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Pulitzer Center Update November 22, 2019

Xyza Cruz Bacani Interviewed on This Week in Photo

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Asnia shares a tender moment with her daughter Dewi after work. Dewi is deaf and mute. Asnia works hard in the plantation to save money for her daughters treatment. Image by Xyza Cruz Bacani. Indonesia, 2018.
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Palm oil production is one of Indonesia's biggest industries, supplying almost half of the world and...

Xyza Cruz Bacani discusses her photography of street life and migrant workers in Hong Kong with Frederick Van Johnson. Image courtesy of This Week in Photo. United States, 2019.
Xyza Cruz Bacani discusses her photography of street life and migrant workers in Hong Kong with Frederick Van Johnson. Image courtesy of This Week in Photo. United States, 2019.

On November 20, 2019, Pulitzer Center grantee and documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani spoke with Frederick Van Johnson, the host of This Week in Photo, about working as a photojournalist. They talked about her book, "We Are Like Air," along with her philosophy and methodology when it comes to documenting the lives of people effected by human rights and labor migration issues. 

Bacani spoke about her most recent Pulitzer Center-sponsored project, Climate Change and Human Trafficking in Indonesia, which aims to shed light on the stories and faces of the climate crisis. She wants to help people relate to the climate change story by humanizing the issue in hopes of highlighting people who: "actually suffer from climate change," says Bacani.

To learn more about Xyza Cruz Bacani's work, check out her personal website here

Close to 40 men and women sit around a table and share a meal inside the kitchen of the shelter.
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Hidden behind a shelter in Singapore are hundreds of distressed migrant workers of different...

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