Giles Duley


Giles Duley is a documentary photographer and writer, born in 1971 in London. His work focuses on the long-term humanitarian impact of conflict.

Starting his career as a music photographer, Duley worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Oasis, and Lenny Kravitz for publications including Q, Vogue, Sunday Times, and Elle. In 2000, his image of Marilyn Manson was voted among the 100 greatest rock photographs of all time.

In 2004, Duley changed his focus to documentary work, partnering with well-respected charities such as HI (Humanity and Inclusion), EMERGENCY, Save the Children, and UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, to highlight lesser-known stories deserving of public attention and action. Although documenting challenging, and at times, horrific, situations, Duley captures the strength of those who fight adversity rather than succumb. His photographs draw the viewer to the subject, creating intimacy and empathy for lives differing from ours only in circumstance.

His work has taken him to Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, DR Congo, Angola, Bangladesh, Kenya, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon, Colombia, Vietnam, and Nigeria, among others.

In 2015 he started his Legacy of War project, which looks to explore common themes of conflict. A core part of the project is collaborations with other artists and writers to reach a wider audience. These collaborations have included the musicians Massive Attack and PJ Harvey.

In 2011, while working in Afghanistan, Duley was severely injured by an IED. As a result of his injuries he is a triple-amputee. In 2012 he returned to Afghanistan to continue his work as a photographer.

Duley is also CEO and Founder of the Legacy of War Foundation, an NGO, and is a campaigner for the rights of both refugees and those living with disabilities caused by conflict.

His work has been exhibited and published worldwide.

In 2019 he was awarded the prestigious Amnesty Media Award for Photojournalism.

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