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Surviving a disaster: Capturing stories after a typhoon

Reportage photographer,  Stephen Dupont reveals the emotion behind this photo taken amidst the despair and destruction in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated the Philippines on November 8, 2013. This photo was taken just after Typhoon Haiyan had wiped out Tacloban in the Philippines.

This photograph is very personal to me. It really moves me. I really feel in this photograph the absolute tenderness, the love and the intimacy between this father and son.

What you don't see outside of this frame is the apocalyptic annihilation of a city. You don't smell the rotting corpses and the garbage all around me. You don't see or feel the silence around me. There's an incredible emotion. There's an incredible amount of misery, a silent misery. 

Behind the Image Stephen Dupont
Image credit: Stephen Dupont