places that time forgot, creating memorable and unforgettable images. Her work resonates in the heart and moves us to act.

Recently at the TEDx Orange Coast 2013 conference held at the Segrerstrom Center of the Arts, Anil Pattni from QGTIS TV met with Lisa Kristine at the venue as she was there to speak on social causes such as modern day human slavery while encouraging the beauty, diversity and hardship of our inter-locking world that connects us all. Her powerful and awakening images were exhibited at TEDx as we had the chance to hear her story up close and personal as she walked us through each image displayed to help eradicate slavery through bringing about awareness and learned about her work in collaboration with NGO Free the Slaves.

“Photography is more than art; it is knowledge. In my genre of photography, I rely on my intuition and sensitivity coupled with my usage of the camera as a means to document lives, and preserve moments of intense emotion and dignity. I aim to enhance my viewers’ awareness and engage them in a visual journey that is also a questioning of our existence. I want to welcome them into the exploration of our mysterious existence with a spirit of importance. And astonishment. And hope.” Artist statement-Humanity Series -Lisa Kristine

“In 2009 I was invited to be the sole exhibitor at the Vancouver Peace Summit with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Among the countless wonderful people and organizations I met there, I was introduced to Free the Slaves. We began talking about slavery – actually I began learning about slavery. I had no idea this unfathomable tragedy was far more pervasive than at any other time in human history, with a conservative estimate of 27 million people enslaved today. It saddened me and infuriated me and started a fire in my heart. Within weeks I flew to meet with Free the Slaves and asked how I could help. The project we created together sent me venturing to parts of the world where I had been many times before, to places I call my ‘other’ home. But this time I would see the skeletons hidden in the closet.” Artist Statement-Slavery – Lisa Kristine

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QGITS team: Anil Pattni (Host/OCHackerz); Candice Nunez (Film Coordinator); Makena Costlow Productions (Film Editor).

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