Marcus Bleasdale

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

Bleasdale's books include One Hundred Years of Darkness (2003), The Rape of a Nation (2009) and The Unravelling (2015).

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,[5] UNICEF,[6] Médecins Sans Frontières[7] Saint Kizito Orphanage[8] 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. He is an Enough Project Fellow.[citation needed]

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.[9]

He has had his work published in the UK, Europe and the USA in Sunday Times Magazine,[10] The Telegraph Magazine,[11] GEO,[12] The New Yorker,[13] Time,[14] Newsweek,[15] National Geographic,[16] Stern,[17] Le Monde,[18] The New York Times,[19] Rolling Stone,[citation needed] Mother Jones (Masthead Photographer),[20] Aftenposten[21] and Die Zeit.[22]

Bleasdale has recently[when?] graduated with an MSt in International Relations from Cambridge University and is still documenting human rights issues around the world and working as Managing Director of Wilstar, a Social Impact Not for Profit based in Oslo, Norway.[citation needed] He lives in [Oslo with his wife, Karin Beate, and daughters.[citation needed]




  • One Hundred Years of Darkness. London: Pirogue, 2003. ISBN 0-9543015-0-1.
  • The Rape of a Nation. London: Mets and Schilt, 2009. ISBN 978-90-5330-671-0.
  • The Unravelling. New York: FotoEvidence, 2015. ISBN 978-0996391207.


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


  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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  10. ^ The Sunday Times Magazine
  11. ^ The Telegraph Magazine
  12. ^ GEO
  13. ^ The New Yorker
  14. ^ Time Archived 4 February 2013 at
  15. ^ Newsweek
  16. ^ National Geographic Magazine
  17. ^ Stern Archived 19 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Le Monde
  19. ^ The New York Times
  20. ^ Mother Jones (Masthead Photographer)
  21. ^ Aftenposten
  22. ^ Zeit
  23. ^ UNICEF Photographer of the Year
  24. ^ "Winner's Names". Days Japan. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  25. ^ OPC Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting
  26. ^ OSI Distribution Grant
  27. ^ POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year Award
  28. ^ The Alexia Foundation for World Peace
  29. ^ The World Press Award
  30. ^ Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway
  31. ^ "Winner's List". Days Japan. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  32. ^ Magazine News Award in POYi
  33. ^ Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights
  34. ^ The Hansel Mieth Award Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ Freedom of Expression Norway
  36. ^ Webby Award
  37. ^ 'Dear Obama'
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  39. ^ Emmy Award nomination
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  42. ^ Last of the Vikings
  43. ^ Marcus Bleasdale wins Robert Capa Gold Medal
  44. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  45. ^ "Matt Black Wins the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography". Time. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
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  47. ^ "Photography as a baton: Spreading the message of Congo's women". Women's Media Center. 16 April 2012.
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  49. ^ "The Lord's Resistance Army: The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted". Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  50. ^ ART WORKS Project
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  53. ^ The Telegraph Magazine

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