Gary Knight is a photographer, founder of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership, and co-founder of the VII Photo agency as well as the GroundTruth Project. He divides his time between academia and long-term photography projects.
His entry into photography came in the late 1980s, when he moved to South East Asia, portraying conflict within a region coming to terms with the end of the Cold War. By 1993, he had returned to Europe and was focusing on documenting various forms of injustice, from war crimes to poverty issues that continue to be the primary focus of his professional life. From 1999 to 2009, Knight was a contract photographer for Newsweek, during which time he photographed the invasion of Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, Darfur, and other significant world news events. In 2009, he was awarded a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and moved to the USA.
He has been a member of the World Press Photo contest jury on three previous occasions, and in 2008 was on the online jury selecting photojournalists to participate in the organization’s MENA (Middle East and North Africa) training program.