Bronze 2019 / Editorial / Conflict

Standing Rock-The Good, The Bad, The Beautiful

  • Photographer
    Robert Studzinski
  • Agency / Studio
    Photography by Studzinski
  • Prizes
    Bronze in Editorial/Conflict

The 2016 struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline is the salient action for Native American civil rights in this century. In an effort to save their cultural dignity, as well as the waters of the Missouri River, indigenous water protectors from three hundred American tribes and thousands of allies, joined forces. Together they created an expansive cooperative community while conducting some ten months of non-violent resistance.

I've spent 39 years, off and on, documenting the cultural past, alive today, and the struggles of people in resistance. I also spent 30 years on the streets as a parole officer for juvenile felons. I've accompanied war refugees in Guatemala, El Salvador and Chiapas and nomads in Venezuela and Ladakh. I've documented traditional, village textile-making in Laos, Mali, Guatemala and Mexico, as well as food sovereignty in Bolivia, Oaxaca and the Italian Piedmont. I've worked on recovery efforts with Habitat for Humanity in Haiti and post-Katrina Mississippi with kids on probation.