Stephen Gerard Kelly is a professional photographer, videographer and documentarian pioneering the shared space between Anthropology, Conflict and Humanitarianism. Having worked in over 60 countries, Stephen's ethos is rooted in powerful photography and videography around social justice and human rights issues facing under-represented, misunderstood and marginalized groups. Through compassionately observing, meticulously researching and thoroughly understanding people, context and motivations, Stephen deepens our understanding of socioeconomic, environmental and political issues facing the most vulnerable individuals and communities on the fringes of an increasingly globalized world.
Coupled with an MSc in Development, and having worked for years in the humanitarian sector as a project manager (in the Congo, Sudan, South Sudan and Haiti) he is naturally drawn towards fully understanding the real narrative at a deeper level. Stephen's projects range from working with minority groups including Irish Travelling People (or Travellers/Travelers) to photographing human migration and its related challenges, to child labor in the Middle East, to documenting conflicts both locally and internationally. His years-long research with RUSI, the preeminent global security think tank, into the Sudan Civil War has positively influenced government foreign policy and humanitarian aid delivery at the highest levels internationally, including the UK and US governments.
In addition to collaborating with numerous national and international NGOs, Stephen has worked independently with the Guardian, the New York Daily News, the Daily Telegraph, the Australian, the Daily Mail and the Weekly Standard. His work has appeared in MSN, Dagbladet (Norway), TVC (Russia), the Courier Mail, the Advertiser, the Irish Evening Herald, the Irish Independent among others. Stephen also works with photo agencies Polaris Images and ZUMA Press, now the world's largest independent press agency and wire service. When not spending time on long term documentary projects or photojournalism, Stephen works on magazine, event and corporate photography, regularly doing commercial photography including annual reports for major global companies, as well as videography and multimedia. He has helped deliver photography workshops, lectured students and been on jury panels of various photography competitions.
Stephen was nominated for the 2016 Coup de Coeur Prize at Visa Pour l'Image, Perpignan. He was also selected for and participated in the prestigious 67th annual Missouri Photo Workshop, is a certified Brooklyn Community Video Producer and is a volunteer mentor with underprivileged youth. The content of his website showcases personal projects he cares about and changes regularly depending on where he is and what he is working on. In addition to developing numerous local, national and international projects he is personally interested in, Stephen is available for assignments worldwide.