Giles Duley

Giles Duley is a British documentary photographer and photojournalist. He is best known for his photography of humanitarian issues and the consequences of conflict. In 2011 he was severely injured after stepping on an IEDwhilst in Afghanistan and as a result became a triple amputee.

A self taught photographer Duley started his career as a music photographer. During the 1990′s he worked for publications such as Select, Q, Esquire, GQ and Arena, particularly photographing the Brit-pop movement. He worked with Oasis, The Prodigy, The Charlatans, Underworld and Pulp. He also photographed numerous international artists including Mariah Carey, Marilyn Manson, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes.

In 2000 Q Magazine voted his portrait on Marilyn Manson among the greatest rock photos of all time.

In 2000 gave up music photography to pursue his passion for documentary photography on a full time basis. Concentrating on lesser known humanitarian issues and the consequences of conflict on civilians, Duley’s work focuses on the human spirit and aim to retain the subjects dignity. He has worked with many respected NGO’s including MAG, UNHCR, Emergency and Médecins Sans Frontières in countries including South Sudan, Nigeria, Congo, Kenya, Angola, Bangladesh and Ukraine.

In 2010 his work was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award and he was a winner at the PX3 – Prix de Paris.

In 2011, whilst on foot patrol with 75th Cavalry Regiment (United States) in Afghanistan, Duley stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was severely injured, losing both legs and his left arm. It was only the quick response by the medic on patrol and the medevac crew that saved his life. He was treated in Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where he spent 45 days in the Intensive care unit nearly succumbing to his injuries on more than one occasion. After several months and multiple operations Duley began his rehabilitation at DMRC Headley Court.

Despite being a triple amputee Duley has remained determined to return to work as a photographer.

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