I was recently in Syria to document some of
I was recently in Syria to document some of
Often in UN communications
Above - I was so excited that we finally had some high-quality photos of our projects that I started the report with a few double-page spreads like the one above by Alex Kay Potter of a last coat of paint going on a wall in a newly rebuilt water treatment plant in Mosul. Here's a link to the full document.
This article in the Washington Post nicely explains the kinds of powerful interactions we've facilitated in the Portal I set up while working with UNICEF in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. (Photo: Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)
This article by Educator Tracy Crowley explains how material from the Everyday Projects - including the account that I run, Everyday Middle East - is being used in classrooms in the United States to break down stereotypes, increase media literacy, and change that way that young people understand the world around them.
One of the most moving photo essays I helped produce while with UNICEF was a result of simply asking our Baghdad-based photographer Wathiq Khuzaie to share with us the 10 photos from 2016 that he felt were most moving. Here's the piece: https://medium.com/stories-from-unicef-in-iraq-english/the-photos-that-moved-me-most-in-2016-19437a62e70c
While working with UNICEF I've set up and now curate a 'Portal' in Harsham IDP camp. A Portal is a space equipped with immersive audio and video technology. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal and can converse live, as if in the same room. Here's more about Portals from Shared Studios, the design collective that came up with the idea.
The highlight so far has been connecting a young Iraqi entrepreneur with President Barack Obama during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley. Here's more about the connection from Erbil, written by my colleagues at UNICEF.
This is one of my favorite video projects from my time with UNICEF Iraq. We worked with a team from Istanbul-based Vignette Interactive to produce the piece. I like that we managed to break away from the typical refugee camp visuals and humanize the issue of displacement.
We also broke this longer video down into smaller pieces for social and shared with media like AJ+.
Some photos of mine from Algeria, including this cover image, are part of the newly published "Uncommon Guide" to Algiers, Algeria. For more information or to order: http://uncommonguidebooks.com/shop/alger/
This time five years ago I was in Egypt, in a very different era. Here are a few words on an image that sums up that moment for Huck Magazine.
A blog piece about UNICEF's work on Sinjar Mountain: https://blogs.unicef.org/blog/reaching-isolated-children-on-sinjar-mountain/
I'm in Erbil in the Kurdish Region of Iraq for the next few months, consulting for UNICEF Iraq's communications team. My local contact is +964 751 135 3085.
A photo that I took while working in Slovenia, was recently published on the 'Travel 365' page of National Geographic Traveler's website.
A story I wrote and photographed about a UNICEF-supported photography project for Yazidi girls in a camp in Dohuk was published by UNICEF (here: bit.ly/23AyObQ) and also picked up by the Daily Mail (here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3198284/Yazidi-life-lens-Courageous-women-homeless-ISIS-camera-rebuild-shattered-lives.html)
I was interviewed for a piece on CNN's Connect the World about Everyday Middle East. Here's a link.
Writing + photos for UNICEF: Getting water to go uphill - bit.ly/1P4dL7Y
Photos for M, the magazine of Le Monde, one year after the fall of Mosul. Article link here (behind a paywall).
@everydaymiddleeast, the Instagram feed that I run and contribute to, was recently featured at the Middle East Now Festival in Florence, Italy. The organizers did a great job of putting the exhibition together and generating media coverage for our project and for the festival, including this three-page spread in Io Donna.
More @everydaymiddleast coverage from Middle East Now:
I'm back in and around Beirut. Available at +961 389 7069.
The Instagram feed @everydaymiddleeast that I started up and manage is now a year old. And what a year it's been! We've grown to include 25 contributing photographers from across the region who've posted more than 700 photos on Instagram. We've attracted more than 55,000 followers on Instagram, where we've seen more than 400,000 'interactions' (likes, comments, etc). Our Facebook page has more than 18,000 followers. We've also just launched our Twitter feed.
Offline, we participated in two exhibitions - one together with the other 'Everyday' projects, curated by Instagram itself at Photoville in New York City in September 2014. The other was a solo exhibition for Everyday Middle East at the Gulf Photo Plus Gallery in Dubai in Jan/Feb 2015. In Dubai we also brought together five contributing photographers for a presentation about the project.
Here are some links to publication highlights for Everyday Middle East and the rest of the Everyday projects from the past year:
What's next? We have a special exibition planned as part of the Middle East Now Festival in Florence (April 8 - 13, 2015). Next month we'll put out a call for new contributors in order to broaden and diversify the perspectives you see on the feed. And we're working together with the other Everyday Projects to start up an NGO, after which we hope to participate in an education initiative started up by Everyday Africa that's already seen some success. Finally, we're starting to look for funding to be able to put cameras in the hands of people across the region who might not otherwise have access to them. If you want to be involved in some way, feel free to get in touch at everydaymiddleeast at gmail dot com.
Last week I was a busy shooting a number of events taking place around Art Dubai. Here are a couple of outtakes from a party hosted by Maserati at the Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach.
I'm in Dubai for the next two weeks. I'll be helping out at Gulf Photo Plus and shooting a series of events related to Art Dubai. Available on +971 52 544 3811.
Photos + video for The Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine. Here's the link.
I'll be in and around the Gulf region for the next few months. On January 20th I'll be giving a presentation about @everydaymiddleeast at the Gulf Photo Plus gallery in Dubai.
From Jan 26 - Feb 15th I'll be traveling around the region in Kuwait City, Manama, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and around Oman.
I'm currently in Doha, Qatar: +974 3322 8790
I recently rediscovered a set of previously unpublished portraits from an impromptu portrait studio I set up in Change Square in Yemen one afternoon in late 2011. You can see the portraits on my personal Instagram feed, @lindsay_mackenzie.
An image from my old neighbourhood of Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia was published this month in National Geographic Traveler's "Best of the World" issue. They recomend Tunisia as one of the Top 20 Places to Visit in 2015. I couldn't agree more.
I'm currently in and around Vancouver, Canada. Available at +1 604 345 0417 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
An ode to Sanaa in the latest issue of Northern Correspondent (magazine available to order here).