Free exhibition: Madagascar in the Frame
Kick off 2020 with a visit to a gallery space in the new Fujifilm House of Photography in the heart of Covent Garden, London, where you'll find an extraordinary showcase of photographs taken in two communities in Madagascar.
This stunning set of images captures life without clean water through the lenses of two photographers – Ernest Randriarimalala who was born, grew up and lives in Madagascar, and Saraya Cortaville, award winning portrait and social documentary photographer.
Not in London? You can still discover the stories behind the photographs, taken as part of our Access Denied appeal. See how we're changing the picture for people living without clean water >
Ernest travels to WaterAid programme sites in Madagascar all year round, using his photography to document the lives of the people who live there and share their stories. He knows first-hand the difference clean water makes. “It reminds me of my own childhood,” he says. “I used to be sick all the time. For me this is not just a job, it’s a personal fight to make sure everyone, everywhere gets clean water.”
Ernest always carries an Instax camera in his kit, allowing him to take and print photos instantly in the field and share them with people. Now, for the first time and with support from FujiFilm, he has been able to share his knowledge with the children of Ambohimanatrika through an instax photography workshop. Very few of the children had ever operated a camera before – and most had no photographs of their own – so this was a chance for them to express themselves in a new way.
“If you give communities the opportunity to take photos by themselves, they give you something totally different,” says Ernest. “Something unexpected, something that’s quite different to what I would have captured myself. It’s their perspective – and that’s important.”