William Daniels

Paris, France

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French, 1977

In 2007, William received the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Fellowship, allowing him to document the nascent and fragile developments toward democracy in Kyrgyzstan. His work on the country culminated in the book Faded Tulips. Over a series of visits, William tried to understand the effect this ephemeral revolution had on those who fought for it, lived it, endured it. His study of the country offers a unique perspective on the struggle for democracy in a distant and little known country, a struggle repeated the world over.

In 2008, his reportage on malaria - Mauvais Air - photographed in seven countries and exhibited in September 2008 on the Pont des Arts in Paris and in the European Parliament in 2011, was published as a book by Images en Manoeuvre. His work on crises naturally led him to conflict zones. In Libya, he covered the uprising against the Gaddafi regime until the fall of Tripoli. Between 2013 and 2016, William covered the Central African Republic crisis.

On ten journeys to the war-ravaged country, he came across appalling violence. His photography constantly poses questions, highlights a tension in the reality before him. There is often a sense of being on the verge of collapse. In 2014, on the occasion of the Nuit Blanche art festival in Paris, William exhibited a 100 meter long display of images from the Central African Republic along the Seine. A similar show was installed in New York in 2016.

Williams work has won numerous international awards including two World Press Awards, the Visa d’Or Humanitarian Award at Perpignan photo festival, the Tim Hetherington Grant, the Getty Grant and the Master award of the Ethical photography festival in Lodi.

William Daniels lives in Paris.

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Having been superseded by other world events, the Central African Republic has slipped off the news agenda yet the country remains divided and tense, with the possibility of renewed conflict never far.

On Friday, 13 November 2015, starting at 9.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) we have lost 97% of wild tigers in less than a century.

Panos photographers William Daniels and Espen Rasmussen have been back to Japan to document the ongoing reconstruction, following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck the country in March.

Robin Hammond and William Daniels worked with Médecins du Monde, looking at Peer Educators who are helping drug addicts, sex workers and homosexuals avoid infection with HIV and Hepatitis.

On 17 February 2011, Libya saw the beginnings of a violent insurrection against the regime of Muammar Gadaffi~~ Following the departure of Tunisia’s strongman Zine El Abedine Ben Ali in early January and the drawn-out showdown between President Mubarak and anti-government protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, on 17 February 2011 it was Libya’s turn.

Malaria is responsible for over one million deaths a year, 80% of which occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

Haiti is facing a long and difficult challenge to recover from the earthquake of January 2010.

The Tulip Revolution of March 2005 brought hope and a promise of democracy to Kyrgyzstan.

In June 2010, ethnic tensions in the Kyrgyz city of Osh exploded into violence.

Tuberculosis remains a serious threat to public health in Kyrgyzstan, and the country’s prisons are a primary breeding ground for the disease.

In January 2011, Paris-based photographer William Daniels, whose recent work has focused on malaria in Africa and the political turmoil in Central Asia, was commissioned by the French newspaper Le Monde to cover Paris Fashion Week.

William Daniels’ powerful work on Tuberculosis and Malaria will be exhibited at the European Parliament in Brussels in April 2011~~ From 11 until 15 April 2011, William Daniels’ striking photographic study of the scourge of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in countries across Africa and Asia, will be exhibited in a central location in the middle of the European Parliament in Brussels, in partnership with the The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, .

William’s coverage of the dramatic events in Libya and the ensuing refugee crisis in Tunisia.

After 6 months of fighting, rebel forces entered Tripoli and took control of the city following heavy street fighting and tenacious resistance by pockets of forces loyal to Libya’s strongman.

In over 80 countries, groups of young people who feel let down by their societies and see little prospect of a fairer future are making their voices heard by occupying public spaces and forcing governments to listen~~What has become known as the Occupy movement in the English-speaking world, or Indignados and Indignés in Spain and France respectively, is a loose network of separate protests or protest movements in over 80 countries that broadly question the assumed wisdom of modern economic thinking and deplore the inequalities it causes.

Even though he had been to a number of conflict zones over the years, there was nothing that could have prepared William Daniels for what he saw and experienced during the nine days he spent in the besieged city of Homs in Syria.

Since yet another coup d’etat in March 2013, the Central African Republic has descended into an orgy of violence with rival militia fighting each other along increasingly sectarian lines.

Jeroen Oerlemans and William Daniels photographed the devastating consequences of Haiti’s 12th January 2010 earthquake.

What started as an ill-fated coup d’etat in the Central African Republic has turned into an all out sectarian war between the countries majority Christian and minority Muslim communities.

Despite a ceasefire between warring militias in the Central African Republic, signed on 23 July, sectarian violence continues to plague the country, with civilians bearing the brunt of the ongoing crisis.

Along Russia’s far-eastern BAM railway, some of the most isolated villages and towns in Russia that have missed out on the country’s recent developments receive vital medical services from a medical train, the Matvei Mudrov.