Vlad Sokhin

Chiang Mai, Thailand


Russian, 1981

Vlad Sokhin is a documentary photographer, videographer and multimedia producer. He covers social, cultural, environmental, health and human rights issues around the world, including post-conflict and natural disaster zones.

Vlad has worked on photo, video and radio projects, collaborating with various international media and with the United Nations and international NGOs. Vlad’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, including at Visa Pour L’Image and Head On photo festivals and in National Geographic, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek Japan, BBC World Service, the Guardian, National Geographic Traveler, GEO, ABC, NPR, The Atlantic, Stern, Le Monde, Paris Match, Esquire, Das Magazin, WIRE Amnesty International, Sydney Morning Herald, Marie Claire, Russian Reporter and others.

Vlad has produced short multimedia films as well as fundraising and campaign videos for UNICEF, UNAIDS, UN Women, OHCHR, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Amnesty International and ChildFund.

Vlad has lived and worked in Russia, Portugal, Spain, Mozambique, Thailand and Australia. He is currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and works between Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

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The Aleutian Islands are a sweeping, 1,900 kilometre long archipelago of volcanic islands that stretch from the Alaskan Peninsula to within 190 kilometres of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

The Alaskan town of Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, is the northernmost city in the United States and one of the northernmost communities in the world.

The Solomon Islands form a spectacular archipelago of islands, volcanoes and coral atolls off the eastern edges of Papua New Guinea.

On Alaska’s remote Bering Sea coast, citizens of the United States, the world’s largest economy and most powerful country, are fighting a desperate battle against the most serious environmental problem in human history: climate change.

Tokelau is one of the smallest and most remote nations in the world.

Global warming is affecting the entire planet but the people, flora and fauna in the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable.

It doesn’t appear on public maps yet the former mining town of Mardai in Mongolia was a major source of uranium for the Soviet Union before its implosion in the early 1990s.

Cargo cults are religious practices in Melanesia, the Pacific region stretching from Fiji in the East to Papua New Guinea in the West, which focus on obtaining the ‘cargo’ (or material wealth) from the Western World through magic, religious rituals and practices.

In Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, the keeping of child slaves is a wide spread phenomenon, affecting over 300,000 orphans or children given away by their parents in the hope of a better life.

Since 2001, the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru has been the site of a controversial detention centre used by Australia to house asylum seekers who have arrived without a visa or were apprehended at sea.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a dangerous place for women, or ‘meri’ as they are called in Tok Pisin, the local language.

Sorcery-related violence is widespread in Melanesia.

Asylum seekers held in an Australian detention facility on Manus island in Papua New Guinea are hunger striking, scared of being released into an unwelcoming community and worn out by the prospect of indefinite detention.

The tiny island of Ebeye in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, has a total area of 0.

At the end of the 15th century, tens of thousands of Jews were expelled from Spain by Ferdinand and Isabelle, the ‘Catholic Monarchs’, who had brought the Inquisition to Spain and were rooting out any deviant Christian movements as well as ridding the country of its Muslim and Jewish population.

The tiny island of Niue in the South Pacific, also known as the Rock of Polynesia, is one of the most remote places on earth.

Travelling across the Pacific region, Vlad Sokhin is documenting the effects of climate change on nature and communities.

In the age of universal mobile phone coverage, Facebook and Lonely Planet guides there are still a few countries which tightly restrict independent tourism.