AJ is a documentary photographer & videographer with ten years of experience working in Asia, Africa and Europe and has had work published by The Times, The Guardian and Al Jazeera, among others. In 2014, AJ gained a Master’s degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts London. AJ then spent the next 12 months making work in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. In 2017 AJ published his first solo photography book ‘Way of Harmony: Portraits From Bhutan’. Assignments to note include; a three week embed with the Coldstream Guards in Helmand Province Afghanistan; investigating the illegal brewery trade in Uganda on behalf of Children on the Edge and documenting the Brokpa tribe in Northeastern Bhutan.
Additionally AJ is a trustee of The Charles Hayward Foundation, a grant-making charitable trust, which makes grants to UK registered charities.
The Royal Bhutanese Government; Barclays; VISA; Samsung; Ralph Lauren; The Coldstream Guards; The Household Cavalry; Lightfoot Travel; Cazenove & Loyd; MyBhutan; Children on the Edge; Raise Your Hands; Tarayana Foundation among others.
2015 Consider This, London College of Communication, London.
2011 Foreign Fields, The Fine Art Society, London. A solo exhibition showcasing photographs from The Coldstream Guards in Afghanistan, with sale proceeds going to Help for Heroes.
2008 Travels Through the Lens, The Troubadour, London. A solo exhibition showcasing a collection of images from various assignments around the world.
Uniquely British: A year in the Household Cavalry
Contributing Photographer. Published 2012 by Tricorn Books
Ellie is a freelance photographer and videographer with over 9 years experience working extensively across Central Asia, MENA and East Africa. Previously based in Afghanistan for four years and Beirut for two years she has documented stories for humanitarian organisations, news outlets and worked on feature length documentaries. Much of Ellie’s work has been focused on women’s issues often in areas where the individuals are living under duress. Assignments to note include; South Sudan for the UN; refugee crisis for Medicine Sans Frontiers; social care in Kurdistan and Iraq; female empowerment in Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine; Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon; maternal health in Afghanistan.
UNICEF; UNHCR; UNODC; UN Habitat; WFP; MSF; Oxfam; AJ+; British Council; Health Prom.
2017-2018 ‘Migration’; Polaroid Photographic Exhibition and book featuring eight independent photographers documenting different ideas on migration. Ellie Kealey’s polaroids captured in Gaza in May 2017 focus on what reality is like for people living under nearly 50 years of Occupation. Exhibited in London, Leicester and Paris.
2014 HealthProm, solo Photographic Exhibition, exhibiting 90 pictures from contracted work in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan & Afghanistan. Chocolate Factory, London.
2014 PHO.TO Ambiente – Inside Lab, Photographic Exhibition. Turin, Italy
2014 The Troubadour, solo Photographic Exhibition. ‘Motherhood & Survival in remote Afghanistan.’ London
2011 & 2012 Bloomsbury Art Fair, Photographic Exhibition. London
2010 Aschiana, Photographic Exhibition, London
Afghan Cycles, World Premier Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto 2018. Feature length documentary that tells the story of brave Afghan women who challenge gender barriers and put their lives at risk for the simple pleasure of riding a bicycle. Afghanistan.
RocKabul, Argus Tigernest Film Production. World Premier Rotterdam Film Festival 2018. Feature length documentary featuring a heavy metal band based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
At-Work Productions: Including Kabul at Work; Afghanistan at Work; Kyiv at Work, Gaza at Work. Small video vignettes of people living and working in areas of conflict and post conflict.
Washing The Dust From Our Hearts,
Poetry and prose from writers of Afghan Women’s Writing Project; front cover. Published 2015.
Streets of Afghanistan,
by Shannon Galpin, multiple images used in book publication. Published 2013