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Armless Indonesian Photographer in Business for 20 Years

Professional photographer Rusidah, from Central Java, has been shooting weddings and parties for almost 20 years. Despite having no arms, Rusidah has been able to produce some remarkable work. Read more to see this amazing woman at work.

This story and these images by Ulet Ifansasti for Getty Images are so inspiring.

As SFGate captions:

Armless professional photographer Rusidah, 44, takes a photograph as she carries out camera maintenance on March 13, 2012 in Purworejo, Indonesia. Rusidah shoots weddings and parties and has a small studio at home in the village of Botorejo, Bayan District, Purworejo, Central Java where her husband and son also reside. She has been in the photography business for nearly 20 years.

Whoever said it can’t be done must be in shame now.

written by denisesanjose


  1. hervinsyah


    Wow, recently read it. Shame on me, as an Indonesian I didn't know about her before. But I saw lot of armless painter, also the project that one of Indonesian photographer (I forget his name) who encourage blind people to take a photo

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  2. denisesanjose


    @hervinsyah It would be great if you shoot them and share the photos with us! :-)

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  3. ucinz


    great and ~so soo inspiring article! ;) many Indonesians like me too don't know and never heard her before...

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  4. istionojr


    @denisesanjose great insights tho!

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  5. sirio174


    she is great!

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  6. pracetyos

    i never heard about her before, that is great inspiring about spirit of life
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  7. lawypop


    truly inspiring!

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  8. mujib

    really inspiring
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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: 中文(繁體版), Italiano, ภาษาไทย, 한국어 & Nederlands.