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Photographer Exposes Energy Poverty in the Life Without Light Project

Documentary photographer Peter DiCampo captures how lack of electricity impacts life in rural places of Kurdistan, Ghana, and Nepal.

Peter DiCampo is a documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development. His current long-term project, Life Without Lights, explo-res the varied social and economic implications of global Energy Poverty and raises questions on energy’s future.
DiCampo got the idea for the “Life without Lights” project while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana from 2006-2008. He says, "I realized how deeply the lack of electricity affected the lives of my neighbors. It impeded their progress in the sectors of health, education, gender equality, agriculture, and virtually every aspect of development. And, of course, there’s the lack of light.
"Peter DiCampo's long-term project, "Life Without Lights", explores the varied social and economic implications of global Energy Poverty and raises questions on energy’s future. The work earned him the top prize in The British Journal of Photography’s 2010 International Photography Awards and additional awards in the 2011 PDN Photo Annual and 2011 Anthropographia Awards for Human Rights. 
"Energy poverty keeps people poor.", Peter says. Examining the causes and effects of ener-gy poverty, his project asks probing questions: "What solutions will be made available for the energy poor? Will they be sustainable? And what does that mean for the rest of us?"

Source: Life Without Lights 2012