Richard’s Haiti earthquake reminder

Thirty-two-year-old Marjorie, her son, Lovensly, and her daughter, 11-year-old Alexandra; by Richard Hanson
Thirty-two-year-old Marjorie, her son, Lovensly, and her daughter, 11-year-old Alexandra; by Richard Hanson

PHOTOGRAPHS taken by Sheffield-based photojournalist Richard Hanson during three visits to Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake which killed around 250,000 people, are on show at the Workstation.

He was commissioned by DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) member organisation Tearfund, who have been working in Haiti for more than 20 years.

The lensman from Pitsmoor said: “I hope that this exhibition reminds people that the survivors in Haiti are still there, still coping with their grief, and still working to rebuild their lives and their country 18 months after the earthquake, even though Haiti has mostly disappeared from the news now.’’

The exhibition contains photographs of many of the people he met and revisited over the three visits.

One of them was Quinet Desir, who told him “At the start of the day I had everything a man could want: a wife, a family, a house; at the end of the day it was all gone. I have lost everything, even my wallet. It was just our baby and I who survived.”

Richard Hanson has reported from more than 40 countries in the last 20 years and his work has appeared in all the UK national papers, many magazines and websites. He has lived in Sheffield since 2000.

Haiti: Beyond the Rubble is on view at the Workstation, Paternoster Row, Mondays-Fridays, 9.30am-8pm to November 3.