© Jehad Nga

Jehad Nga showed his work and spoke with BBC Africa correspondent Rob Walker Friday evening (5 September, 730pm) as part of a series of conversations about Somalia at the Frontline Club. Runtime is 62 minutes.


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“Jehad Nga is one of the most talented emerging photographers on the international scene and for the last three years has worked intensely in and around Mogadishu. For one night only he will present a selection of images from his portfolio and talk about operating as a photographer in one of the world’s most dangerous environments.

Nga’s photography style is unique – artistically sensitive, vibrant and thought provoking yet with the ability to shock and appall.

In addition to his work in Somalia, Nga has worked widely in Iraq on assignment for the New York Times. His image of blindfolded Iraqi prisoners arrested by US forces was used as the main publicity shot for the Oscar-winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side.

Nga’s work in Somalia is an ongoing project. The work has been shown at the M+B Gallery in Los Angeles and the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, and funds from his art sales are going to build a school in Somalia. “It’s all one big piece of work,” he says.”

-from the Frontline Club