The images featured today are by photographer Brent Stirton. “Brent is a senior staff photographer for Reportage by Getty Images. He specializes in documentary work and he is renowned for his humanitarian efforts around the world. His images not only earn highly acclaimed awards, such as the Visa d’Or, World Press Photo and the Overseas Press Club, but also gain much needed attention to subjects that he is very passionate about. In fact, he was named by American Photo magazine as one of the ten heroes of photojournalism in 2007.” (from Getty Images)
Brent’s work is published by: National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times Magazine, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Discovery Channel, Newsweek, Le Express, Le Monde 2, Figaro, Paris Match, GQ, Geo, Stern, CNN, and many other respected international titles and news organizations.
Brent also photographs for the Global Business Coalition against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has been a long time photographer for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), shooting campaigns on sustainability and the environment. He works for the Ford and Clinton Foundations, the Nike foundation and the World Economic Forum. He was appointed one of 200 Young Global leaders in 2009 by the World Economic Forum.
Recently Stirton was also awarded The Lucy Award for International photographer of the Year for 2008 and in 2009 he received the ASME magazine publishers award for photojournalism for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo published in National Geographic magazine. In 2009 he received a gold award from China International photographic awards, as well as awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Graphis and American Photography.
The photos in this post are of the Omo Valley Tribes of Southern Ethiopia. To see more of Stirton’s wide body of work, visit BrentStirton.com. Note: images may be disturbing to some viewers as they tackle controversial and sensitive issues.