Students play a game during a break from their exams at Be PA De Zouza school in Lomé. The children at the school have benefited from a nationwide deworming programme, a Togo Health Service initiative supported by GSK. Lomé, Togo. Photo: Marcus Perkins for GSK.

Healthy learning

Students play a game during a break from their exams at Be PA De Zouza school in Lomé. The children at the school have benefited from a nationwide deworming programme, a Togo Health Service initiative supported by GSK and WHO to control soil transmitted helminths. Photo © GSK

Lomé, Togo.


On his way home, Raju stops outside a friend's house for a drink, causing intrigue to those around him. He has suffered with leprosy for 20 years. Kalyan, Maharashtra. The photo served as the signature image for The Power of Recognition, a TedX talk by David Griffiths about the thinking behind Being Untouchable; a series of intimate portraits illustrating the injustice, poverty and inequality suffered by many of India's 167 million Dalits. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

Power of recognition

A man who suffers with leprosy stops to drink a cup of water offered to him by a good samaritan, intriguing those around him. But the man in the picture is not defined by his disease, nor by the deprivation which gave it to him. He is defined by his caste, known as the Dalits (broken) or the Untouchables of old.

The photo served as the signature image for The Power of Recognition, a TEDx talk by David Griffiths about the thinking behind Being Untouchable; a series of intimate portraits illustrating the injustice, poverty and inequality suffered by many of India's 167 million Dalits.

Maharashtra, India.


Civil engineer Manizha Paktin (left), director and co-founder of Stand Up for Afghan Women, instructs builders at a construction site in Kabul. She was photographed for an Amnesty International report on women human rights defenders at risk in Afghanistan. Manizha was recently recognised and awarded for her work by IWEC, a New York based NGO whose mission is to connect and develop a global network of successful women business owners. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

Women human rights defenders

Civil engineer Manizha Paktin (left), director and co-founder of Stand Up for Afghan Women, instructs builders at a construction site in Kabul. She was photographed for an Amnesty International report on women human rights defenders at risk in Afghanistan.

Manizha was recently recognised and awarded for her work by IWEC, a New York based NGO whose mission is to connect and develop a global network of successful women business owners.

Kabul, Afghanistan.


For the people of one of the world's newest and poorest nations, the legacy of East Timor's violent past merges with the daily struggle to survive. Soaring unemployment raises concerns that violence could return to the streets as disaffection grows. With an estimated 80 per cent of young Timorese finishing school without any job prospects, most now expect to leave their troubled nation in search of work abroad. Dili, East Timor. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

East Timor: Who Cares?

For the people of one of the world's newest and poorest nations, the legacy of East Timor's violent past merges with the daily struggle to survive. Soaring unemployment raises concerns that violence could return to the streets as disaffection grows. With an estimated 80 per cent of young Timorese finishing school without any job prospects, most now expect to leave their troubled nation in search of work abroad.

The 'East Timor: Who Cares?' campaign, commissioned by Progressio and funded by DFID, was launched with a major exhibition in the central lobby of the Houses of Parliament.

Dili, East Timor.


Farmers and their families load the community's cotton harvest onto trucks to be sold collectively. Prior to loading, each farmer's harvest is weighed for a fair share of the profit. Despite the positive cooperation between Burkina Faso's two million cotton farmers, subsidised production in the west forces their income below a dollar a day. Southern Burkina Faso. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

Fair trade for Africa

Farmers and their families load the community's cotton harvest onto trucks to be sold collectively. Prior to loading, each farmer's harvest is weighed for a fair share of the profit. Despite the positive cooperation between Burkina Faso's two million cotton farmers, subsidised production in the west forces their income below a dollar a day.

Commissioned by Tearfund to illustrate their advocacy for fair trade.

Southern Burkina Faso.


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Disappearing trades

Michael Broadway is one of only a handful of people with the skills to tune some of the UK's largest organs. Here he is is working on a small section inside one of the world's most famous - the Henry Willis Organ in the Royal Albert Hall.  

