In 2011 I spent one month photographing leprosy on behalf of American Leprosy Missions (

I hadn't really done much video work at that point and only recorded snippets every now and then. I came across a young man fiddling with a homemade guitar outside the house of a leprosy patient I'd been interviewing. I asked him if he minded me recording. He happily complied and launched into a song - his voice was a welcome surprise. I heard it once, and it was the only thing I heard him play.

This is that recording. I tend not to travel with much cash, but paid him about $16 - what I told him I'd pay to download an album of his.

Most of the people in the video have had leprosy. Find out more about some of the individuals and leprosy in general at

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