Rachel Leventhal is a writer, photographer, and documentary producer whose work focuses on human rights issues and conflict resolution.
Rachel is a veteran of New York Times Television and a contributor to National Public Radio. Most notably, she produced a fourteen-minute story about restavecs (child slaves) in Haiti, as well as the elements for the multimedia web presentation. Soon to air are two stories about media as an avenue toward conflict resolution in war ravaged West Africa. In 2000, she received a fellowship from the Soros Foundation to support an ongoing project that weaves text, photos, audio, and diaries and follows the journeys of women who have been incarcerated and have made the (often recurring) journey between prison and their families and communities outside. The initial project appeared as an eighteen-page story in the documentary magazine, Doubletake. Several of her photographs of September 11th appeared in the New York Times, a number of international publications, as well as in the acclaimed book, "Here Is New York" and its companion exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Currently, a life-sized print of one of Rachel's 9/11 images is on display at the World Trade Center site as part of the fifth anniversary exhibit, "Here: Remembering 9/11"
Rachel is now completing a multimedia story about her trek across Tibet while she accompanies two monks as they navigate the Tibetan underground and black market hoping to escape across the border to freedom. A primary aim of her work is to allow the people in her stories to speak for themselves.
© Rachel Leventhal 2009
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