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I have a deep admiration for great photojournalists. The ones who do well have a special gift for capturing real events as they happen to real people. Being able to convey these things to people across the globe through photos and written stories is truly a gift. I’m no photojournalist myself, but I hold those who are in very high regard and their photos are some of my favorites to experience.

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INTRODUCING ZORIAH…

Zoriah is one of these great photojournalists. And what I really love about his work is his ability to combine photojournalism with art — I find many of his photos to be highly artistic in nature. He’s completely independent; covering the issues that he wants to cover. Zoriah is not bound by anyone’s agenda but his own. He chooses to cover some of the tragic and terrible events that mainstream media won’t. But with this freedom comes sacrifice in other areas (especially in the wallet). Even with limited budgets, Zoriah keeps doing what he loves. He also has a very defined explanation of what photojournalism means to him:

I think photojournalism is about producing journalism in a way that hits people right in the heart and their emotional core using the power of the still image to affect people on an emotional level and make them want to change and educate or have some action in a situation.

MORE ABOUT ZORIAH AND HIS WORK

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If you can’t tell by now, Zoriah is a photojournalist and war photographer specializing in documenting conflict, crisis, and disaster. He is an award winning photojournalist whose works have been featured in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries, museums and publications. Zoriah’s clients have included The BBC, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, ABC News, NPR, Focus and many others. With a background in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Aid, Zoriah specializes in documenting human crises in developing countries. His vitae not only lists photographic achievements and study, but also the in-depth training and experience necessary for working under extreme conditions in some of the world’s harshest environments. (quoted from Zoriah.net)

He’s covered events such as the Lebanon Post Conflict and Cluster Bomb Aftermath, the Gaza Medical Crisis, the Thailand Tsunami, the Bird Flu Pandemic in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Iris, the World Trade Center Attacks, and many more.

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FOLLOWING ZORIAH

Zoriah is currently in Iraq covering the ongoing events via his blog, Flickr, etc.

I would highly recommend checking out each of his sites, particularly his new blog where he combines his amazing imagery with first-hand reports and stories. You won’t find this type of journalism on typical mainstream media. Also note that the photos you see on this post are just a small portion of his work.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON ZORIAH

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This entire post is a bit out of the ordinary for me. I don’t typically feature single photographers because there are way too many great ones out there. But Zoriah actually contacted me several days ago looking for tips and such on his new blog, and he introduced himself as “new to blogging, but old to photography”. As soon as I saw his work, I knew that Zoriah was a very special individual… one of those people who can change the world with nothing more than a camera. And to top it all off, he’s very down to earth and approachable as a real person just like you and I.

I wish him all the best of luck with his current and future endeavors, and I invite all of you to view his photos, read his writing, and take an interest in what he’s doing.

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i discovered his work some time ago on flickr.
and i am constantly impressed by his output

gregor

July 3, 2008 5:09 am

Great write-up. Thanks for blogging this, he now has a new fan of his work!

July 3, 2008 7:51 am

I’ve been following his work since November. Glad to see others do as well.

July 4, 2008 12:30 am

I’m totally following him. He’s got brutally awesome photos.

July 4, 2008 2:11 am

Great post Brian, The tattoo photo is incredibly moving. Thanks for sharing!

July 4, 2008 11:49 am

Thanks for the write-up! Will start following him.

July 6, 2008 4:28 pm

Thanks to all of you, especially Brian. As many of you already know, I was just kicked out of Iraq because of my photography. It has been a pretty hectic month but I am happy to report I will be heading to Gaza in about two weeks to work on another project.

Thank you all for your kindness and support!

zoriah

July 21, 2008 10:19 pm




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