War between religious-based militias in Central African Republic is ravaging the nation. National Geographic writer Peter Gwin and photographer Marcus Bleasdale journey to the region to understand the cause of the conflict and what might be done to stop it.
Marcus Bleasdale is one of the worlds leading documentary photographers. He uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. His work covering human rights abuses and conflict have been shown at the US Senate, The US House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK.
Marcus' work also appears in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine.
Exhibitions include "The Rape of a Nation"The Federal Building NYC (2006), The Central Library, Chicago (2006), The Holocaust Museum LA (2006), Visa Pour L'Image (2007), Nobel Peace Centre Oslo (2007), Ministry of Foreign Affairs France (2008), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2009), US Senate (2009), UN (2009), The Houses of Parliament UK (2010). US House of Representatives (2011). He has published two books "One Hundred Years of Darkness" 2002 and "The Rape of a Nation" 2009.
Marcus has been awarded The UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award (2004), The OPC Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting (2005), Magazine Photographer of the Year award POYi (2005), The Alexia Foundation Award for World Peace (2005), The World Press Awards (2006), The Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2007), Days Japan (2009), The Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights (2010), The Hansel Meith Award (2010) and the Photo Book of the Year Award POYi (2010), Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2011). Webby Award (2011) News and Politics "Dear Obama". In 2012 Marcus film for MSF was nominated for an Emmy together with other VII photographers.
Marcus Lives in Oslo with his wife Karin Beate.
Peter Gwin has been a writer and editor on the staff of National Geographic since 2003. He has written on a wide range of subjects, including pirates in the Malacca Straits, early tyrannosaurs, lost Timbuktu manuscripts, ship breakers in Bangladesh, and the security situation in Northern Africa.
In 2012, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club's 2012 Whitman Bassow Award for best Environmental Reporting for his work on the rhino poaching crisis. He has received research grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Green Park Foundation in London for his work in Africa's Sahara and Sahel regions. In 2012 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to trace the history of aging kung fu masters in China's Song Mountains.
He is originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, and is a graduate of Furman University. He began his career teaching English in Botswana.