Tens of thousands of long-tailed macaques live in research laboratories around the globe, but where do they come from? Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and filmmaker Karol Orzechowski went undercover in southeast Asia to find out. They documented the lives of wild-caught and captive-bred macaques at farms across Laos for the film Maximum Tolerated Dose. The photos and video were also used in a campaign by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and were presented at the Geneva CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) conference in 2012, proof that the animals were kept in squalid conditions and that laws needed to be upheld and increased. Shortly after this investigation was brought to public attention, the farm where this monkey was kept closed down. This macaque was one among hundreds who lived—barely lived—in filthy, cramped and starvation conditions.
PhotoSensitive is a non-profit collective of photographers committed to using black-and-white photography to address social issues. PhotoSensitive’s new exhibition, Picture Change, is a Toronto-based show dedicated to highlighting the ways that photography makes a difference in the world by provoking action, reflection, or even a change in a policy or law.