Crude Reflections Photo Exhibit Opening Night

June 2005

The photo exhibit Crude Reflections: ChevronTexaco's Rainforest Legacy, documenting the human and environmental impact of what experts believe is the worst oil-related environmental disaster on the planet, offers the public its first up close look at the human impact of ChevronTexaco's oil pollution in Ecuador's rainforest region, and the Amazonian communities' efforts to restore the health of their families and land.

Using personal testimonies alongside powerful portraits, two Bay Area photographers, Lou Dematteis and Kayana Szymczak, assisted by journalist Joan Kruckewitt, have captured the physical and emotional reality of those affected by pollution and their struggle for justice.