Place of birth
Photography, Arcos Institute,
Claim to fame
Creating compelling reportages giving a voice to minorities or under-represented groups at risk of facing different kinds of threats such as conflicts,
environmental issues, epidemics and natural disasters.
Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2006 with the story 'Kabul - Leaving The Shadows'
Two World Press Photo Awards in 2006 with his coverage on the earthquake in Kashmir
ICP Young Photographer Infinity Award in 2005
Henri Nannen Preis in 2010, with his work 'Island of Sorrow'
All Road Award by National Geographic for his work 'Lost Harvest' focusing on the Loa
River in the Atacama Desert
Exploring and travelling
In a nutshell
An avid photographer who loves capturing emotions and human feelings
AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER
Save An Orphan Ambassador
"As a photographer I witness different realities around the world. Nothing is more painful than watching the pain and suffering of children.
The only thing I can seemingly do is to photograph and record what I see, just hoping that it might help to bring, at least, some understanding to a difficult situation.
But a sense of uneasy anxiety persists, and all kinds of questions remain. Some seem intractable. So, is it enough just to take photographs? Can I do more? I ask myself are those children still suffering now? Are they even alive?
You repeatedly question whether they are still cold and hungry or whether the social workers managed to secure the necessary funding to continue their programme of care. The reality is, I will
probably never be able to answer any of these questions. I see that there are many people all around the world trying desperately to bring relief to the needy. These brave and dedicated people work tirelessly
for the little ones who need help.
That is a true message of hope for me. It is this hope that I try to communicate in my images. These children's futures should not be lost, they need help so urgently, and we shouldn't just sit down and ignore them. We really must make that difference today.
Save An Orphan is giving me that chance to help; in the countries and regions where that need is greatest. These places are truly close to my heart. Their peoples have always welcomed me and made me feel like a true friend. I shall never forget the faces and societies that shine in unexpected beauty."