Lauren DeCicca, b. 1989, is a documentary photographer from New York based in Burma.
She's met people dealing with PTSD, drug addiction, displacement and disease, and is struck by the similarity in spirit between these people, despite the obvious divides. It has been a goal of hers to realize and mend this schism through photography, be it mental, physical or geographical in nature.
Documenting the lives of people around the world will help those who have no access to such situations understand that the subjects of her photographs could easily be their parent, sibling or partner. Despite differences in language, skin color, religion or way of life, everyone has the same basic needs for empathy, understanding and acceptance.
Her work has been published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME.com, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Guardian, CNN, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, The Global Post, NPR, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), The SE Asia Globe Magazine, The Jakarta Globe, The Cambodia Daily, amongst others.
Lauren is a member of the Getty Reportage Emerging Talent roster.
She is available for domestic and international assignments.
2015 - Getty Reportage Emerging Talent
- Audio capture
- Breaking news
- Military embed
- Video capture
A Dream Surely Vanishing
This project uses the river as a guide that begins at the rivers confluence in Myitkyina, Kachin State and travels through the region to the Irrawaddy Delta. It starts at the destructive and controversial Myitsone Dam Project in Kachin, and follows the turns of the river through major ports, oil mines, and religious ceremonies until it breaks into small channels serving as irrigation to the small rice paddy farms in Pathein.
This ongoing body of work will continue to explore what is truly at the heart of a nation that is shrouded by the promise of development.
Myanmar has been in a stage of rapid transition throughout the past couple of years with advancements in development and western trade. However, the Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority in the western Rakhine State of Burma, have remained one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
June 11, 2012 marked the first in a series of “The Rahkine State riots”, conflicts between Rahkine Buddhists and the Muslim minority, leaving approximately 100,000 Muslims displaced and living in internal displacement camps. They are jobless, living in makeshift tents, and surviving on rations from NGO’s and private donors. Issues surrounding sanitation, nutrition and healthcare are serious problems these people are facing.
On the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, in a shelter housing, is a rotating group of over 100 patients infected with HIV/AIDS.
The center, which has be been in operation since 2002, is owned and has been operated by the opposition party, the National League for Democracy, after the failure of the Myanmar government to take action and NGO’s prevented from intervening.
In a country of 60 million, people nearly 189,000 adults suffer from HIV/AIDS with only 43 percent of those receiving the proper treatment.