16 Oct 2017

Why We Need the International Day of the Girl

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Why We Need the International Day of the Girl

Last Wednesday, October 11, marked the sixth International Day of the Girl, a day to be mindful of the hardships endured by so many girls around the world and to promote efforts to improve their lives. With that in mind, I wrote my last blog post about Malala Yousafzai, a native of Pakistan whose staunch […]

27 Sep 2017

Malala Speaks Out to End Child Marriage

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Malala Speaks Out to End Child Marriage

I first heard Malala Yousafzai speak at the New York City home of a philanthropist in 2013. She was barely 16 at the time, but I remember being struck by how mature she sounded, even then. In a room full of major donors to women’s causes, she remarked on the multitudes devoted to fighting for […]

20 Sep 2017

Final Days of Historic Too Young to Wed Paris Exhibition

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Final Days of Historic Too Young to Wed Paris Exhibition

Like many visitors to the Arche du Photojournalisme in Paris over the past few months, Françoise Nyssen left the upset by what she witnessed. “I am in shock… I am a little overwhelmed by what I saw,” a reportedly teary Nyssen told Le Figaro following her August 1 visit to the Too Young to Wed […]

24 Aug 2017

How My Stolen Gear Became a Blessing in Disguise

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How My Stolen Gear Became a Blessing in Disguise

It was the end of January 2016, and I was supposed to be on my way to Kenya to lead Too Young to Wed’s first photo workshop for girls who’d escaped child marriage when “Snowzilla” barreled across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States. The record-setting blizzard dumped roughly 2½ feet of snow in my neck […]

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 […]

1 Jun 2017

A Crash Course on Copyright 101

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A Crash Course on Copyright 101

Dear Readers, go ahead and file this under “Things Every Photographer Should Know.”  Anyone who is reading this blog must be aware that photographs have value. They are not just visual freebies that zip around the Internet in viral social media posts and clickbait articles. Yes, the visual media landscape is changing, but that does […]

4 May 2017

Proudly Standing With The “Let Girls Learn” Initiative

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Proudly Standing With The “Let Girls Learn” Initiative

  This week I was heartbroken upon reading the news that the White House planned to end key parts of the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, an important project by former first lady Michelle Obama targeting girls’ empowerment around the world. Let Girls Learn aimed to remove the barriers to education that girls face around the […]

20 Apr 2017

Honored to Receive the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

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Honored to Receive the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Today it was announced that I am the recipient of this year’s Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, granted each year to a female photographer since Anja’s tragic death in Afghanistan in 2014 by the International Women’s Media Foundation. It is a tremendous, if bittersweet, honor to win an award in Anja’s name. I’ve long been moved by IWMF’s […]