A self-described technophile, Red Cross photographer Victor Lacken has, for years, been advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable through the lens of his camera. When the Ebola outbreak struck West Africa in 2014, Victor was deployed to capture the devastating impact of this unknown enemy, and profile the work of the Red Cross in response.
Victor was recently recognized for his work in the Ebola response, awarded the AidEx Photojournalism Award for the four months he spent with the Red Cross in Liberia.
"This photo is about anticipation. I cased the building. I knew where they were going to come out. What I didn't know was that a curious neighbour would be watching from above. Her presence really adds to the environment." Victor Lacken
"I try to capture human interest. I try to be as invisible as possible so as to not insert myself into the photo. I captured this photo of two burial team members as they walked to pray for someone who had died during the Ebola outbreak. At a time when people were not allowed to touch, this was the safest way to do so." Victor Lacken
"It can take a lot of patience to get the perfect photo. I don't want to look like a tourist. I don't like to stage photos. And when people start reacting to the camera, it's time to put it away." Victor Lacken
"When I take a photo I am constantly moving to find that best angle, such as the reflection in the water in this photo. I will climb on top of something to get a different angle, always looking for colours and textures." Victor Lacken
"When dealing with difficult subject matter, such as burials, I go into autopilot. I take the shot and deal with it later." Victor Lacken