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Greg Constantine

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In October 2015, the award-winning photographer of the Rohingya and other stateless peoples around the world, visited ISCI on a QMUL Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for a month.

ISCI hosted an exhibition of Greg’sphotojournalism at the Hoxton Arches, as part of a series of events aimed to raise awareness of the genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. On 3rd November 2015, Greg ran a seminar at Queen Mary University of London, on the ‘Use of the Still Image in State Crime Research’.

Greg Constantine is a freelance documentary photographer from the United States who focuses primarily on long-term projects about human rights and injustice. He has been based in Bangkok, Thailand for ten years.  In 2005, he moved to Asia and began work on his long-term project, Nowhere People, which documents the struggles and plight of stateless communities around the world.

Constantine has spent the past ten years documenting stateless communities in eighteen countries including: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Serbia, Italy, Poland, Malta, Iraq, Kuwait and Lebanon.  He began his work on the Rohingya in early 2006. From 2006-2012, he traveled eight times to southern Bangladesh and he traveled four times inside Burma since ethnic violence erupted in June 2012.  Published in mid-2012, his book, Exiled To Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya was named a 2012 Notable Photo Book of the Year by the Independent on Sunday in the UK and PDN Magazine in the US and was named a finalist for the 2013 IPA Photo Book Asia Award. Since the publication of the book and the outbreak of violence against the Rohingya inside Burma, Constantine has continued his long-term documentation of abuse toward the Rohingya community.

His work has been recognized in Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, the Human Rights Press Awards (Hong Kong), the Society of Publishers in Asia, Days Japan, Allard Prize for Photography, International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie and the Harry Chapin Media Award for Photojournalism. Constantine was part of a team of journalists from the International Herald Tribune who received the Osborn Elliott Prize for Journalism in Asia in 2009, presented annually by the Asia Society.  In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism in the UK. He is a recipient of an Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Institute (OSI) and was also selected by the Documentary Photography Project at OSI for Moving Walls 19.  He is a two-time grant recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a three-time grant recipient from the National Endowment for Democracy as well as grants from the Oak Foundation and Open Society Foundations.

He has collaborated and has been commissioned to work on projects with international organizations such as: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Refugees International, Medecins Sans Frontieres, UNHCR, World Food Program and the Open Society Foundations.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, NPR, Virginia Quarterly Review, PDN Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Irrawaddy Magazine, Vanity Fair Italy, DATUM, La Vanguardia, XL Semanal, El Mundo, Himal Southasian Magazine, Visual Communications Quarterly, Forced Migration Review, POWER Magazine, Lens Culture, CNN and the English language broadcast of Al Jazeera.

He is the author of three books: Kenya’s Nubians: Then & Now (2011), Exiled To Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya (2012) and Nowhere People (2015), which was named a Notable Photo Book of the Year by PDN Magazine and one of the Ten Best Photo Books of 2015 by Mother Jones. The eBook, In Search of Home, was published by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Exhibitions of his work related to global statelessness have been shown in over 30 cities around the world including: Royal Albert Hall and HOST Gallery in London, BBVA Bank Gallery in Madrid, Palace of Fine Arts in Budapest, Department of Justice in Dublin, Palais des Nations and Plaine de Plainpalais in Geneva, European Parliament in Brussels, Philippines Cultural Centre in Manila, Go Down Arts Centre in Nairobi, The Kennedy Center and US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, at the UN Headquarters and powerHouse Arena in NYC and at the Peace Palace in The Hague during the 1st Global Forum on Statelessness held in 2014.

In early 2016 he spoke at TEDxEastEnd in London.  He has received distinguished visiting fellowships from Oxford Brookes University and Queen Mary University of London in the UK and he has given lectures and presentations of his work at more than 20 universities, high schools and middle schools in Asia, Europe and North America.

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