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  • November 20, 2013

Stephanie Sinclair on Creating a Sense of Urgency

“We’ll never understand communities that are not like ourselves, without time.” —Stephanie Sinclair

Asia, a 14-year-old mother, washes her new baby girl at home in Hajjah while her 2-year-old daughter plays. Asia is still bleeding and ill from childbirth yet has no education or access to information on how to care for herself. From National Geographic’s June 2011 story “Too Young to Wed.”
Asia, a 14-year-old mother, washes her new baby girl at home in Hajjah while her 2-year-old daughter plays. Asia is still bleeding and ill from childbirth yet has no education or access to information on how to care for herself. From National Geographic’s June 2011 story “Too Young to Wed.”

Stephanie Sinclair has photographed child marriage, self-immolation, and sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world in hopes that the images will affect change. “When people see those photographs, I hope that they are overcome with a sense of urgency,” she says. In the case of the self-immolation project for National Geographic, her wish came true. Female U.S. troops based in Afghanistan saw the project and worked with NGOs, aid organizations, and the local government to build a state-of-the-art burn center in the city of Herat for these women. Sinclair has been the recipient of the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant and the CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage. —Carolyn Van Houten, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This video portrait was produced by National Geographic magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It is part of an ongoing series of conversations with the photographers of the magazine, exploring the power of photography and why this life of imagemaking suits them so well. Learn more about the making of the series and watch the full trailer here.

Follow Stephanie Sinclair on Instagram and her project site Too Young to Wed.

Video Production Credits
Photographer: Stephanie Sinclair
Producers: Pamela Chen, NGM
Chad A. Stevens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Producer: Elyse Lipman, NGM
Editors: Carolyn Van Houten, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Camera and Sound: Spencer Millsap, NGM, Shannon Sanders, NGM

There are 9 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. umesh chauhan
    July 18, 2014

    its shameful to all those people who do lyk dis ,,,,

  2. durgesh kumar
    July 11, 2014

    Good hai

  3. Wilson A. Cueva-Quiroga
    July 8, 2014

    good pictures! congratulations for the work you done. keep going in the way.

  4. Hirakjyoti Mukherjee
    July 8, 2014

    Mam,I am enthuastic about photographiy and I want to mail you some of my photographs,,please inform me mam,,
    I want a good platform.

  5. Suman Chatterjee
    July 2, 2014

    Hey Stephanie,
    Its was very comon story in India…
    I have lots of story about this matter.. If you interest you can mail me..

  6. Jim Richardson
    November 27, 2013

    We photographers get precious few moments in our careers when we can say something actually happened because of our pictures. When it happens it makes it all worthwhile. The connection between pictures and motivation is tenuous. We could do worse than study how it happens, when it happens, and what could make it happen more.

  7. daniel Sanchez Zeballos
    November 22, 2013

    Solo son pocos los fotografos en el mundo en realizar estos trabajos

  8. abdul rahman lakhani
    November 21, 2013

    Well it should be law that girls should not be marry unnder 18

  9. Danny Petersen
    November 20, 2013

    Sad story, but very good pictures

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