Photographer, Health Educator, Traveler
Since graduating from high school in 2006, I’ve been traveling throughout the world where I discovered the love for anthropology as I use my camera as a tool to study the cultural differences (You can read about my travels here.). I do not just photograph people. I observe their lifestyle and converse with them to gain a better understanding of their culture in their own countries. My mission has been to help people appreciate and learn from other cultures rather than fear them, and to use the same understanding that I continue to gain to make a positive impact on the world.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Arts in Visual Communications with a concentration in photography in 2010. Then I received a Masters of Arts in Anthropology with a focus on Material and Visual Culture from University College London in London, United Kingdom in 2011. I specialize in documentary and travel photography.
I’m currently serving in the Peace Corps and working in Cameroon as a Community Health Educator. I work with persons with disabilities by helping them improve their life through health education. Through my work, I am discovering a number of human rights violations including lack of access to quality healthcare and education for persons with disabilities and also marketplaces and many buildings to due to poor construction designs. I am using my camera to document the issues that persons with disabilities face so that the public can be better informed about the situation.
Contact Rachel – rachel [at] rachelchaikof [dot] com