Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer & founder of @tooyoungtowed. I am also a Canon Explorer of Light. All photos ©Stephanie Sinclair.
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Photo of Rosilla by Eunice, both 15. Child marriage survivors take part in @tooyoungtowed’s Tehani Photo Workshop in Maralal, Kenya. . Named after an eight-year-old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. Follow us during this five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for girls’ rights and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #girls #canoncps
Photo by Nashaki, age 15. Child marriage survivors take part in @tooyoungtowed’s Tehani Photo Workshop in Maralal, Kenya. . Named after an eight-year-old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. Follow us during this five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for girls’ rights and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #girls #canoncps
Another day, another eye exam. Happily, the results were a little better than expected. My son was previously diagnosed with 20/400 vision, now that he is older and can communicate more clearly it now registered at 20/200. #albinism #adoption #vision #eyeexam #son
Portrait of Johnathan Lee Iverson @bigtopvoice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus’ first African American ringmaster. Originally trained as an opera singer, Iverson is now using his powerful voice to lead the artistic direction of @OperaDelSol, a production company whose mission is to change the way people experience opera, creating curated conceptual productions in unexpected places around Florida’s Orange and Brevard counties. After 18 years traveling and raising children on a circus train, Iverson is ready to hang his big top hat up. "Life literally came full circle in a most fantastic way. I began my endeavor into entertainment in the fields of opera and classical music. But when The Greatest Show On Earth came calling, how could I say 'no?' Now, barely two months after our final show, I've been asked to venture into a most exciting new endeavor. We’re taking opera to a multigenerational, multiethnic audience. It's going to be the evolutionary leap the performing arts has been craving." . This image was part of a portrait series on Ringling's amazing circus performers before the show's final show in May. To learn more about how the shoot came together and this lighting set up, please visit the link to my latest blog post on my Instagram bio @stephsinclairpix. #circus #ringmaster #portrait #makeportraits #strength #red #color #thelastringmaster #opera #canonusa #canonexploreroflight
Portrait of trapeze artist Kristin Finley. She’s the first African-American trapeze artist to fly for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. She now performs with two shows -- the Tarzan Zerbini (Circus) and the Jordan World Circus, who work mostly for Shriners Hospitals for Children. "It’s a good feeling to know that we are helping to raise money for children in need,” she said of her new chapter. . This image was part of a portrait series on Ringing circus performers before the show’s final performance in May. To learn more about how the shoot came together and this lighting set up, please visit the link to my latest blog post on my Instagram bio @stephsinclairpix. #circus #trapeze #chalk #portrait #beauty #strength #women #canonusa #exploreroflight
Portrait of Matthias Phiri, Program Coordinator for LifeSavers Zambia, which has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world with 31% of women aged 20-24 years married by the age of 18 according to UNICEF. In communities outside Zambia’s capital city of Lusaka, Matthias Phiri meets regularly with traditional leaders, faith-based organizations, school and police officials, and other prominent locals to strategize ways to combat child marriage. Members of his ever-growing circle keep an eye out for children who are at risk of getting married and intervene if necessary, pulling vulnerable children out of harm’s way, providing them counseling, re-enrolling them in school and, in some cases, pursuing legal remedies against the perpetrators of child marriage. The biggest challenge, he said, is the discord between the country’s statutory laws, which set the minimum marriage age at 21, and its customary laws, which allow for much greater latitude. In March 2016, the Government of Zambia adopted a five-year national action plan to end child marriage. The Convention on the Rights of the Child recommend counties set a minimum age of marriage to 18 for both men and women. . This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed. @letoitdelagrandearche #zambia #color #champions #everydayafrica #red #change #inspiration #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #heforshe #girls #canonusa #exploreroflight
Having lunch with this handsome fella @bdhoben who just got admitted to practice law in federal court. #hubbahubbahubby
Eight-year-old brides, Tehani and Ghada, begin preparations for a family meal at their home outside Hajjah, Yemen. Child marriage has long been an issue in Yemen, one of the few countries in the region without a legal minimum age of marriage. Attempts to set 18 as the minimum marrying age collapsed with the outbreak of the conflict in 2015 and it is estimated that, now, child marriage rates could be much higher. A UNFPA-INTERSOS assessment, which interviewed over 250 community members, local leaders and survivors of child marriage for insight into how families are coping with the conflict, stated that most participants “were of the opinion that child marriage has increased in their community. They all stated that the conflict pushed the practice,” according to the assessment’s findings. While more comprehensive assessments are difficult to do in conflict situations, the report also suggests that girls are being married off even younger. Of the child marriage survivors interviewed in the northern part of the country, 72 per cent were married between ages 13 and 15. Of those in the south, 62 per cent were married before age 16. . This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo, including this one. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice, which occurs in more than 50 countries spanning many cultures and religions. It also includes information about our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed, which seeks to protect girls' rights and #endchildmarriage. @letoitdelagrandearche #girls #child #girlseducation #conflict #color
