A Climate for Conflict comes to Photoville

New York! Please join us at Photoville this Sept 13-17 & 21-24 and stop by our container, A Climate for Conflict, which features my images and short film with Laura Heaton from the front lines of Africa's battle with climate change.

On Saturday, September 16 please join myself, Laura Heaton and Charlie Sennott from 3PM – 4PM in St. Ann’s Warehouse for a talk on how the major challenges of our time — migration, extremism, conflict over dwindling natural resources — have roots in climate change. 

Please also make sure to check out the phenomenal Women Photograph container, Insider/Outsider, curated by Daniella Zalcman, Mallory Benedict and Sara Ickow. So glad to be able to contribute to this exhibit, alongside 36 phenomenal members of our database.

This is my first time getting to check out Photoville in person and have been so impressed by the diversity of work on display, and the fact that it's open to the public in such a phenomenal location. A huge thank you to Laura Roumanos and Sam Barzilay for making this magic happen, and for The GroundTruth Project so generously supporting this project from the very beginning.

Can't wait to see you there!

How to Tell a Story of Kidnapping and Climate Change in Somalia

In this episode of The Backstory, Foreign Policy’s executive editor for print, Rebecca Frankel, sits down with reporter Laura Heaton and photojournalist Nichole Sobecki to go behind the scenes of their feature article, “The Watson Files,” in FP’s recent Climate Change issue. From over 18 months of reporting, Heaton and Sobecki recount their journey and investigation, following the footsteps in Somalia of disappeared conservationist Murray Watson, whose lifelong work was dedicated to surveying the country’s land and preparing plans for land preservation.

What if the key to dissolving a civil war that has ravaged Somalia for years are these climate adaptation reports, which have been sitting in an attic in the English countryside?

Source: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/19/how-to...

Foreign Policy publishes "The Watson Files"

Finally holding a copy of "The Watson Files" - out in this month's Foreign Policy Magazine climate change issue! Along with my photos and archival images, and our short doc "A Climate for Conflict", Laura Heaton tells the story of an English scientist who decades ago led a groundbreaking climate adaptation effort in Somalia, a country that is among the most vulnerable to climate change — and to the conflict that often follows in its wake.

This story, and the links between the environment and security, have pretty well absorbed us both these last 18-months, and it's an amazing feeling to finally have this story out in the world. It feels especially poignant in the wake of Trump's insulting Paris Accord withdrawal - a decision as ignorant as it is nihilistic, and one that threatens all our fates.

Please pick up the magazine, or click here. So grateful to Rebecca Frankel, Adam Griffiths and Ty McCormick for believing in this project and giving it a home, and to The GroundTruth Project whose generous support brought our idea to life. 

BBC - Everyday Africa tries to change perceptions

When it comes to photographing Africa, the images burned into the collective consciousness of those outside the continent are mostly of poverty and conflict.

The Everyday Africa Instagram feed is trying to redress the balance. While not shying away from those themes, it looks for the beauty in the normal, returns dignity to the subjects and helps change perceptions of the continent.

Here the BBC presents some of the pictures from our recent book Everyday Africa book, on sale on Amazon.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39591...