Wendy Stone original photography is represented by: Getty Images

Biography of Photographer

I first came to Kenya in October 1988 from New York City to photograph Rockefeller Foundation grantees work in east Africa for their Annual Report. When I arrived, there was a miscommunication about my time of arrival and the Director was away on mission for another ten days. So there I was in Nairobi wandering around trying to figure out what to do with myself until the Director returned. Two days later I found myself on a tourist road trip with about fifteen backpackers in an open overland truck headed up to the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana) in a remote and desolate region in Northern Kenya. For the next eight days my camera never stopped clicking. I was in awe of the magnificence of the Kenyan landscapes, the proud and individualistic nomadic tribes, the amazing warmth and hospitality of the people and the stunning wildlife in the National Parks. By the time I started the assignment for Rockefeller I had already made up my mind that I was not leaving Kenya. My life was forever changed.

Now, twenty one years later, Africa still holds it wonders for me. I have traveled to more than twenty African countries working with ten United Nations agencies, international aid and relief organizations, magazines and newspapers. I have had opportunities and adventures that are difficult to put into words but the photos say it all. My first experience working as a news photographer was in 1991 when eastern Africa was front page news. Photographers and journalists were flying in from all over the world to cover the Fall of Mengistu in Ethiopia, the civil war in Somalia and the relentless war in Southern Sudan. I covered all of these stories with the enthusiasm of a new photographer trying to make my mark on the scene. When I look at these photos now I feel fortunate that my career is photography…….a permanent lasting visual image of history that reminds me of my courage and determination at the time.

I traveled to Southern Sudan for many years during the war and documented the plight of the Dinka and Nuer peoples. My photos of the “Lost Boys” have been used in five documentary films and I was interviewed on Dateline News about my experiences with them. I have photographed the traditional lifestyles of the Mbuti Pygmies in the Ituri Rainforest in Congo; the Turkana people in the remote region of northwest Kenya; the elaborate ceremonies of the Maasai and the Muslim traditions of the Swahili people.

I worked as the regional photographer for the Ford Foundation in east Africa for twelve years photographing their grantees work in community development, peace and social justice, education and arts and culture. I have designed three photo exhibitions for their headquarters in Nairobi. Recently I completed a permanent photographic installation for the World Agroforestry Centre with 110 photos depicting the organizations work.

I was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Parsons School of Design. Afterwards I attended Hunter College for my Masters in Art. I worked as a graphic designer in publishing for 13 years in NYC. My first children’s book will be published by Frances Lincoln Publishers in London in February 2011. BEATRICE'S DREAM is the story of an AIDS orphan living in Kibera slum in Nairobi.