Kerry Pryor / Sight Unseen / August 21 – September 07 2013
In January and November 2012 I documented the work of Eyes for Africa a Nonprofit organisation that funds cataract eye surgery for people in extreme poverty and living in remote areas of Ethiopia.
The portraits in this body of work are of people who are waiting for cataract surgery or to be seen by a surgeon. This is an anxious time for the patients as many have never been to a doctor before.
Often the patients you see in this exhibition have walked for miles, too poor to afford shoes, quite frail and exhausted by the time they arrive at the clinic. When they present to the doctors they have usually had cataracts for some time and so their vision is very poor and they rely on the help of a family member to guide them.
Cataract surgery is the difference between night and day and patients can usually go home within 24 hours with restored vision. The work Eyes For Africa preforms is life changing as was my journey to Ethiopia.
Kerry Pryor currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She received a Diploma of Applied Photography in 2008 from RMIT.
An emerging photographer, with a background as a Textile Designer she now runs her own freelance photography business working as a commercial photographer and enjoys finding out about the people she is shooting or about their business. Her personal work follows a strong documentary style which has recently seen her travel to Ethiopia on repeat visits to document the work of “Eyes for Africa” and “Beyond the Orphanage.”
Her work has received several highly regarded, APPA photographic awards and HeadOn Photographic Portrait Prize finalist 2013.
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