The statistics are alarming. In 2009, there were 9.4 million new cases of tuberculosis across the world and 1.7 million people died from the disease. Blue Earth photographer David Rochkind shares images from his project and explains how he's partnering with aid and educational organizations, foundations and the media to create an emotional understanding of one of the deadliest diseases of our time.
David Rochkind studied sociology at the University of Michigan and moved to Venzuela in 2003 to begin working as a photographer. While covering the entire region, his work appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Stern, Rolling Stone and others. David has also worked for a variety of development organizations, including CARE, UNHCR and the World Health Organization. In 2008, he moved to Mexico to work on the book Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit, which examines the long-term costs and consequences of the country's drug war (Dewi Lewis Publishing, December 2012). His project on the global TB epidemic was developed into an educational website and about TB and public health in the developing world. His work has been recognized by numerous organizations. He was named as one of of PDN's "30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch," and has won awards from the NPPA, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Magenta Foundation and others.
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