All posts in category Working Abroad

Bringing change into focus: ‘Photo-activist’ sets sights on Kenya Parliament

He once delivered live pigs to politicians to protest their outrageous pay. This week, the President conceded: salaries must be slashed. Meet Boniface Mwangi, the former Standard photojournalist making change happen. 

They’re people, not props: Photographing across cultures

Following is an adaptation of presentations given during my professorship at the University of Montana, and a variation on earlier talks for the National Press Photographers Association, Poynter, SND, and my ongoing work with the photojournalists of Standard Media Group of East Africa. For more in words and visuals about my life and work in Africa and elsewhere in the world, visit this […]

Lessons from Burning Man: 7 ways to ignite change on your own

The following is adapted from my final lecture of the Distinguished Professorship I held at University of Montana, where I wanted to send my students out into the world with eyes wide open, and some preparation for the creative ruts they just might encounter along the way. They loved the fact that their prof had […]

Jaded by Pride Fests? Find young revelry, maybe marriage, in Tel Aviv

Part of a collection of my travel stories and other personal essays. By Ron Reason 

For a new library in Kenya’s largest slum: 3,800 books, and hope

Story, Photos and Video by Ron Reason

Making a difference in the Third World: 3 women discuss their determination

[This post was originally published on my now archived travel blog, Travel With Reason, and has been revised for sharing with my class at the University of Montana, as many students are interested in international travel and outreach. Updates on each subject interviewed appear at the start of each segment. For a variety of other essays and collected […]

Getting the dirt: The ‘truth’ behind one compelling travel photo

By Ron Reason For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] Since my initial visit to Africa, I’ve returned a number of times and produced thousands of photos. Some have been published in magazines and newspapers; some have been put […]

Framing a future for Kibera’s M2 (Maasai Mbili) artists collective

Story and Photos by Ron Reason [For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] Among first impressions of visiting Nairobi’s massive Kibera slum: the place is a lot more colorful, and visually expressive and inspiring, than one might expect. […]

At Poynter, a must-see photo exhibit on Africa

Poynter has long been a place where smart conversation about international photojournalism has taken place. (Kudos to my friend and former colleague Kenny Irby, who has worked hard to bring previous exhibits including the Pictures of the Year winners.) Thus I was not surprised during my recent visit to see Poynter hosting a world-class photo […]

Journalists, you’ve got troubles?
Here’s an inspirational reality check

By Ron Reason Update: This item was posted Aug. 2, 2009. Since that time, NeXT launched its daily edition, and celebrated its 500th week of publishing on Sunday. Congrats to all there. I’ve told the story below of Ruona and her dad dozens of times, and whenever I hit a rough spot with my U.S. […]