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The incomparable Ann Curry @anncurry conducted a profoundly moving interview with former Boko Haram child brides Ya Kaka and Hausa last night at the Too Young to Wed gala in New York. The girls were awarded for their brave journey from survivors to advocates. A beautiful and emotional way to celebrate International Women’s Day! Stephanie Sinclair, @stephsinclairpix, photographer and founder of Too Young to Wed, organized the fundraiser which auctioned the work of many women photographers, including @MaggieSteber @JodiCobbphoto @erikalarsen888 @lynseyaddario @andreabruce @photospice @deannefitzmaurice @habjouqa @ljohnphoto @kirstenluce @katieorlinksy @newshatavakolian @amytoensing @stufankjian @amivitale @victoriawill @dzalcman @tasneemalsultana
#bringbackallourgirls #tooyoungtowed #internationalwomensday @natgeo @thephotosociety
Tonight! Meet former Boko Haram abductees Hauwa and Ya Kaka at Too Young to Wed's Inaugural Gala in New York City. These brave girls will be interviewed live on stage by legendary journalist Ann Curry about their experiences and the thousands of other girls in Nigeria who remain kidnapped and remain forcibly wed to militants. Acclaimed actress and TYTW supporter Julianne Nicholson (I, Tonya) hosts the evening and there will be incredible performances by Broadway's Stephanie Block and others. Can’t attend? Then celebrate International Women’s Day by bidding on gorgeous fine art photographs by the world’s most accomplished female photojournalists.
Photo by @StephSinclairPix // My colleague Stephanie Sinclair, National Geographic photographer, worked on a story that changed her life. She now wants to change the lives of her young subjects and she has recruited some of the best female photographers of our generation to help. We all have donated artwork to raise funds for this effort.Please go to the link in my bio to support young women forced to marry while they were still children. #Follow these female photographers to see how they are helping end underage marriage: @StephSinclairPix @cristinamittermeier @MaggieSteber @JodiCobbphoto @erikalarsen888 @lynseyaddario @andreabruce @photospice @deannefitzmaurice @habjouqa @ljohnphoto @kirstenluce @katieorlinksy @newshatavakolian @amytoensing @stufankjian @amivitale @victoriawill @dzalcman @tasneemalsultana
The Olympics are drawing to a close, but have given wonderful insights into the lives and traditions of the people of South Korea. A few years ago, I was commissioned to photograph impressions of the capital, Seoul, through all four seasons. I found a fascinating mix of enduring traditions, futuristic vision and a delightful eccentricity. 1. Child at Jogyesa Temple during a festival.
2. Department stores at Dongdaemun.
3. Businessmen at Gwanghwamun Square.
4. Waiting at bus stop on Gangnam Boulevard.
5. Optical shop. @thephotosociety @natgeo #seoul #southkorea
Snakes From A Plane...scenes flying in to Phoenix AZ yesterday for my NG Live presentation tonight. Arizona friends! Please join me in Wickenburg at the Del E. Webb Center for Performing Arts tonight at 7:30. The show is about my long strange trip for decades as a National Geographic staff photographer. Hope to see you there! @natgeo @thephotosociety
Somewhere in the Pacific Islands, there is a beautiful bay with a huge sandbar that only reveals itself at very low tide and only is accessible by boat. Local residents wait for the perfect moment when the tides, the setting sun, and the end of the holiday season align in perfect harmony, and sail in secret with their exhausted Christmas trees on the bows to burn in a massive bonfire as darkness falls. When the tides reclaim the sandbar, all traces of the boats, trees, celebration and holiday are erased, and no one but the participants have any idea of the beauty and magic of the evening.
Happy New Year to you all, and here's wishing you a year of beauty and magic and celebration.
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, rises 2717 feet (163 stories) from the desert floor. From a distance it pierces the sky like a stiletto but from its base it has a more sensual appearance. Was in UAE for the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, joined by a @natgeo team of friends and colleagues including @paulnicklin @christinamittermeier @marcusbleasdale @brentstirton, @mmuheisen National Geographic’s Senior Editor Kathy Moran, and many others from around the world, including the legendary photographer Don McCullin. @natgeo @thephotosociety @xposurexpf @burjkhalifa
The view from my hotel room balcony in Dubai last week: the Burj al Arab Hotel, world’s third-tallest and iconic for its design. I was in UAE for the impressive Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, joined by a @natgeo team of friends and colleagues including @paulnicklin @christinamittermeier @marcusbleasdale @brentstirton, @mmuheisen and National Geographic’s indomitable Senior Editor Kathy Moran @kfmoran and many others from around the world. The Festival had the huge support of a passionate and enthusiastic photography community, and dealt with the serious issues confronting the world. A wonderful event. @xposurexpf @burjalarab @thephotosociety #dubai #uae #sharjah @sjn009
#Repost @asmpdc (@get_repost)
Thank you, ASMP, for the Lifetime Achievement Award last night! Such a great honor.
