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Heavy Toll
Photograph by Lynn Johnson

Pham Van Oanh, a lotus farmer in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, lost his wife and 13-year-old daugher to bird flu last January. They fell ill after eating infected chicken prepared by his brother-in-law, who stands in the doorway behind him. A portrait of his wife rests on the table in Oanh's hut, which overlooks a canal 30 minutes by water from the nearest village. His daughter, he says, used to pilot the boat carrying the lotus seed harvest to town. "She was the master sailor," he recalls sadly.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Leica M6 or M7
Film Type: Tri-x 35mm
Lens: 21mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Slightly sunny
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light
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