Photographer, reporter and documentary film maker, Monika Bulaj is author of reportages on the outer borders of faiths, ethnic minorities, nomads, migrants, the untouchables and the dispossessed in Asia, Africa and Europe. Her book "Nur. The Hidden Light of Afghanistan" was chosen by Time as one of the best photo books of 2013. She has been published in "La Repubblica", "Corriere della Sera", "Gazeta Wyborcza", "Revue XXI", "Internazionale", "Geo", "Courier International", "National Geographic", "Time Lightbox", "The New York Times Lens" and "Al Jazeera". A recipient of numerous awards for her journalistic work, she continues to work in teaching and theatre and has had approximately 60 photographic exhibitions between New York and Cairo. At the TED Global Fellowship 2011, she said. «My aim is to give a voice to the silent people, to show the hidden lights behind the curtain of the great game, the small worlds ignored by the media and the prophets of a global conflict». Her recent projects include: "Le Afriche. Specchi dell'invisibile" and "Sacred Crossings", a photoreportage between Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and the Middle East, brought together into a volume released in 2017, published by Contrast.
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