2016 / Editorial / Photo Essay (Non-Pro)

Tifre The Best: Que la Terre lui soit Legere.

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    Jordi Cohen

Monexil Yonel, alias Tifre The Best, was a Christian young Haitian who played in a rasta band. This is a portfolio on his funeral with voodoo rituals. His funeral was a mixture of sadness and joy. I was in the main cemetery of Port-Au-Prince trying to search of any images related to voodoo, and suddenly there appeared a group of boys carrying a coffin, while singing rasta songs. Behind them was the family, with faces of deep sadness and pain. The funeral was a real show, they opened the coffin several times to take the last pictures with him, giving him a drink of rum and, of course, as is normal in a voodoo funeral, to put a salt lick on the hand to ensure that it could not become a zombie.

Jordi Cohen is a documentary photographer based in Barcelona. NGO Contributor AIDNOH (Haiti), Agua de Coco (Madagascar) and Cafebabel (Digital European magazine). Has exhibited his work in Europe and America, to highlight San Diego Art Institute, St. Petersburg, Royal Geographical Society of London, Gallería Hector Garcia of Mexico City, Couvent des Minimes of Perpignan, Complejo el Águila Exhibition Hall of Madrid. Has published in European and American media (Sunday Telegraph, CNN Blog, Leica Magazine, La Vanguardia, El Periódico, Photo France, XL Semanal, Piel de Foto, Chasseur d’Images...)