Jane Baldwin is an American Photographer and educator. Baldwin's project,
'Kara Women Speak | Stories from Women' is a multi-sensory, immersive body of work about
women, culture, human rights and the environmental issues that threaten the communities of Ethiopia's Omo River Valley and Kenya's Lake Turkana watershed.
Between 2005 - 2014, Jane Baldwin made annual trips to visit with the women of this region. Baldwin’s project 'Kara Women Speak | Stories for Women' is a body of work that represents her personal experiences and observations of a decade working with women and their communities in Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley and Kenya’s Lake Turkana.
The stories told by the women of the Kara, Hamar, Nyangatom, Kwegu, Dassanech and Turkana reveal the uncertain fate of their self-sustaining agro-pastoral communities. The tragic consequences of up-river hydroelectric power projects and international land grabs now threaten all indigenous communities of this region.
Her short film, "Kara Women Speak", has been an official selection at national and international film festivals. Her work has been featured in selected publications, reviews, exhibitions, and online sites including PBS Learning Media, Global Oneness Project Magazine; Newswatch: National Geographic Fresh Water Initiative; Women’s Oral History and Photographic Project Sonoma, CA; Peace Palace Library | Bibliothèque du Palais de la Paix; Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel California; Washington Center for Photography, Washington DC; Washington Post, Washington DC; a 2015 solo exhibition at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
2016: AwakinCall; Onassis Cultural Center, NYC., 'Antigone Now', 'istand for' festival; Global Oneness Project Lesson Plan - 'Teaching Inquiry Through the Study of Endangered Cultures'; Jane Baldwin's 'Notes from the Field 2005-2014': a forth coming Smithsonian publication, Urban Waterways Project, that will serve as a companion piece to the exhibition 'Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement', published by the Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Community Museum.
Baldwin is a founding board member of PhotoAlliance, San Francisco, California, and currently a member of the board of directors of International Rivers, Berkeley, California. Baldwin resides in Sonoma, California.