Honest, I wasn’t being rough with the horse, it was just nuts! I grew up riding, so having horses as the only way to get around on assignment as here in the Republic of Georgia is pretty much a dream gig. Photo: © Zviadi Guzarauli.
Photography is my way of trying to make sense of the world. I’m often drawn to work on things that I feel are not as they should be, or on subjects that invite us to consider how things might otherwise be.
Personal work over the past few years has included tramadol addiction, the global snakebite crisis, sickle cell disease, and an exploration of the lives of a small cloister of nuns in an abandoned valley in the Caucasus Mountains. Commissions have ranged from documenting digital financial services in Madagascar, to humanitarian relief efforts in Mauritania, to community-driven Internet connectivity in rural Kyrgyzstan.
At the moment the primary focus of my personal work is "Tree Palaver", a project a couple of friends and I developed in partnership with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Over the course of 2021 into 2022 we'll be exploring inspiring examples from around the world of ways in which we might re-imagine our relationships with trees and forests, not just for the sake of climate and environment, but also for humanity's own mental, economic and social wellbeing.
I’m multi-ethnic and have grown up and lived in a number of places around the world. I find a certain sameness in all of us — regardless of our respective cultures, ethnicities and beliefs — and like to think this finds its way into my work.
I'm represented by Panos Pictures, and am based in Germany.
I've worked with...
African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), BasicNeeds, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CHF International, Clarins, Coca-Cola, Comic Relief, Department for International Development (DFID), Der Spiegel, DHL, FIFA Weekly, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation), The Guardian, Guernica Magazine, The Independent, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Internet Society, KfW Entwicklungsbank (German Development Bank), Le Monde, Le Point, Marie Claire, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Monocle, Mosaic Science, The New York Times, Nouvel Observateur, Plan International, Quanta, ONE International, Save the Children, The Telegraph, Terra Mater, Unicef, WaterAid, Wellcome Trust, Welt-Sichten, World Food Program
I've worked in...
Australia, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Canada, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, eSwatini, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Links to a few stories...
Triage für die Bergregionen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Das Labor im Regenwald, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 
Die Schlangenflüsterin von eSwatini, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Grants, exhibitions, awards, etc…
- Shortlist, Global Peace Photo Award
- Winner, Portrait of Humanity
- Awarded European Journalism Centre Development Journalism Grant in cooperation with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
- Saison Foto à l’Abbaye Royale de l’Epau, Sarthe, France
- Awarded European Journalism Centre Health Reporting Grant for Germany
- Winner, One World Media Awards, with journalist Yao-Hua Law
- Finalist, Siena International Photo Awards
- Shortlist, Festival of Ethical Photography Single Shot Award
- Shortlist, Portrait of Humanity
- Winner, Gabriel Grüner Stipendium, with journalist Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt
- Vraiment???, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
- Awarded European Journalism Centre Health Reporting Grant for Germany
- Nuku Festival, Accra, Ghana
- Demain, chaos climatique?, Geopolis, Brussels, Belgium
- Festival Photo de La Gacilly Baden, Baden, Austria
- Ramdam Festival, Tournai, Belgium
- Reading Fringe Festival, Reading, UK
- Panelist, Internazionale Journalism Festival, Ferrara, Italy
- Panelist, World Press Photo Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Festival Photo de La Gacilly, La Gacilly, France
- Brassage Photographique, Villers-la-Ville, Belgium
- Master, World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa, Accra, Ghana
- Biennale Internationale de l'art contemporain de Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco
- Without Borders, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
- A Fistful of Degrees, Galerie Les Bains Révélateurs, Roubaix, France
- Telling Time – Rencontres de Bamako pan-African photography biennial, Bamako, Mali
- Sony Global Imaging Ambassador
- Future of Cities, Sony World Photography Awards, London, UK
- Keynote speaker, News Xchange, Barcelona, Spain
- Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
- Beyond, La Maison, Accra, Ghana
- Climate Change: We Were Once Three Miles from the Sea, Finnish Refugee Advice Centre, Helsinki, Finland
- We Face Forward, Manchester Gallery, Manchester, UK
- Pan-African Photography, ‘BOZAR’ Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
- African Emerging Photography, Paris Photo, Paris, France
- For a Sustainable World – Rencontres de Bamako pan-African photography biennial, Bamako, Mali
- Winner, European Union Prize, Rencontres de Bamako Photography Biennial, Bamako, Mali
- Four Seasons in Ghana, Alliance Française, Accra, Ghana
- The Other Accra, Alliance Française, Accra, Ghana
- Finalist, Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize
- A Long Way from Home, Nova Scotia, Canada
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