When journalists write about the exploits of an infantry unit in Iraq or Afghanistan and it doesn’t read like Neil Shea’s piece in the American Scholar, they are only giving you half the story ...
This story from the Kakuma Refugee Camp, out now in The American Scholar, began as a post on Instagram. It’s an experiment in seeing how small stories can grow into larger ones, and move across media. The Scholar is also running a series of portraits I made during my time there, including one of these sisters, whose story is up on my Instagram feed.
Telling stories is about gathering fragments of truth and sharing as many as you can. I hope this work will help erase distance, reveal struggles, and frame beauty in the lives of the people I met in Kenya’s northern desert. I’ve been searching for new ways to think about what photographer Donald Weber recently called “the periphery,” and this collaboration is an experiment in trying to get there—to reach further, and show more, from the edges.
The Men Who Would Fly Forever | in National Geographic
Words + Pictures | Instagram
Making Taliban | in The American Scholar
Castro's Cuba at 50 | in VQR | Winner of the Silver Lowell Thomas Award
Stumbling Towards Victory in Iraq | in VQR
Dispatches from Kenya, August 2013
Documentary work vs. Buzz kill :: Dispatch from Kenya, August 2013
Dispatch from Iraq: How Long Does Identity Last?
The View from an Iraqi Classroom :: May 2013
Behind the Story: Looking back at Iraq