This series of 80 pictures was made at a Hansen’s disease (leprosy) settlement on the island of Moloka’i, Hawai’i. Between 1866 and 1969, some 8,000 people with Hansen’s disease were forcibly confined at Kalaupapa. Today, a small, aging group of patients still lives at the settlement by choice. Once a prison, the place is now a paradise, a secluded home in a stunning natural setting. Kalaupapa’s future is unsettled as it hovers on the cusp of living community and historic site. These pictures show the interiors of structures that form the framework of the settlement’s daily life, including government buildings, churches, patients’ houses, and visitors’ quarters.
Phelan Art Award in Photography, SF
Three New Photographers, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, 2006
James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography, 2007
Santa Fe Prize for Photography, Center,
Kalaupapa National Park