Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. Over the past eighteen years spent documenting some of the world’s most brutal wars Marcus has focused on campaigning against human rights abuses. He has been documenting these issues for Human Rights Watch and he is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine.
Using his background in business and economics, he researches the sources of financing driving the conflicts, which usually leads to the mines, and the armed networks linked to them. Marcus covered the wars in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Chad and Darfur, Kashmir and Georgia.
Since 2000 Marcus has worked extensively in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo documenting a war funded by the extraction of the minerals used in every day electronic products. Marcus has partnered with international advocacy groups Human Rights Watch and the Enough Project to engage US and European politicians and multinational companies to change government policy and working practices.
Over the past four years, Marcus has been working in the Central African Republic documenting the conflict in the region. The work from the Central African Republic won the Amnesty International Award for Media in 2014 and the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America in 2015.
Marcus has published three books “One Hundred Years of Darkness” (2002) documenting life along the Congo River after the overthrow of Mboutu”The Rape of a Nation” (2009) documenting the exploitation of natural resources in Eastern Congo and most recently “The Unravelling” (2015) documenting the brutal conflict in the Central African Republic.
Marcus is currently studying for a Masters in International Relations at Cambridge University whilst still documenting human rights issues around the world.
He lives in Oslo with his funny and beautiful wife Karin Beate, his noisy but adorable twin daughters Vilja and Saga and his amazing dog Luna (The Loon).
Marcus Bleasdale with be holding a seminar in the Auditorium during Xposure 2017 and a gallery of images will be exhibited.