Lauren DeCicca, b. 1989, is a documentary photographer from New York who is now based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Prior to moving to Thailand, Lauren spent three years (2013 - 2016) based in Yangon, Myanmar documenting the country at the beginning of its transition to democracy.
She's met people dealing with PTSD, drug addiction, displacement and disease, and is struck by the similarity in spirit between these people, despite the obvious divides. It has been a goal of hers to realize and mend this schism through photography, be it mental, physical or geographical in nature.
Documenting the lives of people around the world will help those who have no access to such situations understand that the subjects of her photographs could easily be their parent, sibling or partner. Despite differences in language, skin color, religion or way of life, everyone has the same basic needs for empathy, understanding and acceptance.
Her work has been published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME.com, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Guardian, CNN, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, The Global Post, NPR, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), The SE Asia Globe Magazine, The Jakarta Globe, The Cambodia Daily, amongst others.
Lauren was member of the Getty Reportage 2015-2016 Emerging Talent roster and selected as one of Photo Boite's 30 Under 30 Women Photographers of 2017.
She has received hostile environment and emergency first aid training through IWMF.
She is available for domestic and international assignments.
2017 - Photo Boite's 30 Under 30 Women Photophraphers, 2015 - Getty Reportage Emerging Talent
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Sand Mining - Myanmar
As Tourism Expands, Sand Mining Threatens Myanmar's Tropical Beaches.
NGAPALI, Rakhine State — The palm-fringed, white sandy beaches at Ngapali stretch to the horizon and the pristine-looking scenery can easily invoke a feeling of serenity with visitors, who often travel from far to experience this beautiful coastline.
Ngapali's beautiful beaches attract many tourists, but the industry catering to them relies on the damaging extraction of local sand.
Myanmar has been in a stage of rapid transition throughout the past couple of years with advancements in development and western trade. However, the Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority in the western Rakhine State of Burma, have remained one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
June 11, 2012 marked the first in a series of “The Rahkine State riots”, conflicts between Rahkine Buddhists and the Muslim minority, leaving approximately 100,000 Muslims displaced and living in internal displacement camps. They are jobless, living in makeshift tents, and surviving on rations from NGO’s and private donors. Issues surrounding sanitation, nutrition and healthcare are serious problems these people are facing.