Then the war came, and with it the destruction of my 'ivory tower.' My attention focused henceforth on the face of human suffering ... we are the 'enlighteners,' the stimulating force that opens the eyes of our fellow man.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The market of La Saline, a slum on the outskirts of the capital, 2000. Haiti has had a long and troubled history. Founded in the revolutionary optimism of the early 1800s, this Caribbean nation has suffered through a series of coups, countercoups, and brutal dictatorships for more than 200 years. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, without any substantial infrastructure and very little freedom of speech or press.
Niagara Falls has long been a destination for newlyweds and lovers. Alec Soth traveled there to explore just why it is that Niagara is associated with sexuality, passion, and new love. "Niagara" is currently on display at New York's Gagosian Gallery.
Leaving the Ivory Tower
Werner Bischof: Life and Work
Compelled by the horrors of World War II to leave his successful career as a studio photographer, Werner Bischof became an important humanitarian force in photojournalism before being killed at the early age of 38.
Cicely Tyson, James Brown, and other famous African-Americans were part of the Black Is Beautiful movement of the 1960s, which promoted pride in the African-American community by challenging the idea that only white or European features are attractive.