Murle Women

Two Portraits resize

This is a diptych of two Murle tribeswomen in southern Sudan’s Jonglei state. The girl on the right bears a traditional form of Murle scarification that is rare among women of her age.

The physical characteristics of the various tribes in southern Sudan are fascinating. In this lull between the elections and the referendum I hope to snap more portraits like these.

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For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by stories. Through much of my life, I satisfied this interest with the study of history. The topics of war, uprising, social movements and sexuality defined my course of historical study and generated a deep curiosity in the modern aspects of these issues. While the past enthralls me, my interest in creating modern primary documents ultimately won out. Since 2005, I have worked to document the individual consequences of war, poverty and social unrest. Through a combination of photography, text, and audio recordings, I hope to illustrate broader issues through individual stories. I aim to create images and material that demand consideration for the lives of those depicted. I believe that intimate, sensitive photographs leave indelible marks on the conscience and actively oppose the sterilization of human suffering.

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