Humanitou: Conversations of Humanness + Creativity
10: Laura Elizabeth Pohl, humanitarian storyteller, on starting over and advocating through photography and film
Laura Elizabeth Pohl is a humanitarian photographer and documentary filmmaker living in Cape Town, South Africa. Laura has traveled the world extensively, and spent many years living and working in developing countries, advocating for the dignity and humanity of the people she features in her visual storytelling. She has documented stories of HIV, ebola, migration, malnutrition and other deeply human subjects. In this conversation, I learn how Laura's journalism career started with interviewing celebrities -- e.g. Britney Spears, Winton Marsalis, Mary J. Blige -- and that she and I lived only an hour away from each other in South Korea when we experienced our generation’s biggest “where were you when” moment. I learn how Laura became a self-taught documentary filmmaker over the course of one weekend, and under deadline. I learn why she left behind a relatively stable job as a Dow Jones business reporter in Asia to start over as a photojournalist, and how she cobbled together paychecks to make the dream work along the way, including getting fired from a waitressing job after only two weeks. And a lot more. All at humanitou.com.
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