Welcome to the Mariella Furrer Page at Pathogen Perspectives! You are probably wondering why I even have such a page. well, let me explain. While searching for photos of the 1995 Kikwit Ebola outbreak I came across Mariella's website. She was in Kikwit during the outbreak and took some powerful photos. Wanting badly to use one for a post, but expecting not to hear back from her, I emailed her and asked if I could use one. She responded!! In fact she not only emailed me back, she said she would be happy to let me use a photo and that she appreciated my efforts here at this blog. Wow!
Well, as I explored Mariella's website further I realized that she was more than a simple photojournalist, she was an activist spending her remarkable career championing causes that most find too difficult to stomach. She is a hero and I want to share her work with you. In addition to documenting some of the worst human rights injustices such as the Rwandan Genocide, and female genital mutilation in Kenya, Mariella has been fighting tirelessly for over a decade to expose horrific child sex abuse in South Africa. She published My Piece of Sky, a book that documents this journey and is available for purchase here. She describes what this journey was like in a riveting piece by David Rosenberg published earlier this year at Slate.
So to Mariella, I am honored to be able to use your photos on my blog. Thank you, and thank you for continuing to work on behalf of those who otherwise may not be heard.
Mariella's photos can be found on the following posts:
Ebola Convalescent Serum
From Mariella's website this is her bio:
Mariella Furrer, Swiss/Lebanese, was born in Beirut and has lived in Africa her whole life. She attended the Documentary Photography & Photojournalism Program at the International Centre of Photography in NYC, and has since been working as a freelance photojournalist based between Kenya and South Africa. She has covered Africa extensively and has worked on stories in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Her photography has appeared in various books around the world and her work on the Rwandan Genocide is on permanent display at the Memoria y Tolerancia Museum in Mexico City.
Mariella can communicate in several languages- English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic & Swahili.
GRANTS & AWARDS
2011 - Amnesty International Media Award , UK - Magazine-
2011 - 7punt7 Award, Spain
2010 - Anthropographia Award for Photography & Human Rights, Canada – Shortlisted.
2007 - Sante Fe Prize for Photography, USA – Nominated
2006 - UNICEF Photo of the Year, Germany – Honorable Mention
2005 - 3P (Photographers for Photography) Foundation, France – Grant
2003 - Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden – Grant
1993 - Eddie Adams Workshop- Eastman Kodak USA -Most Promising Young Photojournalist Award.
EXHIBITIONS & SLIDE SHOWS
2011 - Siemens - COP 17, Durban, South Africa
2010 - Anthropographia Award for Photography & Human Rights, Canada – travelling exhibition
2006 - Visa Pour L’Image - Perpignan France - Projection of Child Sexual Abuse project
2001 - Day in the Life of Africa (Group Show-travelling exhibition)
2001 - “The Condition of Women in Africa”, Museo Popoli e Culture del Pime, Milan, Italy
1994 - Visa pour L’Image, Perpignan, France - Group Projection of work on Rwandan Genocide
Mariella has been published in various books around the world and her work on the Rwandan Genocide is on permanent display at the Memoria y Tolerancia Museum in Mexico City.
Sunday Times Magazine of London
New York Times
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
MSF (Doctors Without Borders)
Cluster Bomb Munitions (CMC)
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA)
Hewlett Packard - USA
Siemens - International
Nestle - Switzlerland
Sandoz - Germany
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ogilvy & Mather, NYC
72 & Sunny, LA
Brand(X) Communications, London
Esterson Associates, London