When Josephine Kulea was 9 years old, every other week, one of her classmates would stop coming to school. One by one they were first circumcised and then married off to men more than 30 to 40 years older than them, many of whom were already married to other women. Kulea was somewhat fortunate. Though she was circumcised in preparation for marriage, she had the support of her mother, who championed her education and resisted family pressure to marry her off at a young age. Kulea has since helped create the @SamburuGirlsFoundation, which rescues girls escaping traditional practices, such as child marriage and female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C). “[Our work] is very difficult, because there is no political will or support,” said Kulea, noting that even though the law supports her efforts, the very traditional community adamantly resists any change in these rituals. Earlier this year, Kenya became the 19th country to join the African Union's Campaign to End Child Marriage, which aims to speed up change across Africa by encouraging governments to develop strategies to raise awareness of child marriage and address it’s harmful repercussions. Since then, the effort has attracted a burgeoning roster of child advocates, from government officials and religious authorities to traditional leaders and former child brides—all committed to serving as champions of change in Africa. . This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed. @letoitdelagrandearche #samburugirlsfoundation @canonusa #explorersoflight @packardfdn
@tooyoungtowed exhibits move into storage.
Late last year while working on a project about #albinism for @natgeo, I was delighted for the opportunity to hear Hassan Farakhan Sheweji’s beautiful voice. He softly broke into song as we drove from his home on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where we’d just interviewed his mother who also has the condition and has suffered multiple bouts of early stage skin cancer. In addition to health concerns such a poor eyesight and sun sensitivities, people with albinism are still severely discriminated against, and even attacked, for their unique appearance in some countries - despite the fact it occurs in all racial and ethnic groups globally. This frightening fact made the words to his particular song choice that much more poignant. He sang, “Who can I cry with, Lord? When did you create those with hearts full of hatred? I keep asking myself, Lord. Everyone I am seeing, am I not at peace with them? Why me?” . Since the 1990s, in 27 African countries, at least 190 people have been killed and 300 attacked, after some witch doctors claimed that potions, powders, or charms made with the body parts of people with albinism could bring wealth and success. The epicenter of this crime wave, which includes the robbing of graves, is Tanzania, where the majority of attacks happened since 2008. In the U.S., approximately one in 18,000 to 20,000 people has some type of albinism. In other parts of the world, the occurrence can be as high as one in 3,000. Most children with albinism are born to parents who have normal hair and eye color for their ethnic backgrounds. #Tanzania #photography #humanrights #beauty #family #skin #albinism #moment #photojournalism
Lotus gets a game of peek-a-boo in before the start of her preschool's "crazy hair day" celebration. #albinism #hair #nails #canon #canonusa #exploreroflight #color
At Lake View School, Rehema Hajji, nine, applies sunscreen to her younger sister, Fatuma, five, before they step into the sunlight. Sunscreen is expensive in sub-Saharan Africa, but nonprofit organizations, like Under the Same Sun, distribute it for free. Many people with albinism in Tanzania die of skin cancer before turning 40. . About one in 1,400 people in Tanzania is born with albinism and one in 17 carries the recessive gene. Its occurrence varies greatly throughout the world. In Europe and North America the rate is only one in 20,000. On the San Blas Archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama, the rate among the Guna people is a staggering one in 70. The image is part of my latest project for @natgeo, “The Perils of Pale,” in this month’s magazine and online. #albinism #tanzania #skin #genetics #photojournalism #moment #portrait #color #family #diversity #inmyskiniwin #education #canonusa #exploreroflight
A heartfelt thank you for an empowering evening at @theiwmf's ceremony honoring the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award recipients last night. And congratulations again to my fellow awardees, Nicole Tung and Louisa Gouliamaki. I know we are all humbled to be given an award in Anja’s name. Anja paid the ultimate sacrifice for her commitment to tell the stories of the world's most vulnerable, particularly in conflict settings. That we've been deemed fit to walk in her shoes is a deeply moving validation of our work. I know we are all proud to be part of the IWMF family, led by Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz. Photo by my bestie @gatoredie .
