Joey L. is a photographer internationally celebrated for both his humanitarian projects and high-profile commissions. As a self-taught professional photographer, he has built his style by dedicating a vast amount of time and resources to passion projects designed to help emphasize the humanity in underserved communities and circumstances.
Joey wrote and directed his first scripted film, entitled People of the Delta, entirely in Southern Ethiopia. Not only did the film star the local population as actors and invaluable creative collaborators, but all of the film’s dialogue was spoken in the endangered languages of Dassanach and Hamar.
Joey traveled five times to Iraq and Syria to document the ongoing civil war. “Portrait of Sarya with RPG”, a Kurdish guerrilla fighter, was featured in London’s National Portrait Gallery. Joey has further chronicled this deeply human imagery in his fine art book, “We Came From Fire: Kurdistan’s Armed Struggle Against ISIS” (powerHouse, 2019).