Dowry Abuse in India- Action India Women’s Support Group

Posted in Global Health, India, Non Profit, Recent Projects, Uncategorized, womens reproductive healthcare on March 15th, 2012 by tuschman

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This January, I documented the work of Action India, a grantee of the Global Fund for Women. Action India is involved in many aspects of women’s empowerment; one aspect of their work in particular, however, moved me the most: supporting women who have been victims of dowry abuse.

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Planned Parenthood Global and Soccer in Kenya

Posted in Africa, Documentary | Photography, Girls Education, Global Health, Kenya, Non Profit, Recent Projects, Uncategorized, womens reproductive healthcare on February 22nd, 2012 by tuschman

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(The following text has several contributors- primarily Joyce Ho, a Graduate Media Fellow from the Stanford School of Medicine and Leila Darabi from Planned Parenthood Global).

In Kenya, Planned Parenthood Global (PP Global) works with several local soccer leagues to integrate sexual and reproductive health education and services into their programs.

For many, expectations for their educational and career success do not extend beyond completing primary school. Some are already mothers. Joining an athletic league provides these young women with the chance to exercise, become part of a team, and have some fun. Evidence shows that young women who participate in team sports are more confident, stay in school longer, and set more ambitious career goals than those who never get to run across a field or score a goal.

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Kibera

Posted in Africa, Documentary | Photography, Global Health, Kenya, Kibera, poverty, Uncategorized on January 24th, 2012 by tuschman

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This past year I had two opportunities to photograph in Kibera, Kenya, which is the second largest slum in Africa and the third largest in the world. Even though I have witnessed poverty, the physical landscape of Kibera was, to put it frankly, quite overwhelming.

The population of Kibera is estimated at 1.1 million people, up from 700,000 ten years ago. There is no infrastructure, no roads, no safe drinking water, or sewers. Kibera is created from scraps of tin and mud. The photographs presented here were all taken on my way to do work assignments in the AMREF Clinic (for the Novartis Malaria Initiative) and in the Tabitha clinic (for Planned Parenthood). All of the photos are “grab” shots. Some were taken from the vehicle that we used to get to the AMREF clinic. The car I was in had to inch it’s way along narrow muddy streets barely wide enough for our vehicle. Outside my window, people were going about their daily life not more than three feet away.

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A few 2011 highlights

Posted in Awards, Documentary | Photography, Global Health, Kenya, Malaria, News, Non Profit, Recent Projects, womens reproductive healthcare on December 28th, 2011 by tuschman

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I had the privilege of working on some very satisfying and rewarding projects this past year. I documented the Novartis Malaria Initiative and a few of my photos were recently used in an ad for Novartis in the Dec. 19th issue of the New Yorker. Here is the ad and I have also included the two images uncropped.

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Mark Tuschman – Professional Photographer

Posted in Mark Tuschman on October 10th, 2011 by tuschman

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Mark Tuschman

Mark Tuschman

I have been a corporate, international, location photographer for 30 years. A majority of my clients have been in the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields.

Since 2001 I have also devoted my energies to the issues of world-wide health care, particularly those regarding women’s reproductive healthcare. I have documented projects in Bangladesh and Tanzania for EngenderHealth (supported by a grant from the Packard Foundation), and family planning projects in Guatemala for UNFPA, a microfinance projects in Ghana also involving reproductive health care in Ghana for WomensTrust, and numerous projects in Ghana, China, Mongolia and Thailand for the Global Fund for Women.

Girls Education- Educate Girls Globally in Rajasthan, India

Posted in Documentary | Photography, Girls Education, India, Non Profit, Recent Projects on July 26th, 2011 by tuschman

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This past January I documented a girl’s education project in Pali, Rajasthan, India. Educate Girls Globally (EGG), founded by Lawrence Chickering, is focusing on Muslim communities, where “the education of girls and empowerment of women have lagged badly.”

Here are some statistics:

India is home to one of the largest illiterate populations in the world. In Rajasthan, 44% of females are literate, as compared to 76% of males. For every 100 rural girls, only one reaches 12th grade. Out of 26 districts with the highest gender gap, 9 are in Rajasthan. Educate Girls works in Pali, where the gender gap is particularly high.

