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The Photographers


Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey, where she works for National Geographic, the New York Times, and theNew York Times Magazine, among others. With no professional training or studies, Addario began photographing in 1996 for the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina. Since then, she has traveled the globe covering a wide range of subjects, including, but not limited to, the influence of capitalism on young Cubans, human rights and women's issues in South Asia, Afghanistan under Taliban rule, immigration in Mexico, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In August 2004 she began her coverage of the ongoing conflict in Darfur for the first time. Since then, she has traveled to Darfur and neighboring Chad several times, documenting internally displaced people and the rebel groups in Darfur. She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut.


Mark Brecke is a filmmaker and documentary photographer whose work documents the stories of people victimized by war, ethnic conflict, and genocide. For more than ten years and across three continents, he has covered some of the most troubled regions of the world, including Cambodia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sudan, the West Bank, and Iraq. In September 2004 Brecke started photographing the refugee camps of eastern Chad and traveled behind rebel lines in the Darfur region of Sudan with the Sudanese Liberation Army. For the past two years, he has traveled around the United States lecturing and presenting his Darfur photographs to more than one hundred different audiences. In 2006 the U.S. Senate selected ten of Mark's Darfur photographs to be hung in the Russell Rotunda of the U.S. Senate Building in Washington, D.C. In 2007 Brecke released his new film, They Turned Our Desert Into Fire, a documentary about the Darfur crisis. He lives in California.


Hélène Caux has been combining photography and humanitarian-aid work for the past twelve years. Born in Amiens, France, she earned a master's degree in American history from the Sorbonne University and an advanced degree in journalism from Institut Pratique de Journalisme in Paris. Since then, she has covered women's issues in west Africa, the demilitarization process in Liberia, and life and war in Kosovo-to name just a few. Caux has been regularly documenting the humanitarian crisis and human rights abuses in Darfur and eastern Chad since the end of 2003. She spent 2004 at the Chad/Sudan border and in Darfur, and has returned to the region repeatedly in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Her exhibition Surviving Darfur was on display at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall in Washington in 2005 and has been touring the United States ever since.


Ron Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. Haviv is a cofounder of VII, whose work has been published by top magazines and exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. With a special focus on exposing human rights violations, Haviv has covered conflict and humanitarian crisis around the world. Most recently he has documented wars in Darfur and the DR Congo. His often searing photographs have earned Haviv some of the highest accolades in photography, including awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Leica Medal of Excellence.


Paolo Pellegrin became a Magnum Photos nominee in 2001 and a full member in 2005. He is a contract photographer for Newsweek and has published five books. Pellegrin is the winner of many awards, among them eight World Press Photo Awards, numerous POY Awards, a Leica Medal of Excellence, an Olivier Rebbot Award, the Hansel-Mieth Preis, and in 2007 the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. In 2006 he was assigned the W. E. Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. Pellegrin was born in Rome and currently lives in New York and Rome.


Ryan Spencer Reed's journey documenting critical social issues began in 2002 after he studied medicine in college. After moving to Nairobi, Kenya—he went to the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya-home to more than ninety thousand refugees from conflicts across east Africa, most of whom are Sudanese from the southern war. Focusing exclusively on Sudan since that time, Reed has entered Sudan a half-dozen times in both the south and in Darfur, in addition to covering the mass exodus of refugees to eastern Chad. Since 2004 he and his work have moved about the country to universities in the form of lectures and traveling exhibitions. While his exhibitions are becoming more virally distributed by the day, his documentation of Sudan continues. Reed was born in Ludington, Michigan. To see more of his work, visit


Michal Ronnen Safdie was educated in the fields of sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University and Brandeis University. In 1983 she took up architectural photography in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1995 she resided in Jerusalem, embarking on a two-year project documenting life at the Western Wall. Since then she has pursued a dual path of interest: abstract photography and journalistic essays. Her series of anthropomorphic trees brought about a search for a different kind of print and led to her use of the Iris print. In 2002 Ronnen Safdie documented some of the pre-Gacaca trials in Rwanda, which attempted to resolve the imprisonment of one hundred thousand perpetrators of the 1994 genocide. In October 2004 she photographed refugees from Darfur in the camps on the border of Chad. These two bodies of work are currently in an exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles titled Rwanda: After / Darfur: Now. Ronnen Safdie was born in Jerusalem.


Brian Steidle graduated with a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1999 and received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer. He completed his service with the USMC at the end of 2003 as a Captain. In January 2004 he accepted a contract position with the Joint Military Commission in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan working on the North-South ceasefire, now peace treaty, working his way up from a Team Leader to the Senior Operations Officer. In September 2004 he was invited to serve as one of only three Americans in Darfur as an unarmed military observer and U.S. representative to the African Union. He resigned his position after six months, convinced that he could be more effective by bringing his photographs and the story of what he witnessed to the world. He is the co-author of his memoirs, The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to Genocide in Darfur, and the subject of the award winning documentary by the same title.