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Kristine Photographs Slavery in 2013 Tweet This   Forward This

7 January 2013

One hundred years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, there are at least 27 million people enduring slavery in the world, according to Free the Slaves.

Mill Valley photographer Lisa Kristine, who has photographed them for the organization, has been profiled in a recent SFGate piece that includes a 16-image slide show.

How do you get photos of modern day slaves? She explained to SFGate's Meredith May:

"These slaves are in plain sight, some are hidden deep in the jungles -- some of them don't even understand they are enslaved because they have been laboring all their lives -- with no pay, and with no end in sight," Kristine said.

She gave a 20-minute TED talk a on the subject of slavery a year ago, which includes some of her still images:

For much of her work, Kristine uses a 19th-century folding 4x5 view camera (among a variety of cameras) and lenses ranging from 135mm to 500mm, which can be tricky to get through customs so she arrives three hours early for her flights -- with a translator.

She shoots with a variety slide film including Provia 100 and Ektachrome 100 as well as VS and Astia. While the larger 4x5s require a tripod, she prefers the intimacy of taking handheld shots. She learned Cibachrome/Ilfochrome printing as a teen and has also used Fujifilm's Crystal Archive.

With Dr. James Doty, MD, she will appear for Conversations on Compassion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford in Cubberley Auditorium on Jan. 10 at 6:00 p.m. The event is free but requires registration for guaranteed seating.

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