One of they key features that attracted me to EGG is that the program is designed to be scaled up. In fact, EGG has plans to educate 5 million girls by working closely with communities and local governments. In 2010, Educate Girls has scaled up from 500 schools to 2,342 schools in the entire Pali district, which covers 1,067 villages.

Our first stop was to a very small community where I had a chance to meet and photograph two young women. One young girl was not able to attend school — instead she had to watch her younger sister and tend to the family goats.

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EXCEPTIONAL INDIA PHOTO TOUR DEC 31 2011-JAN 15 2012

Posted in News on July 20th, 2011 by tuschman

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India Photo Tour – Please Join Me

I will be leading an Eastern India photo tour starting December 31, 2011 exploring the River Ganga (Ganges) from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Agra and Delhi ending January 15th. This tour will be designed to allow time for you to understand and record the exotic culture, sights and sounds of the real India.

If you are a photographer, writer, artist or any traveler who hates being rushed from one site to another then this tour is for you.

I am teaming up with the finest tour operator I have ever met. Louise Nicholson wrote the book on India. Her National Geographic Traveler: India is one of the best-selling guides to India. She is a true expert having visited the sub-continent more than 200 times. Also, because she has made TV documentaries on India, she knows the meaning of a ‘good view’ and she understands photographers’ requirements.

Louise has had years to find and develop relationships with the finest local guides to make sure our trip goes smoothly. We will be touring in comfort at the best time of year for photographic light and reasonable temperature to see India at its most spectacular.

My previous experience traveling on a Louise Nicholson organized tour in India is what convinced me to work with her to put together this trip. I know that this trip is going to be a wonderful experience for all.

If this tour sounds like anything you would be interested in then I highly encourage you to click through to my professional site to learn more about this India photo tour and to contact Louise directly for details on indianicholson@nyc.rr.com

To see photos from last trip to India, please go to:

http://www.tuschmanphoto.com/india_1

7 Billion Unique Stories

Posted in Documentary | Photography, education, News, Non Profit, Recent Projects, Uncategorized, womens reproductive healthcare on July 15th, 2011 by tuschman

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A new report from the UN comes just ahead of a demographic milestone: the world’s population is expected to pass 7 billion in late October, only a dozen years after it surpassed 6 billion. The UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) is about to release a new campaign urging each individual and organization to take creative action to solve the immense problems we face as global interconnected community. To quote from the brochure, “every day one billion of us go hungry, two billion of us are surviving on less than $1 a day, one billion of us don’t have access to clean water and more than one thousand women die in pregnancy or during childbirth each day.”

“In a world that is more interconnected than ever before, challenges such as poverty, inequality, women’s rights, aging and the environment belong to all of us.”

“These are problems that can, and must be solved. Thankfully, significant strides are being made by committed organizations and impassioned individuals all over the world. Working together, incremental actions will create exponential results.”

I am very proud that many of my images are being used to highlight this call to action. Below are ten posters featuring the campaign. Other photographs will also be used in a National Geographic insert, a multi-media web presentation and an exhibit in Copenhagen.

For those not familiar with UNFPA, the “United Nations Population Fund is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. UNFPA – because everyone counts.”

 

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Article on my photography

Posted in News on February 14th, 2011 by tuschman

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This six page article on my photography is being published this month by Rangefinder Magazine. Here is the link to the complete story:

http://www.tuschmanphoto.com/pdf/MTP_rangefinder.pdf

Nigerian Chronicles X- PPFA in Gboko II

Posted in Africa, Documentary | Photography, Nigeria, Non Profit, Recent Projects, womens reproductive healthcare on November 16th, 2010 by tuschman

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This is the concluding chapter in this series, and will focus on healthcare training and an AIDS clinic at the NKST church headquarters facility.  Some personal impressions will follow the visual presentations.

The NKST reproductive-health project recently upgraded a center for educating midwives and nurses on reproductive-health issues, particularly basic family planning, contraceptive technology, and post-abortion-care services. The NKST education course produces a large pool of skilled family-planning attendants, whose outreach provides basic healthcare services to the wider community. Below is a series of photos taken in the classrooms.

 

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