Moderator: Dancing on Fire | Photographs from Haiti by Maggie Steber
Moderated by Mark Danner, professor, Graduate School of Journalism
Haitian history has been steeped in bloody violence since African slaves rose up against vicious plantation workers to establish the world's first black republic in 1804. From 1804 through the ruthless reign of Papa Doc Duvalier-turmoil has ruled the Caribbean nation. The consequences of the democratic election which installed Jean-Bertrand Aristide as President- and the military coup which ousted him-are still unfolding.
This tumultuous history is encapsulated in Maggie Steber's vivid color photographs. They go beyond the calamity turbulence and ecological and social disaster to show the heroism of the people as they dream of freedom and modest prosperity. She has recorded the mystery and magical beauty of Voodoo and Haitian daily life, defined by an uncanny elegance and courage. Her eye is both unflinching and generous, illuminating a struggle of tragic dimensions.
Maggie Steber has worked as a documentary photographer on humanistic and cultural-historical projects in 66 countries. In 2013, Steber was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine.
From 1999 to 2003, Steber served as Asst. Managing Editor for Photography and Features at The Miami Herald.
Steber's clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Politico, Stern, NRC, AARP, and many other American and European magazines.