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Hi. I will be travelling to Haiti next week. I will be staying mostly in Port au Prince but I intend to travel also to the North. I need a fixer / assistant during my stay. Can you recommend anyone? English speaking is not essential as I speak French. Any other suggestions will also be greatly appreciated. I never been to Haiti before. Thanks. Dario

by Dario Mitidieri at 2010-10-15 10:09:59 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

01 Nov 2010 00:11
Hi Dario,

Try to find someone who has excellent translation skills. I had alot of issues with one fixer, he was translating the Creole incorrectly and generalising the great quotes I was being given.

His name was Jonny Destin and he was recommended to me on this site. I shared him with a journo from the BBC and payed him a top rate. We even payed him for whole days when we only needed him for an hour or so. He became lazy and then he got aggressive when we no longer required his services. Being a fixer was big Bucks post Earthquake and was an attractive career change for street con-artists and criminals.

You wont need a fixer for the majority of things now so its important to find one who has connections and relevant skills. Andy Levan on here knows alot about Haiti, and the “Walls international Guest House” manager Venial is a legend. They should help. If you don’t have any luck let me know and I’ll ask a few people I know who are there now.

by Harvey Hook | 15 Oct 2010 11:10 | Birmingham, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Thank you Harvey. I know exactly what you mean. Immediately after Saddam the rates for a fixer in Baghdad were around $600 x day. I guess what I need is a person who knows Haiti and the current situation well and that perhaps could provide me with transportation as well. I will only be there for a short period and I will need to get working straight away.

by Dario Mitidieri | 15 Oct 2010 14:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I’m glad to be of help, you are one of my most respected photographers on here.

If your short on time and don’t mind risking your life the motorcycle taxis beat the midday traffic and are low profile.

Check out the eccentric Richard Morse of Twitter fame at the Olafson hotel if you need a break and an “interesting” perspective on things.

by Harvey Hook | 15 Oct 2010 20:10 | Birmingham, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I heard bad things about Jonny Destin from one more photographer called Matt Levitch. Matt has done some great work in Haiti: www.mattlevitch.com
Thank you for your input Harvey. I will get in touch with Venial and Richard Morse and I will certainly consider the motorcycle taxi. Best. Dario

by Dario Mitidieri | 15 Oct 2010 22:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi Dario,

I was there in September for 2 weeks. Point to remember is that just outside the entrance of “Walls international Guest House”, you will find English speaking Haitian guys. Don’t go for them, they can be cheap sometimes but not professional at all. It will be a pain.
Arindam

by Arindam | Shivaani | 21 Oct 2010 10:10 | Haiti, Haiti | | Report spam→
Thank you Arindam. Luckili I am sorted with someone I can trust. Best. Dario

by Dario Mitidieri | 21 Oct 2010 10:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hola Darío,
yo he ido muchas veces a Haití y he trabajado bien con un fixer que se llama Albert, su celular es (509 3875 6542).
El habla español, inglés y francés…. y trabaja junto a un chofer que se llama Asemak, ellos dos son socios y te acompañan a todos lados. Además han trabajado con mucha prensa internacional y saben muy bien lo que hay que hacer.
Es chofer, transporte y traductor, por el precio muy razonable.
Un abrazo.

by Orlando Barria | 25 Oct 2010 14:10 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Hello Dario, I spent some time in the north in Cap Haitien last November/December and worked with Edy Joseph while I was filming my documentary there. My film is about maternal health and maternal mortality, so I needed someone who was very sensitive and caring. He is very hooked into the community, very sensitive and just a gem all around. Please feel free to contact me is you have any question. He is very busy, but you can give him a try. His contact information is:
Joseph Edy
(509) 37 75 36 04
edyjoseph@yahoo.fr

KInd Regards, Brenda (brendadnyc@mac.com)

by Brenda Davis | 30 Oct 2010 20:10 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thank you Brenda. I am in PAP now and I have a fixer. Best. Dario

by Dario Mitidieri | 30 Oct 2010 22:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hello Dario, my name is Lesli Petit-Phar, but my friends call me Zoe. I am a Fixer. I have a proven track record. Whenever you are in Haiti again contact me.
(509)3834-8947/ 3708-4880
leslipetitphar@yahoo.com

by Lesli Petit-Phar | 02 Dec 2010 21:12 | Port au Prince, Haiti, Haiti | | Report spam→

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Participants

Dario Mitidieri, Photographer Dario Mitidieri
Photographer
London , United Kingdom
Harvey Hook, Photojournalist Harvey Hook
Photojournalist
Misrata , Libya
Arindam | Shivaani, Photographer Arindam | Shivaani
Photographer
(documentary, people)
Toronto , Canada ( YYZ )
Orlando Barria, Photojournalist Orlando Barria
Photojournalist
(www.orlandobarria.com)
Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic ( SDQ )
Brenda Davis, Filmmaker, Researcher Brenda Davis
Filmmaker, Researcher
New York , United States
Lesli Petit-Phar, Fixer/ Guide Lesli Petit-Phar
Fixer/ Guide
(Fixer/ Security / Guide)
Port Au Prince , Haiti


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