Connie Frisbee Houde, a humanitarian photojournalist strives to depict the spirit and sacredness of people and their surroundings. The cultural heritage and way of life of many people are often threatened by global events, war and industrialization. Connie focuses on the nobleness of these people as they strive to keep their autonomy, culture and community alive. While each group maintains its own cultural identity, many attributes, expressions and concerns of living are universal, creating a sense of brotherhood.
Connie has combined her love for travel and adventure with her interest in sharing her experiences. She creates photo essays with the images as they are placed in an exhibition or digital essay by combining them with narrative, interviews, site sounds, poetry and/or music. The countries represented to date are Afghanistan, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia, Burkina Faso Cambodia, China, Columbia, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Togo, United States, and Vietnam.
A major area of focus is Afghanistan. Audiences have been captivated by her depth of understanding of the complexities of the history and current situation in Afghanistan and her ability to synthesize this knowledge into moving audiovisual experiences that bring her lectures about her experience to life. Connie’s impacting work has been shown in dozens of galleries and her informative multi-media presentations depicting the realities of life in Afghanistan have illuminated audiences. Frisbee Houde says, “While in Afghanistan I quickly fell in love with the people I met – the noble faces of the men, the strength of the women and the poignant beauty of the children whose eyes were windows to their souls.”
A colleague describes Connie’s work with these words. “Along with the sheer beauty of her photographs what I admire is her ability to capture the people and their lives in all their human depths. When she has an opportunity to present her work it makes an impact on the viewer. It is not only Connie looking at the people, but the people looking back at us.”