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]

Bleasdale has covered the conflict within 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 Photography Book Award in 2009 by Pictures of the Year International in the USA.[1]

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, Médecins Sans Frontières and other NGOs to highlight health and human rights issues in several countries. He works to cover issues 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 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 and 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,[10] Newsweek,[11] National Geographic,[12] Stern,[13] Le Monde,[14] The New York Times,[15] Rolling Stone,[citation needed] Mother Jones (Masthead Photographer),[16] Aftenposten[17] and Die Zeit.[18]

Bleasdale is currently studying for an MSt in International Relations at Cambridge University whilst still documenting human rights issues around the world. He lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife Karin Beate.




Charities and fundraising projects[edit]

Bleasdale has worked with charities and fundraising projects, including Human Rights Watch,[49] UNICEF,[50] Médecins Sans Frontières,[51] Saint Kizito Orphanage[52] in the DRC and Bleasdale is an Enough Project Fellow.[citation needed]


  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) starring Ben Stiller. Included photographs by Bleasdale and members of VII Photo.[53]
  • A Thousand Times Goodnight (2013) starring Juliet Binoche. Bleasdale was an advisor and had photographs included.[54][55]


  1. ^ a b Best Photography Book Award 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
  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. ^ "Winner's Names". Days Japan. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  21. ^ OPC Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting
  22. ^ OSI Distribution Grant
  23. ^ POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year Award
  24. ^ The Alexia Foundation for World Peace
  25. ^ The World Press Award
  26. ^ Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway
  27. ^ "Winner's List". Days Japan. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  28. ^ Magazine News Award in POYi
  29. ^ Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights
  30. ^ The Hansel Mieth Award
  31. ^ Freedom of Expression Norway
  32. ^ Webby Award
  33. ^ 'Dear Obama'
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  35. ^ Emmy Award nomination
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  38. ^ Last of the Vikings
  39. ^ Marcus Bleasdale wins Robert Capa Gold Medal
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  41. ^ "Matt Black Wins the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography". Time (magazine). 14 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
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  43. ^ "Photography as a baton: Spreading the message of Congo's women". Women's Media Center. 16 April 2012. 
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  45. ^ "The Lord's Resistance Army: The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted". Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  46. ^ ART WORKS Project
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  55. ^ The Telegraph Magazine

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