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    Andrea Star Reese
  • Location: NYC/Seattle/Jakarta
    Nationality: United States
    Biography:                           A VISURA photojournalist/documentary photographer, Andrea Star Reese is  based in New York, Seattle, and Jakarta. In 2016 Ms Reese received The... read on

New York 01.29.17

Monday, January 30, 2017 | News

I am heartened by the informal reporting (ie: FB, instagram, twitter, blog) by reporters and photojournalists. Documentation provided by men and women working under a code of ethics is vital to counter misinformation. These contributions provided despite lack of remuneration are needed.
"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"_protest placard carried by woman.

New York 01.21.17

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | News


LUCIE AWARD : Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | News | Awards & Features

I am deeply grateful for the honor of this recognition.

THE LUCIE AWARDS from Carnegie Hall: Announcing IPA’s 2016 Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year… And it goes to ANDREA STAR REESE for Disorder! Congratulations! #lucieawards #iphotoawards@luciefoundation @carnegiehall


Honored to be recipient of The Berlin Foto Biennale Documentary Award: Best Portfolio on Human Rights

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | News | Awards & Features


3 Photos · Updated 28 days ago
The Berlin Foto Biennale’s curators team has decided to grant three special awards on Documentary Photography contributing to the Human Rights, selected among the works to be exhibited at the Biennial. The Awards were granted to: YOUNG EMERGING TALENT: Yusuke Suzuki (Japan) for his portfolio Aleepo Syria, City of Chaos. BEST DOCUMENTARY PORTRAIT: Sebastian Holzknecht (Austria) for his image Jacob from the series Not Guilty. BEST PORTFOLIO ON HUMAN RIGHTS: Andrea Star Reese for her portfolio Disorder.

Just Passing By: Seattle Gay Pride

Monday, June 27, 2016 | News

Following the tragedy in Orlando, Seattle honored 49 people by attending a parade. A few people chose to hate.

VICE on Human Rights Watch Report, photographs by Andrea Star Reese

Thursday, April 14, 2016 | News

‘Pasung’ Is the Indonesian Practice of Shackling and Imprisoning the Mentally Ill http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/pasung-indonesian-shackling-imprisoning-suffering-mental-illness-schizophrenia

Disorder on Al Jazeera's AJ+ and multiple reports on CNN

Thursday, March 31, 2016 | News

The Human Right's Watch report on shacking in Indonesia was released in Jakarta on March 21. The video, shot by my fixer, cameraman Goen Guy Gunawan, and accompanied by my photographs was picked up and reedited by AJ+ (Al Jazeera Media Network) now viewed by 1,090,990. After following this story for five years I am without words to describe this experience. Pasung was outlawed in 1977. What I do know is that the men and women I photograph are waiting and it is time.

CNN's Kathy Quiano, based in Indonesia, filed a second report (video) that includes two of my most recent photographs taken March 18 and 19 as well as others taken from 2011-2016



Images from the series: Disorder part of CNN report on Human Rights Watch campaign against shackling

Monday, March 21, 2016 | News


Amazing opportunity to be a part of Human Rights Watch campaign to end shackling and abuse in Indonesia.
Pasung was outlawed in 1977. It is time. 

Disorder Images in Human Rights Watch Report

Monday, March 21, 2016 | News


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | News

Just updated images from Disorder, a five year series on men and women with psychosocial disibilities in Indonesia. Further news on this project coming very soon.

Exhibiting at Musee de l'Elysee

Monday, January 11, 2016 | News | Exhibitions

Honored to have Pauline Martin and Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne include photographs from my series Urban Cave in the exhibition Anonymous: Urban Life in Contemporary Photography.
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Monday, September 28, 2015 | Workshops

 Join Alison Morley and me, Andrea Star Reese at the book launch of Urban Cave this Wednesday , 6:00pm at the Celeste Auditorium, New York Public Library, 5th Avenue and 42nd street. It would be lovely if you would lend your company.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | News

Please join me and FotoEvidence this Thursday: Book signing of Urban Cave by Andrea Star Reese at Visa Pour L'Image. September 3rd from 5-6 p.m. at La Poudriere, rue Francois Rabelais, Perpignan.Join us to celebrate five years FotoEvidence with David Stuart and Régina Monfort.

Urban Cave_book section Polka magazine

Thursday, June 18, 2015 | News

Thank you @polkamagazine for mentioning photobook Urban Cave in the livres section of the brilliant current edition, Polka Magazine #30 Jun-Jullet-Aout.

From a rough phone ap translation from the original french text: Result of seven years of investigation, "Urban Cave" plunges the reader into the lives of Chuck, Lisa or Geo, all residing in the New York pavement. Railway tunnels, in disused buildings, on the banks of the Hudson River, they found refuge in these caves and urban living, some for over twenty years. The camps arise between shadow and light into the lens of the photographer. Feeding, bathing, earning a few dollars by collecting cans, sometimes through prostitution, but also loving and protecting against attacks ... Andrea Star Reese makes, through her images and the many testimonies homeless dignity to these invisible citizens. • O.T. "Urban Cave" Andrea Star Reese,

Just Passing By: Tauhid Long March Solo Indonesia May 16 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015 | News

"This does not mean we are ISIS" Local Conservative 

Students and teachers from area pesantrens, marched with members of Moslem organizations including Muhammadiyah, Nahdlatul Ulama, Majelis Mujahiddin, and Majelis Ulama Indonesia to clebrate Isra Miraj, a National  Holiday. Speakers at the march called for the election of a Moslem Political Party candidate, as opposed to a Secular Party candidate. Local Mayoral  elections will held in December.

The Urban Cave Book Kickstarter Campaign

Thursday, January 29, 2015 | News

BREAKING NEWS_Andrea Star Reese launches camptain in partnership with FotoEvidence to publish her seven year project 'The Urban Cave' edited by Alison Morley. More info, click here. 

The Urban Cave is a story about the resilience and humanity of people who live unsheltered on the other side of conventional society. It is about a group of individuals and the full spectrum of their lives, rather than just their deprivations. The images are in response to the beauty of a place, a people, and the dignity, determination, and perseverance reflected in their culture.

The train tunnel has been evacuated, the Batcave has been sealed off and the people dispersed but The Urban Cave photo book will preserve the story of these displaced people, the unusual beauty of the home they made and the strength and determination with which they lived.

By backing The Urban Cave you will help to document this unique and recently dispersed community that survived for more then two decades under the streets of Harlem.

BREAKING NEWS_Andrea Star Reese

Saturday, December 20, 2014 | News

I am excited to announce my partnership with FotoEvidence to publish a photobook of my seven year project The Urban Cave, edited by Alison Morley.

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