Gallery at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City

A selection of work made for UNMAS is on display at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the month of April. It will run until the beginning of May and then be sent for display at the Hague in Geneva. It can be viewed in the visitor's lobby of the main building on the exterior wall of the General Assembly.

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Instant Mosul: The Conflict Through 5 Photojournalists’ Instagram Feeds - lensculture

"During these past few weeks, we have noticed a glut of images and media produced by photojournalists working in Mosul and the surrounding area. Even as photographers are disseminated their work through traditional means like shooting for major news outlets (BBC, Reuters, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and beyond), they were simultaneously using their personal social media accounts to provide frequent (even hour-by-hour) updates on the battle—as well as shots that portray the heartbreaking realities of living in a city besieged."

Read more here.


Corrymeela Journalism Retreat

Myself, along with a handful of other journalists and photographers, spent the first five days of May in Northern Ireland as part of a program focused on mental health and trauma faced by journalists working in conflict around the world. The retreat was held at the lovely Corrymeela Center just outside Ballycastle and graciously funded by the IWMF. We spent everyday from morning to sunset focusing on ways to deal with trauma faced by ourselves, colleagues, and subjects - including daily morning yoga routines, lots of discussion sessions, and hiking. I firmly believe that in order to continue doing our jobs to the best of our ability we must take care of ourselves - both body and mind. It’s much easier to put armor over your chest than your thoughts. I know many of you are conflict journalists and others combat veterans. Mental trauma is a physical injury and we need change the stigma that it is a sign of weakness. You’re not weak for having a brain injury, just like you wouldn’t be weak for having a bullet wound. I’ll post more about this later but I’ll leave you with this easy takeaway from the class. R.A.F.T. - Rest (and breathe, reflect, replenish), Access (a mentor or buddy to talk out your experiences), Focus (on your purpose, meaning, and professional skills), and Take (in whole foods, water, sleep, and exercise). Stay safe and much love. Take care of one another. You are not alone.

Humanitarian Crisis in Northern Iraq - for Mercy Corps

Photography for Mercy Corps on the growing humanitarian crisis as a result of the campaign to retake Mosul from ISIS. Read their Quick Facts to find out more about the situation.  All images shown here produced with funds provided by Mercy Corps.

Child Alert - for UNICEF

Recent work for UNICEF used in their latest report on the 3.6 million children at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups in Iraq.

You can read more and download the full version of the report here

Comfort Society Presents: Cengiz Yar

Sunday June 19th - 1 PM - Comfort Station in Logan Square, Chicago, IL

Comfort Station is proud to present photographer Cengiz Yar as part of our Comfort Society Lecture Series

Cengiz will be presenting a selection of his work from the Middle East and speaking about his experiences documenting the wars in Iraq and Syria and the ongoing refugee crisis. There will be a Q/A session after the presentation and a limited number of prints for sale.

Cengiz is currently based between Logan Square and Iraq. He is an Ambassador for the Matador Network and a board member of the Frontline Freelancer Registry. He is a 2013 NPPA Short Grant Winner and was awarded ONA's inaugural 2015 James W. Foley award for conflict freelancers.

Comfort Society is a weekly lecture series held Sundays at 1 during the Logan Square Farmer's Market. Lecture topics range from the useful to the unexpected. Sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.

*post updated with photo from the event*

Photo by:  Hossein Fatemi

Photo by: Hossein Fatemi