068 - Anastasia Taylor-Lind


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Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photographer who for the past decade has worked for leading editorial publications all over the world on issues relating to women, population and war for a decade.

She is a Harvard Nieman Fellow 2016 and recently finished a year of research at the university on war, and how we tell stories about modern conflict. Anastasia is also currently a Logan Fellow at The Carey Institute for Global Good where she is working on a book about the visual representation of contemporary warfare and the photojournalists who cover it. She is also a TED fellow. Anastasia has written about her experiences as a photojournalist for The New York Times, TIME LightBox, Nieman Reports and National Geographic.

As a photographic storyteller, her focus has been on long-form narrative reportage for monthly magazines. She is a National Geographic Magazine contributor and her other clients include Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, TIME, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

Her first book MAIDAN – Portraits from the Black Square, which documents the 2014 Ukrainian uprising in Kiev, was published by GOST books the same year.

Anastasia’s work has been exhibited internationally, in spaces such as The Saatchi Gallery, The Frontline Club, and The National Portrait Gallery in London, SIDE gallery in Newcastle, Fovea Exhibitions in New York, Pikto Gallery in Toronto and The New Mexico Museum of Modern Art in Santa Fe.

A wide variety of organizations have recognized and supported her projects through awards such as the POYi, Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society Bursaries and the FNAC Grant at Visa Pour L’Image.

Anastasia has a BA degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales Newport and an MA from the London College of Communication. She is regularly engaged with education, teaching at leading universities in Europe and the USA, including at MIT, Harvard and Columbia University.

In Episode 068, Anastasia discusses, among other things:

Photographing the Rohingya refugee crisis

Instagram and socail media

Her unconventional gypsy upbringing

Sexism within the photo world

Peshmerga project

Studying the way we tell stories about war and conflict

Russia and Ukraine and her very useful friend Camilla Naprous (with whom she is making a book)

Recycling a 'failed' idea to create her successful Maidan Square project

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“I do make photographs for a whole host of different reasons but one of them is also because this is the life that I’ve chosen for myself, and its beyond a job or a career. and it’s how I want to live and experience the world...”

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