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I am a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. I take on issues that stir my passions about the state of humanity and our world, and I deeply believe in the power of still images to change people’s minds. I’m driven by this fact; that the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers can have a positive impact on the world. The access people give to their lives is precious as well as imperative for this important work to get done. Their openness brings with it a tremendous sense of responsibility to tell the truth but to also honor their stories.
I used my own approach to photography and film-making and produced a new form of visual storytelling which uses stills in a moving image format. The result is the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook. It has been shown in many film festivals and as part of a series of exhibitions on the Iraq War at The George Eastman House. Also, I completed an eight-year personal project in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, created a traveling exhibition, an award-winning documentary film, a website and a book which was named one of the best photo books of 2003 by American Photo.
I have received a number of awards, including honors from Pictures of the Year International, World Press Foundation, Communication Arts and American Photography, and my editorial assignments and personal projects have generated four books. In 2008, my latest books, Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and Three, were published.
In 2002, me and my wife, writer/filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media, a non-profit company that has produced numerous short films and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. Our first project resulted in a book and traveling exhibition on uninsured Americans called, Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured. A one-hour documentary film pertaining to this crucial health care challenge is currently in production for release.
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