When David Chidley took this photo of Szymon Cajmer, the 11-year-old was suffering from a very rare disease called Hunter Syndrome. At the time, the only effective treatment was not freely available in Ontario, although it was funded in B.C. and Alberta as well as many other countries.
David’s photo and the accompanying story highlighted the fact that without the treatment, which cost $400,000 a year, Szymon’s condition would quickly deteriorate. The photo helped change policy and Szymon received the life-saving drugs; four years on, he is alive and doing well.
PhotoSensitive is a non-profit collective of photographers committed to using black-and-white photography to address social issues. PhotoSensitive’s new exhibition, Picture Change, is a Toronto-based show dedicated to highlighting the ways that photography makes a difference in the world by provoking action, reflection, or even a change in a policy or law.