Ruth McDowall is a New Zealand born photographer, She studied fine arts at Elam art school Auckland, New Zealand. In 2008 she travelled to northern Nigeria, creating a project teaching street kids photography. Her documentary photography started from these initial years immersed in the city of Jos. She has now lived in Africa for 7 years
In 2015 she received a Photo Reporter Grant to complete a project about youth that escaped abduction by Boko Haram in Nigeria. This project was selected as Times best 10 photo essay of the month, a finalist in Lensculture visual story telling awards 2015 and featured on New Yorker Photo Booth and National Geographic Proof.
Some of her clients include Time, Newsweek, Telegraph, Elle, The Guardian, Le Telegrame, IO Donna, and Jeune Afrique, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Al Jazeera magazine, Buzfeed, Glamour,UNESCO, Action Aid and UNICEF
Realizing the limits of photography she also continues her work with street youth in Nigeria
She is currently based in Accra, Ghana, and often working throughout Nigeria.
2016 - Lensculture Portrait Awards, Finalist, 2016 - The Fence: Malaiku, 2016 - New York Times portfolio review, 2016 - Heroine Exhibition, 2016 - Photo Reporter Festival Grant, 2013 - Noor master class for conflict photography, 2015 - Lensculture Visual Storytelling Award Finalist
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