Thony Belizaire: Witness to History
From bloodshed on the Ruelle Vaillant in November 1987, as the first presidential elections ended, to the bloody coup d’état by the army against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in September 1991; from the antigovernment protests of November 2002, to the violent earthquake that hit the Haitian capital in January 2010, leaving in its wake over 250,000 dead and a million homeless; from the spectacular return throughout 2011 of ex-president-for-life Jean-Claude Duvalier and ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to the inauguration of newly elected president Michel Martelly—these are just a few of the images of devastation and endurance in Thony Belizaire—one man with a camera covering a small nation and a world of trouble. The photographs collected in Thony Belizaire are notable, as Raoul Peck notes in his foreword, “for their violence, their realism, their poetry.” These 100 full-color images are joined here by accompanying text the author was writing for this book right up to his untimely death.
About Thony Belizaire
THONY BELIZAIRE was honored at the first Biennale Internationale d'Art Contemporain de la Martinique as one of the best Latin American and Caribbean photographers, and in July 2006 he won the United Nation Population Fund's environmental photography competition. His photographs have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, and books around the world, and have been on an impressive number of front pages. He passed away of cancer in Port-au-Prince on July 21, 2013.