Alumnus works to safeguard indigenous communities through photography
For Taylor Weidman (Col '05), photography is a way of getting involved and giving back, the roots of which were fostered at UVA. "I got very involved with the volunteering culture there and I loved that," says the former economics major. It was during a series of photography classes he took at the Curry School that he discovered his love of taking pictures. A trip to China, during which he "just kept shooting," confirmed his new career path.
Since then, his photographs have appeared in the Atlantic, the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. Weidman received the New Talent Award in the annual Travel Photographer of the Year competition and his work has also been recognized by the annual AnthropoGraphia Human Rights through Visual Storytelling Award competition and traveling exhibit.
Weidman's photography has taken him to track nomads in Mongolia, homelessness in Romania, and injustice in the Philippines. Next up is a trip to the Amazon, where he's going to cover indigenous communities being displaced by a hydroelectric dam, which will divert up to 80 percent of the Xingu River's water. "We're going to document these people as they're being pushed out and support them," he says, "so that their lives will be taken into the equation."
Intrepid as he is, the project does have its obstacles. "I'm not a big jungle guy," he says.
Scroll down to see a few more of Weidman's photographs.