At a Hindu temple near their home in Delhi, India, three generations of a family with albinism pose for a rare family portrait. The condition is caused by a recessive genetic trait which leads to little or no melanin, or pigment, in the skin, hair, and eyes of people with albinism. Here, Rose Turai Pullan (front row) and his wife, Mani (center), are joined by their six children, son-in-law (back row, second from left), and sole grandchild, Dharamraj Mariappan Devendra. Although the world’s largest reported family of people with albinism lives in India—three generations, no exceptions—albinism is more widespread in Tanzania than in any other country. About one in 1,400 people there is born pale, and about one in 17 carries the recessive gene. Its occurrence varies greatly throughout the world. In Europe and North America the rate is only one in 20,000. On the San Blas Archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama, the rate among the Guna people is a staggering one in 70. The image is part of my latest project for @natgeo, “The Perils of Pale,” in this month’s magazine and online. #albinism #india #skin #genetics #photojournalism #moment #portrait #color #family #diversity #inmyskiniwin
The Russian cover of National Geographic featuring the beautiful 27-year-old Deepa at a Hindu temple near her family's home in Delhi, India. She comes from a family of three generations in which all members have the rare genetic condition of albinism. In many parts of the world, discrimination towards those with the condition often make it difficult for people with albinism to find romantic partners without albinism. As a result, when two people with albinism—a recessive genetic trait—have children, the children will have albinism. The image is part of my latest project for @natgeo, “The Perils of Pale,” in this month’s magazine and online (link in my bio). #canonusa #canon #exploreroflight #albinism #inmyskiniwin #india #cover #color #light #magical #underthesamesun
Zindiba, 19, attends school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 2016. Her arm was hacked off while, as a small child, she tried to protect her mother from combatants during Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war. Her lifelong injuries will prevent her from many types of employment, she now hopes for support in continuing her education. Photo made #onassignment for @natgeo. . Today I start a week-long takeover of the @theIWMF Instagram feed! I will be showcasing the images that were the basis of my recent Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award. Anja, a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer who tragically lost her life in 2014 in Afghanistan, dedicated her life to documenting conflict and its impact on the people of war-torn regions. It has been a great honor to receive this award from the IWMF and have my work featured as part of her legacy. #photojournalism #iwmfcourage #sierraleone #girls #letgirlslearn
Mwigulu Matonange, 12, goes for a swim last summer during his visit to the U.S., where he was fitted for a prosthetic limb with the support of the Global Medical Relief Fund and the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia. Mwigulu was born with the rare genetic condition of albinism, and lost his arm in an attack by poachers looking to profit from the sale of his body parts to witchdoctors. While awareness is on the rise, people with albinism are still severely discriminated against, and even attacked, for their appearance in some countries - despite the fact it occurs in all racial and ethnic groups globally. . In the U.S., approximately one in 18,000 to 20,000 people has some type of albinism. In other parts of the world, the occurrence can be as high as one in 3,000. Most children with albinism are born to parents who have normal hair and eye color for their ethnic backgrounds. . Check out the June edition of @natgeo for our full story on albinism. #Tanzania #photography #humanrights #skin #albinism #moment #photojournalism #summer #inmyskiniwin
Victor Rossi, a clown who began his career in France, waits to begin the pre-show performances. It’s the end of the road for “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The Ringling Bros. traveling circus is performing it’s final shows today in Long Island, New York. The circus has been a piece of Americana for 146 years, but high operating costs and low ticket sales brought about its demise, ownership announced in January. Hundreds of workers make up the circus, including performers and train conductors and other behind-the-scenes personnel. Many have spent their lives on the traveling trains, which can reach up to a full mile long as they move from coast to coast for 44 weeks of the year. #circus #clown #curtain #canon #canonusa #exploreroflight
An elephant disembarks a Ringling Bros. train in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Elephants have since been retired from the circus. This evening the curtain will fall for the last time on the self-dubbed “Greatest Show on Earth,” America’s biggest and longest-running traveling circus. After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will pump its caravan brakes permanently. Other traveling circuses may not be far behind. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have joined forces on a bill that would ban the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and any other entertainment act on wheels. In late March, Representatives Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, Ryan Costello, a Pennsylvania Republican, and 22 other lawmakers introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) in the House. It would require the 19 traveling circuses in the U.S. with performing animals to to use only human entertainers—or shut down. If the bill passes, it will end life on the road for more than 200 big cats, bears, camels, and elephants still working as circus performers. Thirty-four other countries have instituted similar bans, as have dozens of cities and counties in the U.S., including Los Angeles and San Francisco. #elephants #circus #train #canonusa #canon #exploreroflight