I have known about the topic of youth violence for a long time. I started covering marches and protests led by community organizers and families who were victims of gun violence and advocated against the slaughter of black youth who are mostly the victims.
Sara T’Rula, the interviewer, is a photographer working on cultural and political issues, and is based in Liverpool, England. In addition to shooting her own projects, she assists John Davies and Ed Clark. At photokina 2012, she grabbed ten minutes to talk with Carlos Javier Ortiz about FCDA where he delves into what the project is and the purpose behind it.
From Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights:
Domestic Photography Winner: “Too Young to Die” by Carlos Javier Ortiz, freelancer: Featured in Ebony Magazine, this series examines the epidemic of gun violence which not only plagues lower-income, urban neighborhoods, but youth from all walks of American life. Ortiz’ artistry and sensitivity delivers a powerful look at a tough subject.
International Photography: “Birth and Death”, Carol Guzy, Washington Post: With one in eight women dying in childbirth, Sierra Leone has the world’s highest rate of maternal mortality. Carol Guzy beautifully and movingly captures the pain, desperation and grief experienced by family members dealing with the loss of a young mother, a child, or often both. She amplifies the need for adequate medical care and supplies to stem the avoidable deaths. Guzy is a multiple RFK Award winner.