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Living On A Dollar A Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor

Living On A Dollar A Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor is a powerful and extraordinary series of photographs and profiles by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer, whose work illuminates the human faces of people who live in extreme poverty around the world. Traveling to 10 countries on four continents, Byer sought out individuals and families on the brink of survival – living on about one U.S. dollar each day.

The people in Byer’s compelling profiles share their hardships, their joys, and their dreams for the future with her. Often with little hope of changing their own destiny, they dream of something better for their children. In her searing and tender images, accompanied by stories shared by people whose trust she gained, Byer gives voice to those who would not otherwise be heard. One out of every six people who share this planet with us lives in extreme poverty.

In Living On A Dollar A Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor, Byer translates the stark statistics of global poverty so that we can more easily access our compassion and, hopefully, be inspired to exercise our humanity through education and then action. Byer’s heartfelt call to raise awareness and promote change is more urgent and timely than ever. The Sustainable Development Goals, ratified in September 2015 by all 193 countries in the United Nations, are guiding efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger by 2030.

Reinventing the Photo Exhibition Experience

Through her collaboration with A Fourth Act, Renée aims to reinvent how we experience photo exhibitions by bridging the power of stories that build awareness and turn compassion and empathy into social action. By using an innovative mobile web app, YouBridge.It, along with Renée’s photos, the interactive photo exhibit can engage visitors to participate in an interactive and powerful experience that goes beyond raising awareness.

As they walk through the gallery, YouBridge.It offers the photo exhibit visitors an opportunity to dive deeper into the issues behind the stories and makes tangible actions available at their fingertips. Byer’s photos are an emotional invitation to learn about the root causes of extreme poverty and hunger, and to take simple but concrete actions in 10 areas. A strong believer that positive change can happen, she encourages us to be part of it by shifting the language from problem-focused to a solution-oriented one.

Partnership for Accountability

Thanks to a partnership with Tiny Spark, a team of journalists that investigate the Business of Doing Good, we curate the actions through a lens of accountability, supporting organizations with a proven track of effective work.

About Renée C. Byer

Renée C. Byer

Renée C. Byer is an award-winning American documentary photojournalist best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard. Her ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and dozens of national and international honors, including the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International, and Pulitzer Finalist in 2013. Byer’s internationally acclaimed book, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor, illuminates the stories of people living on the brink of survival, and invites you to put an end to extreme poverty.

An inspiring teacher and speaker, Byer stirs audiences to see how unbiased photojournalism can raise awareness and affect change. Her compelling TEDx Tokyo talk, “The Storytelling Power of Photography,” received a standing ovation and can be viewed online. Valued for her critical insight, she has served as a judge for the prestigious Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards since 2008.

Positive Change Can Happen

Please consider contributing to Renée’s non-profit organization, Positive Change Can Happen, to support this world-wide exhibition.