Haiti’s earthquake and survival in photos

Repeating Islands

It’s not at all unusual to find photographer Tequila Minsky in Haiti. The New York resident has faithfully documented Haitian culture here and in the Caribbean for decades, but a fateful chapter was added to her portfolio last year – the devastating January 2010 earthquake, as Jared McCallister writes in New York’s Daily News.

Minsky will share her photographic perspective of the disaster in the exhibition “Haiti = Survival (No Question But)” on display at the Soho Photo Gallery in Manhattan’s Tribeca through Oct. 29.

Her amazing photos were among the first images of the disaster seen in the mainstream media – appearing online in a New York Times blog just three hours after the 7.0-magnitude quake, which ultimately killed 316,000 people, injured 300,000 and left 1.3 million displaced from damaged homes.

The morning following the quake, while international news agencies frantically plotted how to get crews to the disaster scene, Minsky’s photos were appearing around the world in…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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