Nicole Tung (Hong Kong/United States) is a freelance photojournalist covering conflicts and their aftermath, and exploring socio-political issues primarily in the Middle East region. Her work explores themes of the human condition at the opposite extremes of hope and trauma, and the language of what exists in between.
Photojournalism in the Field
Mondays, May 17 - Jun 7, 11:30am-1pm ET / 3:30pm-5pm GMT
Join Nicole Tung, a photojournalist with over a decade of experience in covering conflict, as she discusses how to generate story ideas, and how to approach complex topics with empathy and intention. With these foundations, we’ll talk about ways of strengthening storytelling techniques to better document issues of socio-political and human rights importance. Nicole will also look at how to develop short and long-term projects, from research to image-making to editing work. She will also share some lessons learned along the way from photographing in difficult situations and managing a freelance career.
Nicole Tung is a freelance photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. A graduate of NYU, she freelances for international publications and NGOs, working primarily in the Middle East. Her work has focused on conflicts and their aftermath, namely in Libya, Syria, and Iraq, and stories at the intersection of socio-political issues. Between 2014-2015, Nicole photographed a broad range of ongoing projects on the lives of Native American war veterans, former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the movement of asylum seekers and refugees. In 2014 and 2019, she returned to her native Hong Kong to photograph the deepening influence of the Chinese government over the special administrative region. She is currently continuing a long-term documentation of communities in the wake of ISIS’s reign. Her work explores themes of the human condition at the opposite extremes of hope and trauma, and the language of what exists in between.
Nicole is a fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a grantee of the GroundTruth Project. She has received multiple awards for her work, including the 2018 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting (ONA), and has exhibited most recently at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents, with Save the Children in Hong Kong - both in 2019 - at Visa Pour l’Image, and the Czech Photo Center in 2020.