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Giles’ print is absolutely gorgeous. It shows 3 young children listening intently during their first day at school in Angola. And it is typical of Giles’ interest in highlighting the lives of the less fortunate, particularly from developing countries. This is what he came back to photography for after a first career in fashion and advertising.

In 2011 an IED exploded under him. He lost two legs and an arm. His desire to help out the family of a fellow photographer is only a fraction of what makes him such an impressive person.

Don’t believe me? Watch the TED talk he gave recently.

Photograph: Giles Duley


Giles spent 10 years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries in both the US and Europe, before focusing his work on humanitarian projects. Working with well respected charities such as Medecins sans Frontières, IOM and UNHCR to highlight lesser known stories deserving of public attention and action. Although documenting challenging, and at times, horrific situations, Duley captures the strength of those who fight their adversity rather than succumb. His photographs draw the viewer to the subject, creating intimacy and empathy for lives differing from ours only in circumstance.

In 2011, whilst on patrol with 75th Cavalry Regiment, United States Army in Afghanistan, Duley stepped on an improvised explosive device. He was severely injured, losing both legs and an arm. He intends to return to work in 2012.

His work has been exhibited and published worldwide in many respected publications including Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sunday Times, The Observer and New Statesman.

In 2010 he was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award and was a winner at the PX3 – Prix de Paris.

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