A National Geographic photographer for the past decade, Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She has photographed the defining conflicts of the past decade with fearless persistence. Although she has covered the dramatic events of war, her most arresting works confront the everyday brutality faced by young girls. Her studies of domestic life bring into sharp relief the physical and emotional tolls that entrenched social conventions, such as child marriage, can take on those most vulnerable to abuse. Sinclair’s images mark an exchange of trust and compassion. By consenting to be photographed at their most vulnerable, the people depicted in her images also demonstrate a rare bravery.
Sinclair is also the Founding Executive Director of Too Young to Wed, a nonprofit providing visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by girls and women around the world. Using the power of visual storytelling, Too Young To Wed aims to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage worldwide.
Sinclair’s honors for this project include three World Press Photo awards and exhibitions in 27 countries including prestigious venues such as at the United Nations (2012, 2014) and the Whitney Biennial (2010) in New York.
KumarisIn the Kathmandu Valley young Newari girls called kumaris are worshipped as omnipotent deities.
Too Young To WedThe secret world of child brides
Ringling BrothersOn the road with the circus at the end of an era
HealthcareAn intimate view into healthcare
Video: International Center of PhotographySinclair discusses Too Young To Wed after being awarded an Infinity Award by the ICP.
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