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In the 2-1/2 years since Mexican President Felipe Calderon escalated the battle against the country’s drug cartels, nearly 13,000 people have been killed and kidnappings have skyrocketed. David Rochkind delivers a graphic and disturbing report.
About David Rochkind

David grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan and studied sociology at the University of Michigan. He then moved to Caracas, Venezuela in 2003, where he began to work as a freelance photographer. While covering the entire region, his work appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Stern, Rolling Stone, Le Monde Magazine and others. David has also worked for a variety of NGOs and development organizations, including CARE, The Carter Center, UNHCR and the World Health Organization.

In 2008, he moved to Mexico City where he began working on the book Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit, which examines the long-term costs and consequences of the country’s drug war (Dewi Lewis Publishing, October 2012). For the past 4 years he has worked on a project about the global TB epidemic and recently developed the work into an educational website and curriculum for highschools, that teaches about TB and public health in the developing world (www.tbepidemic.org).

He was named as one of of PDN’s “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch”, and has won awards from the National Press Photographers Association, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the World Health Organization, the Magenta Foundation and others.

David is currently based in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Awards & Exhibitions

2012
• Exhibit: "ANTHOLOGY", Southeast Museum of Photography
• Exhibit: "Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit", Blue Sky Gallery
• Exhibit: "Global Health in Focus", Photographic Resource Center
• Journalist in Residence, William and Mary University
• Adjunct Professor, Corcoran College of Art and Design

2011
• Journalist in Residence, William and Mary University
• Exhibit: "EPIDEMIC: TB in the Global Community", University of Michigan
• Exhibit: "Beyond Witness", FotoWeek DC, Washington, D.C.
• Exhibit: Fraction Magazine, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, California
• Exhibit: Beyond the Fence, Northlight Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
• Exhibit: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, Speos Gallery, Paris, France
• Exhibit: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, Gallery 291, San Francisco, California
• Review Santa Fe, Selection

2010
• Exhibit: Frontera, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
• Exhibit: Border 2010, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, El Paso, Texas
• Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, HM
• Pulitzer Center Grant : TB in Moldova
• Santa Fe Center Project Competition, HM
• Anthropographia Human Rights and PhotographyAward, Shortlist
• Exhibit: Anthropographia 2010: Human Rights and Photograph New York Photo Festival
• Exhibit: Anthropographia 2010: Human Rights and Photography, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva
• Julia Dean New Documentarian Award
• Exhibit: Expo Fotoperiodismo 2010, Mexico City, Mexico

2009
• Exhibit: EPIDEMIC: TB in the South African Gold Mining Community, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
• Stop TB Partnership’s Images to Stop TB Award
• Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, Finalist
• Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer
• NPPA Best of Photography, Sports Feature HM
• NPPA Best of Photography, Local Portrait HM
• Pulitzer Center Grant : Human Smuggling in Mexico

2008
• International Reporting Project Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University
• Photo District News’ “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch”

Read more
David Rochkind's Projects on LensCulture
David Rochkind's Books