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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The Naija Podcast, Episode 3: Featuring photographer Glenna Gordon

Glenna Gordon is a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn. She takes evocative pictures of everyday life in Nigeria, showing a special interest in Northern Nigeria. In this interview, Glenna opens up on misconceptions of the north, what drives her as a photographer and storyteller, the ways in which she captures intimate moments and her most

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

5 Things: Glenna Gordon

I am shooting these on my iPhone. They’re short, no-frills interviews done in my office. The format is simple: The subjects sit on a chair in my office while I point the iphone at them. They decide what...

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Instagramming Africa

Everyday Africa is an Instagram-based project aiming to document moments from daily life. It was founded in 2012 by the American photojournalist Peter DiCampo and writer Austin Merrill. Initially featuring the work of mostly American foreign correspondents,...

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Liberian Independence, Staten Island Style

This past Spring I wrote an article for the Red Bull Music Academy about the music and nightlife communities clustered around African neighborhoods in New York. A key motivation behind writing that article was to bring some visibility to...

Friday, December 28th, 2012

10 Contested Images of 2012

Remember that little video campaign called #Kony2012? Yeah, we wish we could forget too. Few videos have reached the magnitude of pestilence that the non-profit Invisible Children’s video achieved this year. By transforming a complex regional crisis...

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Pieter Hugo on ‘political correctness’

Pieter Hugo, the critically acclaimed South African photographer, has done an interview with Guernica (H/T Glenna Gordon) in which he seems to be taking issue with criticisms of his work, especially the “Nollywood” series: “It’s quite scary when academics start...

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The #Kony2012 show

The boy had lost his brother, and as he wept before Jason Russell’s camera, Jason Russell brushed back the loose strands of his magnificent blond coiffure (who will play him in the movie version?) and told the...

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Photographing Liberia

Time LightBox features the work of photographer Glenna Gordon.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

‘The return of the one party state’

Most supporters of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change followed the recommendation of their party leader and restrained from voting on November 8. The election results show this with all clarity. After counting all the votes  NEC  showed that...

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Liberian Demo-crazy

There’s been a lot of rumors and propaganda flying around related to the Liberian run-off election, so it’s hard to get a sense of what’s really happening on the ground. But international and local news show that the...

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

More to Staten Island than ‘Mob Wives’

Photographer Glenna Gordon, no stranger to AIAC, is working on a new project in Staten Island, home to the largest population of Liberians outside of Liberia. I asked her if I could publish some of the work...

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Ivorians in Liberia

Glenna Gordon’s photography focuses on a neglected angle of the Ivorian crisis–since the most recent episode of the crisis, more than 150,000 Ivoirians have fled to neighboring Liberia. Here and here.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Tim Hetherington

The photographer, Tim Hetherington, (b. in Liverpool) was killed in Libya. Another photographer Chris Hondros, who has also done work for a number of major Western publications, also died. The tragic news was first posted on Facebook by...

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Statement by Bloggers on the Murder of David Kato

“We the undersigned wish to express our deep sadness at the murder of Ugandan human rights defender David Kato on 26th January 2011.  David’s activism  began in the 1980s as an Anti-Apartheid campaigner where he first expressed...

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

“If the music says …”

TIME magazine piece by Glenna Gordon (also known as blogger Scarlett Lion) on a group of Sierra Leonean artists utilizing music’s important social role to sing about postwar reconciliation. Here’s an extract: When you go to a...