Marcus Bleasdale

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Marcus Bleasdale (born 1968) is a British photojournalist, born in the UK to an Irish family.

Life and career[edit]

He has covered the conflict within the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1998, which was published in his first book One Hundred Years of Darkness. His second book The Rape of a Nation addressed the issues of the conflict being fuelled by natural resource exploration and was awarded the best photojournalism books of the year in 2009[1] by Pictures of the Year International in the USA.

His work on human rights and conflict has been exhibited at the United States Senate,[2] US House of Representatives,[citation needed] The United Nations[3] and the Houses of Parliament in the UK.[4]

He works regularly with Human Rights Watch, Medecins Sans Frontieres and other NGOs to highlight health and human rights issues in several countries. He works to cover issues which are underreported by mainstream media. In 2007, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute awarded Bleasdale a grant to continue his work on justice and accountability in the DRC.

Bleasdale has been one of the few journalists covering the ongoing conflict in Central African Republic in 2013/14, documenting the violence for Human Rights Watch alongside their Director of Emergencies, Peter Bouckaert. This has been covered by many publications ans news channels, including National Geographic.[5]

He has had his work published in the UK, Europe and the USA in Sunday Times Magazine,[6] The Telegraph Magazine,[7] GEO,[8] The New Yorker,[9] Time magazine,[10] Newsweek,[11] National Geographic magazine,[12] Stern magazine,[13] Le Monde,[14] The New York Times,[15] Rolling Stone,[citation needed] Mother Jones magazine (Masthead Photographer),[16] Aftenposten[17] and Die Zeit.[18]

Bleasdale is currently based in Oslo, Norway with his wife Karin Beate and is an owner and member of VII Photo.



Bleasdale has exhibited at the following buildings:


Charities and fundraising projects[edit]

Bleasdale has worked with charities and fundraising projects, including Human Rights Watch,[44] UNICEF,[45] Médecins Sans Frontières[46] and Saint Kizito Orphanage[47] in the DRC.


  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) starring Ben Stiller. Included photographs by Bleasdale and other members of VII Photo.[48]
  • A Thousand Times Goodnight (2013) starring Juliet Binoche. Bleasdale was an advisor and had photographs included.[49][50]


  1. ^ a b Photobook of the Year from POYi
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  4. ^ a b "Congo/Women Exhibition at House of Commons". Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
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  6. ^ The Sunday Times Magazine
  7. ^ The Telegraph Magazine
  8. ^ GEO
  9. ^ The New Yorker
  10. ^ TIME Magazine
  11. ^ Newsweek
  12. ^ National Geographic Magazine
  13. ^ STERN
  14. ^ Le Monde
  15. ^ The New York Times
  16. ^ Mother Jones (Masthead Photographer)
  17. ^ Aftenposten
  18. ^ Zeit
  19. ^ UNICEF Photographer of the Year
  20. ^ OPC Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting
  21. ^ OSI Distribution Grant
  22. ^ POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year Award
  23. ^ The Alexia Foundation for World Peace
  24. ^ The World Press Award
  25. ^ Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway
  26. ^ Days Japan Awards
  27. ^ Magazine News Award in POYi
  28. ^ Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights
  29. ^ The Hansel Mieth Award
  30. ^ Freedom of Expression Norway
  31. ^ Webby Award
  32. ^ 'Dear Obama'
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  34. ^ Emmy Award nomination
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  37. ^ Last of the Vikings
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  39. ^ "Photography as a baton: Spreading the message of Congo’s women". Women's Media Center. 16 April 2012. 
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  41. ^ "The Lord's Resistance Army: The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted". Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  42. ^ ART WORKS Project
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  50. ^ The Telegraph Magazine

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