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World renowned photographer, Peter Dean Rickards recently made a trip to Port Au Prince for a five hour trip to capture the tragedy of the Haitian earthquake for First-Magazine. What he came up with is a collection of photos that not only captured the horror of the earthquake, but also the vibrant humanity of Haiti and it’s people. Here’s what he had to say about his trip.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – walking around in the rubble on Grand Rue, one gets the distinct feeling that people are putting on a brave face. Three months after the earthquake that took the lives of more than 200,000 people, life continues despite the indescribable destruction as its residents continue the painstaking process of rebuilding the capital – arguably the most important cultural and historical city in the Caribbean.

Coming from Kingston, the scenes of poverty are not entirely alien, and yet, despite its obvious economic disadvantages there’s something distinctly developed about the Haitian people. Amid the piles of broken concrete, trash and flattened buildings, there’s no begging, no wailing, no time for anything but digging upward and outward for the inhabitants of this rebel nation.

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