2001: The Faces of Poverty

Tobacco Harvesting. Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Family works the land for tobacco leafs.




Manuel Rivera-Ortiz ’98

The global journey of photographer Manuel Rivera-Ortiz to document the experience of impoverished people in developing nations has resulted in powerful images that capture the visceral essence of life in slums around the world.

Altiplano, Bolivia. A girl stays warm under a home-knitted shawl in late afternoon cold mountain Bolivian air.















Widow of the Mines
Potosi, Bolivia. A widow spends her day sifting through spent rock for bits of silver by which to feed her family.















Room for Rent
Camaguey, Cuba. A gay man rents a room in his first floor flat for a dollar (USD) to visiting men who clandestinely have sex with other men.















Available Work
Mumbai, India. For a few rupees this man climbs down head first under one of two giant pipes crossing the slum at Dharavi in filth and muck and stink to clear a sewer opening from debris.














Making A Living
India is one of the few places on earth that is as astonishing and mystifying as it is perplexing. Anyone who has ever ventured to this nation of overwhelming contrasts — home to the late Gandhi of Gujarat, ancient civilization and the most modern technology, stupendous monuments and hundreds of millions of poor people — will tell you that India is virtually impossible to describe, so beautiful that it defies the very idea. This young man gives tours of Dharavi slum where he lives to visitors for a few rupees a day pay.









Street Children
Ahmedabad, India. This boy is one of 16 children taking class in a little slum shack open-ended room. These children are taught separately as they are often HIV-positive, according to the teacher and the program that supports the initiative. The children in this school are quite small for their age.













Street Children
















Street Children
















  1. Andrew
    Posted 04.11.12 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Don’t agree with all the stories, but couldn’t agree more with this one. Great work!

  2. Posted 04.12.12 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    all the stories are not only exhaustive ,readable but very provokative, especially on poverty and hunger.
    i would have loved more on women issues !

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