I have been wanting to blog about Stephanie Sinclair for a long long time, ever since I saw an amazing 'war' photograph from Iraq in the Chicago Tribune a few years ago. She is INCREDIBLY talented and has used her vision to bring awareness to womens issues around the world. Her work is included in the Whitney Biennial 2010.
© Stephanie Sinclair
"Portrait of soon-to-be-wed Faiz Mohammed, 40, and Ghulam Haider, 11, at her home in a rural village of Damarda. Ghulam said she is sad to be getting engaged as she wanted to be a teacher. Her favorite class was Dari, the local language, before she was made to drop out of school. When asked how she felt that day, the bewildered girl responded, "I do not know this man. What am I supposed to feel?" According to a UNICEF study, in developing countries, around 65 million girls were married before the age of 18. Thirty million of them live in South Asia." ---Stephanie Sinclair
Stephanie has covered many subjects, including Self-Immolation: A Cry for Help, “A Cutting Tradition: Inside An Indonesian Female Circumcision Celebration,” "Polygamy In America", and it goes on and on. She has amazing talent, energy and drive. The world is a much better place because of her. More of her photographic essays can be seen HERE and are well worth the time to explore.