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Rwanda Journal: the photographs of Lee Cantelon









In 1994, without official sponsorship, Lee Cantelon traveled among the diaspora refugee population in Rwanda, Zaire, and Tanzania. The intimate photographic record he produced explores the turmoil, sorrow, and undying spirit of hope that survives in the human heart. Cantelon's photographs are close-up and personal, seen through a compassionate eye, finding, in spite of the anarchy and death, hope among the ruins.

"For the preaching of the cross is to them
that perish foolishness; but unto us which
are saved it is the power of God."

- Paul's first letter to the
Corinthian Christians (1:18)

With a backpack and a vintage Nikkormat camera and Nikkor lenses, Lee Cantelon traveled among the refugee population during the Rwanda crisis, photographing the conflict that resulted in genocide and the displacement of millions of Rwandans to UN camps in Zaire, Tanzania, and Rwanda. The photographs and journal entries in this website gallery are from this journey.

Photo: Lee Cantelon on Mercer Street, New York, 2000.

"...the weakness of God is stronger
than man's strength ."
- Paul's first letter to the Corinthian Christians (1:25)

We can break the cycle - we can break the chain
We can start all over, in the new beginning
We can learn, we can teach,
We can share the myths, the dream, the prayer,
The notion that we can do better,
Change our lives and paths,
Create a new world.

- Tracy Chapman, New Beginning

   Lee Cantelon created the cover and CD package for Tracy Chapman's CD New Beginning.

Lee Cantelon also photographed/designed the CD package for Rickie Lee Jones' Naked Songs.


Hope Among the Ruins
                a photographic journal
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