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In 2017, I admitted that in my early twenties, I used some images by others for my work without their acknowledgment. In those years, I composited a handful of my own photographs too.
Working within the profession of photojournalism where trust and transparency in shooting and presenting images must be paramount, these past actions breached industry guidelines. I regret the short-sighted and rash choices I made during a troubled period of my life and offer no excuses.

In a time of fake news and volatile freelance journalism, such mistakes bare consequences. News should rely on nothing less than uncompromising veracity. To the people who supported my work, I am sorry to have let you down.

I took time away for reflection, and today, I strive towards new and honest ways to honour stories that remain untold and deserve attention. I remain fiercely committed to constructing worthwhile narratives to share with the world - within the documentary realm and beyond.

The overwhelming majority of past projects involved no untoward manipulation and were made with care and in collaboration with journalistic institutions.

All stories and images on this site draw from this legitimate body of work. For transparency, links to original files and notes can be provided on request.
The WIREThe Photo FundamentalistNPR Blog
One image that drew sharp and parallel criticism to this episode comes from a long-term investigation into child trafficking in India.

Unfortunately the sensitive image picturing 'Beauty' was appropriated during this time and spread online without consent and out of context. I regret the toll this took on a young woman's brave and groundbreaking testimony, and the vital story to which it belonged - one that many people worked hard with me to realise.

Subsequent discussions on the image itself and the approach behind it threw light on issues of representation and the role of a journalist. I continue to learn from these constructive debates today.

The investigation in it's intended and full context will be published here in Summer 2018.
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DISCLOSURE
In 2017, I admitted that in my early twenties, I used some images by others for my work without their acknowledgment. In those years, I composited a handful of my own photographs too.
Working within the profession of photojournalism where trust and transparency in shooting and presenting images must be paramount, these past actions breached industry and ethical guidelines. I regret the rash and short-sighted choices I made during that troubled period of my life and have no excuses.

In a time of fake news and struggling freelance journalists, these mistakes bore consequences - personally and for the industry as a whole. To the people who trusted and supported my work, I am sorry. News should rely on nothing less than uncompromising honesty.

I sought personal counsel and took time away for serious reflection. Today, I strive towards new and honest ways to honour stories that remain untold and deserve attention. I remain fiercely committed to constructing worthwhile narratives to share with the world - within the documentary realm and beyond.

The overwhelming majority of past projects involved no photographic manipulation and were made with care in collaboration with journalistic institutions.

All stories and images here draw from this legitimate work. For transparency, links to original files and notes can be provided on request.

One image that drew sharp and parallel criticism to this episode comes from a long-term investigation into child trafficking in India. Unfortunately the sensitive image picturing 'Beauty' was appropriated out of context during this time and spread online without consent. I regret the toll this took on a vital story that many people worked hard with me to realise. 

Subsequent discussions on the image itself threw light on issues of representation and the role of a journalist. I continue to learn from these constructive debates today. 

For those interested, the investigation in it's intended and full context can be found here.

LINKS, FURTHER READING & CONTEXT

Time LightBox Interview

The Photo Fundamentalist

The WIRE

NPR Blog
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