BIO

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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.  

Mariella has published a book, My Piece of Sky: Stories of Child Sexual Abuse (to read more click here). 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.  

PUBLICATIONS 

Sunday Times Magazine of London 

Time Magazine  

Newsweek 

Life Magazine 

New York Times  

Chicago Tribune 

Outside Magazine 

Talk Magazine 

Paris Match 

Sports Illustrated 

Vogue 

Der Spiegel 

Marie Claire 

ORGANISATIONS  

UNICEF 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

UNHCR 

MSF (Doctors Without Borders) 

Cluster Bomb Munitions (CMC) 

Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) 

UNAIDS 

COMMERCIAL WORK 

Hewlett Packard - USA 

Siemens - International 

Nestle - Switzlerland 

Sandoz - Germany 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

ADVERTISING AGENCIES 

Ogilvy & Mather, NYC 

72 & Sunny, LA 

Brand(X) Communications, London 

Esterson Associates, London