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100 Words: Photographers Speak

100 Words: Leslie Alsheimer On Picturing The Positive

We live in a news culture that presents the most tragic sound bites of world events, from one catastrophe to the next. Although necessary and powerful representations at times, the collective unbalanced negative imagery in reference to the developing world has desensitized many of us to the problems they face.

Poverty is visible for all to see, but what is often more difficult is seeing the individuals—the dignity, beauty, splendor and hope that can be found in the human spirit—regardless of circumstance.

I try to convey that dignity and spirit in individuals and communities who are often misunderstood, negatively represented, or simply not represented in the traditional visual vocabulary.

Leslie Alsheimer is a documentary photographer, whose work has been displayed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and most recently featured in Photolucida's Critical Mass Top 50. You can see more of her work on her website.