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1. Teacher Rita Kilunda sings with the children in her class at Les Tresors
1, an early child education
program in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 22, 2010.
Girl by fence
A girl walks by the CARITAS compound. UNICEF Programs in partnership with
CARITAS for orphans
and vulnerable children in Mbanza Nguno, Bas Congo, Democratic Republic
of Congo on June 23, 2010.
Tabita, 1 year and 3 months, stands outside her door. Her family is using
a bednet which was distributed
to help prevent against Malaria in the Tshamilemba health district of
Lumbabashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 3, 2010.
Louise and baby
Louise Arun, with her newborn who is not yet named, under a bednet at
a maternity hospital in the Tshamilemba
health district of Lumbabashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 3,
2010. Bednets are used to help prevent
Malaria by protecting people from the mosquitos which may be carrying
Boy by smoke
UNICEF Programs in partnership with CARITAS for orphans and vulnerable
children in Mbanza Nguno, Bas Congo,
Democratic Republic of Congo on June 23, 2010. People work the land at
the CARITAS agricultural cooperative.
Bart Baker reads his vows which he wrote to his partner Joe Elvis during
their union ceremony at Christ Chapel in
North Hollywood, Calif. Their union is valid spiritually but not legally.
(At the time this was taken, same sex marriage is
only legal in Massachusetts and civil unions are valid in Vermont. Other
states may not recognize these unions and
eighteen states have passed amendments outlawing same sex marriage.) (10/01/05)
praying in his apartment
Harry Bartron, 87, a gay Catholic, prays in his studio apartment in Hollywood,
Calif. Bartron studied with monks for two years
when he was in his 50s and became a Secular Franciscan. Secular Franciscans
make a lifelong commitment to live the
gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi. Bartron prays seven
times a day. (02/21/05)
Kathy Payton smiles during her baptism at Christ Chapel, a predominantly
gay Christian Church in North Hollywood, Calif.
According to the church’s pastor Jerrell Walls, at right, “The
immersion in water comes from the Greek word for baptism meaning to
immerse and it signifies being buried with Christ and raised to new life
in Christ. The white robes are a symbol of purity.
Baptism symbolizes a new life in Christ. Old things have passed away and
all things have become new." (10/02/05)
Filled with the holy spirit
James Moore (center) is "filled with the holy spirit" as he
celebrates with Pastor Phil Gray (left) of City of Refuge
and another congregant who is wiping tears from her face. When someone
has a religious experience others stand with them
and put their hands on them, steady them or clear the area of chairs if
Rev. James Mills Sr. of the Greater Hope Fellowship in Philadelphia prays
during the Liberating Pentcostalism celebration at
Unity Fellowship Church in Los Angeles. Gay pentecostals from around the
country gathered at UFC to celebrate the
100th anniversary of Pentcostalism on their own as they were not invited
to the mainsteam celebration with other Pentecostals. (04/29/06)
Jill Connelly is a documentary photographer and educator based in
Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including
The New York Times, TIME magazine, Newsweek Japan, People, the Chicago
Tribune, The Boston Globe and many others. She has produced images
for the Associated Press, Reuters, and Polaris and for five years
worked as a contract photographer for the Los Angeles Times. Her
images are included in the books “Wichita: Coming Home, Going
Global” and “4:31- Images of the 1994 Los Angeles Earthquake.”
Her work has also been exhibited in numerous group shows at galleries
and other venues.
She has enjoyed photographing numerous celebrities, athletes and
politicians, including Rosa Parks, Shaquille O’Neal and Bill
Clinton, but her favorite stories are those of the ordinary people
who have overcome hardships, and have interesting stories to tell
of their journey along the way.
In 2010 Jill traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo and photographed
the subjects of education, malnutrition, child soldiers, survival
and sexual violence for UNICEF. Her current local project, “Living
With the Dead,” explores cemeteries as places for celebrations
of life, art, culture and history.
Jill teaches photojournalism at Pierce College where she is the
Chair of the Media Arts department and advisor for the campus newspaper
and magazine. She has also taught at Brooks Institute of Photography
in Ventura, California and with the UCLA Student Media program.
She has a master’s degree in Journalism with a photojournalism
concentration from Boston University and a bachelor’s in Communication
from State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh, where she
minored in Photography.
My work explores the moments of family life, with an emphasis on
the mysteries of death and rituals of faith. My digital images are
printed in black-and-white or color, depending on what fits with
the mood of the project.
While working on a project, I shoot images, some of which I know
belong right away. Others that I utilize as sketches, place holders
representing an idea that hasn’t yet been fully realized.
From my years working as a photojournalist doing daily assignments
for editorial publications, I strongly believe that captions are
critical in the telling of a story.
The concepts for my projects often come from those I meet in my
life: family members, neighbors, colleagues and others I meet at
work. My projects find me. My love of the documentary comes from
the entry it gives me into people’s lives. I find it both
and opportunity and a responsibility to tell their stories.
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