Photographer Antonio Bolfo believes every photo has a heart — a story of that moment. He was one of many photographers who traveled to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and the story he brought back was truly unique.

"There were a lot of photographers there," he says in his talk at TEDxEast, “we photographed a ton of rubble, people trapped under the rubble, looters, corpses, corpses on top of corpses, crime.” That was the gruesome story most people saw.

But Antonio wanted to tell a different story:

As a photographer, I will never be an impartial observer,” he says, “I have feelings … I wanted to still tell a story that brought attention to people in need of assistance, but I wanted to make it more personal and more interpretative.”

He traveled back to Haiti, spending most of his time with a group of people on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, a small community built next to a trash dump. “As far as the eye can see, it’s trash,” Antonio says, “and it’s burning trash. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, it’s always on fire.”

But that bleak picture was not what attracted Antonio to this community. Instead, he was drawn to the community’s kinship, an affinity for one another that he didn’t find in other parts of the world. "I didn’t want to portray them as victims,” he says. “I thought it was more important to celebrate their tenacity to live and their motivation to move forward than anything else."

He took photo upon photo, a few of them above. His favorite image? The one in the middle, which shows a child laying on a bed of bottles the way, he says, children in other parts of the world might lay on the grass or a bed of flowers. He says:

"It really spoke to me, because it says that he’s trying to make the best out of his situation. And honestly, I saw more smiles on these people’s faces than I do sometimes on the streets of New York City."

For more of Antonio’s story, watch his entire talk here.

Happy 4th Birthday, TEDx! Looks like you can have your cake and eat it, too.

imageTEDxSamsung celebrates TEDx’s fourth

TEDx is now 4! This past Saturday, March 23, TEDx celebrated this milestone with a global birthday party, convened by TEDx organizers, volunteers, and fans worldwide. There were cakes, candles, wishes and even a kite or two — all paired with enough enthusiasm to last another 4 years and beyond. 

With 6,417 events in 149 countries and 1,777 cities over the past 4 years, and now over 25,000 talks online, the TEDx program would be nothing without its ever-expanding network of dedicated and hard-working volunteers.

So, take a moment and toast them and 4 years of TEDx with a selection of favorite sweet treats from TEDx’s 4th:

imageTEDxGolfLinksPark in Bangalore, India made TEDx a very impressive birthday cake — with sprinkles!

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Six striking TEDxCity2.0 posters to look out for this Saturday

October 13’s day of urban inspiration is not without its visual inspiration. As evidence, we’ve put together this list of six TEDxCity2.0 graphics not to be missed. Below, six amazing graphics celebrating cities across the globe:

First up, TEDxSantoDomingo in the Dominican Republic, whose City 2.0 poster certainly wins for cutest design: whoever knew urban architecture could be so adorable?

After the jump, 5 more favorites!

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