“There but for the grace of God…” the disheveled man said as he looked pointedly at those who refused to make eye contact in the morning rush hour of a New York City subway car. A tight space filled to capacity with commuters heading to work and parents taking kids to school, every seat taken, every pole and bar a stack of hands gripping to help maintain balance as the subway jerked and lurched uptown.
Kayla Perry’s fight to help eradicate pediatric cancer while battling the disease herself is not only what keeps her motivated, but has become her drive and passion during even her darkest hour. And there’s good reason why.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words…but can it bring help to thousands of people in a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina? Is it more important for a photographer to document the tragedy, so that others around the world know what is happening? Or is it better to put down the camera and reach out a helping hand? This was the difficult dilemma Pulitzer Prize-wining photojournalist Ted Jackson coped with during Katrina when he ignored his newspaper’s orders to evacuate and set out into the storm.
To say we were honored by five-time Grammy Award-winning musician Terence Blanchard agreeing to create an original score for our special is, well, a tremendous understatement. Blanchard, the composer of more than 50 films—including Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke— conveys a world of emotions in his soulful compositions. And so we knew, before we even heard a note of what he’d written for us, that he would perfectly capture the decade long journey people of the Gulf region experienced after Katrina.