Another amazing night at @fotoweekdc. For several years we've booked big-time photographers to speak at DC's annual photo festival. This year we were proud to have "our" hometown icon, @jodicobbphoto present a selection of her amazing #photojournalism for @natgeo from the past 35 years. @asmpnational and Kaveh Sardari presented her with a lifetime achievement award to conclude the night. Big thanks to everyone who helped put this on (especially our chapter Pres, @davidwiegoldphotography) and the continued support of @americanartmuseum for hosting us every year. : @kavehsar #washingtondc #photography #documentaryphotographer #womenphotographers
Basque Children Running Home - photo by William Albert Allard @williamalbertallard
Bill was already a legend when I started at National Geographic years ago, and he continues to surprise and awe with his vision. In honor of his 80th birthday and to support his Flash Print Sale, I’m posting this beautiful image of his. He says: “Basque children running home, my picture of two small girls scampering home to the call of their mother in the tiny French village of Behorleguy, is 50 years old this fall. To honor the anniversary of this picture which in large print form has sold for thousands of dollars, it is now available as a flash sale print for two weeks only (Until November 14) at $100.00.” He continues: “In September and October of 1967 it was my very good fortune to be roaming the Pyreneese mountains to document the Basque country of Spain and France for National Geographic magazine. I celebrated my 30th birthday on the last day of that September in the French town of St Jeane Pied De Port, not far from where this picture was made. One late afternoon I was standing along the edge of a narrow and gently winding road leading to a village when I hear a woman’s voice calling. The sun had descended but soft light was reflecting down from the clouds, falling upon the road and in the distance, the white steeple of the village church. I then heard a faint sound approaching behind me and when I turned to look I saw two little girls answering their mother’s apparent call to come home. I raised my Leica and made two quickly framed exposures. When I saw the two pictures a month later upon my return home, one was a shaky blur, a failure. The other was this picture of two girls not running, not skipping, but seemingly floating in grace and innocence, returning to their village home. It is one of my most iconic images.” And it’s one of my favorites. Click on the link in his profile for more information and to purchase a signed print! Don’t miss this opportunity!
Please join me at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC on November 13 for a retrospective talk about my life and work for National Geographic over three decades. It’s a journey through 65 countries, lifting a curtain on hidden worlds, showing the realities behind the masks, veils and curtains of cultures worldwide: the lonely lives of Japanese geisha behind those perfect masks , the women in Africa and China who were scarred and mutilated in the name of beauty, and the horrific and tragic world of human trafficking worldwide.
Shooting the “Enigma of Beauty” story I gained insights into how and why we change ourselves physically to attain the status and power of beauty. I photographed the bound feet of Chinese women, the scarification and lip plates in Africa, the neck rings of the Paudang tribe in Thailand, and American girls still in diapers being prepared for beauty contests.
My work on the story “21st Century Slaves” took me into the ugly and clandestine world of human trafficking, where millions of people are exploited daily: bought and sold against their will, held captive, brutalized and exploited for profit. I wanted to photograph the victims without re-victimizing them, and also show the saviors, the people running shelters and aid organizations. But I needed to portray the perpetrators. It’s hard to look evil in the eye and know that your subject would literally sell you into slavery, given the chance. But I kept in mind why I became a journalist and photographer in the first place: to change the world, even a little, by shining a light into some of its darker corners.
Through my life in photography I’ve seen so much beauty in this world, and also the damage done by the darker instincts of humankind. I’ve also witnessed the incredible power of photographs. They stop the world. They freeze the frame and command you to look—and think. They make abstract issues real, have faces and hearts. They can change your minds and your actions. They can make YOU change the world. And I hope you will. Link to event details in profile. @natgeo @thephotosociety
What to do in Jackson Hole, WY when your flight is delayed for two hours? One last trip through Grand Teton National Park. The drama of the Tetons is the way they rise so abruptly from the valley floor, without the usual foothills. And fresh snow was the icing on the cake. #grandtetonnationalpark @summitworkshops @thephotosociety @natgeo
Flying in to Jackson Hole, WY can sometimes be a dicey experience, skirting the Grand Tetons. On my way there now for the Photography at the Summit Workshop-- and hoping for a smooth landing! Apparently it's snowing there now. It's an incredibly beautiful place for a workshop, with a great staff and faculty. #photographyatthesummit
Proud to be part of Flash Sale of beautiful signed prints by my colleagues and friends, amazing National Geographic photographers, through September 16. These photographs are by @Timlaman @cookjenshel @stevewinterphoto @dguttenfelder @johnstanmeyer @brianskerry @gerdludwig and @anniegriffithsphotography. See the link in my profile for more prints by more legendary photographers. Don’t miss out! These photographs are only $100.
Photos by @amytoensing @yamashitaphoto @jimrichardsonNG @daviddoubilet @salvarezphoto
Flash sale of beautiful signed prints by my colleagues and friends, these amazing National Geographic photographers and many others, ends September 16. Visit the link in my profile to see all the available photographs! @natgeocreative
An iconic view of Venice from Piazza San Marco, seen through the veil of a woman in carnival costume. This photograph, as well as images by 25 of my colleagues at National Geographic, are available until September 16 in a Flash Sale of signed prints. Visit the link in my profile to see them all. @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety #venice
As Americans celebrate the Labor Day holiday, please spare a thought for the 150 million children worldwide (UNICEF estimate) engaged in child labor. Little construction worker in the country of Benin. Thousands of children in West Africa end up in slavery in the abuse of an old tradition of sending village children to the cities to work in exchange for an education. Instead, they end up as unpaid workers in homes, factories and construction sites.
#childlabor #laborday @natgeo @thephotosociety
Hiroshima, Japan. 72 years ago today, the first atomic weapon of wartime use was detonated. A Japanese schoolboy gazes at bomb victims portrayed at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum a few years ago when I photographed that city for National Geographic. Visitors move silently here, as did survivors so badly burned that skin and clothing hung in rags. @natgeo @thephotosociety #hiroshima
Hiroshima, Japan. Ground zero. A woman and child ride past the memorial plaque that commemorates those who died during the World War II atomic bombing of the city. 72 years ago today, from six miles above this street, the first atomic weapon of wartime use was detonated. #hiroshima @natgeo @thephotosociety