Built in 1871, the organ has an eye-watering 10,000 working pipes, of which 9,997 are connected to the keys and peddles. The pipes are located on multiple levels and take up the space of a four storey house.

Photographed for Metro features: Disappearing trades.

London, UK.


Two Dalit girls living in a slum area of Bengaluru wash their faces before going to school. Non of the families in the girls' community had a private bathroom and washed instead on wasteland. Assisted by the local Dalit community, the picture was taken for Being Untouchable, an exhibition of intimate portraits illustrating the injustice, poverty and inequality suffered by many of India's 167 million Dalits. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

Being untouchable

Two Dalit girls living in a slum area of Bengaluru wash their faces before going to school. None of the families in the girls' community had a private bathroom and washed instead on wasteland. Assisted by the local Dalit community, the picture was taken for Being Untouchable, an exhibition of intimate portraits illustrating the injustice, poverty and inequality suffered by many of India's 167 million Dalits.

Bengaluru, India.


Treading carefully to avoid standing on hidden nails and other sharp objects, a woman picks her way through the main street of Basey. The town was destroyed after being hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Samar, Philippines. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

Typhoon Haiyan

Treading carefully to avoid standing on hidden nails and other sharp objects, a woman picks her way through the main street of Basey. The town was destroyed after being hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

Tearfund / Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Samar, Philippines.


As a teenager, Josephine had enough on her plate without having to deal with a conflict. When the fighting finally arrived in her community in South Sudan, it tore apart friendships, families and businesses - leaving her no choice but to flee for her life.  Rising to the challenge, Josephine walked over 400km barefoot with her seven brothers and sisters and elderly grandmother before reaching the relative safety of a displaced persons camp in the capital, Juba. In the crowded camp, Josephine still manages to attend school, while looking after her siblings, and hopes one day to become a maths teacher.  “I often feel hopeless, but I still have a little hope left. If peace comes, I will go back home and finish my education. But it is hard to see what the future will be for my country.”  Juba, South Sudan. Photo © Tom Price / Tearfund

Rising to the challenge

As a teenager, Josephine had enough on her plate without having to deal with a conflict. When the fighting finally arrived in her community in South Sudan, it tore apart friendships, families and businesses - leaving her no choice but to flee for her life.

Rising to the challenge, Josephine walked over 400km barefoot with her seven brothers and sisters and elderly grandmother before reaching the relative safety of a displaced persons camp in the capital, Juba. In the crowded camp, Josephine still manages to attend school, while looking after her siblings, and hopes one day to become a maths teacher.

“I often feel hopeless, but I still have a little hope left. If peace comes, I will go back home and finish my education. But it is hard to see what the future will be for my country.”

Juba, South Sudan.


Blighted by war and famine, Afghan men with no jobs and no homes gather on the fringes of a refugee camp during a dust storm. Tribal territories in northern Pakistan. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

War and famine

Blighted by war and famine, Afghan men with no jobs and no homes gather on the fringes of a refugee camp during a dust storm.

Tearfund / Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Northern Pakistan.


Sauda chats with her friend at Bandamati School in Zanzibar. The pupils have been given Albendazole, Ivermectin and Praziquantel to control lymphatic filariasis, soil transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis. The three conditions are being targeted by the WHO as part of a global campaign to eliminate neglected tropical diseases. Photo: Marcus Perkins for GSK.

Eliminating NTDs

Sauda chats with her friend at Bandamati School in Zanzibar. The pupils have been given Albendazole, Ivermectin and Praziquantel to control lymphatic filariasis, soil transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis. The three conditions are being targeted by the WHO as part of a global campaign to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Photo © GSK

Zanzibar, Tanzania.


