Malcolm Linton


Malcolm Linton is an international photojournalist living in Tijuana, Mexico.
Originally from the UK, he earned a degree in English in 1980. He began his journalistic career as a newspaper and radio reporter in Latin America in 1984 worked briefly for the BBC in England from 1988-89.
He started to work a full-time photographer in 1989 for Reuters, covering the rebel uprising in El Salvador, the US invasion of Panama, and the fall of the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.
In 1990 he moved to Moscow as a freelancer and spent four years covering the break-up of the former USSR, winning prizes for his stories from the Georgian Republic. His photographs were widely published by magazines from Newsweek, Time and National Geographic to Paris Match and Der Stern.
In 1995 he moved to Africa in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and covered stories including the Hutu refugee exodus to Zaire, the overthrow of President Mobutu, the Ebola epidemic in Zaire, modern-day slavery in Mauritania, the Sudanese civil war, and amputee war victims in Sierra Leone.
In 1997 he began a long-term project on HIV/AIDS with Science magazine reporter Jon Cohen that resulted in story packages from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia and Australasia.
Linton moved to New York in 2000, where he learned to shoot and edit video. Much of his work for Science included web videos and he also produced short documentaries in Chad about the Darfur refugee crisis.
Linton started a nursing degree at Hunter College in New York in 2011 and earned an RN license in 2013.
He moved to Tijuana in 2013 on a grant from the Ford Foundation to collaborate with Cohen on a book about the city's HIV/AIDS epidemic. To gain access to the IV drug user community he worked temporarily as a nurse running blood tests.
Linton continues to travel on assignment worldwide but currently spends most of his time photographing marginalized groups in Tijuana who run the highest risk of contracting HIV.

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