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Stephanie Sinclair (American, b. 1973) is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She has documented the defining conflicts of the past decade with a fearless persistence. Her widely published images of the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan refute characterizations of violence in anything but human terms.

Although she has covered the dramatic events of war, many of Ms. Sinclair’s most arresting works confront the everyday brutality faced by young girls around the world. Her studies of domestic life in developing countries and the United States bring into sharp relief the physical and emotional tolls that entrenched social conventions can take on those most vulnerable to abuse.

Ms. Sinclair’s images mark an exchange of trust and compassion. But by consenting to be photographed at their most vulnerable, the people depicted in these images also demonstrate a rare bravery.

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10 Aug 2017

Leopard Spots and the Ties That Bind

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Leopard Spots and the Ties That Bind

  Salmatu Fofanah’s stepfather died first, in the car as Salmatu’s mother drove him to the hospital. Her mother followed a month later, succumbing to the illness that would ultimately infect Salmatu and wipe out much of her family in 2014: her brother, her sister, her grandfather, her aunt, her uncle, several of her cousins. […]

27 Jul 2017

Final Behind-the-Scenes with the Ringling Bros. Circus

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Final Behind-the-Scenes with the Ringling Bros. Circus

  Back in 2015, the amazing Stacey Baker from The New York Times Magazine assigned me to run away with the circus. For two weeks, I shadowed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus animals, performers and crew as they traveled by train along the East Coast, capturing behind-the-scenes images of their bustling life on the road. As […]

29 Jun 2017

Too Young to Wed at L’Arche du Photojournalisme

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Too Young to Wed at L’Arche du Photojournalisme

“Need to talk.” That kind of subject line on an email usually signals an impending breakup or a poor performance review, so I was a little apprehensive when I saw it atop a message Jean-François Leroy sent me on July 8, 2014. Jean-François is the director of Visa pour l’Image, the world’s preeminent photojournalism festival held […]