“The slums near Manila Bay are unhealthy enough—the Ulingans live next to a rubbish dump,” writes Reportage photographer Lisa Wiltse. “But the rudimentary process of making charcoal in open pits next to the dump site exposes the squatters to even more harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, and soot, as well as chemicals from burning treated wood.”
This is the subject of Lisa’s project, “Charcoal Kids,” which helped her earn this year’s Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for an emerging professional, awarded by PDN and Parsons School for Design. Lisa is a documentary photographer who emphasizes socially disadvantaged communities and ways of living. She has traveled extensively, focusing on documenting everyday life of marginalized people in countries like Bangladesh, Uganda, the Philippines, Bolivia, New Zealand and the U.S. She lives in New York City. See more of her work on the Reportage Web site.
Caption: Boys from the squatter community of Ulingan swim in the effluent waters of the Pasig River in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Lisa Wiltse.)