D O N N A N N I N G J O N E S PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography: The International Language

Tea in the River Bed, N'beka, Islamic Republic of Mauritania

There are 7 billion people on the planet. There are 6909 spoken languages. There are almost 200 countries. There is one story. The personal epic of each life; the common hope of love and peace. The family of man wants security, health, and prosperity for their children. They want justice, opportunity, and dignity. They want to be heard. The international language of photography communicates across all boundaries. Whether the story is about water in the desert, the beauty in everyday life, or education across the centuries, the photographic image exposes, articulates, and documents the human experience in a way immediately accessible to children or elders. It speaks across continents, to the rich and the to the powerless, the formally educated and the naturally intelligent. There is one story, there are 7 billion story-tellers. Make sure you get the right translator.