I am a freelance American documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2008, I received my B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Conflict Resolution from Colorado College, and I graduated from the International Center of Photography’s photojournalism and documentary photography program in 2010. Upon the completion of my degree, I moved to Khartoum, Sudan and have been photographing mainly in Africa ever since.
Beginning in 2012, I worked in South Sudan covering the news and photographing special reports for Reuters News Agency. I focused on health care, Sudanese refugees living in South Sudan, the fighting in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, border demarcation between Sudan and South Sudan, and the conflict over oil.
I stayed in Juba, South Sudan until the spring of 2013 before moving to Kenya to broaden my horizons and work more independently. However, since the outbreak of violence in South Sudan this past December I have continued to document the civil war that has plagued the world’s newest nation.
My experiences living and photographing in Sudan and South Sudan have resulted in a commitment to documenting communities that are at war with their own governments. I am interested not only in the military aspects of these conflicts, but also the impact that these conflicts have on the civilian populations. Last year, I had the opportunity to work on my first personal project which documented the lives of the women rebel soldiers in Kachin State, Myanmar.
Women in north Myanmar have few opportunities outside of serving in the Kachin Independence Army (KIA)—they join the army at age 16, by choice or by force.