Marcus Bleasdale reacts to PondyPHOTO 2016

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Wow, It worked! The curation was incredible, bold and decisive. The images looked amazing and the exhibition transformed the town. It was an incredibly original festival and I hope to be involved again. 

Marcus Bleasdale

Exhibiting Photographer in PondyPHOTO 2016

Marcus Bleasdale has been involved in advocacy and human rights for over fifteen years. In his role as a documentary photographer for National Geographic Magazine he has educated and advised corporations and policy makers around the world.

His work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The US House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK. He has been advisor for several philanthropic groups in Central and East Africa, Asia and South America on high impact social investing. Some of his photographic and film work covering these issues can be seen on

Marcus’ work also appears in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine.

Exhibitions include “The Rape of a Nation” The Federal Building NYC (2006), The Central Library, Chicago (2006), The Holocaust Museum LA (2006), Visa Pour L’Image (2007), Nobel Peace Centre Oslo (2007), Ministry of Foreign Affairs France (2008), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2009), US Senate (2009), UN (2009), The Houses of Parliament UK (2010). US House of Representatives (2011). Fotografiska, Sweden (2013). Lincoln Centre (2014)Lincoln Centre (2015) Visa Pour l’Image (2015)

He has published three books “One Hundred Years of Darkness” 2002 and “The Rape of a Nation” 2009, “The Unravelling” 2015.

Marcus has been awarded The UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award (2004), The OPC Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting (2005), Magazine Photographer of the Year award POYi (2005), The Alexia Foundation Award for World Peace (2005), The World Press Awards (2006), The Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2007), Days Japan (2009), The Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights (2010), The Hansel Meith Award (2010) and the Photo Book of the Year Award POYi (2010), Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2011). Webby Award (2011) News and Politics “Dear Obama”. The Hood Medal for Services to Photography from Royal Photographic Society (2012). In 2012 Marcus film for MSF was nominated for an Emmy. He won an award in World Press Photo (2014) and the prestigious Robert Capa Award (2015).


This was one of the most wonderful photos of our first festival taken by Yannick Cormier…and what makes it so great?  The impact of incredible photography under the lights and against a night sky.

Yannick Cormier, Work by Kishor K. Sharma

But lights and the power to run them are the biggest single cost in PondyPHOTO’s Budget after printing.  AND WE DONT HAVE THE MONEY to turn them on.

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