Edmond is blind and cannot work as he relies on being led by someone else at all times. Despite the immense difficulties of living with blindness in the midst of a conflict, Edmond’s dignity radiated like a beacon. “I am South Sudanese and I am a grateful person, regardless of what happens.”  Juba, South Sudan. Photo © Tom Price / Tearfund

I am South Sudanese

Edmond is blind and cannot work as he relies on being led by someone else at all times. Despite the immense difficulties of living with blindness in the midst of a conflict, Edmond’s dignity radiated like a beacon. “I am South Sudanese and I am a grateful person, regardless of what happens.”

Tearfund / Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Juba, South Sudan.


Sisters Savitri and Sarita learn the alphabet together. They are Musahars, a community of two million known as the Dalits of the Dalits. The Musahars are a landless people, 99 per cent illiterate and often close to starving. Their diet has earned them the name of 'rat-eaters'. The Indian press has often highlighted their plight, but they face ridicule and derision from others around them. In a nearby Musahar community, 'high' caste villagers disrupted our visit and told the Dalits that this photography would be used to mock them. Bhojpur District, Bihar. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

Learning against the odds

Sisters Savitri and Sarita learn the alphabet together. They are Musahars, a community of two million known as the Dalits of the Dalits. The Musahars are a landless people, 99 per cent illiterate and often close to starving. Their diet has earned them the name of 'rat-eaters'.

The Indian press has often highlighted their plight, but they face ridicule and derision from others around them. In a nearby Musahar community, 'high' caste villagers disrupted our visit and told the Dalits that this photography would be used to mock them.

Commissioned by CSW for the Being Untouchable project, an exhibition of intimate portraits illustrating the injustice, poverty and inequality suffered by many of India's 167 million Dalits.

Bihar, India.


Children collect water at dusk in Kuajok. With few functioning boreholes in Warrap, pressure on the ones that work can be intense. When disagreements occur, they can escalate quickly and violence is not uncommon as families and communities step in to defend their side. Kuajok dit, Warrap State, South Sudan. Out of seven boreholes built in the area in 2011, the one pictured above is the only one that still works. NGOs have been instructed to wait for the new government water system. With new borehole drilling on hold, the new system delayed, and existing water points falling into disrepair, an essential daily task has become a trigger for conflict. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

Water security

Children collect water at dusk in Kuajok. With few functioning boreholes in Warrap, pressure on the ones that work can be intense. When disagreements occur, they can escalate quickly and violence is not uncommon as families and communities step in to defend their side.

Out of seven boreholes built in the area in 2011, the one pictured above is the only one that still works. NGOs have been instructed to wait for the new government water system. With new borehole drilling on hold, the new system delayed, and existing water points falling into disrepair, an essential daily task has become a trigger for conflict.

Commissioned by SAFERWORLD for their 25th anniversary exhibition, presented in the UK and European Parliaments, funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Warrap, South Sudan.


Rural Afghans always study foreigners with an intense curiosity. But behind the piercing eyes you'll often find a warm welcome and a culture of protective hospitality unique to Afghanistan. Western desert, near Herat, Afghanistan. Photo © Marcus Perkins.

Curiosity

Rural Afghans always study foreigners with an intense curiosity. But even in times of conflict, behind the piercing eyes you'll often find a warm welcome and a culture of protective hospitality unique to Afghanistan.

Tearfund / Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Western desert, Afghanistan.


Roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and other soil-transmitted helminths have failed to put the brakes on these excited children, running to their after-school learning club at St Monica's Girls School. Thanks to the ongoing deworming programme in their community, these girls can keep on running towards empowerment and education. Cape Coast, Ghana. Photo: Marcus Perkins for GSK.

Empowered

Roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and other soil-transmitted helminths have failed to put the brakes on these excited children, running to their after-school learning club at St Monica's Girls School. Thanks to the ongoing deworming programme in their community, part of a global initiative overseen by World Health Organisation, these girls can keep on running towards empowerment and education. Photo © GSK

Cape Coast, Ghana.