African Photojournalism Database
Cape Town, South Africa
Samantha Reinders is a South African photojournalist. She divides her time between her birth city of Cape Town and Kathmandu in Nepal. She holds an MA in Visual Communication from Ohio University.
She is not 100% certain when her career actually began – but thinks it was a concoction of experiences such as riding shotgun in her fathers beloved LandRover on the dust roads of Southern Africa, exploring the curious hills of Appalachia, or sandwiched between two other photographers in the press pool in the Oval Office. Either way, her choice of career has, among other things, allowed her to chase penguins, fly on Air Force One, swim with sharks and meet interesting people – from business men to homeless men, and from grannies at a bake-sale to a triple murderer behind bars.
She is trusted by, among others, The New York Times, National Geographic, NPR, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Wall Street Journal, L'Express, National Geographic Books, Der Spiegel, The Chicago Tribune, The London Financial Times, MSF and Action Aid.
- Audio editing
- Video capture
For many adolescent girls around the world the onset of their first period means the screeching halt of their education. The simple lack of access (financially and logistically) to sanitary towels means a miserable time at school – mocking is rife. They miss up to a week of school of month. Many end up simply dropping out completely. In addition they have to contend with a host of myths and misinformation about that time of the month…
Bertha James (15) who lives in a small village near Blantyre in Malawi, was one of the girls in a pilot project where mothers in the community are trained to make reusable pads that will be supplied to the girls for free. The hope is that it will improve their school attendance and their confidence.