Marcus Bleasdale (b. 1968) is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. Over the past fifteen years, documenting some of the world’s most brutal wars, Bleasdale has focused on campaigning against human rights abuses. He has been documenting these issues for Human Rights Watch and is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine.
Using his background in business and economics, he researches the sources of the finances driving conflicts, which usually leads to the mines, and the armed networks linked to them. He has covered the wars in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Chad, Darfur, Kashmir and Georgia.
Since 2000, Bleasdale has worked extensively in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo documenting a war funded by the extraction of the minerals used in every day electronic products. He has partnered with international advocacy groups Human Rights Watch and the Enough Project to engage U.S. and European politicians and multinational companies to change government policy and working practices.
Over the past two years, Bleasdale has been working in the Central African Republic documenting the conflict in the region. The work from Central African Republic won the Amnesty International Award for Media in 2014 and the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America in 2015.
He has published three books: One Hundred Years of Darkness documenting life along the Congo River after the overthrow of Mboutu, The Rape of a Nation documenting the exploitation of natural resources in Eastern Congo and most recently, The Unravelling, documenting the brutal conflict in the Central African Republic.