In a career that’s spanned over two decades, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Stephanie Sinclair has used her images to put faces to some of the world’s most serious gender and human rights issues. Iilluminating the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people with uncommon dignity and empathy and respect, Sinclair’s work is regularly published in esteemed outlets including National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine.
Her ongoing 17-year series, “Too Young to Wed,” on child marriage has earned numerous global accolades, including four World Press Photo awards and numerous prestigious exhibitions including the United Nations (2012, 2014) and the Whitney Biennial (2010) in New York. Other awards for this project include the 2017 IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the 2015 Art for Peace Award, the 2015 Lucie Humanitarian Award, the International Center of Photography 2014 Infinity Award, an unprecedented three Visa D’Or Feature awards from the Visa Pour L’Image photojournalism festival in France, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year. Sinclair’s other projects have also received a great deal of recognition, including the 2008 CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage; and the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award (2009) for her essay A Cutting Tradition: Inside an Indonesian Female Circumcision Celebration. In 2018, In Style Magazine named her one of “50 Badass Women Who Are Changing the World.”
Sinclair shepherded the Too Young to Wed series into a nonprofit organization of the same name. Too Young to Wed’s (TYTW) mission is to empower girls and end child marriage globally.