2013 Photo Contest, Staged Portraits, Stories, 1st prize

People of Mercy

Photographer

Stephan Vanfleteren

Panos for Mercy Ships / De Standaard

11 October, 2012

People receiving treatment on Africa Mercy, a hospital ship docked at Conakry, Guinea.

About

Stephan Vanfleteren

Stephan Vanfleteren lives and works in his native Belgium. After his photography studies he started to work as a freelancer in 1993. His black-and-white documentary photography ...

Background story

Conakry, Guinea

Thierno Malal Diallo (38)
“Five years ago, I felt something on my face. It was growing fast and started to hurt.”

Prior to an operation for severe ameloblastoma (tumor of the jaw), Thierno could not speak, and could barely breathe.  The operation, which offered only a 50 percent chance of alleviating his condition, was successful, and further surgery is to follow.

 

People receiving treatment on Africa Mercy, a hospital ship docked at Conakry, Guinea.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/180 sec
Focal length
80 mm
F-Stop
4.8
ISO
400
Camera
Hasselblad H4D-40

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