Andre is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand, with five years of experince working throughout South/Southeast Asia. He has extensive knoweldge of Myanmar in particular, having lived there for over three years. In this time, Andre has covered everything from daily life to breaking news and extreme humanitarian crises. His work is made with a strong, ethical sensibility that is focused on maintaining the integrity of the people and places he photographs.
Andre's work has been published internationally in print and online at: Time.com, BBC, Al Jazeera America, Terra Mater, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Global Post, Pro Photographer Magazine, among others. He has collaborated with various NGOs including the Novartis Foundation, Save The Children International, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Médecins Sans Frontières and WORTH, producing both still images and multimedia projects. Andre has also produced video for clients including Google, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Al Jazeera+, and China Daily Asia.
Andre has co-led photography workshops in Myanmar, in conjunction with the Caravan's Journal, and has spoken at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
2017 - Days Japan Photojournalism Award Finalist, 2016 - Documentary Photography Fund Emerging Vision Award, 2016 - UNICEF Photo of the Year Nomination, 2015 - Joop Swart Masterclass: Nomination, 2015 - Magnum Photo's 30 Under 30, 2014 - Foundry Photojournalism Workshop Full Scholarship
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For years, Rohingya Muslims have been subject to severe discrimination, persecution, and abuse in Myanmar. In late summer, 2017, it resulted in a mass exodus to Bangladesh, as the Myanmar Military burned villages and opened fire on those that tried to run. The Rohingya that survived the trip to Bangladesh brought along more horrific stories of rape and torture. More than half a million Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh and currently sit in massive refugee camps near Cox's Bazaar. They have nowhere to go and there are currently talks of returning them to Myanmar and rumors of structures being built in Myanmar that heavily resemble internment camps.
Sri Lanka: Buzzfeed News
On March 7, 2018, a strike of Buddhist-Muslim violence hit the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, and some of the villages in the surrounding area. There had been no prior history of such acts or discrimination, but on that fateful day a Buddhist mob of over three-hundred quickly grew with the help of social media and burned out the Masjidul Lafir Jummah Mosque and several other homes in Kandy, resulting in the death of one young man. Approximately twenty kilometers away, the furniture store of Jezeer Mohamed Hilmy was also burned down by a Buddhist mob, among them were people he counted as friends, neighbors and those he had lent money to. The store was everything to him and his family.
Built On Their Backs
The home and workplace of Naing Lin, his wife Than Nwe, and the birthplace of their four children, is a brick factory on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. The bricks, which serve as their means of survival - and entrapment through debt - contribute to the foundation of an economic revival that excludes them. Making bricks does not earn them livable wages, pay medical bills or send their children to school. One evening, at rest on the slatted bamboo floor of his home, part of his face illuminated by a coppery stripe of light from the setting sun, Naing Lin said, “We did not know that we would fall into debt and have to stay for so long, otherwise we would not have come.”