Stephanie Sinclair

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Stephanie Sinclair
ResidenceNew York, New York
EducationUniversity of Florida, B.S. in Journalism
Notable work
Too Young to Wed, Child Brides, Self-Immolation in Afghanistan: A Cry for Help

Stephanie Sinclair (born 1973)[1] is an American photojournalist who focuses on gender and human-rights issues such as child marriage and self-immolation.[2] Her work has been included in The New York Times, Time Magazine and National Geographic.[3][4][5]

Life and work[edit]

Sinclair was born in 1973 in Miami, FL. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in journalism and an outside concentration in fine art photography.[6]

After college, Sinclair began working for the Chicago Tribune, which sent her to cover the beginning of the war in Iraq. She later settled in Iraq and then in Beirut, Lebanon, covering the Middle East and South Asia for six years as a freelance photographer. Sinclair joined the VII Network upon its establishment in 2008, and became a full member of VII in 2009.[6]

She first encountered child marriage in 2003 while working on a project about self-immolation in Afghanistan. "All the victims she met had been married very young, some only 9 years old, and to much older men."[7] From 2003–2005 Sinclair photographed young Afghan women who had burned themselves. Most had been married between age 9 and 13. The result was her contribution to the 2010 Whitney Biennial exhibition, "Self-Immolation in Afghanistan: A Cry for Help."[8]

In 2005, her work was featured on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer in a segment called "Picturing Iraq."[9]

The February 2010 issue of National Geographic included Sinclair's project on polygamy in America.[5] Pictures from the series were included in The New York Times Magazine on July 27, 2008.[10]

Her photo series, "Child Brides," examines "how children continue to be forced into marriage in more than 50 countries around the world." The project was the result of eight years of work in Afghanistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, and Yemen.[11]

In 2012, Sinclair and Jessica Dimmock made a short documentary, "Too Young to Wed," about an Ethiopian girl married at age 11.[12]

In 2016, the BBC credited Sinclair for documenting efforts of some African leaders campaigning for the rights of girls at risk of forced or child-age marriage. Among others, she has documented the work of Thobeka Madiba Zuma (wife of Jacob Zuma), a First Lady of South Africa, and Esther Lungu, First Lady of Zambia are among those leading the effort.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Sinclair's mother suffered a brain injury. Sinclair said: "When you share the experience of someone you love having a brain injury — of becoming a different person — there's an instant intimacy."[14]


Sinclair has won multiple awards and distinctions. This includes three World Press Photo awards, the 2015 Art for Peace Award, the 2015 Lucie Humanitarian Award, the International Center of Photography 2014 Infinity Award, unprecedented three Visa D'Or Feature awards from the Visa Pour L'Image photojournalism in France, UNICEF'S Photo of the Year, the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant and the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism Freelens Award. She has also received the 2008 CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage: The Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award (2009) for her essay, 'A Cutting Tradition: Inside An Indonesian Female Circumcision Celebration'. Sinclair has also received another World Press Photo award for her coverage of the war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006, and a Pulitzer Prize for her work in documenting systemic failures in the U.S. airline industry in 2000. Stephanie Sinclair is also frequently published in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazines as well as other various media outlets.


  1. ^ Phillips, Sarah (22 May 2013). "Stephanie Sinclair's best photograph: child brides in Yemen". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Stephanie Sinclair". Biography. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Feldman, Noah (March 16, 2008). "Why Shariah?". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Ware, Michael (June 27, 2004). "Meet The New Jihad". Time Magazine. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "The Polygamists". National Geographic Magazine. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Sinclair, Stephanie. "Stephanie Sinclair". Biography. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Visa pour l'image 2012: Stephanie Sinclair". Le Journal De La Photographie. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Pappas, Jennifer. "Interview with Stephanie Sinclair". Planet Magazine. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Stephanie Sinclair". National Geographic. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "The Young Women of the F.L.D.S." The New York Times. July 27, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Stephanie Sinclair wins third Visa d'Or prize". The British Journal of Photography. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Pursuing social justice, this time in Tanzania". Too Young to Wed. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  13. ^ In pictures: African champions against child marriage BBC, May 26, 2016
  14. ^ Baker, Stacey (December 5, 2011). "Caring for Chris, Now That He Has Opened His Eyes". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2013.

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