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Giles Duley: When a reporter becomes the story

March 10, 2012

Giles Duley gave up a life of glamour and celebrity as a fashion photographer to travel the world and document the stories of the forgotten and marginalized. While on assignment in Afghanistan he stepped on a landmine, a horrific event that left him a triple amputee. In this moving talk Duley tells us stories of peoples lost and found -- including his. (Filmed at TEDxObserver.)

Giles Duley - Photojournalist
Giles Duley began his career as a fashion photographer. When it was time for a change he found himself on a journey of war and hardship. Full bio

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Giles Duley - Photojournalist
Giles Duley began his career as a fashion photographer. When it was time for a change he found himself on a journey of war and hardship.

Why you should listen

Giles was a photographer who, some years ago, tired of celebrity photoshoots and the attendant egos and tantrums that often accompanied them. He flung his camera on the photoshoot bed and it bounced out the window into the streets of SoHo, London. At that point he decided to change course and dedicated himself to using his camera to "tell unheard stories of those caught in conflict and economic hardship around the world." His work took him to Sudan, Angola, Ukraine and Bangladesh, among other places. Early in 2011, on assignment in Afghanistan, Duley stepped on a landmine. Despite the fact that the horrific accident left Duley a triple amputee, he continues to dedicate his life to telling stories through photography.

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