Dart Center 2019 Ochberg Fellowship

The Dart Center has announced the 2019 Ochberg Fellowship recipients.

"Their journalism illuminates some of the most profound challenges of our time, among them refugees and migration, war and reconciliation, mass killing and violence against women." - Bruce Shapiro, the Dart Center’s executive director.

The 2019 Dart Ochberg Fellows are:

  • Melissa Bailey, Reporter, Enterprise and Investigative Team, Kaiser Health News, Boston, MA, USA

  • Marko Drobnjakovic, Documentary Photographer and Videographer, Belgrade, Serbia

  • Nour Malas, Staff Correspondent, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Ronna Rísquez, Investigative Journalist and Editor, InSight Crime, Medellín, Colombia

  • Darran Simon, Senior Writer, CNN Digital, Atlanta, GA, USA

  • Aaron Smale, Writer and Photographer, Levin, New Zealand

  • Brandon Stahl, Reporter, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, USA

  • Sanne Terlingen, Investigative Reporter, Argos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Almudena Toral, Visual Journalist, Filmmaker and Head of Enterprise Video, Univision Digital, Miami, FL, USA

  • Connie Walker, Senior Reporter, Investigative Unit, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto, Canada

  • Joyce Wangui, Freelance Journalist, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Kelly Whalen, Senior Arts Video Producer, KQED, Oakland, CA, USA

  • Cengiz Yar, Photographer and Editor, Brooklyn, NY, USA

  • Sameer Yasir, Independent Journalist, Kashmir

Read more about the Fellows and program here.

"Safe Home" Exhibit Schedule

The exhibit in partnership with the United Nations Mine Action Service is being displayed in cities around the world in the coming months.

Currently Showing: United Nations Lobby New York, New York (modified exhibit)

4-19 May: Head On Photo Festival, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, New South Wales, Australia

22-24 June: Geneva

Fall: Westminster Hall, London, England


Gallery at the Palais de Nations in Geneva

A gallery containing work from Iraq and Afghanistan is currently on exhibit at the Palais de Nations in Geneva as part of the “Mine Action: Advancing Protection, Peace and Development”. It is hosted by the United Nations Mine Actions Service and Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Safe Home

September 13–23

Exhibit at Photoville in New York in partnership with UNMAS.

Following wars and the occupation of many areas of the country by ISIL, Iraq is littered with explosive devices, including thousands of IEDs. Major population centers and small villages are unsafe for the people returning home. The United Nations is helping the Government of Iraq to clear these hazards village by village, street by street. The people of Iraq, like people everywhere, deserve and need safe homes.



Photography and Trauma: Psychological Stress and The Occupational Hazards of Exposure to Traumatic Imagery

Sunday, September 16 | 1:30PM – 2:30PM. Location: 60 Water Street, DUMBO – across from Photoville

Learn more

UNMAS Presentation

Thursday, September 20 | 6:30PM. Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO - in the beer garden at Photoville

Details to follow


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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American Photography Awards 34

Work with Foreign Policy selected for this year's American Photography Awards 34. Images show the horrific toll the battle against has had on Iraq's youngest. The original piece written for Foreign Policy can be viewed in full here. Click here to view the rest of those selected for this year's award.

Tap for News

I was included in Ayesha Shakya's recent project on how Instagram is changing the way we're consuming news. She combined a great set of info into an easy guide for publishers and producers struggling to understand Instagram's Stories feature. Check it out here - including a short Instagram Stories clip from Newroz in northern Iraq.

Ako's Ride - for Vanity Fair

"When Ako Abdulrahman, then 30, bought a used BMW E32 750i Security Vehicle, his intention was the opposite of the one BMW had envisioned. Nothing Ako does is safe or discreet. If he offers you one of his French cigarettes, he lunges forward with it. He drinks a cappuccino in three gulps. He listens to Kurdish rap music and likes it loud. His presence is one of urgent motion. Even his beard is shaped into an angular prominence that suggests direction."

Grab a copy of Vanity Fair's December issue and read Jeff Stern's incredible story of Ako, his BMW, and their Death Race-styled mission during the ISIS attack on Kirkuk in 2016.

Thanks to Rawand and Ari for all the help getting this one done.

Read the online version here.

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Panel Discussions with Instagram and Facebook

I'm hitting the road with Instagram and the Facebook Journalism Project for a series of talks about the changing landscape of photojournalism in the digital era.

Tuesday October 03 at 6:00pm at Facebook HQ 770 Broadway, New York, NY


Thursday October 05 at 12:00pm at National Geographic 1600 M Street, Washington, DC


Monday October 09 at 3:30pm at Eddie Adams Workshop 52 Sullivan Ave., Liberty, NY


Wednesday October 11 at 3:30pm at JSK Journalism Fellowships Stanford University 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA


Thursday October 12 at 1:30pm at Instagram HQ, Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA


post updated with photo from the October 03 talk at Facebook - by Mario Kristian

post updated with photo from the October 03 talk at Facebook - by Mario Kristian

(updated: overview of discussion at National Geographic here and Facebook here)

Display at Photoville in New York

A big thank you to Instagram for displaying the below image at Photoville in New York last week.

At the end of June the battle for Mosul entered it's ninth and final month and Iraqi forces had ISIS surrounded and cornered in the center of Mosul's Old City. Tens of thousands of civilians were estimated to remain trapped alongside the extremist militants with dwindling food supplies and little to no water or medical care after the months of siege. During the days surrounding this photo, Iraqi troops were advancing on foot into the tightly knit alleyways of the ancient Old City. The fighting was intense and brutal in the peak heat of Iraqi summer. As troops moved forward house by house, they reached trapped civilians allowing them a chance to finally flee the fighting and siege. Families poured out of the Old City and were sent to refugee camps or sought shelter elsewhere. Many of those fleeing were malnourished or injured and youngest and oldest appeared in the worst condition. People carried what they could, and often each other, through the ruins and dust of what remained of the city streets. Officials estimate that over one million people were displaced from their homes over the course of the fighting for the city. In this image a man and woman were fleeing fighting in Mosul's Old City on June 25, 2017. (Photo credit UNHCR/Cengiz Yar)


How do you capture the terrifying reality of Iraqi bomb disposal? - WIRED Photo

"The Iraqi bomb disposal teams are at the forefront of a deadly arms race. While Mosul was recently liberated from Daesh, the underfunded and undertrained Iraqi Security forces are still moving quickly to dispose of all the boobytraps left in its wake. This is bomb disposal at its most improvised.

WIRED photographer Cengiz Yar followed the patrol team of the Iraqi Army's 16th Division Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit in June as part of our October issue feature story."

Read the full story behind this image here.

The Things They Carried: The Iraqis Who Fled Mosul - for Foreign Policy Magazine

Escaping war and the Islamic State, families took with them what little they could carry — remembrances of loved ones and the past.

Often, there is little function or utility to these items — a broken watch, a child’s garment, a handful of worn photographs. They are tokens of the life — and the people — they left behind.

Read more online here or pick-up this month's edition of Foreign Policy Magazine.