About

Finbarr in eastern Congo 2008 by Marcus Bleasdale

Finbarr is the 2020 Laureate of the Prix Carmignac and the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize exhibition photographer. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times. He won the First Place Portraits category at the 2019 World Press Photo Awards for his photograph of Senegalese fashion, and earned the premier World Press Photo of the Year in 2006 for his image of a mother and child in Niger. Finbarr O’Reilly is the co-author of Shooting Ghosts A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War (2017, Penguin Random House), a unique joint memoir written with U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Brennan and based on their experiences under fire together in Afghanistan. (Order book here: AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundBAMiBooks)

While still working regularly for The New York Times, most recently covering the spread of Islamic extremism in the Sahel, Ebola in Congo, and criminal networks in Madagascar’s vanilla trade, Finbarr’s efforts have focused in recent years on leading collaborative projects that develop and promote a more representative range of voices and perspectives, particularly from African visual journalists.

For his Nobel Peace Prize commission, Finbarr chose to collaborate with seven Ethiopian photographers, including three women, to create a joint exhibition around the Laureate, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The resulting show, Crossroads Ethiopia, was co-curated by Addis FotoFest founder Aida Muluneh, the first black woman to co-curate a Nobel exhibition.

As the 2020 Laureate of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, he created a new digital project, Congo In Conversation, featuring photo, video and written reports from a network of Congolese journalists covering their country as it contends with the worst pandemic in a century, the second-deadliest Ebola epidemic in history, and the world’s worst measles outbreak. Their multi-platform stories on health, security, decolonization, and racial justice—more than half of them produced by women—explore global themes from local perspectives. These are promoted across social media, via mainstream media partners and will be featured in a high-profile exhibition in France in the summer of 2020.

In 2019, Finbarr was the field producer for the PBS Frontline documentary Ebola in Congo, which profiles a female Haitian WHO doctor and two Congolese health workers all risking their lives to battle Ebola in a war zone.

Finbarr was a 2013 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, a 2014 Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University, a 2015 Yale World Fellow. He was also a 2016 writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony and at the Carey Institute for Global Good.

Finbarr was a Reuters senior photographer for Israel and the Palestinian Territories based in Tel Aviv and covered the 2014 Gaza war from inside the Strip. From 2005-2014 he was the Reuters Regional Chief Photographer for West and Central Africa, traveling widely across the continent and managing a network of staff.

His multimedia work and photography has earned numerous top industry awards. 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. The film was shortlisted for an Oscar at the 2012 Academy Awards and won a 2013 Peabody Award.

Contact: finbarroreilly@yahoo.com
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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:

    Fin,
    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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