Mariella Furrer Photography


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.

She can communicate in several languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Swahili).

Mariella has been documenting child sexual abuse in South Africa for the past 10 years. This body of work includes photography, interviews, journals, and artwork among other things, and will be published in a book in 2012/13


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.


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

Time Magazine


Life Magazine

New York Times

Chicago Tribune

Outside Magazine

Talk Magazine

Paris Match

Sports Illustrated


Der Spiegel

Marie Claire



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