Finbarr in eastern Congo 2008 by Marcus Bleasdale

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.

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Finbarr was a 2016 writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony and at the Carey Institute for Global Good. He was also a 2015 Yale World Fellow.

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.

He has since won numerous industry awards for his
multimedia work and photography, including first place
awards from POYi and the NPPA.

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.

Contact: finbarroreilly@yahoo.com
twiter @finbarroreilly Instagram @finbarroreilly


Afghanistan audio-slideshow
Congo audio slideshow

•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


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• Exploring African Identity and Ritual at Lagos Photo Festival

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Congo journal
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Congo’s house of hope

Ambushed by the Taliban


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19 Responses to About

  1. John Chun says:

    Very moving pictures Fin. Keep up the good work man

    – Lcpl Chun

  2. TANGUY says:

    Nice and very good work !

  3. Great work, happily shared.

  4. sgalashan says:

    amazing stuff. great site.

  5. eric malebranche says:

    Finn, this is very important work you’re doing. I am profoundly impressed. Live well my friend.

  6. Thank you very much for sharing those realitys wich we usualy don’t know about. You build kind of bridge between all those people, their life avec me. Please, keep up.
    (Sorry for errors, english is my second langage 🙂 )

  7. Saw one of yours with the UN staff in Congo in a Portuguese paper today, great work!

  8. Amit Mukherjee says:

    Your photos are really moving and it touches the heart. Keep clicking

  9. Doula says:

    Brilliant work Finbarr….so beautiful to see you are living your purpose, and what a profound difference you are making. xo

  10. Dear Finbar, your eye is magnificent and your images haunt and inspire me. I’m especially interested in the work you’re doing in Sierra Leone. From the war memorial in Kailahun to your photo essay on the wooden houses in Freetown. Thank you for being a beacon of light. All best wishes, Michele

  11. Finbarr,great work. Very moving….

  12. ndamona says:

    Great work.

  13. Eleanor Underwood says:

    Just finished watching Under Fire: Journalists In Combat. What your doing is very important to the world. The quality of your work is particularly impressive given the conditions that you work under. Please look after yourself!

  14. Fabrice says:

    Fin, magnifique photo de cette petite fille soudanaise de 2004.
    Bel œil au service du cœur !
    Take care.

  15. You possess a special eye in photography. God Bless your work my Brother

  16. nancy mpanzu says:

    hi finbarr i am from a charity for congo called favour and grace
    i was wondering if we can use your images on our website and print out

    it would be for a good cause to build an orphanage building for people you care about too.

    we will credit each image

    your kindest regards

    Nancy Mpanzu

  17. Kent Woodard says:

    Amazing work. I’m proud to know you. You’ve ventured to places I wouldn’t dreamed of going. Thank you for risking your life so we can see the world from a different prospective.
    All the best,
    Kent Woodard

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