Photographer Celebrates Women Living In Tough Circumstances

Veteran Photographer Mark Tuschman is training his camera on some of the world's most vulnerable citizens in his photo series, "Faces of Courage. Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge."   He is asking interested donors to contribute to his Kickstarter campaign and support this important work.   The project is intended to highlight the struggle for women's rights around the world.

WomensTrust in Pokuase, Ghana, has a scholarship program that supports more than one hundred of the best and brightest young girls. (Copyright Mark Tuschman)

WomensTrust in Pokuase, Ghana, has a scholarship program that supports more than one hundred of the best and brightest young girls. (Copyright Mark Tuschman)

Back in early 2001, I had been a follower of Nick Kristof’s column in the New York Times; as you know, he writes quite frequently on the terrible treatment of women and girls around the world and also of the work being done to empower them. I had a friend who was on the board of the Global Fund for Women, and she arranged for me to go to Asia for three weeks and document some of their grantees. I produced a printed piece, and this is what I wrote in the introduction:

As I have grown older, I have become more motivated to use my photography to communicate in a more socially conscious way – in a way that would expose people to both the degree of human suffering that exist in today’s world and the courage and fortitude that people manifest to overcome it. It is my hope that my images will move viewers to respond not only with empathy, but with action.

Midwife and expectant mother in Otavalo, Ecuador (PPG). (Copyright Mark Tuschman)

Midwife and expectant mother in Otavalo, Ecuador (PPG). (Copyright Mark Tuschman)

To read more about Tuschman's work and see his photography please visit   Photowings.org.  To contribute to his Kickstarter campaign click here.