04.05.2012 in14:41 in Documentary -->
Claire Yaffa is a noted freelance photographer known for her social realism.
Her first photograph 45 years ago when her son was 18 months old and it was the beginning of her journey, first as a mother, then as a photographer. She studied with renowned children’s photographer Joseph Schneider, learning how to engage children, set up lighting, use a light meter, and then met Cornell Capa in 1972, who said, “You take pretty pictures Yaffa, what do you want to say?” Thus began her distinguished career as a photojournalist, focusing on problems of child abuse, the homeless, Holocaust survivors, the disadvantaged and children at risk. She has worked extensively for The New York Times and Associated Press, her sensitive eye always able to pinpoint the hope residing quietly in scenes of despair, gently challenging viewers to enter her introspective world, and motivating them to care and to act on their compassion.
Her work has been exhibited at The International Center of Photography, The Neuberger Museum, The Hudson River Museum, The United Nations and Fait et Cause, Paris, France, among others, and she has photographed for a variety of medical organizations, including The Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, New York School for the Deaf, and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She has been photographing for The New York Foundling Hospital since 1979.