Finbarr O’Reilly is the co-author of Shooting Ghosts (August 22, 2017, Penguin Random House), a unique joint memoir with retired a U.S. Marine Sgt. Thomas James Brennan. Their story about the unpredictability of war and its aftermath is told in alternating first-person narratives, and explores the things they’ve seen and done, the ways they have been affected, and how they have navigated the psychological aftershocks of war and wrestled with reforming their own identities and moral centres.
Before turning to writing, Finbarr was a Reuters senior photographer based in Tel Aviv, covering lsrael and the Palestinian Territories, and the 2014 Gaza war. He was a 2013 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a 2014 Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s DART center for Journalism and Trauma.
He covered Africa as a Reuters correspondent and staff photographer 10 years. He won the World Press Photo of the Year in 2006 for his image of a mother and child at
an emergency feeding center in Niger.
His solo exhibition “Congo On The Wire” has shown in France and Canada,
and at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights.
His series on white poverty in South Africa was included
in the exhibition “After A” in Italy in 2010.
Finbarr is among those profiled in the film
“Under Fire: Journalists in Combat,” trailer (November 2011). The film was shortlisted for an Oscar at the 2012 Academy Awards and won a 2013 Peabody Award.
•DART Center Ochberg Fellow 2014 at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
•Harvard Nieman Fellow 2013
•Peabody Award 2013 for documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
Award short list in 2012 for Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
• World Press Photo of the Year 2006
• POYi First Place Multimedia 2009
• POYi Judge’s Special https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/ Recognition One Week’s Work 2010
• NPPA International News Story 3rd Place 2011
• NPPA First Place Portrait 2010
• NPPA Portrait HM 2005
• UNICEF Photo of the Year 2007 HM
*all images copyright Reuters
• NYT Lens blog From the Marine’s side of the camera
• NYT Lens blog South Africa white poverty
• NYT Lens blog Afghan doors
• NYT Lens blog on Libya’s revolution road
• NYT Lens blog on caricaturing Gaddafi
• Congo journal
• Caught in a rebel offensive in Chad
• Congo’s house of hope